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November 3rd, 2014
Rhode Island has been stagnating for too long now, mired in the morass of a failing economy that threatens to suck us all under like quicksand.
We still have not fully recovered from the Great Recession that hit in 2008, and that extended period of weakness and fiscal frailty makes it all the more difficult to pull ourselves out of the hole.
Our state desperately needs a leader to step forward, one who has the courage to confront difficult problems and the wisdom and judgment find the best way to solve them.
Gina Raimondo is that leader.
WOONSOCKET â Bethany Marslandâs love affair with Champâs began when she was barely tall enough to see above the counter of the historic dining car.
As a little girl, she remembers telling the brothers who ran the place, Roger and Gerry Champagne, that she wanted a restaurant just like theirs when she grew up.
âI loved it,â she says. âMy mother used to take me there forever, for as long as Roger and Gerry had the place.â
The proprietor of a long string of successful restaurants in the city over the years, Marsland is about to open another. But it wonât be like Champâs.
WOONSOCKET â A Providence County grand jury has indicted a city man on 10 charges stemming from a one-day crime spree that allegedly included an attempted home invasion, a police pursuit and a carjacking during which he shot a man in the foot.
PAWTUCKET â Call it a case of punch-drunk love.
A Woonsocket woman was charged with false report of a crime, among other offenses, after she told police her ex-boyfriend had struck her, when it turns out that she had punched herself in the face, then chased him back to his apartment, police officials said.
WOONSOCKET â Six businesses â four of them from out of state â are relocating their operations into vacant commercial buildings in the city, including the cavernous shell of Walmart, whose 2011 exit is often blamed for dragging down the cityâs retail strip. The 1919 Diamond Hill Road building is to be purchased by Ardent Displays & Packaging of East Hartford, Conn. The company employs about 50 people who manufacture in-store retail displays for some of the biggest names in merchandising, including Walgreenâs, CVS Health, Nokia, Family Dollar and Rockport.
The other newcomers include:
WOONSOCKET â The city is making a push to sell four obsolete school buildings, saying they could be generating tax revenue instead of eating up resources.
The properties include the mammoth Woonsocket Middle School, located at 357 West Park Place; the Second Avenue School, 196 Second Ave; the Fifth Avenue School, 65 Fifth Ave.; and the Social Street School, 706 Social St.
LINCOLN â Town voters will be asked to consider six changes to the Town Charter, including two modifying the operation of the annual Financial Town Meeting, when they go to the polls on Nov.4.
The measures forwarded to the ballot by the Town Council also include three changes for the townâs Water Commission, and one for appointments to the Budget Board.
Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said the Water Commission questions are an attempt by the Town Council to clarify the commissionâs role as a town agency.
WOONSOCKET â Landmark Medical Center will be among the stateâs hospitals to conduct âstress testsâ on Ebola response later this week, hospital officials told area first responders at an Ebola preparedness conference on Wednesday.
Even though there are no cases of Ebola in Rhode Island, Landmarkâs Dr. Glenn G. Fort said over the next few weeks Landmark and other Rhode Island hospitals will be treating a mock Ebola patient as part of a state test to make sure Rhode Island is ready if Ebola does come.
The trial runs will take place at the end of the month into early November.
BLACKSTONE â Town officials from Blackstone where a squalid house containing the skeletal remains of three dead infants was demolished on Tuesday have been invited by a Winnipeg radio talk show Monday to offer guidance and advice to a Canadian city that is now grappling with a tragedy almost identical to the one that took place in Blackstone.
WOONSOCKET â Another member of the City Council has been named in a complaint sent to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission alleging conflict of interest. This time itâs Councilman Daniel M. Gendron.
Jerome Smith of Woonsocket, a former state legislator and father of City Councilwoman Melissa Murray, said on Wednesday he filed the complaint against Gendron over his past votes as a council member to appoint local Attorney Lloyd R. Gariepy to his position as a Municipal Court judge.