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PAWTUCKET â€“ The four candidates for three at-large council seats say that issues ranging from improving the cityâ€™s business climate to keeping a keen eye to the cityâ€™s finances are focal points in the lead-up to Tuesdayâ€™s Democratic primary.
Incumbent councilmen Thomas E. Hodge, Lorenzo C. Tetreault, and Albert J. Vitali Jr. will look to receive another term on the council when voters take to the polls during the Sept. 9 primary. However, a challenge has come from School Committee member Sandra Cano.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Arson is considered a â€śreal possibilityâ€ť in an early-morning fire that gutted an unoccupied three-story building on Foundry Street Thursday, fire officials said.
The fire broke out at 63 Foundry St. at about 3 a.m. Thursday and required nearly 50 firefighters from Central Falls and neighboring communities to fight the blaze before it was fully under control nearly three hours later, Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. told The Times.
The fire is the third in six months at the property, Bradley said, with the intensity of each inferno worsening with each incident.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Rooted in humble beginnings â€“ with a few dozen attendees attracted to the Pawtucket Public Library to celebrate the first annual festival in 1999 â€“ the Pawtucket Arts Festival has witnessed continued growth and expansion over the past 15 years Arts Festival Chairman John Baxter is hopeful that this year's upcoming celebration, the 16th annual such festival, will only serve to further grow the size, spectacle, and overall reach of the event.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Upon entering the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's visitor center on Main Street, guests are instantly inundated with hundreds of photographs adorning the walls.
These snapshots capture the city on a grand scale â€“ including attractions such as Slater Memorial Park and McCoy Stadium â€“ or something as simple as a little piece of home, whether it's a family cookout, children playing in mounds of snow, or friends horsing around.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In John Baxterâ€™s view there isnâ€™t a better event among the many making up the month-long Pawtucket Arts Festival than when the Rhode Island Philharmonic takes the stage at Slater Park for its annual concert.
â€śI think it is a vital classical music component of the Festival and one way that we can highlight a local performance group that has been a cornerstone of classical music in the state,â€ť Baxter, festival chairman, said of the event.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Although it has been decades since Fanny the Elephant could be found sauntering around on site, Daggett Farm at Slater Memorial Park is still the kind of place that transcends generations; where parents can bring their children for a relaxing afternoon, then reminisce fondly as their kids later bring their own children.
Darlene Hyson, of Rehoboth, Mass., is a seasoned veteran of the farm. By her own estimation, she frequents the farm on a weekly basis. On Friday morning, she was there with her 3-year-old twin boy and girl.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The former St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy Building has been sold to a New York-based redevelopment company, with plans to convert it into an elementary school, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.
The buyer, Civic Builders of New York, bought the property at 909 Lonsdale Ave. from Holy Family Parish for $889,000. The company plans to turn the former Catholic school into an elementary school, which will serve children from Central Falls, Cumberland, and Lincoln, according to a news release.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Police spent two hours on Thursday trying to coax a sword-wielding man out of his home on Delway Road after he barricaded himself in the house.
When talks didn't work, a special reaction team used gas to finally force the man out, authorities said.
The incident began to unfold just after 6 a.m., when police received a call from a man inside the home who said he awoke to find his distraught 66-year-old roommate swinging a sword and making threatening statements.
The caller then ran out of the house and waited for police to arrive.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Two 21-year-old men got more than they bargained for when they had $20 stolen in a drug deal gone awry Wednesday afternoon, then ended up fleeing the drug dealers after one of them pulled a knife, police said.
Police Maj. Arthur Martins said the two 21-year-olds were trying to purchase marijuana from two drug dealers at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The dealers got in the alleged victimsâ€™ car and grabbed the cash without turning over the pot, Martins said.
Full story appears on page A1 of Thursday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Taunton, Mass., woman is in trouble with the law after twice asking co-workers to change $100 bills that turned out to be bogus, according to police.
Samantha Doyle, 23, was in possession of two more counterfeit C-notes when police confronted her Friday at the specialty meat-packing company, Gourmet Advantage on Delta Drive.
Doyle had no explanation for the source of the phony bills she allegedly passed off on co-workers, or the other two in her possession, said Detective Capt. John Seebeck.
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CENTRAL FALLS â€“ One of the ways that Central Falls resolved its 2011 bankruptcy was by drastically cutting the pensions of city retirees, in some cases by as much as 55 percent. As a result, some retired police officers and firefighters lost their homes to foreclosure; some wound up on welfare.
To make matters worse, their health care package was also reduced, a severe blow for many of the aging cops and firemen, some of them with lingering injuries they sustained on the job.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Cumberland Police have not yet located 16-year-old Margaret Weece and would like to hear more information about the teenagerâ€™s whereabouts.
Police Capt. Douglas Chiullo said on Monday that the Weece is still listed as a missing runaway with national missing children agencies and that status has not changed.
â€śShe is entered as a missing teen and if any law enforcement agency has contact with her that information will pop up,â€ť he said.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Having recently retired from a career in x-ray technology, Kathy Moore found herself with the urge to continue to provide a valuable service.
However, the resource she is hoping to contribute will extend far beyond Pawtucket, and even the United States, as she is seeking donations to purchase needed x-ray technology for people in Sokode, Togo, in western Africa.
PAWTUCKET â€“ What began as a verbal dispute soon escalated into an attempted physical assault on Wednesday, when a city man tried to attack three people who were standing at the corner of Allen Avenue and Cottage Street with a Samurai sword, police said.
Timothy Greve, 28, was charged with three counts of felony assault after he approached the trio of neighbors wielding the weapon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Students and faculty at Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School live by â€śthe three Rsâ€ť, a credo that teaches them to always be mindful of being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Complaints from neighbors helped local police zero in on a man who was allegedly selling cocaine near two schools Friday morning.
Mauricio Guzman, 30, is held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Cranston, after police seized 19 grams of cocaine from his second-floor apartment at 290 Lonsdale Ave.
Undercover narcotics officers obtained a warrant to search Guzmanâ€™s apartment Friday after opening an investigation based on neighborsâ€™ complaints about after-hours visitors and high foot traffic at the residence, according to Major Arthur Martins.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Ivy Duffy, 76, of Providence, got a taste of Greek culture while taking a sailing cruise through the Greek islands with her husband Charlie last year, and figured to add to her experiences with a visit to the Grecian Festival at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday.
Her interest was also heightened by her friendship with a dance teacher, Andrea Vastis, who helps run the Greek Pride of Rhode Island dance troupe starring at the Walcott Street churchâ€™s 87th annual festival.