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February 13th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” Over 300 of the city's 11th graders are in big trouble. These are the students enrolled at the city's three high schools who face the prospect of not being able to graduate in June, 2014 due to their low performance on last October's New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests.
Nevertheless school officials say they are optimistic about several plans to reach these at-risk juniors and help them to improve their NECAP scores on next year's tests.
PROVIDENCE â€” When the North Smithfield public schools tried to raise money for interscholastic sports in 2009 by assessing participation fees, some students paid the charge willingly, but the move was met with legal challenges and dropped when booster clubs raised the necessary money to run the teams.
PROVIDENCE â€” Although attorney William Murphy tried to paint former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreauâ€™s felony as a â€śvictimless crime,â€ť U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell declared that â€śpublic corruption has many victimsâ€ť and sentenced Moreau to two years in federal prison.
Moreau was also fined $25,000, which the judge told the disgraced ex-mayor is â€śthe amount of financial gain you receivedâ€ť from the crime. He was ordered to perform 300 hours of public service once he gets out of prison and he will remain under supervision for three years after his release.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the wintery landscape looked like pretty as a postcard, dealing with the heavy white stuff was anything but a walk in the park for both the city's residents and its municipal workers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pope Benedict XVI caught Blackstone Valley Catholics by surprise when he announced his retirement for health reasons Monday, but most said they supported and even admired what must have been a difficult decision.
â€śI was proud of him,â€ť said the Rev. Edward St-Godard, pastor of Holy Family Parish. â€śWhen they say theyâ€™re stepping down because they can no longer function, I think itâ€™s a wonderful thing.â€ť
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 â€śbridgeâ€ť at all when one drove over it. Yet, with the new construction, southbound motorists are reporting a noticeable â€śdipâ€ť 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, â€świll rob drug dealers of one of their reasons for being.â€ť
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.
Wednesdayâ€™s City Council meeting was presented as the councilâ€™s 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 â€™78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the stormâ€™s incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, itâ€™s also the 35th birthday of Guilbaultâ€™s daughter, Rebecca.
As the stormâ€™s 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 â€śbuy-back,â€ť 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: â€śLincoln Chafee's prospects for a second term as governor of Rhode Island are looking pretty dim.â€ť