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August 23rd, 2015
WARWICK â€” Concerns ranging from the proposed Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark in downtown Providence to the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline project that runs through Burrillville were among the subjects discussed Saturday as the Green Party of Rhode Island came together at the 2015 Green Gathering.
The gathering, which was held at the Community College of Rhode Islandâ€™s Knight Campus in Warwick, brought together Green Party officials, local residents, concerned citizens, and even a presidential candidate.
WARWICK â€“ Presidential candidate Jill Stein said Saturday afternoon that the country is facing unprecedented crises in its economy, ecology, peace, and democracy, and that it is time to put people, peace, and the planet ahead of profit.
Stein addressed the audience gathered at the Community College of Rhode Islandâ€™s Knight Campus in Warwick as part of the Green Party of Rhode Islandâ€™s 2015 Green Gathering. She said this moment in time is â€śsuch a staggering, powerful moment,â€ť and noted that while it is a moment of crisis, itâ€™s also one of â€śincredible potential for deep, systematic change.â€ť
MILLVILLE â€” The summer squash and zucchini did great in Bill Laquidaraâ€™s backyard garden this summer. But compared to another one of their oddball cousins in the veggie family, well, letâ€™s just say they donâ€™t measure up.
Say hello to Laquidaraâ€™s cucuzza, an alarmingly lengthy variety of squash thatâ€™s not usually a first choice for New England gardeners. Indigenous to the Mediterrean region, the cucuzza may be a native of Italy, where itâ€™s been widely cultivated for centuries and the locals pronounce it ko-KOO-tza, or goo-GOOTZ.
WOONSOCKET â€” After less than six months on the job, Patrick Morganelli, executive director of the Woonsocket Housing Authority, has been placed on paid administrative leave from his $115,000-a-year job for the foreseeable future, the organizationâ€™s governing body says.
Neither the WHAâ€™s Board of Housing Commissioners nor its legal counsel would say why Morganelli was suspended, calling the issue a private personnel matter.
â€śI wish I could tell you more,â€ť said David Lahousse, chairman of the board. â€śBut I canâ€™t do that without getting myself in trouble.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Citing her leadership and dedication to academic achievement, the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association has chosen School Supt. Georgia Fortunato as the 2015 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year.
â€śGeorgia is an outstanding example of what a superintendent should be,â€ť said Tim Ryan, RISSAâ€™s executive director. â€śShe runs an excellent school system. The academics are outstanding and she has earned the respect of the entire community. The manner in which she leads the Lincoln schools is commendable.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Classic cars were back on Main Street Wednesday evening, and drew a big crowd of area car enthusiasts to appreciate their place in American life.
Main Street shut down promptly at 5 p.m. as city Human Services Director Linda Plays had promised, and the car exhibitors had their spots up and down Main Street, from Market Square to Depot Square by 6 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Superior Court judgeâ€™s order wiping out Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempestâ€™s murder conviction and subsequent decision to release him on bail after more than 23 years in jail were both put on ice Tuesday â€” at least temporarily â€” by a single justice of the state Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg ordered a stay of Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Procacciniâ€™s orders until all five members of the high court are available to review them, on Sept. 17.
WOONSOCKET â€” State prosecutors will take one last bite at the apple today in attempts to keep Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest Jr. behind bars pending their appeal of a Superior Court judgeâ€™s decision to vacate his 1992 murder conviction in the death of Doreen Picard.
Barring any intervention by the Supreme Court, Tempest will be released from the medium security section of the Adult Correctional Institutions sometime after 4 p.m., according to Cory Cloud, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.
WOONSOCKET â€“ An early evening fire heavily damaged a single-family home at 74 Vine St. Sunday, but was brought under control by fast-moving city firefighters.
The family living in the dwelling on the corner of Vine and Rivulet streets was reported to have been away when the fire broke out just before 6:50 p.m., and neighbors were able to ensure their three dogs all made it out safely, according to witnesses.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is ramping up her fight against urban blight by hiring another housing inspector to help the Building Department tackle the more than 200 abandoned and eyesore properties throughout the city.
The deadline for candidates to submit applications for the job is today, and Baldelli-Hunt says she hopes to have the $670- to $736-a week job filled by Oct. 1.