WOONSOCKET – Friday’s Supreme Court ruling establishing a national right to same-sex marriage struck close to home to many in Rhode Island.
In a state that was the last in New England to legalize same-sex marriage, the decision was reason for celebration for gay marriage advocates such as Rhode Island Pride, which hosted a rally at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence on Friday evening.
PAWTUCKET – From the damaging flood waters of the spring of 2010 rose an opportunity to reinvent an area in the rear of City Hall. On Friday, the years of work were commemorated as city and state leaders cut the ribbon, formally welcoming a river wall and bike path to Pawtucket.
The bulk of the funding for the project came as a result of the flooding Rhode Island received in April 2010. That flood, and similar ones over the years, severely damaged the river wall behind City Hall.
PROVIDENCE — Their cries rang out Thursday evening, echoing down Smith Street.
“Stop this stadium deal!” they shouted. “Keep the PawSox in Pawtucket!” the crowd clamored. “Listen to taxpayers!”
The approximately 150 in this chorus of concerned residents were gathered together in front of the State House to demand that the Pawtucket Red Sox stay put at McCoy Stadium, and that taxpayer money not be used to pay for a new riverfront ballpark on former Interstate 195 land in downtown Providence.
WOONSOCKET — A journey of more than two years may be close to an end as a sentencing reform bill inspired by the early parole of “Thrill Killer” Alfred Brissette Jr. was forwarded to Gov. Gina Raimondo for her consideration after the measure was passed by the House and Senate this week.
CUMBERLAND — A Cumberland Fourth of July tradition for more than 80 years, the Arnold Mills Parade steps off Saturday, July 4.
This year’s 87th annual parade starts at 11 a.m. on Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) close to the North Attleboro town line.
Cumberland educator J. Richard “Dick” Charland is grand marshal of this year’s parade.
The parade association is also honoring his wife of many years, Betty Charland, for her yearly contributions as a volunteer on the parade committee.
PLAINVILLE, MASS. – Thousands of people flocked to the new Plainridge Park Casino for its grand opening at noon on Wednesday. Route-1 traffic rivaled that of a Patriots home game, stretching far as eyes could see and the four stories of the parking garage filled up so quickly that it took nearly 20 minutes to find a parking spot upon arrival. People poured in from the parking garage, the elevators and the main entrance in bunches all before 2 p.m.
PROVIDENCE – An $8.7 billion state budget hailed as pro-business and pro-education is now a done deal as the Senate overwhelmingly approved the spending plan last night, wrapping up the biggest piece of the 2016 legislative session.
The budget, which was approved by the House on a unanimous vote in record time one week ago, sailed through the Senate in similarly speedy fashion on a vote of 35-3.
Along with a raft of plaudits from supporters of the budget, praise came from some unexpected corners of the Senate chamber.
PAWTUCKET – Some of the artists whose work decorates the walls at City Hall came together late last week to celebrate the art gallery exhibit.
Members of groups including Resources for Human Development – Rhode Island and Flying Shuttle Studios came to City Hall on Friday afternoon to adore their works while also describing the tremendous honor they felt in having their art hanging for all to see.
State Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) honored a student of his district in the House of Representatives last Thursday while noting her success in a Pawtucket school essay contest.
Ariana Andrews, a seventh-grader at Goff Junior High, was one of the student winners in the “Why Veterans Are Important to Me,” a contest that was organized by Pawtucket veterans volunteer Ken Postle and the Pawtucket School Department.
CUMBERLAND – Around noon on Sunday at the Lusitana Club, cloudy skies and slight rain threatened the entertainment that was scheduled for a weekend of celebration.
“Come back around two or three,” volunteers said as stragglers walked up to the entrance and turned around again.
PAWTUCKET â Flora S. Curtis Elementary School on Friday was transformed into a scene out of Manhattanâs Theater District, as students entertained a standing-room only audience with âThe Best of Broadway.â
The performance served as a culmination and celebration of the year in musical instruction. All students at the school, from kindergarten through fifth grade, took to the stage in front of parents and loved ones to perform a number from a noteworthy play or musical.
PROVIDENCE â The state House of Representatives voted 64-8 Thursday evening to approve a bill submitted by Rep. Jeremiah T. OâGrady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket) that adds a new requirement to state law allowing the creation of independent charter schools.
OâGradyâs bill, H-5555 as Amended, would require the state Department of Education to conduct a review of the fiscal impact of a newly proposed charter school on the communities it serves, and also to determine that no negative fiscal impact would result before approving such a charter.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Beverly LeFort was watching television early Wednesday morning when the blaring of a car horn interrupted the still silence outside her home on Fenmoor Street, a close-knit neighborhood where people know their neighbors and look out for one another.
LeFort tried to ignore the beeping, thinking somebodyâs car alarm had gone off.
EAST PROVIDENCE - An early morning fire has claimed the life of an elderly woman. Fire officials confirmed that one person was killed in a fire on Fenmoor Street that began at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Two firefighters were also injured fighting the blaze. The cause of the fire, that gutted the home, is under investigation. The identity of the victim has not been released. Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â A Central Falls man is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision with a Pawtucket Police cruiser early Tuesday morning, sending two passengers and a police officer to the hospital, authorities said.
PAWTUCKET - David Norton of Organizing for Pawtucket, which delivered to state lawmakers last week petitions signed by more than 13,000 Rhode Island residents demanding that the PawSox stay in Pawtucket, says his groupâs next move is to hold a massive rally at the Statehouse on June 25.
PAWTUCKET â Visitors to City Hall are noticing that the building is a bit brighter and a little more colorful thanks to the âBeyond Barriersâ art gallery exhibit on display.
Through August, the city is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, as a gallery showcasing works created by local artists with disabilities adorns the second-floor walls at City Hall.
PAWTUCKET â When Pawtucket Police Detective Linda Bachand-Jackson is not busy being a policewoman, thereâs a good chance sheâs running a marathon somewhere â in costume.
Bachand-Jackson has gotten a lot of attention for the crazy getups sheâs worn en-route to the finish line, decked out as Abe Lincoln, Princess Leia from âStar Wars,â or one of those hairy dudes in hunting camouflage from âDuck Dynasty.â
But the 20-year police veteranâs Newport 10 Miler went national when she ran the June 7 race wearing a white wedding dress, just a few hours before she tied the knot for real.