Archive - Apr 2014 - News Article
PAWTUCKETâ€”Following a two-part hearing on a contentious issue, the Board of Appeals on Monday voted 5 to 0 to approve a variance allowing for an oversized garage on Sharon Avenue property belonging to the Grupo Amigos Da Terceira.
The garage, to be built on property at 125 Sharon Ave., will reportedly be used to store vehicles belonging to the Portuguese social club. The main Grupo Amigos community center, at 55 Memorial Dr., is located next door to the white, two-family house at 125 Sharon Ave. where the club intends to construct the new garage.
PAWTUCKETâ€” An unsightly and long-neglected stretch of busy North Main Street, near an underground bowling alley and former Sears department store, will get a much-needed lift with a proposal to build a new LA Fitness Center.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, part of the Procaccanti Group real estate management and investment firms, will involve an expanse of property that stretches down North Main Street from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the old Sears store at White Avenue in neighboring Providence.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academyâ€™s elementary school building has begun to take shape at the former Currier Park on Broad Street near Town Hall, and is expected to open to students in the fall.
That was the forecast offered by Robert Bellafiore, a spokesman for Civic Builders, on Friday as workers from H.V. Collins, Civicâ€™s contractor, continued to erect steel beams at the site.
PAWTUCKETâ€”She was the city's own version of Geraldine Ferraro. Kathleen A. Magill, the first woman to hold a City Council seat and the first to run for mayor, passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 69.
Magill, a married mother of three, made history in 1979 when she became the first woman elected to the Pawtucket City Council. She won a city-wide, at-large council seat and served for eight years.
Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 31.
The events between March 21, when the FBI raided then-House Speaker Gordon Foxâ€™s third-floor Statehouse office, and Tuesday, March 25, when Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello put his hand on a Bible and was sworn in as the new Speaker, were seismic, a lightning-fast blitzkrieg of political maneuvering, a fundamental shakeup in the House of Representatives and a change in the most powerful political office in the state.
PAWTUCKETâ€”In a move that is being hailed as a major win by city officials, a growing pet food and supply company has purchased the Benjamin F. Chester Building at 175 Main St. as its corporate headquarters.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€“ An unidentified 28-year-old man was struck by a truck and killed on Route 146 South Wednesday after an incident near the Mineral Spring Avenue on-ramp that slowed travel on the road for more than hour.
State Police confirmed that the pedestrian, who had apparently parked a car along the side of the highway and stepped into the travel lane before being hit by an 18-wheel tractor trailer, was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital where he later died of traumatic injuries, according to State Police Capt. Robert S. Wall, District A commander.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Like a doctor in search of germs, Dianne Mailloux has taken a microscope to the traffic arteries of the Blackstone Valley in search of another kind of infestation.
Accompanied by a team of note-jotting student interns, the coordinator of Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful has traveled from the back roads of Burrillville to the avenues of Pawtucket â€“ nine cities and towns in all â€“ looking for the unsightly scourge or litter, graffiti and grunge.
Letâ€™s just say it could have been a lot worse.