Sunday Local Roundup: April 17

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WEST BAY

Warwick’s City Centre gets jump start

With the tax stabilization agreement the City Council is considering, this proposal by Michael Integlia for the Elizabeth Mill site promises to become that much more a viable project.

In a rare move where the full council and the mayor are in agreement, the parties announced this week they would jointly sponsor tax stabilization to “jump start” City Centre. As The Warwick Beacon reports, the Tax Stabilization Agreement would become the city’s first program to stimulate development with tax incentives.

Back to Business at Cozy Grill

Police raided the Cozy Grill in Warwick on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Police raided the Cozy Grill in Warwick on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Exercising a warrant, State Police searched the Cozy Gill early Tuesday morning and the popular Warwick Avenue restaurant was closed for the day. But the next day, balloons and flags were flying outside the restaurant and scores of loyal customers were enjoying breakfast and coffee. The Warwick Beacon has reaction from the popular restaurant’s faithful.

New use for Warwick’s old dome?

IT COULD BE MOVING: The geodesic dome on Airport Road, as seen after last week’s snow, could become home to the Quonset Air Museum if it can be worked out. WARWICK BEACON PHOTO

The dome may have a new home – at least that’s what Norman Cook thinks. Cook was one of those who couldn’t understand why the geodesic dome on Airport Road built in 1962 couldn’t be saved from the wrecking crane to make room for a regional Enterprise Rent-A-Car facility. But Cook did more than lament the possible loss of an Ocean State icon. He set out to save it. But can plans to turn it into a new home for the Quonset Air Museum take flight? The Warwick Beacon takes a look.

Welcome to Knightsville

PHOTO: Cranston Herald

Ward 5 Councilman Christopher G. Paplauskas drives by the “Welcome to Knightsville” sign on Park Ave. almost every day, and for a long time, he’s wanted to do something to improve it. This week, he and a group of Cranston friends and volunteers did just that – and the results are wonderful. The Cranston Herald has more.

App allows random apps of coffee

Interactive: See how many caffeinated drinks equal one teaspoon of powdered caffeine »

Whether it’s for early morning meetings or after dinner, coffee often brings us together. Kaneland LLC, a local start-up founded by a Warwick native and based out of Providence, hopes to bring us even closer through their newest app, Nack. The app allows users to surprise family, friends and even complete strangers with a cup of Joe anywhere in the world, in what the company has deemed “random acts of coffee.” The Cranston Herald has the details.

Art on Main Stroll returns

Arts on Main

One of the rites of spring in East Greenwich, the “Arts on Main Stroll”, is set to return to Main Street Saturday May 7. Artists young and old will be displaying, creating and selling a variety of artistic creations. Lining Main Street will be local artists featuring; paintings, sculptures, photography and more. The East Greenwich Pendulum has more.

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SOUTH COUNTY

Westerly beach fees on the rise

generic beachThe town council voted unanimously to accept the Recreation Department’s proposal to raise beach parking rates for the 2016 season at Westerly Town Beach and Wuskenau Beach. Based upon last season’s sales, the town will earn an additional $38,000 from the increased fees. The Westerly Sun breaks down what the increases will cost beachgoers.

Man nabbed in antique car theft

generic-istock-gavel-handcuffs-legal-resizedA Warwick man is facing charges after police said he and an accomplice used a flatbed truck to steal an antique car from a town resident in February and then sold the car to an unwitting buyer. The Westerly Sun has more  on the suspect and how police made the arrest.

 

BLACKSTONE VALLEY

Celebrating 50 years with Father Joe

Father Joe
Louriann Mardo-Zayat | Pawtucket Times

The parish communities of Saint Basil the Great Melkite Catholic Church and the former St. Elias Melkite Church gathered recently for a divine liturgy of thanksgiving commemorating the golden jubilee of the ordination of the Right Rev. Archimandrite Joseph S. Haggar, who is better known as Father Joe. Read about the celebration in The Times and The Call.

Millville celebrates 100

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Joseph Fitzgerald | The Call

The Town of Millville is commemorating its founding in 1916 with a yearlong 100th-anniversary celebration that begins May 1, and tickets are on sale for one the premiere events – the Millville Memories Show. Read about it in The Call.

