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December 12th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” While city officials were hoping for an upgrade, lingering concerns about the city's ability to eliminate its past school budget deficits and its unfunded municipal pension and other post-employment benefits led to the Fitch Ratings service affirming Pawtucket's bond rating at a â€śBBB-; Outlook Stableâ€ť rating.
Before an honor guard of Supreme and Superior Court judges and other members of the Rhode Island Judiciary, bearers carry the casket of Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger out of St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church in Riverside after a concelebrated mass of Christian Burial there Wednesday morning. Principal Celebrant was the Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, former Bishop of Providence. Attendees included Governor Lincoln Chafee, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and other state and local dignitaries. Weisberger died Friday at age 92.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Having emerged from bankruptcy, ready to shake off the one-man rule of state receivership and the nearly decade-long administration of a disgraced mayor who is headed to jail on a corruption charge, this tiny, poverty-ridden city signaled it is ready for a new beginning Tuesday by electing its first Latino mayor, native son James Diossa, who defeated Joseph Moran, the popular former police chief, 62 to 38 percent in a special election.
PAWTUCKET â€” In the end, there was no gun, but a student's telling a teacher that another student indicated he might have such a weapon resulted in a lockdown at Slater Junior High School on Tuesday morning, police said.
According to Pawtucket Police Capt. John Seebeck, two juvenile males who attend Slater Junior High had gotten into a verbal altercation outside of the McDonald's restaurant on Lonsdale Avenue prior to the start of school.
City employees, some elected officials, including Mayor Donald Grebien, and other volunteers helped serve food to local seniors and other members of the community on Monday at the annual Mayor's Holiday Dinner held at the Portuguese Social Club, 131 School St. The annual event, free and open to all city residents, is made possible through donations of money, food and service from area businesses and individuals. Key sponsors this year were Pawtucket Credit Union, Washington Trust and Bristol County Savings Bank.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to modern technology and the Internet, about 20 Shea High School students had the chance to interact through live video with students in the Dominican Republic on Thursday as part of this year's Lifetouch Memory Mission project.
Shea was one of three Rhode Island schools that participated in the 20-minute interactive chat with students from an elementary school in the rural town of Constanza in the Dominican Republic.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” As of last week, only four applications have been received for a chance to own a newly-renovated single family home on Anthony Street that will be offered in a city housing lottery for first-time home buyers.
The deadline for applications is coming up on Dec. 14 with the drawing to take place during City Council's meeting on Dec. 18, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue.
LINCOLN â€” Eddie and Patty Fox had been familiar with Wreaths Across America's work over the years to recognize the courage and sacrifices of our veterans, but it wasn't until last year that the couple began to think about how their home town of Lincoln could assist the mission.
The Foxes were the driving force behind the effort last year to raise money for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated at the Lincoln Senior Center on May 21, 2011.
"It was a huge ceremony and over 400 people attended," said Patty.
PAWTUCKET â€” Saying they didn't appreciate the â€śpoliticalâ€ť tone, several City Councilors on Wednesday publicly criticized Director of Administration Antonio Pires and, indirectly, Mayor Donald Grebien, for some recent communications sent to the council.
Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Pawtucket recognized its employees with 20-plus years of service during a reception there Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Based on autopsy results and other evidence, the Pawtucket Police confirmed Thursday that the cause of death of a young couple found inside their apartment at 125 Goff Avenue on Wednesday was a murder/suicide.
The deceased were identified as Frederico Rico, 21, and Natasha Marshall, 23. According to Major Arthur Martins, the state Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Marshall's death as homicide. The manner of death was found to be asphyxiation due to strangulation. The manner of death of Rico is being preliminarily determined as asphyxiation by hanging.
Four-year-old Carolina Santos of Pawtucket chooses a My Little Pony toy during the annual toy distribution by volunteers from the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program in association with Hasbro Inc. at the Woodlawn Community Development Center on Wednesday. Mayor Donald Grebien donned a Santa hat and helped distribute the Hasbro-donated toys to needy children in the community. Distribution to children in the community from ages 1-12 will also take place today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Woodlawn Center.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police are investigating what has been described as a grisly scene involving two bodies found in an apartment at 125 Goff Ave. Wednesday.
According to police, officers responded to The Lofts 125 complex at around noon to investigate an incident that occurred inside one of the apartments. It has been confirmed that the dead bodies of two adults, one male and one female, were found inside one of the apartments.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” An executive at a Rhode Island slot parlor has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography after police say someone discovered the images on his work computer.
WPRI-TV reports that Twin River's vice president of finance, Suneet Talpade, was arrested Monday.
Lt. Brian Casilli tells the station the photos were discovered at the slot parlor in Lincoln.
The 51-year-old Talpade lives in Wallingford, Conn. A telephone message left by The Associated Press at a listing in his name was not immediately returned.
The Wakefield Concert Band (a 75-piece orchestra) will be performing its Holiday Season Concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the sanctuary of the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island, located at 333 Roosevelt Ave. in Pawtucket. This will be a benefit concert for the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls. Tickets at the door are $5 each. The Chinese Christian Church will match ticket sales and donate all proceeds to the library. Call 401-722-8877 or email Pastor Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ City Councilman James Diossa keeps racking up big-name Democratic endorsement for his mayoral campaign.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien added their names to those supporting Diossa, who won 59 percent of the vote in a five-person primary on Nov. 6. He faces the second top vote-getter, former Police Chief Joseph Moran, who garnered 18 percent of the primary vote, in a run-off election next Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET â€” It ain't over 'til it's over...yet the clock is ticking on the opportunity for municipal union workers to convince the city administration that they are can handle trash and recycling services better than a private vendor.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's a sign of the economic times: an employee being asked to do another job in addition to his own. At Pawtucket City Hall, three director-level workers are doing their own job plus that of another department head, and earning an extra $200 a week for their efforts.
PAWTUCKET â€” All was merry and bright at the Grupo Amigos De Terceira on Saturday night as the community came together for The Times' â€śJingle Mingleâ€ť dinner dance.
Decorated in its Christmas finery, the Community Center at 55 Memorial Dr. provided an elegantly festive backdrop for the Jingle Mingle, held to benefit The Times' â€śMerry Christmas Fund.â€ť Grupo Amigos De Terceira, Inc. joined The Times in hosting the event, which raised $2,700 for the fund.
Clippers head coach Chris Skurka gets a surprise ice bath by key players Tommy Lazarus (4) and game MVP Erik Travers, right, after defeating Woonsocket 49-0 for the Div. II Super Bowl crown at Carcieri Field Sunday.