Archive - 2014 - News Article
PROVIDENCE â€“ Holding his thumb and forefinger about a half inch apart, retired Central Falls policeman Bruce Ogni implored the House Finance Committee to â€śshow us just this much compassionâ€ť by allowing the retirees to keep the 75 percent of their pensions they have left after the cityâ€™s historic bankruptcy.
While there were some tax increases and layoffs as part of Central Fallsâ€™ plan to get out of bankruptcy, the hammer came down hardest on retirees.
PAWTUCKETâ€”To ease more cases of anticipated overcrowding at the elementary level, sixth grade students from Fallen Memorial and Agnes E. Little Elementary Schools will be moved to Jenks Junior High School in the fall.
On Tuesday, the School Committee unanimously approved the plan outlined by interim Schools Superintendent Patricia DiCenso. She said the move is necessary because there is no available classroom space remaining at Fallon or Little to accommodate the expected influx. Projected enrollment figures show an additional 55 students heading to Fallon in the fall and 29 more at Little.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Four tenants at 149 Valley St. were sitting outside in Monday's sunshine, but they had heavy hearts knowing that their neighbor, Shelina Moreino, was not among them. The 41-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her apartment early Sunday morning, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, Robert Bethea.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” A suspect at a Central Falls apartment where a womanâ€™s body was found has been charged with her murder.
Police say Robert Bethea was at the second-floor apartment at 149 Valley St. when he was arrested early Sunday morning.
He was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of domestic murder and violation of a no-contact order. The 45-year-old Bethea was held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court this morning.
An autopsy has yet to be done to determine the cause of death of 41-year-old Shelina Moreino.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There are nine craft breweries in Rhode Island, and three of them are in Pawtucket, which just might make the city the craft brewery capital of Rhode Island, says Jason Lourenco, co-owner of the cityâ€™s third micro brewery â€“ Brewery 401 â€“ which opened on May 1.
â€śItâ€™s purely coincidental that we landed here in Pawtucket, and we only realized later that it was where Bucket Brewery Co. used to be before they expanded,â€ť says Lourenco, who along with co-owner and Brewmaster Nicole Pelletier opened Brewery 401 in the Lorraine Mills building on Mineral Spring Avenue.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Declaring that â€śdiscrimination is real in Rhode Island today,â€ť Democratic candidate for governor Clay Pell laid out what he called an â€śOpportunity for Allâ€ť policy that would benefit women, minorities, gays and even illegal immigrants.
â€śI believe we need to make this a place where all people can succeed,â€ť Pell told reporters at a press conference at the Museum of Work and Culture Thursday. â€śI believe we have to include people regardless of their immigration status in our economy. We have to make sure that
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Fire investigators say the cause of a two-alarm fire that destroyed an eight-unit apartment building on Pine Street Wednesday afternoon has been officially listed as "undeterminedâ€ť due to the extensive damage.
A cause is classified "undetermined" when multiple causes can not be eliminated, or there is insufficient proof of a particular cause.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Pawtucket man was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the unprovoked stabbing of a barber at the Major League Kuts barber shop on Pleasant Street, police said.
The suspect, identified as Abraham R. Silva, 25, of 52 Larch St., Pawtucket.
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PAWTUCKETâ€”The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed annual operating budget for fiscal year 2015 at its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
The public will have a chance to comment on the spending plan for the city as presented by Mayor Donald Grebien. The proposed budget of $112.3 million is about $1.6 million higher than the current operating budget of $110.7 million, an increase of 1.47 percent. The proposal involves no tax increase for residential or commercial property owners, tangibles or motor vehicles.
PAWTUCKETâ€”While plans are in the works for an MBTA commuter rail station to be built near Dexter Street, the fate of the old brick train depot a short distance away at Broad and Barton streets remains in limbo.
He used to coach college softball and baseball. But now he's far more likely to be found coaching his much younger City Council colleagues on how to survive the rough and tumble world of City Hall politics.
Typically, the role of a coach is to guide current players. In most but not all cases, coaches have played the game they are coaching. Therefore, they can describe what needs to be done, offer advice. Coaches wear a lot of hats: they are at various times psychologists; tormentors; father figures; motivators; older brothers.
PAWTUCKET â€” There are more than 250 million people worldwide that suffer from IDD, or intellectual and developmental disabilities. About 7.5 million of those people alone live in the United States. Best Buddies Rhode Island is an organization that revolves around making the lives of people with IDD easier. The Best Buddies program of Rhode Island is hosting a â€śFriendship Walkâ€ť that will take place in Slater Park on Sunday, May 4.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. while the walk will commence at 9 a.m.
PROVIDENCE â€“ With a minimum of fanfare, and no official recognition from the dais, Rep. Gordon Fox took his seat on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, the first time he entered the chamber since he resigned the speakerâ€™s gavel in the wake of a March 21 raid on his Statehouse office by state and federal law enforcement officials.
He was greeted cordially by some representatives and staff, shaking hands and kissing cheeks as he made his appearance.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The details behind a proposed, three-year cost of living adjustment (COLA) freeze for Pawtucket Police and Fire Department retirees and their beneficiaries will be outlined at a meeting at Tolman High School on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Most of the time, when members of a community see police officers, they are usually on duty or patrolling the streets in their police cruisers.
That can create a gap of sorts between officers and the residents they serve, a gap that R.I. State Police Col. Steven Oâ€™Donnell and others involved in the State Police â€śNew Beginnings Community Outreach Initiative,â€ť hope to close.
PAWTUCKET â€” In the wake of a recent crackdown by the City Council on those collecting money and/or panhandling on city streets, one local sports team president is raising an objection to the ban and also questioning what this means to the national firefightersâ€™ â€śFill the Bootâ€ť campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”A century-old weaving mill that once depended on the Blackstone River to operate is now using the waterway as a scenic and recreational lure of potential tenants.
With the river gleaming brightly in the background, state and local officials on Monday gathered to break ground on 90 new residential units at M Residential on 521 Roosevelt Ave. This housing will join an already existing 70 units and represents the final stage in the second phase of a residential mill rehabilitation that spans a city block.
LINCOLN â€” The Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health are advising people in the area of Lower Road in Lincoln that a neighborhood cat that attacked a resident and exposed two other persons on April 17 has tested positive for rabies. These individuals have started treatment with rabies vaccine.
PAWTUCKET â€” Whether its a gaggle of young dancers or gymnasts with money jars or a lone jobless person with a cardboard sign, the act of begging for cash from motorists at stoplights and busy intersections is one that has drawn the ire and concern of residents and city officials alike.
Putting public safety at the forefront of its decision, the City Council on Wednesday night voted to have Police Chief Paul King begin enforcing an existing city ordinance that prohibits people from soliciting money from drivers at intersections.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Touting the verities of education, job creation and capital-D Democratic values, three of the Democrats running for governor vied for the favor of their partyâ€™s city and town chairmen on Tuesday.
Democrats Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras and Clay Pell made brief presentations to the RI Association of State Democratic City and Town Chairmen (RI ASDCTC) at Le Foyer ahead of that groupâ€™s endorsement vote scheduled for next month.