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May 21st, 2015
PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina Raimondo, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, were among those who marked the observance of Memorial Day by participating in an annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring war veterans from Rhode Island.
The event on Wednesday was held at the Garden of Heroes on the southwest lawn at the State House.
The garden is dedicated to Rhode Island service members who died supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that the group this week will â€śhonor, remember, and grieveâ€ť for Pawtucket Red Sox President James J. Skeffington, who died Sunday, adding that there will be â€śtime enough in the futureâ€ť to focus on discussions that would keep the PawSox in Rhode Island.
Skeffingtonâ€™s funeral will be held Saturday.
Negotiations on a proposal that would move the franchise to a new riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence have been temporarily halted in the wake of Skeffington's passing.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A stubborn fire making its way up into the eaves and attic of a three-story apartment building at 35 Titus St. Sunday afternoon left eight residents uninjured but homeless, according to fire officials.
Cumberland Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay reported the 2:27 p.m. fire was initially spotted by neighboring residents when an outdoor light bulb on the rear of the building popped and flames were observed coming from the fixture.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Eleven-year-old Zach Ansell hails from Los Angeles.
Thirteen-year-old Noah Kalus resides in New Platz, a small village in upstate New York, situated approximately midway between Albany and New York City.
While the two boysâ€™ hometowns could not be more different, what united the pair and brought them to Pawtucket this weekend was their love of Scrabble, as the duo teamed together as â€śThe East West Word Wizardsâ€ť at the North American School Scrabble Championship, held at the Hasbro headquarters.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Two fugitives from Colorado, including a woman sought for prison escape, got caught on Illinois Street Wednesday with heroin, a Bushmaster assault rifle, armor-piercing bullets, and a stolen truck, police said.
John Baker, 38, and Jessica Garrett, 32, both of Colorado, are being held without bail on fugitive warrants from Colorado after their arraignment in District Court Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On a day that Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin described as one of â€ścontemplation and celebration,â€ť the city acknowledged the heroic actions of members of its Police Department, while remembering those who were killed in the line of duty.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mayor Donald R. Grebien has introduced a proposed $117.1 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a $4.78 million â€“ or 4.26 percent â€“ increase over the current spending plan and also calls for a proposed 3.97 percent increase to its property tax levy.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A 43-year-old man charged with the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment complex on Motherâ€™s Day broke down and cried and had to be escorted out of the courtroom during his arraignment Monday in Providence District Court.
PAWTUCKET â€“ At 7:30 in the morning, third-grade teacher Donna Sawyer is already at Francis J. Varieur Elementary School.
Although the school day doesnâ€™t start for another hour, she is in the classroom and ready to tutor young students. By 7:45, parents drop off their children, and Sawyer helps them with their schoolwork.
Not only is Sawyer an early bird, she also in a sense is a night owl, because four days a week, she will stay until 4 p.m. â€” about 90 minutes after students are dismissed for the day â€” to aid another group of children who will stay late for extra help.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arti and Shekhar Mehta would love to see Main Street thrive, and as the owners of Artee Fabrics & Home, they believe their business and their building â€” located at 228 Main St. â€” can be a catalyst in the revitalization of the city's downtown area.
The fabric store and the soon-to-be occupied property above the shop were visited on Friday morning by Gov. Gina Raimondo, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and other city officials as part of a discussion on Raimondo's jobs plan.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes the city to enter into a lease-to-own agreement to purchase the former St. Leo the Great Elementary School property, which city and school officials said will accommodate for impending school renovations and an anticipated enrollment increase.
PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello called House Democrats behind closed doors on Wednesday for a caucus on budget matters and also an update on where plans for a new Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium in Providence currently stand.
With the doors to the House Lounge blocked to reporters and even the door window into the room from the House Chamber covered with paper, the session was, as intended, open to whatever the members wished to air.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The mayors from Pawtucket and Providence flexed some muscle Wednesday, highlighting the benefits that an LA Fitness Center - constructed on the city line - would provide for the neighboring communities, while also speaking of the importance of the two cities working together.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City Council is poised to consider granting $1 million worth of tax breaks to Tunstall Americas, the digital healthcare giant thatâ€™s created more than 300 jobs since moving into a vacant building here two years ago.
After a public hearing, the council will take up a resolution Wednesday to reduce Tunstallâ€™s tangible tax bill from $132,432 to $32,433 per year for a period of 10 years. That includes a two-year reach-back to 2013, during which the incentive would be structured in the form of an abatement.
WARWICK â€“ Every military veteran should have a day like Norm Gordon experienced on Saturday.
The 82-year-old Pawtucket resident, a signal corps communications specialist during the Korean War, was guest of honor at U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouseâ€™s eight annual Veterans Breakfast and Resource Fair, which was held inside the spacious R.I. National Guard Armory.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sixteen years after helping to plan the first Pawtucket Arts Festival, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss will be bestowed with the festivalâ€™s inaugural Medal of Excellence during a fundraiser and awards ceremony next week.
Weiss will receive the honor at the Arts Festivalâ€™s â€śCurtain Up!â€ť fundraiser and awards ceremony, which will be held on May 7 at Center by the Blackstone, located at 175 Main St.