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November 8th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” With its linen tablecloths, stylish interior and impressive views of Slater Mill and the Blackstone River, the Cresta Bar and Ristorante was hailed as a welcome addition to the downtown when it debuted last fall. Yet, a little over a year later, the Italian restaurant has closed and its owner and proprietor is questioning what kind of market exists in the city and who his customer base is.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the tallies from all of the precincts now in, Democrat Timothy Rudd was declared the winner of the District 6 City Council race, and three incumbent Democratic senators, District 15's Donna Nesselbush, District 8's James E. Doyle, and District 16's Elizabeth A. Crowley, along with the incumbent Democratic representative in District 46, Jeremiah T. O'Grady, were also victorious in their respective races.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police said Wednesday they have identified a suspect in the shooting of a man who was found injured in front of 558 Smithfield Ave. on Tuesday morning.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ First-term City Councilman James Diossa sprinted ahead of the five-person primary field for mayor, taking 2,039 votes, or 59 percent of the total Tuesday. That puts him in a run-off on Dec. 11 with popular former Police Chief Joseph Moran, who captured 627 votes, or 18 percent according to unofficial tallies that do not include 246 mail ballots.
Those mail ballots leave a small window of opportunity for former Mayor Thomas Lazieh, who garnered 530 votes, or 15 percent to still make a bid for the second spot in the run-off.
LINCOLN â€“ A woman visiting Twin River Tuesday evening said she wouldnâ€™t give a second thought to voting approval of full casino gambling.
Of course the woman was a resident of Massachusetts and her comment was directed toward the approval of casino gambling in her state not Rhode Island.
â€śWhy should Massachusetts give up money to Rhode Island,â€ť the woman said before heading on her way.
That question may well have been on the minds of both state and local voters Tuesday as they gave a solid vote of approval to the expansion of casino gambling at Twin River.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Democrat David Cicilline has won a second term in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District after fighting off a challenge from Republican Brendan Doherty.
Doherty, a former head of state police, ran the strongest Republican campaign for Congress in years in Rhode Island. He harshly criticized Cicilline for his financial stewardship of Providence, which Cicilline led as mayor for eight years before being sent to Washington in 2010.
Campaigners and their supporters are out to greet voters at Cumberland High School Tuesday morning, from left, Steve Murphy, State Representative candidate Mia Ackerman, School Committee candidate Craig Duffy with his daughter Emily, 12, and supporter Chris Buffeny.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islanders were facing long lines and, in at least two polling places, the wrong ballots as they began voting Tuesday in a hotly contested congressional race and on whether to allow the state's two slots parlors to turn into full-fledged casinos.
Officials said the incorrect ballots were delivered by the state Board of Elections for two polling places, West Kingston Elementary School in South Kingstown and Elks Lodge in West Warwick. Voting was delayed in each location, and some voters left without casting a ballot, according to town officials.
PAWTUCKET â€” In addition to the District 6 City Council race, Pawtucket voters heading to the polls today will decide two state Senate races, District 8 and District 15.
In District 8, incumbent Democrat James â€śJamieâ€ť E. Doyle II is facing a challenge from independent candidate Beth Croll.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's official: Pawtucket Police say the cause of the recent fire in a city trash truck was accidental and not prompted by arson.
Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins said that a detective assigned to arson cases had worked with the Fire Department and state Fire Marshal's Office to investigate the cause of the Oct. 23 truck fire.
PAWTUCKET â€” When city voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose the next president and decide a few local races, they will also be asked to consider a number of ballot questions pertaining to an assortment of statewide issues and about $8 million in local capital improvement projects.
Laureen Grebien, wife of Mayor Donald R. Grebien, who is spearheading the 2012 Pawtucket Holiday Basket Drive, along with Herb Weiss, the City's Economic & Cultural Officer, begin their efforts to collect can goods and non-perishables to help Pawtucket families in need to have a Thanksgiving meal. These items can be dropped off at the following City locations: Bristol County Savings Bank, 215 Armistice Blvd.; RI Antique Mall, 345 Fountain St.; Pawtucket Planning & Redevelopment 175 Main St., 3rd Floor; Pawtucket City Hall Lobby and the Mayor's Office Lobby, 137 Roosevelt Ave.
CUMBERLAND - Choruses representing five area churches will be performing a unique nondenominational concert Sunday to benefit the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry located on Nate Whipple Highway.
The Food Pantry Choral Benefit Concert will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 3069 Diamond Hill Road. The concert, which will include gospel to contemporary, features choirs from St. John Vianney Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Four Corners Community Chapel, Calvin Presbyterian Church and Arnold Mills United Methodist Church.
PAWTUCKET â€” On the Pawtucket City Council, there is only one â€śclassicâ€ť race being decided on Nov. 6, that between Democratic candidate Timothy Rudd Jr. and Republican candidate Scott Rotondo for the District 6 seat.
The two men are vying for the seat held by incumbent Democrat James Chadwick, who was beaten by Rudd in the Democratic Primary. Both candidates are political newcomers although each have been involved in various other community or sports organizations.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city's public schools, most built decades ago, would be in line for some much-needed renovations and repairs without greatly impacting taxpayers if a $5 million bond request passes.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke is urging voters heading to the polls on Nov. 6 to approve â€śQuestion 14â€ť on the local ballot. As stated on the ballot, Question 14 would â€śprovide for health, safety, and fire code-related emergency repairs, renovations and equipping of public school buildings.â€ť The bond would be amortized over 20 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” In light of the vexing matter it is for many, the city has decided to ask the state's highest court to review a lower court ruling that prevented it from firing Pawtucket Police Officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted of indecent exposure in an off-duty incident in 2010.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien has instructed the city's legal counsel in the case, Vincent Ragosta, to prepare a petition for a â€śwrit of certiorariâ€ť to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, asking that the appeal be heard.
LINCOLN â€“ A confident John Taylor told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that Twin River will â€śabsolutelyâ€ť be able to compete with the planned Massachusetts casinos if the ballot questions to allow table games at the casino are approved by voters next week.
PAWTUCKET â€” Moving closer to a formal partnership, the Care New England hospital group and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island have asked state regulators for an expedited review of their contemplated affiliation under the Hospital Conversions Act.
Theirs is the second request for expedited review since the HCA was amended earlier this year under a measure championed by Woonsocket State Senator Roger Picard to allow the state Department of Health and the Attorney Generalâ€™s Division to fast-track hospital mergers.
PAWTUCKET â€”Pawtucket Police are seeking information about an armed robbery and shooting that occurred Monday at around 10:45 a.m. at the Barbosa Furniture store at 599 Main St.
According to Major Arthur Martins, police received a report of a shooting at the store. When they arrived, they found two men who had appeared to have been shot. Both victims were alert and did not seem to have life-threatening injuries.
As the 2012 election campaign enters its final week, a new poll shows the 1st District congressional campaign virtually deadlocked, with incumbent Democrat David Cicilline holding on to a slender one-point lead over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.
The poll, taken for WPRI Channel 12 by Fleming & Associates, shows Cicilline with 42.6 percent of the vote to Dohertyâ€™s 41.6, with Independent David Vogel picking up 6.3 percent and 8.3 percent undecided.