Archive - 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council on Wednesday continued to question the hiring of a second communications director by Mayor Donald Grebien and called for a legal opinion on the way the position came about.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The RI ACLU and eight other plaintiffs sued the new RI Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday to force the panel to answer a petition asking that public schools stop using the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) test as a graduation requirement.
The suit does not challenge the NECAP test directly â€“ at this point â€“ but merely seeks to have the BOE respond to a June 21 petition submitted by 17 organizations by either starting a rule-making process to consider stopping the use of NECAP as a graduation requirement or formally rejecting the petition with a board vote.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two gleaming new rescue vehicles will go into service this week, joining the new Engine 2 which made its debut earlier this month.
They will be the first city rescues to feature a state of the art EMS computer system allowing crews to file online reports upon completion of their patient care runs, allowing for faster filing and making paper reports a thing of the past. They also join the new Engine 2, which went into service last month, as marking major improvements in front line equipment for the department.
By JOSEPH B. NADEAU
JAMESTOWN -- Anyone who has regularly participated in Save The Bay's annual Narrragansett Bay swim fundraiser and entered the waters off Potter's Cove Saturday for this year's 37th annual edition will remember it as definitely different.
LINCOLN â€“ The wrong-way driver who caused a crash in which he and two passengers in another car perished on Route 146 Sunday was the target of an active arrest warrant for failure to answer charges of driving without a license, court records say.
A District Court judge had issued the bench warrant for Aldo M. Almanzar, 39, when he failed to appear for arraignment on North Smithfield police charges of driving without a license on Feb. 26.
LINCOLN â€” Rhode Island State Police confirmed on Sunday that three people were killed after a head-on crash on Route 146 at 3:07 a.m.
State police said the crash was caused by Aldo Almanzar, 29 of North Smithfield who was driving a Toyota and traveling in the wrong direction on Route 146 near Route 99. Almanzarâ€™s car hit a Hondo Accord, head-on according to state police. There were three people in the Honda.
State police said Almanzar, who was killed, did not have a driver's license and was not wearing a seat belt.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”A three-story building at 52 Watson St. was damaged by fire at about noon Saturday after a Dumpster next to the building caught fire. Flames extended to the outside of the building. The fire quickly went to two alarms due to the intense heat. Mutual aid was called to the scene to assist.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police are asking for the publicâ€™s help after a woman was shot at 108 Cross St. at 4:45 Saturday morning. Police said a 28-year-old unidentified woman was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police are investigating a "commonality" between Saturday's shooting and a shooting last month at Hadwin and Tremont streets, a police press release stated. Police would not release any other details as the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Police Departmentâ€™s tip line at 727-7420.
PAWTUCKETâ€” It's not quite the same as an old-fashioned â€śbarn raising,â€ť but close. Thanks to an outpouring of business and community support, plans are moving ahead for replacing a burnt out summer camp storage facility at Slater Park with something bigger and better.
An early morning fire on Dec. 30, 2012 destroyed the storage facility and all of its contents, along with an administrative and counselor training office. Among the items lost were arts and crafts supplies, games, and sporting goods used for the city's annual summer camp program.
With a single serving size weighing in at a hefty 330 calories, thereâ€™s a good chance some of the thousands of Rhode Islanders who stopped by Kennedy Plaza Wednesday to receive a complimentary cake from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will be feeling some remorse today and working a little extra to burn off the calories.
Or if youâ€™re Dennis Hoag of Central Falls youâ€™re planning to have a slice for breakfast and maybe another for lunch.
â€śNot bad,â€ť Hoag says as he licked a dab of frosting from his finger under a shade tree in nearby Burnside Park.
Cranking up the air conditioner is one way to stay cool during an oppressive heat wave, but with electricity usage forecast to reach near record-breaking levels this week, National Grid is asking consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity to help keep supply and demand in balance during the hot spell.
â€śThereâ€™s always a concern when we have prolonged hot weather, but rarely do we see five to six days of this kind of oppressive heat and humidity,â€ť said National Grid Spokesman David D. Graves.
PAWTUCKET â€” A marriage of carefully crafted breads and pastries combined with high quality coffee has led to much success for the husband-and-wife team of Lynn and Jim Williams. Just don't call their Seven Stars Bakery a â€ścoffee shop.â€ť
â€śJim bristles when he hears that,â€ť jokes Lynn. Although the two veteran bakers are quick to point out that they didn't want to be â€śjust a bakeryâ€ť either, and having coffee and morning newspapers available to accompany their baked goods helps bring customers in and keeps them coming back.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city of Pawtucket recently lost a costly lawsuit involving a 53-year-old female kidney patient who bled to death waiting for a Fire Department ambulance to arrive.
(Editorâ€™s note: This is the latest in a series of weekly reports about the new city of Central Falls, now clear of bankruptcy and proceeding anew to provide for its residents.)
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ People come from all over the country â€“ indeed, from all over the world â€” to visit Federal Hill in Providence and they come largely for the fine Italian restaurants that line Atwells Avenue.
LINCOLN â€“ In the pantheon of table games, they say craps offers the well-schooled gambler with a head for numbers the best chance of beating the odds.
But on a busy night when chips are flying around an exotic mix of mind-boggling games with names like Spanish 21 and Pai Gow Poker, this may be the safest bet in the house: somebodyâ€™s trying to rig the system.
Thatâ€™s where Detective Lt. John Flaherty comes in. The 23-year veteran of the state police is in charge of the new Gaming Enforcement Unit, created to squeeze cheating and corruption out of the table game business at Twin River.
PAWTUCKETâ€”As her classmates spun Hula Hoops and danced to a deejay, 11-year-old friends Nychelle Torres and Bobbie Walls sampled blueberries and pomegranates. â€śBlueberries are good with honey on them,â€ť Torres stated. The two said they had also enjoyed making their own salsa out of a buffet table of different ingredients provided by Farm Fresh Rhode Island. â€śThe salsa was good, except for some of the spicy tastes,â€ť Torres added.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Eight-year-old Estuardo Estrada of Providence stares up into the beady eyes of a Triceratops, a three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 65 million years ago.
Illuminated by overhead multi-colored lights, the beastâ€™s head â€“ boasting the largest skull of all land mammals â€” suddenly moves from side to side, itâ€™s short, pointed tail wagging in unison.
The creature suddenly lets out a roar, startling Estrada and the crowd of other junior paleontologists standing nearby.
Wide-eyed and breathless, Estrada grips the hand of his stepfather Gabriel Vargas.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A Rhode Island State Police investigation has found no sufficient facts or probable cause to back up allegations that two members of the City Council unlawfully influenced City Manager Peter Graczykowski to place Police Chief Joseph Tavares on paid administrative leave in return for a new employment contract for Graczkowski.
PAWTUCKET â€” Freeze frame. The School Department currently has a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014. However, while the School Committee approved the $102 million spending plan on Wednesday night, there are several big expenses looming that could change this picture considerably.
Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke noted that, by Charter rule, the School Department is required to send the city a budget by April 30 of each year. On April 23, a fiscal 2014 budget was presented to school officials reflecting known revenue and expenditures.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The two men believed to have been murdered and found inside a 16 Sylvian St. apartment July 3 were identified by Central Falls Police on Wednesday.
Lt. Dorian R. Rave listed the victims in the double homicide as Malcolm Townes, 21, and Nathan Lewis, 22. Lewis was reported to have lived in the apartment and Townes to be staying with him.
Although ruled to be homicides, the Rhode Island Medical Examinerâ€™s Office has not yet to issue an official cause of death for the victims, Rave said.