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May 30th

Chafee switches party affiliation

May 30, 2013

Governor Lincoln Chafee enters the Board of Canvassers in Warwick City Hall shortly after 10:00 a.m. Thursday to sign a short form switching his party affiliation officially from Independent to Democrat before a hoard of reporters and photographers who had gathered there before his arrival.

May 29th

Chafee swtiches parties

May 29, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent who is rated nationally as one of the most vulnerable governors seeking re-election in 2014, plans to announce this morning that he is joining the Democratic Party as part of his quest for a second term.

Second school closed -- this time it's Nathanael Greene Elementary

May 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET —Concerns over possible dangers with the same type of ceilings as the Potter-Burns Elementary School have prompted the closure of the Nathanael Greene Elementary School at least until Monday.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke said that an engineering report that she received late Tuesday showed there were concerns about the condition of about a half dozen ceilings in classrooms and in the principal's office at the Greene School. As such, she made the decision on Tuesday night to close that school as well so a contractor can take corrective action.

May 28th

Cylke faulted for Potter-Burns bid process

May 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET — This weekend, work got underway to address the ceilings in the Potter-Burns Elementary School, with a target date of June 3 still on for classes to resume.
Since last Wednesday's incident in which a 6-foot by 10-foot section in a basement classroom gave way, all of the ceilings in the nearly 100-year-old building have been inspected by outside structural engineers and the city's building officials. Now, the immediate solution involves shoring up some of the ceilings with a strapping support system while in other areas, the ceiling material will be removed completely.

4-day school weeks a possibility in proposed calendar

May 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Could four-day school weeks be coming to Woonsocket?
It’s possible, if a bill that passed the Senate last week manages to find its way to becoming law.
Introduced by State Senator Roger Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland), the bill doesn’t mandate four-day school weeks. But with the state’s consent, school districts could adopt any sort of calendar they deem fit, so long as the school year provides no less than 1,080 hours of instructional time, the equivalent of the existing 180-day minimum.

May 27th

Market Basket coming to South Attleboro site

May 27, 2013

S. ATTLEBORO – The old Shaw’s store at Bristol Place off Route 1A in South Attleboro near the Pawtucket line is giving way to a new much larger Market Basket store at the same location.
The old building has been torn down and this week steel girders were beginning to frame the planned 80,000-square-foot Market Basket store.
Stephanie Davies, senior land use planner in Attleboro’s Planning Department, said Friday the old Shaw’s, which had been closed by the supermarket chain in 2009, was demolished to make room for the new Market Basket development.

May 26th

Summer jobs for your teens are few and far between

May 26, 2013

The end of school is near, and there’s no time like the present for teenagers to try to find that summer job.
Lining up work with a private business is one way for teens to fill their free hours but that may not be an easy task given the area’s still-recovering economy.
There are also community-based jobs — funded through local governments, state agencies, or federal programs — that may still be available to interested job seekers.

Battling PTSD with other veterans helped Hebert cope after WW II

May 26, 2013

CUMBERLAND – It’s been 68 years since Wilfrid E. Hebert, 91, returned home from World War II and he has spent much of that time coming to terms with his days as a B-17 crew member flying missions over Europe.
Hebert, an ex-POW and a resident of Flat Street, can tell you what helped him most through his troubled times and also about the things he still grapples with when holidays such as Memorial Day arrive.

Grace continues career helping others

May 26, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles of the new leaders of Central Falls, a community emerging from the turmoil of bankruptcy to become a virtual New City, with new officials in place and new goals for the future.

CENTRAL FALLS – Sonia Grace has spent her working life doing whatever she can to help others improve the quality of their lives, and it’s a commitment that continues now that she is chief of staff to Mayor James A. Diossa.

May 25th

School repairs to take a week

May 25, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The Potter-Burns Elementary School will remain closed next week while workers install bracing to shore up the ceilings throughout the century-old building. Classes are scheduled to resume on June 3, according to Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke.
The school, at 973 Newport Ave., has been closed since Wednesday afternoon after a section of ceiling in a basement classroom suddenly gave way. No one was in the room at the time, although it is periodically used as an occupational therapy classroom for a couple of students at a time, Cylke said.

High-visibility police bike patrols resume in Pawtucket

May 25, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With the arrival of warmer weather the Pawtucket Police Department announced that officers have resumed patrolling various locations in the city on bicycles. The uniformed patrols began earlier this month in Payne Park and Slater Park.
“These patrols are an important part of our ongoing focus on community policing,” said Police Chief Paul King.

FBI: New England has more bank heists than other parts of U.S.

May 25, 2013

More than a dozen banks from Providence to Pawtucket have been robbed over the past five months, leaving some to wonder if bank robberies have reached epidemic proportions in the Blackstone Valley.
While it may seem like the valley is a hotspot for bank theft of late, Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the FBI’s Boston division, says the recent spate of robberies, which include Monday’s heists in North Providence and Cranston, and Thursday’s robbery in Pawtucket, are not an indication of an overall rise in the number of bank robberies in the state.

May 23rd

School Citing Law at center of dispute

May 23, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Proponents of a bill to alter the School Siting Law passed last year say it will strengthen the safety requirements for building schools on former industrial or manufacturing sites.

Ceiling collapse closes school

May 23, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Was it just old age? The reason for the sudden collapse of an original ceiling in the nearly century-old Potter-Burns Elementary School was being investigated by city officials and architects on Thursday as the school remains closed at least until Tuesday.

Summer season kicks off with Memorial Day events

May 23, 2013

They’re known as The Flying Squadron, an ever-changing group of Uxbridge veterans who have made it a Memorial Day tradition over the past 138 years to visit local schoolchildren with a simple message: The final Monday of May is not just the start of summer vacation season, but a time to honor Americans who died while serving in the U.S. military.
The squadron, which is made up today of 20 town veterans divided into two units, will conduct its 139th consecutive visitation to town schools on Friday to kick off the town’s Memorial Day observances.

May 22nd

Cumberland fire merger causes rift among Statehouse delegation

May 22, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Plans for consolidating Cumberland’s four fire districts are causing a rift in the town’s General Assembly delegation that could delay a merger until next year.

May 21st

Report: Low-cost housing needs upkeep

May 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET – A leading advocacy group for affordable housing released a report today criticizing state government for failing to protect its investments in affordable housing with additional funds for maintenance and operations.
The HousingWorks RI report characterizes affordable housing as an essential component of the state’s economic development infrastructure. The report, entitled “The Complete Approach to Affordable Housing,” says the state not only needs more affordable housing but should invest more to make sure what it has is sustainable.

City to host gun buyback program Saturday, June 1

May 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET – To help get unwanted guns off city streets, a Pawtucket Police Gun Buyback program will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police substation at 270 Armistice Blvd. (across from Precision Harley-Davidson). The program is open to all city residents.

Mayor calling for new positions

May 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Despite being shot down twice by the City Council, Mayor Donald Grebien is again pushing to hire a business/communications liaison as well as create a new position for an economic development professional who would be funded jointly by the city and the Pawtucket Foundation.

Doherty named to Wyatt Detention Facility board

May 21, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — Former State Police superintendent and congressional candidate Brendan Doherty has been nominated to be the next chairman of the board of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility by Mayor James Diossa.
Doherty would replace Steven T. Hartford, who resigned the chairmanship of the five-member board. The panel also includes Ernest “Gip” Cabral, Hugo Figueroa, Yedinson A. Rios and Frank Tillinghast.


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