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November 3rd, 2011
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee says âthere seems to be good momentum for comprehensive pension reformâ now that a joint General Assembly committee has concluded a series of public hearings on the controversial but potentially historic pension bill he crafted with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
WASHINGTON, DC â U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) marked the 30th anniversary of the Leon Mathieu Senior Center on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
âI am so grateful for the services the Leon Mathieu Senior Center provides,â Congressman Cicilline said. âBy providing seniors with a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment, the Leon Mathieu Senior Center ensures our seniors receive the security and comfort they deserve in their later years.â
Attention, area veterans. The Times is holding a photograph session at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Cumberland Monastery, hoping veterans from all over the Blackstone Valley will congregate to have their picture taken in a large group photo.
Don't be late!
LINCOLN â Normand and Evelyn Olean sat at their dining room table conversing and laughing with Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester early Wednesday afternoon.
Just 28 hours before, the senior couple and the chief spent time together for a vastly different reason; Sylvester maintains the Oleans, who have been married 56 years, are lucky to be alive after massive levels of carbon monoxide were discovered inside their Sherman Avenue home Tuesday morning.
LINCOLN â Destinee Santos is only four, but she knows what she likes: horses.
The little girl exhibited a huge, lasting smile when her pre-kindergarten teacher's assistant, Cindy Flaxington, hoisted her out of her wheelchair and carried her over to meet âLittle Joeâ â a half-Clydesdale, half-Percheron who stands 18 hands tall (six feet) and weighs 1,800 pounds â stationed outside Lonsdale Elementary School early Monday afternoon.
PAWTUCKETâMayor Donald Grebien is all for pension reform â he's spearheaded some big proposed changes for the city's public safety employees â but he thinks the plan presented by state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Governor Lincoln Chafee does not do enough to help the locally-funded pensions plans like Pawtucket has.
PAWTUCKET â Reyes Contreras was happy to show off his spacious, two-bedroom apartment on the corner of Dexter and Barton Street to local officials and media representatives. Large windows that let in natural light, gleaming wood floors, and a roomy, open kitchen/dining/living room area were just some of the stylish features of the modern unit. âIt's great. I love it,â exuded Contreras, who shares the apartment with his wife and mother-in-law. âIt's clean, new, quiet, and everything is convenient.â
A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.
SEEKONK â As a near-lifelong resident of Seekonk, Dan Horton well remembers the early 1960s, when he'd climb aboard the bus that would transport him and his young neighbors to Anne C. Greene School for grades 1-3 and Pleasant Street Elementary for grades 4-6.
He grew up on County Street, not far from the Rehoboth town line, and still resides in the same home with wife Linda.
âWe'd ride the bus through what were then farmlands, and we used to count the horses along the way,â Horton grinned Thursday afternoon. âNow, those farmlands are mostly plats, so I'm sure the kids count the houses.â
PAWTUCKET â Although the ambitious undertaking of renovating the cityâs aged school buildings is still on the horizon, school officials are forging ahead with obtaining an educational specifications report that would be necessary for any such construction.
At a special meeting on Thursday, the School Committee voted to approve the awarding of a contract for educational specifications to MGT of America, Inc. The $39,938 cost of the specifications report is to be paid by bond funds, said Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.
LINCOLN â Holding his finger and thumb less than an inch apart, Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the state is âthis closeâ to intervening in the financial affairs of East Providence, at least in part due to pension obligations.
âNobody wants to hear the word Central Falls, but â trust me, itâs not just in Rhode Island, all across the country â municipalities are really under stress. And here in Rhode Island, this is our time to help these municipalities.
CENTRAL FALLS â The city of Central Falls' bankruptcy situation and closure of the Ralph J. Holden Community Center affected numerous social services, but one of the most painful losses was the Central Falls Food Pantry.
However, two months later, the Central Falls Food Pantry has found a new home and a new beginning at Progreso Latino at 626 Broad St. A grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday morning in the renovated pantry, which is located on the second floor of Progreso Latino.
EAST PROVIDENCE â When Brown University employee Norman Morse arrived at home following his 3:30 a.m.-noon shift at about 12:25 p.m., Tuesday, he expected to find his Vincent Street neighborhood serene as usual.
Instead, he found several police cruisers surrounding the residence at 94 Hazard Avenue, the site of an apparent murder-suicide.
PAWTUCKET â A classroom at the Winters Elementary School where a sign taped to a window warned âDo not Open. Window will fall out!â was chosen as the backdrop for a press conference on Friday morning where union officials, including Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Healthcare Professionals Frank Flynn and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, lobbied for passage of the American Jobs Acts bill.
PROVIDENCE â Like any other commodity, sex would not be sold if there was no one to buy it.
Thatâs why the RI Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RICAHT) is pointing an accusatory finger at men who patronize prostitutes as the real source of suffering and degradation.
Navigant Credit Union, the R.I. Young Professionals, and Central Falls Councilman James Diossa (Ward 4) recently sponsored the Central Falls 1st Networking Event, held at the Navigant branch in Central Falls. In this photo, Diossa ensures those in attendance that Central Falls has a bright future.
PAWTUCKET â Mayor Donald R. Grebien will begin a âride-alongâ program where he will ride along on city vehicles from various departments to better learn about their daily operations and challenges on a first-hand basis. The program will begin this Thursday, Oct. 27, with a ride-along on city sanitation trucks. Later ride-alongs will include with police and fire vehicles.
My favorite working moment of 2011 came back in late May when The Military Page asked area veterans to show up for photo shoots in Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
I had my doubts about how many vets would attend, figuring they had many other things to do on a sunny Saturday in May, but those doubts vanished when the vets came walking up to the assigned meeting place, many of them with their wives or children, sometimes even grandchildren, mingling with other veterans and clearly enjoying the chance to have their picture taken with fellow veterans.
PAWTUCKET â Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a retired 20-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department, noted that he was just a young patrolman when the Conant Street Railroad Bridge was closed due to structural deterioration. However, after 22 years of delays, the bridge is finally slated to be replaced, and the reopening of Conant Street to through traffic will greatly improve police and fire response time to that neighborhood as well as the economic development of the city as a whole, he added.
SMITHFIELD â There is nothing stopping mayors and city councils from passing an ordinance right away that stops COLAs (Cost of Living Adjustments) on municipal employee pensions, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told a business forum Friday morning.