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January 30th, 2012

City man hears State of the Union in person

January 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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.
“It said, ‘Restricted,’ so I was very hesitant to answer it,” Tumlinson stated recently between sips on a coffee at an Armistice Boulevard doughnut shop. “I usually don’t answer numbers I don’t recognize, but for some reason I picked it up anyway.”

January 29th

Elks are a force for good in the community

January 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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.

January 27th

Law allows city to borrow for tax anticipation notes

January 27, 2012

PROVIDENCE — 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 year’s budget.
The House passed its bill on Wednesday and the Senate voted its version Thursday, when each chamber also passed the other’s 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.

National mental illness research organization opens in Pawtucket

January 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — From an unassuming, fourth-floor office in downtown Pawtucket, plans are underway to begin a national campaign to promote research on mental illness.

January 26th

Police identify stabbing victim

January 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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.

Council pushes back on fire vehicles

January 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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.

January 25th

Cell phone leads E.P. Police to robbery suspects

January 25, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE – 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.

Ex-Rhode Island Gov. Garrahy dies at 81

January 25, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — 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.

January 24th

Cumberland looks to restore clipper sign

January 24, 2012

CUMBERLAND — 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.

SBA chief meets with biz owners

January 24, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — After officially becoming a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet just last Friday, SBA Administrator Karen Mills visited Rhode Island Monday for a series of meetings in the Blackstone Valley.
Mills and her host, Rep. David Cicilline started the day at Tolman High School, meeting with local mayors and town administrators from Cicilline’s 1st Congressional district to tell them how her agency works with local cities and towns to strengthen their business community.

January 23rd

Krawetz found guilty

January 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Seconds after a Superior Court judge found Lincoln police officer Edward M. Krawetz guilty of felony battery with a dangerous weapon — in this case, his shod foot — the defendant's wife, Lori, wiped away tears.
Several other family members just looked around in disbelief after Justice Edward C. Clifton announced his decision at about 12:10 p.m., Monday.

City woman starts clothing drive to help homeless

January 23, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Having found her own path to a rewarding career in social work since immigrating from her native Colombia, Gloria Cardenas is now focusing on helping those less fortunate in her adopted hometown of Pawtucket.
With that in mind, Cardenas, along with family members and their friends, will be hosting a “Winter Clothing and Snack” event on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Crown Collision Center, 180 Broadway, Pawtucket.
Anyone in need of winter clothing or shoes is invited to come by. Coffee, biscuits and other snack items will be available.

January 22nd

Pawtucket in need of $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes

January 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The City Council and the Finance Committee will meet tonight to discuss the city administration’s request for $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANs) in order to meet a cash flow crisis. The Finance Committee meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special session of the City Council scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.

January 20th

Police unveil site to track crimes

January 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET — For police scanner junkies, neighborhood newshounds or citizens who simply want to stay informed, the Pawtucket Police Department has a new on-line website that tracks local crimes.
On Friday, city officials held a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center on Armistice Boulevard to unveil a public crime-mapping website called RAIDS Online. The website can be accessed at www.raidsonline.com. Representatives from several neighborhood associations and community groups attended the meeting to learn more about the program.

Pro-choice activists hold rally to mark anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 20, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Combining legislators, activists and women’s rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sunday’s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.

Residents lobby for C.F. Post Office

January 20, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Less than two weeks after having to fight a parking ban, City Falls residents had another reason to protest: the potential closure of the city's only post office.

Chafee meets with business leaders, talks about cuts

January 20, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain “very, very painful cuts … deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.”
But, he added, “we can’t do it all on cuts. We have to come to the … as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.” Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of “reform before revenue.”

January 18th

Pawtucket solicits bids on security cameras

January 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — In an effort to cut down on crime and vandalism in the city's parking garage, the downtown, Slater Park and other municipal properties, the city is seeking proposals from vendors to install security cameras at various locations.
According to a request for proposals that went out last month, the city is seeking a company to design and install a video surveillance camera system at key sites throughout the city.

Cops for Kids with Cancer helps Maya

January 18, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Representatives of Cops For Kids With Cancer Wednesday presented a $5,000 donation to the parents of Maya Spadano, a 3½-year-old Cumberland girl who has been battling leukemia.
Robert Faherty, chairman of the charity’s Board of Directors, along with Director John McManus, officially presented the check to the Spadano family at the Cumberland police station.
Cops For Kids With Cancer, a small non-profit organization made of law enforcement incur when their children are diagnosed with cancer.

January 17th

Pawtucket fire leaves five homeless

January 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A fast-moving fire in a multi-family house at 20-22 Greene St. on Tuesday morning caused heavy damage and left five people homeless.
According to a Pawtucket Fire Department official, the tenant who lived in the third-floor apartment where the blaze is believed to have originated is Jennifer Poulin, the sister of the late Massachusetts National Guard Spc. Dennis C. Poulin, who died last year in Afghanistan. Poulin lost her cat in the blaze, along with most of her belongings.

 

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