Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s switch to the Democratic Party has cost him one key supporter. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, a longtime Chafee friend and backer, said he will not support the governor in his re-election bid.
“He’s been a lifelong friend so I’ll still be his friend but we’ll have to see what happens politically as we move forward,” said Avedisian. “I’m a Republican and I would expect to be supporting the Republican candidate.”
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian today announced that he is moving ahead with plans to renovate the closed Potowomut Elementary School into a fire station to serve the neighborhood.
Avedisian said in a news release that he will ask the city council to use $2 million in bonds for the renovation. The mayor said putting a fire facility in the old school would allow Warwick to end its fire service agreement with the East Greenwich Fire District, which would save Warwick the annual $350,000 payment to East Greenwich.
The investigation continues this morning into an apparent double murder/suicide in Warwick. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the Oakland Beach area. Police say 45-year old John Oliveira shot his former girlfriend, Carla Bowen, multiple times and then killed her boyfriend before turning the gun on himself. All three victims were dead at the scene.
The crime was reported by one of Bowen’s 12-year-old twin boys. He fled out a dormer window and ran to a neighbor for help. The other twin remained on the roof until police rescued him.
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State Representative Joe Shekarchi joins the Roundtable this week to talk about NECAP test results, binding arbitration, leveraging the airport, and the political future of state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
State Representative Joseph Shekarchi, who still has more than $82,000 in his campaign account after aggressively raising money during his rep run last year, is keeping a close eye on City Hall in Warwick.
The freshman Democrat from Warwick says he'd "absolutely" consider seeking the mayor's office if incumbent Scott Avedisian doesn't seek a ninth term in 2014.