Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ If you were thinking the much-anticipated five-year plan was going to help you figure out how much the city wants to raise your taxes or cut employee benefits to erase the gallons of red ink in its budget forecasts, think again.
A plan was one thing the five-page grid of numbers unveiled by the Budget Commission Tuesday was not. No roadmap to solvency, no prescriptive advice for how to erase a municipal deficit on track to nudge the $15 million mark by the end of the fiscal year, with little relief in sight through 2017.
LINCOLN â€” A 91-year-old Lincoln woman died in her bed in a smokey house fire early Tuesday morning despite the reported attempts of her 90-year-old husband to alert her.
Fire officials identified the victim as Jeannette Barry. Her husband, Henry Barry, made it out of the house safely and is believed to be staying with the couple's son.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Martin Luther King Day Community Committee capped a celebratory weekend of events honoring the slain civil rights leader with a wreath-laying ceremony at the colorful new King Memorial on South Main Street.
The sculpture-like tableau depicting King preaching to a band of followers was dedicated last fall, but yesterday was the first time it had served as the backdrop for a formal King Day celebration.
By all accounts, the cityâ€™s newest work of public art made stellar grades on the occasion, even if the perennials used in the landscaping are dormant this time of year.
CUMBERLAND â€” The three-member Fire Consolidation Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting with trustees from the town's four fire districts to discuss concerns and ideas relative to a plan to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Attending the session will be Fire Consolidation Subcommittee members Scott R. Schmitt, Arthur Lambi Jr. and William Murray, along with eight trustees â€” two from each of the four fire districts.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday announcing its 2013 inductees. The press conference took place in the RIMHOF Museum space located at Hope Artiste Village.
CUMBERLAND â€” The New England Patriots dominated Baltimore, shutting out the Ravens, 26-0.
At least that was the outcome of the "Financial Football" game played one morning this past week in Renee DeRosier's personal finance class at Cumberland High School.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis served as honorary coach for a team of teens that scored a virtual victory as a hopeful preview of the Patriots real playoff game tonight.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Highway Supt. Rick Lambert was on his way to tend to an emergency boiler problem when he came upon it, tossed unceremoniously to the curb like an ordinary piece of litter, the merriment all but expunged from its branches.
It was a Christmas tree, of course, but the timing was so wrong he had to chuckle.
â€śIt was Christmas morning,â€ť Lambert recalled. â€śThey were already done with their Christmas tree. It was out the door.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Ex-convict Thomas G. Lamoureux was properly sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing his girlfriend and stabbing her brother while he was on probation for manslaughter in 2011, the stateâ€™s Supreme Court ruled.
Lamoureux, who was sentenced as a probation violator on the latter offenses, challenged the strength of the evidence in an appeal to the high court.
In a decision handed up Friday, the justices affirmed the sentence, saying prosecutors met the required standard of proof to uphold the charge that Lamoureux had violated his probation.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts is well under way with Mardi Gras and has announced five contestants for queen of the festivities. They are Diane Bessette, Kayla Guilbeault, Sheylon Lawson, Jo-Ann Maurice and Sandy Paul.
The queen will preside over Mardi Gras on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and unmask her cohort, King Jace XIX.
As in tradition, King Jace XIX is a secret. Dave Richards of radio station WOON will be releasing the clues shortly and the public is invited to guess who is portraying the king this year.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Saint Antoine Residence, Rhode Islandâ€™s largest long-term care facility, is gearing up for a major milestone - it's 100th birthday.
Saint Antoine is celebrating its centennial year in 2013 with a variety of events and communications that will take place throughout the calendar year, Wendy Fargnoli, Saint Antoineâ€™s executive director, said at a special anniversary announcement ceremony held Wednesday on the Saint Antoine community campus in North Smithfield.