Archive - 2013 - News Article
GLOCESTER â€” Dr. Michael Barnes, school superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional School system, is the 2014 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. His selection by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association (RISSA) was announced at its general membership meeting on Wednesday.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in school district leadership, his dedication to the education of all children, his commitment to the community, and his service to RISSA.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ A Central Falls woman was arrested Friday and charged with selling crack cocaine from her home on Lincoln Avenue.
Andrea Diaz, of 119 Lincoln Ave., was arrested after members of the Central Falls Police Departmentâ€™s Special Investigative Unit executed a narcotics search of her first-floor apartment.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Authentic Spanikopita (spinach pie), fresh Baklava and traditional and modern Greek dance will highlight the 86th Annual Grecian Festival, a three-day Greek festival that kicks off today at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church.
One of the biggest Greek festivals of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the 97 Walcott St. church, will be teeming with activity with everything from Greek dancing groups to an indoor/outdoor Greek Agora (marketplace).
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says he would favor confiscating guns from people who are the subject of domestic violence restraining orders as a â€śpreventive measureâ€ť that could avoid situations like the one in Johnston last Sunday when a mother and her young daughter were murdered, her son abducted and then left to roam the streets of Providence and a second daughter was found unharmed inside the home.
â€śObviously the whole situation is horrific,â€ť Kilmartin told The Times Wednesday, â€śinnocent people dying and children being abandoned. Itâ€™s about as bad as it can get.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ The meeting place for city veterans for more than 90 years, the Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306 on Fountain Street has been home to blood drives, spaghetti dinners, and hundreds of other community events over the years.
But the 100-year-old city-owned building is starting to show its age and is in desperate need of repair, especially the roof, which needs to be replaced.
Special to The Times
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Dan Klotz has big plans for Central Falls.
PAWTUCKETâ€”It's a homeowner's nightmare: living next door to a house where trash and debris are strewn about the yard and the grass is a foot high. Or perhaps the home has been damaged by fire or abandoned for foreclosure and it sits as an eyesore and a target for vandals.
As a relatively junior Democrat in a Republican-dominated Congress, 1st District Rep. David Cicilline says he finds it â€śvery frustratingâ€ť that a significant portion of the GOP â€śare not moving forward anything we need to get done,â€ť in terms of the important issues facing the country.
Instead, he says, â€śthey seem very focused on passing bills that are used to communicate a message and speak to the most extreme members of their party, knowing that the bill in the form that they pass it is not going to be taken up by the Senate or is promised to be vetoed by the president.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse answered questions ranging from federal spending and the national debt, to the need for infrastructure improvements to Obamacare and global climate change from more than 100 area residents who attended a community dinner at the Portuguese Social Club Thursday.
The second-term Democrat said â€śit is a challenging time to be in Washingtonâ€ť because the nation is only slowly coming out of the recession and the recovery is particularly slow in Rhode Island.
The Narragansett Indian Tribe is still in the courts, challenging a Rhode Island Superior Court ruling that rejected the tribeâ€™s claim that the 2012 Twin River table games referendum violated the same constitutional provisions that halted previous attempts by the Narragansetts to establish their own casino.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Organizers of the biggest block party on the East Coast have announced the entertainment lineup for a dozen stages that will stretch for a half-mile through downtown.
Itâ€™s all part of the cityâ€™s 125th anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 29, spearheaded by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and a dedicated band of volunteers. The Call is the designated media partner for the event.
Stage 1, at 2 Main St., will feature the Meadowlarks, a big band group with a dozen members.
Stage 2, 20 Main St. will feature country music with a band to be announced.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Pawtucket man who shot his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend in the head in 2008 was found guilty a second time by a Providence County Superior Court jury on Monday.
Juan Diaz, 29, who was convicted in the murder of Mayra Cruz in 2010, was found guilty again of second degree murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting.
The verdict was returned one day after a nine-day retrial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Despite all the handwringing and gloom-and-doom pronouncements about the death of manufacturing in America, and the movement of such businesses to countries with cheap labor and few regulations over the past several decades, the United States has knocked China out of first place as the favorite place for foreign investment for the first time since 2001.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A 19-year-old city man is expected to recover after being impaled by a metal fence post in an accident at 167 Carter Street early Sunday morning.
According to Pawtucket Police, Kelvin Fernandez, of 970 York Ave., was a passenger in a car in which the driver struck the fence and foundation of a property at 163 Carter Ave. and came to rest in front of a house at 167 Carter Ave. at around 3:05 a.m.
CENTRAL FALLS -- Jerauld C. Adams back in the mid-1990s was working for a Lincoln engineering company when he became interested in the field of foreclosures, particularly buying distressed properties and rehabbing them.
The Barrington native bought a small boarded-up mansion in Central Falls â€“ the Benjamin F. Greene House at 85 Cross St. with 28 rooms â€“ and so began what is likely to be a lifelong relationship between the now 43-year-old entrepreneur and the stateâ€™s smallest city.
PROVIDENCE â€”The first same-sex marriage ceremonies in Rhode Island were conducted on Thursday, but if you think that is the end of the long political battle on the issue you have another think coming.
The National Organization for Marriage, a national group opposed to gay marriage, said Thursday that it would sink $100,000 into next yearâ€™s elections in Rhode Island to â€śhold politicians accountable for this travesty.â€ť It pledged an additional $500,000 for the same purpose in Minnesota, where same-sex nuptials also became legal on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€” City officials are planning to formally issue a request for proposals (RFP) from private firms to redevelop and/or manage the downtown municipal parking garage and two adjacent parking lots.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A local man convicted in June on multiple counts of first-degree and second- degree child molestation was sentenced to 60 years, with 50 to serve, during a hearing on Tuesday before Superior Court Judge William E. Carnes Jr., according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâ€™s office.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Police are investigating a second death in as many days after an unidentified man's body was found in the woods off Blackstone Avenue Monday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET -- The body of an unidentified man was discovered in a wooded area on Blackstone Avenue on Monday afternoon. Police confirmed they are investigating the discovery of the body as a suspicious death, but wouldn't release any other details. The medical examiner was called to the scene and an autopsy is planned, police said.