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February 13th

Storms spark big run on salt, melt products

February 14, 2014

The change from heavy snow to rain as another storm battered the area Thursday afternoon had area highway department officials crossing their fingers that it might also mean a reprieve in the use of rock salt for the storm.

Rock salt is mixed with the sand highway departments lay down on roads as part of their storm cleanup efforts and has been in short supply this season due to the wide reach of winter weather across the country.

Pawtucket Republicans regrouping

February 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Their ranks might be small in number, but the Pawtucket Republicans are a unified group who are still meet regularly and maintain a voice in their party's statewide organization.

February 12th

RI legislators introduce bill to legalize pot

February 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE – With Colorado and Washington State having legalized the possession and sale of recreational marijuana earlier this year, and a poll of Rhode Island voters showing 53 percent of Rhode Islanders favoring the legalization, regulation and taxing of the drug for sale to adults, legislation to do just that has been introduced in the General Assembly.

Central Falls’ lone Catholic school to close

February 13, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Due to declining enrollment and financial deficits, the Square Mile City is losing its only Catholic school.

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy, located at 909 Lonsdale Ave., will close at the end of the school year, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. The news was announced to faculty, staff and parents by letter on Tuesday, and an informational meeting for parents was scheduled for Wednesday night at the school.

February 11th

Father says police beat handcuffed son

February 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Lloyd E. Mumford, Sr. admits he wasn't there when Pawtucket Police arrested his son on a domestic violence warrant on January 30, but he says he doesn't like what he sees in a video taken by someone who was.

February 10th

Sisson Street house shot at once again

February 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET — A multifamily house on Sisson Street that was shot at on Jan. 24 was sprayed with several bullets again late Sunday night, Pawtucket Police said.

Just before midnight, police received a call that someone had fired shots at the window of a house at 182 Sisson St. Police found the remains of a spent round of ammunition between two panes of glass, but no one was injured.

Pension settlement in the air

February 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE – After more than a year of haggling cloaked in the secrecy of a Superior Court judge’s gag order, lawyers for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and several state and municipal employee unions appear to have reached a settlement in the unions’ challenge to the landmark 2011 pension reform law, called the R.I. Retirement Security Act.

But no deal can be consummated until it is, in effect, ratified by the General Assembly, which would have to vote to approve any changes to the law they passed in a special legislative session more than two years ago.

February 9th

Oh no, G.I. Joe, you’re 50!

February 9, 2014

Jared Zampini of West Warwick was never really into G.I. Joes as a kid. He liked monsters instead and Joe hardly ever tangled with one of those.

When Zampini, 31, was growing up in the 1980s, the popular G.I. Joe action figure had morphed into characters like “Duke,” “Roadblock,” “Gung-Ho,” and other fictional anti-terror fighters from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic books and cartoon series.

This year, G.I. Joe turns 50 and even though he’s half-a century old and a bit long in the tooth, he can still kick butt.

Low cost and big demand causes spike in heroin use

February 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The news about a rise in heroin overdoses in Rhode Island, coupled with the national coverage of the apparent heroin-related death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, has thrust the centuries-old opioid in the spotlight. Yet, while it’s acknowledged by police and medical professionals that a “bad batch” of heroin is making the rounds — one that is laced with the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl — the problem of a seeming resurgence of the hippie-era drug is complex and delves into areas of accessibility and affordability.

February 7th

The cookies are coming!

February 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET – It's a sweet tradition that dates back to the 1930s: Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scouts of the USA has declared Feb. 7-8 “National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.” Girl Scouts nationwide are asking their communities to celebrate by purchasing cookies to help girls reach their goals.

February 6th

Florida TV report puts Kilmartin in tough spot

February 6, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Local talk radio hosts are having no end of fun with a Florida TV station’s identification of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin as a “Sarasota resident,” and now state Sen. Dawson Hodgson, a Republican candidate for attorney general, is adding questions of his own.