Pawtucket bids farewell to planning director

barney heath ed soares
Photo via The Times

Former and active municipal officials in Pawtucket expressed high praise for Barney Heath, when reacting to news that the planning and redevelopment director for the city will be moving on to take a position in Newton, Mass. Learn more in The Times.

Smart growth in Woonsocket

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Photo via Woonsocket Call

Woonsocket is getting some recognition for putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to promoting downtown as an arts entertainment district. For its efforts, the city is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Smart Growth Policy Award from Grow Smart Rhode Island. The story is in The Call.

NORTHWEST

Citizens Bank Deal Moving Forward

johnston citizens campus site mapThe Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a 20-year tax agreement with Citizens Bank in connection with the company’s March announcement of plans to build a new corporate campus on the west side of Route 295 on Greenville Avenue.  So, how will the corporate park affect traffic and town services? The Johnston Sun Rise crunches the numbers on the agreement.

First-graders receive ‘thank you’ from soldier

SUN RISE PHOTO BY JEN COWART

The first-graders at Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School got a special treat last week when Pfc. Alexander Frenze of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division came to visit. Back in December, the students made cards and wrote special messages of thanks and good wishes inside them, and shipped them off – along with some fun care package treats – to Frenze and his fellow soldiers serving overseas. The Johnston Sun Rise tells us what happened when he showed up at school to thank the students in person.

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EAST BAY

Newport man, 82, makes sure his SUV stands out from the crowd

While the Adrenalin trim was flashy to start with, Monteiro has added a lot more chrome trim, making the vehicle stand out in any parking lot.
While the Adrenalin trim was flashy to start with, Monteiro has added a lot more chrome trim, making the vehicle stand out in any parking lot. The Providence Journal/Peter C.T. Elsworth

You might notice Al Monteiro’s blinged out SUV driving around Newport – with chrome accents and lots of accessories. It’s not unusual to see vehicles souped up. But it may surprise you that Monteiro is 82 years old. The Providence Journal introduces you to this car lover and where he comes up with the ideas to pimp his ride.

PROVIDENCE

RIDOT seeks federal money for 6-10 Connector project

A RIDOT rendering shows the median with grass and trees that would cover a section of Route 10 and provide a pleasant pedestrian crossing in the city.
A RIDOT rendering shows the median with grass and trees that would cover a section of Route 10 and provide a pleasant pedestrian crossing in the city.

Rebuilding the Routes 6 and 10 Interchange beneath an earthen cap could cost just under $600 million, state transportation officials said in a request for federal funding, and the project could cover more bridges along the highway than initially planned. The Providence Journal has more details on the grant program RIDOT officials hope will help pay for the project.

Stan Lee coming to RI Comic Con

Stan Lee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Captain America: Civil War" on April 12.
Stan Lee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Captain America: Civil War” on April 12. Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP, file

Stan Lee, the man behind many of Marvel Comics’ greatest successes, will attend Rhode Island Comic Con in November, the event’s promoters announced Friday. The event, from Nov. 11 to 13 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center, also includes Arthur Darvil of “Doctor Who” and Jason David Frank of “Power Rangers.” The Providence Journal has more on Lee’s appearance at the event.

SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS

Then and Now: Aaron Hernandez Verdict

Sporting a new neck tattoo former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his arraignment on a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting the man in the face at Suffolk Superior Court Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)
(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

Just a year ago Fall River was the center of the American media universe. A jury had found former New England Patriot’s tight end Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. The Fall River Herald News compares then and now.

Woman’s search for her father leads to Fall River

Laura Flanagan shares the books of notes she's taken in trying to figure out her ancestry. — Herald news Photo | Dave Souza
Laura Flanagan shares the books of notes she’s taken in trying to figure out her ancestry. — Herald news Photo | Dave Souza

With her laptop perpetually open to ancestry.com and her dining room wall covered in index cards that bear the names of close and distant relatives, Laura Flanagan is trying to solve a mystery. She’s enlisted modern technology, traditional research, and old-fashioned conversation, but still can’t seem to find her birth father, despite her success in locating family members for several people she’s never met. The story is only beginning. The Herald News has more on Flanagan’s compelling story and a life that’s been less than easy.

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