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September 16th

Lincoln man charged with break-in attempt

September 16, 2013

LINCOLN – A 19-year Burrillville man faces a felony breaking and entering charge after he allegedly attempted to enter a woman’s 6 Railroad St. home, where his girlfriend was being sheltered over a domestic incident early Thursday morning.

Joel A. Rouillard, of 1000 Douglas Pike, Burrillville, allegedly attempted to enter the woman’s home by pulling an air conditioning unit out of a window where it had been installed and running, according to Patrolman Alvaro E. Herrera.

Mauled by loose dog, greyhound fights for life

September 16, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The future is still uncertain for a rescue greyhound named Lady who underwent a third round of surgery Monday after she – and the 82-year-old woman who owns her – were both attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull mix.

Wanda Misiaszek, of 175 St. Paul St., fell to the ground, striking her head, and she was bitten on the arm and fingers as she tried to protect Lady. The dog, meanwhile, suffered multiple deep puncture wounds, according to her nephew, Michael Calo.

September 15th

Sonic energy, diversity echoes through city at ‘Rocktucket’

September 15, 2013

PAWTUCKET — There was dancin’ in the street on Saturday, as the fifth annual Rocktucket music festival got underway on a perfect early fall day.

September 13th

MacBeth demands Studio 38 subpoena

September 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland), a member of the House Government Oversight Committee that is currently investigating the 38 Studios debacle, says she wants the panel to issue subpoenas to learn how the Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) loan guarantee program went so wrong.

“We can follow the money a lot more closely than we are able to with the documents we have,” MacBeth told The Times Friday. “Who was on the payroll? People made lots of money on this business, I believe, fully knowing that it wasn’t going to make it.

Cumberland farm makes apple cider the old-fashioned wa

September 13, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Dressed in waterproof rain bibs, plastic gloves and rubber boots, Kerri A. Stenovitch looks more like a commercial fisherman than a fruit farmer.

Indeed, Stenovitch’s three-member apple pressing team at Cumberland’s Phantom Farms, including Chris Combs, Chameal Rogers and Stenovich’s husband, David Joseph, all look like they just walked off a fishing boat at the docks in Galilee.

September 12th

THIS JUST IN: Police search for shooter

September 12, 2013

PAWTUCKET— A blood spattered sidewalk at 90 Cooper St. marks the spot where a 30-year-old city man was shot in the chest late Wednesday. The unidentified victim remains hospitalized in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital, according to police.
Police said the man was returning to his house and had just stepped out of his vehicle at around 9:30 p.m. when the shooting occurred. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male who was wearing all black clothing. The suspect fled on foot.

September 11th

Old building gets a new life

September 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — While its longtime use was as a jewelry manufacturing plant, the historic Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co. building at 145 Exchange St. can boast of “location, location, location.” As such, it’s no surprise that a husband and wife who specialize in seeing the value and potential of all things old have acquired the property and intend to give it a new purpose.

September 10th

Twin River table game expansion receives the go-ahead

September 10, 2013

LINCOLN – Twin River officials have received state approval to increase the number of table games at the 100 Twin River Road, state-supervised casino, and may be unveiling a new expansion plan even as casino plans move forward in nearby Massachusetts.

Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle confirmed on Tuesday that the casino received permission from the state Lottery Commission last Friday to increase the number of live gaming tables from 66 to 80, but noted a specific plan for an expansion has not yet been finalized.

Local veterans throughout Valley will remember

September 10, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Carrying on a tradition that they started in 2001, members of the United Veterans Council of Woonsocket and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a remembrance ceremony today marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.

September 9th

Cumberland DUI arrests rising

September 9, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Local police say they arrested nearly twice as many people for drunken driving in 2012 as they did the previous year.
Sixty people were arrested for driving under the influence last year, a whopping 94 percent increase over the 31 DUI arrests that were made in 2011, Police Chief John R. Desmarais noted in the Cumberland Police Department’s annual report, which was presented to the Town Council last Wednesday.

September 8th

CF councilor wants to preserve WWII anti-aircraft guns

September 8, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — Seven years ago, the Eugene T. Lefebvre Post at 414 Hunt St. was sold to the Central Falls Housing Authority. Once a bustling social hub and gathering spot for countless local war veterans and their spouses, the post had fallen on hard times in recent years due to declining membership and an aging infrastructure.

Dragon boat races highlight colorful day of pageantry on river

September 8, 2013

PAWTUCKET – An amazed Alan Ket sits on a bench above the steep bank of the Blackstone River as three colorful dragon boats glide over the choppy surface of the brackish river, drum beats pounding and the sounds of oars slicing through the water.

“This is so cool,” says Ket, who lives in New York City and has never seen a dragon boat up close.

September 7th

Pawtucket Bridge Lights up the Night

September 7, 2013

It's a beautiful late summer evening along the banks of the Pawtucket River, accentuated by the brilliant colors emanating from the new bridge structure at twilight. Mayor Donald Grebien begins the countdown shortly after seven o'clock...10-9-8 and before you know it, several hundred spectators are bedazzled by the bridge's new high tech lighting system.

September 6th

It’s all in good taste: Pawtucket festival keeps visitors well fed

September 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Phil Frodio makes no bones about it. He’s here to do some serious eating, and for a 77-year-old foodie like Frodio, there was no better place to be Friday night than the Blackstone River Party and Taste of the Valley in and around Slater Mill on Roosevelt Avenue.

“I’m probably going to go home sick tonight,” Frodio says over his second bowl of pasta and sausage.

September 5th

Ceremony salutes newly completed I-95 bridge

September 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With jokes about the waterway actually being the Seekonk River, the stylish new span that carries Interstate 95 across it was formally dedicated as the Pawtucket River Bridge Thursday in a ceremony attended by federal, state and local officials.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, state Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien joined in the unveiling of the sign that will be affixed to the $81 million bridge, which serves as a major link for the Rhode Island’s interstate system.

Pawtucket festival celebrates arts, culture

September 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET — From toddlers and teens to seniors and everyone in between, there's simply no excuse to be bored in the coming days with the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival lineup. The festivities get under way tonight with the Blackstone River Party and Taste of the Valley in and around Slater Mill on Roosevelt Avenue from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

September 4th

Chafee won't run in 2014

September 4, 2013

CRANSTON – In a move that stunned the Rhode Island political world, and completely scrambled the complex electoral calculus for the 2014 gubernatorial race, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday that he will not seek a second term as the state’s chief executive.

September 3rd

Memorial Hospital merger finalized

September 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Employees, board members and hospital officials stood under white tents on the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island's lawn Tuesday to witness a milestone: the signing of documents that seal the partnership between the Pawtucket-based medical facility with the Care New England Health System.

September 2nd

First responders walk Central Falls High halls... and attend class

September 2, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — “Resilient” is the word teacher Robert A. Scappini uses to describe his students at Central Falls High School.
For the past 23 years, Scappini has been teaching kids in this working-class community, including many who have come from war-torn countries.

He’s also training some of those kids as members of an elite squad of emergency first responders as part of the Central Falls High School Emergency Response Team (SERT).

That old ‘Blacke’ magic features great escapes

September 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Be careful if you’re standing next to Thomas Blacke. While he’s smiling at you, shaking your hand and engaging in friendly chitchat, your wallet, watch or keys can disappear in...poof! A matter of seconds.

Blacke is no criminal, however. His intent is purely theatrical, as he has conjured up a successful career out of being a magician.
“I was gifted with very quick hands,” says the show business veteran and world record holder. “You can learn the skills involved in magic, but you need natural hand speed to do it well.”


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