The Daily Press http://www.pawtuckettimes.com http://www.pawtuckettimes.com/apfeed.xml--1 The Pawtucket Times | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-01-13T22:50:55-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:7871Baby falcons headed home after being nursed back to health2013-06-12T09:51:29-04:002013-06-11T20:14:52-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesMaxson, who runs the Westerly-based Be Wild Nature Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center that specializes in the care of raptors, has been caring for the two falcon fledglings for the past week, ever since they were found on the ground not far from their nest on top of Pawtucket City Hall.The two baby falcons aren’t exactly overachievers when it comes to learning how to fly, but they’re coming along, Maxson says.“He’s like a 16-year-old boy in a Ferrari with a lot of crash landings,” says Maxson, “and his sister is quite the diva who is content to just sit on her perch and preen her feathers all day. They’re quite happy and healthy. It’s just that they’re lacking certain skills.”The twins’ days of free food, housing and medical care are coming to an end, however.On Thursday, the two baby falcons will be going back home to Pawtucket where they will be released and reunited with their parents and two other siblings. Maxson says the plan is to release them back into the wild around 10 a.m. from the roof of the Pawtucket fire station, located adjacent to City Hall.“Everyone’s pretty excited. We love the releases. This is what we live for,” says Maxson.A little over a week ago, things weren’t looking so good for the two fledglings, which were found by passersby on the ground about a block from their eyrie in a tower high atop City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue.“This is the time of year when birds start to fledge and these two particular Peregrine Falcons were practicing their flying, but weren’t doing so well,” says Maxson. “They were found on the ground not moving, about a block away. The female was on a fire escape and the male was on a sidewalk.”The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) sent out a wildlife biologist, who made arrangements to have the baby birds stay with Maxson at the Born To Be Wild Nature Center, which is licensed by the DEM and the U.S. Fish The falcons have been staying inside a 40-foot flight cage where they have spent the past week practicing their flying skills, albeit not very gracefully.“Can they fly? Yes. Do they know they know they can fly? No,” says Maxson.Instead of becoming what they were born to be - the fastest flying bird in the world capable of diving at 200 mph – the twins are content to sit around and munch on fresh quail meat, which comes closest to mimicking pigeon their natural food source.On the big day Thursday, Maxson anticipates the young falcons will have little problem reuniting with their parents and two siblings and will, once released, continue to hone their flying skills by flying from building ledge to building ledge and practicing their thermal soaring.“The parents are still there and will feed them well into late summer,” she says.Peregrines have a distinctive appearance. The head and neck area are blackish with a dark wedge of coloration extending below the eyes that forms a “helmet” or hooded appearance. The throat, chin, and ear patch are contrasted by white feathers. The upper body ranges from a bluish-black or slate gray to rich brown.Peregrine falcons have adapted to living in cities and make use of tall buildings that provide suitable ledges for nesting and depend on the large populations of pigeons and starlings in cities for food. Peregrine falcons mate for life and breed in the same territory each year. Peregrines are probably best known for their amazing flight speed in pursuit of prey. Prey may be spotted from a daytime roost or while circling high in the sky. The falcon attacks by swooping; the wings are folded so that they are nearly parallel, and the bird dives headfirst toward its prey at speeds that may exceed 200 mph. The falcon will then strike the prey with its talons, usually killing it upon impact. The prey may be retrieved in midair or from the ground.Maxson has been rescuing wildlife for 16 years. She became a certified wildlife rehabilitator in 1998 and over the years has helped thousands of animals and birds.Born To Be Wild Nature Center is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that relies on donations to do its work.The center handles about 60 calls a year and 90 percent of the birds who come in for help are hit by cars.“Our passion is raptors,” says Maxson who maintain five flight cases on her four-acre property in the Westerly village of Bradford. “We’re the only ones in the state who specialize in the care of raptors, which includes hawks, owls and falcons.”If you find an injured wild animal, Born To Be Wild Nature Center can be reached by calling (401) 377-8489. You can also call the Wildlife Clinic at (401) 294-6363 for a list of rehabilitators in your area. Born To Be Wild Nature Center can also be found on Facebook.Follow Joseph Fitzgerald on Twitter @ jofitz7Pawtucket, RIJoseph FitzgeraldBaby falcons headed home after being nursed back to healthPawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:7871Change0Usable2013-06-11T20:14:52-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:6152ACLU files Supreme Court petition seeking recount2012-10-03T18:44:30-04:002012-10-03T18:44:30-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesFollowing