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September 25th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words âtenaciousâ and âpugnaciousâ often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A public hearing will be held Oct. 1 on the cityâs proposed $167.8 million budget for fiscal 2014, which calls for a 1 percent tax rate increase.
The hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.
According to City Manager Peter Graczykowski, the proposed budget comports with the cityâs policies and addresses the cityâs budget plan as related to the five-year fiscal stability plan constraints adopted by the East Providence Budget Board.
PAWTUCKET â By Thanksgiving, young thespians, singers and musicians at St. Raphael Academy should have a new stage on which to ply their arts. The private, coeducational Catholic high school has begun a major renovation of its former gymnasium to create a state-of-the-art theater.
A blessing and groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the renovation project will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. The theater will occupy a building that was formerly known as the Lynch Gymnasium at the corner of Maynard and Walcott streets.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, a 30-year-veteran who has been accused of stealing gasoline from the city, has retired.
Provost was charged with misdemeanor larceny last month for allegedly stealing more than $700 worth of gasoline from municipal gas pumps. He pleaded not guilty and is due back in Sixth District Court in Providence today for a hearing.
PAWTUCKETâA 21-year-old Providence man was arrested after biting off the ear off of a 43-year-old Pawtucket man he was acquainted with during an altercation outside of The Met nightclub, 1005 Main St., on Saturday night, police said.
Police Maj. Arthur Martins said that the two men, Nicholas Parlee and Jeremy Hilton, who he described as friends, had been at The Met and were leaving at around 11:30 p.m. when they got into a dispute. During the fight, Parlee grabbed Hilton's head and bit his ear completely off, Martins said.
PAWTUCKET â It was a big day for 11-year-old Alec Mustafayev of Providence. He focused all of his karate training and on the second try, broke a board in half with his bare hands while onlookers clapped loudly. It was all part of the various techniques on display at the first Pawtucket Martial Arts Festival held Saturday morning at the Pawtucket YMCA.
PROVIDENCE â A 15-count superseding federal indictment returned by a Providence grand jury on Wednesday names eight individuals, including three from Central Falls and three from Pawtucket in a contraband cigarette trafficking scheme.
PAWTUCKETâA 20-ton recycling truck driving the wrong way down a one-way street is a liability waiting to happen, says City Councilor Terry Mercer. As such, he and others on the City Council want to see changes made by the city's trash disposal vendor so this action does keep recurring.
CENTRAL FALLS â A 27-year-old Central Falls man received two yearsâ probation after admitting he practiced dentistry illegally from his Clay Street apartment.
Ray Guillen, of 77 Clay St., Apt. 2, pleaded no contest Monday before Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Lanphear to practicing without a license. As part of the plea agreement, a drug possession count was amended to one of maintaining a public nuisance, and two remaining charges were dismissed, according to the Attorney Generalâs Office.
PAWTUCKET â A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a vacant two-family house at 6 Bloomingdale Ave., near the intersection with Dix Avenue, late Monday night is under investigation by city and state fire officials.
Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the cityâs fire marshal, said firefighters were called to the wood-frame dwelling at around 10:30 p.m. They extinguished the fire, but had to return several hours later, at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, when a âhot spotâ ignited a second blaze underneath the ceiling on the first floor.
LINCOLN â A 19-year Burrillville man faces a felony breaking and entering charge after he allegedly attempted to enter a womanâs 6 Railroad St. home, where his girlfriend was being sheltered over a domestic incident early Thursday morning.
Joel A. Rouillard, of 1000 Douglas Pike, Burrillville, allegedly attempted to enter the womanâs home by pulling an air conditioning unit out of a window where it had been installed and running, according to Patrolman Alvaro E. Herrera.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The future is still uncertain for a rescue greyhound named Lady who underwent a third round of surgery Monday after she â and the 82-year-old woman who owns her â were both attacked by a neighborâs pit bull mix.
Wanda Misiaszek, of 175 St. Paul St., fell to the ground, striking her head, and she was bitten on the arm and fingers as she tried to protect Lady. The dog, meanwhile, suffered multiple deep puncture wounds, according to her nephew, Michael Calo.
PAWTUCKET â There was dancinâ in the street on Saturday, as the fifth annual Rocktucket music festival got underway on a perfect early fall day.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland), a member of the House Government Oversight Committee that is currently investigating the 38 Studios debacle, says she wants the panel to issue subpoenas to learn how the Economic Development Corporationâs (EDC) loan guarantee program went so wrong.
âWe can follow the money a lot more closely than we are able to with the documents we have,â MacBeth told The Times Friday. âWho was on the payroll? People made lots of money on this business, I believe, fully knowing that it wasnât going to make it.
CUMBERLAND â Dressed in waterproof rain bibs, plastic gloves and rubber boots, Kerri A. Stenovitch looks more like a commercial fisherman than a fruit farmer.
Indeed, Stenovitchâs three-member apple pressing team at Cumberlandâs Phantom Farms, including Chris Combs, Chameal Rogers and Stenovichâs husband, David Joseph, all look like they just walked off a fishing boat at the docks in Galilee.
PAWTUCKETâ A blood spattered sidewalk at 90 Cooper St. marks the spot where a 30-year-old city man was shot in the chest late Wednesday. The unidentified victim remains hospitalized in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital, according to police.
Police said the man was returning to his house and had just stepped out of his vehicle at around 9:30 p.m. when the shooting occurred. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male who was wearing all black clothing. The suspect fled on foot.
PAWTUCKET â While its longtime use was as a jewelry manufacturing plant, the historic Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co. building at 145 Exchange St. can boast of âlocation, location, location.â As such, itâs no surprise that a husband and wife who specialize in seeing the value and potential of all things old have acquired the property and intend to give it a new purpose.
LINCOLN â Twin River officials have received state approval to increase the number of table games at the 100 Twin River Road, state-supervised casino, and may be unveiling a new expansion plan even as casino plans move forward in nearby Massachusetts.
Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle confirmed on Tuesday that the casino received permission from the state Lottery Commission last Friday to increase the number of live gaming tables from 66 to 80, but noted a specific plan for an expansion has not yet been finalized.
WOONSOCKET â Carrying on a tradition that they started in 2001, members of the United Veterans Council of Woonsocket and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a remembrance ceremony today marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.
CUMBERLAND â Local police say they arrested nearly twice as many people for drunken driving in 2012 as they did the previous year.
Sixty people were arrested for driving under the influence last year, a whopping 94 percent increase over the 31 DUI arrests that were made in 2011, Police Chief John R. Desmarais noted in the Cumberland Police Departmentâs annual report, which was presented to the Town Council last Wednesday.