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June 19th, 2014
PROVIDENCE â Four women, including a member of the Central Falls City Council, who were on a hunger strike to protest a provision in the state budget that outlaws Rhode Island municipalities from passing their own minimum wage laws, issued the following joint statement shortly after Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the budget bill into law Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â After three decades as a lawmaker representing Pawtucket, Rep. Elaine Coderre says she will not seek re-election to her District 60 House seat in November.
Coderre, a Democrat, is the currently the âDean of the House,â meaning the representative who has served the longest tenure. First elected in 1984, she currently chairs the Democratic Caucus in the House and was previously the Speaker Pro Tem for many years.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A puppy store owner who is fighting the city over the East Providence City Councilâs decision to ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats won a personal victory Tuesday when the same council begrudgingly voted 3-to-2 to grant the store a license to sell puppies on the holidays.
CUMBERLAND â A 16-year-old local girl who was last seen on June 3 remained missing Tuesday as police continued to seek information on her possible whereabouts in Florida or California.
Margaret Weece, 16, left town in a white Chevrolet Cobalt on a possible trip to see relatives in California or Florida, police said. The vehicle has since been recovered in Maryland, police confirmed.
It remains unclear whether Weece is travelling with friends or alone but police said she is not believed to be endangered at this time.
CENTRAL FALLS â The City Council Monday approved Mayor James A. Diossaâs $17.2 million budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.
The city budget is composed of five separate city ordinances. The city ordinances that set the tax rate and levy, the classified employees wage schedule and the capital program and budget were passed unanimously by the six-member council.
CENTRAL FALLS â Police today were stepping up enforcement of the cityâs juvenile curfew ordinance in the wake of a spate of city stabbings over the weekend that left three Pawtucket men hospitalized.
Enforcement of the ordinance has been in effect since May and will continue until the end of the summer, but police are stepping up their presence this week and for the foreseeable future after a particularly violent weekend that began Saturday when a 17-year-old boy was stabbed during a fight on Dexter Street shortly after 10:30 p.m.
For full story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.
CENTRAL FALLS â Itâs a word that no one expected to hear again so soon in this city, but the financially troubled Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is now in receivership.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein granted the temporary receivership and appointed Providence attorney Jonathan Savage as the receiver for the next 20 days. After that, Silverstein will appoint a long term receiver if necessary.
PROVIDENCE â An 18-year-old Pawtucket man pleaded guilty on Thursday to his role in a Providence shooting that killed 17-year-old George Holland Jr. of Providence.
According to the state attorney generalâs office, Alain Bedame, with a last known address of 280 Weeden St., pleaded guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime that resulted in injury. Under the agreement, he will testify against his co-defendants in the case.
CENTRAL FALLS â A man chosen four years ago to reform troubled Central Falls High School is moving on to a new role in education and one that will possibly involve a national stage.
Schools Superintendent Fran Gallo announced Wednesday that Victor Capellan, the districtâs deputy superintendent for transformation, will be leaving the school district at the end of this school year to take a position with Mass Insight Education in Boston. He will begin his new position in July.
For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Times.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Perfect Pets owner Scott Bergantino is convinced that had members of the East Providence City Council visited his The Perfect Puppy store on Wampanoag Trail, they would have thought twice about passing an ordinance that makes it illegal for any commercial business to sell dogs or cats in the city.
But they didnât. The ordinance was passed. And Bergantino is in the legal fight of his life.
The festival season has begun and carnival and amusement ride companies are already setting up at events around the state to bring their unique form of flashing lights and stomach-churning, g-force motion rides to the brave of heart.
But there is a lot to more to a carnival setting up in town for a few days or a week-long festival than unpacking the rides and connecting them to their electricity supplies.
CENTRAL FALLS â It was during the last hurricane that knocked out power in his hometown of East Hampton that Alec Baldwin realized just how important the community library can be.
There was no electricity, but the small library in the seaside township of Sag Harbor found a way to function, âpaper slippingâ books to patrons, operating with a small generator that allowed people to use their computers, and otherwise providing a welcome beacon to storm-weary residents.
PAWTUCKET â Standing on a traffic island on Taft Street, Jack Partridge used his hands to frame the scenic image made by the weathered stone of the Division Street bridge paralleled with the modern steel arches of the adjacent Pawtucket River Bridge. âLook at all those angles these two bridges make. And you donât see stonework like that anymore. People in New York City would love to see this,â the attorney marveled.
PROVIDENCE â Pressing against a self-imposed midnight deadline Thursday, the House Finance Committee worked to give its approval to an $8.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
About $3.4 billion of that will come from general revenues collected by the state and the rest from various federal sources. The $3.4 billion figure is about $10 million less than proposed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in January, while the $8.7 figure is higher than the governorâs because of increases in federal funding, according to House Finance Chairman Raymond Gallison of Bristol.
PAWTUCKETâWith wet weather being forecast for Thursday, Pawtucket Proud Day will now be held on Friday, June 6, rain or shine. Organizers say that other details remain unchanged.
PAWTUCKET â Despite a major cleanup, the Dexter and Barton Street neighborhood still has a devil of a time changing its reputation. Yet, the Pawtucket Police Department's Special Squad is committed to remaining vigilant and, when necessary, springing into action to combat the prostitution activity the once-seedy neighborhood has long been known for.
PAWTUCKET â âThe Purple Rose of Darlingtonâ? âEverything You Wanted to Know About One-Way Streets but Were Afraid to Askâ? âBullets over Broadway IIâ?
No title has been picked for Woody Allenâs next movie, but location scouts have looked at several spots around Pawtucket as possible settings for the film scheduled to go into production this summer.
Allen is notoriously secretive about upcoming film projects and discloses few details about them until a picture is ready to release.
CENTRAL FALLS â While actor Alec Baldwin didn't want his famous name to distract from an event that's about promoting literacy, Adams Memorial Library officials are banking on just that Hollywood star power to boost some much-needed financial donations.
CUMBERLAND â The field of candidates to replace departing Mayor Daniel McKee grew to three on Friday as former Town Councilman Daniel Alves announced his bid for the seat.
Alves, a Democrat like the two other prospective candidates, Manuel DaCosta and William Murray, pointed to both his council experience and his operation of small business for nearly 40 years as making him well qualified for the townâs executive post.
PAWTUCKET -- A fire that broke out about 9:45 p.m. Thursday night at 24-26 Garden St., was brought under control in about 30 minutes, but left 12 people without a place to live. The cause of the fire was not immediately available. No injuries were reported.