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August 13th, 2015
CENTRAL FALLS â The Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation received $600,000 and the city of Central Falls received $200,000 as part of a statewide awarding of $1.32 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfield funding.
City, state, and federal officials came together at the Central Falls Landing on Madeira Avenue Thursday afternoon to announce the grants. The money will be used for brownfield assessment, job training, and cleanup for municipalities and organizations across Rhode Island.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The City Council, at an emergency show cause hearing Tuesday, unanimously voted to revoke the Class B alcoholic beverage license of the controversial East Bay Tavern on Lyon Avenue.
Voting 4-0 in favor of the revocation were Councilmen Thomas A. Rose, Helder J. Cunha, Robert Britto and Tracy Capobianco. Ward 4 representative Timothy Conley was unable to attend the hearing.
CENTRAL FALLS – A North Providence man was safely rescued after his truck fell into a sinkhole at the intersection of Hunt and Liberty streets Tuesday, fire officials said.
A large water main break had covered the road with water and just prior to noon, a truck driven on Hunt Street by Joe Antunes of North Providence fell into the large hole in the street. The front of the truck fell into the hole and the two rear tires remained on the street.
PAWTUCKET â It was a big Monday afternoon at McCoy Stadium, with lots of stars from the sports and entertainment industries helping to make the venerable ballpark shine just a little brighter.
They all came to raise money for singer and Providence native Jeffrey Osborne and his charitable causes. Osborne also received an additional spike in generosity from the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation. The PawSox took their proceeds from the softball game and donated them to the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation.
PAWTUCKET â When Edd Pedroâs daughter Kelsey showed improvement after receiving treatment for juvenile arthritis 12 years ago, he decided he had to find a way to give back.
And that way turned out to be an annual tournament for those who love the simplified version of baseball know as Wiffleball.
The latest edition of Pedroâs âFight for the Cure Mega Raffle and Wiffleball Tournament was held on Sunday at the Slater Parkâs Boathouse field and drew a large gathering of both kids and adult practitioners of the sport to help the juvenile arthritis cause.
PAWTUCKET â A spokeswoman for the Pawtucket Red Sox confirmed that a modified proposal for a new Providence ballpark being worked on by state negotiators should be completed in the next few weeks, if everything goes to plan.
âWeâre making good progress,â Patti Doyle said. âThe House Speaker says we can complete the deal in the next couple weeks, and I think thatâs certainly realistic.â
The renegotiated deal is said to be âa lot more favorable to the taxpayers,â according to House Speaker Nicholas Mattielloâs spokesman, Larry Berman.
PROVIDENCE â A career offender with a criminal history
dating back more than two decades on
Thursday was sentenced to more than 12
years in federal prison for trafficking
more than 90 grams of crack cocaine,
Richard Palmisano, 41, formerly of Central Falls, has had
convictions on drug trafficking,
firearms, and assault charges, according
to the U.S. Attorney's Office. At
sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge
Mary M. Lisi also ordered Palmisano to
serve five years supervised release upon
completion of his prison term.
PAWTUCKET â Despite Mayor Donald R. Grebienâs concerns that the âbody works servicesâ ordinance could expose the city to a potential lawsuit, the City Council on Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve the matter for its third and final passage.
The vote overrides the mayorâs decision to not sign the ordinance.
Grebien, in a letter to the council last week, wrote that while he supported the measure, he could not sign it, as it could expose the city to possible litigation.
PAWTUCKET â Despite Mayor Donald R. Grebien's concerns that the âbody
works servicesâ ordinance could expose the city to a potential lawsuit,
the City Council on Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve the
matter for its third passage.
The vote overrides the mayor's decision to not sign the ordinance.
Grebien, in a letter to the council last week, wrote that while he
supported the measure, he could not sign it, as he said it could expose
the city to possible litigation.
For the complete story, see Friday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â Mayor Donald R. Grebien penned a letter to Gov. Gina Raimondo, calling for the execution and commission of a feasibility study on McCoy Stadium to determine the ballparkâs costs and needs.
PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien in a letter to the City Council said that despite his support for the measure, he cannot sign the recently-approved “body works services” ordinance, as he said it could expose the city to a potential lawsuit.
However, the councilor who proposed the ordinance said that he anticipates the council will vote on the matter at tonight's meeting for its third passage.
For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Times.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — A line of powerful thunderstorms rolled through communities in southern New England on Tuesday, toppling trees that killed a driver in Connecticut and injured several campers at a Rhode Island state park and leaving as many as 150,000 electric customers without power at the height of the storms.
The storm front was separate from the one that triggered 60 mph winds and collapsed a circus tent Monday in Lancaster, New Hampshire, killing two people and sending 32 others to a hospital.
CUMBERLAND â The battle for the Monastery officially came to an end Monday afternoon, after Mayor Bill Murray sent out a press release stating that after meeting with his staff and legal team, he is considering two locations, and neither of them is the Monastery property off of Diamond Hill Road.
âMy business instincts tell me that further pursuit of the Monastery could be very costly to our taxpayers along with wasting valuable time and energy to get this complex/building built,â he said in the release.
PAWTUCKET â The people of Munich, Germany, wonât start celebrating Oktoberfest until mayor Dieter Reiter taps the first barrel of beer on Sept. 19. Nick Garrison and his team at Foolproof Brewery couldnât wait that long.
For the third year in a row, Foolproof said âguten tagâ to the city of Pawtucket, and threw the third annual Augtoberfest in the parking lot of its brewery.
PAWTUCKET â A robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash Friday morning after passing a threatening note to a teller at the Citizens Bank branch located at 800 Newport Ave., police said.
âHe passed a note and stated no one would get hurt if his demands were met,â Sgt. Paul Brandley said in a statement.
Police are asking for the publicâs help in identifying the robber. They released a series of images from bank surveillance cameras that apparently show him passing the note to the teller and handling a wad of cash.
Thereâs no indication the robber displayed a weapon.
PAWTUCKET â As Donna Athaide held her $15-an-hour minimum wage sign, âYes We Can,â along Newport Avenue Thursday afternoon, she was encouraged by the number of passing motorists who honked their horns in support.
Athaide, a Pawtucket resident and dietary aide working in the kitchen for Genesis Health Care, was among the 1199 New England (1199NE) Health Care Employees Union members found demonstrating for higher pay in front of the Bill Costigan Memorial Baseball Field on Newport Avenue Thursday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â City residents, small business owners, and representatives from local and state agencies were among those Wednesday morning who gave the Pawtucket Police Department rave reviews as a city-ordered audit on the department is ongoing.
The meeting of those with local ties was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall Wednesday morning, and was the third such community conversation on the subject in as many days.