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December 11th

Grand jury indicts several residents

December 11, 2010

PAWTUCKET — A Providence County grand jury on Thursday handed up several indictments involving local residents, including one for a Pawtucket man accused in the beating death of his girlfriend last summer.
Armando Garcia, 31, of 468 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, is accused of killing 30-year-old Brooke Lee Verdoia last June in a violent domestic disturbance at her house at 17 Rufus St. in Pawtucket. Verdoia's two-year-old child was asleep in the house at the time of the incident.

December 9th

Lincoln Giving Tree needs more gifts

December 9, 2010

LINCOLN — This time of year always concerns Dave Sale, not only Lincoln's Recycling Coordinator/Facilities Manager but also the one in charge of the town's special projects.
One such project is the Lincoln Holiday Basket Program, and a sub-section of that is “The Giving Tree.” That's where residents are asked to stop by Town Hall, pluck a tag with the gender and age of a needy child in town from a bulletin-type board, purchase an appropriate Christmas/holiday gift for him or her, then place it under the lavishly-decorated pine in the main foyer.

December 8th

New lawmakers learn ropes

December 8, 2010

PROVIDENCE — As she mingled for the first time with her fellow freshman legislators, Pawtucket Senator-elect Donna Nesslebush had the sense that she was starting upon something significant.

December 7th

CF Fire Chief Rene Coutu dead at 60

December 7, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS — When Battalion Chief Keith Sullivan received the call at approximately 4 a.m., Tuesday, he walked to the dormitory area of the Central Falls Fire Department and announced to several colleagues their beloved chief — Rene R. Coutu — had died at the age of 60.
“Everybody got up, and one firefighter immediately went outside and lowered the (American) flag to half-staff,” Sullivan said sadly. “The others just walked around. It actually was very quiet.”

December 6th

Moreau breaks silence on CF receivership

December 6, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS – Still pursuing his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state receivership law at the Supreme Court, Mayor Charles Moreau is breaking his silence on the actions being taken by Receiver Mark Pfeiffer.
“There’s a dictator running the city of Central Falls and he has no clue what he’s doing,” Moreau declared in an interview with The Times Wednesday.
Moreau, who still holds the title of mayor and ostensibly serves in an advisory capacity to the receiver, says he can not even get his calls returned by Pfeiffer.

December 4th

Wintertime Farmers' Market open Saturdays, Wednesdays

December 4, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Fans and supporters of fresh and organic farm-to-table produce, seafood and other edible items now have two days a week to shop. The popular Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmers' Market is now open on Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday mornings in the Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main St.

December 2nd

Elderly woman's death ruled a homicide

December 2, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Following autopsy results, the death of 83-year-old Pauline E. Buco, whose body was found by a family member in her home on Saturday afternoon, has been ruled a homicide.
Pawtucket Police have been extremely tight-lipped about Buco’s death since officers were called to her single-family home at 496 Beverage Hill Ave. by a family member who acts as a caretaker. The family member told police that Buco, who lived alone, was dead inside the house.

November 29th

City eyes bowling field for dog park

November 29, 2010

PAWTUCKET — The genteel sport of lawn bowling could be going to the dogs — literally — if a proposal by city officials gains footing.

November 27th

EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL - Shoppers get up in wee hours for Black Friday

November 27, 2010

LINCOLN – Don't believe everything you read.
That was no flat-screen TV in the box, like the label said. That was Alex Camperone's trophy.
It was his prize for spending most of a drizzly and raw, post-Thanksgiving night waiting outside the Target store at Lincoln Mall.
Those other folks in a line of customers that snaked halfway around the mall, waiting, along with Camperone, for the store to open – they were Camperone's rivals in a hungry quest for doorbuster bargains.

November 26th

Julie Nolan loses 154 lbs in 'lifelong journey'

November 26, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Julie Nolan is happy again, and it's because she can leave her Harcourt Avenue home for a walk. She can place her three young grandchildren in her lap and read them a Berenstein Bears book, make them laugh. She can move freely.
She now revels in the fact – at 5’ 5” – her body matches her height, as she weighs a svelte 118 pounds. Her penchant for overeating has ended, though also calls it a lifelong journey.

November 25th

New election exhibit at the State Archives

November 25, 2010

PROVIDENCE – You probably thought you would never again see one of those old-fashioned voting machines with the little metal levers next to candidates’ names and the curtain that opened and closed behind voters for privacy.
But if you want to, you can.

