Archive - News Article
July 4th, 2012
Ray Lane of Cumberland enjoys the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade parade with his twin grandsons, Ben, center, and Sam Asermely, 6.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Portola Packaging, Inc. will shut down its Portola Tech International cosmetics container division by the end of August, releasing all of its employees and liquidating manufacturing equipment.
The division is based at Portola Techâ€™s Martin Street plant and at another manufacturing facility in Nanhai, China, which employ a combined 225 workers, including 51 locally, a spokeswoman for human resources said.
Workers were apparently caught off-guard when they learned they were being let go several days ago.
â€śItâ€™s shocking,â€ť the spokeswoman said.
Enjoying a Fourth of July pizza party before the start of the annual fireworks
display at Tucker Field in Cumberland Tuesday night, Kersten Brothers, 14, Timothy Brothers, 12, and Makenzie Brothers, 10, of Cumberland, with Danielle Cournoyer, 11, of Woonsocket, from left, relax before the celebration begins.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just five days after the deadline to declare for candidacy in the November election and a day before nomination papers could be obtained, Christopher J. Caramela announced plans to withdraw from the District 5 City Council race.
Caramela, who lives on Stuart Street, had planned to run as an independent candidate in an effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Councilor Jean Philippe Barros.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â€” With interest brewing about Pawtucket becoming a player in the beer industry, one enterprising local businessman is taking that idea to the next level by offering a â€śbeer research facility.â€ť
J. Scot Comey has plans to create the BeerXchange at an undisclosed location in Pawtucket. He said the idea is to offer a comfortable, tavern-like venue to conduct beer sampling from the general public and then collect and analyze the data as a service to brewers, distributors, bar and liquor store owners and others who have a stake in the beer industry.
Read more in our print edition.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, has appointed Daniel J. Richard, a longtime high school teacher and retired Air Force Pilot and Officer, as principal of St. Raphael Academy, a Pawtucket Catholic High School that provides a college preparatory education for hundreds of students.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police will be out in force from now until the end of summer, intensifying the enforcement of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, due in part by funding secured from a Federal Justice Assistance Grant.
Juveniles found in violation of Chapter 42 of the Revised Ordinance of the City of Central Falls, pertaining to the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, will be first issued a written warning by police whereby their parent or guardian will be contacted and turned over to their custody.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following Wednesday's declaration deadline for political hopefuls, the Democratic City Committee held a meeting at the LeFoyer restaurant to endorse local candidates in the 2012 election.
The Democratic City Committee threw its full support this year behind incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien, who is being challenged in his re-election bid by independent candidate Michael W. Cooper.
In 2010, Grebien, as a mayoral candidate, had been snubbed by the committee when it endorsed his opponent, fellow Democrat Henry Kinch Jr. Yet, Grebien went on to beat Kinch.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held its annual commencement exercises Friday morning at St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Fifty-seven students received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) through BVCAP this year.
Lammis J. Vargis, from the Office of Mayor Donald Grebien, attended as the mayor's representative because he had a last-minute scheduling conflict. The RSVP Seniors for Jazz Band performed.
The 2012 graduates are:
LINCOLN â€“ A gasoline explosion is believed to have caused injuries suffered by a 62-year-old Central Falls man and damaged a home at 22 Arch St. Thursday evening.
Patrolman Jason Bolduc found the victim, Harold Trazi, being assisted to by members of Rescue 4 when he arrived at the scene. Trazi suffered burns to his chest, arms and face from a fire believed to have started in the garage of the dwelling, Bolduc reported.
PAWTUCKET â€” Memorial Hospital may be absorbed by the Care New England hospital network.
In a joint statement, the two entities announced Thursday they had entered â€śpartnership discussionsâ€ť because they are â€śencouraged by the possibility of complementary services, enhanced patient care and the opportunity for strong growth in the future.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Can municipal public works services such as trash pick-up and recycling, pothole filling, snowplowing, and vehicle repair be done on a regionalized basis to save money? The governor and the top government leaders of Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence think so.
PAWTUCKET â€” Staffing reductions in several municipal departments could occasionally result in some slower response times or limitations on city services, announced Mayor Donald Grebien.
The mayor said that several recent retirements, including those of some longtime department heads and clerks in the City Clerk's office, coupled with the need for the administration to keep a tight rein on expenses are the primary reasons for the staffing shortage. It is also the season when employees are taking more vacations, which is compounding the problem of some departments being left short-handed.
Kevin Dubois of Lincoln, a Marine Corps veteran wounded in Afghanistan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Tuesday night during the 33rd annual Armed Services Night, prior to the game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Charlotte Knights.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald Grebien, most incumbent members of the City Council and about half of the sitting School Committee have stated their intentions to run again while a few new names have surfaced as challengers as the deadline to declare for candidacy looms.
Enid Pappas, widow of Turning Point co-founder Michael Pappas, left, and co-founder Nicolas Retsinas, unveil a plaque recognizing the founders during a dedication ceremony in Pawtucket Saturday morning. The plaque is dedicated by members of the Board of Directors as an everlasting token of appreciation to deceased co-founders Dr. Gary P. Paparo and Michael Pappas as well as Nicolas P. Retsinas. Turning Point, a group home for boys, was originally started in 1973 as the Pawtucket Boys Club Group Home, and is currently located at 5 Kids Way in Pawtucket.
LINCOLN â€“ A bolt of lightning from a front of storms passing through the area Monday morning is believed to have sparked a fire in the roof of a home at 1809 Old Louisquisset Pike and left a family of three temporarily homeless.
Mark Rodrigues said he son, Austin, 17, was home at the time of 10:50 a.m. strike and immediately called the fire department.
â€śThe Fire Department said they heard a heavy bang in the area and then got the call,â€ť Rodrigues said while looking over the aftermath of the fire at his home on Monday.
See slideshow of devastating fire in Seekonk Sunday morning. Click on NEWS in menu bar and scroll down.
Seekonk Fire Chief Alan Jack, left, and Captain Mike Healy survey the remains of the landmark Old Grist Mill Tavern, which was gutted by fire in Seekonk early Sunday morning. Built in 1745, the historic building is considered a total loss.
PAWTUCKET â€” A zoning change that will allow for the re-use of the American Insulated Wire complex for residential apartments and commercial enterprises was given first passage by the City Council at Wednesday night's meeting.
The amendment to the city's zoning map will be done by an overlay pertaining only to the 6-acre parcel of land at 413 Central Ave. that is the site of the former American Insulated Wire company. A developer wants to turn the mill buildings on the property into one- and two-bedroom rental units, while the ground floor will be leased to commercial tenants.