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January 16th, 2011
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ According to Police Chief Joseph Tavares, the city managed to save Santa Claus' reputation thanks to the steadfast work of his detectives.
The woman accused of concocting a tale about the jolly old elf stealing cash from the East Providence Yacht Club bar faced a judge at Sixth District Court on Thursday. Once there, police charged Christal Johnson, 37, of 2400 Hartford Ave., Johnston with felony embezzlement and falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor.
LINCOLN â€“ Retired Army Lt. Col. Rene Remillard relaxed at a table at a coffeehouse on Route 116 Thursday afternoon, promising he'll never forget how he escaped trouble when he was a young teen growing up in Blackstone.
â€śI was 15 or 16 at the time, and one night my friends and I were at the Castle Restaurant in Woonsocket,â€ť chuckled Remillard, now 70 and a longtime Lincoln resident. â€śThe guys said something like, 'Let's go look at cars.' They wanted to take one for a ride.
PAWTUCKET â€” Call them â€śMr. and Mrs. Pawtucketâ€ť now. Herb Weiss, the city's Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer, recently tied the knot with his longtime partner, Patty Zacks, owner of The Camera Werks on Hope Street.
Adena Moller and her son, Adam Fontaine, 13, a student at Woonsocket Middle School, clear snow from in front of their home on Cass Avenue in Woonsocket Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two former School Committee chairmen, who were elected back to the committee in November, have been chosen by their fellow board members to assume leadership roles once again.
By unanimous vote Tuesday night, the newly installed School Committee named Raymond Spooner as chairman and Alan Tenreiro as deputy chairman. The board also chose to retain school secretary Diana Liss, who is Spoonerâ€™s sister, as its clerk.
PAWTUCKET â€” Academy Award nominees Viola Davis and Richard Jenkins are lending some Hollywood star power to the Mixed Magic Theatreâ€™s year-long celebration of the 100th birthday of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and a related series of events.
Davis, who grew up in Central Falls, and Jenkins, who spent many years at Providenceâ€™s Trinity Repertory Company and lives in Cumberland, have agreed to be honorary co-chairs as Mixed Magic kicks off its Arc of Events that centers around the legendary gospel great.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Riverside native Kevin Robinson abhors very few things in life, and what tops the list is seeing people treating others unfairly, being unkind just for the sake of humor or self-promotion.
The same goes for those who choose not to live by the â€śGolden Ruleâ€ť â€” that is, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
That was the crystal-clear message the eight-time X Games' BMX aerial trickster and best pal Chris Poulos delivered to over 1,800 East Providence High students in their gymnasium on Friday morning.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Fire Chief Joe Klucznik indicated Thursday afternoon that he and his firefighters are â€śvictims of our own success.â€ť
Here's why: Last February, he received word from Sen. Jack Reed's office that the East Providence Fire Department would be the recipient of a $5.3 million federal grant, one stemming from President Barack Obama's American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and deals with fire station construction.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The pomp and circumstance of the opening of the General Assembly has faded away and now lawmakers are settling into the routine of legislating.
Two of the hot-button social issues expected to be near the top of the legislative agenda this session â€“ gay marriage and illegal immigration â€“ are already percolating in the Assemblyâ€™s first week. Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien is playing a lead role in both.
PAWTUCKET â€” A concept that began back in 2001 when two prominent professionals approached the mayor about finding ways to encourage business development has grown into a force that has changed and shaped the city. Now in its 10th year, The Pawtucket Foundation gave itself a well-deserved â€śpat on the backâ€ť Thursday night with a spirited anniversary celebration at The Met.
CENTRAL FALLS (AP) â€” The teachers at Central Falls High School struck a deal to get their jobs back last year after the entire staff was fired in a radical, last-ditch attempt to raise student performance. But if the administrators thought the teachers would be grateful for a second chance, they were wrong.
Many teachers aren't showing up for work, often calling out sick. Several abruptly quit within the first few weeks of the school year. Administrators have had to scramble to find qualified substitutes and have withheld hundreds of student grades because of the teacher absences.
PAWTUCKET â€” With some neighborhood concerns still unresolved, the ownership of Blackstone Wine & Spirits has appealed a denial of a liquor license transfer made by the City Council's Board of License Commissioners for a new location at 275 Newport Ave. to the state's Department of Business Regulation, Liquor Control Division.
PROVIDENCE â€” Making good on one of his principal campaign promises, Gov. Lincoln Chafee Wednesday signed an executive order revoking the controversial Illegal Immigration Control Order issued by former Gov. Donald Carcieri more than two years ago.
PROVIDENCE â€” Calling for â€śan era of political collaboration, of cultural and ethnic acceptance, of shared sacrifice and, more importantly, of faith and trust in each other,â€ť Lincoln Chafee became the first Independent governor of Rhode Island in the modern era at 12:22 p.m. Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Jeanne (Rice) Murphy, who died last Thursday at age 84, had a career unlike almost any other reporter at the old Pawtucket Times.
Murphy first began working for the newspaper as a high school intern back in 1944.
â€śThe newsroom had been decimated by World War II,â€ť Jeanneâ€™s daughter Sheila recalled. â€śThe managing editor liked the way my mother wrote and offered her a job.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” A local landscaping company has filed a lawsuit against the city of Pawtucket alleging that city officials failed to put numerous landscaping contracts out for public bid.
D.M. Bruzzi Landscape Co. Inc. filed a complaint in Superior Court on Dec. 28 naming the city as a defendant, along with city Parks Superintendent William Mulholland, Finance Director Ronald Wunschel, and Purchasing Director Joseph Roque.
December 31st, 2010
PAWTUCKET â€” City Clerk Richard Goldstein noted that 13 years ago, when Mayor James Doyle first took office, there was panic in City Hall, but it wasn't about terrorism or a recession. Rather, city officials were greatly concerned about averting a â€śY2K disasterâ€ť in the new millennium. â€śWe lived in a different world,â€ť Goldstein noted.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Peter J. Pytka II, the man charged with murdering his wife in their Titus Street home on Dec. 20, was found dead in his jail cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen said his cellmate at the ACI's Intake Service Center found Pytka in the top bunk about 7:50 a.m., as prisoners were getting ready for breakfast. The cellmate alerted prison authorities, telling them Pytka appeared to be dead.
PROVIDENCE â€” Asked about his goals and priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, one of the first things House Speaker Gordon Fox said is â€śI donâ€™t want to raise taxes.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” In his many thanks to colleagues and friends at his last Pawtucket School Committee meeting, outgoing chairman Jim Chellel gave a special recognition to the staff of Shea High School who were there from 1990 to 1994.
That's because Chellel, who graduated in 1994, credits his teachers, baseball coaches, and others at the school who helped him overcome a learning disability with being a key example of the benefits of public education and why taxpayers should not begrudge their financial support.