Archive - 2013 - News Article
UXBRIDGE â A 43-year-old Uxbridge man was arrested Wednesday night after police charged him with setting fire to his own home on Albee Road.
Christian Carven, 43, of 4 Albee Road, was charged and arraigned in Uxbridge District 5 Court Friday on one count of arson in a dwelling.
George Stuckatos, 8, of Cumberland sprays the crowd with water while riding with other youngsters on the Miss Jocelynâs Studio float during the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade in Cumberland Thursday.
North Smithfield High School and the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts in Pawtucket were among the 24 schools Tuesday designated as 2013 commended schools, the highest classification in the Rhode Island Department of Educationâs annual public school rankings.
So-called âcommendedâ schools have the highest index scores in the state, no achievement gaps and are recognized because of either high performance or for making significant progress.
Tax finally passes
By JIM BARON
PROVIDENCE â It took two years of parliamentary wrangling, political gamesmanship and a seemingly endless series of meetings, compromises and amendments, but the General Assembly has finally given its permission for Woonsocket to impose a supplemental tax on its residents.
There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks this week in honor of Independence Day and it all begins Wednesday with Woonsocketâs annual 4th of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Jeff Gamache who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more.
At 7:30 p.m. the 10-piece Kickinâ Brass Band takes over to wow the crowd and a fireworks display will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.
WOONSOCKET â The cityâs lawyers donât want the state courts to hear the first legal challenge to the Budget Commissionâs unilateral cuts in retiree health benefits.
Lawyer Daniel Kinder said the city asked the state Superior Court to move the case to the federal system on Tuesday. The city had the leverage to do so because retired policeman Glen Hebertâs suit rests on a federal law â the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Defendants in such cases have the right to ask for the switch to the federal system, which is considered a routine process, according to Kinder.
WOONSOCKET â As the Budget Commission continued to tie up the loose ends of its five-year solvency plan, a legal challenge has surfaced to a central component involving cuts in retiree health benefits.
A hearing is scheduled for this morning in Superior Court on former policeman Glen Hebertâs request to enjoin the commission from altering his health care benefits, said his lawyer Edward C. Roy Jr.
CUMBERLAND â Kayden Watson calls it his âMonkey Friend,â a worn-out monkey blanket that has been his comfort keepsake since birth and his constant companion during 11 surgeries to repair gastroschisis, a congenital abdominal wall defect.
Kayden, 2Âœ, lost his monkey blanket Saturday during a family outing at the Dairy Queen in North Attleboro and his mother is asking for the publicâs help in finding it.
âThis is Kaydenâs best friend. We have searched high and low and are hoping someone may have picked it up,â says Jennifer Harken of Cumberland.
WOONSOCKET â Nothing says summer like sitting around the fire pit, sipping a cold brew and shooting off a bottle rocket or two.
But city homeowners who like a good backyard fire with their pyrotechnics should know there are specific rules and regulations when it comes to fireworks and fire pits.
According to Woonsocket Fire Chief Gary Lataille, fire pits and chimineas are legal in the city, as long as certain rules are followed.
âFire pits are legal to have and there is a city ordinance that outlines these rules and guidelines,â says Lataille.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â A large black bear was seen in the area of Old Oxford Road, Pound Hill Road and Stoney Drive at around 8 p.m. Friday, according to local police.
Residents are advised to use caution during outdoor events and are urged not to approach or attempt to feed the bear. Residents can call DEM at 401-222-3070 with any reports of sightings.