Local and state briefs for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Local and state briefs for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013


R.I. Right-to-Life director to speak in Westerly

WESTERLY — Barth Bracy, director of Rhode Island Right-to-Life, will be speaking at The Immaculate Conception Parish Center, 111 High St., on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m.

He will be speaking about the Rhode Island health care mandate and the challenges posed by its implementation. He will also briefly cover end-of-life issues.

Former Moody Blues member to play at Knickerbocker

WESTERLY — Denny Laine, formerly of Wings and The Moody Blues, will perform at The Knickerbocker Café, 35 Railroad Ave., on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of the Wings album “Band on the Run,” Laine, co-founder of Wings, will perform the album in its entirety, as well as other classic hits.

Admission is $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit theknickerbockercafe.com.

DAR chapter announces newest officers

GROTON — The Anna Warner Bailey Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, has announced that officers for the 2013-2016 term will be Regent, Janet F. Purinton, of Mystic; 1st Vice Regent, Janith Clay, of Mystic; 2nd Vice Regent, Constance Miller, of Groton; Chaplain, Suzanne Lojzim, of Stonington; Recording/Corresponding Secretary, Barbara Morin, of Franklin; Treasurer, Marianne Wydler, of Mystic; Assistant Treasurer, Janet F. Purinton, of Mystic; and Registrar/Historian, Betty Ann Chapman, of Groton.

The chapter will hold its next meeting at the Fort Griswold Monument House, Park Avenue, on Thursday, Nov.14, at 11 a.m. Prospective members and members’ guests are welcome.

For more information, call Janet F. Purinton at 860-572-8780 or email awbregent@gmail.com.

R.I. police recover loot from string of burglaries

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Police in Rhode Island have recovered a long list of items including knives, sunglasses, electronic equipment and more than 50 watches they believe were stolen during nearly two dozen home break-ins.

WPRI-TV reported Monday that the items were recovered during a joint investigation by the State Police, several municipal departments and the FBI.

Fifty-seven-year-old North Providence resident Michael Rossi has been arrested and charged with the burglaries, as well as two bank robberies. It was unclear Monday if Rossi is being represented by an attorney.

The recovered items include a television, foreign coin collections, sports cards, cellphones, cigar boxes and dozens of pieces of jewelry.

Individuals who believe the items were stolen from their homes are asked to contact the Rhode Island State Police.

R.I. groups work to aid typhoon-ravaged Philippines

NEWPORT (AP) — Filipino-Americans living in Rhode Island are stepping in to help following the devastating typhoon that has killed an estimated 10,000 people.

The Providence Journal reports Monday that the Filipino-American Association of Newport County is accepting donated clothes, nonperishable food and other basic items which will be sent to those impacted by the storm.

Members of the Filipino-American Association tell WLNE-TV that they’ve tried to contact friends and relatives in areas affected by the storm but can’t get through because of damaged telephone lines.

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross says it is accepting financial donations to support the victims of the typhoon.

At least 9.7 million people in 41 Philippine provinces were affected by the typhoon.

RIC to offer new program on food safety

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island College will soon offer a new food safety training program.

The Providence Journal reports that the program scheduled to being in fall 2014 will offer training in areas including how to manage a food safety program and how to design an emergency response plan.

It’s being offered as part of a bachelor of science degree in health sciences. Those who complete the food safety program will qualify to get food safety management certification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

RIC’s program was designed in part by Michael DeCesare, director of food safety at Rhode Island-based sausage maker Daniele Inc. A salmonella outbreak at Daniele in 2009 was traced to pepper it received from a supplier.

DeCesare says the outbreak made him better at his job.

Director of Museum of Work and Culture retiring

WOONSOCKET (AP) — A former history teacher who helped create Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture is stepping down after 16 years of working at the museum.

The Woonsocket Call reports that longtime museum co-director Raymond Bacon plans to retire this week following the museum’s annual Veterans Day observance.

Bacon was a social studies teacher at Woonsocket High School when the city’s mayor approached him with the idea of creating a museum to honor Woonsocket’s history as a center of textile manufacturing.

The museum opened in 1997. It’s now overseen by the Rhode Island Historical Society.

At 76, Bacon says the time has come to spend more time with his family.

Newly-elected official enters plea in petty larceny charge

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The newly elected first selectman of Brookfield says he’ll plead no contest to a misdemeanor petty larceny charge in Vermont in exchange for felony embezzlement charges being dropped over theft allegations.

The News-Times reports that police in Ludlow, Vt., charged Bill Tinsley in 2012 with stealing $500. The owner of Brewfest Beverage, a craft beer shop where Tinsley worked part-time, accused him of pocketing the money and altering the store’s records to conceal the alleged theft.

The 62-year-old Tinsley insisted he is not guilty in what he called a “frivolous” claim. But he said he’ll plead no contest to avoid spending up to $20,000 in a trial.

Tinsley, a Republican, said the reported theft was a misunderstanding caused by problems with the business’s inventory records and its point-of-sale system.


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