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January 16th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Facing an unexpected deficit of $2.3 million that is sure to be compounded by a recent judge's decision regarding health benefits of retired school employees, Mayor Donald Grebien announced Friday that he has reinstituted a freeze on all city spending.
Grebien issued an announcement late Friday afternoon saying that he will require prior approval on a case-by-case basis before any city money can be spent.
CUMBERLAND â€” A study group assembled to perform an in-depth review of the feasibility of all-day kindergarten in Cumberland public schools is expected to report its findings by the end of the month.
The district has been talking about instituting full-day kindergarten since the fall and the arrival at that time of new School Superintendent Philip Thornton, a supporter of full-day kindergarten. Thornton made a formal public presentation on the merits of an all-day program at the School Committee's meeting Dec. 8.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 22-year-old city man wanted as a suspect in a gas station robbery last month was arrested Wednesday after he turned himself in to Pawtucket Police detectives.
According to Pawtucket Police, on Dec. 17, a robbery occurred at the Sunoco gas station located at 35 Cedar St. in Pawtucket. The suspect presented a note to the clerk demanding cash. The clerk opened the register and gave cash to the suspect.
PROVIDENCE â€” Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI), the group that fought for a same-sex marriage law last year, but had to accept the compromise of civil unions, is coming back again in the new legislative year.
It's top priority is once again a same-sex marriage law, but the group will also be looking to make changes to the civil unions law, including seeking the repeal of an amendment included last year that they say is discriminatory and unfair.
PAWTUCKET â€” Based on a complaint brought by a former School Committee member, the Attorney General's Office found the Pawtucket School Committee to be in violation of the Open Meetings Act when it failed to report the outcome of an April 12, 2011 executive session vote on the teachers' contract.
PAWTUCKET â€” Saying that he knows the topic is controversial, Councilor Christopher O'Neill on Wednesday called for the formation of an ad hoc committee to continue looking into installing cameras at heavily traveled intersections to improve public safety, despite a letter from the city's police chief recommending that such action be held off in order to try out a new computer program designed to reduce accidents.
PAWTUCKET â€” Once heralded as the city's â€śbridge to prosperity,â€ť the new I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge is turning out to be anything but. Citing a litany of frustrations and concerns related to the $81 million highway project, the City Council voted 7 to 0 on Wednesday to explore taking legal action against either the state or the federal government as a way of recouping financial losses to Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€” Minutes after prosecuting and defense attorneys had issued their closing remarks regarding suspended Lincoln Patrolman Edward M. Krawetz' trial Wednesday morning, Superior Court Justice Edward C. Clifton informed those in Courtroom 7 he would issue a ruling on Monday, Jan. 23.
Clifton asked both Assistant Attorney General and prosecutor Stephen Regine and defense lawyer John Harwood if they could re-schedule from the previously-set date of Jan. 17, and both indicated they would.
PAWTUCKET â€” The new year could mean a more beautiful and vibrant downtown, thanks to an infusion of $50,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.
The money for the streetscape enhancement project involves the design, purchase and installation of planters and other containers for flowers and plants, bike racks, trashcan enclosures and banners for Main Street between Dexter Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Supporters say the project will benefit downtown merchants and residents by making the area more appealing to live in and visit for shopping, eating, and conducting business.
PROVIDENCE â€” On a day when Lincoln Patrolman Edward M. Krawetz took the stand and claimed his kick to the head of a sitting, handcuffed woman was made in self-defense, both his lawyer and the prosecutor told Superior Court Judge Edward C. Clifton they would be ready for closing arguments this morning.
Attorney John Harwood had made a motion after the defense rested Tuesday afternoon to dismiss the case, but Assistant Attorney General Stephen Regine explained to the judge he saw no reason why it should be. Those arguments will be included in their closing remarks.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has required the contractors to rework a portion of the newly constructed Pawtucket River Bridge after an inspection late last month turned up a structural problem.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” What started out as a merely raucous City Council meeting on the controversial winter parking rules imposed by the receiverâ€™s office last month deteriorated into a free-for-all Monday.
Residents inside were frantic about where they are going to find places to park their cars, how safe the vehicles would be in remote lots blocks away from their homes as well as their own safety walking to and from the lots.
They were also resentful about the unilateral â€“ and, many said, high-handed -- way the new parking rules were proscribed.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A â€śuse of forceâ€ť expert for the defense of suspended Lincoln patrol officer Edward Krawetz, who is on trial for felony assault with a deadly weapon after kicking a handcuffed woman at Twin River, took the stand in Superior Court for a second day of testimony on Monday.
CUMBERLAND â€” It was standing room only as a large gathering of Cumberland police officers, as well as their families, crowded the Town Council's chambers Wednesday to witness the swearing-in of Cumberland's two newest police recruits.
Officers Josh Vaughn and Gregory J. Pomfret were officially sworn in at a 20-minute ceremony presided over by Police Chief John R. Desmarais. Mayor Daniel J. McKee swore-in the two officers.
In his remarks, McKee said the town is proud to have two officers with local roots serving in the Cumberland Police Department, a nationally accredited police department.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Call Tony Cerbo the very definition of enigma.
As a painfully shy teen, he abhorred being in the limelight and wasn't attracted to music, especially singing.
Nowadays, he revels in belting out tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble before sizable crowds at restaurants, clubs, weddings and receptions throughout southeastern New England.
In fact, back on Dec. 15, this self-described â€śself-made croonerâ€ť starred in his fourth annual â€śHome for Christmas Dinner Showâ€ť at the B. Pinelli's Restaurant ballroom in East Providence, and claimed he had â€śa blastâ€ť doing it.
LINCOLN â€“ As always, Ron Truppa came home from Los Angeles a few days before Christmas to spend the holidays with his parents, Ron Sr. and Lori, and other family members.
This time, though, the 36-year-old Lincoln native and Hollywood film writer, producer and director returned to his old Bridle Drive abode with some thrilling news.
PAWTUCKET â€” A fire in a multi-family apartment house at 111 Randall St. on Friday injured four Pawtucket firefighters and left 15 people homeless.
According to Fire Chief William Sisson, the blaze was reported around 11:30 a.m. in the large, three-story woodframe house. It began in the attic and quickly burned through the roof, causing extensive damage to the entire house, he said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ John Harwood, the attorney for the Lincoln police officer accused of kicking a seated, handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River casino on May 31, 2009, indicated in Superior Court on Friday he wanted to enlist the expertise of Dr. Frank Gallo as part of his client's defense.
Gallo, renowned statewide for his expertise on â€śuse of force,â€ť is an instructor for various law enforcement agencies around the region.
PROVIDENCE â€” After huddling behind closed doors for two hours with mayors, town administrators and other municipal officials, Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared that 2012 â€śshould be the year of the cities and towns.
â€śWe can not have East Providences and Woonsockets and Coventrys and other towns being read about across the country in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and other national publications that are going to be a detriment to the economy of Rhode Island,â€ť the governor said. â€śWe've got to address it.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to a $2,500 legislative grant, Mixed Magic Theatre will be able to embark on one of its favorite journeys: bringing the timeless tale of â€śMoby Dickâ€ť to new audiences in a unique and modern way.
On Thursday, state Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15) presented a check to Mixed Magic Theatre, a non-profit arts organization based in the historic mill complex at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.