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March 23rd, 2015
PAWTUCKET â€“ After lying dormant for months as a harsh winter bore down on Rhode Island, the future home of LA Fitness Center at the Pawtucket and Providence line once again came alive with the bustle of construction Monday.
The project was halted late last year in anticipation of wintery conditions, according to Michael A. Voccola, corporate vice president with The Procaccianti Group, a real estate management and investment firm. However, a project shutting down for the winter months is not unusual, as Voccola said, â€śItâ€™s not the snow, itâ€™s the frost that was the issue.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, itâ€™s more than likely that you saw a young Ken Bettencourt riding his bicycle around the community. This summer, nearly 50 years after he started riding around Pawtucket, Bettencourt is returning to Rhode Island as part of a cross-country journey to raise funds and spread awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
Bettencourt, 55, is in the midst of a nationwide bicycle ride in support of Alexâ€™s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.
SMITHFIELD â€“ Central Falls High School freshman Daphne Mulford found inspiration in constructing a robot.
Just last year, Mulford said she was struggling in middle school, noting that she had been absent numerous times. However, she overheard an announcement via the schoolâ€™s intercom system about constructing â€śhuman-sized robots,â€ť and it piqued her curiosity.
â€śIt really interested me,â€ť Mulford said.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket has
established a website at which people can donate to aid a family who lost everything in Wednesday afternoon's fire that gutted a multi-family home on Central Street.
Two sisters â€“ one current student and one alumni â€“ lived at 388 Central
St., the location of Wednesday's wind-driven fire that left upwards of 15 people homeless.
Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley on Friday said that the state
Fire Marshal's Office listed the cause of Wednesday's blaze as
PAWTUCKET â€“ The director of an animal advocacy group said that his organization is â€śvery much opposedâ€ť to a recently-introduced bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect, adding that he feels the bill â€śabsolutelyâ€ť unfairly targets pit bulls.
Dennis Tabella, director of animal advocacy group Defenders of Animals, on Tuesday said that there are â€śa lot of dog bites through the United States,â€ť and that â€śif you look at the statistics, most are not even involving pit bulls.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Upwards of 15 people are homeless after a wind-driven fire severely damaged a multi-family home on Central Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
The fire, which was called in at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, started off as what appeared to be a very small fire that started on the ground level outside of the building at 388 Central Ave., Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley told The Times at the scene on Wednesday.
However, the fire got into the building and spread quickly, and within a matter of minutes, had gone from ground level to the property's attic.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The director of northern Rhode Islandâ€™s district tourism council is warning that the agency could collapse if cuts in Gov. Gina Raimondoâ€™s proposed statewide budget are embraced by state lawmakers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Monday to protest the suspension of a teacher they say spoke out about the controversial new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test, telling students they had the option not to take the exam.
Within 36 hours after the suspension of teacher Bill Ashton last Friday, a Facebook page in support of Ashton was created, with more than 1,000 likes as of yesterday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Four months after a Superior Court judgeâ€™s ruling effectively ended the cityâ€™s 10-year prohibition against owning pit bulls, a state representative has introduced a bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect.
The bill, introduced last week by District 59 state Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Pawtucket), would ostensibly affect Pawtucket and any other city that had a resolution in place prior to a 2013 bill that banned cities and towns in Rhode Island from passing ordinances that were breed-specific.
PAWTUCKET â€” The police officer captured in an image posted online admitted to briefly dozing off behind the wheel of the vehicle and now awaits consequences after the conclusion of an investigation, a city official told The Times.
Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday said that the
investigation, which was conducted by the Pawtucket Police Department's
Internal Affairs Unit, had reached its conclusion. Pires, however, would not disclose the officer's identity, citing personnel reasons.
The officer â€śindicated it was him and that he was very contrite about
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, the first woman to present a state budget to a joint session of the General Assembly, did so on Thursday evening with a forceful call for cooperative work on change.
The governorâ€™s proposed budget of $8.6 billion includes full funding for the stateâ€™s existing aid formula for public schools, calls for the institution of all-day kindergarten statewide, and sets up an initial round of $20 million to restore state support for school construction.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Students in third grade through the high school this month will be loaned Chromebook laptop computers, which school and city officials believe will aid students as they grow and transition to college and careers.
Classrooms in grades 3 through 12 in Central Falls Public Schools will become 1:1 computer-to-student learning environments, which city officials say supports an â€śequitable distribution and access to technology.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Massachusetts man was charged with felony assault and disorderly conduct after getting loud and then physical over a parking spot on Hatfield Street, authorities told The Times on Tuesday.
According to a police report, on Monday afternoon, 71-year-old Flaminio Lanzillo of Salisbury, Mass., drove to a house on Hatfield Street to assist a family member with a heating unit, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The woman who died in a wrong-way accident on Route 95 North Sunday was identified by State Police yesterday as 25-year-old Flory Hernandez of Henry Street in Central Falls.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A 23-year-old Providence man faces charges of causing a fatal motor vehicle crash and driving under the influence, death resulting, after a wrong-way driver incident on Route 95 North early Sunday morning.
Jeremy Leiva, of 25 Edgemere Ave, Providence, was expected to be arraigned Sunday on charges related to the death of a 26-year-old woman passenger of his vehicle, according to Col. Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, superintendent of the R.I. State Police.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A state representative whose district contains McCoy Stadium has submitted a request to the state Department of Administration's Division of Statewide Planning and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to conduct a feasibility study of the ballpark.
The study would be conducted on McCoy Stadium and adjacent municipal
facilities with respect to their continued and future use as a
recreational venue, an entertainment center, or as a site for potential
commercial, industrial, or technological services development.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The outlook of the rating for the city's general obligation bonds was upgraded from â€śstableâ€ť to â€śpositiveâ€ť and reaffirmed the city's BB rating, credit agency Standard & Poor's announced.
Mayor James Diossa in a release issued Thursday said that the outlook upgrade is proof that the city is moving in the right direction.