Archive - News Article
February 10th, 2013
CUMBERLAND â The Blackstone Valley began to dig out from the Blizzard of 2013 this weekend but not without a few complications.
The intensity of the storm, its heavy snowfall overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, and high winds all hindered public safety crews in clearing roads immediately and set the stage for long hours of plowing into Monday.
PAWTUCKET â The section of Interstate 95 that spans the Pawtucket River Bridge used to be so flat that it hardly seemed like a âbridgeâ at all when one drove over it. Yet, with the new construction, southbound motorists are reporting a noticeable âdipâ or decline as they cross the bridge on I-95 near the Comfort Inn on George Street.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials have noticed this unevenness as well, and the contractor for the project is reportedly planning to correct the issue in the spring.
Due to the anticipated severity of the blizzard overnight, there will be no delivery of the Saturday edition on Saturday. It will be delivered on Sunday. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
PROVIDENCE â Making small amounts of marijuana legal, Pawtucket Sen. Donna Nesselbush said Wednesday, âwill rob drug dealers of one of their reasons for being.â
That is one of the reasons she gave for introducing the Marijuana Control, Regulation and Taxation Act, which would allow marijuana to be grown legally by wholesalers and sold to retailers who would in turn be allowed to sell up to one ounce to anyone 21 years of age or older.
The second-term Democrat set out her argument for the bill in a series of questions.
PAWTUCKET â The City Council lobbed a few questions at the administration and the Public Works director Wednesday night, but it appears clear that the privatization of city trash services will move along as the mayor and his administration have planned.
Wednesdayâs City Council meeting was presented as the councilâs chance to review the final draft contract for city sanitation services MTG Disposal. Yet, in his letter to the council accompanying the contract, Mayor Donald Grebien advised that it is his goal to have the final contract agreement signed on February 15.
With just about everyone clamoring these days to make Rhode Island more business friendly, two local lawmakers are aiming to do just that.
Lincoln Rep. Gregory Costantino submitted a bill to give commercial customers some of the same protections against utility shut-offs â and similar abilities to get shut-off utilities restored â as are now granted to residential customers.
Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin has introduced legislation to cut in half the $500 minimum corporate tax for the first three years a business is in operation.
BURRILLVILLE â As Lucille S. Guilbault remembers the Blizzard of â78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the stormâs incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, itâs also the 35th birthday of Guilbaultâs daughter, Rebecca.
As the stormâs heaviest snows started to blanket the area in the early afternoon of Feb. 6, 1978, Guilbault began going into labor and was soon worrying about how she would get to the delivery room at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â With the topic of gun violence on everyone's minds, two city councilors have come up with a targeted plan to reduce the amount of firearms on Pawtucket's streets. It involves holding a gun âbuy-back,â a concept that has proven successful in other communities.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Planning Director Jeanne M. Boyle is slated to deliver some positive economic development news to the Town Council tonight, including reports that the developer of the Metacomet Office Park in East Providence is moving ahead with a proposal to construct a 430-unit multi-family development at Kettle Point.
A formal application has been submitted to the Waterfront Commission by real estate developer Churchill and Banks, which is proposing to begin construction on the new project later this year.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to some convincing grant writing and aided by congressional support, Pawtucket will be receiving over $4 million in federal funds to hire 21 new firefighters.
CUMBERLAND â State Rep. Mia A. Ackerman (D-Dist. 45 Cumberland, Lincoln) is in talks with officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) after learning that the Manville Hill Road Bridge on the Cumberland-Lincoln line will have to remain closed until the end of April.
PAWTUCKET â The state Department of Labor and Training (DLT), which closed its NetWORKri office in Pawtucket last September, is providing specially-formatted computers to organizations in or near the city to help improve access to its Unemployment Insurance claims filing system and its EmployRI.org virtual career center.
PAWTUCKET â Amid the humming and clanking of dozens of machines twirling scores of spools of various textiles at the North East Knitting Company, an old red-brick factory on Conant Street, 1st District Rep. David Cicilline unveiled another version of his Make it in America Manufacturing Act.
PAWTUCKET â For the past 20 years, small- or medium-sized business owners, either in Pawtucket or looking to relocate here, have had a helping hand to turn to for some of their financing needs. It has come by way of a non-profit, quasi-city entity called the Pawtucket Business Development Corporation, and it's still very much a viable resource for providing low-interest lending even in this current difficult economy.
PROVIDENCE â Whether he runs as an Independent or a Democrat, and no matter which opponents he runs against, it looks like Gov. Lincoln Chafee is going to have a hard time keeping his job after the 2014 election.
Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic-leaning national polling organization that surveyed Rhode Islanders last week, stated it starkly when they released their polling results Thursday: âLincoln Chafee's prospects for a second term as governor of Rhode Island are looking pretty dim.â
EAST PROVIDENCE â Pending the results of air quality tests scheduled to be taken Saturday in the wake of a water pipe break early Thursday morning at East Providence High School, interim School Superintendent John DeGoes said he anticipates the school will reopen on Monday as scheduled.
A water pipe in the new wing of the high school burst at around 8 a.m. Thursday, spewing enough water to flood 20 classrooms on two floors of the wing.
PAWTUCKET â Think the time has come for a modern take on the classic fairytale âCinderella?â One which follows the story of a handicapped young woman dealing with life and her unkind step-sisters in a gritty, urban setting (until, of course, she meets her âPrince Charmingâ)? Then it's time to join the âKickstarterâ campaign.
PAWTUCKET â It's not every day that an actor in a cameo gets a compliment in front of his peers from the legendary movie director Steven Spielberg. It's even rarer when that actor with the impressive voice hails from Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â Jessica Olarte wants to be a registered nurse and midwife. Khadijah Moody's goal is to be a pediatrician. Kahila Leigh is interested in the challenges of psychiatric nursing while Ayowole Tom-Jones desires to work in pediatrics. All of these young people with âhealing handsâ attend the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School, a new high school located in downtown Providence.
PAWTUCKET â It's a sad sign of the times when students tell their teachers that they don't get enough to eat on the weekends and other days that school isn't in session.
It's a problem that school officials have been aware of for years. However, when recent statistics showed that the city's average poverty level had increased substantially, the School Committee's Wellness Subcommittee decided to take action by launching a âBackpacks to Fight Hungerâ initiative.