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June 8th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panelâs hearing on the budget.
PAWTUCKET â What could best be described as âjoyful noiseâ emanated through the ornate auditorium of the William E. Tolman High School on Wednesday night as 215 graduating seniors received their diplomas.
From the loud clapping and cheers that almost drowned out âPomp and Circumstanceâ during the processional to a heartfelt sing-along to the alternate rock song âWe are Young,â the class of 2012 did not go out quietly at the schoolâs 84th graduation, but more with a Tigerâs roar.
CUMBERLAND â The town's Monastery property will be on display with all its history when the sixth Annual Cumberland Arts and Crafts Festival is held there this weekend. More than 50 artists and crafters will be setting up booths near the Cumberland Senior Center building at the Monastery on Saturday for what organizers are hoping will be a nice day outdoors for the festival's visitors.
Lee Drury, Senior Center Director, said the festival is something the event's sponsors have been trying to grow each year as a rival to other popular arts and crafts events later in the season.
CENTRAL FALLS â For years when he was working as a driving school instructor in France, Leo Heroux would request to have June 6 off to go to the beach.
But it was no ordinary vacation day.
Heroux's destination was always Omaha Beach â a place that, despite its natural beauty, brings back painful memories of the carnage he witnessed as a young soldier in the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
PAWTUCKET â According to the latest data from the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook, there are many reasons for concern over Pawtucket children and their future well being. Yet, there are also a few bright spots on the horizon to offset mostly grim statistics.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared Monday that âthis is a new day at EDC,â because the RI Economic Development Corp. will start being more cautious about the way it doles out taxpayersâ money.
âWeâve been scorched; weâve been burned, as it stands now,â Chafee acknowledged. âRhode Islanders should know I am conservative by nature with every dollar and I always have been, as a mayor, as a (U.S.) senator, as a governor. There is going to be a full analysis before any investment is made.â
WOONSOCKET â A runner turning onto Mount St. Charles Avenue encounters a hill that only gets steeper, more challenging the farther the runner travels up it. It is only when the runner crests the top near Mount St. Charles Academy that the reward, a wide-ranging view of the land around the school, can be claimed.
A similar challenge faced the 196 members of the Class of 2012 graduating from Mount on Sunday when they began their studies at the private high school operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
CENTRAL FALLS â Saying it heralds a ânew period in Central Fallsâ recovery,â Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed John F. McJennett III, as the cityâs new receiver, replacing the controversial Robert Flanders.
McJennett is the former executive director of DEPCO (Rhode Island Depositors Economic Protection Corporation), the stateâs response to the credit union crisis.
PAWTUCKET â Sixteen-year-old Ryan Gomes patiently points out the parts of a guitar to 6-year-old Chris Brunetti, while the younger boy balances an instrument that is almost bigger than he is on his lap. âWhat's this?â asks Gomes, pointing to the neck of the guitar. âWhat are these?â he asks next, fingering the frets and strumming a few chords. Brunetti supplies the correct answers, smiling back at Gomes with obvious pride.
PROVIDENCE â A House Finance Committee meeting to unveil the General Assemblyâs 2013 budget was delayed by about four hours Thursday due to last-minute wrangling about what would be in and out of the final document.
There was good news and bad news for hard pressed cities and towns in the budget, which will be debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives next Thursday.
Central Falls will receive a $2.6 million allocation to ease some of the harsher provisions of the cityâs plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of four local people who were outside of a house on John Street late Tuesday night.
According to Major Arthur Martins, police responded at around 11:40 p.m. to 48 John St. in response to a shooting. Officers arrived and found four individuals who had been struck by bullets.
The victims were identified as Silvana Urbina, 37, of 48 John St.; Andre Gilbert, 18, of 48 John St.; Germaine Bruce, 18, of 230 East St.; and Davhon Shelton, 18, of 138 Woodbine St.
PAWTUCKET â After nine hours of deliberations on Monday, a jury came back as deadlocked in the trial of a Pawtucket firefighter accused of having sex with a juvenile teenage girl.
The defendant, 40-year-old Cody Reed of Second Street, has been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault on a minor, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Office of the Attorney General. Reed has been accused of sexual assault on a person over the age of 14 but under16.
CUMBERLAND â Saying the stakes could not be higher, Mayor Daniel J. McKee has called on the Town Council and the community to recommit to investing in public education, saying restoring Cumberland as a top ranked school district is about much more than budget dollars.
âThis is not only an educational journey we're talking about here, it's also a political and economic journey and that's where the Town Council, mayor's office and community are going to have to get engaged,â McKee told the council at last week's public hearing on his proposed $82.8 town operating budget for fiscal 2013.
Antero âTedâ Martins, commander of Korean War Veterans Association, Ocean State #1, center, lays a wreath as Ken LaFountaine, chaplain, left, and James Hollis, of the Fleet Reserve Association, Blackstone Valley, salute during a ceremony at the Pawtucket Veterans Memorial at Slater Park in Pawtucket Monday morning. Several veterans and their families attended as well as Pawtucket City Councilman Albert J. Vitali Jr.
PAWTUCKET â When 18-year-old Amanda Ambers walks across the Tolman High School stage on June 6 to get her diploma, she will have a full cheering section consisting of her mother, sister, brother and three-year-old son.
PROVIDENCE â Curt Schillingâs 38 Studios is back in default with the state, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced at a late Friday afternoon press conference.
Laying off its employees without giving the state 30 days notice is an apparent violation of the companyâs loan and trust agreement with the state, Chafee and other state officials said, although the company could once again get back in good graces if it makes certain disclosures to the state in the next 30 days.
PAWTUCKET â The latest city crime statistics show an overall decline of 8.6 percent in crime from 2010 to 2011, including a sharp drop in juvenile incidents of almost 25 percent, which police officials are attributing to a number of homegrown factors.
âWe are very pleased to announce that our overall crime rate has gone down significantly,â Police Chief Paul King said. âThatâs also a positive sign that the many educational programs and partnerships we have developed with the community are having the desired effect.â
CENTRAL FALLS â Although her current Hollywood lifestyle is a far cry from the hardscrabble neighborhood where she grew up, Viola Davis credits this place and its people with making her the highly successful actor that she is today. âCentral Falls makes up in heart what it lacks in size,â she told an auditorium filled with graduating seniors and alumni at Central Falls High School on Thursday, prompting an eruption of applause.
PAWTUCKET â Despite a lot of concerns and grumbling by residents about a proposed budget that could result in an 80-cent per $1,000 property tax increase, only a small number of people turned out Wednesday night to speak to city officials about it.
PAWTUCKET â Wednesday night, residents will have a chance to weigh in on Mayor Donald Grebien's proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal yearâa spending plan that would require an 80-cent tax increase per $1,000 of assessed valuation for homeowners. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers on the third floor of Pawtucket City Hall at 137 Roosevelt Ave.