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July 16th, 2014
PROVIDENCE â Thomas Coderre, former state senator from Pawtucket and now the chief of staff to Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, is leaving his Statehouse job to take a position with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Coderre overcame his own high-profile troubles with substance abuse nearly a dozen years ago and became active in substance abuse treatment advocacy. He served as the board chair for Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES), and was National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, based in Washington, D.C.
CENTRAL FALLS â A joint project by students from the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in BogotĂĄ, Colombia to transform an ugly vacant lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped public plaza and park is finished.
To celebrate the completion of the six-week project, a finale party, or âParty at the Plaza,â is slated to be held tonight at 6 at 741 Dexter St. The event will include live music, food, screen printing, a photo booth and a plaza-naming contest.
CUMBERLAND â The townâs Diamond Hill Park off Diamond Hill Road has a new asphalt parking lot thanks to a $165,542 improvement project but Mayor Daniel J. McKee is asking the Town Council for an expansion of the work when it meets on Wednesday.
McKee said the Department of Environmental Management rules for use of the open space park allowed the initial paving project to cover just one acre of the available parking area at the one-time, state-operated ski area to be paved by the Cardi Corporation under the initial work.
PAWTUCKET â It was certainly warm enough for a dunk tank to be operating at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 306 Block Party Sunday afternoon, and Mayor Donald R. Grebien and City Councilman Albert J. Vitali Jr. didn't disappoint the kids and a few adults looking to see them take the plunge.
The dunk tank was part of the fundraising activities scheduled for the block party to help fund Post programs for veteran outreach and services and also bring a little attention to the 95 year-old organization and its 94-year-old Womenâs Auxiliary.
CENTRAL FALLS â As a surge of undocumented immigrant children spills into the United States from Mexico, itâs not unusual to hear calls to seal the border and speed up deportations.
âA nation without borders is a nation without sovereignty,â a woman says on the TV news.
But in the most Latino square mile of Rhode Island youâre likely to hear a kinder, gentler version of the ramped-up debate over immigration triggered by the crisis in the Rio Grande Valley.
âPutting up walls and other things are Band-Aids,â says Mario Bueno, the director of Progreso Latino.
C UMBERLAND â Police put out a notice for a missing teenager Wednesday after he was last seen in the area of Manville Hill Road Tuesday night.
Police are looking for help in locating Mathew Rockefeller, 14, of Cumberland, in connection with the missing person report, Lt. William W. Wilkie said Wednesday.
âIf anyone has information on his whereabouts please contact us at Police Departmentâs main number, 333-2500,â Wilkie said.
PAWTUCKET â An apartment building on North Bend Street was evacuated Tuesday after a grenade was discovered by a cleaning crew in one of the apartment units, police said.
Maj. Arthur Martins, spokesman for the Pawtucket police, said a sewer leak in the apartment unit prompted the building manager to call in a cleaning crew, which discovered the grenade as well as a handful of bullet shells.
According to Martins, the RI State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene and quickly determined that the grenade and rounds were not live.
PAWTUCKET â A city motorist is facing serious charges after he allegedly slammed into a parked car and then tried to run over three people who attempted to come to his aid Sunday night, police said.
Steven M. DaSilva, 32, of 43 Benefit St., was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, a felony; reckless driving; leaving the scene of an accident; operating an unregistered motor vehicle; and operating without proof of insurance.
Read the full story in Tuesday's newspaper.
CENTRAL FALLS -- A 29-year-old local man was arrested by State Police Saturday night after he was alleged to be operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with his 4-year-old son in the vehicle and not properly seated with child safety restraints.
LINCOLN â It was a highlight of the 1904 Worldâs Fair in St. Louis, Mo., and like many things of the past, the Great Observation Wheel that towered 23 stories over the fairgrounds no longer exists.
But there are still physical reminders of the great exhibition that introduced hot dogs in buns, cotton candy, iced tea and ice cream in a waffle cone to the world. One of them, in fact, sits along Great Road â the townâs historic Hearthside House and Museum.