several machine recounts of the close race, the state Board of Elections certified primary election results on Sept. 19 showing incumbent Rep. William San Bento as the winner by one vote over Tobon. The board also rejected Tobon's request for a manual recount, prompting the ACLU to get involved.On Tuesday, attorneys for both San Bento and the Board of Elections submitted their responses of objection to the petition for a writ of certiari. A conference was held at the Supreme Court with the judges on Wednesday morning and a decision on the petition could be made as soon as Thursday, according to a source.In a press release announcing its decision to take on Tobon's case, the ACLU said that Tobon's “purported” one vote loss to San Bento “has been mired in controversy and confusion since election night.” It is stated that the petition will seek a review of the election results “in light of multiple errors that have come to light about the conduct of that election.”In a response filed on Tuesday, San Bento's lawyers wrote that “this court should see the petition of Carlos Tobon for what it is: a last ditch effort to manufacture some sort of an election controversy where none exists.” Drafted by attorney Jon M. Anderson and Frederic A. Marzilli, the response states that Tobon has “no evidence to support his claim, let alone evidence sufficient to satisfy the Buonnano standard (which maintains that Tobon had waited too long to file his petition since the general election ballots have already been printed). It further states that what Tobon is seeking—an order for a manual recount--“violates both the United States and the Rhode Island Constitutions.”Also responding on Tuesday was the Rhode Island Board of Elections, which submitted its objection to the petition by Tobon through attorneys Raymond A. Marcaccio and Peter F. Spencer. The response maintains that Tobon had been afforded “extraordinary relief” by the Board of Elections, including having had each ballot counted “publicly, objectively, and uniformly.”Additionally, the Board's attorneys wrote, Tobon has received a copy of every ballot (precinct, mail and provisional) that was rejected by the OPTECH reader and each of these rejected ballots was reviewed by the Board Commissioners to determine the voter's intent. They wrote that Tobon also received copies of each tape that tallied the ballot counts.The Board's attorneys also wrote that despite the repeated recounts, Tobon never had more ballots cast in his favor than that of San Bento. They noted that Tobon tied San Bento only once—and only when the Board ran 49 (rather than 50) mail ballots through the OPTECH reader.Both San Bento's and the Board of Election's attorneys submitted evidence of a “discrepancy report” that reportedly explains the missing ballot application that was unaccounted for at the Nathanael Greene Elementary School polling place. The fact that there was one more ballot than what the number of ballot applications could account for at that precinct had been a key point of Tobon's petition. According to a discrepancy report filed by the Nathanael Greene precinct supervisor Colleen Fonseca, when Pawtucket resident Tammy Lee Murray came to vote, she learned her name was not listed at the precinct and was told her voting place was at another location. Murray reportedly noted that her husband's name was listed at Nathanael Greene and she couldn't understand why hers wasn't listed there as well.Fonseca stated that a call was placed to the Board of Canvassers and a clerk was told to have Murray fill out a “voter affirmation card.” She wrote that Murray did this and then proceeded to get a ballot and voted without also filling out a ballot application. “Therefore, our count is off by one,” wrote Fonseca.Other points raised by the ACLU as to why a manual recount should be granted to Tobon included the fact that the count from election night and three separate recounts by the Board of Elections generated four different results—despite using the same electronic ballot reader for tabulation of mail ballots.The ACLU petition also alleges that “disquieting questions have arisen regarding the manner with which certain mail ballots have been treated that post-date the Board of Election recounts and the administrative hearing regarding those recounts.” The petition states, “Given these facts, which are undisputed, no one can plausibly maintain any confidence in the accuracy of the official results of this primary.” In their response, San Bento's attorneys wrote that “while it is a half truth that four different machine counts of the ballot yielded four different results, even accepting the half truth Mr. Tobon has to concede is that he did not win any of them. Indeed, he received the same 543 votes in all four of them. What changed were the number of votes Rep. San Bento received.”San Bento's attorneys also maintain that the court cannot impose a manual recount of all ballots because Rhode Island General Law 17-19-37.1 (1)(a) states that the only method by which a recount may be conducted is “by a manual refeeding of the computer ballots cast in said race into the optical scan voting equipment.” Moreover, they state that the “standardless manual recount sought by Mr. Tobon is a direct affront to the Equal Protection guarantee afforded to Rep. San Bento and the 544 voters who cast their ballot for him.”Pawtucket, RIBy DONNA KENNY KIRWANACLU files Supreme Court petition seeking recountPawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:6152Change0Usable2012-10-03T18:44:30-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:7870Positive feedback on hospital merger2013-06-11T20:12:57-04:002013-06-11T20:12:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesA public informational meeting was sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General and Department of Health at Jenks Junior High School concerning the proposed transaction. