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October 11th

Vandals trash Slater Park Halloween display

October 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It hasn’t been a happy time at Halloweenland. Last weekend’s debut of the carved pumpkin- and Halloween-themed exhibit at Slater Park was delayed due to rain, and this week, it was spoiled by something truly sinister: vandals who snipped electrical wires, broke displays and pumpkins, and apparently tried to start some fires.

October 10th

Police cracking down on sales of ‘bath salts,’ other stimulants

October 10, 2013

PAWTUCKET — They’re usually next to the cash register. Packages that look like they contain incense or potpourri and are labeled “Bliss,” “Fake Weed,” “Lunar Wave,” “White Lightning” or other colorful names. Yet, police say these are synthetic stimulants that are not only harmful, but are now illegal to sell in Rhode Island.

Pawtucket Police have just sent out a letter to all local retailers notifying them of a new state law that makes it illegal to manufacture, sell or use certain synthetic narcotics. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the law (RIGL, Statute 21-28-2.08) into effect on July 17.

Plenty of questions for Grebien at meeting with his constituents

October 10, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The audience was small — about a dozen residents, but they kept the questions coming for Mayor Donald Grebien and his key department heads at Fallon Memorial Elementary School Thursday night.

The meeting was one of a series of community meetings that began this month, and which Grebien has held regularly throughout the three years since he was elected. “I get to give you some of the highlights as well as the downside of government. I’ll talk about where we are and where we came from, and then I’ll take your questions,” the mayor said.

City slapped with $1 million lawsuit

October 10, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A city woman is suing the city for $1 million in damages that she maintains were incurred as the result of a fall on Prospect Street during the summer.

A representative of the Orabona Law Offices in Providence notified the city clerk last August that Sherry Ambers, of 560 Prospect St., Pawtucket, was injured in an accident on Aug. 14. Ambers was reportedly injured when she was walking down Prospect Street and stepped on a large piece of metal.

October 9th

CF tries crowdfunding campaign for Jenks Park trash/recycle bins

October 9, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — It’s a new concept: using social media to reach out to investors to fund private and government projects. Recently, the city of Central Falls decided to try the method, known as “crowdfunding,” to pay for five new steel trash/recycling bins for Jenks Park. To date, the city is about a tenth of the way there, but those involved are voicing optimism about the potential to reach the goal.

Council denied auto sale details; officials cite need to protect undercover officers

October 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET — While the City Council is typically granted the information it asks for, the need to protect the anonymity of undercover police officers trumped a request for details about the purchases of vehicles made by the city administration outside of normal purchasing procedures.

State ethics panel allows Schmitt to vote on issues with Partington clients

October 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Citing changed circumstances, the state Ethics Commission says Cumberland Town Councilman Scott Schmitt may participate and vote after all in matters where attorney Scott Partington, a former council president, represents clients.

Last February, the commission issued the opposite opinion, saying Schmitt must recuse himself in matters involving Partington because Partington’s law office rents space in a building that was owned at the time by ARS Holdings, a company owned by Schmitt and his wife.

Free tree program greeted with ardor

October 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Maybe it’s the concerns about global warming. Or just nostalgia for shady lanes. Whatever the reason, residents have responded positively to an offer from the city to have trees planted along sidewalks, free of charge.

October 7th

Two busted on drug charges

October 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A man and woman who police say maintained two residences in the city where drugs and related paraphernalia were found were arrested Friday following an investigation by the Police Department's Special Squad.

According to Police Major Arthur Martins, on Oct. 4, members of the Special Squad executed two search warrants for two addresses, 10 George St., apartment 24 and 18 Dudley St., apartment 3. He said that evidence police recovered indicated that the couple had maintained tenancy at both apartments.

Memorial Hospital cuts jobs

October 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A little over a month after the much-talked-about merger with the Care New England Health System, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island on Thursday laid off seven employees in a cost-cutting move.
Susan McDonald, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed the seven job reductions, but said that one of the individuals, a senior vice president, had retired. She said the layoffs had included another senior vice president, two employees who had worked in Memorial Hospital's print shop, and three in facilities management.

