Archive - 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â It hasnât been a happy time at Halloweenland. Last weekendâs debut of the carved pumpkin- and Halloween-themed exhibit at Slater Park was delayed due to rain, and this week, it was spoiled by something truly sinister: vandals who snipped electrical wires, broke displays and pumpkins, and apparently tried to start some fires.
PAWTUCKET â Theyâre usually next to the cash register. Packages that look like they contain incense or potpourri and are labeled âBliss,â âFake Weed,â âLunar Wave,â âWhite Lightningâ or other colorful names. Yet, police say these are synthetic stimulants that are not only harmful, but are now illegal to sell in Rhode Island.
Pawtucket Police have just sent out a letter to all local retailers notifying them of a new state law that makes it illegal to manufacture, sell or use certain synthetic narcotics. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the law (RIGL, Statute 21-28-2.08) into effect on July 17.
PAWTUCKET â The audience was small â about a dozen residents, but they kept the questions coming for Mayor Donald Grebien and his key department heads at Fallon Memorial Elementary School Thursday night.
The meeting was one of a series of community meetings that began this month, and which Grebien has held regularly throughout the three years since he was elected. âI get to give you some of the highlights as well as the downside of government. Iâll talk about where we are and where we came from, and then Iâll take your questions,â the mayor said.
PAWTUCKET â A city woman is suing the city for $1 million in damages that she maintains were incurred as the result of a fall on Prospect Street during the summer.
A representative of the Orabona Law Offices in Providence notified the city clerk last August that Sherry Ambers, of 560 Prospect St., Pawtucket, was injured in an accident on Aug. 14. Ambers was reportedly injured when she was walking down Prospect Street and stepped on a large piece of metal.
CENTRAL FALLS â Itâs a new concept: using social media to reach out to investors to fund private and government projects. Recently, the city of Central Falls decided to try the method, known as âcrowdfunding,â to pay for five new steel trash/recycling bins for Jenks Park. To date, the city is about a tenth of the way there, but those involved are voicing optimism about the potential to reach the goal.
PAWTUCKET â While the City Council is typically granted the information it asks for, the need to protect the anonymity of undercover police officers trumped a request for details about the purchases of vehicles made by the city administration outside of normal purchasing procedures.
PROVIDENCE â Citing changed circumstances, the state Ethics Commission says Cumberland Town Councilman Scott Schmitt may participate and vote after all in matters where attorney Scott Partington, a former council president, represents clients.
Last February, the commission issued the opposite opinion, saying Schmitt must recuse himself in matters involving Partington because Partingtonâs law office rents space in a building that was owned at the time by ARS Holdings, a company owned by Schmitt and his wife.
PAWTUCKET â Maybe itâs the concerns about global warming. Or just nostalgia for shady lanes. Whatever the reason, residents have responded positively to an offer from the city to have trees planted along sidewalks, free of charge.
PAWTUCKET â A man and woman who police say maintained two residences in the city where drugs and related paraphernalia were found were arrested Friday following an investigation by the Police Department's Special Squad.
According to Police Major Arthur Martins, on Oct. 4, members of the Special Squad executed two search warrants for two addresses, 10 George St., apartment 24 and 18 Dudley St., apartment 3. He said that evidence police recovered indicated that the couple had maintained tenancy at both apartments.
PAWTUCKET â A little over a month after the much-talked-about merger with the Care New England Health System, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island on Thursday laid off seven employees in a cost-cutting move.
Susan McDonald, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed the seven job reductions, but said that one of the individuals, a senior vice president, had retired. She said the layoffs had included another senior vice president, two employees who had worked in Memorial Hospital's print shop, and three in facilities management.
PAWTUCKETâThe idea got people clucking when it was first introduced in March: a proposal for ordinance changes allowing residents to raise chickens, honeybees and outdoor fish.
Now, city officials are working to draft an ordinance that would allow for this type of limited urban farming, along with fish raising through aquaponics, that will be put to the City Council for consideration.
PAWTUCKET â Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her âcorn crop dress.â The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakleyâs great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her motherâs 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 isnât 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 cityâs 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 dentistâs 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, whoâs 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 âilluminating,â there are activities in Slater Park this weekend that fits both bills.
Beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Slater Park will host âFright Night in the Park.â 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 cityâs improving financial performance, Standard & Poorâs Ratings Services Tuesday raised East Providenceâs general obligation bond rating five notches to âAâ from âBB+â.
âThe higher rating is based on our recently released local general obligation criteria, as well as the cityâs improving financial performance and liquidity position and lower long-term pension liabilities,â said Standard & Poorâs 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 âEnterprise Zoneâ 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.
âFor the third year in a row, we were blessed with extraordinary weather, and it contributed to record crowds,â Baxter stated. âThe Arts Festival seems to grow incrementally every year.â