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SMITHFIELD â€“ â€śShall there be a convention to amend or revise the (Rhode Island) constitution?â€ť
That question will be on the ballot given to all voters in the November election.
Former R.I. Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders, for one, will answer that question in the affirmative.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The Chief Coutu Memorial Walk/5K Road Race will be held in Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket, on Sunday, March 30. A two-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the fully sanctioned 5K race at 10 a.m.
Proceeds will be used to create a park dedicated to the memory of Central Falls Fire Chief Robert A. Coutu and his son, Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu. The park will be located at the corner of Lewis and Hunt streets in Central Falls. It will be dedicated on International Firefighters Day, May 4, at noon.
Editor's note: This column was first published on March 24, 2014
When House Speaker Gordon Fox banged the gavel to close last Thursdayâ€™s session of the House of Representatives, he had no idea he was performing that function for the last time.
In one whirlwind weekend, the State Police and federal agents raided Foxâ€™s home and his Statehouse offices, Fox resigned the speakership, and that touched off palace intrigue and plots to take the crown in political huddles in different parts of the state.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A Slater Junior High School teacher was charged Thursday with assaulting a 13-year-old student in an incident that allegedly occurred at the school on March 18.
The teacher has been identified as Richard C. Koster, 49, of 142 Warren Ave., Cranston.
2 firefighters dead in Boston brownstone fire
BOSTON (AP) â€” A Boston city councilor says two firefighters have died in a fire that ripped through a brownstone.
The fire started Wednesday afternoon in the four-story building in the densely populated Back Bay neighborhood. Smoke and flames fanned by strong winds poured from the roof and windows for hours.
Councilor Josh Zakim represents the area and confirms the firefighters' deaths.
SOUTH ATTLEBORO â€” With its sleek styling, gleaming shelving and floors, and modern check-out stations that can be seen through the front doors, the new Market Basket on Newport Avenue sure looks ready to be filled with food items and customers.
Yet, the 2013 holiday season originally targeted for the Market Basket's debut has come and gone, and three months later, there is still no word on when the supermarket, a 78,500-square-foot anchor store in the Bristol Place Shopping Center just over the Pawtucket line, will open its doors.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When push came to shove, most of the House of Representatives fell in line to elect Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello as speaker by a landslide; only six stood by challenger Rep. Michael Marcello of Scituate, while six others abstained.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A Providence County Grand Jury has indicted Andrew Jett of East Providence in the 2012 murder of his then girlfriend Michelle Busby.
Jett, 54, of 71 Metacomet Ave., was indicted on one count of murder and is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on April 16.
Busby, 50, was found murdered inside the home she shared with Jett at 71 Metacomet Ave. Police say Busby was killed on Aug. 24, 2012 by Jett, who left the state in Busbyâ€™s Jeep Commander. Both vanished a few days before Busby's body was found.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello has emerged as the front runner in the momentous vote to pick a new Speaker of the House of Representatives scheduled for later today, but challenger Michael Marcello says he has enough votes to make a fight of it.
Mattiello said on Monday that he has at least 48 votes. Marcello claims to have 33 votes. One of them has to be wrong, because there are only 75 members of the House of Representatives. It takes 38 votes to win the Speakerâ€™s gavel and both Democrats and Republicans get to cast a ballot.
PAWTUCKET â€” It often helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look at a difficult problem. In the eyes of a group of graduate students from Roger Williams University, the rundown, vacant Conant/Coats & Clark Thread Mill property can be revived in numerous ways so as to be a vibrant area once again.
PROVIDENCE â€“ House Speaker Gordon D. Fox was hobbled by the taint of misconduct on Friday as state and federal agents raided his home and Statehouse office for evidence â€“ of what, no one is saying just yet.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Despite some problems that have occurred with vandalism, the playground at the Curtis Elementary School on Benefit Street has been kept unlocked and open to members of the community.
â€śIt's open seven days a week,â€ť said Curtis School Principal Jean Friend. â€śIt is left unlocked.â€ť She said there was a period when it had been locked after some mulch and an area that was being reseeded was damaged, but it has been unlocked now â€śfor awhile.â€ť She added, however, that there have still been some occasional issues with vandalism.
Read the full version of this story in today's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â€” The 2014 6th Annual Catholic High School Homeless Sleep Out, unfortunately could not be held at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul this year.
Instead, it will be hosted by Saint Raphael Academy tonight. There will be a Diocesan Professional Day the following dayâ€”so all Catholic High School students in the Diocese of Providence will not have school. The five schools participating in the Homeless Sleep Out are St. Raphael Academy, Bishop Hendricken, LaSalle Academy, the Prout School, and Bayview Academy.
Two-hundred students are expected at this event.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A statewide grand jury has indicted a former Pawtucket police officer accused of choking and raping his girlfriend last year.
Stephen Ricco, 41, of 1 Tupperware Drive, was indicted on one count each of first-degree domestic sexual assault; domestic strangulation; and two counts of domestic assault. The former two charges are felonies.
The alleged incidents took place in Riccoâ€™s condo on Nov. 28, state prosecutors said. Ricco has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since his arrest, the same day.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”The Central Falls Schools Superintendent has come up with a proposal that she said would integrate special education classes across all grade levels while better accommodating the school district's increasing primary school population.
LINCOLN â€“ The local public schools are about to make the shift from one statewide student assessment system, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), to its replacement and will be giving students a first look at the change this spring.
The initial round of testing under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is being done on a practice basis in Rhode Island school districts and will be used as a database for the state Department of Education to adjust the testing process before it becomes the new assessment of student achievement.
PAWTUCKET â€” If you build it, they will come...to learn, use computers, make music, and play sports. Next year, local youths will have a new, state-of-the-art place to gather thanks to an addition to the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's facility at One Moeller Place.
CUMBERLAND â€“ In recognition of the townâ€™s strong budgetary performance and good management practices, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised Cumberlandâ€™s general obligation bond rating one notch to â€śAAâ€ť from â€śAA-â€ť.
A bond rating for a town is like a credit rating for a person. The Standard & Poorâ€™s Rating Services bond rating system uses an alphabetical scale from AAA - indicating an extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments - down to D, marking an obligation that is in default.
For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Times.
Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 10.
Letâ€™s start off by acknowledging that, by and large, political endorsements, particularly from an individual, donâ€™t mean a heck of a lot.
But last week, former state senator and three-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Myrth York made a minor splash by announcing her support of Democrat Gina Raimondo. This interested those of us in the political/media complex for three reasons.
LINCOLN â€” Ben Perry wants to pursue a culinary arts degree at Johnson & Wales University next year, and he thinks he might have a resume credential that could set him apart and impress the university's admissions office: Guinness World Record holder.
At approximately 4:19 p.m. Wednesday, Perry, an 18-year-old senior at The Met School in Providence, completed 40 hours of nonstop cooking to break the current Guinness World Record of 36 hours and 58 minutes for longest cooking marathon by an individual.