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October 3rd, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ A state Health Department disciplinary board has suspended a local dentistâ€™s authority to prescribe controlled substances after providing himself and others with drugs that have nothing to do with pulling teeth.
In one incident, Demetrius James Photopoulos, D.D.S., prescribed the growth hormone omnitrope to a three-year-old in 2012, said the Board of Examiners in Dentistry. The child was given the drug for five months.
CUMBERLAND â€“ An elderly woman was killed Thursday morning after she was
struck by a dairy truck while crossing Dexter Street at the intersection
of Dexter and High Street, police said.
According to police, the woman, whoâ€™s name and age were not being released pending notification of next of kin, was struck around 6 a.m. while she was attempting to cross Dexter Street and was struck by the truck, which was traveling west on High Street, according to police.
PAWTUCKET â€” Whether you like your Halloween fun to be scary or â€śilluminating,â€ť there are activities in Slater Park this weekend that fits both bills.
Beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Slater Park will host â€śFright Night in the Park.â€ť Halloween events will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings only, through Oct. 26 (with the exception of inclement weather).
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ In recognition of the cityâ€™s improving financial performance, Standard & Poorâ€™s Ratings Services Tuesday raised East Providenceâ€™s general obligation bond rating five notches to â€śAâ€ť from â€śBB+â€ť.
â€śThe higher rating is based on our recently released local general obligation criteria, as well as the cityâ€™s improving financial performance and liquidity position and lower long-term pension liabilities,â€ť said Standard & Poorâ€™s credit analyst Victor Medeiros.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to some tireless lobbying on the part of city officials and local legislators, Pawtucket won approval to have a second neighborhood designated as a state-designated â€śEnterprise Zoneâ€ť offering tax incentives to new or expanding businesses.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the winners of its annual Photo Contest announced on Sunday, the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival wrapped up another successful year, said event chairman John Baxter.
â€śFor the third year in a row, we were blessed with extraordinary weather, and it contributed to record crowds,â€ť Baxter stated. â€śThe Arts Festival seems to grow incrementally every year.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” A 20-year-old man with the nickname of â€śDamageâ€ť pleaded guilty Tuesday before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second-degree murder for the July 6, 2012, murder of Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.
A stalemate in Congress that caused a government shutdown Tuesday for the first time in 17 years came as no surprise for Woonsocket auto mechanic Paul Morin.
â€śI stayed up and watched the entire thing and, personally, Iâ€™m with the Republicans on this one because I believe Obamacare will hurt the country,â€ť Morin says. â€śOf course Iâ€™m upset that we have the first government shutdown in nearly two decades, but Iâ€™m more upset the Democrats didnâ€™t do more to negotiate with the Republicans to avert this.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police have made two arrests in connection with Sundayâ€™s
shooting at Onna Moniz John Park, but are not releasing the names of the
suspects until later this afternoon pending further investigation,
according to police Lt. Michael David.
â€śWe have two individuals in custody,â€ť David said. "The quick arrests in
this are a direct result of police officers being familiar with the
community in which they work and inter agency cooperation."
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old victim in the shooting was being listed today
PAWTUCKETâ€”Pawtucket Police have recently come upon a phenomenon involving older model stolen vehicles and apparent cases of ownership fraud somehow slipping through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles registration system.
According to Police Chief Paul King, within the past six months or so, about a dozen cars that city residents have purchased off of private owners have turned out to be stolen, unbeknownst to the new owner. The issue, it seems, is that for cars older than 2000 models, no title is required to register the vehicle in Rhode Island.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Friday marked the four-year anniversary of an unsolved arson and hate crime in the city, and even though the case remains cold, East Providence police say they are still reviewing all aspects of the investigation in hopes of developing further leads.
On Sept. 27, 2009, anti-Semitic graffiti, including swatiskas and a racial slur, were spray-painted on a Ferris Avenue home in Rumford before the back of it was set on fire with an accelerant. A family sleeping in the home was able to get out safely, but the suspect responsible for setting the fire was never caught.
LINCOLN â€“ Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academyâ€™s Drew Madden, 27, admits skydiving was never really on his list of things to do someday.
But that wonâ€™t keep Madden from bailing out of a plane over Middletown this afternoon with Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist.
Madden, a noted math instructor for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school network serving Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket, made a commitment over the summer to support the middle schoolâ€™s reading program, and his skydiving excursion is the payoff of that endeavor.
PAWTUCKET â€” It seems a lot of photographers have an idea about what represents a slice of life in Pawtucket. Over 300 submissions were received for the cityâ€™s 15th annual Photo Contest under the theme â€śA Piece of Pawtucket.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” YWCA Rhode Island Thursday honored 12 â€śWomen of Achievement,â€ť including Woonsocketâ€™s Jacqueline L. Dowdy, Sally Ann Hay of Lincoln, and Central Falls native Anna Cano-Morales at its ninth annual awards luncheon at Kirkbrae Country Club.
Among the honorees was Quota International in Woonsocket and Pawtucket/Central Falls, which was recognized as Organization of the Year.
PAWTUCKET â€” Enjoy a feast for the senses, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival continues through Sunday with its lineup of creative films, live music, refreshments and food.
All of the films are shown at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. The standard admission fee is $10 per day, and that price includes a free T-shirt from Mirror Image, music, food, drinks, short films and features.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Ten Mile River Greenway, a paved two-mile bike path that connects Slater Park in Pawtucket to the Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence, is a boon to local walkers, bicyclists and inline skaters. But one City Council member is expressing concerns about the safety of a new crosswalk on Armistice Boulevard that utilizes a solar-powered traffic signal.
CUMBERLAND â€” A summer-long project to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with state-of-the-art synthetic turf is nearly complete, but whether or not it will be ready in time for the first home game of the season on Oct. 4 is still up in the air.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Samuel Slater Junior High School will be closed for two days on Monday and Tuesday while workers remove a section of ceiling containing asbestos from the Mineral Spring Avenue facility.
According to school officials, workers demolishing a ceiling in the boysâ€™ locker room found a second ceiling underneath that tested positive for asbestos.
â€śWhen they ripped the ceiling down there was an older ceiling underneath that had some asbestos,â€ť said Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro.
PAWTUCKET â€” Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words â€śtenaciousâ€ť and â€śpugnaciousâ€ť often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A public hearing will be held Oct. 1 on the cityâ€™s proposed $167.8 million budget for fiscal 2014, which calls for a 1 percent tax rate increase.
The hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.
According to City Manager Peter Graczykowski, the proposed budget comports with the cityâ€™s policies and addresses the cityâ€™s budget plan as related to the five-year fiscal stability plan constraints adopted by the East Providence Budget Board.