Archive - News Article
September 19th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â The longtime mayor of struggling Central Falls resigned and has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge of accepting gifts in exchange for handing out a lucrative contract to board up city houses, according to papers filed Wednesday.
The plea agreements bring an end to a two-year investigation that hung over the state's smallest city, even as it struggled through a painful municipal bankruptcy and faced questions over whether it would have to merge with another city to survive.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Voters in November will be asked to decide four referendum questions on the ballot, including amendments to the city charter that will establish a budget reserve fund, additional consolidation and reorganization of municipal departments, and four-year terms for the City Council and School Committee.
The referendum questions will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, which is headlined by the presidential contest.
PAWTUCKET â The city will hold a huge victory celebration Thursday for the International League Champion Pawtucket Red Sox, who captured their first Governors' Cup since 1984 in a 3-0 series sweep over the Charlotte Knights last week in Fort Mill, S.C., topping the Knights 4-1.
The celebration, which is open to the public, is being co-hosted by the City of Pawtucket and Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
PAWTUCKET â In the political rollercoaster that the House 58 representative race has become, incumbent William San Bento was declared the unofficial winner over challenger Carlos Tobon by a one-vote margin during Monday's recount.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation (PCDC) this month will hold its first art exhibit and benefit art auction.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. The fundraising auction will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Both events will be at Machine with Magnets (MWM), located at 400 Main St.
Tickets for the auction are $20 and are available at the door or on-line at www.pawtucketcdc.org. In addition to the auction, the evening will feature live music by Michelle Cruz Quartet, hors dâoeuvres, and a cash bar.
Continuing a more than decade-long tradition, the Pawtucket Teachers'
Alliance again lent its support for the annual performance of the
PAWTUCKET â The intent is good: to make Park Place more of an efficient entryway to the downtown. Yet, a proposal by the city's Planning Department to make the westerly side of the street two-way and remove the existing on-street parking has upset many who are involved in local businesses, churches and non-profit agencies located there.
PAWTUCKET â The second span of the new Pawtucket River Bridge is expected to open as early as today, according to Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials.
The opening of the span will allow RIDOT to shift I-95 South to the new span and fully lift the bridge's 18-ton weight limit, which requires trucks and other large vehicles to use local detours or longer highway detours.
PAWTUCKET â In recent years, the matter of students bringing their cell phones to school has been the bane of teachers everywhere. Yet, realizing that today's âsmart phonesâ and other electronic devices can also serve as mini-computers, school officials are starting to re-think the policy that bans them from classroom use completely.
PAWTUCKET â With the unofficial tally in Tuesday's Democratic primary showing just a three-vote difference between incumbent House 58 William San Bento and his challenger, Carlos Tobon, the winner of the seat depends on today's recount results.
The final numbers from the Rhode Island Board of Elections (including mail-in ballots), showed San Bento with 543 votes or 50.1 percent of the votes, and Tobon with 540 votes or 49.9 percent of the votes cast.
PAWTUCKET â A leading insurance professional organization recently recognized Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, CIC, AAI, of Loiselle Insurance Agency, Pawtucket, for dedication and ongoing leadership in the insurance industry.
The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) honored Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon for ten years of successfully maintaining the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, denoting significant commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service.
PAWTUCKET â The Democratic primary resulted in upsets to two incumbent City Councilors and one School Committee member and could affect some of the privatization initiatives of incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien going forward.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline takes to the stage, surrounded by family, close friends and campaign workers, at Blaze Restaurant on Providence's East Side, to claim victory over opponent Anthony Gemma, a Lincoln businessman, shortly after 9:00 Tuesday night. Cicilline, who won 62 percent of the vote to Gemma's 30 percent, in the hardfought primary, was elated after being introduced by R.I.
A dance troupe performs during the annual Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival at Festival Pier in Pawtucket on Saturday.
PAWTUCKET â Carlos Tobon is trying hard to break into politics, and the 30-year-old Pawtucket native thinks he could bring a youthful vision and committed effort to the House 58 state representative seat. By contrast, his incumbent opponent, William San Bento, is running on his achievements over the past 10 terms, and believes that his focus on more statewide issues will ultimately help the local district the most.
PAWTUCKET â The Grebien Administration appears poised to outsource the city's trash collection and recycling services in a move that could potentially mean the loss of 20 to 24 jobs.
Chelsie Santos of Pawtucket, this year's Grupo Amigos da Terceira Festival Queen, waves to the crowd Saturday during the annual parade in honor of St. Vincent de Paul, in Pawtucket. Hundreds turned out for the parade, which wound its way from McCoy Stadium down Columbus Avenue to the club's hall on Memorial Drive.
CUMBERLAND â The town will receive more than $64,000 from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) as part of the statewide Recycling Revenue Share Program.
Cumberland delivered 3,023.77 tons of recycled material for a total profit share of $64,838. The money will help support local recycling programs.
RIRRC is providing cities and towns with the cash rebates based on how much each municipality has increased its recycling rate. The corporation has made $1.94 million in profits from the sale of household recyclables this year, which will be disbursed to 36 communities.
PAWTUCKET â With tomorrowâs Democratic primary looming, the race for the House of Representatives District 59 seat between incumbent J. Patrick O'Neill and his challenger, fellow Democrat John Arcaro has taken a heated turn.
O'Neill's camp has put out a bright orange flier showing a head shot of Arcaro under bold lettering that reads: âCommunity Warningâ and âThis politician has been seen peddling extreme positions that are out of touch with Pawtucket's working families. Approach with caution.â Underneath reads, âHave you seen this man?â
PAWTUCKET â Catherine Cabral, who just moved to Pawtucket last year, was happily enjoying a shrimp kabob, listening to the music and surveying the crowd along Roosevelt Avenue. âThis is fun. And itâs a great way to get you to try food from different places. I thought Iâd come and get to know Pawtucket.â