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October 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â The die is cast.
A massive 200-page bill, months in the making, to radically change public employee retirement payments for everyone from the newly-hired worker to the longest-surviving pensioner was finally introduced in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, ending an extended period of public expectation and speculation.
PAWTUCKET â The woman whose signature is reproduced on dollar bills and who also oversees the printing of all U.S. currency spoke to students at Slater Junior High School on Monday to talk about the importance of math, science, and pursuing higher education.
PROVIDENCE â The much-anticipated pension reform bill will be presented to a joint session of the General Assembly tomorrow.
Early reports of the plan to be presented by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo indicate that it will include shifting state employees and teachers from the defined benefit plan they have now to a âhybridâ scheme that has components of both a defined benefit and a 401(k)-type defined contribution plan. This would affect contributions as well as benefits.
PROVIDENCE â All four U.S. Senators from Rhode Island and Massachusetts â including Republican freshman Scott Brown â have introduced legislation that would create the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.
âItâs a great day,â enthused Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, after hearing the news. âWe thought something was probably going to be moving sooner than later, but we didnât think it would be this soon. Weâre just happy the timing worked out in our favor.â
PAWTUCKET â The best compliment that Farida Ferrario could ever receive was the sight of a group of her customers dressed in sweaters, tunics, skirts and other knitwear items that she had inspired them to make.
As the longtime owner of the Wayland Yarn Shoppe, located at 112 Raleigh Street in Pawtucket, Ferrario has passed on her knitting and crocheting talents as well as her passion for the crafts. On October 5, those who benefited from Ferrario's lessons, design sense, and encouragement crowded into her cozy shop to help celebrate her 44 years in business.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are searching for a male suspect involved in Tuesday night's armed robbery of a counter clerk at the Dunkin Donuts at 403 Broadway.
According to Police Major Arthur Martins, a man entered the donut shop at around 9:20 p.m. and ordered a coffee. As the employee turned to get the beverage, the man went around behind the counter. He took out a large handgun and demanded that the employee open the cash register, Martins said. The man took about $160 and fled on foot, heading north on Broadway. The employee was not injured.
PAWTUCKET â Everything's better in harmony. And when it comes to singing, the old-fashioned style of âBarbershopâ harmony is a proven training ground for honing voice skills.
Earlier this month, the Ocean State Chorus, performing Barbershop harmony, moved to a new home inside St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Established in 1967, the all-male chorus was previously based in Smithfield, but the musical group is now happily part of Pawtucket's downtown arts scene.
PAWTUCKET â A fire of unknown origin heavily damaged a two-family house at 442 Pawtucket Avenue early Tuesday morning and forced the five occupants to seek alternative lodging.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who is also the city's fire marshal, the two-alarm fire broke out shortly after midnight. When the first engine company arrived, firefighters found the two front porches of the house fully engulfed in flames and the air was thick with heavy smoke. A short time later, the entire front porch collapsed off of the house, he said.
PAWTUCKET â Six individuals who made a positive difference in the city over the years were inducted Friday night into the 2011 Pawtucket Hall of Fame. Also honored was a deceased Civil War veteran, Capt. Levi Tower, who was chosen as this year's historical inductee.
LINCOLN â Almost a month to the day after the van of her dreams had been stolen from her family home's driveway, Joan Malark hopes and prays that either Lincoln police officers find the vehicle, or the thieves return it.
Life hasn't been the same without it, stated Malark, a 61-year-old Saylesville resident who suffers a great deal of lower leg pain from her bout with multiple sclerosis.
PAWTUCKET â When the Pawtucket East Class of 1951 graduated from high school 60 years ago, many of the young men in the class were impacted by the Korea War that had begun at the end of their junior year.
It was a perilous time for the seniors that year. They had grown up during World War II and now their own war was looming in their lives.
As the principal of Pawtucket East, Mr. James P. McGeough, stated in the 1951 Redjacket:
The Times is planning a special salute to area veterans next month in the leadup to Veterans Day.
In order to obtain photos of area veterans, The Times will be holding a special photo session on noon on Friday, Nov. 4. The tentative location is the Cumberland Monastery facility on Route 114.
We will be taking group photos of veterans from the eras of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. You do not have to be a combat veteran to participate.
Veterans who plan to attend should email us with a RSVP at: email@example.com
PAWTUCKET â In the picture, William Pacelt is seen as a 22-year-old serviceman standing outside of his living quarters at an Army Air Corps base in England. The year is 1944.
PROVIDENCE â Providence police continue to search for suspects in the shooting death of Derek M. Taylor, 34, of Pawtucket.
Officers stated Taylor had been driving his van near Miriam Hospital when it suddenly crashed early Friday morning. He later died of a gunshot wound, and police are investigating the death as a homicide. A cousin of Taylor's, Rishaun Taylor, told a local media outlet that he had been shot in the head.
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.