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November 30th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” The city's fire marshal, a 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Fire Department, is under investigation for putting his girlfriend's daughter on his health insurance family plan for about 10 months last year, city officials say.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who has been fire marshal for about two years, found himself in the hot seat this week after being featured on reporter Jim Hummel's on-line news website â€śThe Hummel Report.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Happily for new owner Kayla Bessette Imbracsio, business has been blooming for 80 years at The Flower Shoppe in Pawtucket. As such, she is inviting the public to a Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 2 for a celebration of â€śfamily, friends, flowers and fun.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ Police are investigating an armed robbery at the BC Petroleum and Convenience Store at 3585 Mendon Road Tuesday night.
A man was said to have shown the clerk a gun while demanding money during the 8:30 p.m. incident, according to police.
Cumberland Police Sgt. John Cook said no one was hurt in the incident. Woonsocket police assisted Cumberland units in checking the Mendon Road area after the incident was reported.
PAWTUCKET â€” As everyone knows, being a Marine is not about fun and games â€” except at Christmastime, when they volunteer their valuable time to drum up donations for the annual Toys for Tots program.
In Rhode Island, this year's Toys for Tots program is being supervised by Staff Sgt. Michael Cremin. Under his watch, a handful of local Marines have amassed thousands of new toys for youngsters who would otherwise go without during the holiday season.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The mountainous cache of toys and games did not originate at the North Pole, it was not created by elves, and it did not arrive by sleigh.
It was manufactured by Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc., and hefted up a flight of stairs by the toy giantâ€™s employees, one shipping crate at a time, onto the creaky floor of an old spinning mill on Mendon Road.
But when underprivileged kids find the goodies under Christmas trees from Woonsocket to Westerly on the big day, no one has to know they didnâ€™t come from Santa.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two clerks at local convenience stores faced armed bandits during separate incidents that are being investigated by Pawtucket Police.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the McCoy Market at 171 South Bend St. was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash on Friday just before 7 p.m.
PAWTUCKET â€” All has been accounted for in the 2012 election. An envelope containing write-in votes from the Cottage Street Fire Station poll that the city's Board of Canvassers thought was missing was found to have been mislabeled and was there all along, according to Registrar Ken McGill.
LINCOLN â€” The holiday season has officially arrived and Richard DiMasse and Dave Sale are hoping it will help local efforts to preserve a local one-room schoolhouse with purchases of this yearâ€™s Lincoln collectible ornament.
The tradition of creating a holiday ornament of a local landmark was started by the Lincoln Citizens Celebration Committee 17 years ago as a part of the townâ€™s observances for its 125th anniversary.
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Blouin of Pawtucket, a member of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery, Rhode Island Army National Guard, acknowledges the crowd during a standing ovation while being honored for his services to his country during a first half timeout during the PC/Fairfield University basketball game at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center in Providence Friday night.
LINCOLN â€“ The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store â€śmapsâ€ť to help customers find what they were looking for.
PAWTUCKET â€” Citing the large number of complaints from residents about problems on election day, Mayor Donald Grebien has asked the Board of Canvassers to provide a detailed report of what went wrong and how to prevent such issues in the future.
In a letter sent three days after the Nov. 6 election to Board of Canvassers Chairperson Charlotte Tavares, Grebien began by highly commending the hard work done by her and the rest of the board, registrar Ken McGill, and the poll workers under their supervision.
LINCOLN â€” It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Pawtucket and Cumberland are two of the six Rhode Island communities who missed the deadline to submit a plan to the state for shoring up their underfunded pension plans.
Take a good look at that bird youâ€™re about to slice today.
Maybe not. But it should.
In the race for top billing among Americaâ€™s most-consumed meat and poultry products, the venerable turkey still trots far behind chicken, beef and pork.
But turkeyâ€™s made some great strides in recent years, and itâ€™s no thanks to Thanksgiving Day.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Pawtucket Police are investigating two shooting incidents that occurred in two days on the same street. Yet, they say the incidents do not appear to be related at this time.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the first incident occurred on Nov. 19 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Witnesses told officers that the occupant or occupants of a small vehicle had shot at the occupants of a sport utility vehicle in the vicinity of Merrick Street near Main Street.
PAWTUCKET â€” Barbie and John Cena are two names that â€śSanta to the Starsâ€ť Brady White heard repeatedly Monday night as he spoke to children at The Times â€śPhotos with Santaâ€ť event. The enduring fashion doll and merchandise related to live wrestling superstar John Cena topped holiday wish lists this year which also included requests for new and classic toys, the latest technological gizmos and a few real life pets.
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