Archive - 2011 - News Article
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 Assemblyâs first week. Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien is playing a lead role in both.
Kathleen Beauregard, left, visiting from Phoenix, Ariz., enjoys an afternoon of skating Wednesday with her mother, Louise Beauregard, of Woonsocket, and friend Jason Kneip, also of Phoenix, at the outdoor skating rink at River Island Park in Woonsocket. The rink is now open daily from 1 to 9 p.m. Skates are available for rental.
WOONSOCKET â They were all put in a rescue squad and taken to the hospital with broken bones, chipped teeth and facial bruises â three women riding in a car that slammed into a utility pole on Diamond Hill Road.
After a two-month probe, however, police yesterday arrested a second motorist they say deliberately caused the crash, the latest outbreak of violence in an ongoing feud with the other driver.
Stephanie Theresa Plante, 23, of Woonsocket, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon â a Buick â and leaving the scene of a crash resulting in personal injury, both felonies.
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 âan era of political collaboration, of cultural and ethnic acceptance, of shared sacrifice and, more importantly, of faith and trust in each other,â Lincoln Chafee became the first Independent governor of Rhode Island in the modern era at 12:22 p.m. Tuesday.
WOONSOCKET â A few years ago, when Robert Bouchard first noticed the bulky birds landing in the boughs of his pine trees or perched on the cupola of his North End carriage house, he wasn't particularly alarmed.
With their featherless red heads and impressive wingspans, the turkey vultures were a wildlife oddball, something he'd never seen before around here. There were only a few of them, and they never stuck around long enough to become any sort of nuisance.
PROVIDENCE â Disgruntled with state government? Well, a new one takes over today.
Lincoln Chafee will take the oath of office as Rhode Islandâs 74th governor, and the first since colonial times elected as an Independent, at noon on the south steps of the Statehouse.
Chafee is the 58th governor if you count from after a new constitution was adopted after the Dorr Rebellion in 1842.
WOONSOCKET â Keeping a campaign promise to do so before the end of 2010, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine last week seated an advisory board to evaluate the costly and controversial options for building a new water treatment plant.
A public interest advocacy group, the Woonsocket Taxpayers Coalition, has been openly urging the mayor to create such a panel. The group, headed by Steve Lima, who challenged Fontaine in the 2009 election for mayor, has questioned Fontaineâs support for a plan that calls for buying water from Pawtucket, at least for a time, to satisfy all of the local needs.
LINCOLN â Futurists and the soothsayers of health care predict advances in medical science will one day make people like her much more common. But for now, the ranks of people walking the planet like Edna Mae Boudreau are decidedly rare.
She is extraordinarily old.
And sheâs marking another milestone today. She turns 108.
âItâs absolutely amazing,â says her son, Gerard âBudâ Boudreau of North Smithfield. âI never thought Iâd meet anyone who was 108 years old, let alone my own mother. And to be able to communicate with her and have her be so sharp, well, itâs just amazing.â