Archive - 2014 - News Article
PAWTUCKETâ€”A proposed new LA Fitness Center to be built on a blighted stretch of North Main Street and Pawtucket Avenue was given conditional approval by the city's Planning Commission at a meeting Tuesday night.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, that is part of the Procaccanti Group, involves an expanse of property that runs roughly from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the former Sears department store at White Avenue in Providence.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ A Central Falls business owner was sentenced to three months probation and ordered to pay restitution to three former employees for unpaid wages in the amount of $2,614.45.
Milad Shabo, 50, with a last known address of 1325 Broad St., pleaded nolo contendere on May 16 in Providence District Court before Justice Elaine T. Bucci to one count of violating a final order of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in violation of Rhode State law pertaining to payment on separation by employer.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Rhode Islandâ€™s smallest city already has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents and Mayor James Diossa has now officially proclaimed it a â€śWelcoming Cityâ€ť for newcomers to America.
He says it will send out the message that Central Falls is a good place to come to raise a family and start a business.
PAWTUCKETâ€”It's a densely populated city that has long mixed industry with residential. Yet, with a renewed effort at trying to beautify the riverfront, a plan by the owner of M&G Trucking and Transportation to build a new trucking facility in an area known as Bishops Bend has caused controversy with nearby property owners and has city officials trying to find a balanced solution.
Read the complete story in Tuesday's newspaper.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” In the best-case scenarios, teaching is a two-way street. A unique new collaboration between Rhode Island College and the Central Falls School District capitalizes on this, and then some.
Rhode Island College recently hosted a celebration of the first anniversary of its partnership with Central Falls schools through the Innovation Lab. Reportedly the first of its kind in the nation, this joint effort is designed to function as a â€śshared community,â€ť where new models of learning, teaching and services are developed, piloted and researched.
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.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
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.