Archive - 2012 - News Article
CUMBERLAND â€” It was standing room only as a large gathering of Cumberland police officers, as well as their families, crowded the Town Council's chambers Wednesday to witness the swearing-in of Cumberland's two newest police recruits.
Officers Josh Vaughn and Gregory J. Pomfret were officially sworn in at a 20-minute ceremony presided over by Police Chief John R. Desmarais. Mayor Daniel J. McKee swore-in the two officers.
In his remarks, McKee said the town is proud to have two officers with local roots serving in the Cumberland Police Department, a nationally accredited police department.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Call Tony Cerbo the very definition of enigma.
As a painfully shy teen, he abhorred being in the limelight and wasn't attracted to music, especially singing.
Nowadays, he revels in belting out tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble before sizable crowds at restaurants, clubs, weddings and receptions throughout southeastern New England.
In fact, back on Dec. 15, this self-described â€śself-made croonerâ€ť starred in his fourth annual â€śHome for Christmas Dinner Showâ€ť at the B. Pinelli's Restaurant ballroom in East Providence, and claimed he had â€śa blastâ€ť doing it.
LINCOLN -- As always, Ron Truppa came home from Los Angeles a few days before Christmas to spend the holidays with his parents, Ron Sr. and Lori, and other family members.
This time, though, the 36-year-old Lincoln native and Hollywood film writer, producer and director returned to his old Bridle Drive abode with some thrilling news.
Red and black-headed turkey vultures took command of this Victorian home on Winter Street in Woonsocket recently. The photographer counted a total of 32 vultures perched on the house as well as in trees nearby.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A required five-year update of the townâ€™s comprehensive plan with amendments approved by the Town Council on Dec. 14. is slated to be sent to the state for final approval.
Burrillville's 2005 comprehensive plan, a state-required, long-range policy document, expired in March 2010. Since then, the town has been working to update the plan, which is required every five years. The update includes new information, minor changes to policies over the past five years, as well as recommendations by the state, which conducted an informal review of the local plan last year.
PROVIDENCE â€” The state Department of Education is looking for public comment on its effort to seek more flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind education reform act of 2001.
The issue will be discussed on Monday, Jan. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St., near Central High School.
PROVIDENCE â€“ John Harwood, the attorney for the Lincoln police officer accused of kicking a seated, handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River casino on May 31, 2009, indicated in Superior Court on Friday he wanted to enlist the expertise of Dr. Frank Gallo as part of his client's defense.
Gallo, renowned statewide for his expertise on â€śuse of force,â€ť is an instructor for various law enforcement agencies around the region.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Army National Guard is offering to turn over to the city a cavernous brick garage, situated on nearly an acre of land, for the nominal price of a buck.
After touring the site with representatives of the Guard Friday, Planning Director Paulette Miller said the city is leaning in favor of accepting the offer, but it wants to make sure the building on Avenue A is structurally sound first.
â€śIt appears to be an appropriate acquisition,â€ť said Miller. â€śBut weâ€™ll be making another pass through here with our engineers before we make a decision.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” After huddling behind closed doors for two hours with mayors, town administrators and other municipal officials, Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared that 2012 â€śshould be the year of the cities and towns.
â€śWe can not have East Providences and Woonsockets and Coventrys and other towns being read about across the country in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and other national publications that are going to be a detriment to the economy of Rhode Island,â€ť the governor said. â€śWe've got to address it.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” When forsythia blooms in December, itâ€™s probably a bad omen for making ice.
But when the first true cold snap of the season settled over the region this week, Highway Foreman Rick Lambert knew it was time to crank up the ice-making machinery, at last.
That means the cityâ€™s municipal rink in River Island Park will finally open this year at 12:30 Saturday afternoon â€“roughly a month later than it did during last yearâ€™s more normal winter.
â€śWe started making ice when we came back after New Yearâ€™s, on Tuesday,â€ť Lambert said earlier this week.