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February 14th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â A 46-year-old city man faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty yesterday to federal charges of selling cocaine from an auto repair business in the city.
Pablo Marino Chala, 46, formerly of 89 Bourdon Boulevard, also faces at least four years of supervised release when he is sentenced in May, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
Chala pled guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to one count of distributing 28 or more grams of crack cocaine and two counts of distributing crack cocaine.
PROVIDENCE â Two Republican lawmakers, Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura and Portsmouth Rep. Dan Gordon, attacked the 49-state settlement agreement with the nationâs five largest mortgage service providers that Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin signed onto last week, calling the $25 billion the financial institutions agreed to pay âa drop in the bucket.â
âWhat an insult to the American people,â Gordon declared at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. âWhat an insult to the people of Rhode Island. The people should be inflamed.â
CUMBERLAND â Roger Savini may have been boasting when he said he could drive a golf ball into Massachusetts from his Woonsocket restaurant, but the hyperbole made a point.
His restaurant is so close to both Bellingham and Blackstone that diners â and especially his lucrative banquet business â could easily bypass his Rathbun Street business to avoid the extra 2 percent tax Gov. Lincoln Chafee wants to tack onto restaurant meals and beverages.
Robert Lacourse wasn't exactly a young guy when he joined the Lincoln Lions Club 18 years ago. But at the age of 52, Lacourse says he was at a stage in his life when he finally had the time to devote to a local group of service-minded men and women who were doing volunteer work to support the community and help those in need.
The Lions, he says, fit the bill perfectly.
WOONSOCKET â The School Committee's shift to a greater focus on cutting costs surfaced again this past week as the panel moved to oppose potential state legislation governing the negotiation of union employee contracts.
The panel voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution arguing against automatic continuation of contract provisions when an agreement expires, even as members of the committee commended teachers for their past efforts to reduce district employee costs.
Former City Councilman William D. Schneck Jr. â King Jace â sits with his court: Mardi Gras Queen Jackie Boudreau, center, and princesses, Emily Forte, left, and Ainsley Morisseau, after being unveiled at the CYO Center Mardi Gras bash Saturday night. Schneck said it was "a lot of fun" to have played the local ruse since November, but also admitted wearing his costume was quite a challenge. As for the clues, Schneck told his audience he had once sold fish, albeit as a young salesman for Mrs. Paul's fish sticks, and liked to "swing" a golf club.
LINCOLN â After over two decades of patrolling the streets of the town's seven villages, managing the training of officers and acting as the Lincoln Police Department's public information officer, Capt. Raymond Bousquet III has chosen to retire.
Friday was his final day in an LPD uniform. He now will direct his energies toward a new career in the banking industry in Boston.
In vintage Bousquet fashion, he stated, âThis is not a sudden decision. I'm moving on, and it's time. The timing is right for me and my family. That's it.â
PROVIDENCE â State Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist had words of both praise and caution on the latest round of New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing on Friday.
Gist's praise included high marks for charter schools in Cumberland, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket and also a special nod to the students and staff of Central Falls High School for raising its four-year graduation rate by 17 points and Woonsocket High School for its improvement in reading.
WOONSOCKET â A few details of the changes in store for Landmark Medical Center if the sale of the hospital goes through have emerged from the state health department, including a name change thatâs getting some lukewarm reviews from the locals.
Steward Health Care System of Boston would rename the Cass Avenue facility âBlackstone Medical Center.â Similarly, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, in North Smithfield, would become âBlackstone Rehabilitation Hospital.â
LINCOLN â Little did Alexandra Fish know that when she accurately spelled the noun tableau, defined by Webster's Dictionary as âa striking, dramatic scene or picture,â she was living one herself.
That correct answer led the Lincoln Middle School eighth grader to the championship of the annual Lincoln School District Spelling Bee, held inside her home auditorium on Tuesday night.
Fish, who out-dueled fellow schoolmate and sixth-grader Alexandra Theroux, now will represent the district at the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, to be held at this same site on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m.