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin noted that while the meeting wasn't mandated, the merger impacts the local area, and said both his office and the Department of Health, as the regulators, “wanted to listen to the community.” Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Department of Health, was also among the state officials in attendance. The small fraction of the community that attended the meeting voiced strong support for the plan. From the president of the nurses' union to two satisfied patients—one a young mother and the other an 88-year-old man, all said they viewed the merger as the best way to maintain the quality of the 110-year-old Memorial Hospital and position it for survival.Arthur Deblois, interim president and CEO of The Memorial Hospital, described how the changing health care environment was taking a toll on independent community hospitals, and said Memorial's board of directors realized the need to find a partner. He said a two-year search process led to Care New England, which not only shares the same vision in state-of-the-art patient services and health care models, but also can provide key financial stability.Dennis Keefe, president and CEO of Care New England, spoke of the new era of health care reform that requires a different delivery system. This system, he said, is moving from a disease-based treatment model to one that focuses on wellness and prevention and includes behavioral services.Keefe said the joining of the two hospitals “will provide an innovative, integrated health care delivery system” with an emphasis on “strong primary care.” He added that Care New England's “strong financial performance” will enable The Memorial Hospital to be a “workplace of choice” and a “strong employment presence.”Among the speakers was Gilbert Slater, an 88-year-old Pawtucket resident who has been receiving care from the Memorial Hospital since having his tonsils out as a child. He said he had been in the hospital's family care program for over 20 years and had spent time in numerous departments. “They always treated me very well...like a human being,” Slater said. “The people around Pawtucket need this hospital. It would be a great loss if it didn't stay.”Another satisfied customer was Kyla Coburn, a young mother who said she had been seeking a hospital that would provide a holistic birth experience. She said the doctors and nurses at Memorial had been supportive and intervened on her behalf with insurance providers so she could have the type of delivery she wanted. She added that she believed Care New England could help Memorial to “stay personal” and be a trend-setter in holistic health care.Rita Brennan, a longtime nurse at The Memorial Hospital and president of United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Local 5082, said she could speak for the union membership in affirming support for the proposed affiliation of Memorial with Care New England.Brennan said that she and the other health care professionals “all realize that our community hospital can no longer go it alone,” and said the merger would allow the facility to continue to operate as a full-service hospital and provide quality health care to the community for a long time to come.Aaron Hertzberg, executive director of The Pawtucket Foundation, said the board of directors of the non-profit organization voted unanimously to support the planned merger. He noted that Memorial is the second largest employer in Pawtucket and that having access to quality health care “is an important part of the community.”Hertzberg added that he and his wife had chosen to go to The Memorial Hospital for the birth of their daughter because they had felt comfortable in its community setting. He said that through the partnership with Care New England, he was confident that Memorial could continue offering its personalized brand of quality health care services to others.The applications for a hospital conversion is currently under review by the Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Health. In addition to the comments transcribed at Tuesday's public meeting, written comments regarding the proposed transaction will continue to be accepted until 4 p.m. on June 14. Written comments may be sent to: Jodi Bourque, Health Care Advocate, Department of Attorney General, 150 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903 or to Michael Dexter, Chief, Office of Health System Development, Department of Health, Three Capitol Hill, Room 410, Providence, RI 02908.Follow Donna Kirwan on Twitter @KirwanDonnaPawtucket, RIDonna Kenny KirwanPositive feedback on hospital mergerPawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:7870Change0Usable2013-06-11T20:12:57-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:6153FOLLOW THE LEADER2012-10-03T18:45:49-04:002012-10-03T18:45:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesPawtucket, RIErnest A. BrownFOLLOW THE LEADERPawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:6153Change0Usable2012-10-03T18:45:49-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:6156Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate2012-10-03T22:53:37-04:002012-10-03T22:53:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesObama in turn accused his rival of seeking to "double down" on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago — and of evasiveness on details for Romney proposals on tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more.Both men made frequent references to the weak economy and high national unemployment, by far the dominant issue in the race for the White House. Public opinion polls show Obama with a slight advantage in key battleground states and nationally, and Romney was particularly aggressive, like a man looking to shake up the campaign with a little less than five weeks to run.With a prime-time television audience likely counted in the tens of millions, moderator Jim Lehrer was pressed at time to enforce time limits on the two rivals. The president occasionally shook his head as Romney talked over Lehrer.And Romney virtually lectured Obama at one point after the president accused him of seeking to cut education funds. "Mr. President, you're entitled to your own airplane and your own house, but not your own facts."Romney said he had plans to fix the economy, repeal Obama's health care plan, remake Medicare, pass a substitute for the legislation designed to prevent another financial crash and reduce deficits — but he provided no specifics despite Obama's prodding.Said Obama: "At some point the American people have to ask themselves: Is the reason Governor Romney is keeping all these plans secret, is it because they're going to be too good? Because middle class families benefit too much? No."At times the debate turned into rapid-fire charges and retorts that drew on dense facts and figures that were difficult to follow. The men argued over oil industry subsidies, federal spending as a percentage of the GDP, Medicare cuts, taxes and small businesses and the size of the federal deficit and how it grew.Obama sometimes seemed somewhat professorial. Romney was more assertive and didn't hesitate to interrupt the president or the moderator.Despite the wonky tone of the debate, Romney managed to make some points by personalizing his comments with recollections of people he said he had met on the campaign trail. In another folksy reference, Romney told Lehrer, a veteran of the Public Broadcasting Service, that he would stop the federal subsidy to PBS even though "I love Big Bird."Generally polite but pointed, the two men agreed about little if anything.Obama said his opponent's plan to reduce all tax rates by 20 percent would cost $5 trillion and benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle income taxpayers.Shot back Romney: "Virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate."The former Massachusetts governor and businessman added that Obama's proposal to allow the expiration of tax cuts on upper-level income would mean tax increases on small businesses that create jobs by the hundreds of thousands.The two campaign rivals clasped hands and smiled as they strode onto the debate stage at the University of Denver, then waved to the audience before taking their places behind identical lecterns.There was a quick moment of laughter, when Obama referred to first lady Michelle Obama as "sweetie" and noted it was their 20th anniversary.Romney added best wishes, and said to the first couple, "I'm sure this is the most romantic place you could imagine, here with me."Both candidates' wives were in the audience.The two men debated before a television audience likely to be counted in the tens of millions. They will meet twice more this month, and their running mates once, but in past election years, viewership has sometimes fallen off after the first encounter.Without saying so, the two rivals quickly got to the crux of their race — Romney's eagerness to turn the contest into a referendum on the past four years while the incumbent desires for voters to choose between his plan for the next four years and the one his rival backs.Romney ticked off the dreary economic facts of life — a sharp spike in food stamps, economic growth "lower this year than last" and "23 million people out of work or stropped looking for work."But Obama criticized Romney's prescriptions and his refusal to raise taxes and said, "if you take such an unbalanced approach then that means you are going to be gutting our investment in schools and education ... health care for seniors in nursing homes (and) for kids with disabilities."Not surprisingly, the two men disagreed over Medicare, a flash point since Romney placed Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on his ticket.The president repeatedly described Romney's plan as a "voucher program" that would raise out-of-pocket costs on seniors.He continued, directly addressing the voters at home: "If you're 54 or 55 you might want to listen because this will affect you."Romney said he doesn't support any changes for current retirees or those close to retirement."If you're 60 or 60 and older you don't need to listen further," he said, but he contended that fundamental changes are needed to prevent the system from becoming insolvent as millions of baby boom generation Americans become eligible.Romney also made a detailed case for repealing Obamacare, the name attached to the health care plan that Obama pushed through Congress in 2010. "It has killed jobs," he said, and argued that the best approach is to "do what we did in my state."Though he didn't say so, when