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July 18th, 2013
PAWTUCKETâ It's not quite the same as an old-fashioned âbarn raising,â but close. Thanks to an outpouring of business and community support, plans are moving ahead for replacing a burnt out summer camp storage facility at Slater Park with something bigger and better.
An early morning fire on Dec. 30, 2012 destroyed the storage facility and all of its contents, along with an administrative and counselor training office. Among the items lost were arts and crafts supplies, games, and sporting goods used for the city's annual summer camp program.
With a single serving size weighing in at a hefty 330 calories, thereâs a good chance some of the thousands of Rhode Islanders who stopped by Kennedy Plaza Wednesday to receive a complimentary cake from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will be feeling some remorse today and working a little extra to burn off the calories.
Or if youâre Dennis Hoag of Central Falls youâre planning to have a slice for breakfast and maybe another for lunch.
âNot bad,â Hoag says as he licked a dab of frosting from his finger under a shade tree in nearby Burnside Park.
Cranking up the air conditioner is one way to stay cool during an oppressive heat wave, but with electricity usage forecast to reach near record-breaking levels this week, National Grid is asking consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity to help keep supply and demand in balance during the hot spell.
âThereâs always a concern when we have prolonged hot weather, but rarely do we see five to six days of this kind of oppressive heat and humidity,â said National Grid Spokesman David D. Graves.
PAWTUCKET â A marriage of carefully crafted breads and pastries combined with high quality coffee has led to much success for the husband-and-wife team of Lynn and Jim Williams. Just don't call their Seven Stars Bakery a âcoffee shop.â
âJim bristles when he hears that,â jokes Lynn. Although the two veteran bakers are quick to point out that they didn't want to be âjust a bakeryâ either, and having coffee and morning newspapers available to accompany their baked goods helps bring customers in and keeps them coming back.
PAWTUCKET â The city of Pawtucket recently lost a costly lawsuit involving a 53-year-old female kidney patient who bled to death waiting for a Fire Department ambulance to arrive.
(Editorâs note: This is the latest in a series of weekly reports about the new city of Central Falls, now clear of bankruptcy and proceeding anew to provide for its residents.)
CENTRAL FALLS â People come from all over the country â indeed, from all over the world â to visit Federal Hill in Providence and they come largely for the fine Italian restaurants that line Atwells Avenue.
LINCOLN â In the pantheon of table games, they say craps offers the well-schooled gambler with a head for numbers the best chance of beating the odds.
But on a busy night when chips are flying around an exotic mix of mind-boggling games with names like Spanish 21 and Pai Gow Poker, this may be the safest bet in the house: somebodyâs trying to rig the system.
Thatâs where Detective Lt. John Flaherty comes in. The 23-year veteran of the state police is in charge of the new Gaming Enforcement Unit, created to squeeze cheating and corruption out of the table game business at Twin River.
PAWTUCKETâAs her classmates spun Hula Hoops and danced to a deejay, 11-year-old friends Nychelle Torres and Bobbie Walls sampled blueberries and pomegranates. âBlueberries are good with honey on them,â Torres stated. The two said they had also enjoyed making their own salsa out of a buffet table of different ingredients provided by Farm Fresh Rhode Island. âThe salsa was good, except for some of the spicy tastes,â Torres added.
PROVIDENCE â Eight-year-old Estuardo Estrada of Providence stares up into the beady eyes of a Triceratops, a three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 65 million years ago.
Illuminated by overhead multi-colored lights, the beastâs head â boasting the largest skull of all land mammals â suddenly moves from side to side, itâs short, pointed tail wagging in unison.
The creature suddenly lets out a roar, startling Estrada and the crowd of other junior paleontologists standing nearby.
Wide-eyed and breathless, Estrada grips the hand of his stepfather Gabriel Vargas.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A Rhode Island State Police investigation has found no sufficient facts or probable cause to back up allegations that two members of the City Council unlawfully influenced City Manager Peter Graczykowski to place Police Chief Joseph Tavares on paid administrative leave in return for a new employment contract for Graczkowski.
PAWTUCKET â Freeze frame. The School Department currently has a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014. However, while the School Committee approved the $102 million spending plan on Wednesday night, there are several big expenses looming that could change this picture considerably.
Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke noted that, by Charter rule, the School Department is required to send the city a budget by April 30 of each year. On April 23, a fiscal 2014 budget was presented to school officials reflecting known revenue and expenditures.
CENTRAL FALLS â The two men believed to have been murdered and found inside a 16 Sylvian St. apartment July 3 were identified by Central Falls Police on Wednesday.
Lt. Dorian R. Rave listed the victims in the double homicide as Malcolm Townes, 21, and Nathan Lewis, 22. Lewis was reported to have lived in the apartment and Townes to be staying with him.
Although ruled to be homicides, the Rhode Island Medical Examinerâs Office has not yet to issue an official cause of death for the victims, Rave said.
LINCOLN â Colonel Steven G. OâDonnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the first arrest at the Twin River Casino relating to the integrity of table games.
At 2:45 a.m. on July 10, a member of the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit (GEU) arrested Steven E. Sabitoni, 46, of School Road, Lincoln, on one count of larceny under $1,500.
PAWTUCKET âFeather boas, fishnets, and the glamor of âold style Vegasâ will dominate the stage at downtown Pawtucket's House of Mood during two special shows this month.
Called âVintage Vegas,â these lavishly entertaining productions, scheduled for July 13 and July 20, will also serve as fundraisers for a more serious women's health issueâthe fight against breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a cause that happens to be close to the heart of House of Mood founder/entertainer Jennifer Kennedy.
PAWTUCKET â The principal and staff at the Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School, where 10-year-old murder victim Aleida DePina had just finished the fourth grade, had not been aware of any abuse going on at home, says Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.
A handmade banner bearing the portrait of the late Pope John Paul II hangs above the counter at the Krakow Deli in Woonsocket, a gift Marta Samek received from her brother who brought it back from Poland 25 years ago.
âIsnât it beautiful?â asked Samek who manages the family-owned deli along with another brother, Kristian Przybyko, and father, JĂłzef.
PAWTUCKETâA family of three living at 208 Oakland Ave. was displaced by a fire that started in their âcomputer roomâ on Monday night, according to the Pawtucket Fire Marshal.
By DONNA KENNY KIRWAN
PAWTUCKETâBehind a photo of a smiling young girl with big brown eyes and wearing a purple satin dress is a handwritten note that reads: âMay your life in heaven be better than the one you knew here. R.I.P.â It is signed, âA Friend.â
The girl in the photo, Aleida DePina, 10, died last week from what the medical examiner determined was blunt force trauma.
Her father, Jorge DePina, has been charged with her murder.
PAWTUCKET â There are coffee drinkers who describe their favorite brew as âregularâ or âlight with two sugars.â Then there are others whose assessment would go something like this: âa heavy, syrupy body and flavors of brown sugar and crĂšme brulee give way to nectarine acidity and a clean, dry grapefruit finish.â
(Editorâs note: This is the eighth in a series of reports about the new city of Central Falls, now clear of bankruptcy and proceeding anew to provide for its residents. Robert E. Bradley Jr. is the cityâs first permanent fire chief since 2010.)
CENTRAL FALLS -- During the dark days of the bankruptcy, Fire Chief Robert E. Bradley Jr. saw his force of firefighters dwindle.