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October 19th

Not your grandma's bingo

October 19, 2014

CRANSTON – It’s early in the evening in a sprawling, split-level hall off Elmwood Avenue, and the crowd is still filing in, a freaky stream of drag queens and cross-dressers, Halloween-season witches, a nun, the pope, a couple of folks in banana costumes, and the later it gets the stranger they become. Eventually, the once and possibly future Providence Mayor Vincent A.

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October 16th

Man injured in bat attack

October 16, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A Providence man struck his brother in the head with a baseball bat several times following a dispute late Wednesday, police said.

Amancio C. Gomes, 39, of Providence, was at his brother's apartment at 193 Newell Ave. around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday when the two got into a disagreement over “some disrespect that was going on regarding familial relationships,” police Maj. Arthur Martins said.

October 15th

Pawtucket Soup Kitchen to honor individuals, businesses

October 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – With each of them carrying on the legacy of Ernie Marot and his selfless efforts to end hunger, a collection of individuals, businesses, and state agencies will be honored as part of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's second annual Ernie Marot Humanitarian Awards and fundraising dinner Friday.
According to the Adrienne Marchetti, the soup kitchen's executive director, the five honorees at Friday's gala are: Irving Basiliere, Dr. Michael Ragosta, Navigant Credit Union, Pawtucket Credit Union, and the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Man bites brother's ear off

October 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A man had a big chunk of his ear bitten off by his brother after complaining that his sibling drank all the alcohol in the house and hadn’t left any for him, according to police.
Melvin S. Gboe, 35, of 950 Main St., was arrested Monday on charges that include domestic felony assault, mutilation, resisting arrest and misdemeanor domestic assault, according to police reports.

October 13th

Feldman Furniture building to be converted by Nexus into luxury apartments

October 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Standing at the corner of Broad and North Union streets, the old Feldman Furniture warehouse is undergoing some serious renovations, and the prodigious three-story red brick building could house upwards of 25 luxury apartments in the future.

The 66,000-square-foot three-story mill building was sold to Nexus Property Management LLC on July 3 for $175,000, according to records with the city Tax Assessor’s office.

October 9th

'Big Brother' to host meet-and-greet at C.F. school

October 9, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Fresh off his recent victory in the hit reality television series “Big Brother”, a city police sergeant will participate in a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer session with the public at Central Falls High School Friday.
Sgt. Derrick V. Levasseur, 30, of Providence, was named victorious at the conclusion of the show's Sept. 24 season finale, outlasting 15 other house guests over the course of the show's 16th season to win the $500,000 grand prize. “Big Brother” airs nationally on CBS.

October 7th

Pawtucket man tries to flee from police

October 7, 2014

BOSTON — A Pawtucket man who pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes, among other charges, was captured aboard an airplane at Logan Airport in Boston that was about to depart for Paris, authorities said.

October 6th

Loss of daughter to domestic violence inspires Nov. 1 march to ‘heel’

October 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET – All through that day in the early summer of 2010, a feeling of dread had been growing in the pit of Michelle Lavallee’s stomach. But nothing could have prepared her for what she found in her daughter’s Rufus Street apartment.

VIDEO: Pats rebound with 43-17 rout of Bengals

October 6, 2014

VIDEO: Pats rebound with 43-17 rout of Bengals
Ephraim Salaam breaks down the Patriots' strong performance.

October 5th

Adventure race takes to Central Falls streets

October 5, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Covered in mud and sweat, and after an exhausting morning of dragging tires, flipping logs, pushing weighted wheelbarrows, and scaling ropes, you would expect most participants in Saturday’s Lions Club Warpath Challenge to be physically drained at its conclusion.

And you would be mistaken.

Of the 100-plus people who participated in Saturday’s first-ever challenge on High Street, many of them had smiles on their faces and were excitedly talking about completing the course again, albeit their words were coming through panted breaths.