he was governor Massachusetts passed legislation that required residents to purchase coverage — the so-called individual mandate that conservatives and he oppose on a national level.Romney also said that Obamacare would cut $716 billion from Medicare over the next decade.The president said the changes were part of a plan to lengthen the program's life, and he added that AARP, the seniors lobby, supports it.Jim Lehrer of PBS drew moderator's duties, with Obama getting the first question and Romney the last word.Five weeks before Election Day, early voting is under way in scattered states and beginning in more every day. Opinion polls show Obama with an advantage nationally and in most if not all of the battleground states where the race is most likely to be decided.That put particular pressure on Romney to come up with a showing strong enough to alter the course of the campaign.The sputtering economy served as the debate backdrop, as it has for virtually everything else in the 2012 campaign for the White House. Obama took office in the shadow of an economic crisis but promised a turnaround that hasn't materialized. Economic growth has been sluggish throughout his term, with unemployment above 8 percent since before he took office.The customary security blended with a festival-like atmosphere in the surrounding area on a warm and sunny day. The Lumineers performed for free, and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am delivered a pep talk of sorts to Obama's supporters. School officials arranged to show the debate on monitors outside the hall for those without tickets.There was local political theater, too, including female Romney supporters wearing short shorts and holding signs that said, "What War On Women?" — a rebuttal to claims by Obama and the Democrats.Both campaigns engaged in a vigorous pre-debate competition to set expectations, each side suggesting the other had built-in advantages.Romney took part in 19 debates during the campaign for the Republican primary early in the year. The president has not been onstage with a political opponent since his last face-to-face encounter with Arizona Sen. John McCain, his Republican rival in 2008.Obama and Romney prepared for the evening with lengthy practice sessions. Romney selected Ohio Sen. Rob Portman as a stand-in for the president; Obama turned to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry to play the Republican role.The two presidential rivals also are scheduled to debate on Oct. 16 in Hempstead, N.Y., and Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla.Pawtucket, RIDAVID ESPO and JULIE PACE (AP)Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debatePawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:6156Change0Usable2012-10-03T22:53:37-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9256Fung opens up on fatal 1989 crash2014-01-13T22:50:55-05:002014-01-13T22:50:55-05:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesFung, the mayor of Cranston and a Republican candidate for governor, said he was 18 at the time of the crash and coming home from college at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, where he was a freshman.For full story, see Page 1 of today's Times.Pawtucket, RIJim BaronFung opens up on fatal 1989 crashPawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9256Change0Usable2014-01-13T22:50:55-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:737Masked bandit robs Seekonk bank2010-10-18T17:38:06-04:002010-10-18T17:38:06-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesWitnesses told officers the man demanded money from a female teller. She immediately gave the suspect cash before he left the bank, located at 1021 Fall River Ave., and entered a green minivan, which had been parked near a planter abutting a nearby McDonald's restaurant.The van reportedly traveled onto Highland Avenue and moved westbound toward East Providence. Mace indicated the van's rear plate may have been obscured for the purpose of concealing it from potential witnesses, and suspect vehicle information was immediately broadcast to Seekonk and East Providence Police officers. They searched the area for the van, but were unable to locate it. Seekonk detectives had begun working with Bank of America officials to investigate the heist.Anyone with any knowledge or pertinent information about the crime is asked to contact Det. Thomas Hedrick at the Seekonk Police Department at (508) 336-8123.Pawtucket, RIJon BakerMasked bandit robs Seekonk bankPawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:737Change0Usable2010-10-18T17:38:06-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:838Manufacturer opens shop in East Providence2010-10-24T22:59:07-04:002010-10-24T22:59:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesNever was that more evident than Thursday evening, when Frost — as President/Chief Executive Officer of ATW Companies Inc. of Warwick — hosted a Grand Opening celebration of a new manufacturing business named Parmatech-Proform Corp., located at 825 Waterman Ave.There was no hiding Frost's elation as he introduced the new 25,000 square-foot site to Gov. Donald Carcieri, General Treasurer/gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Mayor Joseph Larisa and other honored guests.“I feel incredibly proud of this place,” said Frost, a down-home, amiable sort who admitted before the ribbon-cutting with the governor to being nervous about delivering his speech. “A.T. Wall, the founding father of this company, has been in Warwick (previously Providence) since 1886. I'm a native Rhode Islander and I live in Narragansett, and anything we can do as a corporation with the legacy we have to help the state's economy, I feel, is a social obligation.