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December 27th, 2010
WOONSOCKET â€” Jason Cropley usually gets off work in the morning, but when his graveyard shift ended Monday he had another job to do: free his car from its prison of snow.
Cropley, a security guard at Portola Tech, thought there might be trouble when he heard the rumble of snowplows passing the Fairmount Street mill with increasing frequency during the night. Sure enough, they buried his car, parked just a few feet from the edge of the road, behind a knee-high wall of grayish, lumpy snow.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Casting a Grinch-like mood over City Hall, Fitch Ratings announced Wednesday that is has downgraded Pawtucket's general obligation bonds by two notches and has removed the city's rating from a â€śwatchâ€ť status to a â€śnegative rating outlook.â€ť
The downgrade to â€śBBB-â€ť from â€śBBB+â€ť affects three categories of general obligation bonds: $6.38 million, series 2001; $3.46 million refunding bonds, series 2002B; and $11.05 million, series 2005. The new bond rate is just one notch away from â€śjunk bond status.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” â€śSanta to the Starsâ€ť Brady White is now a screen star in his own right with a new music video that is appearing on YouTube.
Called â€śSanta's Wrap,â€ť the video features the Pawtucket resident performing a rap-style song that he wrote himself. Since it made its debut earlier this month, â€śSanta's Wrapâ€ť has garnered over 31,000 hits on the Internet video site. The easiest way to access the video is by looking up â€śSanta's Wrapâ€ť on Google or by visiting YouTube and searching â€śSanta's Wrap.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Four men, including two from Pawtucket and one from Central Falls, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Two of the defendants also face charges of allegedly distributing child pornography.
According to a press release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), federal indictments against the four were sought by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha as a result of a state and federal multi-agency investigation earlier this year into child exploitation.
CUMBERLAND â€” A 14-year-old boy made a 911 call Monday afternoon after discovering his mother's body lying in a pool of blood in his 29 Titus St. home and later learned police would charge his father in her death.
Peter J. Pytka, 40, was arraigned in District Court, Providence, on a Cumberland Police charge he allegedly murdered his wife, Tracey Pytka, 38, after an apparent domestic incident at the Titus Street residence.
WOONSOCKET â€” More than $1.3 million generated by this summer's CVS/Caremark Charity Classic found its target yesterday as the company handed out checks to dozens of nonprofits in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
CVS/Caremark CEO Tom Ryan, and the co-hosts of the tournament, homegrown golf pros Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, announced the figure during a ceremony at the pharmacy giant's headquarters.
COVENTRY â€” Jennifer and Melissa Schroeder Rondeau reckon that since April they have kept 16,800 disposable diapers out of the state landfill.
That feat may not seem noteworthy at first glance, until you realize it takes a disposable diaper, at best, about 250 to 500 years to decompose.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ When Riverside's own Michaela Johnson walked onto the set of â€śThe Rhode Showâ€ť inside WPRI-TV/WNAC-TV's broadcast center on Wednesday afternoon, she barely could contain her excitement.
Less than 48 hours before, she learned she had out-dueled four other finalists to claim victory in the third annual â€śThe Rhode Show: Search for a Starâ€ť contest during a live broadcast from the â€śTwist on Angellâ€ť restaurant near Wayland Square in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite the stern tone of the last letter to Mayor James Doyle from Acting Department of Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly on the city's budget situation, a spokesperson for the director told The Times on Friday that a recent meeting between the two sides had been â€śvery informative.â€ť
Central Falls is too small, too poor and way too deep in debt to remain a city on its own.
That is the verdict of state appointed receiver Mark Pfeiffer, who recommends that neighboring Pawtucket take over the Square Mile City or, failing that, services such as police, fire and public works be regionalized with surrounding communities to keep Central Falls afloat.
â€śCentral Falls, in my judgment, cannot remain a stand-alone community as it presently is unless the state wants to subsidize it into the future,â€ť Pfeiffer told reporters at City Hall Wednesday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€” On a night that Joan Doyle described as â€śkind of surrealâ€ť and her husband called â€śheartwarming,â€ť nearly 500 people turned out for a retirement gala to honor Pawtucket's longest serving mayor, James E. Doyle.
PAWTUCKET â€” In addition to their â€śreading, writing and 'rithmetic,â€ť the city's school children are also learning about healthier eating. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service just announced that the Pawtucket School District has received the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award for eight of its elementary schools.
With two city elementary schools, Curvin McCabe and Cunningham, having received the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award last year, this means that all of the city's elementary schools have been recognized for excellence in nutrition and physical activity.
PAWTUCKET â€” As program director Jim Gillen knows firsthand, it can be very difficult for someone trying to recover from drug or alcohol abuse to find new ways to live, work and socialize. The new Anchor Recovery Community Center in downtown Pawtucket aims to provide some much-needed ballast to those who feel like they are struggling with sobriety.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Minutes before the Central Falls Fire Department's Engine 2 arrived in front of the Holy Spirit Parish at approximately 9:30 a.m., Saturday â€” with Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu's American flag-draped casket laying on the hose bed â€” State Rep. Elizabeth â€śBettyâ€ť Crowley stood on the church steps, explaining exactly what he meant to her.
Seven-month-old Jack Crossley, of Cumberland, doesn't quite know what to make of his very first visit with Santa during the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee at Cumberland Town Hall Friday evening. Family and friends gathered around to take pictures. Little Jack didn't seem to mind all the attention.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury on Thursday handed up several indictments involving local residents, including one for a Pawtucket man accused in the beating death of his girlfriend last summer.
Armando Garcia, 31, of 468 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, is accused of killing 30-year-old Brooke Lee Verdoia last June in a violent domestic disturbance at her house at 17 Rufus St. in Pawtucket. Verdoia's two-year-old child was asleep in the house at the time of the incident.
LINCOLN â€” This time of year always concerns Dave Sale, not only Lincoln's Recycling Coordinator/Facilities Manager but also the one in charge of the town's special projects.
One such project is the Lincoln Holiday Basket Program, and a sub-section of that is â€śThe Giving Tree.â€ť That's where residents are asked to stop by Town Hall, pluck a tag with the gender and age of a needy child in town from a bulletin-type board, purchase an appropriate Christmas/holiday gift for him or her, then place it under the lavishly-decorated pine in the main foyer.
PROVIDENCE â€” As she mingled for the first time with her fellow freshman legislators, Pawtucket Senator-elect Donna Nesslebush had the sense that she was starting upon something significant.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” When Battalion Chief Keith Sullivan received the call at approximately 4 a.m., Tuesday, he walked to the dormitory area of the Central Falls Fire Department and announced to several colleagues their beloved chief â€” Rene R. Coutu â€” had died at the age of 60.
â€śEverybody got up, and one firefighter immediately went outside and lowered the (American) flag to half-staff,â€ť Sullivan said sadly. â€śThe others just walked around. It actually was very quiet.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Still pursuing his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state receivership law at the Supreme Court, Mayor Charles Moreau is breaking his silence on the actions being taken by Receiver Mark Pfeiffer.
â€śThereâ€™s a dictator running the city of Central Falls and he has no clue what heâ€™s doing,â€ť Moreau declared in an interview with The Times Wednesday.
Moreau, who still holds the title of mayor and ostensibly serves in an advisory capacity to the receiver, says he can not even get his calls returned by Pfeiffer.