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August 13th, 2015

CF, Pawtucket clean up on EPA grants

August 13, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — 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.

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August 13, 2015

August 12th

EP council revokes liquor license

August 12, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — 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.

August 11th

Driver escapes injury when Central Falls sinkhole swallows pickup

August 11, 2015


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.

August 10th

Osborne and pals bring 'Magic' to McCoy

August 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET — 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.

August 9th

Pawtucket event takes big swing against arthritis

August 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET – When Edd Pedro’s 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 Pedro’s “Fight for the Cure Mega Raffle and Wiffleball Tournament was held on Sunday at the Slater Park’s Boathouse field and drew a large gathering of both kids and adult practitioners of the sport to help the juvenile arthritis cause.

August 7th

PawSox, Speaker hint stadium deal is near

August 7, 2015

PAWTUCKET — 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.

“We’re making good progress,” Patti Doyle said. “The House Speaker says we can complete the deal in the next couple weeks, and I think that’s certainly realistic.”

The renegotiated deal is said to be “a lot more favorable to the taxpayers,” according to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s spokesman, Larry Berman.

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August 7, 2015

August 6th

CF man sentenced to 12 years on crack trafficking conviction

August 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE — 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,
authorities announced.

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.

Council overrides mayor, votes to enact "body works" regulations

August 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Despite Mayor Donald R. Grebien’s concerns that the “body works services” 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 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 it could expose the city to possible litigation.

August 5th

BREAKING NEWS: Pawtucket council overrides mayor, passes "body works" ordinance

August 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Despite Mayor Donald R. Grebien's concerns that the “body
works services” 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.

Grebien renews demand for state feasibility study on McCoy

August 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET — 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 ballpark’s costs and needs.

August 4th

Mayor has misgivings on Pawtucket ‘body works’ law

August 4, 2015


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.



Freak storm slams Rhode Island, southern Mass.

August 4, 2015


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.

August 3rd

Murray: Public safety complex won't be built at Monastery

August 3, 2015

CUMBERLAND — 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.

“My 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,” he said in the release.

August 2nd

A midsummer taste of October

August 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The people of Munich, Germany, won’t start celebrating Oktoberfest until mayor Dieter Reiter taps the first barrel of beer on Sept. 19. Nick Garrison and his team at Foolproof Brewery couldn’t wait that long.

For the third year in a row, Foolproof said “guten tag” to the city of Pawtucket, and threw the third annual Augtoberfest in the parking lot of its brewery.

July 31st

Pawtucket police seek bank robbery suspect

July 31, 2015

PAWTUCKET — 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.

“He passed a note and stated no one would get hurt if his demands were met,” Sgt. Paul Brandley said in a statement.

Police are asking for the public’s 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.

There’s no indication the robber displayed a weapon.

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July 31, 2015

July 30th

Caregivers make the case for $15

July 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET — As Donna Athaide held her $15-an-hour minimum wage sign, “Yes We Can,” 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.

July 29th

Pawtucket’s finest doing just fine

July 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET — 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.

 

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