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June 21st, 2012
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Despite a couple of last-minute pleas from residents to do otherwise, the City Council voted Wednesday night to give final passage to a new operating budget of about $178 million that will necessitate a property tax increase for homeowners of 80 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
The 7-1 vote followed the same pattern as it did at a session on June 7, when 8 of 9 council members gave the spending plan proposed by Mayor Donald Grebien their reluctant approval. Councilor James Chadwick, who had voted to support the budget at the last meeting, was absent on Wednesday.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien, right, gets some help from City Councilor Christopher O'Neill, who represents District 3 where Slater Park is located, in christening one of several new paddleboats on Thursday. The boats will return to the park's Slater Pond on Saturday after a lapse of nearly a half-century. In lieu of champagne, a pink-ribboned bottle of spring water did the honors. The paddleboats, three of which are designed as swans, will be available at the boathouse from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September. After Labor Day, the paddleboats will be available on weekends.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Although he acknowledges that serving on the City Council will be ‚Äúa little bit different this time,‚ÄĚ Bob Ferri says he is pleased and honored to be once again representing the residents of Ward 2 from a position in city government.
Ferri, 65, of Cottage Street, was the winner of Tuesday's special election to fill the Ward 2 council seat that had been held by Richard Aubin. He will return to the five-member City Council for the remainder of Aubin's four-year-term, which runs until November of 2013.
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PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Three local men will be honored (two of them posthumously) on Saturday, June 23 for their efforts in founding Turning Point, formerly the Pawtucket Boys Club Group Home, in 1973.
A ceremony to unveil a plaque dedicating the Turning Point group home to Nicolas Retsinas, along with the late Michael Pappas and Gary P. Paparo, will be held at 10 a.m. at the Turning Point facility at 5 Kids Way in Pawtucket. Members of the public are invited to attend.
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Angelo Broccoli, 3, watches as Nathan Oum, 9, center, and his brother, Biagio Broccoli, 7, reach for the pass as they play catch on the steps of St. James Church in Manville Tuesday. Hot summer weather is forecast for the next couple of days, with highs reaching the mid-90s.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Two firefighters were injured battling a blaze in an office building at a used car lot at 589 Pawtucket Ave. that occurred late Monday night.
According to Pawtucket Fire Battalion Chief Bob Neill, the fire was reported at around 11:30 p.m. after flames could be seen from the brick office of Perlow's Auto Annex. The two-alarm fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes, Neill said. However, it caused a good amount of damage to the front of the building and smoke damage throughout.
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PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ As members of the Grebien Administration had been in the midst of discussions about ways to fund the job, Richard Kazarian resigned from his post as special economic development coordinator.
Kazarian, a noted art historian and antiques dealer who has been active in Pawtucket's redevelopment efforts of the past decade, was appointed to the $1,000 per week position by Mayor Donald Grebien last April in what was initially described as a temporary position.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ It won't be quite the way she wanted it, but plans are underway to move Betty Johnson's vast Pawtucket history collection out of the basement of her Fruit Street house and into a safer and more secure location at the Pawtucket Public Library.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A jewelry manufacturer that has sat on the banks of the Blackstone River at 151 Exchange Street for over 150 years has shut its doors for good after being acquired by an Attleboro, Mass. company.
The Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co., founded in 1858, had produced jewelry findings, fine jewelry and carbon fixtures for soldering at its Pawtucket mill. Earlier this spring, the company, also known as Fuller Findings, was acquired by Findings Incorporated, a jewelry manufacturer that has been in business since 1945.
LINCOLN ‚Äď Lincoln High School‚Äôs class of 2012 marched into the future with words of reverence for great teachers and courageous alumni, plus a bit of guidance for weathering any adversity except, perhaps, the end of the world.
‚ÄúSit down, breathe, find perspective,‚ÄĚ said Valedictorian Dory Enright. ‚ÄúNothing is ever the end of the world, unless it is.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Kelsey Fournier spent the last three years rallying fans to cheer for the New England Patriots and now it's time for locals to return the favor and root for her. The 23-year-old Pawtucket native was recently crowned ‚ÄúMiss Rhode Island 2012‚ÄĚ and will represent the Ocean State in the national Miss America competition in January.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ An assistant principal at Warwick's Pilgrim High School, who is technologically savvy and a self-described ‚Äúinnovative administrator,‚ÄĚ has been named the new principal of the Charles E. Shea Senior High School.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ From the days of volunteers and horse-drawn equipment to the continued importance of funding a relief fund for the injured, the long and storied history of the Pawtucket Fire Department and those serving on it, past and present, were celebrated on Sunday outside the Roosevelt Avenue headquarters.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ With a nod to the class of 1962, the graduating class of 2012 bid farewell to Cumberland High School on Monday night at a ceremony held at Tucker Field.
Michelle Torres, of Cental Falls, receives her Salutatorian medal and is applauded by Saint Raphael Academy principal Maryann Donohue-Lynch, center, and the Most Rev. Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, during the 85th commencement at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul in Providence Sunday.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Ending an unsavory saga, Pawtucket Firefighter Cody Reed has pleaded no contest to one count of felony assault on a young teenage girl in exchange for a reduction in a previous count of third-degree sexual assault and dismissal of another charge.
Reed, 40, who lives on Second Street in Pawtucket, entered the nolo plea before Associate Justice Judith C. Savage in Superior Court in Providence on Thursday afternoon. The plea comes just over a week after his trial that ended in a hung jury.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panel‚Äôs hearing on the budget.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ What could best be described as ‚Äújoyful noise‚ÄĚ emanated through the ornate auditorium of the William E. Tolman High School on Wednesday night as 215 graduating seniors received their diplomas.
From the loud clapping and cheers that almost drowned out ‚ÄúPomp and Circumstance‚ÄĚ during the processional to a heartfelt sing-along to the alternate rock song ‚ÄúWe are Young,‚ÄĚ the class of 2012 did not go out quietly at the school‚Äôs 84th graduation, but more with a Tiger‚Äôs roar.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The town's Monastery property will be on display with all its history when the sixth Annual Cumberland Arts and Crafts Festival is held there this weekend. More than 50 artists and crafters will be setting up booths near the Cumberland Senior Center building at the Monastery on Saturday for what organizers are hoping will be a nice day outdoors for the festival's visitors.
Lee Drury, Senior Center Director, said the festival is something the event's sponsors have been trying to grow each year as a rival to other popular arts and crafts events later in the season.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ For years when he was working as a driving school instructor in France, Leo Heroux would request to have June 6 off to go to the beach.
But it was no ordinary vacation day.
Heroux's destination was always Omaha Beach ‚ÄĒ a place that, despite its natural beauty, brings back painful memories of the carnage he witnessed as a young soldier in the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.