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July 5th, 2013
PAWTUCKETâA blaze heavily damaged a condominium unit at 39 Grotto Ave. on Friday afternoon and displaced 15 people.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Bruce Burns, the emergency call came in at about 1:04 p.m. for a fire inside one unit of the triplex building. The unit where the fire occurred was heavily damaged by the blaze and will need renovation to be inhabitable. The other two units in the townhouse-style building sustained only smoke damage, he said.
PAWTUCKET â The father of a 10-year-old city girl who brought her, beaten and unconscious, to Miriam Hospital on Wednesday has now been charged with her murder.
The suspect, Jorge DePina, 32, of 48 Knowles St., had earlier been charged by police with first-degree child abuse and cruelty to or neglect of child in connection with the case involving his daughter, Aleida DePina.
George Stuckatos, 8, of Cumberland sprays the crowd with water while riding with other youngsters on the Miss Jocelynâs Studio float during the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade in Cumberland Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â WPRI.com is reporting that the father of a 10-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with her death.
Jorge DePina, 32, of Pawtucket was arrested by police after it was discovered she had bruises and what appeared to be burn marks on her body.
DePina brought his daughter to Miriam Hospital in Providence on Wednesday evening. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
DePina is charged with first-degree child abuse and cruelty to or neglect of child.
The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts in Pawtucket and North Smithfield High School were among the 24 schools Tuesday designated as 2013 commended schools, the highest classification in the Rhode Island Department of Educationâs annual public school rankings.
So-called âcommendedâ schools have the highest index scores in the state, no achievement gaps and are recognized because of either high performance or for making significant progress.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and the recent arrests of two suspects for plotting a terrorist attack in Canada, there will be increased security measures and extra police officers on hand at many of the Blackstone Valleyâs larger July 4th public events, including todayâs parades in Glocester, Cumberland and Bristol.
(Editorâs note: This is the seventh in a series of reports about the new city of Central Falls, now clear of bankruptcy and proceeding anew. The continued success of Central Falls Provision Co. and its plans for the future exemplify the spirit, the grit and the hopes of the new city.)
By DENISE PERREAULT
Special to The Times
PAWTUCKET â Since 1910, both young and old have delighted in taking a spin on the handcrafted Looff Carousel in Slater Park. However, while still revered for its architectural beauty and historical significance, a recent fire safety inspection of the century-old structure turned up some modern day fire code violations.
There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks this week in honor of Independence Day and it all begins Wednesday with Woonsocketâs annual 4th of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Jeff Gamache who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more.
At 7:30 p.m. the 10-piece Kickinâ Brass Band takes over to wow the crowd and a fireworks display will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.
PAWTUCKET â This week, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be working to pave several city streets that were impacted by the truck detour route during the Pawtucket River Bridge replacement project.
The roads scheduled to be paved are Roosevelt Avenue, from East Street to Exchange Street; Exchange Street, from Roosevelt Avenue to High Street; Goff Avenue, from Commerce Avenue to Pine Street; Main Street, from Pine Street to Garden Street; and Garden Street, from Main Street to Cedar Street.
CUMBERLAND â Kayden Watson calls it his âMonkey Friend,â a worn-out monkey blanket that has been his comfort keepsake since birth and his constant companion during 11 surgeries to repair gastroschisis, a congenital abdominal wall defect.
Kayden, 2Âœ, lost his monkey blanket Saturday during a family outing at the Dairy Queen in North Attleboro and his mother is asking for the publicâs help in finding it.
âThis is Kaydenâs best friend. We have searched high and low and are hoping someone may have picked it up,â says Jennifer Harken of Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â On a beautiful summer day, what's better than being out on the Blackstone River paddling a boat in unison with some friends? And when that vessel is a unique and colorful Chinese dragon boat, the fun goes up a few notches, as well as the spirit of competition.
September 7 is the date for the 14th annual Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival (rain date is Sept. 8). The races are held on the Blackstone River off the School Street pier in Pawtucket, running in conjunction with the festival, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PROVIDENCE â The House of Representatives whizzed through large piles of bills at a furious rate Friday as they look to close the books on this legislative year on Tuesday.
Among the highlights of Fridayâs session was the passage of the measure to designate calamari, a dish made from squid, as the stateâs official appetizer.
CUMBERLAND â The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a âMad Scientistâ amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earthâs composition and the scientific method.
âCyclone Cindyâ Brunelle captured the childrenâs attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.
PAWTUCKETâAs U.S. Sen. Jack Reed noted, thanks to a federal grant, the city has gained 21 newly-trained firefighters âto go where we won't go ... go to the dangerous places to protect us.â
CENTRAL FALLS â Central Falls Police are investigating the shooting of four people that occurred outside a multi-family house at 36 Hadwin St. late Wednesday night.
Police and rescue personnel responded to the location, near the corner of Hadwin and Tremont streets, shortly after 10 p.m. for a report that multiple people had been shot. It has been reported that at least three people were transported to local hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were reported to have been taken to Rhode Island Hospital and one to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â A statewide grand jury Wednesday indicted a Pawtucket man on a charge of domestic murder stemming from an alleged assault on his ex-wife as she rode a RIPTA bus in Portsmouth in February.
Christopher James, 46, whose last known address was listed as 8 Randall St., Pawtucket, was charged with one count of domestic murder by the grand jury over the death of Terry Chiodo, 46. He was scheduled for arraignment on the charge on July 22 in Washington County Superior Court in Wakefield, according to Amy Kempe, spokesperson for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
PAWTUCKET âThe bill was championed by animal rights groups and boosters of that most controversial of canines, the pit bull.
But Animal Control Officer John Holmes says state lawmakers wonât be doing the dogs any favors if they prohibit cities and towns from enforcing local bans on pit bulls.
The city banned âpitsâ in 2004 after a series of attacks on pets and humans that caused serious injuries. Authorities also suspected illegal dog fights were being staged in Pawtucket after finding the mangled remains of deceased animals abandoned like trash.
PROVIDENCE â City and town ordinances to ban or otherwise restrict the possession of pit bulls, or any other specific breeds of dogs or cats would be nullified if legislation passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday becomes law.
Lawmakers voted 59-10 to pass the ordinance over the objection of representatives from Pawtucket and Woonsocket, among other places, who protested taking such decisions out of the hands of municipal leaders. Proponents argued that targeting specific breeds does not make sense.
PROVIDENCE -- Votes to establish a state budget are annually strange and unwieldy affairs, but the $8.2 billion document that squeaked through the House of Representatives Wednesday night with just two votes to spare was one for the books.