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January 25th, 2013
PROVIDENCE â A bill to legitimize same sex marriage, which both its sponsor and its most vehement opponent agreed was, âThe most important piece of legislation (the House) will ever considerâ passed the House of Representative on a 51-19 vote Thursday.
When Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay man to be elected Speaker of the House, banged his gavel after the vote and declared âthe act prevails,â there were loud cheers, a standing ovation in the spectator galleries and sustained whooping and clapping that lasted for several minutes before Fox banged his gavel again to adjourn the session.
State and local officials urged residents to take precautions as dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills were forecast for the region through the weekend.
They also advised those at risk of exposure to take shelter at warming centers, including Mathieu Senior Center; 420 Main St., Pawtucket. The site is open from 8:30-4 p.m. daily through Friday.
âDress warmly, in layers, even if you are making a short trip to the mailbox,â advised Woonsocket Emergency Management Director Gary Lataille.
Other tips for dealing with the cold include:
PAWTUCKET -- On January 18, the Pawtucket Police Special Squad culminated a long-term investigation into complaints about local drug activity with the arrests of 12 adults and one 16-year-old juvenile female.
The investigation concerned the illegal sale of marijuana, cocaine and heroin in the Pawtucket and Central Falls area. The Special Squad received assistance from members of the Central Falls Police as well as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
LINCOLN â A 91-year-old Lincoln woman died in her bed in a smokey house fire early Tuesday morning despite the reported attempts of her 90-year-old husband to alert her.
Fire officials identified the victim as Jeannette Barry. Her husband, Henry Barry, made it out of the house safely and is believed to be staying with the couple's son.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The city's streets will be getting a little darker.
In an attempt to rein in spending, more than 1,000 excess street lights are being shut off beginning this month as part of the first phase of the city's streetlight management program adopted by the East Providence Budget Commission.
As a result of a field audit commissioned by the panel last year, 1,225 excess streetlights were identified for shut off with special consideration given to keeping streetlights on at intersections, pedestrian crossings and school and park areas.
PAWTUCKET â A man who was planning director in the City of Newport has been hired to assist Pawtucket in its future planning and redevelopment efforts.
Mayor Donald Grebien has announced that Paige Bronk, who worked for more than a decade in a management capacity for Newport in the areas of planning, development, zoning, grants and historic preservation, has been named Pawtucket's assistant director of planning and redevelopment.
He is scheduled to begin work on Jan. 28.
PAWTUCKET â The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday announcing its 2013 inductees. The press conference took place in the RIMHOF Museum space located at Hope Artiste Village.
CUMBERLAND â The three-member Fire Consolidation Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting with trustees from the town's four fire districts to discuss concerns and ideas relative to a plan to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Attending the session will be Fire Consolidation Subcommittee members Scott R. Schmitt, Arthur Lambi Jr. and William Murray, along with eight trustees â two from each of the four fire districts.
PAWTUCKET â A vacant house at 171 North Bend Street has been the scene of two suspicious fires in the last six months, and Friday's blaze brought firefighters back a second time in the pre-dawn hours.
Firefighters first responded to a report of a fire in the two-story, woodframe house at around 4 p.m. According to the Pawtucket Police log, three juvenile males, two black and one white, and all approximately 15-years-old, were seen running from the scene.
PAWTUCKET â While family and friends of the 100 victims along with survivors of The Station nightclub fire are still waiting for a proper memorial to be erected at the West Warwick site, many went out and got their own personal memorial in the form of a tattoo.
PAWTUCKET â Capt. Robert F. Thurber, Jr., a 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Fire Department, has been named the city's fire marshal, announced Fire Chief William Sisson.
Thurber, who was formerly captain of Engine 2 at the downtown fire station, began his new position on Monday. He replaces the city's former fire marshal, Capt. Steven Parent, who recently retired.
Thurber is the Pawtucket Fire Department's training officer and has coordinated the last five fire schools for the department.
He is also an education instructor/coordinator for the Rhode Island Fire Academy.
PAWTUCKET â With a theme of economic optimism for the year ahead, The Pawtucket Foundation hosted over 100 business and elected leaders at its 12th Annual Meeting at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Tuesday evening.
Additionally, the Foundation announced that its new executive director would be Aaron M. Hertzberg, who has served in the position for the past three months in an interim capacity. Hired in 2008, Hertzberg previously worked as the organization's program director. He succeeds Thomas Mann, who resigned to take a new job opportunity.
PROVIDENCE â Boasting a âBack to Basicsâ budget that contains no increase in taxes â and even a 2 percent reduction in the corporate tax rate over three years â Gov. Lincoln Chafee submitted an $8.1 billion tax and spending plan for 2014 to the General Assembly on Wednesday.
Of the budget total, $3.4 billion will come from state taxes and other revenues, with the rest provided by the federal government.
PAWTUCKET â The American Cancer Societyâs Relay For Life of Pawtucket will hold its 10th anniversary kick-off rally at Plouffeâs Cup & Saucer, 267 Main St., on Monday, Jan. 28 to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The celebration begins at 6 p.m.; the public is invited.
Gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, from left, Administrative Cordinator Michael Cassidy, former Commissioner Nancy Benoit, Blackstone Valley Tourism Director Bob Billington, Executive Director R.I. Historical Preservation CommissionTed Sanderson, chair Donna Williams, board members Gaytha Langlois and Richard Gregory, during a 25 year celebration of the commission, now a non-profit corporation, at the Woonsocket Depot Thursday evening. The corporation was formerly known as the John H.
CUMBERLAND â Citing grave concerns over students' avoidance of the Mendon Road Bridge, the State Traffic Commission has agreed to allow a pedestrian study of the small stretch of roadway in front of Cumberland High School at the request of state Rep. Mia Ackerman.
âThe pedestrian bridge in front of the high school â although entirely safe to walk across â is not being used by a lot of the high school students because it doesn't look safe to them,â said Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln).
A work crew from E.W. Audet and Sons Inc. was busy installing new lights at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket this week. A total of 278 light bulbs are being installed that will be brighter and more energy efficient than the ones theyâre replacing.
PAWTUCKET â A 19-year-old city man, John Demonte Alarcon, was arrested on numerous drug charges on Thursday following an investigation by members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad.
According to Pawtucket Police, this investigation began on information provided by neighborhood residents and anonymous sources. Based on their findings, a court-approved search warrant for an apartment on Hatfield Street was executed on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â On Thursday night, every table and booth was occupied at Plouffe's Cup 'n Saucer, and the Main Street diner buzzed with lively conversation. However, finding ways to maintain the momentum at this and other downtown businesses was the reason why so many had gathered, and the topic of a meeting called by Mayor Donald Grebien.
PAWTUCKET â Fresh from Monday night's inauguration, the City Council convened for a regular meeting on Wednesday, taking up a variety of housekeeping items but also hinting at possible clashes with the mayoral administration over some issues in the coming months.