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March 9th, 2014
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
PAWTUCKET â€” In promoting the ambitious renovations and construction of school buildings as outlined in a Facilities Master Plan, school officials have been counting on receiving about 80 percent reimbursement on the project costs. But can they take that figure to the bank?
The answer appears to be yes, but not without a few variables.
PROVIDENCE â€” A former mayor whose corruption conviction was thrown into question by an appeals court struck a deal that would allow him to be freed from prison after serving half his two-year sentence.
Charles Moreau, former mayor of the financially troubled city of Central Falls, agreed in a deal filed on Wednesday to plead guilty to a new charge of accepting a bribe. As part of the deal, federal prosecutors recommended Moreau be sentenced to time served.
Moreau could be released as soon as Friday, when a hearing on his case is scheduled before U.S. District Judge John McConnell.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations, families and individuals (including many Times readers), The Times was able to donate $9,201 to the Salvation Army of Pawtucket from the annual Merry Christmas Fund.
Kathleen Needham, controller of The Times/The Call newspapers, presented a check in that amount to Salvation Army Capts. Glenys and Juan Urbaez on Tuesday at the monthly board meeting held at the Salvation Army headquarters on High Street.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s that dreaded time of year when teachers, typically the newer ones, get a â€śpink slipâ€ť from the school district they have been working so hard to impress. It all has to do with budgetary projections and state law, which requires that any teachers facing a potential job cut in September must be notified by March 1.
Yet, for the first time in many years, the number of teachers pink-slipped this year has been cut by more than half, due to a collaborative effort between school administrators and the teachers union.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Should TV news programs dealing with violent or tragic
events come with one of those â€śparental warningâ€ť notices that precede shows with sexual or violent content?
State Rep. Agostinho Silva said he has heard from parents who think they should and he has introduced legislation he says is aimed at â€śstarting a conversation,â€ť toward action that would probably have to take place at the federal level.
The language of his bill is fairly broad. It says the Public Utilities
The chief executives of the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s two biggest cities, Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, say they canâ€™t tap property taxpayers for the hundreds of thousands of dollars that it would cost their communities to make the changes in the proposed settlement of the state pension lawsuit.
PAWTUCKET â€” Three real estate developers have been given the go-ahead from city officials to submit formal plans to develop the failed hotel property at 45 Division St.