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May 8th, 2011
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” 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 â€” and thrilled.
PROVIDENCE â€“ 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 Oâ€™Neill has been heard by the House Judiciary Committee and is being studied.
PAWTUCKET â€” Declaring it necessary in â€śsaving Pawtucket from bankruptcy,â€ť 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
PROVIDENCE â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” 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.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” When Jo-Ann Durfee's phone rang at about 3:30 p.m., Monday, she had a gut feeling the news wasn't good.
That's when she said â€śan anonymous callerâ€ť informed her that Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit had approved TLA-Pond View's application, one that requested a tripling of its processing amount from 500 tons of construction and demolition debris per day to 1,500 tons.
PROVIDENCE â€” U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos in Pakistan â€śgood news, and testimony to the courage and skill of our military forces.
â€śI hope it is also a moment for the families of 9/11 to have a brief bit of solace after 10 years,â€ť the stateâ€™s senior senator said Monday.
WASHINGTON â€” Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.
A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.
A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.
"Justice has been done," the president said.
LINCOLN â€” It's both amusing and inspiring, how Lincoln High junior Josh Soucy came up with the notion of creating a â€śTeen Advocacy Group,â€ť an organization that would give him and his peers more input and knowledge about happenings in town government.
PAWTUCKET â€” Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) announced the winners of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition for high school students at an award ceremony held this week in his District Office. The art competition is part of a national initiative that provides high school art students the opportunity to have their creative work acknowledged and the honor of having their work displayed in the United States Capitol.
PAWTUCKET â€“ John Costa is 89 years old now and still lives in the house on Crane Street that he grew up in during the 1920s and 1930s.
â€śWe had nine people in this house â€¦ my mother and father, five boys and two girls,â€ť the World War II veteran was saying a few days ago. â€śMy twin sister Rose and I are the only ones still living. Rose lives out in Rehoboth.â€ť
Costa joined the National Guard in 1940, at the age of 18, admittedly â€ślooking for a little excitement.â€ť
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During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning for the new Pawtucket Credit Union, at 88 Beechwood Ave. (Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island), PCU President/CEO Karl Kozak, center, cuts the ribbon being held by, from left, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, PCU Chairman of the Board Ron Leclair, PCU Executive Vice President/COO Bob Andrade and Memorial Hospital President/CEO Francis Dietz. PCU, a full-service branch, is open to the public and offers ample parking in front. Branch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Friday that a Providence County Superior Court jury found 27-year-old Blake Covington guilty on all counts stemming from a Sept. 30, 2010 shooting at Prospect Heights in Pawtucket that left a man partially paralyzed.
The verdict was handed down after just three hours of jury deliberations that concluded a two-day trial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pent-up anger over the state of the economy and Gov. Lincoln Chafee's budget proposals aimed at fixing it bubbled to the surface among business owners at Thursday's breakfast meeting with local state legislators sponsored by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.
LINCOLN â€” When Brian McKinnon received a letter from North Kingstown Postmaster Phil Picott back on Friday, April 1, he first wondered if the contents were some kind of April Fool's Day joke.
After all, McKinnon had known Picott for a couple of decades anyway, so why not?
He re-read the letter, addressed to his 10-year-old daughter, renowned soprano Alexis Clare McKinnon, and still had his doubts.
PAWTUCKET â€” While police and fire officials continue to investigate the cause of Tuesday's deadly blaze at 681 Broadway, Pawtucket Police have identified the victim as Derrek Ellerbe, age 57.
Just after 5 p.m., members of the Pawtucket Police and Fire Departments responded to the three-story apartment house for a report of a structure fire.
When they arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the third floor.
According to Police Maj. Arthur Martins, one man, later identified as Ellerbe, was found unresponsive in a third-floor apartment.
PROVIDENCE â€” Just two weeks after businesspeople from across the state flocked to the Statehouse to fight Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s sales tax plan, Chafee marched into his opponentsâ€™ camp, a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, to defend his proposal.
â€śThere is no doubt that taxes are harmful, thereâ€™s no argument about that,â€ť Chafee said in response to a question from Times Publisher Barry Mechanic. â€śItâ€™s a cost we donâ€™t want to pay.â€ť