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April 26th, 2012

Council gives nod to privatize transfer station

April 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Despite some ongoing protests from residents, city officials are moving forward with plans to privatize the city's waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue.
At a special meeting last week, the City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract with Waste Haulers (WHM Holdings, LLC) to operate the Blackstone Valley Regional Transfer Station. Under the terms of the contract, the company will lease the city-owned facility for $10,000 a month and also make payments to the city based on tonnage.

Panel comes up with ideas for future of Wyatt

April 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Putting Central Falls’ Wyatt Detention Facility up for sale to a private owner is one of the recommendations in the final report of a Joint Legislative Commission headed by Sen. Elizabeth Crowley.
The commission was formed last year to address the federal jail’s financial woes, which because it stopped making scheduled payments of more than $500,000 annually to the host community, aggravated Central Falls’ already rickety financial condition and contributed to its slide into bankruptcy. It finished its work Wednesday when members endorsed the final report.

April 25th

Charges sustained in Lynch case

April 25, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While saying that he didn’t believe the accounts from either party were “100-percent accurate” and that the incident itself might have been sparked by “road rage,” a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal magistrate on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Pawtucket Police Department and sustained charges of refusal to submit to a chemical test and a roadway violation that had been brought against Jarred Lynch stemming from his 2011 collision with a Pawtucket Police sergeant.

Diocese defrocks Woonsocket priest

April 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Citing allegations of sexual misconduct that happened nearly 30 years ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has defrocked a priest assigned to Precious Blood parish and ordered him to move out of the rectory.

Council almost unanimous in support of Chafee’s municipal rescue package

April 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Despite Cumberland Town Council President James T. Higgins' best efforts to drum up unanimous support, the council last week ended up voting 6 to 1 to adopt a resolution in support of Governor Lincoln Chafee's municipal reform and relief legislative package.
The vote came one week after Chafee personally urged the council to support his municipal rescue package, saying support of the proposals will ease the financial burden on cities and towns and help stave off more local bankruptcies.

April 22nd

Pawtucket Foundation honors leaders

April 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — RI Governor Lincoln Chafee and RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin helped welcome 430 guests at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center to honor local community leaders for The Pawtucket Foundation Ninth Annual Awards Celebration.

April 21st

'Buddy' Cianci's daughter found dead at 38

April 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — The daughter of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. was found dead Friday morning of an apparent overdose, police said.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death of 38-year-old Nicole Cianci, police Cmdr. Thomas Oates III said.
Authorities responded to a residence in the city's Federal Hill neighborhood for a report of an overdose and found Nicole Cianci, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Oates said. He said she was with a male roommate, whom she had been living with for the last few weeks.

Police nab 2 men following Grotto Ave. standoff

April 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET—Two men were arrested by the Pawtucket Police Special Response Team following an almost five-hour standoff on Grotto Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at around 3:15 p.m., police were called to a second floor apartment at 24 Grotto Ave. for a reported disturbance. Additional information that was received indicated to police that one or more suspects may be armed with some type of gun. Initial reports suggested that the incident was a domestic violence situation, but this was later proven to be false, he said.

Preview of Tuesday's primary

April 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Yes, most of the excitement and suspense of the presidential primary process has fizzled out now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee to challenge Democratic President Obama in November. But Rhode Island is going ahead with its primary on Tuesday.
President Obama is unopposed on the Democratic side, but there is a column for uncommitted delegates.

April 20th

Testimony concludes in Lynch case; decision next week

April 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Everyone agrees that on the night of Oct. 13, 2011, a Hummer driven by Pawtucket Police Sgt. Yuri Wozny rear-ended an Audi operated by Jarred Lynch near the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. But the series of events after that, which led to Lynch being arrested and charged with refusing to submit to a chemical test for alcohol, remain a matter of “he said/he said” which a judge will now have to decide.

Homeless making the best of their bad situations

April 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Plastic bags of litter dangle neatly from the branches of trees. Scavenged bits of furniture are arranged into makeshift outdoor dining nooks, beside the tents. Nearby, a green-necked duck splashes down in the Blackstone River, looking for the expected handout.
“We have our animal friends,” says Ray Greeno. “We’re happy here.”
A Vietnam veteran who’s been homeless for months, Greeno, 57, has been living in a tent on the banks of the Blackstone River since the beginning of the month, when the overnight shelter at Harvest Church closed for the season.

April 18th

RIDE awards $700K to city high schools

April 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Department of Education awarded grants of nearly $700,000 to help improve the city’s two high schools yesterday.
Charles E. Shea Senior High School and William E. Tolman Senior High School will receive $349,297 each in federal School Improvement Grants, RIDE said.

Testimony given in Lynch refusal case

April 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The damage consisted of a coin-sized hole in the bumper of an Audi, but the legal fallout from an accident between Jarred Lynch, the son of a prominent political family, and an off-duty Pawtucket Police sergeant returning from a nightclub detail, has turned into something much bigger.

April 17th

License of Pawtucket doctor suspended

April 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued a consent order suspending the license of a city-based physician, Fredy P. Roland, Jr., MD, for one year. Under the conditions of the suspension, Roland can continue to practice medicine, but cannot prescribe certain controlled substances.

RI EDC redesignates enterprise zone

April 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Mayor Donald R. Grebien has announced that the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation’s Enterprise Zone Council has re-designated the Pawtucket/Lincoln Enterprise Zone for another five years. Firms located in the enterprise zone, one of 10 in Rhode Island, are eligible to receive a maximum credit of $5,000 per enterprise zone resident employee and $2,500 for other enterprise zone employees. The new hires must be Rhode Island residents and the jobs must be classified as full-time.

April 16th

Flanders fields receiver questions

April 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The former Supreme Court justice who has been presiding over Central Falls as receiver will be the guest speaker during a general membership meeting of the Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition next week.
Lawyer Robert G. Flanders Jr. will speak on the subject of municipal receivership and bankruptcy, said Acting WTC President Sharon Geving. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held April 26 at the Elks Club, 380 Social St., at 6:30 p.m.

Gemma announces congressional candidacy

April 16, 2012

PROVIDENCE — After months of hinting that he would reprise his 2010 Democratic primary challenge to David Cicilline, Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma made it official Sunday evening: he is in the hunt for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.

April 13th

Supreme Court holds session at Tolman H.S.

April 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Of all the plays and performances that have graced the stage of Tolman High School, none have been so weighty as the session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court that took place on Wednesday.

Gov. Chafee pushes his relief package

April 13, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee made a rare appearance testifying before a Senate committee Thursday, pushing for passage of his package of municipal relief bills.
Joining him before the Senate Finance Committee were mayors of several communities supporting the legislation, including Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee.

April 12th

East Providence reaches out to business

April 12, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — In an effort to foster a “business friendly climate,” city officials are reaching out to local business owners to discuss ways they can make their companies more profitable, operate efficiently and grow their businesses strong in a challenging economy.
In what is believed to be the first session of its kind, the city is hosting a business outreach forum on Tuesday, April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at City Hall. No advance registration is required.

 

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