Local briefs for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Local briefs for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

The Westerly Sun

Man charged with stealing copper from homes

RICHMOND — A Woonsocket man is charged with two felony counts of larceny over $500 after he is alleged to have stolen copper from an unoccupied building.

Warwick police arrested Brandon C. Folcarelli, 29, on an arrest warrant from Richmond stemming from an investigation by Sgt. Michael Lawing and Det. Drew Bishop into the theft of copper plumbing from two unoccupied homes located in the 500 block of Kingstown Road. Police said the investigation began after Lawing stopped a van which contained several lengths of copper pipe, still dripping water, along with bolt cutters.

Folcarelli was a passenger in the van. He was released from 4th Division District Court on $10,000 personal recognizance.

— A.J. Algier

Woman accused of stealing family member’s car

RICHMOND — A 42-year-old Gardner Road woman was charged by Richmond police with domestic driving without consent of owner on Nov. 13.

Police said Erica L. Anderson was charged with the felony after a report from a family member in Hillsdale Park that Anderson had “stolen” their motor vehicle. The complainant, according to Richmond Police Chief Elwood M. Johnson Jr., provided an address in Johnston where the vehicle was located by Johnston police.

Anderson was returned to the Richmond station where she was processed and arraigned before a justice of the peace. She was released on $2,500 personal recognizance and was issued a no-contact order barring her from contact with the complainant.

— A.J. Algier

Westerly elementary schools earn healthy eating award

WESTERLY — All four elementary schools in the district have received a bronze award in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge, according to Chartwells School Dining Services, which provides food services for Westerly Public Schools.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service sponsors the challenge, which is a voluntary national certification initiative that encourages and promotes healthier eating and physical activity in schools.

Chartwells’ Food Service Director Mary Piccolo, her staff and Bradford, Dunn’s Corners, State Street and Springbrook elementary schools were recognized at the School Committee’s meeting Wednesday night.

To meet the award criteria, schools needed to demonstrate improvements in food quality, provide students with nutrition information and offer physical education and activity opportunities.

The schools join the ranks of an elite, national group recognized for health, nutrition and fitness excellence.

Schools receiving the bronze award also receive a $500 monetary incentive, an award plaque signed by a USDA official, a banner to display in their school and their school name listed on the Team Nutrition website.

— Anna Maria Lemoine

Art sales tax law takes effect Dec. 1

CHARLESTOWN — A workshop for artists and galleries on a new sales tax exemption in Charlestown will be held at the Cross’ Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Road, on Friday at 4 p.m.

Rhode Island Council for the Arts Randall Rosenbaum will discuss the changes resulting from a new tax relief law that will exempt original works of art from Rhode Island’s 7 percent sales tax.

The change in sales tax policy will take effect Dec. 1 and will apply to works of art, whatever the medium, provided they are original works that are produced and sold in Rhode Island. Rosenbaum will also answer questions about how these changes will work.

The sales tax exemption is the result of legislation sponsored by Rep. Donna Walsh (D-District 36, Charlestown, Westerly, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) in the last session of the General Assembly. It was adopted by the House and Senate and signed by the governor as part of a package of measures designed to boost the Rhode Island economy and create jobs.


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