Archive - 2013 - News Article
BURRILLVILLE â At 89, former World War II POW Raymond A. Nouryâs health isnât what it used to be and these days he spends more time sitting in his wheelchair than he does using the walker that carries his portable telephone and plastic bin of personal items.
Noury, the sole survivor of an 11-member B-24 bomber crew, also has to contend with arthritis that makes it difficult to use his hands or straighten out his back.
PAWTUCKET â âWhat we've got here is failure to communicate.â That movie line from âCool Hand Lukeâ would seem to apply to an increased effort on the part of the city administration to promote Pawtucket and a new job it wants to create that would handle this in a more tech-savvy way.
CENTRAL FALLS â Just a week after his predecessor was sentenced to two years in prison on a federal corruption charge, new Mayor James Diossa signed a comprehensive set of new rules for city officials and employees into law that he promises will âset a new standard for ethics and transparency in Central Fallsâ government.â
PROVIDENCE â The Providence County Grand Jury has indicted Pawtucket resident Justin Thomas, 26, with seven counts of first degree robbery, use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, carrying a pistol without a license, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny over $1,500, resisting arrest and reckless driving, according to the Attorney Generalâs Office.
PAWTUCKET â The company that operates the trash transfer station on Grotto Avenue has a remedy for getting rid of the seagulls that have been accumulating nearby: a sonic bird repeller.
PAWTUCKET â When Sister Gertrude of the Little Sisters of the Poor first suggested the idea of using a St. Patrick's Day dinner as a fundraiser for the Jeanne Jugan Residence, her mother superior was skeptical. The head nun didn't think enough people would want to eat a âboiled dinnerâ of corned beef and cabbage and told Sister Gertrude she'd be lucky to make $5,000.
PROVIDENCE â As part of the National Mortgage Settlement funding for local efforts to help homeowners facing foreclosure, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has announced two grants totaling $215,000 to support mortgage foreclosure education and outreach to area community agencies. Kilmartin announced a $155,000 grant to Progreso Latino to expand the agencyâs Better Living Project and a $60,000 grant to HousingWorks RI to research and report on foreclosures and foreclosure prevention programs over the next three years.
PAWTUCKET â A 15-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman he was involved in a relationship with.
According to a statement from Pawtucket Police, during the past several weeks members of the department were made aware of domestic violence crimes involving one of its patrol officers, 40-year-old Steven Ricco.
The casket of Frank DiPaolo Jr. is carried out of St. Pius V Catholic Church in Providence Tuesday morning. At right, family and friends of DiPaolo are can be seen leaving the church. DiPaolo, who died Thursday at 106, served as a doorkeeper for the Rhode Island House of Representatives for more than 30 years before retiring in 2010. He was a political mentor to former R.I. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, having met him while Kennedy was a young student at Providence College.
PAWTUCKET â With ears still ringing from angry constituentsâ phone calls, the City Council convened a meeting of its Snow Removal Committee on Tuesday night at City Hall.
Councilors Jean Philippe Barros, David Moran, Albert Vitali, Terry Mercer and Larry Tetreault attended. Most of the other key officials were there: Director of Administration/Public Safety Director Tony Pires, Public Works Director Lance Hill, Emergency Management Director Normand Menard, Highway Supervisor Norm Lamoureux, Police Chief Paul King and Fire Chief William Sisson.
PAWTUCKET â In a Friday afternoon ceremony attended by city officials, friends and family members, attorney John T. âJackâ Gannon was sworn in as associate judge of the Pawtucket Municipal Court.
PAWTUCKET â Kim Mercer, the deputy superintendent of schools in Pawtucket, appears poised to be named the schools superintendent in neighboring East Providence.
East Providence School Committee Chairman Joel Monteiro said that Mercer is the leading candidate chosen by a search committee to become the school district's permanent superintendent, replacing interim East Providence Supt. John DeGoes. He said about 25 educators had applied for the job, and Mercer was deemed the best qualified following interviews with about a half dozen finalists.
WASHINGTON â Demonstrat-ing his unwavering commitment to strengthening Rhode Islandâs middle class families, U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI) has introduced the Paying a Fair Share Act â legislation that would enact the Buffett Rule and require that Americans earning the highest incomes pay at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families.
PAWTUCKET â A 62-year-old city man remains in critical condition after being injured in an early morning fire Thursday in his apartment at Burns Manor.
Pawtucket Police identified the victim as Richard Rak, who lived in apartment D 102 in the housing complex located at 95 Park St. Rak suffered second- and third-degree burns to his upper torso and is in the intensive care unit at Rhode Island Hospital's Trauma Center.
PROVIDENCE â Two Woonsocket lawmakers â Rep. Robert Phillips and Sen. Marc Cote â want to offer a six-year tax break for businesses that come to or start up in Rhode Island and hire at least two people.
A new company, Phillips told The Call Thursday, would get a 50 percent reduction in its corporate tax for each of the first three years it is in business and a 25 percent reduction for the next three years.
PAWTUCKET -- The arrival of R & D Manufacturing Company in Pawtucket is a homecoming, of sorts, in several meaningful ways.
For one thing, the jewelry maker, formerly of Attleboro and Seekonk, Mass., brings some 50 jobs to the area in industry segmentsâjewelry and manufacturing--where both Pawtucket and Rhode Island as a whole have suffered major declines.
PAWTUCKET â A convicted sex offender from Wisconsin who is facing new sex charges in the state courts was slapped with a 46-month jail term in federal prison for failing to register when he moved here in 2011.
Gilberto Morales, 30, of Pawtucket appeared for sentencing Wednesday before U.S. District Judge John J. McConnell Jr., who also ordered Morales to serve 10 years supervised release upon the completion of his jail term.
CUMBERLAND â The Cumberland Land Trust holds title to 18 properties throughout the town and has helped protect 350 acres of land acquired through purchase, donation and conservation easements.
On Monday, the Trust announced its latest acquisition: 7.4 acres of land in northern Cumberland located within the watershed of the Diamond Hill drinking water supply reservoir operated by the Pawtucket Water Supply Board.
PAWTUCKET â Over 300 of the city's 11th graders are in big trouble. These are the students enrolled at the city's three high schools who face the prospect of not being able to graduate in June, 2014 due to their low performance on last October's New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests.
Nevertheless school officials say they are optimistic about several plans to reach these at-risk juniors and help them to improve their NECAP scores on next year's tests.
PROVIDENCE â When the North Smithfield public schools tried to raise money for interscholastic sports in 2009 by assessing participation fees, some students paid the charge willingly, but the move was met with legal challenges and dropped when booster clubs raised the necessary money to run the teams.