Archive - 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â With 435 decorated Christmas trees lining the route through Slater Park, along with brightly-painted little houses and light displays around the pond, the city once again hosted its annual Winter Wonderland celebration on Saturday and Sunday evening.
The event, which drew a large crowd of adults and children, also included horse-drawn wagon rides, the holiday train and music in the heated tent near the Looff Carousel. The carousel was open for rides at just 25 cents a spin and their was hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and other goodies for sale as well.
PAWTUCKET â For Pawtucket, the start of the 2013 holiday season officially begins today with the Winter Wonderland festival. The annual event in Slater Park is celebrating its 15th year, and its opening activities are always eagerly anticipated by residents throughout the city and surrounding communities.
PAWTUCKETâThe Police Departmentâs rookie officer was panting heavily and nervously shaking his leg as the mayor swore him in at City Hall in front of a crowd of city officials and the news media.
Yet, Col. James Mendonca assured everyone present that Officer Axel could maneuver through tight areas and run faster than anyone else on the force. âBeware the criminal who runs from him,â he warned.
PAWTUCKETâSince last April, the sprawling, 89-year-old American Insulated Wire property has been undergoing a radical makeover. Now, within a few weeks, the first dozen or so rental units of the total 142 that are planned will be ready for occupancy and the site will get a new lease on life as âThe American Wire.â
Declaring that âI have watched Rhode Islandâs elected officials run this state into the ground,â Ken Block says he wants to be governor âso I can fix an avoidable catastrophe.â
Block, who recently became a Republican after abandoning the Moderate Party of RI that he founded just over four years ago, believes that Rhode Island is in such poor shape that, âIf we donât fix it shortly, there wonât be recovery from where we are.â
The Times, in partnership with the LeFoyer/The Fountain Street Grille, is hosting the âJingle Mingle,â an evening of socializing, great food and dancing that is open to all members of the local community. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7-11 p.m. at the LeFoyer/The Fountain Street Grille, 151 Fountain St., Pawtucket.
Proceeds from the Jingle Mingle will be entered into The Times annual Merry Christmas Fund, which is donated to The Salvation Army of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKETâA substitute teacher who was working at Slater Junior High School last week was arrested on Wednesday after a female student alleged that he had touched her inappropriately.
Warren Tassone, 22, of 180 Rounds Ave., Providence, was charged with second-degree child molestation (forcible fondling), according to police.
PAWTUCKET â PeaceLove Studios has a new home among kindred spirits in Hope Artiste Village.
As Matt Kaplan describes it, the studio he co-founded nearly four years ago with his cousin Jeffrey Sparr as a place to create mental wellness through art has joined the âcommunity of artistsâ already happily ensconced in the renovated mill complex at 999 Main St.
âThere was already a big creative network here, so we think it's a good fit,â he said, of the recent move from the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center downtown.
CENTRAL FALLS â It outraged them that someone would be putting on a fundraiser to support Jorge DePinaâs legal defense of charges he caused the injuries leading to his daughter Aleida DePinaâs death on July 3 at Miriam Hospital.
And so, a group of moms from the area banded together and called attention to the planned event at the Tropical Restaurant at 855 Broad St. on Black Friday, winning its cancellation by Tropical owner Eugenio Gibau.
Pointing to a R.I. Community Food Bank report showing that 66,500 Rhode Island households do not have the money to purchase adequate food, Sen. Jack Reed is calling for increased funding to soup kitchens, food banks and emergency shelters nationwide.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to a mix of state and federal grant funding, the city is hoping to usher in a new era of recreational facilities designed to please everyone from high school athletes and fishing enthusiasts to a new type of âgolfer.â
LINCOLN â A 48-year-old Cumberland woman was charged with felony possession of cocaine after she allegedly purchased a quantity of the drug from a male subject at the Twin River casino on Thursday.
PAWTUCKETâGary Gaudreau, found guilty in September of burning down the Physique Company, the gym that he owned on York Avenue, was sentenced Monday before Judge Nettie Vogel.
Gaudreau, 76, of Hutchinson Street, Pawtucket, received a sentence of 25 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions, with nine years to serve, and the balance suspended with probation, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. He was also ordered to have no contact with the owner of the property. READ THE FULL STORY IN TUESDAY'S TIMES.
ATTLEBORO â A Christmas tradition for thousands of families for well over half a century, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro will flip the switch on its Christmas Festival of Lights Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28.
But this yearâs 60th annual festival, which features more than 350,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres, will incorporate a whopping 800,000 LED lights â twice as many as last year â making the shrine a leader in energy efficiency.
A third of the lights were made possible thanks to donations.
PAWTUCKETâIt's time to break out the Christmas sweaters and velvet dresses because Santa Claus is coming to town! âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White is making his annual appearance for Photos with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Apex, 100 Main St., Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKETâA man with known ties to organized crime and notoriously known as âThe Coinâ for masterfully producing counterfeit slot machine tokens has now been arrested on drug charges by Pawtucket Police.
Louis Colavecchio, 71, of 172 Argol St., was taken into custody on Wednesday after members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad executed a search warrant of his apartment. Police say the investigation was the result of neighborhood complaints and other sources of information.
READ THE FULL STORY IN FRIDAY'S TIMES.
PAWTUCKET â The stage in the Central Falls High School auditorium has seen a lot of productions over the years, but perhaps none so formal as a session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
PAWTUCKETâA former teacher, coach and public school activist says she objects to a proposal to have a Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at Shea and Tolman High Schools and wants the School Committee to reconsider its previous vote of support.
Maggi Rogers, a longtime city resident and the mother of two Tolman graduates, says she was âgravely concernedâ after learning of the School Committee's vote last week to support a memorandum of understanding for a Marine CorpsJROTC to be implemented at two out of the three city high schools.
PAWTUCKET -- The City of Pawtucket is experiencing problems with its main telephone
number, 401-728-0500, due to technical issues with a service provider. The issue is
actively being worked on and is expected to be resolved soon.
A temporary line has been set up to accept all incoming calls and operate as
normally. That number is 401-616-2235.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for their patience.
PAWTUCKETâThe cause of the Nov. 5 explosion that prompted a devastating fire at a triple-decker at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave. has been determined to be âaccidentalâ according to state and local fire officials.
The explosion tore the front walls off of the 133-year-old house and sparked a blaze which injured a young father and his 9-month-old daughter. The extensive damage to all three apartments left that family, a second floor tenant and another young family on the first floor homeless.