November 23, 2014
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Fire, police celebrate promotions, retirements at ceremonies
Submitted photos by Sue Baker
TAKING THE OATH: Mayor Scott Avedisian administers the oath of office to now Lieutenant James Conley of the Warwick Fire Department as Fire Chief Edmund Armstrong looks on.

On Jan. 29, Mayor Scott Avedisian and Fire Chief Edmund Armstrong led the Warwick Fire Department’s promotional ceremony, as well as honored five members of the department on their retirement. The mayor also joined Col. Stephen McCartney for a promotion ceremony for the Warwick Police Department on Jan. 28.

Both ceremonies were held in City Council Chambers inside Warwick City Hall, and Board of Safety Chairwoman Leslie Walaska Baxter, member James Paolucci and member Thomas McGovern were also in attendance.

The Fire Department’s ceremony featured a processional by the department’s honor guard, and greetings from Deputy Chief Francis Colantonio and Avedisian, as well as Lt. John Halloran singing the national anthem. Father Peter Mongeon and Father Robert Marciano, the department’s chaplains, delivered the invocation and benediction, respectively.

During the ceremony, Avedisian and Armstrong administered the oath of office to Rescue Lieutenants Carl Morlock and Andrew Sutton, and Lieutenants Matthew Richards, James Conley, Steven Cullen and George Lusignan.

Additionally, Jonathan Faucher was sworn in as rescue captain, Gary Oatley took the oath of office as captain, James McLaughlin took the oath of assistant chief, Thomas Jessop was sworn in as battalion chief, Jason Umbenhauer was promoted to EMS coordinator and Father Marciano was sworn in as a deputy chief.

In recognition of their retirement, Lieutenants Ronald Driscoll, Jeffrey Hall, Stephen Campagnone and Kevin Armstrong, along with EMS Coordinator Joseph Pfeiler were honored for their service.

The police ceremony last Tuesday also featured an invocation and benediction by Marciano, police department chaplain, and remarks by both Avedisian and McCartney.

The oath of office was administered to Robert S. Nelson for promotion to the rank of major, Bradford E. Connor as captain, Joseph F. Hopkins as lieutenant and Joel P. Thomas as sergeant. A presentation of commendations and awards followed.


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RI ACLU Stephen Brown Notifies Warwick Minimum Housing Board Violated OMA Open Meetings Act At this meeting the chair jude plante announced there would be no electronics allowed, taping,videoing etc. I objected he related town council atty robt sgroi confirmed they could demand this or call the police if I didn't comply. I shut the tablet off. But I stated I would contact Stephen Brown RI ACLU and AG regarding this violation of open meetings act ri 4246-1. He said alright. I did, Mr Brown sent out notice they violated RI OMA . Town atty Ruggerio related shouldn't of and only Mr Sgroi apologized to me.

This was done intentionally to block me . I have had numerous problems with the clerk : annamarie marchetti and she set the attys and board in motion. The day before she told me I couldn't speak at the meeting either.

Please enter cindy cook ri in google or youtube and you will see videos of the beginning of the meeting where they violate my rights and then the audio I received from the town they made at the meeting. Plus the conditions of the cottage we rent that has numerous code violations. Worst matter is bathroom toilet floods from connector hose and underneath,floor soaked rotted,no seal causing it to move around the floor and it cannot flush. It goes to a 200 gal cesspool and the pipes are broken causing the toilet paper to get caught on them . We have to place a plastic bag across the toilet seat down go then empty it into a barrel through the window. Mayor scott avedisian ,blg dept al decorte are fully aware of this and haven't had it repaired. Alfred esposito, 83yrs old,a vet in his fla condo [not hosp] is listed as owner but his niece cindy r cook and her husband barry cook really are the owners. Uncle esposito let them put it in his name in 2003 whereas they filed bankruptcy in 2000 etc and couldn't put it in their names. Barry and cindy had a real estate business he was on east providence housing board,councilman , vp citizens bank 17yrs so the know they should never of rented this uninhabitable property especially to an elderly disabled senior and her caregiver. The water bill hasn't been paid since 2009 $2,100 , lien whereas uncle esposito co-sign for niece cindy's business which failed and they haven't paid rent on this leased land for several mos. We just moved in oct and gave them $2,250.

Here are the links to the RI ACLU Stephen Brown's letters and town atty.http://tinyurl.com/q7furx3

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