Kilmartin, whose full-time residence is in Pawtucket, has a vacation home in Sarasota where he stayed during a recent January vacation. While there, he and his wife, Kristine, visited the Sarasota Arts Festival, and he was buttonholed by a local TV reporter for a comment on the event.

Body in submerged car identified as Pawtucket resident missing for three years

February 6, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — The body of the person found inside a car that had been submerged in the Blackstone River has been identified as Angela Rivera, a 62-year-old Pawtucket woman who had been reported missing in March 2011.

The car, a light blue Toyota Camry, had been spotted underwater on Tuesday morning by state employees who had been doing work on a barge in and around the underside of the bridge near 1420 Broad St. When the vehicle was towed from the water, it was determined that a body was inside.

Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times.

February 5th

City digs out from another snowy mess

February 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET – An accurate weather service forecast, a parking ban and a “no school” call helped the city’s Department of Public Works to get a good handle on Wednesday’s snowstorm.

By mid-morning, most of Pawtucket’s roads were very passable and by lunchtime, many were down to the pavement, as temperatures warmed up and the snow tapered off.

February 4th

Body found in submerged car in Central Falls

February 4, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS —Police and fire officials confirmed that a body was inside a rusted and delapidated Toyota Camry that was found submerged in the Blackstone River near the Blackstone Landing boat ramp on Tuesday morning.
A Central Falls Police spokesman would not say if the body was male or female, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. Read the full story in Wednesday's Times.

Sen. Ciccone, Rep. Williams submit driver's license bill for illegals

February 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee has re-ignited the controversy over
issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.
Legislation submitted on Chafee’s behalf by Sen. Frank Ciccone of North Providence and Providence in the Senate and by Providence Rep. Anastasia Williams in the House of Representatives would create a “driver’s privilege license” for people who meet all other requirements for a regular driver’s license but “cannot establish that he or she is legally present in the United States or does not have a Social Security number.”

February 3rd

Cumberland council to weigh pacts for police, rescue chiefs

February 3, 2014

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council Wednesday will consider resolutions authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into new three-year employment contracts for Police Chief John R. Desmarais, Director of Rescue Services Sean Thompson and Water Superintendent J. Christopher Champi.

The council's finance subcommittee voted to endorse the three contract agreements, which total $232,900, and forward them to the council as resolutions.

The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.

Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and Tuesday's Call.

RI Brew Fest leaving a sweet aftertaste for local beermakers

February 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — For the craft beer lover, nothing brews interest like a gathering of some 40 local vendors, all under one roof. According to event organizer Matt Gray, over 600 people attended the Rhode Island Brew Fest winter event at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday, which was a record crowd for its second year.

February 2nd

Pawtucket native staging art show in California

February 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket native Joseph McGowan has been on a long artistic journey since he began making decorative mirrors as a teenager back in the 1970s. That journey took him to the West Coast, where he is proud to be participating in a three-month art exhibit called “Through the Looking Glass” at the Art Works Gallery in his hometown of Riverside, Calif.

McGowan will be one of three featured artists, along with Laura Ryan and Tracy Cantwell, who are taking part in the exhibit. The opening night is Thursday, Feb. 6, and McGowan will be reading some of his poetry during the evening.

January 31st

Armory will be hopping for R.I. Brew Fest today

January 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Craft beer aficionados will have much to celebrate today when the second annual Rhode Island Brew Fest Winter opens its doors at the Pawtucket Armory on Exchange Street.

Starting at 1 p.m., hundreds of craft beer fans will gather to sample brews from more than 40 breweries and meet the people behind the kegs and casks of some of the Ocean State’s most popular microbreweries.

Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times and today's Call.

NECAP reading scores rise; math remains concern

January 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The latest round of scores on the state’s high-stakes standardized tests are in, and they show that both Pawtucket and the Central Falls school districts have made strides in reading, particularly at the secondary school level.

However, there is still much work to be done in mathematics, as in a majority of school districts across the state, where the test scores were flat when it came to showing improvement or downright disappointing.

Full story can be found on page A1 of Saturday's Times.

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