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March 26th, 2014
SMITHFIELD â€“ When a soldier in the military is very far from home it helps to have an inexpensive way to get in touch with the people they love.
Nicholas Alberti, 22, a Bryant University senior, has been aware of that fact for several years as a result of his friends, Robbie and Brittnay Bergquistâ€™s work to make inexpensive calls for overseas service members a real option.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Two well-known businesses located in the same building at 614 North Main St. â€“ Christopherâ€™s Restaurant and A Special Place â€“ have shut their doors after the electric power was turned off last week.
The future of both is uncertain. Tom Tatro, the owner of A Special Place, said heâ€™s already looking for a new location to run the store, which specializes in religious articles and greeting cards. Tatro and his wife, Jane B. Stone-Tatro, just took over the business from the founders last September.
â€śAll I really know for sure is that the power was turned off,â€ť he said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Even though the city has already spent $390,000 on land to build a future water treatment plant, the Budget Commission has instructed an engineering company to re-evaluate five other sites that were previously rejected by an advisory panel.
At the urging of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the commission voted 3-1 to hire the firm Camp, Dresser McKee to include the review as a component of a broader, $327,000 contract related to the plant.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt was in an odd spot over the weekend when her hand-picked city solicitor, State Rep. Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) and State Rep. Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Cranston), another friend, went toe-to-toe in a bid to replace the scandal-plagued former House Speaker Gordon D. Fox.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Less than a year after his greatest legislative triumph â€“ shepherding Rhode Islandâ€™s same-sex marriage law through a sometimes reluctant General Assembly â€“ House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning in disgrace from the most powerful political position in state government.
WOONSOCKET â€“ He is United Veterans Council of Woonsocket Veteran of the Year for 2014, and the Rev. Philip G. Salois earned that tribute during a time of his life a world away from where he lives today.
PROVIDENCE â€“ House Speaker Gordon Foxâ€™s second-in-command in the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, said Friday he is not looking to push Fox out of the top post, but if the job becomes open, Mattiello says he has the votes to become Speaker.
A large faction of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives convened Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel to mull how they are going to proceed in the wake of a raid by state and federal law enforcement officials on the Statehouse office of House Speaker Gordon Fox earlier in the day.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A local man is facing up to 45 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbing two banks in 2012, including a Citizens Bank branch at 70 Mendon Road.
Joseph G. Petrarca, 50, entered the plea this week in U.S. District Court, Providence, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said in a statement Thursday.
During an appearance before Chief Judge William E. Smith, Petrarca admitted that he robbed Citizens Bank on Dec. 26, 2012, of $1,764 and that he robbed a Washington Trust Company branch office in Cranston of $9,595 on Jan. 15, 2013.
Read the full story in Thursday's paper.
PROVIDENCE â€“ If you happened to notice a bunch of crazed, foaming at the mouth zombies making their way towards Kennedy Plaza late Wednesday afternoon, you might have thought you stumbled onto the set of the latest episode of the Walking Dead.
But these benevolent zombies donâ€™t want to eat your flesh.
They want to kick your butts.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Corinne A. Latraverse, 30, of 26 Monty Ave., set fire to the home she shared with her boyfriend and their three children Saturday because she was enraged over his affair with another woman, police say.
Latraverse was ordered held without bail following her arraignment this morning in Sixth District Court, Providence, on one count of first-degree arson.