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June 23rd, 2015
PROVIDENCE – An $8.7 billion state budget hailed as pro-business and pro-education is now a done deal as the Senate overwhelmingly approved the spending plan last night, wrapping up the biggest piece of the 2016 legislative session.
The budget, which was approved by the House on a unanimous vote in record time one week ago, sailed through the Senate in similarly speedy fashion on a vote of 35-3.
Along with a raft of plaudits from supporters of the budget, praise came from some unexpected corners of the Senate chamber.
PAWTUCKET – Some of the artists whose work decorates the walls at City Hall came together late last week to celebrate the art gallery exhibit.
Members of groups including Resources for Human Development – Rhode Island and Flying Shuttle Studios came to City Hall on Friday afternoon to adore their works while also describing the tremendous honor they felt in having their art hanging for all to see.
State Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) honored a student of his district in the House of Representatives last Thursday while noting her success in a Pawtucket school essay contest.
Ariana Andrews, a seventh-grader at Goff Junior High, was one of the student winners in the “Why Veterans Are Important to Me,” a contest that was organized by Pawtucket veterans volunteer Ken Postle and the Pawtucket School Department.
CUMBERLAND – Around noon on Sunday at the Lusitana Club, cloudy skies and slight rain threatened the entertainment that was scheduled for a weekend of celebration.
“Come back around two or three,” volunteers said as stragglers walked up to the entrance and turned around again.
PAWTUCKET â Flora S. Curtis Elementary School on Friday was transformed into a scene out of Manhattanâs Theater District, as students entertained a standing-room only audience with âThe Best of Broadway.â
The performance served as a culmination and celebration of the year in musical instruction. All students at the school, from kindergarten through fifth grade, took to the stage in front of parents and loved ones to perform a number from a noteworthy play or musical.
PROVIDENCE â The state House of Representatives voted 64-8 Thursday evening to approve a bill submitted by Rep. Jeremiah T. OâGrady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket) that adds a new requirement to state law allowing the creation of independent charter schools.
OâGradyâs bill, H-5555 as Amended, would require the state Department of Education to conduct a review of the fiscal impact of a newly proposed charter school on the communities it serves, and also to determine that no negative fiscal impact would result before approving such a charter.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Beverly LeFort was watching television early Wednesday morning when the blaring of a car horn interrupted the still silence outside her home on Fenmoor Street, a close-knit neighborhood where people know their neighbors and look out for one another.
LeFort tried to ignore the beeping, thinking somebodyâs car alarm had gone off.
EAST PROVIDENCE - An early morning fire has claimed the life of an elderly woman. Fire officials confirmed that one person was killed in a fire on Fenmoor Street that began at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Two firefighters were also injured fighting the blaze. The cause of the fire, that gutted the home, is under investigation. The identity of the victim has not been released. Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â A Central Falls man is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision with a Pawtucket Police cruiser early Tuesday morning, sending two passengers and a police officer to the hospital, authorities said.
PAWTUCKET - David Norton of Organizing for Pawtucket, which delivered to state lawmakers last week petitions signed by more than 13,000 Rhode Island residents demanding that the PawSox stay in Pawtucket, says his groupâs next move is to hold a massive rally at the Statehouse on June 25.
PAWTUCKET â Visitors to City Hall are noticing that the building is a bit brighter and a little more colorful thanks to the âBeyond Barriersâ art gallery exhibit on display.
Through August, the city is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, as a gallery showcasing works created by local artists with disabilities adorns the second-floor walls at City Hall.
PAWTUCKET â When Pawtucket Police Detective Linda Bachand-Jackson is not busy being a policewoman, thereâs a good chance sheâs running a marathon somewhere â in costume.
Bachand-Jackson has gotten a lot of attention for the crazy getups sheâs worn en-route to the finish line, decked out as Abe Lincoln, Princess Leia from âStar Wars,â or one of those hairy dudes in hunting camouflage from âDuck Dynasty.â
But the 20-year police veteranâs Newport 10 Miler went national when she ran the June 7 race wearing a white wedding dress, just a few hours before she tied the knot for real.
PAWTUCKET â In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission this afternoon will showcase works created by local artists with disabilities during an exhibit at City Hall.
PAWTUCKET â A Providence man was charged with first-degree sexual assault and possession of a stolen motor vehicle after allegedly coercing a woman into sexual acts after leading her to believe that her boyfriend had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom, police said.
On Monday, Pawtucket Police received a complaint from a 19-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted. According to the woman, she was in Providence with a man identified as 48-year-old Roosevelt White of Providence.
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.