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November 20th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, who headed up a political machine that ruled that tiny, poverty ridden community for nearly a decade, pled guilty Monday to corruptly accepting free work on two homes he owns from a longtime friend and political ally who was in turn awarded a lucrative deal to board up the many foreclosed homes that pockmark nearly every street in the city.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses and members of the community, over 350 Pawtucket families will have a more bountiful and nutritious Thanksgiving.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The Ten Mile River Bridges in East Providence reopened to traffic Friday, a year ahead of schedule.
Originally scheduled to reopen in late 2013, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) was able to work with the contractor to reduce the closure to less than one year, RIDOT officials said yesterday.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ As an endorsement of the steps toward fiscal solvency taken by state receivers and the cityâ€™s plan to emerge from bankruptcy, the Standard & Poorâ€™s rating agency has upgrade Central Fallsâ€™ bond rating to BB with a â€śstableâ€ť outlook.
The city had previously had a C rating with a â€śdevelopingâ€ť outlook. On the day after the city officially emerged from bankruptcy last month, Moodyâ€™s Investors Service upgraded the cityâ€™s bond ratings from Caa1 to B2 and changed its outlook to â€śpositive.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” A city man has been arrested on 12 counts of second-degree child molestation based on a complaint from a 7-year-old and two other individuals, now adults, who came forward to say he had abused them in the same manner, police said.
The suspect, Samuel Cooper, 41, of Boyce Avenue, was arrested on Wednesday after turning himself in to police. A warrant had been issued for his arrest following an investigation.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite the recent closing of one downtown restaurant and some less-than-rosy assessments by other Main Street business owners, the proprietor of Plouffe's Cup N' Saucer says he has been open for three years now at his location and is optimistic about the future.
PAWTUCKET â€” He's already rubbed his red suited elbows with the likes of Cher, John Travolta, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Bronson, Paris Hilton, and the entire Kardashian clan. Yet, â€śSanta to the Starsâ€ť Brady White has had an even more star-studded year than usual thanks to a new Macy's TV commercial he is featured in and an induction into the â€śInternational Santa Claus Hall of Fame.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite their attempts to hide, two city men were arrested after breaking into the International Charter School on Monday night.
Pawtucket Police said they received a call that an alarm was sounding at the school, located at 334 Pleasant St., at around 9 p.m. When officers arrived, they observed a broken window on the side of the building and could also see a man running inside.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” For 25 years the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America has hosted its annual Scouting for Food Drive, which is now the largest food drive throughout New England. Since the driveâ€™s inception in 1988, the Council has collected over 8 million pounds of food for Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Connecticut.
PAWTUCKET â€” Congressman David N. Cicilline was among a large gathering that turned out last Sunday for the Portuguese Social Club's Veterans Day inauguration and dedication of a monument honoring Portuguese-American Veterans.
On Sunday, the club officially dedicated the â€śMonument to the Portuguese American Veterans and Members of Our Community,â€ť a 5,400-pound granite structure located on an illuminated island next to the American, Portuguese and Rhode Island flag posts in the clubâ€™s parking lot at 131 School St.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ In response to a complaint by Councilman James Diossa, a candidate for mayor, the state Board of Elections (BOE) is ordering the city to open all eight polling places for the Dec. 11 runoff election, a move that officials say will cost the financially beleaguered city an estimated $15,000 more than expected.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city last week formally asked the Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that blocked its attempt to fire convicted police officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted of indecent exposure during an off-duty incident in 2010.
On Nov. 7, the city's attorney, Vincent F. Ragosta, Jr., filed a petition for a â€śwrit of certiorariâ€ť to the decision by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to deny the city's appeal in the Laprade case. Laprade, who has been suspended with pay since his 2010 arrest, will remain on that status pending the outcome of the appeal process.
PAWTUCKET â€” A â€śready smile,â€ť â€śmeticulous,â€ť â€śconscientious,â€ť â€śa true gentleman,â€ť were all descriptions of the late Ronald J. Gauthier that were offered by city officials this past week. Gauthier, 71, who served as city sergeant, died on Nov. 4 after a brief illness.
Gauthier, a lifelong Pawtucket resident, had been appointed in 2007 by the City Council, headed by then-Council President Mary Bray, to serve as city sergeant. He continued to serve through the successive City Councils presided over by Henry S. Kinch, Jr. and current President David Moran.
PROVIDENCE (AP) - The election could not have gone much worse for Republicans in New England.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, did not capture a single electoral vote here. Sen. Scott Brown, who electrified Republicans with his upset victory in a January 2010 special election to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, was cast aside by Massachusetts voters in favor of Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
On June 23, The Times published a photograph of a Quonset hut housing a USNR training center that used to stand at 1 Moeller Way in Pawtucket. That site is now home to the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club. After that photo appeared, a man named Stanley Kumiega, originally from Central Falls and now living in Cumberland, came in to show us this photo taken of the Naval Reserves Division 1-36 taken in front of the facility in June 1964.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Senate leadership team of President Teresa Paiva Weed and Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio both won unanimous support of the Democratic caucus to control the chamber for another two years on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€” A health monitoring â€ścall centerâ€ť based out of New York is moving to a vacant commercial building at 100 Freight Street and bringing with it the promise of 250 jobs.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s hard to believe weâ€™ve already had a snowfall this early in the season. For many seniors, shoveling the white stuff may be beyond their physical capabilities or not advisable for a host of other reasons, and they may not have anyone else they can count on to do it for them.
Thatâ€™s where the Youth to Senior Assistance Program comes in. Created last year to help seniors keep their sidewalks and the path to their mailboxes clear of snow to comply with city regulations, nearly 50 elders were aided last year, an historically mild winter season.
PAWTUCKET â€” With its linen tablecloths, stylish interior and impressive views of Slater Mill and the Blackstone River, the Cresta Bar and Ristorante was hailed as a welcome addition to the downtown when it debuted last fall. Yet, a little over a year later, the Italian restaurant has closed and its owner and proprietor is questioning what kind of market exists in the city and who his customer base is.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the tallies from all of the precincts now in, Democrat Timothy Rudd was declared the winner of the District 6 City Council race, and three incumbent Democratic senators, District 15's Donna Nesselbush, District 8's James E. Doyle, and District 16's Elizabeth A. Crowley, along with the incumbent Democratic representative in District 46, Jeremiah T. O'Grady, were also victorious in their respective races.