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June 29th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Can municipal public works services such as trash pick-up and recycling, pothole filling, snowplowing, and vehicle repair be done on a regionalized basis to save money? The governor and the top government leaders of Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence think so.
PAWTUCKET â€” Staffing reductions in several municipal departments could occasionally result in some slower response times or limitations on city services, announced Mayor Donald Grebien.
The mayor said that several recent retirements, including those of some longtime department heads and clerks in the City Clerk's office, coupled with the need for the administration to keep a tight rein on expenses are the primary reasons for the staffing shortage. It is also the season when employees are taking more vacations, which is compounding the problem of some departments being left short-handed.
Kevin Dubois of Lincoln, a Marine Corps veteran wounded in Afghanistan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Tuesday night during the 33rd annual Armed Services Night, prior to the game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Charlotte Knights.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald Grebien, most incumbent members of the City Council and about half of the sitting School Committee have stated their intentions to run again while a few new names have surfaced as challengers as the deadline to declare for candidacy looms.
Enid Pappas, widow of Turning Point co-founder Michael Pappas, left, and co-founder Nicolas Retsinas, unveil a plaque recognizing the founders during a dedication ceremony in Pawtucket Saturday morning. The plaque is dedicated by members of the Board of Directors as an everlasting token of appreciation to deceased co-founders Dr. Gary P. Paparo and Michael Pappas as well as Nicolas P. Retsinas. Turning Point, a group home for boys, was originally started in 1973 as the Pawtucket Boys Club Group Home, and is currently located at 5 Kids Way in Pawtucket.
LINCOLN â€“ A bolt of lightning from a front of storms passing through the area Monday morning is believed to have sparked a fire in the roof of a home at 1809 Old Louisquisset Pike and left a family of three temporarily homeless.
Mark Rodrigues said he son, Austin, 17, was home at the time of 10:50 a.m. strike and immediately called the fire department.
â€śThe Fire Department said they heard a heavy bang in the area and then got the call,â€ť Rodrigues said while looking over the aftermath of the fire at his home on Monday.
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Seekonk Fire Chief Alan Jack, left, and Captain Mike Healy survey the remains of the landmark Old Grist Mill Tavern, which was gutted by fire in Seekonk early Sunday morning. Built in 1745, the historic building is considered a total loss.
PAWTUCKET â€” A zoning change that will allow for the re-use of the American Insulated Wire complex for residential apartments and commercial enterprises was given first passage by the City Council at Wednesday night's meeting.
The amendment to the city's zoning map will be done by an overlay pertaining only to the 6-acre parcel of land at 413 Central Ave. that is the site of the former American Insulated Wire company. A developer wants to turn the mill buildings on the property into one- and two-bedroom rental units, while the ground floor will be leased to commercial tenants.
Madeleine Mondor, far left, wife of the late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, stands with PawSox president Mike Tamburro and sculptor Tayo Heuser after a 6-foot bronze statue of late PawSox owner and patriarch was unveiled during a ceremony in Mondor Gardens at McCoy Stadium Friday.
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) â€” Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno's heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a couple of last-minute pleas from residents to do otherwise, the City Council voted Wednesday night to give final passage to a new operating budget of about $178 million that will necessitate a property tax increase for homeowners of 80 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
The 7-1 vote followed the same pattern as it did at a session on June 7, when 8 of 9 council members gave the spending plan proposed by Mayor Donald Grebien their reluctant approval. Councilor James Chadwick, who had voted to support the budget at the last meeting, was absent on Wednesday.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien, right, gets some help from City Councilor Christopher O'Neill, who represents District 3 where Slater Park is located, in christening one of several new paddleboats on Thursday. The boats will return to the park's Slater Pond on Saturday after a lapse of nearly a half-century. In lieu of champagne, a pink-ribboned bottle of spring water did the honors. The paddleboats, three of which are designed as swans, will be available at the boathouse from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September. After Labor Day, the paddleboats will be available on weekends.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Although he acknowledges that serving on the City Council will be â€śa little bit different this time,â€ť Bob Ferri says he is pleased and honored to be once again representing the residents of Ward 2 from a position in city government.
Ferri, 65, of Cottage Street, was the winner of Tuesday's special election to fill the Ward 2 council seat that had been held by Richard Aubin. He will return to the five-member City Council for the remainder of Aubin's four-year-term, which runs until November of 2013.
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PAWTUCKET â€” Three local men will be honored (two of them posthumously) on Saturday, June 23 for their efforts in founding Turning Point, formerly the Pawtucket Boys Club Group Home, in 1973.
A ceremony to unveil a plaque dedicating the Turning Point group home to Nicolas Retsinas, along with the late Michael Pappas and Gary P. Paparo, will be held at 10 a.m. at the Turning Point facility at 5 Kids Way in Pawtucket. Members of the public are invited to attend.
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Angelo Broccoli, 3, watches as Nathan Oum, 9, center, and his brother, Biagio Broccoli, 7, reach for the pass as they play catch on the steps of St. James Church in Manville Tuesday. Hot summer weather is forecast for the next couple of days, with highs reaching the mid-90s.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two firefighters were injured battling a blaze in an office building at a used car lot at 589 Pawtucket Ave. that occurred late Monday night.
According to Pawtucket Fire Battalion Chief Bob Neill, the fire was reported at around 11:30 p.m. after flames could be seen from the brick office of Perlow's Auto Annex. The two-alarm fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes, Neill said. However, it caused a good amount of damage to the front of the building and smoke damage throughout.
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PAWTUCKET â€” As members of the Grebien Administration had been in the midst of discussions about ways to fund the job, Richard Kazarian resigned from his post as special economic development coordinator.
Kazarian, a noted art historian and antiques dealer who has been active in Pawtucket's redevelopment efforts of the past decade, was appointed to the $1,000 per week position by Mayor Donald Grebien last April in what was initially described as a temporary position.
PAWTUCKET â€” It won't be quite the way she wanted it, but plans are underway to move Betty Johnson's vast Pawtucket history collection out of the basement of her Fruit Street house and into a safer and more secure location at the Pawtucket Public Library.
PAWTUCKET â€” A jewelry manufacturer that has sat on the banks of the Blackstone River at 151 Exchange Street for over 150 years has shut its doors for good after being acquired by an Attleboro, Mass. company.
The Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co., founded in 1858, had produced jewelry findings, fine jewelry and carbon fixtures for soldering at its Pawtucket mill. Earlier this spring, the company, also known as Fuller Findings, was acquired by Findings Incorporated, a jewelry manufacturer that has been in business since 1945.