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October 8th, 2011
EAST PROVIDENCE â Just seconds after he had concluded his after-school presentation regarding anti-bullying and making the right choices at the Weaver Public Library's Champlin Program Room on Wednesday afternoon, Kevin Robinson was inundated with city schoolchildren clamoring for his autograph.
And why not? Robinson is considered a local hero around these parts. Over the past 15 years, the father of three has captured multiple BMX High-Air medals at the X Games, and also acts as President of the K-ROB Foundation.
PAWTUCKET â As dusk settled over Slater Park early Monday evening, Cub Scout Pack 3 leader Caroline Strange asked her boys to âplace your seatsâ on the grass outside the playground and beging stretching out their arms and legs.
After all, she told the contingent, you can't sprint a few 25-yard jaunts without a proper warm-up.
âIs this a race?â asked one cub, to which Strange responded, âYes, it is.â
âWhat's the prize?â queried the same boy.
âYou can stay in the troop,â replied Strange, obviously holding in a chuckle.
PAWTUCKET â With no discussion or debate, the City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to proposed changes in the cityâs zoning ordinances that have to do with parking, dimensional requirements and permitting in the downtown.
The zoning amendments, drafted by the Planning Department and based on recommendations from a consultantâs study, are designed to provide more flexibility for developers and business owners who have projects in the commercial downtown district.
PAWTUCKET â Calling it â a seeding of the new economy,â Keith Stokes, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Council, was one of several state and local officials to tout the importance of a new $13.1 million stimulus grant awarded to small business financing programs in the state.
CENTRAL FALLS â When the city's state-appointed receiver decided not to fund the programs and operations of the Adams Memorial Library back in April, Carol Basile's heart broke.
Hers wasn't the only one.
âI felt terribly,â she said. âThe children were disappointed and disgusted, and the parents were, too. The Children's Room is downstairs, and they came not just to be read to but read themselves. They had other things to do; they'd play with blocks or puzzles, and the older ones would go on the computers. Their moms would sit on the couch so they could keep an eye on their children.
CENTRAL FALLS â By being able to piggy-back on the Pawtucket Water Supply Board's water main replacement project, 14 local roads have been newly repaved at no cost to the city.
Central Falls DPW Director Joseph Nield said that the Pawtucket Water Supply Board (PWSB) earlier this year embarked on a program to replace water mains and pipes in the water district that were 25 years old or beyond. The replacement project involved sections of 14 roads that were dug up and fitted with new pipes and mains.
PAWTUCKET â Based on complaints about suspicious behavior, Pawtucket Police made two significant drug arrests on Tuesday that involved alleged dealing, one outside of a local elementary school on Newport Avenue.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. Pawtucket Police said they received a call that there was a man parked in the teacherâs lot at Potter-Burns Elementary School attempting to sell pills. The caller reported that the man was in a blue colored vehicle.
CRANSTON â First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in Rhode Island Friday to help raise money for her husbandâs re-election campaign next year.
Mrs. Obama attended a pricy function at the East Side home of former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino. Tickets for the function ranged from $1,000 to attend the event, $5,000 to get a photo taken with Mrs. Obama to $35,800 for a private reception and photo opportunity. Among those expected to attend was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent who served in the Senate with the president.
PAWTUCKET â In its first regular meeting since the start of the new school year, the School Committee discussed the mixed enrollment figures and outlined an ambitious set of district-wide goals aimed at improving student performance.
PAWTUCKET â Mayor Don Grebien and City Solicitor Frank Milos met Thursday morning to review State Police documents regarding the fact that Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester housed and registered at least one personal vehicle at the district's Station 1 on Great Road for approximately 23 years.
After that meeting, Grebien indicated his administration is in the process of researching just how much Sylvester may owe the city in back taxes, and that it may pursue them.
PAWTUCKET â Based on information gleaned from a traffic stop, Pawtucket Police arrested one of the two suspects who robbed a Providence teen at gunpoint on Sunday during a supposed Craigslist transaction.
PAWTUCKET â Back in 1951, Rev. Newell J. Smith decided that the numerous young married couples and adult single folks who belonged to the Woodlawn Baptist Church were not adequately being served with parish social activities as they existed. So, on Sept. 30 of that year, the pastor and his wife, along with another couple, Deacon and Mrs. Kenneth Arnold, who served as counselors, organized a fellowship.
PAWTUCKET â The Barton Street Tot Lot, a slice of land that was once a weed-choked eyesore and is now a cheery play area for youngsters, served as a fitting backdrop for Monday's ceremony honoring recipients of the 2011 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award.
The MetLife Foundation recognized the Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation (PCDC), the Pawtucket Police Department and the Central Falls Police Department for their creative efforts to improve quality of life and build a strong multi-city and multi-agency partnership to address crime in the Barton Street area.
LINCOLN â Under the watchful eyes of instructors Deb Reddy and Paula Paluch, a group of perhaps a dozen Northern Elementary School students performed an assortment of body moves on a classroom floor early Monday afternoon.
âOK, we're doing the 'Down Dog,'â Paluch announced to the girls as the tune âTownship Krishna,â sung by Krishna Das, blared from a small CD player. âNow, swing to the 'Warrior 1.'â
A few seconds passed, and Paluch asked the kids to move to the âWarrior 2,â then to the âWindmillâ and âCobraâ before switching back to the âDown Dog.â
PAWTUCKET â Two City Councilors are raising questions about some expenditures made by the Grebien Administration for municipal jobs and even the spending philosophy behind the budget itself.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council has enabled more residents to take part in the senior citizen tax deferment program by lowering the age requirement and increasing the income guidelines for eligible seniors.
Initiated in 2003, the senior citizen tax deferment program is a tax-relief aid that works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer all or part of their taxes and special assessments on their primary home. The loan is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant.
CENTRAL FALLS â Less than two months after Central Falls filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and state-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders have put forward a five-year financial plan that, if approved by the Bankruptcy Court and creditors, would allow the city to continue to exist on its own, without being taken over by Pawtucket or carved up with the pieces parceled out among its neighbors.
LINCOLN â A record number of people came out to the Twin River Event Center on Thursday night to honor the author of a book on a record-setting baseball game, a Central Falls native who heads up the prestigious Wal-Mart Foundation and other special guests at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's 26th Annual Awards Dinner.
EAST PROVIDENCE â In his two-plus decades working on the East Providence police force, Sgt. John Andrews has heard all kinds of excuses from people as to why they don't wear their seat belts.
He received the same ol' song and dance Wednesday morning, when he and several other officers conducted a âClick It or Ticketâ campaign enforcement zone at the R.I. Public Transportation Authority's âPark & Rideâ lot on Taunton Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â Parks Commission Chair Terry Mercer conducted an emergency meeting Wednesday night to request further information as to the fall season permitting process for school athletic and recreational field usage.