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November 25th, 2010
PAWTUCKET â€“ When she had finished eating, Shirley Bergeron bundled herself back up and began walking toward the St. Joseph's Church basement exit when someone asked if she enjoyed her meal.
â€śAre you kidding? I'm stuffed!â€ť gushed Bergeron, a 54-year-old Pawtucketer who took part in the first of two seatings at the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's annual Thanksgiving Feast, held Wednesday afternoon at the Walcott Street parish.
PROVIDENCE, RI â€“ Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of his transition committee, which will help maintain and recruit the top legal talent at the Office of Attorney General while providing policy recommendations.
PAWTUCKET â€” Continuing an exchange program that began last year, a group of 11 Shea High School students is bound for China this April.
Shea High School Principal Chris Lord announced that the second annual two-week visit to Heng Shui High School in the Hebei Province of China will be taking place and that fundraising efforts have begun. The exchange program that began last year was initiated by former Schools Supt. Hans Dellith, who visited China with a group of other Rhode Island educators as part of an exchange initiative.
LINCOLN â€” With the first public unveiling of the edifice to be called only â€śThe Center,â€ť Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond and State Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith called Saturday morning a glorious moment for Lincoln.
It was easy to tell by the glow in the eyes of 89-year-old Gladys McKee that she heartily agreed.
McKee, a former Cumberland resident who now calls Lincoln home, relaxed in the main lobby of the state-of-the-art, 11,000 square-foot facility â€” following a ceremony attracting perhaps 200 â€“ and reveled in its beauty.
PAWTUCKET â€” There has been a curfew in place for the city's youth for 16 years, but do they know about it? Some who are involved with juveniles and teens say that more should be done to get the word out.
Since 1994, the city has had two ordinances on the books aimed at keeping youths off the streets during the late night or early morning hours. One calls for any juvenile under the age of 16 to be home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and the other requires that any juvenile 16 years of age or older and under the age of 18 to be home between midnight and 5 a.m.
PAWTUCKET â€” It began over 25 years ago when Shea High School teacher Stan Lachut and outreach worker Joan Doyle would hear about some students whose families seemed to be having a hard time financially. The two co-workers would try to drum up support among their fellow staffers to donate money, canned goods, turkeys and other grocery items so they could create holiday food baskets.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” How Rhea Levesque came to the conclusion she needed to lose some excess pounds, she admitted, adds up to a rather humorous story.
In early October 1991, her daughter, Yvette, called and asked her to pick up her 10-year-old twin sons, Nick and Neil St. Jean, from Nathanael Greene Elementary School on Smithfield Avenue. Yvette explained she and then-husband Kenny had tickets to a Boston Red Sox game, and they wanted to get a jumpstart on the trek to Fenway Park.
Naturally, Levesque acquiesced, as she and her husband Norman adored the Sox.
PAWTUCKET â€” Long known for dispensing good cheer, sage advice, and the occasional hug, â€śMama Amaâ€ť has wrapped her loving arms around a new cause: to help the residents of Woodlawn embrace healthier eating habits.
Ama Amponsah, who owns and operates Ama's Variety Store with her husband, Isaac, is excited to announce they are taking part in the â€śHealthy Corner Store Initiative.â€ť The HCSI is a community campaign to add healthy options and variety to the food that is available at small urban markets to make it easier for families to find and cook healthier meals.
PAWTUCKET â€” School officials say they are working to eradicate a pesky mice problem that has recently erupted at the Agnes Little Elementary School.
The Times received several phone calls last week from unidentified individuals saying their children had reported seeing mice at the schoolâ€”some dead and others aliveâ€”and were concerned about health and safety issues. Two of the callers said that besides seeing the rodents running around the school, there was a foul odor, apparently from dead mice, and that there were apparent mice droppings on the floors, desks, and other surfaces.
