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April 16th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” After months of hinting that he would reprise his 2010 Democratic primary challenge to David Cicilline, Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma made it official Sunday evening: he is in the hunt for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.
PAWTUCKET â€” Of all the plays and performances that have graced the stage of Tolman High School, none have been so weighty as the session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court that took place on Wednesday.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee made a rare appearance testifying before a Senate committee Thursday, pushing for passage of his package of municipal relief bills.
Joining him before the Senate Finance Committee were mayors of several communities supporting the legislation, including Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” In an effort to foster a â€śbusiness friendly climate,â€ť city officials are reaching out to local business owners to discuss ways they can make their companies more profitable, operate efficiently and grow their businesses strong in a challenging economy.
In what is believed to be the first session of its kind, the city is hosting a business outreach forum on Tuesday, April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at City Hall. No advance registration is required.
WARWICK â€“ On his first full day as the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for president, Mitt Romney visited Rhode Island Wednesday, blasting President Barack Obama for the stagnating economy and lack of jobs in America.
Romney appeared at a Town Hall type meeting at the Crown Plaza hotel that lasted just over 45 minutes, taking questions on everything from the plight of the local fishing economy to who he will choose as a running mate.
PAWTUCKET â€” Truck traffic, noise, foul odors and decreased property values were among the main concerns aired by residents at a community meeting Monday night on a proposal to privatize and expand the city's waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two city men were arrested on numerous drug charges after illegal marijuana growing operations were found in their Mulberry Street apartments, Pawtucket Police said.
PAWTUCKET â€” What a difference a few months makes. After being rescued out of receivership by a private developer, the historic Pawtucket Armory building is being given a second lease on life as an arts and entertainment venue as well as commercial loft/office space.
The castle-like, brick and stone building that sits majestically at the top of Exchange Street was purchased last fall by Brian Thibeault, the owner of Joseph Properties, a New Hampshire-based development firm. Thibeault paid a reported $561,000 for the 48,000-square foot property at auction.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Sometimes painted as the Molly Hatchet of the Rhode Island medical marijuana movement, putting the axe to the stateâ€™s three proposed compassion centers before they had a chance to open, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says he just wants to make sure everyone knows where his office stands on the issue so there will be â€śno surprisesâ€ť when, and if, a dispensary opens up.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the city of Providence has a significantly larger pension fund problem to deal with than Pawtucket, the city's ad hoc Committee on City Pensions and OPEB Obligations heard details about how the state capital has been handling such matters at its meeting on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€” An architecture engineering firm hired to study the leaking Pawtucket City Hall tower has come up with four solutions and is recommending one â€” a masonry restoration of $1.1 million â€” as the best fix.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police say that a 44-year-old city man was arrested after being seen kicking over headstones in the Walnut Hill Cemetery early Tuesday morning, and later admitted to committing a rash of vandalism at the historic graveyard over the weekend.
Kevin N. Domingos was arrested by a patrol officer at around 7:30 a.m. following a report from a concerned citizen who observed him doing the damage and called police, said Capt. John Seebeck. He added that the caller stayed on the phone with police and helped provide identifying details that led to Domingos' arrest.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” It's official. The Fuller and Rumford branches of the East Providence Public Library will close their doors for good on Friday, April 27.
The closing of the two libraries is part of the East Providence Budget Commission's change to the library system, which will see consolidation of operations into the main Weaver Memorial Library on Grove Avenue and the Riverside branch Library on Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sometime overnight on Saturday, vandals pushed headstones off the bases of some 18 monuments at the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Pawtucket Police said.
The vandalism was discovered on Sunday morning and reported by Edward Ayoud, a caretaker for the section of the cemetery that is leased by the St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket. Ayoud said he learned of the damage from a parishioner who had been visiting a relative's grave that morning and then mentioned it to him at a church service.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite an effective date of April 1, the Grebien Administration showed it wasn't fooling when it came to instituting key changes in the Pawtucket Fire Department that are designed to cut down on overtime costs.
According to city officials, members of the firefighters' union received a letter several months ago notifying them that beginning April 1 and running through June 30, there is a new plan to redeploy staffing, based on more than three called-in absences on a given shift, from the mandatory contractual minimum of 31 firefighters down to 28.
Dust off those rods and reels and break out the tackle box.
The 2012 trout and general freshwater fishing season begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day.
Approximately 80,000 hatchery raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds have been stocked by Division staff in more than 100 ponds and streams for opening day.
PAWTUCKETâ€”While there are those who look forward to retiring and â€śdoing nothing,â€ť there are many who feel like this is the time in their lives to give back. On Friday, the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held a breakfast to recognize the contributions of the many individuals who participate in its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In each of the last three years, Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth sponsored legislation that would require doctors to offer to show and explain fetal ultrasound images to women seeking abortions. The bills died with little media or public fanfare.
MacBeth has introduced the bill again, but this year pre-abortion ultrasounds have become a red-hot button nationwide controversy as state legislatures across the country have passed or are considering a variety of bills mandating the procedure in various forms
PAWTUCKET â€” The city's arts high school was on the itinerary of a visiting group of students from Japan this week as part of an effort to give them a snapshot of American culture.
Thirty-two 16- and 17-year-olds from the Happy Science Academy in Tochigi, Japan spent a day â€śshadowingâ€ť students from the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The boarding school, affiliated with the Happy Science religious organization, houses students in grades 7 through 12.
A new study released today by HousingWorks RI says Central Falls, Woonsocket and Pawtucket ranked among the top four communities with the highest foreclosure rates from 2009 through 2011, with multi-family homes bearing the brunt of the blow.