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April 4th

BREAKING -- Houses hit by gunfire in Pawtucket

April 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket police are trying to find the suspects who shot at several homes on as many as five streets on the city's east side. No one was injured.
Officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire late Wednesday night in the areas of Englewood Avenue, Prospect Street, Division Street and Meadow Street.
Several homes and a car were hit in what authorities believe were related drive-by shootings.
Police didn't release any other information Thursday morning.
See FULL STORY in Friday;s Times.

April 3rd

Council to hear pension plan Thursday night

April 3, 2013
PAWTUCKET — The City Council has scheduled a special session Thursday night to discuss the Grebien Administration's suggested solution to the severely underfunded police and fire pension plan.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council's Office, Room 303, at Pawtucket City Hall. Council President David Moran said he called the meeting so the councilors could learn more details about the proposed Funding Improvement Plan (FIP) that Mayor Donald Grebien's administrative team has developed.

Looff Carousel to open; park gears up for spring

April 3, 2013
PAWTUCKET — It's officially time to ditch the hats and mittens...the Looff Carousel in Slater Park will be opening its doors this weekend to set the spring season in motion.
According to Cindy Medeiros of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, the historic carousel will begin its weekend hours of operation this Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From April 6 to June 30, it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. After June 30, the carousel will operate seven days a week.

Woonsocket Rep. looks to cut payday loan rate incrementally

April 3, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Woonsocket Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt says lawmakers who insist on reducing the annualized percentage rate for payday loans down from the current 260 percent to 36 percent immediately are “detrimental to the cause” of reforming an industry she sees as equivalent to “loan sharking.”
Baldelli-Hunt has once again filed legislation that would cut the interest rate down to 130 percent, or a two-week rate of $5 for every $100 borrowed.

April 2nd

Cumberland murder-suicide - more details today

April 2, 2013
CUMBERLAND – He was known as “Butch” by his friends and neighbors at Victorian Court, a small, tight-knit condominium complex on Nate Whipple Highway where neighbors often gather outside on a Sunday morning to share small talk over coffee.
On Monday, many of those same neighbors were expressing shock and disbelief after Butch, 73, and his 70-year-old wife were found dead in what police say was a murder-suicide while their daughter and grandchildren were in the couple’s 301 Nate Whipple Highway home on Easter Sunday.

April 1st

AG announces $1.5M for struggling homeowners

April 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Following up on last week’s announcement of a $150,000 grant to the Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announces a $1.5 million grant to Rhode Island Housing and the agency’s HUD-approved counseling center.

Grebien takes part in leadership program

April 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET – In an era when leaders are constantly challenged to “think outside the box,” insights from experts on how to better understand important decisions and the best ways to make them can help show the way.
That’s what brought Mayor Donald R. Grebien, accompanied by Finance Director Joanna L’Heureux, to a recent two-day leadership session conducted at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University in Newport.

Rodas is Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

April 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Mellany Rodas, 18, a senior at St. Raphael Academy and a Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket member for five years, has been named the Club’s 2013 Youth of the Year.
Rodas, of Central Falls, was chosen from a pair of youth nominees during the annual Youth of the Year dinner at the Alfred Elson, Jr. Clubhouse on Tuesday, March 26. Rodas has been accepted to URI and Newbury College and aspires to career options in physical therapy or sociology. She is a steadying presence at home with her three sisters and mother, contributing to her family through working, caring and maturity.


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