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February 8th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
Thatâs the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit oneâs monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.
CUMBERLAND â It's time for âPhys Edâ but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â Angry about the Pawtucket Police Department's public comments concerning the dismissal of drunken driving charges involving his son, attorney William Lynch is vowing to fight back and maintains that the true story has not been told.
As reported in The Times last Wednesday, Pawtucket Police are questioning the way a case was handled by a special prosecutor for the city that resulted in the dismissal of charges against 24-year-old Jarred Lynch.
When Michael S. Krzywonos used to attend Sunday Mass at the former St. Cecilia's Church in Pawtucket he'd see the same friendly faces sitting in the same pews every week. Other than exchanging passing greetings and a few pleasantries at the end of Mass, it eventually dawned on Krzywonos that he really didn't know who his fellow parishioners were.
"For the longest time they were just faces without names," he says.
PROVIDENCE â A plan to expand the Pawtucket Arts District throughout Central Falls and into much of the southern part of Cumberland was laid out for the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.
The legislation, which would exempt artistic works â books, paintings, songs, sculpture, dance and other creations â was touted by its sponsor, Central Falls Sen. Elizabeth Crowley, as another tool to allow cities and towns to bring business and culture to their communities. A duplicate bill was introduced in the House by Central Falls Rep. Agostinho Silva but has not been scheduled for a hearing.
PROVIDENCE â The 60 participants in the 2012 class of Leadership Rhode Island have an ambitious assignment: effect positive change in the bankrupt city of Central Falls.
LINCOLN â Central Elementary School fourth-grader Maggie Cabana didn't want to let down her fellow students, so she decided to prepare her Wednesday lunch the night before.
âI made it at about 7:30 (p.m.); I made my peanut butter crackers, strawberries and an orange with the peel taken off, then put them all in plastic containers,â she admitted. âI did it so I wouldn't forget anything. I was scared that I'd put it into plastic bags. I didn't want to forget that's against the rules (for this lunch).â
CENTRAL FALLS â A source close to the city's high school verified Wednesday that the State Police are investigating a 22-year-old science teacher for alleged misconduct, and that the Central Falls School District had removed her from her position.
The teacher, who's name hasn't been released because charges have yet to be filed, has been accused of partying with drugs and alcohol with students, inappropriate touching and even having sex with one teen-ager or more.
PAWTUCKET â In a spectacle of sights, sounds and colors, the âYear of the Dragonâ was ushered in with grand style at the Tolman High School auditorium on Saturday.
Over 800 people attended the lavish Chinese New Year Celebration that featured Chinese dancers and performers. It was hosted by the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans, the University of Rhode Island and Bryant University.
WOONSOCKET â YWCA Northern Rhode Island, located at 514 Blackstone St., will merge with the faltering Central Falls-based YWCA of Greater Rhode Island in a deal expected to be finalized by March 1.
âThis is not a hostile take-over,â said Deborah Perry, president and CEO of YWCA Northern Rhode Island. âWeâre both in favor,â and the news is in the ambitious plans she has for the new YWCA Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â Former Rhode Island Gov. Joseph Garrahy has been remembered as a man who lived humbly and set an example for others.
The Rev. Marcel Taillon remembered Garrahy at a funeral Mass on Tuesday morning as a man of faith who rose from humble beginnings.
Taillon, the pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Narragansett, delivered the homily at a service at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.
Garrahy died last week at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 81.
PAWTUCKET â At about 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, Adam Tumlinson had been making his way home to his Darlington neighborhood when he heard his cell phone jingle.
âIt said, âRestricted,â so I was very hesitant to answer it,â Tumlinson stated recently between sips on a coffee at an Armistice Boulevard doughnut shop. âI usually donât answer numbers I donât recognize, but for some reason I picked it up anyway.â
WOONSOCKET â Charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.
Maurice E. Berube has spent the better part of 11 years trying to promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But it wasn't until last month, when he found himself the recipient of a simple act of kindness by an 11-year-old city girl, that he really understood what it meant to be an Elk.
Berube, Grand Exalted Ruler of Woonsocket Elks Lodge #850, says it happened in December when he was helping deliver 227 food baskets to needy families during the holiday season.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Friday signed into law legislation that allows Pawtucket to borrow $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANS) and pay them back from next yearâs budget.
The House passed its bill on Wednesday and the Senate voted its version Thursday, when each chamber also passed the otherâs bill. All the votes were unanimous.
The measure allows Pawtucket to avoid a payless payday that had been looming for employees on the second week in February.
Last year Pawtucket borrowed $11.5 million in TANS and paid them back this year.
PAWTUCKET â From an unassuming, fourth-floor office in downtown Pawtucket, plans are underway to begin a national campaign to promote research on mental illness.
PAWTUCKET â The police department is looking for information about a stabbing that claimed the life of a 28-year-old city man on Wednesday night.
The victim has been identified as Richard C. Cruz, of Pleasant Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police were notified at around 8 p.m. of a male who had collapsed on the corner of Main Street and School Street. A passerby had noticed the man and made the call.
PAWTUCKET â The issue of some Fire Department employees continuing to take home city vehicles despite the overturning of an arbitrator's ruling has fueled a small stand-off between the mayor and the City Council.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Det. Capt. Richard Frazier admitted it may have been one of the dumber crimes he's seen in his lengthy career.
Police have arrested Jeremy Schmidt, 20, of Newman Avenue, Rumford and two juveniles after they forced a Chinese food delivery man to the ground and stole $100 cash, his cellphone and car keys, not to mention the food, on Jan. 19.
According to Frazier, Schmidt is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution on felony charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â Former Rhode Island Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy has died.
His son, John Garrahy, confirmed through an assistant at his Providence law firm Wednesday that the former governor had died. He was 81.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Garrahy, a Democrat, served as governor from 1977 to 1985. He was lieutenant governor before that.
SEE Thursday's edition of The Times for complete coverage.
CUMBERLAND â Rusted and battered by years of exposure to the elements, the Cumberland High School clipper ship, the official high school mascot that has hung for years on the brick exterior of the school building, may be in line for a long overdue makeover.
At its meeting tomorrow, the School Committee will be asked to consider resolutions calling for the restoration and re-painting of the metal clipper ship.
The committee meets at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland High School Cafetorium, 2602 Mendon Road.