October 2nd

Just drive! Students learn dangers of texting behind the wheel

October 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Taylor Perez isn't shy about how she feels about sending or reading text messages while driving. In fact, she is vehemently opposed to it.
A senior at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Perez said that if she is in a car with a friend, she will tell them that they are to put the phone down, not send or read text messages while driving, and keep their eyes on the road.
“I'm always against texting and driving,” Perez said, adding that among her peers, distracted driving is an issue.

October 1st

RI GOP bashes Raimondo, Reed over TV ad

October 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party wants the state Board of Elections to make the Democratic Party pull an ad featuring both Gina Raimondo and Jack Reed, claiming it is a blatant attempt “to circumvent state campaign laws.

September 29th

Pawtucket Hall of Fame to induct all-female class

September 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The first executive director of the Pawtucket Arts Council; a retired senior center director and advocate for the aged; a pioneer for women in Pawtucket politics; and an advocate for impoverished women are all slated to be inducted into the 22nd Pawtucket Hall of Fame, the Hall’s nomination committee announced Monday.

Established in 1992, the Pawtucket Hall of fame honors people who have made a real difference in the community and have had a significant impact on the city as a whole.

September 28th

The joys of 'positive play' at Day for Kids

September 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET – On a day that could have been one of summer’s last bastions before the leaves change color and cooler temperatures inevitably descend upon the area, hundreds of children participated in the annual “Day for Kids” at the Boys & Girls Club Saturday, celebrating with games, arts and crafts, and inflatables.

Amy Gravell, development officer with the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, said that Saturday’s outdoor festivities were “all about encouraging positive play.”

September 25th

Driver wields machete against woman, son

September 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – After growing impatient with the amount of time a woman was taking to park her car at a grocery store on Mineral Spring Avenue Wednesday, a local man brandished a machete, threatening the woman and her teenage son, police said.

Adam D. Picard, 41, was involved in a dispute over the parking space at the Pawtucket Food Mart around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The man was impatient that “she wasn't moving as quickly enough into a spot,” and was beeping his horn before exiting his truck to confront her, Martins said.

September 24th

Roommates fight, shot fired

September 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Three roommates were arrested after they were engaged in a melee Monday night that culminated in one of the trio firing a rifle into the ceiling of their third-floor apartment on Meadow Street, police said.

September 22nd

Valley sites closer to National Park status

September 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A new national park in the Blackstone River Valley moved a bit closer to reality late last week when the House Committee on Natural Resources approved the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) announced Monday.

Cicilline, who introduced the legislation in the House, says the bill will preserve and protect nationally significant resources throughout the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, promote economic development, and improve historic and natural resources in the Blackstone Valley.

September 21st

DePina murder case heads to pre-trial conference today

September 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – A Pawtucket man indicted by a grand jury in the murder of his 10-year-old daughter is scheduled for a pre-trial conference at Providence County Superior Court today.

Jorge DePina, who is facing murder charges after the July 2013 death of his daughter, Aleida DePina, is slated for the conference before Judge Jeffrey Lanphear.

September 20th

Tolman coach facing child porn charges fired

September 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A former Tolman High School wrestling coach is facing five
counts of possession of child pornography after police said they found
“several videos and images that featured what appeared to be males under the age of 18 performing sexual acts,” after receiving a search warrant for his phone.

David Veccharino, 32, was formerly the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Tolman High School prior to his firing earlier this week, School Superintendent Patricia DiCenso confirmed.

“The Pawtucket School Department learned this week of possible

September 18th

Festival and fireworks set for Saturday in C.F.

September 18, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – The third annual Bright Future Festival will kick off Saturday afternoon, with a diverse celebration of the city's culture, including dance and musical performances, and concluding with a firework display.

The festival begins Saturday at noon at Jenks Park and is free and open to the public and celebrates Central Falls' diversity with cultural foods, dance performances, informational and educational booths, and interactive community art activities.


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