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June 3rd, 2015
PROVIDENCE â€“ Pat Oâ€™Conner, president and chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball, on Wednesday stopped by the offices of the Locke Lord LLP law firm to hold a discussion with city and state leaders about the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ proposed move to the capital city.
A 31-year veteran of professional baseball and president of Minor League Baseball since 2007, Oâ€™Conner said his role was to â€śtry to put the facts out there and dispel rumors or innuendo.â€ť
PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee jumped into the legislative debate over a local community’s ability to set fire department platoon schedules on Tuesday by calling for the defeat of two pending bills related to the issue.
McKee was joined in the State Room by a group of 13 municipal leaders, including Pawtucket’s Donald Grebien, North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, Lincoln Administrator T. Joseph Almond and Cumberland Mayor William Murray, who all share the same view.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Before a large gathering of Pawtucket residents and elected officials, family members, neighbors and friends, the field located at 1135 Roosevelt Ave. was dedicated to Edward â€śTedâ€ť Warnock this past Sunday.
Alongside members of the Warnock family, Mr. Warnockâ€™s daughter, Dawn, began the dedication ceremony with a touching speech commemorating her father. She recalled many fond memories of her father and what he meant to the family and the community.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing to allow residents to voice their opinions on the amendments to the cityâ€™s proposed annual operating budget of $227,847,201 for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Among the proposed amendments includes a $272,000 decrease in expenditures and a $272,000 decrease in revenues from Mayor Donald R. Grebienâ€™s proposed budget.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A state representative whose district includes Pawtucket is seeking a fast track that would bring a commuter rail station to the city.
District 58 state Rep. Carlos Tobon introduced a bill this week that would authorize the General Assembly to appropriate $20 million for the establishment of a commuter rail station on Barton Street, near the border with Central Falls â€“ provided Pawtucket voters approve the matter.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino is â€śvery interestedâ€ť in meeting with Mayor Donald R. Grebien in the near future.
This comes days after Grebien penned an open letter to Lucchino, reiterating his request to the PawSox owners to release a feasibility study that says renovations to McCoy Stadium would cost $65 million.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There is little dispute about the poor condition of Rhode Islandâ€™s roads and bridges and even less of a dispute about the need to repair the stateâ€™s infrastructure.
The last time a city or town in the Blackstone Valley saw a major bridge construction project, was when the new Pawtucket River Bridge was designed, built and unveiled.
Now, a proposed toll on commercial vehicles would pay for a $700 million revenue bond to repair the rest of the deteriorating bridges, state officials announced Wednesday.
She said â€śNoâ€ť to me and slammed the door. She was on my paper route.
I asked out every girl on my paper route. All three of them. I liked having a captive audience. Iâ€™d hand them the paper and say, â€śWant to go to a movie?â€ť
They all said â€śNo.â€ť
Well, one girl said, â€śYesâ€ť but then the next day her brother told me she really meant â€śNo.â€ť
I made about $2 an hour on my paper route. It took me about four hours a day and then another five or six hours on the weekends collecting money.
One time, delivering papers, a guy drove by and yelled, â€śone day youâ€™re going to rule the world!â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Eighth-grade students from Samuel Slater Junior High School on Friday gave back to their community while receiving a lesson in the city's history as they partnered with a volunteer to flag the graves of veterans buried at Mineral Spring Cemetery.
Ken Postle, a Pawtucket cemetery volunteer, explained that the work being performed by the students Friday was vital, because â€śif they don't keep up, it'll all be forgotten.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.
The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.
While many Americans are already celebrating the long holiday weekend with picnics and cookouts, trips to beaches and parks, or traveling to see family and friends, others will spend the weekend preparing to honor those who served their country.
On Monday, the nation will mark Memorial Day. In Pawtucket, the Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post 1271 will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Quinns Square and Dexter Street next to the Dexter Credit Union Bank. Post Adjutant and Past Cmdr. Bill Donnelly will direct the ceremony.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Three female police officers posing as prostitutes were solicited for sex, according to police, resulting in the arrest of 10 men from cities and towns across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The undercover sting on Wednesday, in high-traffic areas of the city, netted the alleged Johns Central Falls said.
The following men were arrested:
- Jose Barragan, 72, of Lincoln, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes
- Robert Bowman, 26, of Pawtucket, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes
PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina Raimondo, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, were among those who marked the observance of Memorial Day by participating in an annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring war veterans from Rhode Island.
The event on Wednesday was held at the Garden of Heroes on the southwest lawn at the State House.
The garden is dedicated to Rhode Island service members who died supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that the group this week will â€śhonor, remember, and grieveâ€ť for Pawtucket Red Sox President James J. Skeffington, who died Sunday, adding that there will be â€śtime enough in the futureâ€ť to focus on discussions that would keep the PawSox in Rhode Island.
Skeffingtonâ€™s funeral will be held Saturday.
Negotiations on a proposal that would move the franchise to a new riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence have been temporarily halted in the wake of Skeffington's passing.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A stubborn fire making its way up into the eaves and attic of a three-story apartment building at 35 Titus St. Sunday afternoon left eight residents uninjured but homeless, according to fire officials.
Cumberland Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay reported the 2:27 p.m. fire was initially spotted by neighboring residents when an outdoor light bulb on the rear of the building popped and flames were observed coming from the fixture.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Eleven-year-old Zach Ansell hails from Los Angeles.
Thirteen-year-old Noah Kalus resides in New Platz, a small village in upstate New York, situated approximately midway between Albany and New York City.
While the two boysâ€™ hometowns could not be more different, what united the pair and brought them to Pawtucket this weekend was their love of Scrabble, as the duo teamed together as â€śThe East West Word Wizardsâ€ť at the North American School Scrabble Championship, held at the Hasbro headquarters.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Two fugitives from Colorado, including a woman sought for prison escape, got caught on Illinois Street Wednesday with heroin, a Bushmaster assault rifle, armor-piercing bullets, and a stolen truck, police said.
John Baker, 38, and Jessica Garrett, 32, both of Colorado, are being held without bail on fugitive warrants from Colorado after their arraignment in District Court Thursday.