CENTRAL FALLS â Central Falls Mayor James Diossa announced the opening of two bicycle âfix-itâ stations in the city Thursday afternoon. The fix-it stations, which include all of the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, are located along the on-road cycling route connecting the East Bay Bikeway and Blackstone Bikeway, at the following locations: Chocolateville Overlook (Charles Street) and River Island Park (1425 High St.
Due to expected rain and wind associated with Hurricane Arthur, some local fireworks displays have been rescheduled.
Cumberland has cancelled its show for July 3 (tonight) and rescheduled it to Saturday, June 5 with the celebration beginning at 6 p.m.
Fireworks are still currently scheduled in Glocester for July 5, at 9 p.m., but there is a rain date of Sunday, July 6.
The Bristol fireworks scheduled for July 3 (tonight) at Bristol Harbor at 9:30 p.m. is still expected to proceed as planned.
PAWTUCKET â The state Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a majority ruling overturning a Superior Court decision denying the cityâs appeal of a Policemenâs Bill of Rights Hearing decision on its disciplinary charges against Patrolman Nichalas Laprade.
The cityâs appeal resulted from a decision by a Law Enforcement Officersâ Bill of Rights Act hearing on its list of 18 disciplinary charges brought over Lapradeâs February 2011 conviction on charge of disorderly conduct by indecent exposure.
PAWTUCKET â A sprinkler-driven new water park and state of the art playground opened with a ribbon-cutting event â and a big splash â on Friday at Galego Court, featuring pizza and refreshments, a host of dignitaries and dozens of children eager to cool off in the summer afternoon heat.
The park opened with a last-moment change allowing the facility to stay open later at night, thanks to a letter by 8-year-old D'Angela "Lala" Feliz, in part citing the busy schedules of tasks kids have these days, that Pawtucket Housing Authority Director Steve Vadnais found was right on target.
CUMBERLAND â The white tents have gone up around the area and fireworks display companies are now ready to sell you anything you need to celebrate the Fourth of July, so long as it doesnât shoot up into the air or explode.
The tents were already operating along Mendon Road on Sunday and selling the products allowed under Rhode Islandâs fireworks law, and also under the setup rules it also contains for electrical inspections, fire prevention equipment and exit and no-smoking signage.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The search for a 20-year-old East Providence man missing since Jan. 2 ended on a tragic note when police confirmed Friday that the body of a man who was found last week under a boathouse near India Point Park was identified as Daniel LaRue.
LaRueâs body, which was dressed in winter clothing, was found discovered under a ramp at Brown Universityâs Hunter S. Marston Boathouse on June 19, almost six months after he was first reported missing by his family.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Acting City Manager Paul Lemont has confirmed that Major Christopher Parella will take over as interim police chief when Police Chief Joseph Tavares officially leaves his post on Tuesday.
Lemont had said in previous press interviews that his plan was to name an interim chief. But until this week he would not say whether or not the acting chief would be from within or outside the Police Department.
PAWTUCKET – Like the sign of the first ice cream truck, the seasonal opening of the city’s public pool means that it is truly summertime.
Veterans Park Pool will officially open on Saturday, June 28. “We’ve been working to paint it and spruce it up,” said Pawtucket Parks and Recreation Director John Blais. The outdoor pool is open to the public and the entrance fee is $1.
PAWTUCKET â Neighbors used the word âtranquilâ to describe the immediate area around North Bend Street and Sanford Street. Yet that tranquility was shattered Monday night when an apparent loversâ quarrel ended in a murder-suicide in a first floor apartment at 96 North Bend St.
CENTRAL FALLS â Central Falls Police Sgt. Derrick V. Levasseur is taking a short break from catching criminals to competing as a contestant on the new season of the long-running CBS reality show âBig Brother,â which premieres its new season Wednesday.
Levasseur, 30, of Providence, is one of 16 houseguests competing for a $500,000 prize this summer.
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