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November 17th, 2010
PAWTUCKET â€” Long known for dispensing good cheer, sage advice, and the occasional hug, â€śMama Amaâ€ť has wrapped her loving arms around a new cause: to help the residents of Woodlawn embrace healthier eating habits.
Ama Amponsah, who owns and operates Ama's Variety Store with her husband, Isaac, is excited to announce they are taking part in the â€śHealthy Corner Store Initiative.â€ť The HCSI is a community campaign to add healthy options and variety to the food that is available at small urban markets to make it easier for families to find and cook healthier meals.
PAWTUCKET â€” School officials say they are working to eradicate a pesky mice problem that has recently erupted at the Agnes Little Elementary School.
The Times received several phone calls last week from unidentified individuals saying their children had reported seeing mice at the schoolâ€”some dead and others aliveâ€”and were concerned about health and safety issues. Two of the callers said that besides seeing the rodents running around the school, there was a foul odor, apparently from dead mice, and that there were apparent mice droppings on the floors, desks, and other surfaces.
LINCOLN --- Officials with the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School are looking for volunteers to donate their hair to the â€śLocks of Loveâ€ť event scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Free haircuts will be given to all individuals who have a minimum of 10 inches of hair to donate, and those haircuts will be given in the Cosmetology Salon at Davies between 8:30 a.m.-noon.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Jim Bourgault sat at his kitchen table on Wednesday night and swore the best part of his recent trip to England wasn't being crowned a world masterâ€™s bench press champion but instead â€śreconnectingâ€ť with his wife, Jeannie.
When Jeannie, playing with her two grandchildren in the living room, heard the comment, she immediately spun around and replied, â€śSuck-up!â€ť
Naturally, the Hunt Street home â€“ which houses the couple's three adult children and little Amiaya, 3, and Antonio, 18 months â€“ erupted in laughter.
CUMBERLAND â€” When Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Josh Lemois told his father he was giving up a chance to become a local policeman to go to Afghanistan, Bruce Lemois thought he understood.
He had to go.
Why else would Josh turn his back on his dream job?
â€śHe wants to be a Cumberland police officer,â€ť said Lemois, a member of the Cumberland Town Council. â€śNot a Warwick police officer. Not Providence. He wants to be a member of his hometown police department.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Some 17 months after filing for bankruptcy protection, the Twin River gaming facility and its new owners announced Tuesday that they have successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and the Department of Revenue, Division of Lotteries have issued the final necessary approvals, and documents announcing the company's emergence from bankruptcy have been filed with the bankruptcy court, according to a press release.
CENTRAL FALLS --- City Council President William Benson Jr. admitted being stunned when he discovered early Monday morning that Judge Mark Pfeiffer, the city's receiver, had â€ślaid offâ€ť four council members, including himself.
PAWTUCKET â€” In ceremony heavy on both family and tradition, Paul King was sworn-in on Monday afternoon as the cityâ€™s newest police chief.
The former Pawtucket Police major was pinned with his new badge by his father, retired Pawtucket Police Captain Theodore â€śTedâ€ť King as his mother, Eileen, looked on. Kingâ€™s wife, Roberta, and the coupleâ€™s five children, witnessed the special event, along with a large gathering of state and local officials and police chiefs and public safety personnel from throughout the state.
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