Pawtucket Soup Kitchen puts the 'giving' in Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010

PAWTUCKET – When she had finished eating, Shirley Bergeron bundled herself back up and began walking toward the St. Joseph's Church basement exit when someone asked if she enjoyed her meal.
“Are you kidding? I'm stuffed!” gushed Bergeron, a 54-year-old Pawtucketer who took part in the first of two seatings at the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's annual Thanksgiving Feast, held Wednesday afternoon at the Walcott Street parish.

November 23rd

Kilmartin announces his transition team

November 23, 2010

PROVIDENCE, RI – Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of his transition committee, which will help maintain and recruit the top legal talent at the Office of Attorney General while providing policy recommendations.

Shea students China-bound again in April

November 23, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Continuing an exchange program that began last year, a group of 11 Shea High School students is bound for China this April.
Shea High School Principal Chris Lord announced that the second annual two-week visit to Heng Shui High School in the Hebei Province of China will be taking place and that fundraising efforts have begun. The exchange program that began last year was initiated by former Schools Supt. Hans Dellith, who visited China with a group of other Rhode Island educators as part of an exchange initiative.

November 21st

Lincoln seniors get new facility

November 21, 2010

LINCOLN — With the first public unveiling of the edifice to be called only “The Center,” Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond and State Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith called Saturday morning a glorious moment for Lincoln.
It was easy to tell by the glow in the eyes of 89-year-old Gladys McKee that she heartily agreed.
McKee, a former Cumberland resident who now calls Lincoln home, relaxed in the main lobby of the state-of-the-art, 11,000 square-foot facility — following a ceremony attracting perhaps 200 – and reveled in its beauty.

November 20th

On the Clock: Do city teens know there's a curfew?

November 20, 2010

PAWTUCKET — There has been a curfew in place for the city's youth for 16 years, but do they know about it? Some who are involved with juveniles and teens say that more should be done to get the word out.
Since 1994, the city has had two ordinances on the books aimed at keeping youths off the streets during the late night or early morning hours. One calls for any juvenile under the age of 16 to be home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and the other requires that any juvenile 16 years of age or older and under the age of 18 to be home between midnight and 5 a.m.

November 18th

25-year Thanksgiving tradition

November 18, 2010

PAWTUCKET — It began over 25 years ago when Shea High School teacher Stan Lachut and outreach worker Joan Doyle would hear about some students whose families seemed to be having a hard time financially. The two co-workers would try to drum up support among their fellow staffers to donate money, canned goods, turkeys and other grocery items so they could create holiday food baskets.

November 17th

C.F. woman named TOPS queen for R.I.

November 17, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS — How Rhea Levesque came to the conclusion she needed to lose some excess pounds, she admitted, adds up to a rather humorous story.
In early October 1991, her daughter, Yvette, called and asked her to pick up her 10-year-old twin sons, Nick and Neil St. Jean, from Nathanael Greene Elementary School on Smithfield Avenue. Yvette explained she and then-husband Kenny had tickets to a Boston Red Sox game, and they wanted to get a jumpstart on the trek to Fenway Park.
Naturally, Levesque acquiesced, as she and her husband Norman adored the Sox.

November 17th

Ama's: Make healthier choices

November 17, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Long known for dispensing good cheer, sage advice, and the occasional hug, “Mama Ama” has wrapped her loving arms around a new cause: to help the residents of Woodlawn embrace healthier eating habits.
Ama Amponsah, who owns and operates Ama's Variety Store with her husband, Isaac, is excited to announce they are taking part in the “Healthy Corner Store Initiative.” The HCSI is a community campaign to add healthy options and variety to the food that is available at small urban markets to make it easier for families to find and cook healthier meals.

Agnes Little School grapples with mouse problem

November 16, 2010

PAWTUCKET — School officials say they are working to eradicate a pesky mice problem that has recently erupted at the Agnes Little Elementary School.
The Times received several phone calls last week from unidentified individuals saying their children had reported seeing mice at the school—some dead and others alive—and were concerned about health and safety issues. Two of the callers said that besides seeing the rodents running around the school, there was a foul odor, apparently from dead mice, and that there were apparent mice droppings on the floors, desks, and other surfaces.

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