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January 12th, 2014
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs been over 15 years since city officials decided to color outside the lines and create a geographic area known as an ‚ÄúArts District.‚ÄĚ
While legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 allowing a sales tax exemption on artwork makes the entire state essentially an arts district, many current city officials, business owners and artists agree that the designated zone was a smart move back in 1999 and continues to frame Pawtucket positively.
For full article, see Page 1 of today's Times.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Since 1996, the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act has made child molesters, rapists and other sexual predators responsible for telling the police where they live so the information can be passed along to the public.
Now, a group of lawmakers from the East Bay section of the state proposes to make those convicted of animal cruelty abide by the same set of community notification rules.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Local firefighters rescued a deer that fell through ice in Narragansett Bay about 150 yards off Bullocks Point Friday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a report of a person falling through the ice. Rescue crews found the deer struggling in the water, attached it to a sled and hauled it back to the shore near 145 Terrace Ave., which overlooks the bay.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Bringing lawmakers up to date on HealthSource RI, executive director Christine Ferguson said the state‚Äôs Obamacare portal ‚Äúis one of just three or four states that launched successfully, on time, on October 1, our computer system did not crash, we have a call center up and running.
‚ÄúWe did that in four months,‚ÄĚ she boasted, ‚Äúa very fast time frame. We are recognized as one of the tops in the country, we are second in the country as far as exceeding the targets that were set for enrollment.‚ÄĚ
Full story appears on Page 1 on Friday's Times.
PROVIDENCE‚ÄĒIn the company of an interpreter, Jorge DePina of Pawtucket pleaded not guilty in Superior Court on Thursday to murdering his 10-year-old daughter, Aleida.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ In a situation that has become as muddled as the mint in a Mojito, the City Council‚Äôs Board of License Commissioners once again delayed a decision on the transfer of a liquor license to the new owner of a Mineral Spring Avenue bar.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ In what appears to be a case of ‚Äúbuyer beware,‚ÄĚ a small Broad Street church that purchased the old Pawtucket-Central Falls train depot from its previous owners for one dollar could potentially be facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair costs and significant liabilities.
Representatives of the Iglesia Pentecostal Nueva Vida En Cristo Church, of 114 Broad St., have been summoned to appear in Municipal Housing Court on Jan. 13 to answer to a host of citations related to the crumbling 99-year-old brick building.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Acknowledging that last year‚Äôs House session ‚Äúdid not end nice,‚ÄĚ with members taking personal shots at one another over various issues, House Speaker Gordon Fox gaveled the 2014 session open with a call to ‚Äúmake this about the people.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThings can not be worked out in this chamber if it gets personal,‚ÄĚ Fox said. ‚ÄúIf you lash out today, maybe it feels good, but ultimately it does not solve problems.‚ÄĚ
Full story appears on Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The unsafe conditions in what remains of a graceful, gambrel-roofed Colonial at 34 Utton Ave. have prevented fire officials from determining the exact cause of Saturday morning‚Äôs fire.
A two-alarm blaze broke out in the two-and-a-half-story, woodframe house at around 4 a.m. Pawtucket firefighters had to deal with bitter cold temperatures and icy conditions as they worked for over seven hours to fully extinguish the fire and douse stubborn ‚Äúhot spots‚ÄĚ.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Tuesday's Times.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚Äď Declaring that ‚ÄúWe have come too far to turn back now,‚ÄĚ Mayor James Diossa was sworn in for his first full term in office on Monday, pledging to ‚Äúcontinue the momentum, the positive energy that is flowing through Central Falls.‚ÄĚ
CUMBERLAND -- Frigid temperatures caused pipes to burst inside Cumberland High School over the weekend flooding part of the third floor and causing water damage to the lower floors as well. The school was closed on Monday. For more on this story read Tuesday's newspaper.
With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ After the plowing of the streets comes the shoveling of the sidewalks. Yet, for many senior or disabled citizens, clearing snow off the sidewalks is difficult or impossible. That's where the city‚Äôs volunteer snow shoveling program digs in to help out.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď The Rhode Island ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Pawtucket School Department seeking public records regarding its high-stakes testing policy that it claims the department has withheld, but Superintendent Deborah Cylke said Thursday that it has already provided the requested information and the suit was filed ‚Äúin error.‚ÄĚ
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Christmas is over and it‚Äôs time to discard that dried-out tree standing in the corner of your living room.
The East Providence Department of Public Works and Parks Division has set up 10 drop-off locations around the city to provide a convenient way for city residents to recycle their needle-dropping trees.
Full story appears on page 1 of Friday's Times.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The death of 10-year-old Aleida DePina was the city‚Äôs most horrific abuse case in recent years, and now the girl‚Äôs father, Jorge DePina, has been indicted by a grand jury in her murder.
On Thursday, the Providence County Grand Jury reported out an indictment charging the 32-year-old DePina, of 48 Knowles St., Pawtucket, with one count of murder. It is alleged that DePina killed his daughter on or about July 3, 2013.
Full story appears on page 1 in Friday's Times.
Ice melt, rock salt and snow shovels were flying off the shelves at local hardware stores Wednesday as folks prepared for the first major snowstorm of the year ‚ÄĒ a long-duration storm that began pre-dawn today and will continue into Friday with 8 to 10 inches of dry, powdery snow predicted for most of Rhode Island, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket.
The storm will be followed by some of the coldest air of the season. Temperatures could be near zero by Saturday morning.
December 30th, 2013
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď A Pawtucket man has been arrested by Warwick and Cumberland police and charged with a series of house breaks in Warwick.
George Bouffard, 56, of 49 Sumner St., Pawtucket, was arrested Friday at 11 a.m. in Cumberland by Warwick detectives and charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering. The police say the motive for the break-ins was "narcotics dependency."
The Pawtucket Fire Department‚Äôs newest recruits, in front row, from left, Christopher Gabriele, Thomas Glaser, William Hughes, Raymond Johnston and Christopher McCluskie, and in back row, from left, James Melia, Sean Morgan, Ryan Saber, Keith Williams and Francesco Zabatta, watch a presentation of a video during the 2013 Recruit Class Graduation held at the Le Foyer Club in Pawtucket on Saturday.
CUMBERLAND ‚Äď The executive director of the Cumberland Housing Authority has been disciplined after employees complained of her heavy-handed management style, officials say.
CHA Director Lee Ann Lamothe was placed on probation for 90 days and ordered to obtain specialized training in employee relations, said Richard S. Hilton, chairman of the Cumberland Housing Authority.
Lamothe was also placed on paid leave for 10 days while the commissioners investigated the complaints, between Nov. 21 and Dec. 9, said Hilton.