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January 27th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â A blaze sparked by a carelessly discarded cigarette caused damage to a porch and some walls at a residential substance abuse treatment center on Summit Street Saturday afternoon.
The fire was reported at the Robert J. Wilson House at 80 Summit Street at around 1:11 p.m. Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the cityâs fire marshal, said that someone dropped a lit cigarette on an exterior porch and the porch floor caught fire and spread up and into a first floor wall. He said the cause was considered accidental.
PAWTUCKET â For people who are foreign-born, even those who have mastered the English language, imagine their confusion when they hear someone say they had to âjump though hoopsâ to get a job. Or their friend âreally pushes the envelopeâ sometimes. Or that joke just âcracked me up.â
Jimmy Gyasi Boateng experienced this when he emigrated from his native Ghana more than 33 years ago. Growing up in the West African British colony, English was even his primary language, but it didn't take him long to realize that the formal style used there differed greatly from the way most Americans spoke.
PAWTUCKET â With the right communication and a little education (especially to the younger generation), city residents are willing to embrace recycling. One of the clearest examples is at 560 Prospect Street, where the city's largest public housing complex is recycling at an admirable 100 percent rate.
PAWTUCKET â The snow and bitter cold may have some winter-weary folks pining for the dog days of summer and fresh fruits and vegetables, but you donât have to wait until late August to buy locally-produced, high-quality foods and crafts.
A winterâs harvest is available at Farm Fresh Rhode Islandâs indoor wintertime farmersâ market at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, where more than 70 vendors this year are offering everything from fresh baked pies to locally produced eggs and dairy.
Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Times.
PROVIDENCE â With the Democratic primary race for governor looking increasingly like a run to the left, candidate Angel Taveras came out of the gate Thursday with a plan to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018.
CENTRAL FALLS â When Central Falls Mayor James Diossa took the helm of the stateâs smallest city in December 2012, he was only 27, and one of his campaign promises was to engage the cityâs youngest residents and give them an opportunity to be part of his plan to improve the cityâs image and help him lead it out of bankruptcy.
On Thursday, Diossa made good on that promise when he swore in five Central Falls High School students to the cityâs first Mayorâs Youth Council.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Friday's Times.
Editor's note: Jim Baron's column, Politics As Usual, appears on Mondays in The Times. The column below was first published in The Times on Jan. 20, 2014.
Ever since Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced last September that he would not seek another term at the Statehouse, reporters have been nagging him to say what he thinks his legacy should be or what he would like it to be.
I think we got that answer last week, with Chafeeâs final State of the State address.
The second snowstorm of 2014 dumped about 6 inches of light, powdery snow on Pawtucket.
âIt wasnât a horrible storm, but the timing was an issue,â Pawtucket Public Works Director Lance Hill said Wednesday. âIt started just before rush hour and when you have traffic on the road packing down the snow it makes it extremely difficult to remove.â
The total snow accumulation in Pawtucket was 6 inches.
Pawtucketâs Public Works Department plows and sands more than 180 miles of roadway.
CENTRAL FALLS â She was one of the city's own, who had pursued her education and then stayed to help and inspire others, so the news of the sudden passing of Ella Risk Elementary School Principal Maureen Azar cast a pall over the community.
PAWTUCKET â Speaking with Slater Mill Museumâs new executive director Lori Urso, one finds a person who is historically grounded while creatively edgy. That unique blend seems to make her tailor-made to lead the renowned textile industry museum as it looks to expand its reach and mission.
PAWTUCKET â It was a colorful way to spend Martin Luther King Day. While students and most of the staff enjoyed the Monday off, about 170 AmeriCorps volunteers descended upon Goff Middle School to paint the hallways in cheery citrus yellows and greens.
When Rhode Islanders begin helping out the Meeting Street School with its annual telethon on WPRI Channel 12 Jan. 25, they will be funding, in part, programs for the schoolâs students that build relationships with students at other schools and the community at large.
One of those programs, Best Buddies, gained the limelight for last yearâs fundraiser, as it brought in over $809,000 in nonoperational support for Meeting Street, a sum the school hopes to top this year, according to Meeting Street spokeswoman Amanda Mullen.
For full story, see Monday's Times and Monday's Call, page A1.
CENTRAL FALLS â Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, imprisoned in Maryland on a corruption charge, is being brought back to Rhode Island by a federal judge, reportedly so his case can be reviewed anew.
U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell confirmed that he signed a court order on Tuesday calling for prison officials to transport Moreau to a Providence courtroom on Jan. 29 for a status conference. He said he could not provide any additional comment beyond that.
Full story on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
PAWTUCKETâ Four years ago, a brave young man from Senegal, battling cancer that had taken a leg and was threatening his lungs, walked across the Tolman High School stage during a special graduation ceremony held just for him.
Sadly, that young man, named Mouhamadou Sylla, passed away on Jan. 6 after continuing to display amazing courage and infectious positivity despite his worsening medical condition.
For full story, see Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
LINCOLN â Despite impending competition from both resort-style casinos and slot parlors in Massachusetts, Twin River will remain a âconvenience gamingâ facility for the foreseeable future, John Taylor, chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, told a business audience Thursday.
The newly-installed table games like blackjack and roulette âare showing a lot of strength,â Taylor said at a breakfast meeting of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce at Twin River, but he acknowledged that âthe slots business is softening a bit.â
For full story, see Page 1 of Friday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â Although the official data hasnât been released yet from the state, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke says the graduation rates at both Shea and Tolman high schools have improved dramatically under the state-imposed âtransformationâ plan.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are investigating the shooting of a young man who was injured while walking on Broadway at around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
Detective Capt. John Seebeck said the man had been walking near 300 Broadway when he sustained a gunshot wound to the buttock. He said the injury appeared to be non-life-threatening, and he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
Seebeck declined to provide the victim's name or other details in the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Times.
Editor's note: This "Politics as Usual" column was published in the Jan. 13, 2014 edition of The Times.
Anyone who thinks handicapping political races is easy should check last weekâs newspapers.
Two Republicans with aspirations for higher office â New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has his eye on becoming president of the United States, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, running to become governor of the Biggest Little State in the Union â are getting jammed up by their day jobs in their quest to climb the greasy pole of political ambition.
PROVIDENCE â State Sen. Dawson Hodgson began his bid for the attorney generalâs office Tuesday by taking the offensive, attacking incumbent Peter Kilmartin for his role in the 38 Studios debacle, the Deepwater Wind energy project, pension reform litigation, and the early release from prison of Woonsocket thrill killer Alfred Brissette.
PAWTUCKET â Just after delivering positive news about improved graduation rates, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke shook up a routine School Committee meeting Tuesday night with a bombshell announcement: that she planned to retire as of June 30.
âIt has been my privilege and pleasure to serve you,â Cylke told the members of the School Committee at the first regular meeting of the new year. She also pledged that they would have â110 percent of my effortâ between now and when she leaves at the end of the school year.
For full story, see Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.