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July 20th, 2014

Celebration, Colombian style in CF

July 20, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — For Luis Munoz of Cumberland, Sunday was a special day for Colombians that should also be celebrated with members of the Colombian-American community.

“We are going to celebrate our independence day,” Munoz said as he and his wife, Andriana, and their daughter, Ashley, headed into the Colombian American Cultural Festival at the Higgins Avenue Recreational Complex on Sunday.

“Today is Colombia’s 204th Independence Day,” he said.

July 18th

Immigration rhetoric intensifies

July 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Standing on the steps of the Statehouse, Terry Gorman told a small rally riday that if buses filled with immigrant children from Central America were rolling in Rhode Island, “I would lay down in front of those buses.”

As the three dozen or so protesters cheered and shouted “Me, too,” he added, “because I believe that would be the destruction of the state of Rhode Island.”

July 16th

Obama taps ex-Pawtucket senator for federal post

July 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Thomas Coderre, former state senator from Pawtucket and now the chief of staff to Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, is leaving his Statehouse job to take a position with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Coderre overcame his own high-profile troubles with substance abuse nearly a dozen years ago and became active in substance abuse treatment advocacy. He served as the board chair for Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES), and was National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, based in Washington, D.C.

July 15th

Students revamp CF plaza

July 15, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — A joint project by students from the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia to transform an ugly vacant lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped public plaza and park is finished.

To celebrate the completion of the six-week project, a finale party, or “Party at the Plaza,” is slated to be held tonight at 6 at 741 Dexter St. The event will include live music, food, screen printing, a photo booth and a plaza-naming contest.

July 14th

Cumberland park gets new paved lot

July 14, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The town’s Diamond Hill Park off Diamond Hill Road has a new asphalt parking lot thanks to a $165,542 improvement project but Mayor Daniel J. McKee is asking the Town Council for an expansion of the work when it meets on Wednesday.

McKee said the Department of Environmental Management rules for use of the open space park allowed the initial paving project to cover just one acre of the available parking area at the one-time, state-operated ski area to be paved by the Cardi Corporation under the initial work.

July 13th

Mayor goes ‘in the tank’ to help veterans at block party

July 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It was certainly warm enough for a dunk tank to be operating at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 306 Block Party Sunday afternoon, and Mayor Donald R. Grebien and City Councilman Albert J. Vitali Jr. didn't disappoint the kids and a few adults looking to see them take the plunge.

The dunk tank was part of the fundraising activities scheduled for the block party to help fund Post programs for veteran outreach and services and also bring a little attention to the 95 year-old organization and its 94-year-old Women’s Auxiliary.

July 11th

Immigration reform popular in RI

July 11, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — As a surge of undocumented immigrant children spills into the United States from Mexico, it’s not unusual to hear calls to seal the border and speed up deportations.

“A nation without borders is a nation without sovereignty,” a woman says on the TV news.

But in the most Latino square mile of Rhode Island you’re likely to hear a kinder, gentler version of the ramped-up debate over immigration triggered by the crisis in the Rio Grande Valley.

“Putting up walls and other things are Band-Aids,” says Mario Bueno, the director of Progreso Latino.

July 9th

Cumberland teen missing

July 9, 2014

C UMBERLAND – Police put out a notice for a missing teenager Wednesday after he was last seen in the area of Manville Hill Road Tuesday night.
Police are looking for help in locating Mathew Rockefeller, 14, of Cumberland, in connection with the missing person report, Lt. William W. Wilkie said Wednesday.
“If anyone has information on his whereabouts please contact us at Police Department’s main number, 333-2500,” Wilkie said.

July 8th

Grenade discovered, bomb squad called

July 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET – An apartment building on North Bend Street was evacuated Tuesday after a grenade was discovered by a cleaning crew in one of the apartment units, police said.
Maj. Arthur Martins, spokesman for the Pawtucket police, said a sewer leak in the apartment unit prompted the building manager to call in a cleaning crew, which discovered the grenade as well as a handful of bullet shells.
According to Martins, the RI State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene and quickly determined that the grenade and rounds were not live.

July 7th

Police arrest angry driver

July 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A city motorist is facing serious charges after he allegedly slammed into a parked car and then tried to run over three people who attempted to come to his aid Sunday night, police said.
Steven M. DaSilva, 32, of 43 Benefit St., was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, a felony; reckless driving; leaving the scene of an accident; operating an unregistered motor vehicle; and operating without proof of insurance.
Read the full story in Tuesday's newspaper.

