Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
LINCOLN â€” Thanks to beefed-up security measures, the Mixed Martial Arts fights held at the Twin River Event Center on Friday night remained in the ring, and the audience that watched did only that.
That's just one reason why the Town Council, which also acts as the Board of License Commissioners, voted unanimously (5-0) to accept a report regarding increased security during such events on Tuesday night. Those new standards were provided by Twin River representatives and Police Chief Brian Sullivan during a public hearing held at Council Chambers.
LINCOLN â€” Police released on Tuesday afternoon the official report regarding the Nov. 12 arrest of a Pawtucket man who remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.
It indicates that Daniel J. Finn, 41, may have inflicted his own head injuries as officers attempted that Saturday night to transport him from Twin River to headquarters for processing.
The suspect also allegedly spat blood and saliva on at least one officer after claiming to them he had been diagnosed with hepatitis.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Woonsocket High School group of soon-to-be international ambassadors has reached the halfway point in their efforts to fund a trip-of-a-lifetime for the Class of 2012 members.
The six members of schoolâ€™s Interact Club and Global Citizenship Program are planning to make a three-week-long visit to Rwanda in February to learn first-hand how that country is recovering from its devastating genocide of 1994.
Dressed in matching pajamas, two-year-old Isabella Paulson and her aunt Amanda DelPonte get ready for the Polar Express to depart the Woonsocket Depot yesterday for the 90-minute excursion and reading of Chris Van Allsburg's classic "The Polar Express," presented by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. The local depot has been dubbed the Polar Express Train Station this holiday season, with trips coming up today, Nov. 20, and on Dec. 2, 3, 4, 11, 16, 17and18. The train leaves at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m on Fridays, and at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The budget war between the school department and the city administration will continue for at least another legal skirmish, following a 3-2 vote of the outgoing committee Wednesday night.
The school committee had school department attorney Richard Ackerman lodge an appeal of the city's move to cut school spending last year even though it subsequently cut its $62 million budget to the $59 million figure. Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and the city council maintained it was the only funding available for schools.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Before it can gain access to capital thatâ€™s needed to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, the city must renegotiate antiquated pacts with neighboring communities that also use the facility, including two in Massachusetts, officials say.
The City Council recently gave Mayor Leo T. Fontaine the go-ahead to borrow the first $26 million for plant upgrades whose costs could top out at $40 million.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The rise of storefront churches in retail zones once dominated by the greengrocer and tailor isnâ€™t necessarily a trend greeted with the utmost reverence in a city struggling to save its traditional downtown for small business.
But the Rev. Al Berja of His Presence Church International was preaching to the choir when he asked the Zoning Board of Review for permission to put his church in an old cotton mill.
So far as anyone can tell, itâ€™s a first for Woonsocket â€“ and the Zoning Board likes it.
PROVIDENCE â€” The General Assembly culminated an historic special fall session by overwhelmingly approving a radical overhaul of the public employee's pension system designed to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over time and preserve the integrity of the pension funds going forward.
WOONSOCKET â€” After a preliminary review of Landmark Medical Centerâ€™s application to merge with Steward Health Care System, state regulators have deemed the paperwork incomplete, but a Landmark spokesman dismissed the notion that the assessment means the merger is in jeopardy.
â€śItâ€™s not a bump,â€ť said Bill Fischer. â€śQuite frankly it was expected because if you look at history thereâ€™s no hospital conversion that Iâ€™m aware of thatâ€™s had an application deemed complete on the first pass.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Luigi Porreca Jr. is not a magician, but he and his father are going to turn metal into food for the poor this year â€” again.
The proprietors of L&R Scrap Metal Co. are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Help Feed the Hungry for the Holidays event, which raised enough cash to provide about 500 dinners for the hungry last year.
â€śThis year we hope to make it a thousand,â€ť says Porreca.
But L&R needs your help â€” or at least your unwanted appliances â€” to make it happen.