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March 14th, 2012

School board cautiously optimistic about budget

March 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While noting there are a lot of variables — chief among them being the governor's proposed meals tax increase — School Department officials are expressing a cautious optimism about the school budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Pawtucket man arrested in bottle-throwing incident

March 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A male suspect who crashed a party on March 4 and then threw a beer bottle through a window, seriously injuring a man sitting nearby, was arrested by Pawtucket Police on Monday and charged with felony assault.
Adilson Fernandes, 30, of Mansfield Street, Providence, was identified by Pawtucket Police as the suspect in the incident, said Major Arthur Martins. Fernandes was arraigned Monday in District Court on the charges and surety bail was set at $2,500.

20 years later, Pawtucket woman realizes NASA dream

March 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Of all the people she's wanted to tell about her participation in an elite NASA-sponsored educational program, 37-year-old Jodi Perron wishes she could relay the news to her former guidance counselor at Cumberland High School.
That woman, now deceased, had grounded Perron's freshman dreams of pursuing a course of study that could have lead her to become a rocket scientist at the famed U.S. space center.

E.P. Episcopal priest could be next RI bishop

March 14, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Rumford, is among five preliminary candidates selected to stand for election as the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island, officials with the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island announced Monday.

March 12th

Van crashes into building; driver flees

March 12, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With the dramatic way the front end of the van was embedded into the cement wall of a North Bend Street building, it was hard to believe that someone could have fled the scene. But flee they did, and Pawtucket Police are searching for the mystery driver who was involved in the two-car crash that took place at the intersection of Cottage Street and Central Avenue on Sunday at around 10:30 p.m.

March 11th

Flanders: Municipal bankruptcy not such a horrible thing

March 11, 2012

WARWICK — Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders extolled the virtues of municipal bankruptcy Saturday, telling the RI Statewide Coalition that it “is not a horrible thing; it is a thing we ought to be doing.”

American Legion about helping fellow veterans

March 11, 2012

On a Friday evening these days, just a handful of members belonging to the Alphonse Yelle Post No. 9 of the American Legion get together at the Post Home at 20 Railroad St.
The reasons they gather together haven't really changed since the post was founded by Manville soldiers returning home from World War I, but it does seem fewer of today's returning warriors have the time or willingness to maintain lasting friendships at a post.

March 10th

Council updated on fire district study

March 10, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The firm hired by the town last year to consult on a fire department merger study revealed some of its findings to the Town Council Wednesday as well as a glimpse of what it plans to eventually recommend when it submits its final report to the council in the fall.
Donald I. Jacobs, of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services, gave the council a 30-minute update on the progress of a comprehensive feasibility planning assessment for the purpose of consolidating the town's fire services as either an independent, municipal or regional department.

March 9th

Gee’s temporarily closed for selling to minor

March 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A Broad Street liquor store owner has been fined and his business temporarily closed for selling alcohol to a minor in what is his fifth such violation in 11 years.
Following a hearing on Wednesday at the City Council's Board of License Commissioners, the board voted to order Gee's Liquors at 400 Broadway to remain closed effective March 11 through March 30. The store is allowed to re-open on March 31.

House takes up binding arbitration -- again

March 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In California, a sure harbinger of spring is the return of swallows to Capistrano. In Rhode Island it is unions and school and municipal officials returning to the House Labor Committee to fight about binding arbitration.

March 8th

Meal tax hike plan gets cold shoulder

March 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Instead of the “year of the cities and towns” that Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for in his State of the State speech, restaurateur Robert Burke said 2012 should be “the year of the long-suffering Rhode Island taxpayer.”

Council OKs Housing Authority expansion

March 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — After lengthy debate that spanned two meetings, the City Council on Wednesday approved an amended resolution that will increase the membership of the Pawtucket Housing Authority from five to seven commissioners.

March 7th

City looking to privatize transfer station

March 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — City officials are looking to privatize the operation of the solid waste transfer station at 240 Grotto Avenue in a move they say will substantially cut costs, increase efficiency and possibly generate additional revenue through expanding capacity.

Hasbro lays off 55 in the state

March 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Toy maker Hasbro on Tuesday laid off 55 employees in Rhode Island, part of a larger downsizing that comes just months after announcing an expansion into Providence, company officials said.
Company spokesman Wayne Charness said in a statement that about 170 workers are being laid off worldwide because of the “underperformance” in Hasbro's U.S. and Canadian divisions, which are under new leadership. He also cited the company's need for “different skill sets” in its workforce.
The layoffs will affect workers in Pawtucket and Providence.

March 6th

City Hall employees donate to food drive

March 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket City Hall employees and members of the local community helped make a dent in the Winter Food Drive being coordinated by Progreso Latino and the Cesar Chavez Scholarship Fund to benefit residents of Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Douglas Hadden, his director of constituent services and communications, delivered three large boxes of donated canned goods and other food items to the Salvation Army.

March 5th

Residents concerned over cemetery tree clearing

March 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Several concerned residents have raised questions about recent tree clearing and bulldozing that has taken place in the private Walnut Hill Cemetery, yet the property owner claims the efforts are part of a planned restoration project.
Ken Postle, Bill Greenwood and Charles Mogayzel, all of whom have been involved in cemetery preservation and beautification efforts in the city, say they are concerned about what they have seen taking place in a rear section of Walnut Hill Cemetery that runs along Arthur Street.

March 4th

OES: Supporting community, becoming better people

March 4, 2012

Jan M. McIntyre-Ba joined the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth service organization, when she was 12 years old.
Her mother, Frances, had also been a Rainbow Girl, and her grandfather was a Mason, so Freemasonry, the oldest fraternal organization in the world, was something she was intimately familiar with even at a young age.

March 2nd

Town at odds over fire tax bills

March 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Two conflicting bills -- one that would put a cap on the amount Cumberland fire districts can increase their tax levy and another that would allow the Cumberland Hill Fire District to implement a four-tier tax classification program – were heard by the House Municipal Government Committee Thursday.

March 1st

E.P. Council wants bridge done before estimated completion date

March 1, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — A state project to replace the Ten Mile River Bridges at the intersection of Broadway, Roger Williams Avenue, and Centre Street is under way, but members of the City Council say they want to see the $2.8 million project finished well ahead of the state's estimated completion date of November 2013.

February 29th

James Woods: Let docs say I'm sorry

March 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Movie and TV star James Woods appeared at the Statehouse Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that would allow doctors and hospitals to express sympathy or acknowledge errors to patients and family members when medical treatment goes awry without it being held against them in later court actions.

 

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