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June 18th, 2015

WEB EXTRA: House passes bill boosting fiscal oversight of charter schools

June 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE — The state House of Representatives voted 64-8 Thursday evening to approve a bill submitted by Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket) that adds a new requirement to state law allowing the creation of independent charter schools.

O’Grady’s bill, H-5555 as Amended, would require the state Department of Education to conduct a review of the fiscal impact of a newly proposed charter school on the communities it serves, and also to determine that no negative fiscal impact would result before approving such a charter.

June 17th

Woman dies in East Providence fire

June 17, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Beverly LeFort was watching television early Wednesday morning when the blaring of a car horn interrupted the still silence outside her home on Fenmoor Street, a close-knit neighborhood where people know their neighbors and look out for one another.

LeFort tried to ignore the beeping, thinking somebody’s car alarm had gone off.

1 dead in East Providence fire

June 17, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE - An early morning fire has claimed the life of an elderly woman. Fire officials confirmed that one person was killed in a fire on Fenmoor Street that began at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Two firefighters were also injured fighting the blaze. The cause of the fire, that gutted the home, is under investigation. The identity of the victim has not been released. Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.

June 16th

Police officer, two others injured in crash

June 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A Central Falls man is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision with a Pawtucket Police cruiser early Tuesday morning, sending two passengers and a police officer to the hospital, authorities said.

June 15th

Anti-Providence stadium rally slated June 25

June 15, 2015

PAWTUCKET - David Norton of Organizing for Pawtucket, which delivered to state lawmakers last week petitions signed by more than 13,000 Rhode Island residents demanding that the PawSox stay in Pawtucket, says his group’s next move is to hold a massive rally at the Statehouse on June 25.

June 14th

Art that breaks barriers

June 14, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Visitors to City Hall are noticing that the building is a bit brighter and a little more colorful thanks to the “Beyond Barriers” art gallery exhibit on display.

Through August, the city is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, as a gallery showcasing works created by local artists with disabilities adorns the second-floor walls at City Hall.

June 12th

Pawtucket cop warms up for her wedding with road race

June 12, 2015

PAWTUCKET – When Pawtucket Police Detective Linda Bachand-Jackson is not busy being a policewoman, there’s a good chance she’s running a marathon somewhere – in costume.

Bachand-Jackson has gotten a lot of attention for the crazy getups she’s worn en-route to the finish line, decked out as Abe Lincoln, Princess Leia from “Star Wars,” or one of those hairy dudes in hunting camouflage from “Duck Dynasty.”

But the 20-year police veteran’s Newport 10 Miler went national when she ran the June 7 race wearing a white wedding dress, just a few hours before she tied the knot for real.

VIDEO: World's first 'Comic-Con for cat people' takes LA by storm

June 12, 2015

June 11th

Pawtucket to display disabled artists’ work at City Hall today

June 11, 2015

PAWTUCKET – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission this afternoon will showcase works created by local artists with disabilities during an exhibit at City Hall.

June 10th

Woman sexually assaulted

June 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A Providence man was charged with first-degree sexual assault and possession of a stolen motor vehicle after allegedly coercing a woman into sexual acts after leading her to believe that her boyfriend had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom, police said.
On Monday, Pawtucket Police received a complaint from a 19-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted. According to the woman, she was in Providence with a man identified as 48-year-old Roosevelt White of Providence.

June 9th

McKee, mayors fight back against fire department overtime bill

June 9, 2015


PROVIDENCE – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and a group of municipal leaders including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi went back before the media on Tuesday to decry what they contend is another legislative move to restrict a community’s management of its fire department costs.

June 8th

Lonsdale full-time firefighters laid off

June 8, 2015

LINCOLN – All five full-time firefighters for the Lonsdale Fire District have been laid off indefinitely after an emergency meeting by the Board of Fire Wardens Saturday night.

The decision was made after it was determined that the district only has about $14,000 remaining in the bank, not enough to pay its five career firefighters and run the station.

“You can’t continue to run a payroll if you don’t have money to pay with,” Town Administrator Joseph Almond said.

Almond insisted that this will not alter public safety in any way.

June 7th

‘Warriors for life’ saluted at CFHS

June 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Graduates from Central Falls High School’s class of 2015 during their commencement exercises Saturday were implored find their Warrior spirit, prove what a Warrior is, and inspire the next generation of Warriors.

More than 150 graduating seniors, or Warriors — the moniker of the school’s athletic teams — clad in red and blue caps and gowns, made their way into Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon, led by a procession of flags representing 28 countries, which displayed the diversity seen in the class of 2015.

June 5th

Police bust fentanyl operation

June 5, 2015

In their latest undercover narcotics probe, R.I State Police mined a vein of a fentanyl-laced heroin – the deadliest narcotics cocktail on the street – that ran straight through northern Rhode Island.

More than a dozen individuals were arrested on heroin-related possession and distribution charges after the month-long investigation, most of them from Central Falls. Two were from Woonsocket, one from Pawtucket and one each from East Providence and Providence. Another, also from Central Falls, was arrested on cocaine-related related charges.

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June 5, 2015

June 4th

Cumberland students getting laptops, for $517,000

June 4, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Those in search of excitement Wednesday night could’ve found plenty of drama at a Town Council meeting that saw tempers flare and public speakers applauded as the council had its final vote on the budget.

June 3rd

Minor leagues’ CEO pitches for Providence

June 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Pat O’Conner, president and chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball, on Wednesday stopped by the offices of the Locke Lord LLP law firm to hold a discussion with city and state leaders about the Pawtucket Red Sox’ proposed move to the capital city.

A 31-year veteran of professional baseball and president of Minor League Baseball since 2007, O’Conner said his role was to “try to put the facts out there and dispel rumors or innuendo.”

June 2nd

McKee, municipal leaders speak out against move to limit city, town authority in fire dept. scheduling

June 2, 2015


PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee jumped into the legislative debate over a local community’s ability to set fire department platoon schedules on Tuesday by calling for the defeat of two pending bills related to the issue.

McKee was joined in the State Room by a group of 13 municipal leaders, including Pawtucket’s Donald Grebien, North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, Lincoln Administrator T. Joseph Almond and Cumberland Mayor William Murray, who all share the same view.

June 1st

A memorial just across the street: Pawtucket field dedicated to Warnock

June 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Before a large gathering of Pawtucket residents and elected officials, family members, neighbors and friends, the field located at 1135 Roosevelt Ave. was dedicated to Edward “Ted” Warnock this past Sunday.

Alongside members of the Warnock family, Mr. Warnock’s daughter, Dawn, began the dedication ceremony with a touching speech commemorating her father. She recalled many fond memories of her father and what he meant to the family and the community.

May 31st

Public gets say on budget tonight

May 31, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing to allow residents to voice their opinions on the amendments to the city’s proposed annual operating budget of $227,847,201 for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Among the proposed amendments includes a $272,000 decrease in expenditures and a $272,000 decrease in revenues from Mayor Donald R. Grebien’s proposed budget.

 

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