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May 15th, 2011

Forum addresses fiscal crisis

May 15, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — The diagnoses were dire and the prescriptions painful for addressing Rhode Island’s economic woes at an Operation Clean Government forum on Saturday.
The event featured the brief return of the always colorful and often combative Steven Laffey to Rhode Island’s fiscal and political fray. Laffey, the former mayor of Cranston and 2006 U.S. Senate candidate who has since decamped to a ranch in Fort Collins, Colo., apparently hasn’t learned to mince his words since moving out west.

Lincoln Vietnam Memorial to be unveiled Saturday

May 15, 2011

LINCOLN — It's been a long time coming, but old friends Ed Fox and Joe Buss finally have a date for the presentation of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial monument. It's something in which the duo have dreamed for the town for at least four decades.
On Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., the two Lincolnites will unveil the granite memorial – which now stands covered by a black nylon, Prisoner of War flag-like material knitted by Fox' wife, Patty – during a ceremony outside The Center (for seniors) on Jenckes Hill Road.

May 14th

Lavoie to be installed today (May 15) as Woodlawn Baptist's youth director

May 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Neighborhood teens looking for something to do on a Sunday night can find Oreos and Mountain Dew, games of Nerf basketball and “Apple-to-Apple,” and general comradery — with a dollop of prayer and worship mixed in — at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Lonsdale Avenue.
They will also find the friendly face and understanding soul of Brad Lavoie, the church's new youth director. Lavoie, usually accompanied by his equally friendly and understanding wife, Amanda, leads the Catalyst youth group meetings, for those ages 13 through 18, every Sunday night at the church hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

Patrick Kennedy’s new focus: neuroscience

May 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET (AP) — Patrick Kennedy retired from Congress in January, but on a recent evening in a veteran's hall here, he sounded like he was still running for office as he spoke about the plight of troops traumatized by war.
"A lot of these veterans come home now and they're prisoners of their war injuries," he told a small group of veterans who nodded in assent. "That's not the American way. We don't leave our people behind."

May 12th

Solicitor: City can't take back Armory

May 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — According to the City Solicitor’s review of the property disposition agreement for the Pawtucket Armory building, it appears that the city does not have a basis for taking back ownership of the historic building.

Embattled civil unions bill faces two fronts

May 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarca’s civil unions bill a separate but unequal half measure that renders gay couples as second-class citizens that is an unsatisfactory compromise to marriage equality.
Opponents of same-sex marriage painted it as a Trojan horse that will turn over decisions on the sanctity of wedlock to unelected judges and will compromise the very institution of marriage.

May 11th

Bill would tax the rich

May 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE — If the state is going to talk about “shared sacrifice” to help eliminate a $300 million budget deficit, then those at the very highest income levels should be asked to sacrifice as well, a freshman state representative said Tuesday.

A RAD idea for women in Lincoln

May 11, 2011

LINCOLN — Good news abounds for female town residents, those who often have worried about how they'd respond during an attack.
The Lincoln Police Department, in partnership with neighbor Amica Mutual Insurance Co., will offer a four-day Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems training course at The Lincoln Center (for seniors) on Monday-Thursday, May 23-26.
The free seminar will take place each night between 6-9 o'clock at the new center, located on Jenckes Hill Road, and is open to the first 24 registrants who apply.

Veterans photo shoot set for May 21

May 11, 2011

Attention, area veterans:
The Times will be taking a group photo of area veterans on Saturday, May 21, at the Clam Shell Monument located at the Armistice Boulevard entrance to Slater Park. We will take the photo at 10 a.m. sharp so please show up 15 minutes early.
The photo will appear on the cover of our May 30 Memorial Day special section.

May 10th

Man arrested for firing gun, assaulting cops

May 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A 20-year-old city man suspected of firing shots outside Tommy's Lounge early Friday morning was apprehended by police after being found with an allegedly stolen gun in his pants pocket about a half hour later.
According to Police Maj. Arthur Martins, police received a report that a man had fired shots near the bar on India Street at around 12:30 a.m. and then fled from the area. Police found several shell casings at the scene.

