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November 3rd, 2014
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Rhode Island has been stagnating for too long now, mired in the morass of a failing economy that threatens to suck us all under like quicksand.
We still have not fully recovered from the Great Recession that hit in 2008, and that extended period of weakness and fiscal frailty makes it all the more difficult to pull ourselves out of the hole.
Our state desperately needs a leader to step forward, one who has the courage to confront difficult problems and the wisdom and judgment find the best way to solve them.
Gina Raimondo is that leader.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Voters in the city will take to the polls Tuesday to decide three state House races, two challenges for state Senate, and a contest for School Committee seats.
Additionally, voters will cast ballots in uncontested races for four district House seats, two district Senate seats, mayor, and City Council.
In the race for House District 58, Democrat Carlos Tobon will challenge independent candidate Jonathan Vallecilla. The winner will take the seat previously held by longtime Rep. William San Bento Jr., who is stepping down.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Central Falls man was arrested Thursday night and charged in three separate incidents in which he assaulted women at the Prospect Heights housing complex, authorities said.
Joseph A. Sibilia, 29, was apprehended by police around 8:15 p.m. Thursday when officers went to Prospect Heights in search of him, after developing information that he was in the area. Sibilia was seen hiding behind a Dumpster, police Detective Capt. John Seebeck said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Soaring high into the sky, the golden dome of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church is a recognizable landmark that has been visible to many since its construction in the 1960s.
However, decades of wear and tear have caused numerous cracks to the dome with water leaking into the church leading to thousands of dollars in damage.
To assuage concerns about the dome, a fund raising endeavor has been launched with the goal of raising $100,000 to repair the church and its venerable dome.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local man was charged with assaulting a police officer after a fracas involving members of the Police Department in the parking lot of an India Street bar early Saturday morning, police officials said.
Carl Albert Rodrigues, 25, was arguing with patrons and bar staff outside
PAWTUCKET â€“ A fire that significantly damaged the rear of a three-story multifamily home on Magill Street Sunday afternoon was deemed to have been started by a 10 year-old boy who lit a mattress leaning against the house, fire officials said.
The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the three-story wood-frame home at 176 Magill St., Fire Marshal Capt. Robert F. Thurber Jr. said.
Eight of the 14 residents were at home at the time of the fire, and all escaped safely prior to firefighters' arrival. Nobody was injured in the fire, Thurber added.
PAWTUCKET â€“ City voters on Nov. 4 will be tasked with determining whether to approve a $32 million bond that will provide health and safety upgrades for city schools, as well as updating the interior of the Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien on Thursday explained that the Pawtucket School Department previously hired a consultant who analyzed each city school and came up with $250 million in renovation investment costs.
â€śThat is for health, safety â€¦ all the general repairs,â€ť Grebien detailed.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tucked away in the rear of the historic Lorraine Mills on Mineral Spring Avenue is a 375-square-foot space where the smallest microbrewery in the smallest state is continuing to grow after making its debut less than three months ago.
Crooked Current Brewery â€“ formerly Brewery 401 â€“ is the cityâ€™s third brewery, and on Saturday hosted a â€śsoft openingâ€ť in anticipation of its upcoming grand opening at its location at 560 Mineral Spring Ave.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It may not be the Capulets and the Montagues or the Hatfields and the McCoys, but two feuding neighbors engaged in a heated confrontation Wednesday afternoon, at which weapons may have been drawn, police said.
The two men â€“ Joseph Mederios, 51, and Dana P. Titchenell, 45 â€“ live in the same Prospect Street apartment building and â€śdon't like each other,â€ť police Maj. Arthur Martins said. Mederios lives on the third floor and Titchenell resides on the first floor, according to police records.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Red light cameras may be coming to Central Falls after the City Council recently voted to endorse a proposal that would see red light cameras installed as a public safety improvement at three of the cityâ€™s busiest intersections.
At least three intersections in the city will receive red light cameras, including the intersection at Lonsdale Avenue and the Burger King; Roosevelt and Cross Streets; and Cross and High Streets.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A fire at a multifamily property on Nickerson Street Sunday night that left a dozen people temporarily homeless was intentionally set, and a local man is now facing a charge of first-degree arson, authorities said.
Jeffrey A. Mooney, 44, was charged with first-degree arson. He was brought before Sixth District Court on Tuesday and arraigned on the charge, and was held without bail, police said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A suspicious fire in the hallway of a multifamily property at 15 Nickerson St. left 12 people temporarily homeless Sunday night and caused two of the occupants to flee their apartments on fire escapes, according to fire officials.
Pawtucket Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Tanguay said arriving units for the 11:42 p.m. call spotted two of the buildingâ€™s residents in the windows of their apartments after their exit had been blocked by the fire and smoke in the hallway of the building.
CRANSTON â€“ Itâ€™s early in the evening in a sprawling, split-level hall off Elmwood Avenue, and the crowd is still filing in, a freaky stream of drag queens and cross-dressers, Halloween-season witches, a nun, the pope, a couple of folks in banana costumes, and the later it gets the stranger they become. Eventually, the once and possibly future Providence Mayor Vincent A.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Providence man struck his brother in the head with a baseball bat several times following a dispute late Wednesday, police said.
Amancio C. Gomes, 39, of Providence, was at his brother's apartment at 193 Newell Ave. around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday when the two got into a disagreement over â€śsome disrespect that was going on regarding familial relationships,â€ť police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ With each of them carrying on the legacy of Ernie Marot and his selfless efforts to end hunger, a collection of individuals, businesses, and state agencies will be honored as part of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's second annual Ernie Marot Humanitarian Awards and fundraising dinner Friday.
According to the Adrienne Marchetti, the soup kitchen's executive director, the five honorees at Friday's gala are: Irving Basiliere, Dr. Michael Ragosta, Navigant Credit Union, Pawtucket Credit Union, and the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A man had a big chunk of his ear bitten off by his brother after complaining that his sibling drank all the alcohol in the house and hadnâ€™t left any for him, according to police.
Melvin S. Gboe, 35, of 950 Main St., was arrested Monday on charges that include domestic felony assault, mutilation, resisting arrest and misdemeanor domestic assault, according to police reports.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Standing at the corner of Broad and North Union streets, the old Feldman Furniture warehouse is undergoing some serious renovations, and the prodigious three-story red brick building could house upwards of 25 luxury apartments in the future.
The 66,000-square-foot three-story mill building was sold to Nexus Property Management LLC on July 3 for $175,000, according to records with the city Tax Assessorâ€™s office.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Fresh off his recent victory in the hit reality television series â€śBig Brotherâ€ť, a city police sergeant will participate in a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer session with the public at Central Falls High School Friday.
Sgt. Derrick V. Levasseur, 30, of Providence, was named victorious at the conclusion of the show's Sept. 24 season finale, outlasting 15 other house guests over the course of the show's 16th season to win the $500,000 grand prize. â€śBig Brotherâ€ť airs nationally on CBS.
BOSTON â€” A Pawtucket man who pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes, among other charges, was captured aboard an airplane at Logan Airport in Boston that was about to depart for Paris, authorities said.