Archive - 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â The cityâs General Fund ended Fiscal 2012 with a surplus of $2.7 million before allocations to rebuild the cityâs reserve fund, according to the annual report of the cityâs outside auditor.
The surplus was achieved by total revenues exceeding budgeted spending allocations, with positive revenues due to tight fiscal controls, tax receipts, interest on taxes and state aid.
The surplus allowed increases to the city reserves fund, which over a period of several years was tapped almost to depletion to help balance annual budgets.
A large crowd turns out for the 31st annual St. Patrick's Day parade, which stepped off from McCoy Stadium at noon, and made its way through the streets of Pawtucket to the reviewing stand in front of City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue Saturday. A colorful crowd of all ages lined the streets to see marching bands, floats, police color guards, local dignitaries and many others take part in the popular Pawtucket tradition honoring the feast of St. Patrick's Day and hosted by Mayor Donald Grebien.
Bruce Sawyer and Kathy Martin-Menard, both personal friends of the late Ralph Holden, hold one of the many Irish-themed gift baskets that were among the numerous items raffled during the 16th annual Irish celebration fundraiser at Club Madeirense in Central Falls Friday night to benefit the Ralph J. Holden Memorial Scholship Fund .
PROVIDENCE â Two East Providence police officers and another from Pawtucket were among 17 law enforcement officers and federal prosecutors honored Friday with a top U.S. Department of Justice award for curbing narcotics trafficking on the stateâs âHeroin Highway,â the U.S. Attorneyâs office announced.
The notorious stretch of I-195 from Providence to Cape Cod has been used for many years to transport heroin to street-level drug dealers and drug users, federal prosecutors say.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The state-appointed Budget Commiss-ion that has been overseeing the cityâs finances for the past 15 months has been abolished and will end its tenure on March 28.
Taking over the Budget Commission's duties beginning March 29 will be a municipal administration and finance officer or AFO, who will be responsible for the overall budgetary and financial administration of East Providence going forward.
The exiting plan was announced and outlined at the Budget Commission's meeting on Thursday.
PROVIDENCE â Gun control laws that legislators may want to pass in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre in December âare only going to impact law-abiding gun ownersâ and not criminals already inclined to break laws, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association lobbyist told more than a dozen state lawmakers Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET â With its prime location along the banks of the Seekonk River and visibility from the new Pawtucket River Bridge, a 23-acre land parcel known as Tidewater has often been mentioned positively as part of the city's riverfront development plans. Yet, while some unsightly gas storage tanks have been removed from the property, and a total clean-up of the industrial site is planned, it appears that any possible re-use of the land is still several years away.
LINCOLN â On the day the state learned that its adjusted unemployment rate for last December had dropped to 9.9 percent â the first time it fell below 10 percent in 47 months â an upbeat Gov. Lincoln Chafee told a roomful of businessmen and women that âbetter days are ahead.â
The governor told a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues Breakfast Thursday that with sales and income tax revenues rising, and employment going down, all the metrics are headed in the right direction. That is an indication, Chafee said, âthat we are managing the state well.â
PROVIDENCE â The recent parole granted to convicted âthrill killerâ Alfred Brissette Jr. of Woonsocket â which shocked the populace and angered law enforcement and correctional officers â is generating proposed legislation to shake up the membership of the state Parole Board and to prevent such early releases in the future.
PAWTUCKET â A local man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of being in possession of an unregistered machine gun and ammunition, federal prosecutors said.
Isaiah Gasperini, 30, was also ordered to serve an additional year and a day for violating the terms of his release following a lengthy prison sentence on a previous firearms conviction.
Gasperini was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi in Providence, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements Jr. announced in a joint statement.
PAWTUCKET â With all of the emphasis in recent years on standardized test scores and college readiness, the topic of class sizes and the student-to-teacher ratio is one factor to consider. Private schools and charter schools, in particular, tout smaller class sizes as a key factor behind their student bodies' typically higher showings on tests such as the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).
PROVIDENCE â Armando Garcia, 33, with a last known address of 486 Mineral Spring Ave. in Pawtucket was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2010 murder of Brooke Lee Verdoia, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâs Office. In addition, Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl sentenced Garcia to five years to run consecutive for the charges of failure to report a death and driving a motor vehicle without consent.
PAWTUCKET â It's clear that the city and future generations will benefit from the clean-up of a 23-acre former industrial site located off Pleasant Street known as Tidewater. However, keeping local residents and school children safe during those remediation efforts has been the focus of state and local officials and concerned parents as preliminary plans are being drafted.
PAWTUCKET â A 23-year-old city man is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl at his apartment on multiple occasions, Pawtucket Police said.
The suspect, Sergio C. Fernandes, of Vale Street, was arrested on Monday afternoon after a family member went to police about the matter. Major Arthur Martins said the incidents involving the girl, who is unrelated to the suspect and lives elsewhere in the city, are alleged to have been taking place since December.
PAWTUCKET â The grand marshal and Irish âfacesâ have been chosen, the raffle has been held and the shamrock will be painted in the street in front of City Hall this morning. In short, the city is gearing up for its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday.
The parade will step off on Saturday, March 2, at noon (rain or shine) from McCoy Stadium on Division Street. The parade then proceeds down South Bend Street to Walcott Street, then into the downtown and onto Roosevelt Avenue, where it passes by a reviewing stand in front of City Hall.
LINCOLN â The Community Against Bullying in Schools will hold its Let Kindness Bloom fundraising gala on Thursday, March 14 at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The event will feature a dinner prepared by Kirkbrae chefs, a silent auction, a display of student anti-bullying artwork, guest speakers, and music by entertainer Matty B.
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.