Police: C.F. dad busted for DUI with child in car

July 7, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS -- A 29-year-old local man was arrested by State Police Saturday night after he was alleged to be operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with his 4-year-old son in the vehicle and not properly seated with child safety restraints.

July 6th

Lincoln to celebrate 1904 World’s Fair exhibit Sunday

July 6, 2014

LINCOLN – It was a highlight of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Mo., and like many things of the past, the Great Observation Wheel that towered 23 stories over the fairgrounds no longer exists.

But there are still physical reminders of the great exhibition that introduced hot dogs in buns, cotton candy, iced tea and ice cream in a waffle cone to the world. One of them, in fact, sits along Great Road — the town’s historic Hearthside House and Museum.

July 3rd

New 'fix-it' stations installed on bike path

July 3, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Central Falls Mayor James Diossa announced the opening of two bicycle “fix-it” stations in the city Thursday afternoon. The fix-it stations, which include all of the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, are located along the on-road cycling route connecting the East Bay Bikeway and Blackstone Bikeway, at the following locations: Chocolateville Overlook (Charles Street) and River Island Park (1425 High St.

Some fireworks shows rescheduled

July 3, 2014

Due to expected rain and wind associated with Hurricane Arthur, some local fireworks displays have been rescheduled.
Cumberland has cancelled its show for July 3 (tonight) and rescheduled it to Saturday, June 5 with the celebration beginning at 6 p.m.
Fireworks are still currently scheduled in Glocester for July 5, at 9 p.m., but there is a rain date of Sunday, July 6.
The Bristol fireworks scheduled for July 3 (tonight) at Bristol Harbor at 9:30 p.m. is still expected to proceed as planned.

July 2nd

Laprade case shipped back to Superior Court

July 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The state Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a majority ruling overturning a Superior Court decision denying the city’s appeal of a Policemen’s Bill of Rights Hearing decision on its disciplinary charges against Patrolman Nichalas Laprade.

The city’s appeal resulted from a decision by a Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights Act hearing on its list of 18 disciplinary charges brought over Laprade’s February 2011 conviction on charge of disorderly conduct by indecent exposure.

June 30th

Water park opens at Galego Court

June 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET — A sprinkler-driven new water park and state of the art playground opened with a ribbon-cutting event — and a big splash — on Friday at Galego Court, featuring pizza and refreshments, a host of dignitaries and dozens of children eager to cool off in the summer afternoon heat.
The park opened with a last-moment change allowing the facility to stay open later at night, thanks to a letter by 8-year-old D'Angela "Lala" Feliz, in part citing the busy schedules of tasks kids have these days, that Pawtucket Housing Authority Director Steve Vadnais found was right on target.

June 29th

Sparks are flying (and selling, too) on every corner

June 29, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The white tents have gone up around the area and fireworks display companies are now ready to sell you anything you need to celebrate the Fourth of July, so long as it doesn’t shoot up into the air or explode.

The tents were already operating along Mendon Road on Sunday and selling the products allowed under Rhode Island’s fireworks law, and also under the setup rules it also contains for electrical inspections, fire prevention equipment and exit and no-smoking signage.

June 27th

Missing EP man’s body identified

June 27, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE — The search for a 20-year-old East Providence man missing since Jan. 2 ended on a tragic note when police confirmed Friday that the body of a man who was found last week under a boathouse near India Point Park was identified as Daniel LaRue.

LaRue’s body, which was dressed in winter clothing, was found discovered under a ramp at Brown University’s Hunter S. Marston Boathouse on June 19, almost six months after he was first reported missing by his family.

June 26th

Parella named interim E.P. police chief

June 26, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Acting City Manager Paul Lemont has confirmed that Major Christopher Parella will take over as interim police chief when Police Chief Joseph Tavares officially leaves his post on Tuesday.
Lemont had said in previous press interviews that his plan was to name an interim chief. But until this week he would not say whether or not the acting chief would be from within or outside the Police Department.

June 25th

Veterans Park Pool to open Saturday

June 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Like the sign of the first ice cream truck, the seasonal opening of the city’s public pool means that it is truly summertime.
Veterans Park Pool will officially open on Saturday, June 28. “We’ve been working to paint it and spruce it up,” said Pawtucket Parks and Recreation Director John Blais. The outdoor pool is open to the public and the entrance fee is $1.