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PROVIDENCE â€” The Rhode Island General Assembly will hit the ground running in 2013, opening its session on New Yearâ€™s Day and delving into issues such as taxes, economic development, same-sex marriage and gun control early in the year.
BOSTON (AP) â€” Weather watchers say up to a foot of snow fell in parts of southern New England as the latest winter storm moved through the Northeast.
The storm had ended in the region by Sunday morning and dry weather was expected for days, although strong winds may chill the bone.
Meteorologist Frank Nocera of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., said six to 12 inches of snow fell from Saturday afternoon and overnight in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts, including Foxboro where the New England Patriots play.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The Bank of America branch at 375 Broad St. was robbed on Friday morning for the second time since early November.
Two masked men drew handguns and demanded money from a teller shortly after the banked opened, police said.
No shots were fired, but the gunmen fled with cash.
The same bank was robbed on Nov. 2 by a man who passed a note to a teller, but yesterdayâ€™s holdup was also the second bank robbery in the Greater Woonsocket area in the last three days and the third in Greater Providence in the last eight.
PAWTUCKET â€” The following schedule has been set for the Inauguration Day events and ceremonies to be held on Monday, Jan. 7, during which the newly-elected office holders for mayor, city council and school committee will be sworn into office.
At 4 p.m., an Inaugural Liturgy open to the public will be celebrated at St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church, 358 Newport Ave., officiated by Fr. Joseph Paquette, pastor.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Mayor Daniel McKee is mulling a bid for lieutenant governor in 2014.
â€śItâ€™s something Iâ€™m giving serious consideration to,â€ť McKee, a Democrat, told The Times Thursday. â€śI have interest in exploring that as an option. Itâ€™s a few years away, but itâ€™s not too early to start thinking about that if you actually want to make an effort toward it. Itâ€™s something that is worth looking at so I am taking a look at it.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church will hold a special memorial New Year's Eve worship service on Monday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Led by the Rev. Lynn McCracken, the service will be "a time of remembrance surrounding the tragic loss of life from the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., as well as a reflection for the new year ahead," McCracken said.
LINCOLN â€” A sobering pre-New Yearâ€™s message about the dangers of drinking and driving was issued yesterday by State Police and the self-described numbers-crunchers of highway injury statistics, but no one put it more eloquently than Tori Andreozzi.
She said nothing.
Incapable of speaking, the 22-year-old woman sat awkwardly in a wheelchair while a family member held a sign above her head that said, â€śI am the victim of a drunk driver.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Central Falls' new mayor will be sworn in on New Year's Day â€” but it's not yet clear what power he'll wield in a city that remains under the control of a state-appointed receiver.
City Councilman James Diossa is expected to be sworn in at a ceremony at Central Falls High School on Tuesday evening. But he inherits the keys to a city that hasn't been governed by its local leaders since the state took it over in 2010.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced that his administration is once again seeking letters of interest and availability from residents who wish to serve on one of the city's numerous boards and commissions.
"Encouraging participation in our city government by residents throughout our diverse community will always be a high priority of my administration," Grebien said. "As part of my transparency pledge, I would like to hear from everyone who would like the opportunity to serve on one of our boards or commissions."
On the day after Christmas, Josh O'Connell, of Burrillville, left, and Nathan Cote, of Woonsocket, were busy building a single-family home on Railroad Street in Manville. The two work for Nathan's father, John, owner of J.B. Cote Construction of Manville, who stated that the project will be completed in four months.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Mayor-elect James Diossa is marshalling expertise from across the state to advise him on a variety of issues as he prepares to take the helm of the stateâ€™s smallest and poorest city.
Dozens of volunteers from various walks of life have joined an â€śadvisory councilâ€ť and have been divided up into five committees to assist the new mayor with various aspects of city life. They are expected to report their advice to Diossa 100 days into his new term.
PAWTUCKET â€” The late Ernie Marot was surely smiling down on the festivities taking place in the basement of St. Joseph's Church on Saturday. The Adopt A Family program, a concept the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen founder came up with 22 years ago even as he had some reservations about how it would actually work, was once again bringing delight to dozens of local children and their parents.
The Cumberland High School Clef Singers performed at a concert Thursday night in the community room at Cumberland Public Library.
WOONSOCKET â€”The Art Group from the Cumberland Public Library has opened a show of its members' art work in the upstairs gallery of the Museum of Work & Culture at Market Square.
Art Canestrari, an Art Group member and artist, said the show includes works from group members on a wide range of topics and natural scenes.
â€śWe meet at the Cumberland Public Library on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.,â€ť Canestrari, a retired dentist, said while setting up the exhibit with other members of the group.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city of artists now has a welcoming, downtown gallery space to showcase and sell handmade creations.
Galeria United, an international art and design center, opened recently at 200 Main Street. Owner Tina Melo-Kufner, a Pawtucket native who lived and worked as a fashion designer in Europe for several decades, has fulfilled a longtime vision of running a place that would be part gallery, part haven and part teaching facility for artists and those who aspire to be.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Town Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee and the police department to purchase new desktops and related equipment as part of a department-wide overhaul of its computer systems.
The $23,635 to purchase the new computers will not come from town funds, but rather a 2009 COPS law enforcement technology grant.
PAWTUCKET â€” With a long line down High Street and a roomful of people inside, the Salvation Army â€śelvesâ€ť were kept busy on Thursday handing out bags of food. Capt. Persida Sanclemente expected the scene to be much the same on Friday, when the annual holiday toy distribution takes place.
LAS VEGAS (AP) â€” Twenty-year-old Cranston native who's a self-described "cellist-nerd" brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday.
Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens from six continents at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip to take the title from outgoing champion Leila Lopes of Angola.
PAWTUCKET â€” As 2012 winds down, five new police officers were added to the Pawtucket Police Department to fill vacancies that have occurred through attrition.
In a quiet ceremony at Pawtucket City Hall on Wednesday, the five officer candidates, who all graduated earlier that day from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy, were sworn in by Director of Administration/Public Safety Director Antonio Pires. Pires explained that Mayor Donald Grebien, could not attend due to an illness.
LINCOLN â€” Local deer could soon be the targets of hunters following a 3-2 Town Council vote allowing archery hunting as a way to reduce the townâ€™s growing deer population.
The hunting season measure worked out by the Councilâ€™s ordinance committee came up before the five-member full panel for action without a recommendation but was approved with Council President Keith Macksoud, and council members Kenneth Pichette and Arthur Russo in favor and members James Jahnz and John Flynn opposed.