City revisits urban farming issue

October 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET—The idea got people clucking when it was first introduced in March: a proposal for ordinance changes allowing residents to raise chickens, honeybees and outdoor fish.

Now, city officials are working to draft an ordinance that would allow for this type of limited urban farming, along with fish raising through aquaponics, that will be put to the City Council for consideration.

October 6th

Corn crop gown goes down the aisle again

October 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her “corn crop dress.” The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakley’s great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her mother’s family after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Coakley is happy to report that the heirloom dress officially stood the test of time at her Aug. 31 nuptials to Pawtucket native Robert M. Bedard on Cape Cod, and she provided the wedding photos to prove it.

October 4th

Ex-police chief hopes coffee will lure drivers to pull over

October 4, 2013

CUMBERLAND — For those who love coffee, sometimes there just isn’t time to go out to a coffee house for that beloved cup of joe.
Michael Houle and his wife, Linda, have a solution to that quandary with their Coffee Breaks single-serving coffee and accessories store at 2275 Diamond Hill Road, near the Route 295 interchange.

The Houles stock over 200 flavors of one-cup coffee, tea and juice packets for Keurig-style coffee makers, as well as a line of whole bean coffee from the Mills Coffee Roasters Co., on Broad Street in Providence.

Retired Pawtucket officer pleads no contest in gas theft

October 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Recently retired Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, accused of stealing gasoline from the city for his own use, pleaded no contest to the charges in 6th District Court on Friday.
Provost, 56, of 303 Woodward Ave., Seekonk, was charged with misdemeanor larceny in August for allegedly stealing more than 200 gallons of gasoline from the city’s Department of Public Works garage. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment.

October 3rd

Dentist disciplined by health board

October 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – A state Health Department disciplinary board has suspended a local dentist’s authority to prescribe controlled substances after providing himself and others with drugs that have nothing to do with pulling teeth.

In one incident, Demetrius James Photopoulos, D.D.S., prescribed the growth hormone omnitrope to a three-year-old in 2012, said the Board of Examiners in Dentistry. The child was given the drug for five months.

BREAKING NEWS: Woman hit by truck in Cumberland dies

October 3, 2013

CUMBERLAND – An elderly woman was killed Thursday morning after she was
struck by a dairy truck while crossing Dexter Street at the intersection
of Dexter and High Street, police said.
According to police, the woman, who’s name and age were not being released pending notification of next of kin, was struck around 6 a.m. while she was attempting to cross Dexter Street and was struck by the truck, which was traveling west on High Street, according to police.

October 2nd

A night of fright at Slater Park could be a Halloween delight

October 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Whether you like your Halloween fun to be scary or “illuminating,” there are activities in Slater Park this weekend that fits both bills.

Beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Slater Park will host “Fright Night in the Park.” Halloween events will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings only, through Oct. 26 (with the exception of inclement weather).

East Providence bond rating earns a major upgrade

October 2, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – In recognition of the city’s improving financial performance, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services Tuesday raised East Providence’s general obligation bond rating five notches to “A” from “BB+”.

“The higher rating is based on our recently released local general obligation criteria, as well as the city’s improving financial performance and liquidity position and lower long-term pension liabilities,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Victor Medeiros.

City granted second enterprise zone

October 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to some tireless lobbying on the part of city officials and local legislators, Pawtucket won approval to have a second neighborhood designated as a state-designated “Enterprise Zone” offering tax incentives to new or expanding businesses.

October 1st

Pawtucket festival an artistic as well as audience success

October 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With the winners of its annual Photo Contest announced on Sunday, the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival wrapped up another successful year, said event chairman John Baxter.

“For the third year in a row, we were blessed with extraordinary weather, and it contributed to record crowds,” Baxter stated. “The Arts Festival seems to grow incrementally every year.”


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