LINCOLN --- Officials with the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School are looking for volunteers to donate their hair to the â€śLocks of Loveâ€ť event scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Free haircuts will be given to all individuals who have a minimum of 10 inches of hair to donate, and those haircuts will be given in the Cosmetology Salon at Davies between 8:30 a.m.-noon.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Jim Bourgault sat at his kitchen table on Wednesday night and swore the best part of his recent trip to England wasn't being crowned a world masterâ€™s bench press champion but instead â€śreconnectingâ€ť with his wife, Jeannie.
When Jeannie, playing with her two grandchildren in the living room, heard the comment, she immediately spun around and replied, â€śSuck-up!â€ť
Naturally, the Hunt Street home â€“ which houses the couple's three adult children and little Amiaya, 3, and Antonio, 18 months â€“ erupted in laughter.
CUMBERLAND â€” When Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Josh Lemois told his father he was giving up a chance to become a local policeman to go to Afghanistan, Bruce Lemois thought he understood.
He had to go.
Why else would Josh turn his back on his dream job?
â€śHe wants to be a Cumberland police officer,â€ť said Lemois, a member of the Cumberland Town Council. â€śNot a Warwick police officer. Not Providence. He wants to be a member of his hometown police department.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Some 17 months after filing for bankruptcy protection, the Twin River gaming facility and its new owners announced Tuesday that they have successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and the Department of Revenue, Division of Lotteries have issued the final necessary approvals, and documents announcing the company's emergence from bankruptcy have been filed with the bankruptcy court, according to a press release.
CENTRAL FALLS --- City Council President William Benson Jr. admitted being stunned when he discovered early Monday morning that Judge Mark Pfeiffer, the city's receiver, had â€ślaid offâ€ť four council members, including himself.
PAWTUCKET â€” In ceremony heavy on both family and tradition, Paul King was sworn-in on Monday afternoon as the cityâ€™s newest police chief.
The former Pawtucket Police major was pinned with his new badge by his father, retired Pawtucket Police Captain Theodore â€śTedâ€ť King as his mother, Eileen, looked on. Kingâ€™s wife, Roberta, and the coupleâ€™s five children, witnessed the special event, along with a large gathering of state and local officials and police chiefs and public safety personnel from throughout the state.
LINCOLN â€” One would think the last place Keith Smith, even in adulthood, would want to visit is his hometown.
After all, this is the place where â€” at age 14 â€” he had been abducted, beaten and raped by a warped pedophile who had a penchant for violence and sexual abuse against children.
On the contrary, Smith indicated he reveled in his return to Lincoln on this October night. Surrounded mostly by close friends during his childhood and teen-age years, Smith explained to his audience the happenings of that horrifying night â€” March 1, 1974 â€” and why he kept it a secret for over three decades.
PAWTUCKET â€” Although RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis joked that it was more of a â€śmud-breakingâ€ť due to the rain, state and local officials lined up on George Street with ceremonial shovels on Thursday afternoon to break ground on the new I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge.
Lewis and Governor Donald L. Carcieri joined with Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Pawtucket Major James E. Doyle and others at the closed on-ramp from George Street to I-95 for a ceremony to kick-off the Pawtucket River Bridge replacement project.
PAWTUCKET â€” Praise, proclamations, a retirement badge and a special â€ścheckerboardâ€ť cake to call his own marked Friday's send-off party for outgoing Police Chief George L. Kelley III.
Kelley, who has been the city's police chief since 1999, is retiring after 35 years of service with the Pawtucket Police Department. He was the guest of honor at an afternoon ceremony at the Municipal Court chambers that was attended by a large gathering of city officials, past and present members of the Pawtucket Police Department, friends and family.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
â€śRoger Williams would be proud,â€ť Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.
Providence Mayor David Cicilline bucked a sweeping nationwide Republican trend Tuesday to narrowly win the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Patrick Kennedy,
In besting a surprisingly strong showing by Republican John Loughlin, 51 to 45, Cicilline becomes the first mayor of Providence to successfully win higher office since Dennis J. Roberts was elected governor in 1950. Also seeking the seat were Independents Kenneth Capalbo, who got 4 percent of the vote and Gregory Raposa, who picked up less than 1 percent,