Archive - 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her â€ścorn crop dress.â€ť The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakleyâ€™s great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her motherâ€™s family after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Coakley is happy to report that the heirloom dress officially stood the test of time at her Aug. 31 nuptials to Pawtucket native Robert M. Bedard on Cape Cod, and she provided the wedding photos to prove it.
CUMBERLAND â€” For those who love coffee, sometimes there just isnâ€™t time to go out to a coffee house for that beloved cup of joe.
Michael Houle and his wife, Linda, have a solution to that quandary with their Coffee Breaks single-serving coffee and accessories store at 2275 Diamond Hill Road, near the Route 295 interchange.
The Houles stock over 200 flavors of one-cup coffee, tea and juice packets for Keurig-style coffee makers, as well as a line of whole bean coffee from the Mills Coffee Roasters Co., on Broad Street in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€” Recently retired Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, accused of stealing gasoline from the city for his own use, pleaded no contest to the charges in 6th District Court on Friday.
Provost, 56, of 303 Woodward Ave., Seekonk, was charged with misdemeanor larceny in August for allegedly stealing more than 200 gallons of gasoline from the cityâ€™s Department of Public Works garage. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A state Health Department disciplinary board has suspended a local dentistâ€™s authority to prescribe controlled substances after providing himself and others with drugs that have nothing to do with pulling teeth.
In one incident, Demetrius James Photopoulos, D.D.S., prescribed the growth hormone omnitrope to a three-year-old in 2012, said the Board of Examiners in Dentistry. The child was given the drug for five months.
CUMBERLAND â€“ An elderly woman was killed Thursday morning after she was
struck by a dairy truck while crossing Dexter Street at the intersection
of Dexter and High Street, police said.
According to police, the woman, whoâ€™s name and age were not being released pending notification of next of kin, was struck around 6 a.m. while she was attempting to cross Dexter Street and was struck by the truck, which was traveling west on High Street, according to police.
PAWTUCKET â€” Whether you like your Halloween fun to be scary or â€śilluminating,â€ť there are activities in Slater Park this weekend that fits both bills.
Beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Slater Park will host â€śFright Night in the Park.â€ť Halloween events will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings only, through Oct. 26 (with the exception of inclement weather).
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ In recognition of the cityâ€™s improving financial performance, Standard & Poorâ€™s Ratings Services Tuesday raised East Providenceâ€™s general obligation bond rating five notches to â€śAâ€ť from â€śBB+â€ť.
â€śThe higher rating is based on our recently released local general obligation criteria, as well as the cityâ€™s improving financial performance and liquidity position and lower long-term pension liabilities,â€ť said Standard & Poorâ€™s credit analyst Victor Medeiros.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to some tireless lobbying on the part of city officials and local legislators, Pawtucket won approval to have a second neighborhood designated as a state-designated â€śEnterprise Zoneâ€ť offering tax incentives to new or expanding businesses.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the winners of its annual Photo Contest announced on Sunday, the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival wrapped up another successful year, said event chairman John Baxter.
â€śFor the third year in a row, we were blessed with extraordinary weather, and it contributed to record crowds,â€ť Baxter stated. â€śThe Arts Festival seems to grow incrementally every year.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” A 20-year-old man with the nickname of â€śDamageâ€ť pleaded guilty Tuesday before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second-degree murder for the July 6, 2012, murder of Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.
A stalemate in Congress that caused a government shutdown Tuesday for the first time in 17 years came as no surprise for Woonsocket auto mechanic Paul Morin.
â€śI stayed up and watched the entire thing and, personally, Iâ€™m with the Republicans on this one because I believe Obamacare will hurt the country,â€ť Morin says. â€śOf course Iâ€™m upset that we have the first government shutdown in nearly two decades, but Iâ€™m more upset the Democrats didnâ€™t do more to negotiate with the Republicans to avert this.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police have made two arrests in connection with Sundayâ€™s
shooting at Onna Moniz John Park, but are not releasing the names of the
suspects until later this afternoon pending further investigation,
according to police Lt. Michael David.
â€śWe have two individuals in custody,â€ť David said. "The quick arrests in
this are a direct result of police officers being familiar with the
community in which they work and inter agency cooperation."
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old victim in the shooting was being listed today
PAWTUCKETâ€”Pawtucket Police have recently come upon a phenomenon involving older model stolen vehicles and apparent cases of ownership fraud somehow slipping through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles registration system.
According to Police Chief Paul King, within the past six months or so, about a dozen cars that city residents have purchased off of private owners have turned out to be stolen, unbeknownst to the new owner. The issue, it seems, is that for cars older than 2000 models, no title is required to register the vehicle in Rhode Island.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Friday marked the four-year anniversary of an unsolved arson and hate crime in the city, and even though the case remains cold, East Providence police say they are still reviewing all aspects of the investigation in hopes of developing further leads.
On Sept. 27, 2009, anti-Semitic graffiti, including swatiskas and a racial slur, were spray-painted on a Ferris Avenue home in Rumford before the back of it was set on fire with an accelerant. A family sleeping in the home was able to get out safely, but the suspect responsible for setting the fire was never caught.
LINCOLN â€“ Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academyâ€™s Drew Madden, 27, admits skydiving was never really on his list of things to do someday.
But that wonâ€™t keep Madden from bailing out of a plane over Middletown this afternoon with Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist.
Madden, a noted math instructor for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school network serving Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket, made a commitment over the summer to support the middle schoolâ€™s reading program, and his skydiving excursion is the payoff of that endeavor.
PAWTUCKET â€” It seems a lot of photographers have an idea about what represents a slice of life in Pawtucket. Over 300 submissions were received for the cityâ€™s 15th annual Photo Contest under the theme â€śA Piece of Pawtucket.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” YWCA Rhode Island Thursday honored 12 â€śWomen of Achievement,â€ť including Woonsocketâ€™s Jacqueline L. Dowdy, Sally Ann Hay of Lincoln, and Central Falls native Anna Cano-Morales at its ninth annual awards luncheon at Kirkbrae Country Club.
Among the honorees was Quota International in Woonsocket and Pawtucket/Central Falls, which was recognized as Organization of the Year.
PAWTUCKET â€” Enjoy a feast for the senses, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival continues through Sunday with its lineup of creative films, live music, refreshments and food.
All of the films are shown at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. The standard admission fee is $10 per day, and that price includes a free T-shirt from Mirror Image, music, food, drinks, short films and features.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Ten Mile River Greenway, a paved two-mile bike path that connects Slater Park in Pawtucket to the Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence, is a boon to local walkers, bicyclists and inline skaters. But one City Council member is expressing concerns about the safety of a new crosswalk on Armistice Boulevard that utilizes a solar-powered traffic signal.
CUMBERLAND â€” A summer-long project to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with state-of-the-art synthetic turf is nearly complete, but whether or not it will be ready in time for the first home game of the season on Oct. 4 is still up in the air.