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September 28th, 2015

Local businessman John Martins succumbs to crash injuries, remembered as industrious and generous

September 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Self-made businessman John Martins was mourned as a hard-working and big-hearted family man following his death Sunday from injuries he suffered in a fiery truck crash in nearby Connecticut earlier this month.

Martins died after more than three weeks in the intensive care unit at Rhode Island Hospital, family members said.  Married, with three children, he was 52 years old. 

September 27th

Oktoberfest: ‘As close to Germany as we can be’

September 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET — With the ceremonial tapping of the keg, the annual German Oktoberfest kicked off at the German American Cultural Society on Carter Avenue Saturday afternoon.
District 2 City Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain wielded the mallet that tapped the keg, and he poured the first glass for Society President Paul Pouliot as well as a beverage for himself, before the duo offered a celebratory toast and salute to the gathered crowd in attendance.

Veteran flying into North Central as plane event kicks off today

September 27, 2015

LINCOLN – When Bill Purple flies into North Central State Airport today it will be with a lot mixed memories of his youth.
Purple, a 91-year-old World War II veteran from Petersham, Mass., piloted 35 missions in a B-17 bomber during the war and will be getting a ride to the Rhode Island state airport at the Lincoln-Smithfield line from the Collings Foundation, a non-profit war bird preservation group based Stow, Mass.

Locals prove equal to the (Warpath) Challenge

September 27, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — They were exhausted and out of breath, dripping in sweat and caked in dirt and dust. But they had smiles that beamed from ear to ear.

September 25th

Local family thanks God after crash almost halts trip to see Pope Francis

September 25, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A Pawtucket family’s date with the pope was nearly canceled by a car crash Thursday morning.

Lucky for the Elsingers, only their front end was smashed, not their faith. 

“We’re all right,” said Jeremiah Elsinger as he pulled into the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish in his crumpled SUV. “It’s not as bad as it looks.”

Man who unraveled mystery of C.F. war vet buried in Belgium visits city

September 25, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – It began with a walk in a cemetery in Belgium, and after a lot of research work and special tributes, the story of WWII flyer Gilbert A. Malrait led Belgian Philippe Vanderdonckt and his wife Cathy all the way to a local World War II memorial on Central Street this week.

September 22nd

Local students pumped to see Pope Francis

September 22, 2015

Sixteen students from St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket and Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket are hitting the road today for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., and witness history in the making as the pontiff delivers a speech to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning.

September 21st

Rhode Island buzzes after Central Falls native Viola Davis wins Emmy as top dramatic actress

September 21, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Acclaimed stage and screen actress Viola Davis sent waves of pride rippling through her hometown haunts as she broke through the women’s race barrier at the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Incredible as it seems, Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for a lead role in a television drama in the 67-year history of TV’s version of the Academy Awards.

September 20th

School officials urge caution after head lice report

September 20, 2015

LINCOLN — A letter sent home to parents from the high school concerning a case of head lice (Pediculois) served as a reminder that the troublesome parasitic infestation can crop up just about anywhere and frequently among school children in any school district.

Pawtucket mayor still hoping to keep PawSox in city

September 20, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien in a letter to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo requested to meet with the governor's office, the Pawtucket Red Sox organization, and other stakeholders to develop “a comprehensive plan” that would preserve the PawSox in Pawtucket and “best serve the needs of Rhode Island.”

Teen arrested after alleged online threats to police

September 20, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – A local 16-year-old with 11 previous arrests in Central Falls was arrested Thursday after a picture of him with a handgun and ammunition was posted to a social media site, also indicating in text a threat that he would do harm to police officers, police said.

September 18th

Pawtucket woman’s writing class gives a voice to an unusual group of students

September 18, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Her career has taken her around New England and the world and she has taught students at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. But Meghan Kallman is now educating an entirely different group of students: prisoners at the Adult Correctional Institutions, whom she teaches writing and civic engagement.

VIDEO: Actors who have won Emmy Award hat-tricks

September 18, 2015

September 17th

Beyond 12 steps, Anchor Recovery is there every step of the way

September 17, 2015

Upon walking into the Anchor Recovery Community Center on Main Street, it won’t take long to be reminded of the battle everyone there is fighting to overcome.

The center, founded in 2010 by Jim Gillen, was created as a way to not just treat people suffering from substance abuse, but create a community of them, by them and for them.

A man in a blue shirt spoke at an Alcoholics Anonymous session in front of about 50 people, all of whom have been affected by substance abuse. As he spoke to his peers, his voice trembled with sincerity.

September 16th

Forum slated tonight on benefits of public art installations

September 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Public art will be up for discussion this evening as a public art curator from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston will discuss how communities benefit from large-scale creative installations.

Cumberland rolls out new and improved Web site

September 16, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The technological revolution has made its impact on just about every industry possible in recent years from banking to newspapers to public libraries. Now, Mayor Bill Murray is looking for his local government is getting in on the mix.

September 15th

Grebien wants meeting with governor, PawSox officials

September 15, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Mayor Donald R. Grebien, in a letter to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, requested to meet with the governor’s office, the Pawtucket Red Sox organization, and other stakeholders to develop “a comprehensive plan” that would preserve the PawSox in Pawtucket and “best serve the needs of Rhode Island.”

In his letter, Grebien additionally said it is time for “an honest conversation” with the PawSox’ ownership group about the franchise remaining in Pawtucket, while at the same time exploring the Phase II reinvestment into McCoy Stadium.

September 14th

Operation Stand Down helping veterans this weekend

September 14, 2015

CUMBERLAND – For military veterans returning home after deployment, the transition into everyday life can be difficult. While qualities like attention to detail and punctuality learned during their time of service make them exemplary employees, other workplace habits, like a tendency to curse, hinder the return to normalcy. Operation Stand Down Rhode Island knows this all too well, and for the 22nd year in a row, the organization is doing something to make that transition easier.

September 13th

Slater Park festival just keeps on growing

September 13, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The thousands that turned out for the Slater Park Fall Festival Saturday were given full exposure to the arts, from performance to visual to culinary — a “miniature Pawtucket Arts Festival all in one event,” the festival’s chairman said.

The hugely-popular event at Slater Memorial Park celebrated the beauty of the park and art, and included activities at the Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, and the Daggett House.

September 12th

Business has been a labor of love for Seekonk cafe owner Jeff Paquette

September 12, 2015

SEEKONK – With food that is so good, it’s divine, Heaven on Earth Cafe & Catering is already thriving despite being open for only a few months.

Jeff Paquette, owner and executive chef, said that his interest in the culinary arts began when he was five years old, cooking macaroni and cheese in his mother’s kitchen. He said that he used to watch his grandmother prepare meals, which also inspired him.