Town Meeting passes $70 million Lincoln budget

May 10, 2011

LINCOLN — Town Council member John Flynn, who represents Lonsdale, forecast a rather tame Financial Town Meeting as he sat in the Lincoln High School auditorium on Monday night.
Turned out, he was right.
Taxpayers unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2011-12 combined operating budget of approximately $70.1 million to allow for the continuation of programs and services already provided. As for the breakdown supplied by the Budget Board, about $17.4 million will be allotted to the municipal side, and $47.8 million to education.

May 9th

City reacts to Grebien budget

May 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Since the proposed budget for the coming year was announced on Friday afternoon, municipal department heads and employees are digesting what it means in terms of impact and the news that it involves the elimination of 54 city jobs.

May 8th

Military service source of pride for area veterans

May 8, 2011

We’ve been publishing the Military Page since Jan. 31. I didn’t know how it would play with our readers, figuring maybe we could get some early interest before things waned. After three months, the pictures of veterans keep coming in. Family members are dropping off treasured photos each week, often including a note telling us how much pride they take in the service of their siblings, most of whom are deceased but still very alive in the memories of the family they left behind.

K-Rob/Family Fun Festival slated

May 8, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — It was last October when Robin Robinson, wife of five-time X Games' BMX gold medalist and Riverside native Kevin Robinson, received a phone call from Carousel Park Commission representative Tracy Johnson.
When Johnson explained she wanted to donate all proceeds from a two-hour block of carousel rides to the K-ROB Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises money to help East Providence youngsters remain active in sports, the Robinson family was floored — and thrilled.

May 7th

Bill aims to close polls statewide at 8 p.m.

May 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A bill that would require polling places across the state to close at 8 p.m., one hour earlier than the current 9 p.m. shut-off, won passage in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
The bill, introduced by Republican Sen. David Bates also calls for polls in Lincoln, North Smithfield and Woonsocket to open at 7 a.m. instead of the current 8 a.m. It passed out of the committee with only two negative votes.
An identical bill authored by Pawtucket Rep. J. Patrick O’Neill has been heard by the House Judiciary Committee and is being studied.

Concerned about bankruptcy, Grebien proposes lowering car tax exemption

May 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Declaring it necessary in “saving Pawtucket from bankruptcy,” Mayor Donald R. Grebien has proposed a budget for the new fiscal year that won't involve an increase in property taxes but will instead derive needed revenue from motor vehicle taxes.
At a press conference held on Friday at City Hall, Grebien outlined the highlights of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 that he has submitted to the City Council for consideration. The $198 million budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.

May 5th

Carriers kick off food drive

May 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Your friendly neighborhood letter carrier is hoping to find some canned goods left by the mailbox to deliver back to a national food drive that takes place on Saturday, May 14.
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and James E. Langlois, president of Branch No. 55 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, kicked off the 19th annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive on Thursday morning at a press conference at City Hall.

Advocates rally for medical marijuana

May 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Medical marijuana patients say they did all the right things.
They went to the General Assembly to get medical marijuana made legal, they testified at hearings. First they got a law allowing the use of marijuana for chronically ill patients, then they went through the legislative process all over again, testifying at even more hearings, to get a law creating compassion centers where they could get their medicine legally, safely and regularly without having to grow it themselves or have someone do it for them.

May 4th

City to appeal fire safety rating

May 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Mayor Donald R. Grebien said the city will appeal a one-notch downgrade of the Fire Department's fire suppression rating including by supplying additional information he said should have been submitted to an independent insurance agency when it was evaluating the Fire Department back in 2009.

Athletes coax kids away from tobacco

May 4, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — As he watched five of the world's best in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMXers show off X Games-like tricks on a half-pipe placed in a parking lot near the Dr. Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex, North Smithfield High sophomore Paris Correia marveled at what he was witnessing.

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