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March 30th, 2015
WARWICK â€“ The late James F. â€śJimâ€ť Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.
The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organizationâ€™s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As the youngsters take their seats at computer stations in an office-like cubicle on Main Street, Arwa Noorali asks if theyâ€™ve checked their privacy settings on Facebook lately.
One boy twists around in his chair with a quizzical expression on his face that seems to say, â€śWhatâ€™s a privacy setting?â€ť
Noorali isnâ€™t particularly surprised. In the age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the notion of individual privacy doesnâ€™t get much respect from teens and twentysomethings â€“ often at their peril.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Running enthusiast and Woonsocket police Capt. Michael Lemoine counted his father-in-law as one of the most influential people in his life.
A brilliant educator and longtime civic leader in Glocester, Donald Driscoll had once been the deputy superintendent of Providence public schools, and for a time worked as a grant administrator for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).
When Alzheimerâ€™s claimed Driscollâ€™s life last year at the age of 82, Lemoine desperately wanted to do something to honor his memory and help other victims of the degenerative brain disorder.
The Blackstone Valley towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge will get more than a quarter of a million dollars combined from the state Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP), a $30 million targeted effort to assist Massachusetts cities and towns with repairs to roads and bridges damaged by the record-smashing snow and frigid air last winter.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The townâ€™s liability insurer has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a police brutality suit brought against the Police Department by a woman who claims she suffered permanent leg injuries when she was arrested in 2010.
Excluding wrongful death cases, the settlement may be the largest on record in a police brutality claim, according to lawyer Ronald Resmini, the plaintiffâ€™s lawyer.
â€śWe canâ€™t think of any other that exceeded it,â€ť he said.
The settlement was reached after a lengthy period of negotiations between the parties, according to Resmini.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A retired chief of the Woonsocket Police Department testified in Superior Court Tuesday that he had information implicating Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest in the murder of his 22-year-old neighbor but he was repeatedly instructed not to get involved in the investigation.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Robert J. Dubois was relaxing at his lakefront home overlooking Harris Pond last week when he happened to glance out a window and saw a hungry pack of coyotes scampering across the ice.
Slipping quietly onto his back deck, Dubois watched with fascination as the five coyotes, with their large triangular ears and long narrow muzzles, made their way across the frozen surface and then disappear into the woods. The same coyotes, he says, have been spotted by other neighbors, including one resident who reported seeing a pair of them near Precious Blood Cemetery off Shore Drive.
GLOCESTER â€“ After years of using the traditional financial town meeting form of direct democratic rule to adopt the townâ€™s annual budget, Glocester is trying something new this year: an all-day referendum.
And the process begins as early as next month.
The decision to abolish the customary Saturday financial town meeting and replace it with an all-day financial town referendum was recommended by the Charter Review Commission last year and subsequently endorsed by the Town Council before it was approved by voters in the general election in November.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Annual town meeting voters in May will consider several departmental spending requests, including $65,000 for a new senior van requested by the Council on Aging; $11,000 for six new mountain bikes for the Police Department; and a new $120,000 loader requested by the Department of Public Works.
While it may appear that the town is preparing to go on a major spending spree this year, the selectmen say the wish list of proposed expenditures is in line with the townâ€™s needs.