“I feel married to Rhode Island, and it's of paramount importance to our companies to do what we can to contribute to the state,” he added. “We want to be part of bringing Rhode Island back to where it was, where it needs to be.”ATW Companies is the parent to four businesses, including A.T. Wall Co. of Warwick; Judson A. Smith Co. of Boyertown, Pa.; Parmatech Corp. of Petaluma, Calif.; and now Parmatech-Proform in East Providence.As a wholly-owned subsidiary of ATW, Proform focuses on metal injection molding (MIM) and secondary MIM operations for the medical, telecommunications, firearms, hand tools, semiconductor and electronic packaging markets. It's main purpose is to augment and complement Parmatech's Claifornia-based MIM operation.Proform had been located in New Bedford, but Frost decided to move it to East Providence for several reasons, the most significant being he wanted it in Rhode Island.“We needed to expand our facilities (at Parmatech) in California; pure and simple, we ran out of room,” said Proform General Manager Brian McBride. “That meant getting out of our building in Petaluma or move it out of state, and that's what we decided to do.“Two years ago, we had a choice of green fielding — starting from scratch — or finding a small MIM company we could buy,” he continued. “We found Proform, a small division of Morgan Alberox in New Bedford. Once we made the purchase (in Sept. 2009), Morgan Alberox officials wanted us to pull out of the building, so we chose this site. We did that so our 12 employees could work here without a lengthy commute.”Stated Frost: “ATW Companies is very excited about expanding within Rhode Island, our long-established headquarters and base of operations. In addition to increasing our capacities on the East Coast, we expect the new facility will generate over 100 jobs to the area over the next three years.”Those jobs would include manufacturing technicians, manufacturing line employees, mechanical quality technicians, product and processing engineers and business support personnel (such as secretaries, public relations people, etc.).Proform is located at the old EFD Co. building, and Ron Mitchell Construction Co. of Ashaway began demolition/reconstruction/renovation work this past January. Mitchell, the owner, indicated he worked closely with his construction manager, Paul Yoe, in developing such plans.The move became official Sept. 3; that's when the 15 employees (three new ones have been hired since) went to work.When asked what Proform does exactly, McBride indicated workers take a metal powder with a bonding agent, then shoot it into a mold to create what he calls a “green part.” It then is sent through a sintering process, which shrinks the part by about 20 percent and turns it into a solid state.McBride also mentioned they use a furnace to “sinter,” one that reaches heat of over 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit.“We have a lot of parts that go into firearms, medical instruments/devices, orthodontic/dental brackets, cellphones and the like, so we're producing custom metal components,” he noted. “We then sell these parts to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Any company who needs a small complex metal part, we make it for them.”D.J. Lauck, a sales manager out of the Petaluma plant, explained companies go to them and ask if they can fabricate a metal part through the MIM process – at competitive prices. If the answer is yes, they begin work.Frost estimated the cost of the building and its new equipment at between $7.5-10 million. One piece, in fact, he bought from Tiyoda-Serec Inc. of Quonset.“I did that because it was another Rhode Island company,” Frost offered. “Anything I can do to buy not only American products but those made in Rhode Island or New England, I'll do. Right now, it's all about re-qualifying our projects with our customers, making sure they're satisfied. They need to know we have control over our quality processes and products.“We're also looking right now for engineering staff to step in and help us,” he added. “This process is 90-percent thinking and 10-percent doing. We need talented engineers to lay out the process. That will ensure we're making those quality parts.”Sen. Whitehouse, for one, admitted being impressed with the facility.“It's incredibly exciting; Proform is a manufacturing company that has chosen to relocate to Rhode Island, and has great high-technology knowhow,” he said. “It's also driven by Peter's enthusiasm. He understands Rhode Island is a great place for this kind of work. It's exciting when you see business leaders who believe this is a great place to grow a company.”Caryn Mitchell, ATW Companies' Chief Financial Officer, agreed.“It feels great to bring manufacturing jobs to Rhode Island,” she said. “The fact that so many manufacturing jobs have moved offshore is a tragedy. We want to make it known it's happening with us in Rhode Island.”Before the ribbon-cutting, Carcieri revealed he loves attending manufacturing business openings “because it gets the juices flowing. You people are doing real things. I've known the Frosts for a number of years, and they have such a great history. It's a great company.