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October 17th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” The debate rages on over efforts by the Grebien Administration to privatize the city-run trash and recycling program while the City Council demands more information and the union readies a last-ditch plea to keep the services in-house.
PORTLAND, Maine â€” Patrons of a pizza parlor near the epicenter of an earthquake in southern Maine may not have known what was happening. But the shaking building was enough to send all 20 of them skedaddling outside.
"It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type," said Jessica Hill, owner of Waterboro House of Pizza. "The back door and door to the basement blew open," she said.
SEEKONK â€” Seekonk Police responded to a reported bank robbery at the Citizens Bank, 125 Highland Ave., on Friday at about 11:22 a.m. This bank is housed in the Stop & Shop grocery store.
Responding officers confirmed that a robbery had occurred. The suspect was described as being a white male in his 30s or 40s, approximately 5â€™7â€ť tall, with a thin build and light beard. He was wearing a camouflage long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, thick-rimmed eye glasses, and a Virginia Tech â€śHokiesâ€ť baseball cap along with a brown wig.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at the Henry J. Winters Elementary School, and state health officials and Pawtucket School officials say they have been actively managing the situation.
LINCOLN â€” You bought an E-Book reader, a Kindle or an iPad, and now youâ€™re wondering where to find something to read.
Yes, there are plenty of e-book websites to visit and buy the latest hot read for your device, but did you know there are also ways to download a book similar to checking one out from your local library?
Nancy Ross, assistant director of the Lincoln Public Library, says an increasing number of library patrons are taking advantage of the library's e-book lending program and she sees that interest as only increasing in the future as more people learn how to use the service.
From left: Blackstone Selectman Vice-Chair Margo Bik, Ranger Barbara Dixson, Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation's Ed Lambert, Mass. State Sen. Richard Moore, Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan Jr., U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Mass. State Rep. George Peterson, and Donna Williams, chairwoman of the John Chafee Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor Coalition, break ground Thursday on Segment 1 of the Blackstone River Greenway Project in Blackstone.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a legal case that has dragged on for years, a Superior Court jury on Wednesday finally dished up portions of a financial pie to the owner of the legendary Silver Top Diner and the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency.
Yet, a decision on who gets to keep the historic diner, built in 1937 by the Kullman Diner Company of New Jersey, awaits a ruling. Superior Court Justice Kristin Rodgers is scheduled to take this matter up on Oct. 26.
PROVIDENCEâ€” Following a nine-day trial of often graphic testimony, Armando Garcia, 32, with a last known address of 486 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, was found guilty Thursday of the murder of 30-year-old Brooke Lee Verdoia by a Providence County Superior Court jury.
The jury deliberated for five hours before returning with the verdict, finding Garcia guilty of murder, failure to report a death and driving a motor vehicle without consent of the owner. The trial was presided over by Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl.
PAWTUCKET â€” Saying there are too many unanswered questions, the City Council on Wednesday voted 6 to 2 to support a resolution calling for an inquiry into the proposal to privatize the city's trash pick-up services before any action is taken on the matter.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Japonica Street teenager was injured on Saturday after he accidentally dropped an illegal shotgun that he was showing to a friend and it went off, striking him in the arm.
According to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, the victim, 18-year-old Eric Dossantos, was inside his apartment when the incident occurred at around 4:20 p.m. He suffered what was described as a serious wound to his arm and was transported to a local hospital, Martins said.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” It may be the smallest city in the smallest state, but Central Falls is home to more than 30 unique restaurants, many serving authentic ethnic cuisine from eight different nations.
The first-ever Dine Central Falls will celebrate the cityâ€™s dining scene this month, showcasing a variety of fare, from Colombian to Mexican and Chinese to classic comfort food. On Oct. 18-20 , 10 restaurants will offer special deals.
LINCOLN -â€” Not long after Marine Cpl. Kevin Dubois was seriously wounded by an IED in Afghanistan last year, his family, local residents and his friends from Lincoln High School mobilized under Kevin's Cause to raise funding for his recovery.
His mother, Patricia Dubois, still thinks of that outpouring of support now that Kevin, a 2005 graduate of Lincoln High School, is well along in his recovery and beginning to move on with his life.
CUMBERLAND â€” After more than a year of study, the Town Council later this month will be presented with a final report on the plan being proposed to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The final report by Donald I. Jacobs of Holden, Mass.-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services will be submitted to the council once it is reviewed by Mayor Daniel McKee and his staff, McKee told council members this week. After that, the report will be formally presented to the council, which will hold a public hearing some time before the end of the month.
PAWTUCKET â€” The mighty Blackstone River helped put Pawtucket on the map over 200 years ago as a center of industry and commerce, and a new study suggests how the waterway can do this again.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Rhode Island Supreme Court has denied a request for a manual recount in a House race that had a one-vote margin after four machine counts.
The high court on Friday refused to order a hand count of the ballots in the District 58 Democratic primary between Rep. William San Bento and challenger Carlos Tobon.
PAWTUCKET â€” Befitting its longstanding social tradition, there were smiles all around at Tuesday night's debut of the newly refurbished To Kalon Club.
Officials and employees of the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., the non-profit company which owns the landmark building, mingled and chatted over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails with former members and past presidents of the legendary â€śTK Club,â€ť as it is commonly known. The consensus on the completed $2 million project? Beautiful!
LINCOLN â€” A Town Council forum on the expansion of Twin River into table gaming drew some concerns over the proposal Thursday evening but overall proved a favorable showcase of the casino's revenue contributions to state and local budgets.
The plus side included projections that 100 of Twin River's 900 jobs are held by local residents and another 800 by Rhode Islanders overall, and also a forecast that the expansion will create 350 new in-house jobs along with 300 others in supporting businesses.
The Times is launching a new weekly magazine entitled â€śBurbs,â€ť which replaces our weekly â€śNeighbors.â€ť The free publication will be mailed/delivered to non-subscribers of The Times and contain stories and sports from our communities.
â€śBurbsâ€ť will also include entertainment, whatâ€™s hot in the world of apps, games, songs and books, as well as a list of things to do in Providence and surrounding communities, traffic advisories, a kidsâ€™ page and the best places to dine.
PAWTUCKET â€” Angry sanitation workers and other union employees lashed out at Mayor Donald Grebien at a community meeting at the Curtis Elementary School Thursday night over his apparent decision to privatize the city-run trash services.
Grebien said he has decided to move ahead with the process of entering into a five-year contract with MTG Disposal, of Seekonk, Mass., to handle the cityâ€™s trash pick up and recycling.
He said that MTG was the lowest bidder of the waste hauling firms that had responded to a request for proposals that the city had put out in the spring.
DENVER â€” In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. "The status quo is not going to cut it," declared the challenger.
Obama in turn accused his rival of seeking to "double down" on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago â€” and of evasiveness on details for Romney proposals on tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more.