Archive - Sep 2012 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â They'll be rockin' by the river tonight, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival gets underway with its Gala and âTaste of Pawtucketâ events.
The opening night Gala and âTaste of Pawtucketâ will start at 6 p.m. along a portion of Roosevelt Avenue near the intersection with Main Street and on the grounds of Slater Mill (rain or shine). It promises to be an evening of delicious restaurant samplings served with an ample portion of zydeco music, dance and refreshment, all by the banks of the mighty Blackstone River and historic Slater Mill Museum site.
PAWTUCKET â With summer fading into the busy autumn season, there are not many people thinking about Christmas. Yet, with the economic need of the local community being so large, the Salvation Army must start planning early for the upcoming holiday, and the Times wants to be there as a partner to help.
PAWTUCKET â Stanley Banach III, an unemployed baker who was injured in a car crash, used to be able to walk from his home to the netWORKri office in Pawtucket, where he would bring his 20-month-old son along to look for jobs. Now, the young father complains that he will have to tote his son with him on a long bus ride to Providence or Woonsocket in order to do the same type of job search at another netWORKri facility.
Above, Verda Jones, Shea High Schoolâs Smartlab facilitator, left, and Peter Solomon, Tolman Smartlab facilitator, train with Kurt Williamson, vice president of Creative Learning Systems, in the brand new Shea Smartlab this week. The team was gearing up for the opening of the new school year, which started Tuesday.
CUMBERLAND â Town residents Jocelyn Bodington, Daniel Collard, and Adam Vartanian each took home state titles in the 2012 Pitch, Hit & Run competition during a recent on-field pre-game awards ceremony at McCoy Stadium.
Bodington was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 11-12 year old division; Collard was the Pitching champion for the 11-12 year old division; and Vartanian was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 7-8 year old division.
Hosted by Dunkinâ Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.
LINCOLN â John Gregory, CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, was recently invited to continue to serve as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
Do your children need practice reading? Pawtucket Public Library is offering a chance for children to read to Tinker Bell the reading therapy dog, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Children's Caidin Room. The program takes place on Tuesdays in September and October from 5:30 - 6:30p.m. Sign up for a 15-minute block of reading time, come hang out to see if Tinker Bell has any free time for you, or visit to see which fancy outfit she has on that day. This program is for children of all ages. Call 401-725-3714 ext. 209.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent, will get a speaking spot at next weekâs Democratic National Convention.
âI am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,â Chafee said in a written statement. âPresident Obama has been a friend to Rhode Island, his policies have brought valuable benefits to the people of our state during historically difficult times, and I am proud to explain to the convention audience why I â a former Republican â and lots of people like me are supporting the Presidentâs re-election.â
PAWTUCKET â The cityâs public school students can enjoy a few more days of the traditional summer vacation as the new school year starts after the Labor Day weekend, on Tuesday, Sept. 4.