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November 20th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” A city man was arrested twice in a matter of hours this weekend, once for assaulting his girlfriend and a second time for violating an order to stay away from her.
The copy of the no-contact order was still in the pocket of 55-year-old Michael J. Lafferty of 133 Providence St. following his second arrest Sunday morning, shortly after being released from the police lockup.
Police said the bizarre drama began about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when Lafferty pushed his girlfriend into a wall at home during what was described as an unprovoked outburst of violence.
WOONSOCKET â€” Harris Public Library usually uses its Facebook page to publicize positive news, like the arrival of a new computer to help the unemployed find work or a recent party for young followers of the Wimpy Kid diary series.
But Monday morning many friends of the 303 Clinton St. facility were shocked when they saw a photo of the main reading room showing numerous shattered windows, the floor littered with shards of glass. A potted plant that got caught in the line of fire drooped sadly under the weight of the debris.
WOONSOCKET â€” The fiscal year is far from complete but School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan told the School Committee last week early spending projections indicate some improvement over past school budget practices.
The news comes after the school department overspent its budget by approximately $7 million last year while not maintaining clear projections on its incurred costs and unforeseen expenses. The past deficit is expected to be worked out under the five-year city spending plan now being prepared by the state-appointed Budget Commission running city affairs.
GLOCESTER â€” While most outdoor farmers markets have closed down for the winter, you can still get seasonal vegetables and produce as well as preserves, fresh eggs and baked goods at Glocester's Northwest Farmers Market, an indoor farmers market held Sundays in Chepachet during the winter months.
The market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sticks Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike (Route 44 ) in Chepachet.
The farmers market includes live acoustic music starting at 10 a.m.
CUMBERLAND â€” Lisa Beaulieu will lead the school committee after being nominated and unanimously chosen as the new chairwoman of the board during a post-election reorganization meeting last week.
Former chairman Jeffrey Mutter was nominated and accepted the position of vice chairman, as well as chairman of the committee's Fiscal Management Subcommittee.
Member Linda Teel was named clerk and chairwoman of the Policy Subcommittee and Achievement and Communication Subcommittee.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The venerable Champâ€™s Diner has already beaten the odds just by surviving. Now NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is looking for someone who can really bring it back to life.
The 1920s dining car has anchored the Heritage Place retail plaza on Front Street for nearly six years, but NeighborWorks, the owner of the plaza, has never been able to find anyone to lease it as a going business.
For the most part, the impediments have been the same as those that hold back many small start-ups, including undercapitalization and insufficient access to credit.
WOONSOCKET â€” Middle School Band Director Nicole Denton hasn't forgotten her former neighbors in Seaford, Long Island (N.Y.) as they recover from Hurricane Sandy. Denton and another Long Island native, department speech therapist Marie Zaminer, have been working with their fellow school department employees to collect needed supplies for those with damaged homes or lacking utility services there and plan to deliver them this weekend with the help of Facilities Director Peter Fontaine.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ As an endorsement of the steps toward fiscal solvency taken by state receivers and the cityâ€™s plan to emerge from bankruptcy, the Standard & Poorâ€™s rating agency has upgrade Central Fallsâ€™ bond rating to BB with a â€śstableâ€ť outlook.
The city had previously had a C rating with a â€śdevelopingâ€ť outlook. On the day after the city officially emerged from bankruptcy last month, Moodyâ€™s Investors Service upgraded the cityâ€™s bond ratings from Caa1 to B2 and changed its outlook to â€śpositive.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Woonsocket High School senior was unconscious when a fellow classmate sexually assaulted her in 2009, but the defendant claimed the act was consensual.
It took a Superior Court jury six hours to convict Dariel Martinez on Thursday, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said.
Martinez, 20, is to be sentenced on Jan. 18 on one count of first-degree sexual assault. The crime is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.
WOONSOCKET â€” When his friend first proposed they go into business together providing gardening supplies for medical marijuana growers, Jeff Paige had cold feet.
The 51-year-old refugee from the telecommunications industry wasnâ€™t against legal pot, medical or otherwise. But heâ€™s no crusader, either, and heâ€™s pretty careful about how he invests his money.
He took a hard and long look at whether the idea made business sense.
â€śI think what I was really doing was looking for a reason not to do it,â€ť says Paige. â€śNow Iâ€™m kicking myself that I didnâ€™t do this two years ago.â€ť