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September 24th, 2012
CENTRAL FALLS â When Thomas Lazieh was elected mayor in 1990, the city was embroiled in a different kind of economic turmoilâan inherited budget deficit of a then-staggering $2.7 million. With the school system still under the city's control, Lazieh maintains that the budget deficit was actually worseâpercentage wiseâthan it was two years ago when the decision was made to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Yet, with some belt tightening and economic development measures, âwe were able to turn the city around,â he noted. More importantly, he thinks the 2010 bankruptcy could have been avoided.
PAWTUCKET â A fire caused by a candle in a bathroom led to the displacement of the occupants of a three-family house at 145 Garden St. on Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the blaze at around 3:30 p.m. that began in a second-floor bathroom. About a dozen tenants were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal, said that while the fire damage was contained to the bathroom, there was water damage to the first and second floor apartments.
Dancers from the Colombian American Society of Pawtucket perform during the Bright Future Festival at Jenks Park in Central Falls Saturday. The event is part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival.
CUMBERLAND â After more than a year of study, the Town Council next month will be presented with a final report on the plan being proposed to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The final report by Donald I. Jacobs of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services will be submitted to the council on Oct. 3, followed by the council's formal vote on the plan on Oct. 17.
ATTLEBORO â A Pawtucket man has been arrested on drunk driving and other charges following a Thursday night accident in Attleboro that claimed the life of a 24-year-old North Attleboro woman.
CUMBERLAND â A Rhode Island nonprofit that serves the state's homeless and at-risk veterans opened a military-style camp Friday where former soldiers can access a range of free services from medical screenings to housing assistance.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island began welcoming some of the 350 to 400 veterans expected to visit the encampment at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, which will remain open through Sunday.
SEEKONK â He no longer looks the part, but the suspect who had been dubbed the âbearded banditâ following a string of local bank robberies was arrested by Seekonk Police on Wednesday, thanks to some eagle-eyed sleuthing by an East Providence Police sergeant.
Justin L. Worley, 33, who had been living at the Motel 6 on Route 6 in Seekonk, Mass., was taken into custody at around 2 p.m. Police reportedly found a fake beard and mustache in his motel room, where he had been staying for several months with his girlfriend and a young child.
PAWTUCKET â An army of volunteers is expected to arrive at the Old St. Mary's Cemetery on George Street tomorrow morning with a single objective in mind: putting a fresh coat of paint on the roughly 675 posts and 1,429 rails of the wrought iron fence that surrounds the historic cemetery.
The paint-a-thon will kick off at 10 a.m. and will continue "until the job is done," says resident Dennis Keough, who along with another resident, Tom Rogers, have spent the better part of two years caring and maintaining the cemetery, located across the street from the Irish Social Club.
PAWTUCKET â The driver of a rental car apparently missed a turn and crashed into the outside of an apartment building near the intersection of Division Street and Brewster Avenue on Tuesday just before 11 p.m., Pawtucket Police said.
According to Sgt. Roy Clary of the Traffic Division, the man who rented the vehicle told police he had been out drinking at a bar and asked two men who he had befriended there to drive him back to where he was staying. He said the men dropped him off at the requested address, but then remained in the car and drove off.
PROVIDENCE â The longtime mayor of struggling Central Falls resigned and has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge of accepting gifts in exchange for handing out a lucrative contract to board up city houses, according to papers filed Wednesday.
The plea agreements bring an end to a two-year investigation that hung over the state's smallest city, even as it struggled through a painful municipal bankruptcy and faced questions over whether it would have to merge with another city to survive.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Voters in November will be asked to decide four referendum questions on the ballot, including amendments to the city charter that will establish a budget reserve fund, additional consolidation and reorganization of municipal departments, and four-year terms for the City Council and School Committee.
The referendum questions will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, which is headlined by the presidential contest.
PAWTUCKET â The city will hold a huge victory celebration Thursday for the International League Champion Pawtucket Red Sox, who captured their first Governors' Cup since 1984 in a 3-0 series sweep over the Charlotte Knights last week in Fort Mill, S.C., topping the Knights 4-1.
The celebration, which is open to the public, is being co-hosted by the City of Pawtucket and Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
PAWTUCKET â In the political rollercoaster that the House 58 representative race has become, incumbent William San Bento was declared the unofficial winner over challenger Carlos Tobon by a one-vote margin during Monday's recount.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation (PCDC) this month will hold its first art exhibit and benefit art auction.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. The fundraising auction will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Both events will be at Machine with Magnets (MWM), located at 400 Main St.
Tickets for the auction are $20 and are available at the door or on-line at www.pawtucketcdc.org. In addition to the auction, the evening will feature live music by Michelle Cruz Quartet, hors dâoeuvres, and a cash bar.
Continuing a more than decade-long tradition, the Pawtucket Teachers'
Alliance again lent its support for the annual performance of the
PAWTUCKET â The intent is good: to make Park Place more of an efficient entryway to the downtown. Yet, a proposal by the city's Planning Department to make the westerly side of the street two-way and remove the existing on-street parking has upset many who are involved in local businesses, churches and non-profit agencies located there.
PAWTUCKET â The second span of the new Pawtucket River Bridge is expected to open as early as today, according to Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials.
The opening of the span will allow RIDOT to shift I-95 South to the new span and fully lift the bridge's 18-ton weight limit, which requires trucks and other large vehicles to use local detours or longer highway detours.
PAWTUCKET â In recent years, the matter of students bringing their cell phones to school has been the bane of teachers everywhere. Yet, realizing that today's âsmart phonesâ and other electronic devices can also serve as mini-computers, school officials are starting to re-think the policy that bans them from classroom use completely.
PAWTUCKET â With the unofficial tally in Tuesday's Democratic primary showing just a three-vote difference between incumbent House 58 William San Bento and his challenger, Carlos Tobon, the winner of the seat depends on today's recount results.
The final numbers from the Rhode Island Board of Elections (including mail-in ballots), showed San Bento with 543 votes or 50.1 percent of the votes, and Tobon with 540 votes or 49.9 percent of the votes cast.
PAWTUCKET â A leading insurance professional organization recently recognized Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, CIC, AAI, of Loiselle Insurance Agency, Pawtucket, for dedication and ongoing leadership in the insurance industry.
The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) honored Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon for ten years of successfully maintaining the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, denoting significant commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service.