Archive - 2014 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â Only 225 high school juniors and seniors from across the country, and only five from Rhode Island, were chosen to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program this year.
Thanks to their hard work and dedication to their communities, Ryan Gomes and Monitea Minea, were two of those students.
Gomes, a recent graduate of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School, and Minea, a senior at the William E. Tolman School, were both selected to participate in the program based on their extensive service work.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.
The state beach concession stands cited for more than 70 food code violations last month were re-inspected Friday morning and found to be in compliance, the Department of Health said Friday.
âMisquamicut, Scarborough, and Roger Wheeler were inspected this (Friday) morning. They no longer have any critical violations, which means public health is not at-risk to patronize these sites,â said Christina Batastini, the Rhode Island Department of Healthâs chief officer of health promotion.
PROVIDENCE â Even if he had not withdrawn his high bid, Cranston state Rep. Peter Palumbo would not have been able to be awarded the contract to run concession stands at state beaches.
A RI Ethics Commission regulation prohibits General Assembly members from taking any other employment with the state â explicitly including being an independent contractor â until one year after he or she leaves the legislature.
Fly strips hanging over food preparation areas; cans of clam chowder stored in restrooms; mold in ice machines; fish fillets thawing on the counter in stagnant water; and foul, noxious odors coming from grease traps are just some of the more than 70 health and food code violations the state Department of Health recently found at concession stands at Rhode Islandâs three state beaches - Misquamicut, Scarborough and Roger Wheeler, The Call and The Times has learned.
CUMBERLAND â Town Councilman Manuel N. DaCosta left no doubt Thursday morning that town plans to place a new public safety complex on land at the town-owned monastery property off Diamond Hill Road is a highlight issue of the campaign for mayor.
PROVIDENCE â With the Rhode Island State Police investigating his role in obtaining a concession contract at three state beaches, RI Democratic Chairman David Caprio has abruptly resigned his party post less than six weeks to go before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary elections.
Providence Rep. Grace Diaz, the partyâs vice chairwoman will step into Caprioâs shoes as acting chairwoman. Jonathan Boucher is the partyâs executive director.
PAWTUCKET â Mark Binder, author of the groundbreaking childrenâs book âCinderella Spinderella,â is taking his work one step further with the âPay a Book Forwardâ campaign.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A Bristol man and registered sex offender was arraigned in District Court Providence Thursday, where he pled not guilty to charges that inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl at the Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness swimming pool.
Raymond J. Dubord, of 50 Monroe St., Bristol, was charged with simple assault after the grandmother of the girl filed a complaint with the East Providence police on July 18. According to the complaint, Dubord was constantly trying to talk to the girl and exchanged phone numbers and that there was âunwanted touchingâ involved.
PAWTUCKET â Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery after a man showed up at the hospital Tuesday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the foot, they said.
Marquis Hopper, 20, of Pawtucket, suffered a small-caliber bullet wound to the foot and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, said Major Arthur Martins. He is expected to be okay.
CENTRAL FALLS â An unprecedented community collaborative to tackle truancy and chronic absenteeism in the cityâs public schools kicks off next month and City Councilwoman and School Committee member Stephanie Gonzalez is leading the charge.
The idea for the Back to School campaign was hatched in the spring by the newly-formed Central Falls Alumni Association, which has partnered with the school district to reach out and involve school, community and municipal stakeholders, including School Superintendent Frances Gallo, Mayor James A. Diossa and Police Chief James J. Mendonca, to name a few.
LINCOLN â A fire breaking out in a motor vehicle inside Georgeâs Towing and Auto Repair at 25 North Crow Point Road Monday afternoon caused heavy damage to the metal commercial building and non-life threatening injuries to three local firefighters working to put it out.
Police Capt. Philip Gould said the department received a call from an employee at 25 North Crow Point Road reporting fire inside the building at 1:12 p.m.
âThey were working on a vehicle inside the building and the vehicle caught fire,â Gould said.
CENTRAL FALLS â For Luis Munoz of Cumberland, Sunday was a special day for Colombians that should also be celebrated with members of the Colombian-American community.
âWe are going to celebrate our independence day,â Munoz said as he and his wife, Andriana, and their daughter, Ashley, headed into the Colombian American Cultural Festival at the Higgins Avenue Recreational Complex on Sunday.
âToday is Colombiaâs 204th Independence Day,â he said.
PROVIDENCE â Standing on the steps of the Statehouse, Terry Gorman told a small rally riday that if buses filled with immigrant children from Central America were rolling in Rhode Island, âI would lay down in front of those buses.â
As the three dozen or so protesters cheered and shouted âMe, too,â he added, âbecause I believe that would be the destruction of the state of Rhode Island.â
PROVIDENCE â Thomas Coderre, former state senator from Pawtucket and now the chief of staff to Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, is leaving his Statehouse job to take a position with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Coderre overcame his own high-profile troubles with substance abuse nearly a dozen years ago and became active in substance abuse treatment advocacy. He served as the board chair for Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES), and was National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, based in Washington, D.C.
CENTRAL FALLS â A joint project by students from the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in BogotĂĄ, Colombia to transform an ugly vacant lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped public plaza and park is finished.
To celebrate the completion of the six-week project, a finale party, or âParty at the Plaza,â is slated to be held tonight at 6 at 741 Dexter St. The event will include live music, food, screen printing, a photo booth and a plaza-naming contest.
CUMBERLAND â The townâs Diamond Hill Park off Diamond Hill Road has a new asphalt parking lot thanks to a $165,542 improvement project but Mayor Daniel J. McKee is asking the Town Council for an expansion of the work when it meets on Wednesday.
McKee said the Department of Environmental Management rules for use of the open space park allowed the initial paving project to cover just one acre of the available parking area at the one-time, state-operated ski area to be paved by the Cardi Corporation under the initial work.
PAWTUCKET â It was certainly warm enough for a dunk tank to be operating at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 306 Block Party Sunday afternoon, and Mayor Donald R. Grebien and City Councilman Albert J. Vitali Jr. didn't disappoint the kids and a few adults looking to see them take the plunge.
The dunk tank was part of the fundraising activities scheduled for the block party to help fund Post programs for veteran outreach and services and also bring a little attention to the 95 year-old organization and its 94-year-old Womenâs Auxiliary.
CENTRAL FALLS â As a surge of undocumented immigrant children spills into the United States from Mexico, itâs not unusual to hear calls to seal the border and speed up deportations.
âA nation without borders is a nation without sovereignty,â a woman says on the TV news.
But in the most Latino square mile of Rhode Island youâre likely to hear a kinder, gentler version of the ramped-up debate over immigration triggered by the crisis in the Rio Grande Valley.
âPutting up walls and other things are Band-Aids,â says Mario Bueno, the director of Progreso Latino.
C UMBERLAND â Police put out a notice for a missing teenager Wednesday after he was last seen in the area of Manville Hill Road Tuesday night.
Police are looking for help in locating Mathew Rockefeller, 14, of Cumberland, in connection with the missing person report, Lt. William W. Wilkie said Wednesday.
âIf anyone has information on his whereabouts please contact us at Police Departmentâs main number, 333-2500,â Wilkie said.
PAWTUCKET â An apartment building on North Bend Street was evacuated Tuesday after a grenade was discovered by a cleaning crew in one of the apartment units, police said.
Maj. Arthur Martins, spokesman for the Pawtucket police, said a sewer leak in the apartment unit prompted the building manager to call in a cleaning crew, which discovered the grenade as well as a handful of bullet shells.
According to Martins, the RI State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene and quickly determined that the grenade and rounds were not live.