Thursday, May 23, 2013
There also is a third alternative for replacing the Newman Avenue (Route 152) bridge in East Providence: Spend a lot more and watch construction for years as traffic continues to flow.
Would you prefer to take a 2.5- to 3.5-mile detour for three to five months or sit in stop-and-go traffic for up to a year? Three representatives from the RI Department of Transportation offered those two alternatives for the Newman Avenue bridge (Route 152) replacement in a presentation to the East Providence City Council Tuesday night. They also offered their least-desirable alternative – continuing one lane of traffic in each direction for more than two years of construction time. RIDOT’s preferred alternative is complete closure of the Newman Avenue bridge at the Turner Reservoir into Seekonk for up to five months. It would minimize construction costs and allow the contractor to use accelerated bridge construction methods – pre-cast …
The East Providence Budget Commission meets today at 3 pm in City Hall and the police chief, who has been on administrative leave, is the first item on the agenda.
East Providence Police Chief Joseph Tavares, placed on administrative leave in April, could learn his fate today at a meeting of the Budget Commission. Several sources indicate he could be reinstated. The commission also will deal with the state-proposed Administration and Finance Officer (AFO) position, which was put on hold when the board relinquished total control of the city in March. Both positions are listed on the agenda for today’s Budget Commission meeting in City Hall at 3 pm. The Budget Commission took back control of personnel matters last month soon after the police chief was placed on administrative leave by City Manager Peter Graczykowski. Mayor James Briden made that request to RI Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly "…
Calling hours are today at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home in West Warwick.
Joseph S. Kdan, of Broadview Road, East Providence, died Monday, May 20, 2013, at West View Health Care Center in West Warwick. He was 87. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph and Lula M. (Case) Kdan. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a custodian for the East Providence School District for 23 years, and worked part-time as an operator of the Crescent Park Carousel for more than 50 years. Calling hours are today from 5 to 8 pm at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Ave., West Warwick. His funeral service followed by burial with military honors in Little Neck Cemetery, Riverside, will be private. Click here for the complete obituary.
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty. So we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” Try…
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Forecasters are predicting thunderstorms will develop again this afternoon.
Thunderstorm enthusiasts rejoice: more severe weather is on the way. The National Weather Service out of Taunton is predicting another wave of thunderstorms will hit southern New England Wednesday afternoon. The severe weather is expected to begin around 2 p.m. as it heads east from New York. The NWS warns that some of the storms, which will go into the evening until about 9 p.m., may be severe at times – especially to the north and west of I-95. The main threat from these storms will be damaging winds. Those with outdoor plans this afternoon and evening should have a safe place to go, such as a vehicle or indoors, if the storms approach. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Check out the recent real estate transactions in East Providence.
Keep an eye on the local real estate market with East Providence Patch Real Estate listings. Each Thursday, we list sales of homes in our town and surrounding areas. The sales can give you some idea of the value of homes if you are thinking about selling or buying. It was a big week in East Providence, with 10 properties changing hands. Here are the sales for the past week: Address: 31 Benedict St. Sale Price: $134,000 List Price: $149,000 Type: Cape Cod Year Built: 1954 Address: 18 Woodcrest Drive Sale Price: $178,000 List Price: $189,900 Type: Cape Cod Year Built: 1963 Address: 35 Victoria Ave. Sale Price: $140,500 List Price: $143,000 Type: Cape Cod Year Built: 1940 Address: 10 Beaver Road Sale Price: $188,000 List Price: $199,900 Type…
The East Providence City Council gives initial approval to an ordinance that will set up a tax-increment financing plan for the residential development on the waterfront.
The developer of the Kettle Point residential housing complex on the East Providence waterfront got the initial approval it wanted from the City Council Tuesday night for the financing of public improvements and remediation at the 48-acre site. The vote was unanimous on an ordinance that will set up a tax-increment financing plan and authorize the issuance of up to $9.7 million in bonds to build the roads and lay the water and sewer lines to the former petroleum tank farm on Watchemoket Cove that is being developed by Churchill & Banks of Providence. The ordinance now will get a public hearing and a final vote at the June 4 City Council meeting. The only change to the proposed ordinance involves the date of the final installment of …
The Oak Crest Drive woman reportedly spent several hours last Friday drinking at the American Legion Hall in Riverside.
A 20-year-old East Providence woman faces drunk-driving charges after her vehicle smashed through a picket fence and struck a tree at a home on Willett Avenue in Riverside early last Friday morning. Veronica F. Smith, 20, of 44 Oak Crest Drive, East Providence failed to make the turn at Oak Crest Drive at around 1:42 am, police said, after reportedly drinking with her boyfriend at the American Legion Hall in Riverside for several hours. She was not injured in the crash. The arrest report says that Smith told the patrol officer who asked her how much she had to drink: “A lot. I’m really drunk.” The police officer said Smith had difficulty standing and showed all the signs of being inebriated, such as blood-shot eyes, slurred speech and …