Archive - News Article
August 24th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â Main Street has lost another of its visible small businesses to a closing â Vinoâs pub, at 83 Main St. â that had also been known for a time as Papa Nasutiâs.
The storefront business and residential buildingâs owner, Gary Fernandes, confirmed on Monday that Vinoâs will not be reopening after its owner, Jason Dusablon, informed him he has decided to shut down permanently.
âHe owned it and business was real slow and he didnât want to run it anymore, so he closed it,â Fernandes said of the shutdown.
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 Islandâs 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 Islandâs Knight Campus in Warwick as part of the Green Party of Rhode Islandâs 2015 Green Gathering. She said this moment in time is âsuch a staggering, powerful moment,â and noted that while it is a moment of crisis, itâs also one of âincredible potential for deep, systematic change.â
MILLVILLE â The summer squash and zucchini did great in Bill Laquidaraâs backyard garden this summer. But compared to another one of their oddball cousins in the veggie family, well, letâs just say they donât measure up.
Say hello to Laquidaraâs cucuzza, an alarmingly lengthy variety of squash thatâs not usually a first choice for New England gardeners. Indigenous to the Mediterrean region, the cucuzza may be a native of Italy, where itâs 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 organizationâs governing body says.
Neither the WHAâs Board of Housing Commissioners nor its legal counsel would say why Morganelli was suspended, calling the issue a private personnel matter.
âI wish I could tell you more,â said David Lahousse, chairman of the board. âBut I canât do that without getting myself in trouble.â
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.
âGeorgia is an outstanding example of what a superintendent should be,â said Tim Ryan, RISSAâs executive director. âShe 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
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 judgeâs order wiping out Raymond D. âBeaverâ Tempestâs 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. Procacciniâs 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. âBeaverâ Tempest Jr. behind bars pending their appeal of a Superior Court judgeâs 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.