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August 25th, 2013
PROVIDENCE â€” With his brick-solid, 6-foot-6-inch frame and fiery spirit, one could liken Roger Bacon to a big industrial furnace. However, due to a series of medical and personal setbacks suffered in recent years, including losing part of a foot due to infection, the blaze in that furnace had all but gone out.
Now, thanks primarily to the work of two caring physical therapists at Summit Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the 50-year-old Bacon is all fired up again and ready to embrace the next phase of his adult life with gusto.
LINCOLN â€“ A Manville manâ€™s pit bull was listed as having killed one small dog owned by a local woman and severely injured another during an attack on the two pets at the Enrico Caruso Club parking lot Thursday.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€“ During the height of flu season in 2011, Denneese Seale was a weary, sleep-deprived woman.
The mother of four from Dawn Boulevard was doing her best to tend to a wave of upper respiratory illness sweeping through her family. She was staying up late and repeatedly invoking the germ-control mantra: â€śCough into your elbow! Cough into your elbow!â€ť
There had to be a better way.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Rhode Island State Police, and other law enforcement agencies across the state are cooperating to provide backpacks and school supplies to disadvantaged students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. State Police Col. Stephen Oâ€™Donnell said this year, the fifth year the program has been in operation, they will be handing out 1,200 backpacks filled with pencils, crayons, rulers and other basic school supplies, as well as items such as tissues, paper towels, and hand sanitizer for use by the entire class. That is 450 more backpacks than were given out last year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ The injured worker hospitalized after an explosion and fire at a wood pellet factory on Ferris Avenue Tuesday was one of a dozen employees working at the plant when the fire, now believed to have been sparked by an explosion triggered by combustible dust, broke out.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The $4.3 million project by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to replace the crumbling Conant Street Railroad Bridge, which carries Conant Street over Amtrak and the Providence and Worcester Railroads between Mineral Spring Avenue and Barton and Weeden streets, is moving forward.
As of this week, the new concrete bridge deck has been cured and installation of granite curbing and sidewalks has begun. Preparations are also under way for the installation of new water and gas mains.
The chairman of the state Republican Party says recent jobless numbers that show Rhode Islandâ€™s already-high unemployment rate climbing in July puts the lie to the claims by General Assembly leaders that they took effective steps to boost the economy during the legislative session that ended last month.
PAWTUCKET â€” As the ambitious, multi-phase proposal to overhaul the district's school buildings is presented to the full School Committee tonight, both city and school leaders agree that a team effort is needed to bring the project to fruition.
GLOCESTER â€” Dr. Michael Barnes, school superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional School system, is the 2014 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. His selection by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association (RISSA) was announced at its general membership meeting on Wednesday.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in school district leadership, his dedication to the education of all children, his commitment to the community, and his service to RISSA.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ A Central Falls woman was arrested Friday and charged with selling crack cocaine from her home on Lincoln Avenue.
Andrea Diaz, of 119 Lincoln Ave., was arrested after members of the Central Falls Police Departmentâ€™s Special Investigative Unit executed a narcotics search of her first-floor apartment.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Authentic Spanikopita (spinach pie), fresh Baklava and traditional and modern Greek dance will highlight the 86th Annual Grecian Festival, a three-day Greek festival that kicks off today at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church.
One of the biggest Greek festivals of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the 97 Walcott St. church, will be teeming with activity with everything from Greek dancing groups to an indoor/outdoor Greek Agora (marketplace).
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says he would favor confiscating guns from people who are the subject of domestic violence restraining orders as a â€śpreventive measureâ€ť that could avoid situations like the one in Johnston last Sunday when a mother and her young daughter were murdered, her son abducted and then left to roam the streets of Providence and a second daughter was found unharmed inside the home.
â€śObviously the whole situation is horrific,â€ť Kilmartin told The Times Wednesday, â€śinnocent people dying and children being abandoned. Itâ€™s about as bad as it can get.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ The meeting place for city veterans for more than 90 years, the Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306 on Fountain Street has been home to blood drives, spaghetti dinners, and hundreds of other community events over the years.
But the 100-year-old city-owned building is starting to show its age and is in desperate need of repair, especially the roof, which needs to be replaced.
Special to The Times
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Dan Klotz has big plans for Central Falls.
PAWTUCKETâ€”It's a homeowner's nightmare: living next door to a house where trash and debris are strewn about the yard and the grass is a foot high. Or perhaps the home has been damaged by fire or abandoned for foreclosure and it sits as an eyesore and a target for vandals.
As a relatively junior Democrat in a Republican-dominated Congress, 1st District Rep. David Cicilline says he finds it â€śvery frustratingâ€ť that a significant portion of the GOP â€śare not moving forward anything we need to get done,â€ť in terms of the important issues facing the country.
Instead, he says, â€śthey seem very focused on passing bills that are used to communicate a message and speak to the most extreme members of their party, knowing that the bill in the form that they pass it is not going to be taken up by the Senate or is promised to be vetoed by the president.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse answered questions ranging from federal spending and the national debt, to the need for infrastructure improvements to Obamacare and global climate change from more than 100 area residents who attended a community dinner at the Portuguese Social Club Thursday.
The second-term Democrat said â€śit is a challenging time to be in Washingtonâ€ť because the nation is only slowly coming out of the recession and the recovery is particularly slow in Rhode Island.
The Narragansett Indian Tribe is still in the courts, challenging a Rhode Island Superior Court ruling that rejected the tribeâ€™s claim that the 2012 Twin River table games referendum violated the same constitutional provisions that halted previous attempts by the Narragansetts to establish their own casino.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Organizers of the biggest block party on the East Coast have announced the entertainment lineup for a dozen stages that will stretch for a half-mile through downtown.
Itâ€™s all part of the cityâ€™s 125th anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 29, spearheaded by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and a dedicated band of volunteers. The Call is the designated media partner for the event.
Stage 1, at 2 Main St., will feature the Meadowlarks, a big band group with a dozen members.
Stage 2, 20 Main St. will feature country music with a band to be announced.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Pawtucket man who shot his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend in the head in 2008 was found guilty a second time by a Providence County Superior Court jury on Monday.
Juan Diaz, 29, who was convicted in the murder of Mayra Cruz in 2010, was found guilty again of second degree murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting.
The verdict was returned one day after a nine-day retrial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.