“I'm really excited about talking to Peter about what he wants to do for East Providence and the state,” he continued. “People are focused on manufacturing and how we compete. I still say the United States is the best place to do business, though there is tough competition from Asia, the Pacific.“I'm thrilled you're relocating in Rhode Island, Peter ... We need to grow the economy of this state. It's all with an eye toward making our state competitive.”Carcieri then gave Frost a citation from the Governor's Office, wishing the Frosts and Proform great success in future years.Mayor Larisa also proclaimed Oct. 21, 2010 ATW Companies Day in the city, and the audience – which previously had been served hors d'oeuvres and cocktails – applauded loudly inside Proform's cafeteria.“Our goals? A year from now, we hope to be at $3.5 million in revenue, and – within five years – up to approximately $20 million,” Frost explained. “We're hoping to expand as quickly as possible. We may not reach those numbers right away, but that's where we want to be.”Pawtucket, RIJon BakerManufacturer opens shop in East ProvidencePawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:838Change0Usable2010-10-24T22:59:07-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:731Debates starting to breed contemp2010-10-18T15:01:09-04:002010-10-18T15:01:09-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesThose answers were trotted out once again Thursday at Brown University in response to questions posed by political science Professor Marion Orr before a mostly student audience that filled one of the school’s lecture halls.Democrat Frank Caprio talked about getting each of the state’s small businesses to hire one person, and told the tale of the family sitting around their kitchen table deciding which bills to pay and which to put off for another month.Independent Lincoln Chafee once again boasted about his “vision” in planning to locate a train station next to Green Airport – the closest Amtrak station to a major airport in the country and his work in the Senate to get the funding to make it a reality.Republican John Robitaille reminded everyone once again that Rhode Island doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem and needs to cut spending and lower taxes,Moderate Ken Block told of the billion dollars his computer software firm saved the state of Texas and how that success could be repeated here and how the Economic Development Corporation’s loan guarantee deal with Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios “is not economic development, it’s economic desperation.”But all that familiarity of appearing together behind lecterns several times a week may now be breeding contempt.Block, who perhaps has the least to lose because he is still mired in the single digits in the polls, but who needs to get at least 5 percent of the vote on November 2 to keep his fledgling party alive, is the one of the Fab Four – Independent candidates Joseph Lusi, Todd Giroux and Ronald Algieri, while they will appear on the ballot, seldom get invited to these events -- who most freely throws elbows at his opponents.At the Brown forum, Block derided Caprio’s line that he would “put wind at the back of small businesses as “meaningless drivel,” saying that as a small businessman it does not give him the incentive to hire one employee.He ridiculed Chafee for proposing a 1 percent increase in the sales tax that would raise almost $100 million, then saying he would use it to cover several hundred million dollars worth of various programs. He questioned whether Chafee would use it to send illegal aliens to college when a question came up about allowing undocumented students who graduate from Rhode Island high schools top pay lower in-state tuition at state colleges.Block said, “John Robitaille says he is going to slash and burn the budget, but he won’t tell us exactly what he is going to do.”Chafee blew an opportunity for an easy applause line during opening statements when, after Block appealed to the student audience not to hate him because he graduate from Ivy League rival Dartmouth College and Caprio made reference to attending Harvard, Chafee failed to appeal to the hometown crowd by saying he graduated from Brown. Robitaille attended Providence College.All four candidates agreed that they do not favor the proposed constitutional amendment to change the official state name, dropping the “and Providence Plantations” and just keeping State of Rhode Island. While some minority groups say the word plantations is offensive because of its associations with antebellum slavery in the Old Confederacy, Robitaille said, “prejudice is in the heart, not on a piece of paper. Chafee noted that “the very important word Providence is in there as well.” Chafee also contends that because the U.S. Constitution makes reference to Rhode Island and Providence Plantations as one of the original 13 states, that document would have to be amended as well.The candidates for the most part said they favor all three of the bond issues that will be on the November ballot as well, one for transportation funding, one to construct and refurbish buildings at the University of Rhode Island and Rode Island College, and a third to purchase open space at the former Rocky Point and on the Providence waterfront as well as to make improvements to Fort Adams in Newport.Chafee, Caprio and Block all reaffirmed their support for same-sex marriage, but Robitaille, while he favors civil unions, says he would stop at extending the term marriage beyond the relationship between one man and one woman.On immigration, Chafee and Caprio clashed, with