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November 5th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â It's official: Pawtucket Police say the cause of the recent fire in a city trash truck was accidental and not prompted by arson.
Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins said that a detective assigned to arson cases had worked with the Fire Department and state Fire Marshal's Office to investigate the cause of the Oct. 23 truck fire.
PAWTUCKET â When city voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose the next president and decide a few local races, they will also be asked to consider a number of ballot questions pertaining to an assortment of statewide issues and about $8 million in local capital improvement projects.
Laureen Grebien, wife of Mayor Donald R. Grebien, who is spearheading the 2012 Pawtucket Holiday Basket Drive, along with Herb Weiss, the City's Economic & Cultural Officer, begin their efforts to collect can goods and non-perishables to help Pawtucket families in need to have a Thanksgiving meal. These items can be dropped off at the following City locations: Bristol County Savings Bank, 215 Armistice Blvd.; RI Antique Mall, 345 Fountain St.; Pawtucket Planning & Redevelopment 175 Main St., 3rd Floor; Pawtucket City Hall Lobby and the Mayor's Office Lobby, 137 Roosevelt Ave.
CUMBERLAND - Choruses representing five area churches will be performing a unique nondenominational concert Sunday to benefit the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry located on Nate Whipple Highway.
The Food Pantry Choral Benefit Concert will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 3069 Diamond Hill Road. The concert, which will include gospel to contemporary, features choirs from St. John Vianney Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Four Corners Community Chapel, Calvin Presbyterian Church and Arnold Mills United Methodist Church.
PAWTUCKET â On the Pawtucket City Council, there is only one âclassicâ race being decided on Nov. 6, that between Democratic candidate Timothy Rudd Jr. and Republican candidate Scott Rotondo for the District 6 seat.
The two men are vying for the seat held by incumbent Democrat James Chadwick, who was beaten by Rudd in the Democratic Primary. Both candidates are political newcomers although each have been involved in various other community or sports organizations.
PAWTUCKET â The city's public schools, most built decades ago, would be in line for some much-needed renovations and repairs without greatly impacting taxpayers if a $5 million bond request passes.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke is urging voters heading to the polls on Nov. 6 to approve âQuestion 14â on the local ballot. As stated on the ballot, Question 14 would âprovide for health, safety, and fire code-related emergency repairs, renovations and equipping of public school buildings.â The bond would be amortized over 20 years.
PAWTUCKET â In light of the vexing matter it is for many, the city has decided to ask the state's highest court to review a lower court ruling that prevented it from firing Pawtucket Police Officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted of indecent exposure in an off-duty incident in 2010.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien has instructed the city's legal counsel in the case, Vincent Ragosta, to prepare a petition for a âwrit of certiorariâ to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, asking that the appeal be heard.
LINCOLN â A confident John Taylor told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that Twin River will âabsolutelyâ be able to compete with the planned Massachusetts casinos if the ballot questions to allow table games at the casino are approved by voters next week.
PAWTUCKET â Moving closer to a formal partnership, the Care New England hospital group and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island have asked state regulators for an expedited review of their contemplated affiliation under the Hospital Conversions Act.
Theirs is the second request for expedited review since the HCA was amended earlier this year under a measure championed by Woonsocket State Senator Roger Picard to allow the state Department of Health and the Attorney Generalâs Division to fast-track hospital mergers.
PAWTUCKET âPawtucket Police are seeking information about an armed robbery and shooting that occurred Monday at around 10:45 a.m. at the Barbosa Furniture store at 599 Main St.
According to Major Arthur Martins, police received a report of a shooting at the store. When they arrived, they found two men who had appeared to have been shot. Both victims were alert and did not seem to have life-threatening injuries.
As the 2012 election campaign enters its final week, a new poll shows the 1st District congressional campaign virtually deadlocked, with incumbent Democrat David Cicilline holding on to a slender one-point lead over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.
The poll, taken for WPRI Channel 12 by Fleming & Associates, shows Cicilline with 42.6 percent of the vote to Dohertyâs 41.6, with Independent David Vogel picking up 6.3 percent and 8.3 percent undecided.
Waves crash over the seawall at Narragansett Pier at the time of high tide Monday morning as Hurricane Sandy's effects begin to be felt in the Ocean State. A crowd of curious onlookers gather near Ocean Road and Beach Street to witness the awesome display by Mother Nature.
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Rhode Island early Monday morning as Gov. Lincoln Chafee requested on Sunday.
The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all five Rhode Island counties.
Pawtucket Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Paul Audette, Jean A. Stizpeck, Norah Pollard (on behalf of her late father, John âRedâ Pollard), and Janice C. McHale, pose for a photo during an induction ceremony/dinner at the LeFoyer Club in Pawtucket Friday night. Audette is a semi-retired businessman and philanthropist who served as a volunteer ombudsman for the Alliance for Better Long-Term Care, chaired the city's Affirmative Action Committee, and worked for decades assisting the needy. McHale and Stizpek organized Pawtucket's annual Winter Wonderland at Slater Park.
HARTFORD, Conn. â Residents in many towns along the southern New England shoreline were forced to leave their homes under mandatory evacuation orders Sunday while officials warned of damaging flooding, high winds and lengthy power outages from a potential superstorm striking the eastern U.S.
PAWTUCKET â Raymond T. âChipâ Hoyas, a former top Senate aide and former Pawtucket City Councilman, pleaded no contest to 52 counts of fraud and two related charges on Thursday in Superior Court.
CUMBERLAND â Over the past 44 years, Jessyca Katz Perlman has made an impact on countless lives in both her personal and professional life.
Friends say everyone who meets Jess is impressed by her smile, her warmth, and her positive attitude, all of which have become even more remarkable given her diagnosis of Stage 4 brain cancer in July 2011.
PAWTUCKET â A Central Falls man accused of breaking into several churches and local businesses, including stealing a churchgoer's car, was arrested by Pawtucket Police on Wednesday.
Dean M. Dumont, of Clay Street, was taken into custody on Dexter Street on Wednesday by Officer James Baino. According to Major Arthur Martins, a description and other information that came about during an investigation of the crimes led to police identifying Dumont as the suspect in the Park Place Congregational Church break-in last Sunday. Police were also able to tie him to several other recent break-ins.
LINCOLN â Corey A. Dumas, 37, initially thought he was lucky not to have lost anything as a result of a break into his family business, Lil & Geneâs Restaurant in Manville this week.
But that feeling quickly soured when Dumas later found one of his 29 Winter Street businessâ personal treasures to be missing after all.
No, Dumas didnât lose a large sum of money or even an expensive piece of business equipment. He lost just a $20 bill â but one that had much meaning to someone running a small business like his.
CENTRAL FALLS â The city is about to exit state-managed bankruptcy but how much will it cost local taxpayers when it does?
That was a question debated at Wednesday eveningâs public hearing at the high school on the state receiverâs 5-year budget plan for city finances in thewake of its 13-month long bankruptcy. About 18 people attended the hearing, many representing groups affected by the receivership.