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November 22nd, 2011
CRANSTON ‚ÄĒ One afternoon a week for the last five years, Lincoln dad Brian McKinnon has buckled his young children into his car's backseat for the short trek to Prof. Rene de la Garza's Orchard Street home.
He did so for his daughter, Alexis Clare, who was taking voice lessons from the renowned master, the University of Rhode Island's Director of Opera Programming and also a member of the institution's Department of Music & Vocal Studies faculty.
All the while, her kid brother, Brendan, would sit on the foyer's floor and entertain himself with Lego toy building bricks.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Pawtucket Police are investigating a pair of armed robberies that occurred about 20 minutes apart Friday night at two Family Dollar stores in the city, as well as whether there is a connection to similar crimes that have occurred locally.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Want to whisper your Christmas ‚Äúwish list‚ÄĚ to the same Santa who lends an ear to the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and other Hollywood celebrities? Stop by the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main St. on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., where ‚ÄúSanta to the Stars,‚ÄĚ also known as Brady White, will be making his annual appearance.
During a ceremony Thursday for the new Allen Champagne Way ‚ÄĒ in honor of the late Mr. Champagne, a 31-year employee of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board ‚ÄĒ his wife, Annette, and their son, Eric, fold up the cloth after unveiling the street sign in front of the water supply facility. Councilor Thomas Hodge applauds in the background.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ The General Assembly culminated an historic special fall session by overwhelmingly approving a radical overhaul of the public employee's pension system designed to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over time and preserve the integrity of the pension funds going forward.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Sophomore Isaiah Narvaez often has told his family and friends that he someday wants to be an electrical engineer.
That may have changed a bit on Tuesday afternoon, after he watched and listened to Jim Moulton, a lead training and support manager for iRobot Corp. out of Bedford, Mass., describe the dozens of uses of the ‚Äú310 SUGV,‚ÄĚ an acronym for Small, Unmanned Ground Vehicle.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Demonstrating vigilance against what they fear might be ‚Äúeleventh-hour, last minute shenanigans‚ÄĚ pulled by the General Assembly on the pension reform legislation scheduled for a final vote on Thursday, three government watchdog groups held a Statehouse press conference to urge that the bill be passed in its current form.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Route 116 South, near the intersection to Blackstone Valley Place proved to be quite the scene on Monday morning.
Two elderly women had been traveling southbound at about 9:30 a.m. when a deer leaped in front of their 2002 Buick Century and crashed through its windshield and roof, ripping a massive hole. In the process, the animal struck a 75-year-old passenger from Central Falls, and the woman suffered injuries to her head and face, stated Police Capt. Raymond Bousquet.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ While plans for a full-fledged museum have soured, supporters are hoping to raise money for a riverfront park dedicated to the city‚Äôs history in chocolate making.
Jazmyne Ross, 4, of Pawtucket, gets a closer look at a 3-year-old female Argentine black and white tegu named Carly during Community Night on Wednesday, hosted by St. Cecilia‚Äôs School and held at the St. Cecilia Church hall. Holding the tegu is veterinarian technician Laura Santos of the Dighton-Rehoboth Animal Hospital. Looking on are Jazmyne's sister, Alayana, and their mom, Heather Ross. Community Night showcased local businesses and featured live performances from local music studios and other area performance venues. Turn to Page A-2 for more photos.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď From Concord to Korea, the Museum of Work and Culture yesterday staged a Veterans Day tribute for the ages.
Dignitaries and guests took turns at the podium, singing patriotic songs, reading touching poetry about the sacrifice of war, and recalling the city‚Äôs contributions to the Great War that inspired Veterans Day, nearly a century ago.
‚ÄúToday we come together to thank and honor the veterans,‚ÄĚ said Anne Conway, co-director of the museum.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ City customers of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board could be seeing an increase of a couple more dollars a month on their water bills come January with the City Council's passage of an ordinance regarding fire hydrant rental usage.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ If you have been in a war and felt the fear of knowing the next moment could be your last, there are some things you can never put aside, never forget.
Wilfrid E. Hebert, 89, was all too aware of that fact after he enlisted in the service in 1942 and became a member of the Army Air Corps' 48rd Bomb Group based in Italy.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Thousands of unionized workers converged on the Statehouse Monday from all across Rhode Island for a ‚ÄúRally for Pension Security,‚ÄĚ railing against the pension reform legislation now before the General Assembly and booing and ridiculing General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the plan's authors.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ A Superior Court judge sentenced David P. Leite to life in prison yesterday for the grisly stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend in their Park Square apartment in 2009.
Leite, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Susan McGuirl just hours before he was to stand trial in the death of Mellisa ‚ÄúMissy‚ÄĚ Perry. He must serve at least 20 years before he‚Äôs eligible for parole.
Prosecutor John E. Corrigan told the court that if Leite had gone to trial the state would have proven that he stabbed and slashed Perry 79 times with a utility knife.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Despite its modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, the city's animal shelter is finding itself in the doghouse when it comes to heating and electrical costs.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Jury selection is expected to begin today in the Superior Court trial of a man accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in their Park Square apartment in March 2009.
But the victim‚Äôs mother, Jo-Ann Boyer of Pawtucket, said she is still hopeful that accused killer David P. Leite will cop a plea and spare family members the trauma of a trial.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôd like to have some closure after all this time,‚ÄĚ said Boyer. ‚ÄúBut none of us is looking forward to having to live through all this again.‚ÄĚ
Approximately 50 veterans from the Blackstone Valley gathered on Saturday for a photo session in advance of Friday's Veterans Day holiday.
Here is a roundup of Veteran's Day news and events in the Pawtucket area:
PAWTUCKET -- The city will celebrate Veterans Day on Friday with a memorial ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. All residents are invited to join Mayor Don Grebien and members of the city council at Veterans' Memorial Park, Roosevelt Ave. & Exchange St.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Move over, Cleveland. The City of Pawtucket is going to have its own Music Hall of Fame.
From the late George M. Cohen to the Cowsills to Tavares and Duke Robillard, there are a surprising number of famous musicians and music industry professionals with ties to the Ocean State. As such, efforts are underway to create a Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame to celebrate their legacy, and it will be located at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET‚ÄĒA 79-year-old Pawtucket man, Hillario DePina, was indicted by the Providence County Grand Jury on Oct. 28 on sexual assault charges involving minors.
According to the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, DePina, of Leonard Jenard Drive, was charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of enticement of a child.