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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.”

September 1st

A taste of the Mediterranean in Cumberland

September 1, 2013

CUMBERLAND – From ratatouille crepes to a Mediterranean platter brimming with homemade tabouli, grape leaves with hummus and kalamata olives, Modern Bistro is all about signature American dishes with a European flair.

August 30th

Lincoln doctor suspended after deaths

August 30, 2013

LINCOLN – “Reckless,” “dangerous” and “substantially below the standard of care” are some of the terms health officials are using to describe the prescribing practices of a local doctor whose medical license was suspended Thursday by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.

A “pattern of fatal opiate overdoses in patients” under the care of Dr. Fathalla Mashali prompted the board to conduct the investigation that led to his suspension, according to papers released by the board.

August 29th

RWU connects city tree program with help

August 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Like the memorial trees at the center of its purpose, the popularity of the Tree in Memorial program in Slater Park just kept growing and growing. But sometimes success can bring its own set of challenges.

When city Recreation Director John Blais inherited the program from his predecessor William Mulholland, who started it, he realized it had outgrown the paper records way of keeping track of where the trees were, who donated them and in whose name.

Proposed park to honor late CF fire chief

August 29, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — Fundraising for a project, especially in tough economic times, is always challenging. But when the project centers around someone as universally liked as the city’s late fire chief, Rene Coutu, the task becomes a lot easier.

Coutu, who served as fire chief for 25 years, died on Dec. 7, 2010, at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. Now, longtime friend and Ward 2 City Councilor Robert Ferri wants to have a city park dedicated to Coutu’s memory.

“I’ve known Rene a long time, and he’s a guy so deserving of something in this city,” said Ferri.

August 28th

Group targets johns

August 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Large plate glass windows facing the busy intersection of Broad and Barton streets offer a window to the world that Project RENEW is trying to reach.

August 27th

Pawtucket's new I-95 bridge to be lit at Sept. 7 ceremony

August 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — How often do you get to go to an Interstate 95 bridge lighting party?

The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the City of Pawtucket, along with support from the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call newspapers, invite the public to join in a celebration of the first lighting of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.

Cumberland officials make peace with Diamond Hill beavers

August 27, 2013

CUMBERLAND – A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park last spring have gone from condemned prisoners on death row to the new star attractions of what town officials are hoping will be a natural outdoor exhibit to showcase the park’s diverse flora and fauna.

August 26th

East Providence boasts $8.7M in surplus

August 26, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – City Manager Peter Graczykowski has announced that the city ended fiscal 2012 with a general fund surplus of $8.7 million, which will go into the city’s rainy-day reserve fund recommended by the Budget Commission and approved by the voters at the ballot box in November 2012.

The surplus number was reported as part of the annual audit by Parmelee Poirier & Associates, which completed its review of the city’s finances on July 31.

August 25th

CF woman has designs on high fashion's big time

August 25, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — It’s the Super Bowl of fashion design, and Josamir Torres of Central Falls will be there taking her fashion design skills from the classroom to the runway.

Torres, a 2008 graduate of Central Falls High School, is one of 10 student designers at The Art Institute of New York City who have been selected to bring their fashions to the industry’s largest stage – the semiannual New York Fashion Week, one of four major fashion weeks held around the world.

Lincoln High’s newest Lions ‘Roar’

August 25, 2013

LINCOLN – Starting out as a freshman student in high school can be much easier if there are a few familiar faces at the school when the first day of school arrives.

That’s why Lincoln High School Principal Kevin McNamara, staff members of the school and upperclassmen were out in the school’s parking lot on Wednesday for the annual Freshmen Roar night.

Freshmen and their parents could meet the students’ teachers, take a tour of the high school, and also sign up for extracurricular activities such as sports or afterschool clubs.

Some foot lost, but plenty of life regained for Pawtucket man

August 25, 2013

PROVIDENCE — With his brick-solid, 6-foot-6-inch frame and fiery spirit, one could liken Roger Bacon to a big industrial furnace. However, due to a series of medical and personal setbacks suffered in recent years, including losing part of a foot due to infection, the blaze in that furnace had all but gone out.

Now, thanks primarily to the work of two caring physical therapists at Summit Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the 50-year-old Bacon is all fired up again and ready to embrace the next phase of his adult life with gusto.

August 23rd

Lincoln PD: Pit bull mauls pet to death

August 23, 2013

LINCOLN – A Manville man’s pit bull was listed as having killed one small dog owned by a local woman and severely injured another during an attack on the two pets at the Enrico Caruso Club parking lot Thursday.

Opportunity coughs: Local woman’s idea trains kids to stop spread of infections

August 23, 2013


WOONSOCKET – During the height of flu season in 2011, Denneese Seale was a weary, sleep-deprived woman.

The mother of four from Dawn Boulevard was doing her best to tend to a wave of upper respiratory illness sweeping through her family. She was staying up late and repeatedly invoking the germ-control mantra: “Cough into your elbow! Cough into your elbow!”

There had to be a better way.

August 22nd

Cops step up for kids

August 22, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island State Police, and other law enforcement agencies across the state are cooperating to provide backpacks and school supplies to disadvantaged students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. State Police Col. Stephen O’Donnell said this year, the fifth year the program has been in operation, they will be handing out 1,200 backpacks filled with pencils, crayons, rulers and other basic school supplies, as well as items such as tissues, paper towels, and hand sanitizer for use by the entire class. That is 450 more backpacks than were given out last year.

August 21st

Worker thrown 20 feet in blast

August 21, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – The injured worker hospitalized after an explosion and fire at a wood pellet factory on Ferris Avenue Tuesday was one of a dozen employees working at the plant when the fire, now believed to have been sparked by an explosion triggered by combustible dust, broke out.

August 20th

Crews make repairs to railroad bridge

August 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The $4.3 million project by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to replace the crumbling Conant Street Railroad Bridge, which carries Conant Street over Amtrak and the Providence and Worcester Railroads between Mineral Spring Avenue and Barton and Weeden streets, is moving forward.
As of this week, the new concrete bridge deck has been cured and installation of granite curbing and sidewalks has begun. Preparations are also under way for the installation of new water and gas mains.

August 19th

R.I. GOP chair blasts Fox, Paiva-Weed on jobs, economy

August 19, 2013

The chairman of the state Republican Party says recent jobless numbers that show Rhode Island’s already-high unemployment rate climbing in July puts the lie to the claims by General Assembly leaders that they took effective steps to boost the economy during the legislative session that ended last month.

Schools plan to be unveiled

August 19, 2013

PAWTUCKET — As the ambitious, multi-phase proposal to overhaul the district's school buildings is presented to the full School Committee tonight, both city and school leaders agree that a team effort is needed to bring the project to fruition.


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