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EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ When Riverside's own Michaela Johnson walked onto the set of â€śThe Rhode Showâ€ť inside WPRI-TV/WNAC-TV's broadcast center on Wednesday afternoon, she barely could contain her excitement.
Less than 48 hours before, she learned she had out-dueled four other finalists to claim victory in the third annual â€śThe Rhode Show: Search for a Starâ€ť contest during a live broadcast from the â€śTwist on Angellâ€ť restaurant near Wayland Square in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite the stern tone of the last letter to Mayor James Doyle from Acting Department of Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly on the city's budget situation, a spokesperson for the director told The Times on Friday that a recent meeting between the two sides had been â€śvery informative.â€ť
Central Falls is too small, too poor and way too deep in debt to remain a city on its own.
That is the verdict of state appointed receiver Mark Pfeiffer, who recommends that neighboring Pawtucket take over the Square Mile City or, failing that, services such as police, fire and public works be regionalized with surrounding communities to keep Central Falls afloat.
â€śCentral Falls, in my judgment, cannot remain a stand-alone community as it presently is unless the state wants to subsidize it into the future,â€ť Pfeiffer told reporters at City Hall Wednesday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€” On a night that Joan Doyle described as â€śkind of surrealâ€ť and her husband called â€śheartwarming,â€ť nearly 500 people turned out for a retirement gala to honor Pawtucket's longest serving mayor, James E. Doyle.
PAWTUCKET â€” In addition to their â€śreading, writing and 'rithmetic,â€ť the city's school children are also learning about healthier eating. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service just announced that the Pawtucket School District has received the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award for eight of its elementary schools.
With two city elementary schools, Curvin McCabe and Cunningham, having received the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award last year, this means that all of the city's elementary schools have been recognized for excellence in nutrition and physical activity.
PAWTUCKET â€” As program director Jim Gillen knows firsthand, it can be very difficult for someone trying to recover from drug or alcohol abuse to find new ways to live, work and socialize. The new Anchor Recovery Community Center in downtown Pawtucket aims to provide some much-needed ballast to those who feel like they are struggling with sobriety.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Minutes before the Central Falls Fire Department's Engine 2 arrived in front of the Holy Spirit Parish at approximately 9:30 a.m., Saturday â€” with Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu's American flag-draped casket laying on the hose bed â€” State Rep. Elizabeth â€śBettyâ€ť Crowley stood on the church steps, explaining exactly what he meant to her.
Seven-month-old Jack Crossley, of Cumberland, doesn't quite know what to make of his very first visit with Santa during the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee at Cumberland Town Hall Friday evening. Family and friends gathered around to take pictures. Little Jack didn't seem to mind all the attention.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury on Thursday handed up several indictments involving local residents, including one for a Pawtucket man accused in the beating death of his girlfriend last summer.
Armando Garcia, 31, of 468 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, is accused of killing 30-year-old Brooke Lee Verdoia last June in a violent domestic disturbance at her house at 17 Rufus St. in Pawtucket. Verdoia's two-year-old child was asleep in the house at the time of the incident.
LINCOLN â€” This time of year always concerns Dave Sale, not only Lincoln's Recycling Coordinator/Facilities Manager but also the one in charge of the town's special projects.
One such project is the Lincoln Holiday Basket Program, and a sub-section of that is â€śThe Giving Tree.â€ť That's where residents are asked to stop by Town Hall, pluck a tag with the gender and age of a needy child in town from a bulletin-type board, purchase an appropriate Christmas/holiday gift for him or her, then place it under the lavishly-decorated pine in the main foyer.
PROVIDENCE â€” As she mingled for the first time with her fellow freshman legislators, Pawtucket Senator-elect Donna Nesslebush had the sense that she was starting upon something significant.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” When Battalion Chief Keith Sullivan received the call at approximately 4 a.m., Tuesday, he walked to the dormitory area of the Central Falls Fire Department and announced to several colleagues their beloved chief â€” Rene R. Coutu â€” had died at the age of 60.
â€śEverybody got up, and one firefighter immediately went outside and lowered the (American) flag to half-staff,â€ť Sullivan said sadly. â€śThe others just walked around. It actually was very quiet.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Still pursuing his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state receivership law at the Supreme Court, Mayor Charles Moreau is breaking his silence on the actions being taken by Receiver Mark Pfeiffer.
â€śThereâ€™s a dictator running the city of Central Falls and he has no clue what heâ€™s doing,â€ť Moreau declared in an interview with The Times Wednesday.
Moreau, who still holds the title of mayor and ostensibly serves in an advisory capacity to the receiver, says he can not even get his calls returned by Pfeiffer.
PAWTUCKET â€” Fans and supporters of fresh and organic farm-to-table produce, seafood and other edible items now have two days a week to shop. The popular Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmers' Market is now open on Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday mornings in the Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main St.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following autopsy results, the death of 83-year-old Pauline E. Buco, whose body was found by a family member in her home on Saturday afternoon, has been ruled a homicide.
Pawtucket Police have been extremely tight-lipped about Bucoâ€™s death since officers were called to her single-family home at 496 Beverage Hill Ave. by a family member who acts as a caretaker. The family member told police that Buco, who lived alone, was dead inside the house.
PAWTUCKET â€” The genteel sport of lawn bowling could be going to the dogs â€” literally â€” if a proposal by city officials gains footing.
LINCOLN â€“ Don't believe everything you read.
That was no flat-screen TV in the box, like the label said. That was Alex Camperone's trophy.
It was his prize for spending most of a drizzly and raw, post-Thanksgiving night waiting outside the Target store at Lincoln Mall.
Those other folks in a line of customers that snaked halfway around the mall, waiting, along with Camperone, for the store to open â€“ they were Camperone's rivals in a hungry quest for doorbuster bargains.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Julie Nolan is happy again, and it's because she can leave her Harcourt Avenue home for a walk. She can place her three young grandchildren in her lap and read them a Berenstein Bears book, make them laugh. She can move freely.
She now revels in the fact â€“ at 5â€™ 5â€ť â€“ her body matches her height, as she weighs a svelte 118 pounds. Her penchant for overeating has ended, though also calls it a lifelong journey.
PROVIDENCE â€“ You probably thought you would never again see one of those old-fashioned voting machines with the little metal levers next to candidatesâ€™ names and the curtain that opened and closed behind voters for privacy.
But if you want to, you can.
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.