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July 16th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Call it â€śtough love,â€ť Parks and Recreation-style.
Fed up with complaints about litter and vandalism at some of the local recreational areas, city officials have taken to shutting off access temporarily as a warning to offenders to clean up their act.
Most recently, city workers placed a padlock on the gate to the basketball courts at the Thomas J. Duffy Sports Complex on Cleveland Street along with a sign saying that the complex was closed due to problems with litter and vandalism.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” There are times when Regan Jeffrey heads to work and asks himself, â€śIf thereâ€™s some type of emergency, how would I respond?â€ť
The lifeguard discovered that answer at about 2 p.m., Tuesday, when he saved an unconscious 11-year-old boy from drowning in the deep end of the Boys & Girls Club of East Providence pool.
PAWTUCKET â€” â€śThereâ€™s nothing prettier riding on Rhode Islandâ€™s roads today,â€ť exclaimed Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, as he stood in front of one of the new diesel-hybrid trolleys that Pawtucket has just received from the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority.
PAWTUCKET â€” A business based on â€śjunkâ€ť can really be a beautiful thing. Just drive down Front Street and witness the colorful mural being created on the side of a Berger Recycling warehouse by artist Fisiha Likke.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 24-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record has pleaded guilty to a 2010 carjacking incident involving a 72-year-old woman that occurred in the CVS parking lot on Smithfield Avenue in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â€” A pen and ink drawing called â€śMill Buildings, Pawtucket,â€ť by artist Alan Metnick, has been chosen to be reproduced on the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival poster.
Metnick is the owner and president of Ten Trees Design Group, a screenprinting and design firm located at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket. According to his website, for over 40 years, he has been creating images and objects through photography, serigraphy (silk-screens), stained glass, painting, drawing and textiles. He describes the catalyst for this work as being â€śhistorical, biblical and personal.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” After less than two months in his new position, Robert Howe, the city's acting director of public works, has resigned.
Howe submitted his letter of resignation to the City Council last week. He told The Times that he is leaving to take a job in the private sector and will stay on as acting DPW director until July 20.
Howe said the new job opportunity came up and that the decision to take it was made by him and after consulting with his family.
PAWTUCKET â€” With R.I. Environmental Police Officer Mark Saunders giving careful watch on the fifth-floor roof of City Hall, wildlife intern Ashley Hopkins slowly opened the lid to the special cardboard box.
Perhaps four seconds later, one female falcon appeared, began flapping her wings and coasted west towards The Pawtucket Times building.
A split second later, her kid brother followed suit, but headed east, eventually landing on top of an Armory tower.
A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday night to announce the clinical affiliation between Memorial Hospital (Pawtucket) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston), whose alliance was initially formed 18 months ago. Pictured here during the ceremony, which included an open house at the Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Center, are (L-R): Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Chairman William Hunt; Memorial Hospital President and CEO Francis Dietz; Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory Director Dr.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Eric Tipple has pleaded guilty to charges in the July 20, 2010 carjacking of a 72-year-old woman in the CVS/pharmacy parking lot on Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket.
Tipple, 24, whose last known address is on Obed Avenue, North Providence, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery before Superior Court Magistrate William J. McAtee, who sentenced him to 30 years with 18 to serve, with the remainder suspended with probation.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police continue to investigate a suspicious car fire that occurred Thursday night near the corner of Dearborn and Ormond drives in Riverside.
A female car owner/victim indicated to Officer Charles Walkup that she didn't see or hear anyone in the area at the time of the blaze. A witness, however, indicated she observed a dark-colored, newer-model vehicle â€“ perhaps a Mazda â€“ with Rhode Island plates proceeding slowly past the heavily-damaged vehicle shortly after 9:30 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€” The custody battle for the man accused of murdering gas station manager David Main swerved toward uncharted legal territory yesterday as an appeals court postponed his transfer to federal authorities for arraignment on charges that carry the death penalty.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston granted the motion of defense lawyers for Jason Wayne Pleau to stay his surrender to federal authorities for arraignment â€” originally set for today â€” on charges stemming from Main's robbery and shooting death on Sept. 20.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€”The man suspected of leaving a dog in deplorable health at the front door of the R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sometime Monday afternoon has been arrested by East Providence police, Lt. Michael David confirmed Wednesday.
Carlos Alvarez, 46, of Rehoboth, turned himself in at the East Providence Police Department late Wednesday morning, then was asked to meet with Dr. E.J. Finocchio, RISPCA President.
GLOCESTER â€” The sizzling heat that seared spectators lined up along the sidewalks in downtown Chapachet during last year's Ancients and Horribles Parade was replaced this year by more tolerable temperatures and a cool late afternoon summer breeze.
Unfortunately, a lot of the sizzle was also missing from the parade itself, which had far less floats than previous years and even less zaniness and political lampooning.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Mike Kirby knows all about rivalries, and how opponents may try to gain a psychological advantage. But this 20-year-old Townie also knows how to nip it in the bud.
The issue began while he and his four teammates, those making up â€śThe Bowling Academy All-Stars,â€ť warmed up during a practice round last Friday night, just 12 hours before the start of the 38th annual National Duckpin Youth Championships at the AMF Southwest Lanes in Linthicum, Md.
LINCOLN â€” At 8:20 a.m. Saturday, the State Police Dive Team recovered the body of a missing teenager in the Old Jointa Lock Quarry off Rte 246, the Old Louisquisset Pike, according to a press release from the Lincoln Police Department.
The body was located in 75 feet of water and is that of an 18-year-old male from Central Falls, police said.
At the request of the victimâ€™s family, the teenâ€™s name is being withheld until out-of-state relatives are notified. The body has been turned over to the state Medical Examinerâ€™s officer, according to police.
PROVIDENCE â€“ You will have to carry identification when you go to vote from now on and police will be authorized to pull your car over on the road if you or your passengers are not wearing seatbelts.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the 2012 state budget into law just hours before it was scheduled to take effect and he signed the seatbelt bill just hours before the state would have lost $4 million in federal highway funds if the law didn't take effect before July 1.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 62-year-old North Providence woman sustained minor injuries after she lost control of her sport utility vehicle and crashed it into the side of the BP Gas Station at 577 Smithfield Ave. on Thursday afternoon.
According to Pawtucket Police, the driver, Diane B. Cain, said she was traveling east on Weeden Street and as she attempted to slow down to react to traffic, her foot slipped and accidentally hit the gas pedal, propelling the vehicle into the building. Her vehicle also struck a car belonging to a Providence woman that was parked in the gas station lot.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” In a 3-2 decision at its last meeting, the East Providence School Committee voted to continue the paid administrative leave of Schools Supt. Mario Cirillo. The committee then voted unanimously to send a â€śnotice of non-renewalâ€ť to Cirillo for the fourth year of his contract.
While parents, teachers and peers expressed support for Cirillo and asked the school committee to rescind its decision, School Committee Chairman Charles Tsonos and committee members Stephen Furtado and Ryan Tellier remained steadfast in their decision.
PAWTUCKET â€” When he was a young boy, Joshua Bryant would always be excited to go to the Rhode Island National Guard air shows at Quonset Point to see the Thunderbirds, and on one rare occasion, the Blue Angels. Now, the 35-year-old Pawtucket native and U.S. Marines Staff Sergeant gets to relive that excitement regularlyâ€”and from a different vantage point--as part of the elite Blue Angels Team.