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April 3rd, 2012
EAST PROVIDENCE â It's official. The Fuller and Rumford branches of the East Providence Public Library will close their doors for good on Friday, April 27.
The closing of the two libraries is part of the East Providence Budget Commission's change to the library system, which will see consolidation of operations into the main Weaver Memorial Library on Grove Avenue and the Riverside branch Library on Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside.
PAWTUCKET â Sometime overnight on Saturday, vandals pushed headstones off the bases of some 18 monuments at the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Pawtucket Police said.
The vandalism was discovered on Sunday morning and reported by Edward Ayoud, a caretaker for the section of the cemetery that is leased by the St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket. Ayoud said he learned of the damage from a parishioner who had been visiting a relative's grave that morning and then mentioned it to him at a church service.
PAWTUCKET â Despite an effective date of April 1, the Grebien Administration showed it wasn't fooling when it came to instituting key changes in the Pawtucket Fire Department that are designed to cut down on overtime costs.
According to city officials, members of the firefighters' union received a letter several months ago notifying them that beginning April 1 and running through June 30, there is a new plan to redeploy staffing, based on more than three called-in absences on a given shift, from the mandatory contractual minimum of 31 firefighters down to 28.
Dust off those rods and reels and break out the tackle box.
The 2012 trout and general freshwater fishing season begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day.
Approximately 80,000 hatchery raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds have been stocked by Division staff in more than 100 ponds and streams for opening day.
PAWTUCKETâWhile there are those who look forward to retiring and âdoing nothing,â there are many who feel like this is the time in their lives to give back. On Friday, the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held a breakfast to recognize the contributions of the many individuals who participate in its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
PROVIDENCE â In each of the last three years, Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth sponsored legislation that would require doctors to offer to show and explain fetal ultrasound images to women seeking abortions. The bills died with little media or public fanfare.
MacBeth has introduced the bill again, but this year pre-abortion ultrasounds have become a red-hot button nationwide controversy as state legislatures across the country have passed or are considering a variety of bills mandating the procedure in various forms
PAWTUCKET â The city's arts high school was on the itinerary of a visiting group of students from Japan this week as part of an effort to give them a snapshot of American culture.
Thirty-two 16- and 17-year-olds from the Happy Science Academy in Tochigi, Japan spent a day âshadowingâ students from the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The boarding school, affiliated with the Happy Science religious organization, houses students in grades 7 through 12.
A new study released today by HousingWorks RI says Central Falls, Woonsocket and Pawtucket ranked among the top four communities with the highest foreclosure rates from 2009 through 2011, with multi-family homes bearing the brunt of the blow.
By DONNA KENNY KIRWAN
PAWTUCKET â Central Falls Police say it was âall in the familyâ with a drug operation that was allegedly being operated out of an apartment on Darling Street.
According to Major James J. Mendonca, members of the Central Falls Police Department's Special Investigative Unit executed a search warrant late Tuesday morning at 97 Darling St., first floor.
The focus of the investigation was 32-year-old Glenda Alamo, who rents the apartment, and her 17-year-old son. Also present in the apartment was Alamo's boyfriend, Jose Diaz, 30.
PAWTUCKET â In what has been a busy week for school administrators, the transformation plan for Shea and Tolman high schools has been finalized and was expected to be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) today, while the process is underway to hire new principals at both troubled schools.
CENTRAL FALLS â The Central Falls firefighters' union has come to the rescue of some Central Falls High School students who were worried they could not afford to go to their senior prom.
On Tuesday, eight students who are taking part in the high school's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM ) Academy internship program in conjunction with the Central Falls Fire Department received a nice surprise: their prom dresses, tuxedo rentals, flowers, and limousine would be paid for, courtesy of I.A.F.F. Local 1485.
David D. Koohy's introduction to Kiwanis International came two decades ago when he volunteered to flip burgers and pour beers at the Kiwanis Club of Newport's food concession stand at the Newport Yachting Center.
The club members were so impressed with his enthusiasm, they invited him back to help out at the next waterfront festival.
With opening day fast approaching on April 5, Leo Dufresne of Central Falls power washes the grandstands at McCoy Stadium this week. The stadium is also installing a new scoreboard.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â An 11-year member of the Rhode Island National Guard has been killed in a vehicle accident while serving in Afghanistan.
Spc. Dennis Weichel died Thursday in Afghanistan.
State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride announced the death Friday.
Weichel joined the National Guard in 2001. He was a member of a unit based in East Greenwich, R.I., that arrived in Afghanistan earlier this month. The unit is conducting security operations in Laghman Province.
A Pawtucket resident, Weichel is survived by three children and his parents.
PAWTUCKET â With news he received this week, Shea High School Principal Christopher Lord is living the phrase âwhen one door closes, another one opens.â The administrator has been selected as the new principal at Andover High School in Andover, Mass.
CUMBERLAND â The public will get a second chance next week to comment on School Superintendent Philip Thornton's proposed Fiscal Year 2013 school budget.
The School Committee is expected to vote on the $55.15 million budget at its meeting at 7 p.m. in the Transitional Building cafeteria at the high school, a session that will be open for public comment before the vote is taken.
Thornton's $55,152,928 budget represents a 4.9 percent, or $2.75 million, increase over the current $52,574,966 spending plan.
WOONSOCKET â After collecting national honors for her role as a Woonsocket High School science teacher, you wouldn't think Claire Laquerre would be worried about whether she might still have her job next year.
PROVIDENCE â Invoking the tactics, the slogans and in some cases the costumes of Colonial America, opponents of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs 2 percent surtax on restaurant tabs tossed bags of tea into the muddy, mostly drained Waterplace Basin on Wednesday.
Declaring that Rhode Island suffers âtaxation without competent representation,â the protesters decried the negative effects they believe the tax would have not only on restaurants, but on the entire economy of the state.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are investigating an early morning incident on Wednesday in which shots were fired, damaging the outside of a house on Lucas Street.
Major Arthur Martins said that police were notified at around 12:30 a.m. that residents in the vicinity of Smithfield Avenue and Weeden Street in the city's Fairlawn section had heard an argument and the sound of gun shots being fired.
PAWTUCKET â On Thursday, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien stood with his fellow leaders from nine other Rhode Island communities as Gov. Lincoln Chafee outlined proposed legislation aimed at reforming municipal pension plans and providing fiscal relief to cash-strapped cities and towns.
The governor had chosen Pawtucket, which falls under the category of âhighly distressed communitiesâ according to drafted criteria, as the location for the press conference announcing his plan, and Grebien was the first of several mayors to take to the podium and voice his support.