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November 8th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â Thousands of unionized workers converged on the Statehouse Monday from all across Rhode Island for a âRally for Pension Security,â railing against the pension reform legislation now before the General Assembly and booing and ridiculing General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the plan's authors.
WOONSOCKET â A Superior Court judge sentenced David P. Leite to life in prison yesterday for the grisly stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend in their Park Square apartment in 2009.
Leite, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Susan McGuirl just hours before he was to stand trial in the death of Mellisa âMissyâ Perry. He must serve at least 20 years before heâs eligible for parole.
Prosecutor John E. Corrigan told the court that if Leite had gone to trial the state would have proven that he stabbed and slashed Perry 79 times with a utility knife.
PAWTUCKET â Despite its modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, the city's animal shelter is finding itself in the doghouse when it comes to heating and electrical costs.
WOONSOCKET â Jury selection is expected to begin today in the Superior Court trial of a man accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in their Park Square apartment in March 2009.
But the victimâs mother, Jo-Ann Boyer of Pawtucket, said she is still hopeful that accused killer David P. Leite will cop a plea and spare family members the trauma of a trial.
âWeâd like to have some closure after all this time,â said Boyer. âBut none of us is looking forward to having to live through all this again.â
Approximately 50 veterans from the Blackstone Valley gathered on Saturday for a photo session in advance of Friday's Veterans Day holiday.
Here is a roundup of Veteran's Day news and events in the Pawtucket area:
PAWTUCKET -- The city will celebrate Veterans Day on Friday with a memorial ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. All residents are invited to join Mayor Don Grebien and members of the city council at Veterans' Memorial Park, Roosevelt Ave. & Exchange St.
PAWTUCKET â Move over, Cleveland. The City of Pawtucket is going to have its own Music Hall of Fame.
From the late George M. Cohen to the Cowsills to Tavares and Duke Robillard, there are a surprising number of famous musicians and music industry professionals with ties to the Ocean State. As such, efforts are underway to create a Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame to celebrate their legacy, and it will be located at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKETâA 79-year-old Pawtucket man, Hillario DePina, was indicted by the Providence County Grand Jury on Oct. 28 on sexual assault charges involving minors.
According to the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, DePina, of Leonard Jenard Drive, was charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of enticement of a child.
PAWTUCKET â It was a little over a year ago â Sept. 9, 2010 to be exact â that The Met brought the music back to Pawtucket. And despite a tough economy, veteran club owner Rich Lupo said the venue at 1005 Main St. has been a success â although he feels it remains somewhat undiscovered by Pawtucket residents themselves.
âYou're always surprised how far people will come to see a show. We've had people from a 40 to 60 mile radius depending on the artist,â Lupo said. âYet, I wish people from Pawtucket would think of it as a close location.â
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.