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June 9th, 2015
PROVIDENCE – Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee and a group of municipal leaders including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi went back before the media on Tuesday to decry what they contend is another legislative move to restrict a community’s management of its fire department costs.
LINCOLN â All five full-time firefighters for the Lonsdale Fire District have been laid off indefinitely after an emergency meeting by the Board of Fire Wardens Saturday night.
The decision was made after it was determined that the district only has about $14,000 remaining in the bank, not enough to pay its five career firefighters and run the station.
âYou canât continue to run a payroll if you donât have money to pay with,â Town Administrator Joseph Almond said.
Almond insisted that this will not alter public safety in any way.
PROVIDENCE â Graduates from Central Falls High Schoolâs class of 2015 during their commencement exercises Saturday were implored find their Warrior spirit, prove what a Warrior is, and inspire the next generation of Warriors.
More than 150 graduating seniors, or Warriors â the moniker of the schoolâs athletic teams â clad in red and blue caps and gowns, made their way into Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon, led by a procession of flags representing 28 countries, which displayed the diversity seen in the class of 2015.
In their latest undercover narcotics probe, R.I State Police mined a vein of a fentanyl-laced heroin â the deadliest narcotics cocktail on the street â that ran straight through northern Rhode Island.
More than a dozen individuals were arrested on heroin-related possession and distribution charges after the month-long investigation, most of them from Central Falls. Two were from Woonsocket, one from Pawtucket and one each from East Providence and Providence. Another, also from Central Falls, was arrested on cocaine-related related charges.
CUMBERLAND â Those in search of excitement Wednesday night couldâve found plenty of drama at a Town Council meeting that saw tempers flare and public speakers applauded as the council had its final vote on the budget.
PROVIDENCE â Pat OâConner, president and chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball, on Wednesday stopped by the offices of the Locke Lord LLP law firm to hold a discussion with city and state leaders about the Pawtucket Red Soxâ proposed move to the capital city.
A 31-year veteran of professional baseball and president of Minor League Baseball since 2007, OâConner said his role was to âtry to put the facts out there and dispel rumors or innuendo.â
PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee jumped into the legislative debate over a local community’s ability to set fire department platoon schedules on Tuesday by calling for the defeat of two pending bills related to the issue.
McKee was joined in the State Room by a group of 13 municipal leaders, including Pawtucket’s Donald Grebien, North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, Lincoln Administrator T. Joseph Almond and Cumberland Mayor William Murray, who all share the same view.
PAWTUCKET â Before a large gathering of Pawtucket residents and elected officials, family members, neighbors and friends, the field located at 1135 Roosevelt Ave. was dedicated to Edward âTedâ Warnock this past Sunday.
Alongside members of the Warnock family, Mr. Warnockâs daughter, Dawn, began the dedication ceremony with a touching speech commemorating her father. She recalled many fond memories of her father and what he meant to the family and the community.
PAWTUCKET â The City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing to allow residents to voice their opinions on the amendments to the cityâs proposed annual operating budget of $227,847,201 for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Among the proposed amendments includes a $272,000 decrease in expenditures and a $272,000 decrease in revenues from Mayor Donald R. Grebienâs proposed budget.
PAWTUCKET â A state representative whose district includes Pawtucket is seeking a fast track that would bring a commuter rail station to the city.
District 58 state Rep. Carlos Tobon introduced a bill this week that would authorize the General Assembly to appropriate $20 million for the establishment of a commuter rail station on Barton Street, near the border with Central Falls â provided Pawtucket voters approve the matter.
PAWTUCKET â A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino is âvery interestedâ in meeting with Mayor Donald R. Grebien in the near future.
This comes days after Grebien penned an open letter to Lucchino, reiterating his request to the PawSox owners to release a feasibility study that says renovations to McCoy Stadium would cost $65 million.
PAWTUCKET â There is little dispute about the poor condition of Rhode Islandâs roads and bridges and even less of a dispute about the need to repair the stateâs infrastructure.
The last time a city or town in the Blackstone Valley saw a major bridge construction project, was when the new Pawtucket River Bridge was designed, built and unveiled.
Now, a proposed toll on commercial vehicles would pay for a $700 million revenue bond to repair the rest of the deteriorating bridges, state officials announced Wednesday.
She said âNoâ to me and slammed the door. She was on my paper route.
I asked out every girl on my paper route. All three of them. I liked having a captive audience. Iâd hand them the paper and say, âWant to go to a movie?â
They all said âNo.â
Well, one girl said, âYesâ but then the next day her brother told me she really meant âNo.â
I made about $2 an hour on my paper route. It took me about four hours a day and then another five or six hours on the weekends collecting money.
One time, delivering papers, a guy drove by and yelled, âone day youâre going to rule the world!â
PAWTUCKET â Eighth-grade students from Samuel Slater Junior High School on Friday gave back to their community while receiving a lesson in the city's history as they partnered with a volunteer to flag the graves of veterans buried at Mineral Spring Cemetery.
Ken Postle, a Pawtucket cemetery volunteer, explained that the work being performed by the students Friday was vital, because âif they don't keep up, it'll all be forgotten.â
PROVIDENCE â A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.
The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.
While many Americans are already celebrating the long holiday weekend with picnics and cookouts, trips to beaches and parks, or traveling to see family and friends, others will spend the weekend preparing to honor those who served their country.
On Monday, the nation will mark Memorial Day. In Pawtucket, the Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post 1271 will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Quinns Square and Dexter Street next to the Dexter Credit Union Bank. Post Adjutant and Past Cmdr. Bill Donnelly will direct the ceremony.
CENTRAL FALLS â Three female police officers posing as prostitutes were solicited for sex, according to police, resulting in the arrest of 10 men from cities and towns across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The undercover sting on Wednesday, in high-traffic areas of the city, netted the alleged Johns Central Falls said.
The following men were arrested:
- Jose Barragan, 72, of Lincoln, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes
- Robert Bowman, 26, of Pawtucket, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes