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April 21st, 2014
PAWTUCKETâ€”Calling it more of his â€śbuilding a bridge to progressâ€ť campaign theme, Mayor Donald Grebien has come up with a proposed $112.3 million city operating budget for fiscal year 2015 that provides additional revenue in some key areas while promising a zero tax increase.
The spending plan is about $1.6 million higher than the current fiscal year's budget of $110.7 million, reflecting an increase of 1.47 percent. The proposal involved no property tax increase for home or business owners and no increase in taxes for tangibles or motor vehicles.
PAWTUCKET â€” In news that was sweet as her recipe, Gianna Casto, a 9-year-old student at Fallon Memorial Elementary School, made it all the way to the regional finals in Sodexoâ€™s fourth annual Future Chefs National Challenge.
Casto, in Grade 4, first entered the Pawtucket Future Chefs competition held at her school last month. According to Solange Morrissette, general manager of Sodexo, the students were asked to create a â€śhealthy sandwichâ€ť recipe, and Casto impressed the panel of local judges with her â€śHawaiian Delight for Vegetarians.â€ť
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Facing what would have been a third trial in the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend in 2008, a Pawtucket man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Juan L. Diaz, 30, entered the plea before Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel to second degree murder in the shooting death of Mayra Cruz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.
PAWTUCKETâ€”While acknowledging it will undergo changes in the coming months, the School Committee unanimously approved a new School Department budget of approximately $107 million for the upcoming fiscal year at its committee meeting on Tuesday.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Now that he's done watching the weather forecasts for snowstorms, it's heavy rain that DPW Director Lance Hill is keeping an uneasy eye on.
As has happened in recent weeks, rain water leaked into the City Hall tower and caused the main elevator to malfunction. The elevator is once again operational, but the years-old leakage problem in the Art Deco-style tower that contains it is a recurring one with no easy (or cheap) solution in sight.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Four men from the Boston area, two of whom are brothers, were arrested for fighting after a brawl erupted outside of Di Nos Restaurant, 908 Main St., on Sunday night.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just as a gently used item can be â€śnewâ€ť to someone else, taking a fresh look at familiar places â€” especially those steeped in history â€” can yield pleasant surprises. Along those lines, this yearâ€™s kickoff event celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week on Saturday, May 3, features the Blackstone Valley, and Pawtucket in particular, in two of nine tours.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A third suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the Dec. 24 shooting death of 21-year-old Ryan Almeida at Galego Court, Pawtucket Police announced Friday.
On Thursday, April 10, Pawtucket Police arrested Tyron M. Wilcox, 21, of 6 Ware Court in Providence. He was taken into custody in Providence with assistance from the Rhode Island State Police Fugitives Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service, said Major Arthur Martins.
PAWTUCKETâ€”About three and a half months after the shooting death of 21-year-old Ryan Almeida at Galego Court, a 20-year-old Providence man was apprehended in Maine and charged with his murder. Pawtucket Police also say that a 17-year-old male has been charged in the crime and one or more additional arrests may be imminent.
LINCOLNâ€”The State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested a 21-year-old local man Wednesday on charges related to the alleged child molestation of an 11-year-old Coventry boy, according to Col. Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, state police superintendent.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Following a two-part hearing on a contentious issue, the Board of Appeals on Monday voted 5 to 0 to approve a variance allowing for an oversized garage on Sharon Avenue property belonging to the Grupo Amigos Da Terceira.
The garage, to be built on property at 125 Sharon Ave., will reportedly be used to store vehicles belonging to the Portuguese social club. The main Grupo Amigos community center, at 55 Memorial Dr., is located next door to the white, two-family house at 125 Sharon Ave. where the club intends to construct the new garage.
PAWTUCKETâ€” An unsightly and long-neglected stretch of busy North Main Street, near an underground bowling alley and former Sears department store, will get a much-needed lift with a proposal to build a new LA Fitness Center.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, part of the Procaccanti Group real estate management and investment firms, will involve an expanse of property that stretches down North Main Street from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the old Sears store at White Avenue in neighboring Providence.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academyâ€™s elementary school building has begun to take shape at the former Currier Park on Broad Street near Town Hall, and is expected to open to students in the fall.
That was the forecast offered by Robert Bellafiore, a spokesman for Civic Builders, on Friday as workers from H.V. Collins, Civicâ€™s contractor, continued to erect steel beams at the site.
PAWTUCKETâ€”She was the city's own version of Geraldine Ferraro. Kathleen A. Magill, the first woman to hold a City Council seat and the first to run for mayor, passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 69.
Magill, a married mother of three, made history in 1979 when she became the first woman elected to the Pawtucket City Council. She won a city-wide, at-large council seat and served for eight years.
Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 31.
The events between March 21, when the FBI raided then-House Speaker Gordon Foxâ€™s third-floor Statehouse office, and Tuesday, March 25, when Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello put his hand on a Bible and was sworn in as the new Speaker, were seismic, a lightning-fast blitzkrieg of political maneuvering, a fundamental shakeup in the House of Representatives and a change in the most powerful political office in the state.
PAWTUCKETâ€”In a move that is being hailed as a major win by city officials, a growing pet food and supply company has purchased the Benjamin F. Chester Building at 175 Main St. as its corporate headquarters.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€“ An unidentified 28-year-old man was struck by a truck and killed on Route 146 South Wednesday after an incident near the Mineral Spring Avenue on-ramp that slowed travel on the road for more than hour.
State Police confirmed that the pedestrian, who had apparently parked a car along the side of the highway and stepped into the travel lane before being hit by an 18-wheel tractor trailer, was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital where he later died of traumatic injuries, according to State Police Capt. Robert S. Wall, District A commander.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Like a doctor in search of germs, Dianne Mailloux has taken a microscope to the traffic arteries of the Blackstone Valley in search of another kind of infestation.
Accompanied by a team of note-jotting student interns, the coordinator of Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful has traveled from the back roads of Burrillville to the avenues of Pawtucket â€“ nine cities and towns in all â€“ looking for the unsightly scourge or litter, graffiti and grunge.
Letâ€™s just say it could have been a lot worse.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The chairman of the Cumberland Fire Districtâ€™s Board of Trustees Monday said the district will recover most of the money that was allegedly embezzled by the districtâ€™s former treasurer-collector Karen B. Lambert.
The money will come in the form of an $83,000 insurance payout, reimbursement for roughly the same amount of money allegedly stolen by Lambert who was arrested last week, says James Leonard.
SMITHFIELD â€“ â€śShall there be a convention to amend or revise the (Rhode Island) constitution?â€ť
That question will be on the ballot given to all voters in the November election.
Former R.I. Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders, for one, will answer that question in the affirmative.