Archive - News Article
September 5th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Stanley Banach III, an unemployed baker who was injured in a car crash, used to be able to walk from his home to the netWORKri office in Pawtucket, where he would bring his 20-month-old son along to look for jobs. Now, the young father complains that he will have to tote his son with him on a long bus ride to Providence or Woonsocket in order to do the same type of job search at another netWORKri facility.
Above, Verda Jones, Shea High Schoolâ€™s Smartlab facilitator, left, and Peter Solomon, Tolman Smartlab facilitator, train with Kurt Williamson, vice president of Creative Learning Systems, in the brand new Shea Smartlab this week. The team was gearing up for the opening of the new school year, which started Tuesday.
CUMBERLAND â€” Town residents Jocelyn Bodington, Daniel Collard, and Adam Vartanian each took home state titles in the 2012 Pitch, Hit & Run competition during a recent on-field pre-game awards ceremony at McCoy Stadium.
Bodington was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 11-12 year old division; Collard was the Pitching champion for the 11-12 year old division; and Vartanian was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 7-8 year old division.
Hosted by Dunkinâ€™ Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.
LINCOLN â€” John Gregory, CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, was recently invited to continue to serve as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
Do your children need practice reading? Pawtucket Public Library is offering a chance for children to read to Tinker Bell the reading therapy dog, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Children's Caidin Room. The program takes place on Tuesdays in September and October from 5:30 - 6:30p.m. Sign up for a 15-minute block of reading time, come hang out to see if Tinker Bell has any free time for you, or visit to see which fancy outfit she has on that day. This program is for children of all ages. Call 401-725-3714 ext. 209.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent, will get a speaking spot at next weekâ€™s Democratic National Convention.
â€śI am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,â€ť Chafee said in a written statement. â€śPresident Obama has been a friend to Rhode Island, his policies have brought valuable benefits to the people of our state during historically difficult times, and I am proud to explain to the convention audience why I â€“ a former Republican â€“ and lots of people like me are supporting the Presidentâ€™s re-election.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The cityâ€™s public school students can enjoy a few more days of the traditional summer vacation as the new school year starts after the Labor Day weekend, on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Incumbent state Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Cumberland) and her two challengers for the Dist. 16 Senate seat â€” Joseph P. Moran III and Nicholas S. Gelfuso â€” will debate the issues at a Meet the Candidates forum to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Sponsored by Leadership Rhode Island, Common Cause and Progreso Latino, the forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Central Falls High School auditorium, 24 Summer St. WPRI reporter Ted Nesi will be the moderator.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just days before Labor Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor visited the Blackstone Valley to meet students looking to enter the workforce in Pawtucket, tour a Central Falls manufacturing plan and help hand out about $1.4 million in new federal money for the state.
PAWTUCKET â€” The blizzard of O'Neill and Mercer campaign signs covering District 3 says it all. What was a contentious race two years ago promises to be so again as incumbent City Councilor Christopher O'Neill fights off a challenge from opponent Terrence â€śTerryâ€ť Mercer.
With both O'Neill and Mercer running as Democrats, the District 3 contest is one of two City Council races that will be all but decided by the Sept. 11 Democratic primary. The primary will also be key in the District 1 race between Democratic incumbent David Moran and his challenger, fellow Democrat Michael Cassidy.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ever since he was a young boy, Edward Kozatek has been sweet on Fox Grocery. â€śI used to steal my mother's soda bottles and cash them in for penny candy,â€ť he said, chuckling. Kozatek, who owns J.T. Leddy Auto Top, is one of many city residents who are mourning the closing of the neighborhood convenience store that has been a fixture at 209 Benefit Street for decades.
CENTRAL FALLS(AP) â€” Police say a body pulled from the Blackstone River in Central Falls last week is that of a 31-year-old man reported missing from a treatment center.
Police said Tuesday the body found in the river was that of Marvin Reynolds.
Reynolds had been reported missing by Gateway Healthcare, Inc. on Aug. 18. Police issued a warrant for his arrest because he was required as a condition of his parole to remain in one of Gateway's facilities.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Police in Central Falls made an arrest Tuesday in a double shooting that occurred in the area of Illinois Street and Hedley Avenue at around noon time Monday.
The unidentified shooting victims, a male and a female, were taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where they were treated for minor gunshot wounds and released, according to Police Maj. James J. Mendonca.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 28-year-old Pullen Avenue man with a history of domestic assault charges is accused of hitting his former girlfriend and taking part in her abduction in an incident near her Amey Street home early Sunday morning, Pawtucket Police said.
CUMBERLAND â€” The start of a new school year begins tomorrow with students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 9 returning to classes, followed by students in Grades 10-12 on Thursday.
Throughout the summer, the School Committee, School Superintendent Philip D. Thornton and the school administration and staff have been planning several new programs and initiatives for the upcoming year, including full-day kindergarten and a new district-wide grading policy.
NORTH SCITUATE -- Members of the Rhode Island State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshalâ€™s Office (Boston) and the Randolph (Mass.) Police Department arrested Hector Andrade, 24, whose last known address was in Central Falls, for several armed robberies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, according to Colonel Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Members of the Central Falls Police Departmentâ€™s Special Investigative Unit executed a search warrant Friday at 63 Fletcher St., 2nd Floor.
The focus of the investigation was a Mildred Ramirez, 48, and her daughter, Luz Ramirez, 24.
During a month-long investigation, it was learned that Ramirez and her daughter were manufacturing and distributing cocaine throughout the city of Central Falls. Investigators also discovered that both females had criminal histories involving the distribution of narcotics and were currently on probation for those offenses.
LINCOLN â€“ Calling it Northern Rhode Islandâ€™s "premier" health and fitness center, the man described by associates as the driving force and creative genius behind MacColl YMCAâ€™s new $13 million, 52,000-square-foot family fitness center said the state-of-the-art facility will be at the forefront of helping families and communities maintain healthy lifestyles.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The man who will oversee the fiscal activities of both the city and the School Department will begin his new duties in the upcoming weeks, City Manager Peter Graczykowski told the City Council this week.
Malcolm A. Moore, hired for the position of consolidated finance director, comes to East Providence from West Warwick where he was finance director and interim town manager.
Moore was hired to fill a void after resignations left both the city and the schools without permanent finance officer positions.
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PAWTUCKET â€” A grand jury has decided not to bring charges against two Pawtucket police officers who shot to death a Massachusetts man who pulled a gun during a traffic stop in May.
The Rhode Island attorney general's office said on Thursday that the Providence County Grand Jury found the shooting was legally justified.
The officers said 37-year-old Jamie Coyle got out of the car with a gun, and they opened fire to protect themselves. Police pulled him over because he appeared to match the description of a suspect wanted in Massachusetts for an assault with a firearm earlier that day.