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November 7th, 2010
LINCOLN â€” One would think the last place Keith Smith, even in adulthood, would want to visit is his hometown.
After all, this is the place where â€” at age 14 â€” he had been abducted, beaten and raped by a warped pedophile who had a penchant for violence and sexual abuse against children.
On the contrary, Smith indicated he reveled in his return to Lincoln on this October night. Surrounded mostly by close friends during his childhood and teen-age years, Smith explained to his audience the happenings of that horrifying night â€” March 1, 1974 â€” and why he kept it a secret for over three decades.
PAWTUCKET â€” Although RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis joked that it was more of a â€śmud-breakingâ€ť due to the rain, state and local officials lined up on George Street with ceremonial shovels on Thursday afternoon to break ground on the new I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge.
Lewis and Governor Donald L. Carcieri joined with Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Pawtucket Major James E. Doyle and others at the closed on-ramp from George Street to I-95 for a ceremony to kick-off the Pawtucket River Bridge replacement project.
PAWTUCKET â€” Praise, proclamations, a retirement badge and a special â€ścheckerboardâ€ť cake to call his own marked Friday's send-off party for outgoing Police Chief George L. Kelley III.
Kelley, who has been the city's police chief since 1999, is retiring after 35 years of service with the Pawtucket Police Department. He was the guest of honor at an afternoon ceremony at the Municipal Court chambers that was attended by a large gathering of city officials, past and present members of the Pawtucket Police Department, friends and family.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
â€śRoger Williams would be proud,â€ť Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.
Providence Mayor David Cicilline bucked a sweeping nationwide Republican trend Tuesday to narrowly win the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Patrick Kennedy,
In besting a surprisingly strong showing by Republican John Loughlin, 51 to 45, Cicilline becomes the first mayor of Providence to successfully win higher office since Dennis J. Roberts was elected governor in 1950. Also seeking the seat were Independents Kenneth Capalbo, who got 4 percent of the vote and Gregory Raposa, who picked up less than 1 percent,
PAWTUCKET â€” Local voters will choose a new mayor and decide the fate of several incumbents at both the local and state levels when they head to the polls today. All polling places in Pawtucket are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
PAWTUCKET â€” Veterans Day is just around the corner, but Lance Robinson, a retired Marine from Export, Pennsylvania, thinks another occasion is needed to reach out to a younger generation of military veterans who don't feel connected to the national holiday.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Jean Morris, 80 years young, maintained she had a terrific reason for attending the Central Falls Housing Authority's â€śCancer/Domestic Violence Awareness Activities Dayâ€ť event at Forand Manor on Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET â€” An incumbent City Councilor who won his seat two years ago from a veteran councilor by positioning himself as being more representative of District 5 is facing a challenge from someone who is also promising to be the voice of the constituents.
PROVIDENCE â€” As soon as Rep. Patrick Kennedy announced he would not seek re-election in the 1st Congressional District back in February, it was clear the race to succeed him would be one of the marquee races this year.
Sure enough, four Democrats battled in a primary to win that partyâ€™s nomination and Providence Mayor David Cicilline bested a field that included former Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch, state Rep. David Segal and Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma. Lynch, Segal and Gemma have now endorsed Cicilline.
PAWTUCKET â€” Longtime City Clerk Richard J. Goldstein has earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk, an upgrade from Certified Municipal Clerk, by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc.
According to a press release, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc. grants the MMC designation only to those municipal clerks who both complete demanding education requirements and have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.
WOONSOCKET â€” President Barack Obama told about three dozen employees of American Cord and Webbing that, â€śItâ€™s small businesses like this one, after all, that are the bricks and blocks, the cord and webbing, if you will, of our economy.â€ť
After taking a brief tour of the plant in the Highland Corporate Park, Obama boasted that his administration, with the help of Congress has passed 16 different tax cuts for small businesses in the last two years.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” No one considers himself more of an â€śOcean Staterâ€ť than Peter Frost.
Never was that more evident than Thursday evening, when Frost â€” as President/Chief Executive Officer of ATW Companies Inc. of Warwick â€” hosted a Grand Opening celebration of a new manufacturing business named Parmatech-Proform Corp., located at 825 Waterman Ave.
There was no hiding Frost's elation as he introduced the new 25,000 square-foot site to Gov. Donald Carcieri, General Treasurer/gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Mayor Joseph Larisa and other honored guests.
LINCOLN --- It was rather by accident how Lincoln High School Resource Officer Dave Waycott developed the idea of conducting a â€śDriving While Texting Awarenessâ€ť program for students with licenses.
â€śWe were doing a safety fair here at school about two weeks ago, and one student â€“ Kyle Sexton â€“ helped me out with it,â€ť Waycott grinned. â€śWhile we were waiting for people to come into the old middle school gym, he was in one of our carts, texting away.
PAWTUCKET â€” The cause of the massive Union Wadding Company mill fire has been determined to be arson, and fire officials are turning to the public for help in finding the person or persons who lit the match.
PAWTUCKET â€” Since it opened on September 11, 2008, the Sean Nassaney Emergency Operations Center has proved useful for coordinating city workers during major snowstorms and last March's flooding. However, EMA Director Robert Howe said he never imagined it would one day serve as a command center for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
LINCOLN â€” As she readied herself for school Tuesday morning, Lincoln High junior Taylor Jutras argued vehemently with her mother, Tammy, about a mere two dollars. When â€śMaâ€ť wouldn't budge on the request, she stormed out of the house â€śin a huff.â€ť
About five hours later, Taylor admitted she had texted her mom several times, promising she was sorry for her behavior and understood Tammy's stance on the matter.
PROVIDENCE â€” In a televised slugfest that remained competitive and contentious until the final bell, Democrat David Cicilline and Republican John Loughlin fought toe-to-toe over Social Security, taxes, jobs, health care and a raft of other issues Tuesday.
The two main candidates vying to succeed Democrat Patrick Kennedy as the congressman in the 1st District argued almost every issue vehemently, frequently trying to talk over each other and occasionally they had to be reined in by moderator Tim White of WPRI.
PAWTUCKET â€” As he held 10-month-old son Leland in his arms, Ken Hoffa explained why he volunteered to help the New Urban Farmers organization â€” not to mention members of KeepSpace, the Pawtucket Foundation and the city's Housing Authority â€” construct and care for the â€śGarden of Lifeâ€ť at Galego Court on Monday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€” One of Pawtucketâ€™s native sons and an â€śadoptedâ€ť one from across the state line were honored Monday night by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.
In a ceremony at the Hope Artiste Village, city resident Richard Kazarian, a noted historian, antiques dealer and civic leader, was the recipient of the 2010 Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities. In addition, nationally recognized, award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller Bill Harley, of Seekonk, Mass., was given the 2010 Honorary Chairsâ€™ Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities.