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March 13th, 2014
Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 10.
Letâ€™s start off by acknowledging that, by and large, political endorsements, particularly from an individual, donâ€™t mean a heck of a lot.
But last week, former state senator and three-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Myrth York made a minor splash by announcing her support of Democrat Gina Raimondo. This interested those of us in the political/media complex for three reasons.
LINCOLN â€” Ben Perry wants to pursue a culinary arts degree at Johnson & Wales University next year, and he thinks he might have a resume credential that could set him apart and impress the university's admissions office: Guinness World Record holder.
At approximately 4:19 p.m. Wednesday, Perry, an 18-year-old senior at The Met School in Providence, completed 40 hours of nonstop cooking to break the current Guinness World Record of 36 hours and 58 minutes for longest cooking marathon by an individual.
PROVIDENCE â€“ FUTA may seem like a funny name for a special tax being assessed on employers in Rhode Island and other states that had to borrow money from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, but to David Chenevert, president of Swissline Precision Manufacturing in Cumberland, it is no joke.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” City firefighters early Tuesday battled a fast-moving fire that heavily damaged the first-floor of a Taunton Avenue home located behind the Boston House of Pizza.
There were no injuries reported.
The two-alarm fire broke out just after 2 a.m. in a 1 1/2-story wood-frame bungalow in the 500 block of Taunton Avenue. The blaze caused heavy damage to the first floor of the house and light damage to the back of the pizza shop.
PAWTUCKET â€” First came concerns about trailer-like taco stands. Now, city officials are raising questions about some of the other vendors that have been allowed to sell wares under a city-issued peddlerâ€™s license.
Two Providence-based vendors, Mustafa Lynch and Roger Fudge, recently requested the renewal of their peddlerâ€™s license allowing them to sell â€śpictures, toys, tapestry, rugs, and general merchandise.â€ť Under â€ślocation,â€ť they both wrote, â€śAll of Pawtucket.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The state Fire Marshalâ€™s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Arson Squad have been called in to investigate the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a large apartment house at 5 Darling St. on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Central Falls Fire Department, a blaze broke out around 1 p.m. Saturday at a four-story, wood-frame residence that contained nine apartment units. The building, at the corner of Darling and Illinois streets, is located across from the Central Falls public safety complex.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Both sides have agreed to dismiss a Superior Court lawsuit that had been filed by Certified Disaster Restoration Corp., owned by convicted contractor Michael Bouthillette, over $30,000 that Bouthillette had been trying to collect from the city for work done in late 2006 and early 2007 at the Adams Memorial Library.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” In an era of fast-action video entertainment such as â€śGrand Theft Autoâ€ť and â€śMadden 25,â€ť the centuries-old game of chess would not seem to offer much appeal to todayâ€™s youth. Yet, from elementary to high school age, students in Central Falls are not only interested in learning the game, but in mastering it.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin is not flagging in his opposition to using the former Currier Park playground across the street from Cumberland Town Hall as the site of a Blackstone Valley Prep mayoral academy.
McLaughlin told The Times Thursday he is still concerned about the presence of abandoned underground coal mines beneath the site, and said petroleum contaminants found in the soil is yet another reason why the town should reconsider approving the school construction.
PAWTUCKET â€” Although it doesnâ€™t have its own â€śden,â€ť the Pawtucket Lions Club has been an integral member of the community for 90 years. This decade sees the civic organization continuing to redefine itself within the city, under the motto, â€śWe Serve,â€ť to provide help where it is needed.
PAWTUCKET â€” Keeping the Paw in PawSox is a number one priority for city officials, and on Wednesday, the City Council approved a lease agreement to have the team remain at McCoy Stadium until 2021 and beyond.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ The popular Blount Clam Shack at Crescent Park is getting an extreme makeover.
Located on the grounds of the historic Charles I.D. Looff Carousel on Bullocks Point Avenue, and revered for its giant lobster rolls, creamy chowder and golden fried clams, the tiny clam shack will have a whole new look by summer.
BURRILLVILLE -- A massive surprise birthday party for Tyler Seddon of Pascoag is set for Thursday and The Call will be there to cover the celebration. Follow The Call on Twitter(@WoonsocketCall) for continuous updates throughout the day as hundreds of police, firefighters and first responders pay tribute to the birthday boy, who is fighting cancer. See our complete coverage of the festivities in Fridayâ€™s editions of The Call and The Times.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Napoleon Andrade, a local man already doing 10 years in federal prison on weapons, money-laundering and theft charges, was sentenced to an additional 31 months Tuesday for his role in a home invasion targeting an associate of the Gambino crime family in Connecticut.
During a sentencing hearing in Providence, U.S. District Judge John McConnell ordered Andrade to serve 63 months in all. But McConnell structured the penalty so that 32 months overlap Andradeâ€™s current term and the balance kicks in when itâ€™s completed, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks in part to some incident-mapping software and new ideas that help police assess where to best employ resources, the city has seen a more than 10 percent reduction in crime from last year.
Statistics compiled by the Pawtucket Police Department and reviewed by the R.I. State Police for inclusion in the national FBI crime database show an overall drop in crime in the city of about 10.3 percent for 2013, including significant declines in several major categories.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”Since emigrating to the United States 14 years ago, Filomena Montiero had nurtured a couple of dreams: becoming a nurse and owning her own home. Thanks to the Central Falls Housing Authority's Family Self-Sufficiency program,â€ť she is part of the way there on both goals.
Montiero recently graduated from the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, an initiative that seeks to improve the lives of parents receiving Central Falls Section 8 housing assistance.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau walked into Courtroom 3 at the federal courthouse Friday morning wearing dark blue prison garb with his hands cuffed behind his back and his feet in chains.
About three hours later he walked out into the cold noonday sunshine wearing a brown suit and yellow tie, a free man, albeit with a felony conviction and three years of supervised probation hanging over his head.
â€śI wish you well with your new-found freedom,â€ť U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell told Moreau as he closed the brief hearing.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Rhode Island State Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks, including a Criminal Investigation Unit and Collision Reconstruction Unit, are investigating the circumstances behind the fatal wrong-way crash that occurred on Interstate 95 in Pawtucket early Friday morning.
Rhode Islandâ€™s nation-worst unemployment rate, its lagging economy and projected out-year budget deficits in the hundreds of millions makes being governor a difficult job.
Allan Fung, a Republican running to be the next governor, says that is exactly what makes the position attractive to him.
â€śI want those challenges, I want those responsibilities; I really do,â€ť the three-term Cranston mayor said in an interview on Wednesday with The Times. â€śItâ€™s not about a title. Itâ€™s about the challenges this state is going to face and whoever is going to be governor, he has to be ready for it.
Editor's note: This column was first published on Feb. 24, 2014 in The Times and The Call.
One of the selling points General Treasurer Gina Raimondo employed in
pushing for the pension settlement you may have seen something about in the news lately is that it brings "certainty" and "finality" in that it puts an end not only to the slew of lawsuits challenging the 2011 law, but also the court challenges to the 2009 and 2010 pension reform efforts.
And so it does. Until the next time.
North Smithfield Rep. Brian Newberry, the House Republican leader, has