Chafee saying one of his first acts as governor would be to repeal Gov. Donald Carcieri’s executive order requiring state vendors to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure that all their employees are eligible to work in this country and having State Police and corrections officers work with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to identify and deport illegal aliens who are arrested in Rhode Island. Caprio said he would continue the order.Robitaille said he would continue the executive order but modify it to make it similar to a Florida law that “contains significant deterrents to profiling.”Block says he supports E-Verify, but is “against any policy that would encourage ethnic or racial profiling.”Chafee would grant in-state tuition to undocumented students who graduate high school here. Caprio said he would prefer to see the same goal accomplished through federal legislation called “the DREAM Act.”Robitaille and Block both opposed the notion.Robitaille said “While we have veterans living under bridges and children still going to bed hungry and people living in substandard housing, I don’t think directing resources to people who should not be here makes sense.” He called it a case of “screwed-up priorities.”Pawtucket, RIJim BaronDebates starting to breed contempPawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:731Change0Usable2010-10-18T15:01:09-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:732Providence Yarn Relocates2010-10-18T15:15:19-04:002010-10-18T15:15:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Pawtucket TimesThe company has recently purchased a 24,000-square foot building to house its retail and wholesale operations at 50 Division St., relocating from its former leased space at 225 Conant St. in Pawtucket. Providence Yarn is expected to occupy and operate out of its new location in early November, and will also be holding a grand opening of its retail store, The Yarn Outlet (date to be announced).Providence Yarn President Terry Schuster noted that the new headquarters, formerly known as the Toole Building, will be renamed the Charles Samdperil Building, in memory of her father, Charles Samdperil. He served as president of Providence Yarn from 1986 to 2005.“Our eighty-year-old company was founded by my grandfather, Isadore Samdperil, and has been in three locations throughout its history,” she said.According to Schuster, Providence Yarn continues today under third-genera¬tion family ownership when she succeed¬ed her late father, Charles, in 2006.“This move will allow our company to expand both its retail knitting yarn store as well as its wholesale distribution and supply-chain partnership operations of industrial yarns, allowing us to better meet the needs of our customers,” saidSchuster. Currently, the company employs 10 people and plans to increase its workforce as its operations grow, she added.Andrew Schuster, Terry Schuster's step-son, is employed as director of new business development, where he will be involved with the industrial yarn whole¬sale operations. This part of the business will be expanding its offerings of indus¬trial yarns and fibers for a variety of applications, including industrial, medical, geo-textile, and water filtration, as well as its traditional applications including rope, narrow fabrics, and wire and cable. Schuster noted that Providence Yarn is a supply chain partner, assisting customers with inventory management and technical solutions.The retail store known as the Yarn Outlet will be in a bigger and brighter new space, with easy access from Division Street and ample parking. Schuster said that the store will expand the number, styles, fibers and colors of knitting yarns it provides as well as a selection of patterns and books.“Yarn Outlet staff will be offering additional knitting classes for all knitters from beginners to experts,” Schuster said.Schuster added that the popular “Sit n' Knit” sessions will be held in an expanded area of the retail store where there is room for participants to relax, work together, share their stories and receive help on knitting projects.In addition, a new program, “Knit for the Needy,” will provide special discounts to customers who create knit gloves, scarves, sweaters and quilts for those in need. The collected items will be distributed through local religious groups and other organizations.Schuster said that the com¬pany had been looking for a new location for awhile and just happened to learn that the Toole building was available. “When we saw it, we knew it was right,” she stated.” We are excited to keep our company in Pawtucket, especially with its long historical ties to the city.”Providence Yarn does no manufacturing, so the use fit in well with the city's zoning in the riverfront district, Schuster said. The new space also offers better room and configuration for its warehousing operations, and convenient parking and truck access.Schuster noted that former Pawtucket Planning Director Michael Cassidy, interim Planning Director Barney Heath, and Herb Weiss, the city's Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer, were very helpful to her company during the acquisition and regulatory approval process.“On a personal level, we feel fortunate to keep the family tradition here in the city. We've always been in Pawtucket and Pawtucket has been good to us,” Schuster said.Pawtucket, RIDonna Kenny KirwanProvidence Yarn RelocatesPawtucket Timesurn:publicid:dailypress.com:732Change0Usable2010-10-18T15:15:19-04:00