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January 24th, 2011
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Brian McKinnon readily admits it's a strange way to discover a child's talent for vocals, but that's just what happened in the family's bathroom one night back in January 2003.
He decided to give his then-two-year-old daughter, Alexis Clare, a bath one night, and ‚Äď as always ‚Äď he turned on the radio to amuse her, maybe keep her mind off soap in her eyes.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ It's been about three weeks now since Mayor Donald Grebien moved into the spacious, second-floor office that goes with his new position, and besides rearranging the office furniture to be more computer-friendly, one of the things he says he has learned by trial and error is to ‚Äútry and pace myself.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Every day, a modest house at 315 Sayles Avenue is advertising a very important message: that the U.S. national debt is spiraling out of control.
Attached to the side of the house is a handmade wooden ‚Äúdebt clock‚ÄĚ that Reform Party members Bill and Dave Greenwood use to keep a running tab on the county's deficit spending. To the Greenwoods' dismay, the figure has now reached a whopping $14 trillion, one-hundred billion, and they and other Reform Party members wish more citizens would take notice---and more importantly, take action.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Even now, the portable rental marquee sign sitting in the snow outside the Christ Church Parish House reads, in part, ‚ÄúChristmas joy continues.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe haven't been able to change it because of the weather, the way it's been,‚ÄĚ chuckled Rev. Scott Gunn, the Episcopal church's rector for over three years now.
Fact is, neither Gunn nor his parishioners have had much to celebrate lately. Due to serious financial hardships, he has asked his congregation to vote on Jan 30 to accept a merger with Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland Hill.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A fire that ignited Monday evening caused substantial damage to a greenhouse belonging to Imondi & Sons Florist at 182 Smithfield Ave.
According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the shop had closed for business at 5 p.m. and the fire alarm came in at around 6 p.m. The blaze apparently started in a wood frame greenhouse, one of two greenhouses that are connected to a showroom. He said the heat caused the greenhouse panels to melt but the showroom and remaining metal frame greenhouse remained intact.
WOONSOCKET -- Proactive community service and attention to public safety was the order of the day when members of the St. James Baptist Church on South Main Street opened this year's celebration of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual celebration in the past has included marches to honor the public demonstrations King led in the 1950s and 1960 to help end the segregation of African Americans in the south and achieve civil rights for all. There have also been readings by young people and musical programs highlighting King's work.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď According to Police Chief Joseph Tavares, the city managed to save Santa Claus' reputation thanks to the steadfast work of his detectives.
The woman accused of concocting a tale about the jolly old elf stealing cash from the East Providence Yacht Club bar faced a judge at Sixth District Court on Thursday. Once there, police charged Christal Johnson, 37, of 2400 Hartford Ave., Johnston with felony embezzlement and falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor.
LINCOLN ‚Äď Retired Army Lt. Col. Rene Remillard relaxed at a table at a coffeehouse on Route 116 Thursday afternoon, promising he'll never forget how he escaped trouble when he was a young teen growing up in Blackstone.
‚ÄúI was 15 or 16 at the time, and one night my friends and I were at the Castle Restaurant in Woonsocket,‚ÄĚ chuckled Remillard, now 70 and a longtime Lincoln resident. ‚ÄúThe guys said something like, 'Let's go look at cars.' They wanted to take one for a ride.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Call them ‚ÄúMr. and Mrs. Pawtucket‚ÄĚ now. Herb Weiss, the city's Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer, recently tied the knot with his longtime partner, Patty Zacks, owner of The Camera Werks on Hope Street.
Adena Moller and her son, Adam Fontaine, 13, a student at Woonsocket Middle School, clear snow from in front of their home on Cass Avenue in Woonsocket Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Two former School Committee chairmen, who were elected back to the committee in November, have been chosen by their fellow board members to assume leadership roles once again.
By unanimous vote Tuesday night, the newly installed School Committee named Raymond Spooner as chairman and Alan Tenreiro as deputy chairman. The board also chose to retain school secretary Diana Liss, who is Spooner‚Äôs sister, as its clerk.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Academy Award nominees Viola Davis and Richard Jenkins are lending some Hollywood star power to the Mixed Magic Theatre‚Äôs year-long celebration of the 100th birthday of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and a related series of events.
Davis, who grew up in Central Falls, and Jenkins, who spent many years at Providence‚Äôs Trinity Repertory Company and lives in Cumberland, have agreed to be honorary co-chairs as Mixed Magic kicks off its Arc of Events that centers around the legendary gospel great.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Riverside native Kevin Robinson abhors very few things in life, and what tops the list is seeing people treating others unfairly, being unkind just for the sake of humor or self-promotion.
The same goes for those who choose not to live by the ‚ÄúGolden Rule‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ that is, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
That was the crystal-clear message the eight-time X Games' BMX aerial trickster and best pal Chris Poulos delivered to over 1,800 East Providence High students in their gymnasium on Friday morning.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Fire Chief Joe Klucznik indicated Thursday afternoon that he and his firefighters are ‚Äúvictims of our own success.‚ÄĚ
Here's why: Last February, he received word from Sen. Jack Reed's office that the East Providence Fire Department would be the recipient of a $5.3 million federal grant, one stemming from President Barack Obama's American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and deals with fire station construction.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď The pomp and circumstance of the opening of the General Assembly has faded away and now lawmakers are settling into the routine of legislating.
Two of the hot-button social issues expected to be near the top of the legislative agenda this session ‚Äď gay marriage and illegal immigration ‚Äď are already percolating in the Assembly‚Äôs first week. Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien is playing a lead role in both.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A concept that began back in 2001 when two prominent professionals approached the mayor about finding ways to encourage business development has grown into a force that has changed and shaped the city. Now in its 10th year, The Pawtucket Foundation gave itself a well-deserved ‚Äúpat on the back‚ÄĚ Thursday night with a spirited anniversary celebration at The Met.
CENTRAL FALLS (AP) ‚ÄĒ The teachers at Central Falls High School struck a deal to get their jobs back last year after the entire staff was fired in a radical, last-ditch attempt to raise student performance. But if the administrators thought the teachers would be grateful for a second chance, they were wrong.
Many teachers aren't showing up for work, often calling out sick. Several abruptly quit within the first few weeks of the school year. Administrators have had to scramble to find qualified substitutes and have withheld hundreds of student grades because of the teacher absences.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ With some neighborhood concerns still unresolved, the ownership of Blackstone Wine & Spirits has appealed a denial of a liquor license transfer made by the City Council's Board of License Commissioners for a new location at 275 Newport Ave. to the state's Department of Business Regulation, Liquor Control Division.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Making good on one of his principal campaign promises, Gov. Lincoln Chafee Wednesday signed an executive order revoking the controversial Illegal Immigration Control Order issued by former Gov. Donald Carcieri more than two years ago.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Calling for ‚Äúan era of political collaboration, of cultural and ethnic acceptance, of shared sacrifice and, more importantly, of faith and trust in each other,‚ÄĚ Lincoln Chafee became the first Independent governor of Rhode Island in the modern era at 12:22 p.m. Tuesday.