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February 5th, 2011

ACLU turns to the judge in ballfield access lawsuit

February 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island ACLU has asked a federal judge to rule as unconstitutional —and therefore without need for a trial -- the city's alleged longstanding practice of giving preferential treatment to parochial schools over public schools when granting permits for the use of city athletic fields, as a lawsuit contends.

Vitali responds to allegations over his family's Daily Spa

February 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Councilor-at-large Albert Vitali Jr. responded on Friday to questions that were raised by a local TV station about his involvement in an Armistice Boulevard spa that is alleged to have been offering illicit sexual acts to customers along with massages.

February 4th

Schools closed over roof concerns

February 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Concern about the snow and ice build-up on the roofs of the city's schools has prompted the schools superintendent to call off school today so the matter can be addressed.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke said she made the decision after consulting with both the city's building official and a structural engineer who had been asked to assess the load bearing weights of each of the schools' roofs in the current snow and ice conditions.

February 1st

Relentless weather pesters Valley

February 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET — If you liked yesterday’s weather, you’re going to love what Mother Nature has in store for us today.
The latest in a series of unusually fierce winter storms turns out to be a double-dipper. After dumping four to seven inches of snow across the Blackstone Valley Tuesday, a second wave — a hard-to-predict combo of snow, sleet and rain — is expected to whack the region by nightfall.

January 31st

Attention, all military veterans

January 31, 2011

The Times has begun publishing photos each Monday on its new Military Page of Blackstone Valley veterans, past and present.
Please submit photos by email ( or in person at The Times' office, 23 Exchange St., Pawtucket. A special Veterans basket is located on the front desk. Photos submitted in person should include a stamped envelope with return address so that we may return your photo.
Please include the following information with your photo:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.
Years of service:
Location of tours:

Officials gather to tout Earned Income Tax Credit

January 31, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Tax season is here and Community Action Rhode Island wants working families to know they can receive help with the preparation of their tax returns and applications for federal income tax credits.
In fact, low income families may be eligible for tax credit refunds averaging $2,100 per filer and as much as $5,666 per filer under the federal Earned Income Tax Credit guidelines.

January 29th

AG Kilmartin urges protection against identity theft

January 29, 2011

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joined fellow Attorneys General from across the country Friday to promote National Data Privacy Day, which is celebrated on January 28 in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries.

Several pieces of prime real estate downtown available for lease

January 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Four storefront locations on Main Street in the downtown and a concession stand in Slater Park are among some high visibility real estate with ownership ties to the city that is either available for lease or will soon be coming on the rental market.
The Benjamin C. Chester Building at 175 Main St. has two spaces in need of tenants. Fresh on the market is the 2,200-square-foot site that until recently housed the Mixed Magic Theatre.

January 27th

Two manufacturers come to the city

January 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Is the city's manufacturing past coming back to life? Two companies that used to produce goods elsewhere in the state have recently purchased buildings and relocated to Pawtucket, bringing with them a combined total of about 50 jobs.
Philip Machine Co., a manufacturer of wire formed and stamped metal products, moved into a 21,000-square-foot building at 190 York Ave. in October and has been operating in its new location.

Snow-win situation

January 27, 2011

Jeremy Schupp of Pawtucket smokes a cigarette after his Atlas Van Lines tractor trailer crashed into the front of Lou’s Cafe on Summer Street in Manville shortly after noon Wednesday. Schupp said he lost control on the steep, slippery, unsanded hill while heading down to Railroad Street on his way to pick up a load on Flat Street. No injuries were reported, and only minor damage to the front of Lou’s Cafe.

January 25th

Bakery seeks to open hookah bar

January 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A Newport Avenue Mediterranean bakery that currently sells pizza and gyros is looking to drum up business in two new ways: by selling liquor and offering flavorful puffs from a waterpipe.
The owner of Amy's Mediterranean Pizzeria & Cafe at 842 Newport Ave. has applied for a full liquor license from the city. The application, filed under the name of Nasser Enterprises Inc., will be considered at a public hearing of the Pawtucket Board of License Commissioners at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6:45 p.m.

January 24th

Big voice in a little package

January 25, 2011

LINCOLN — Brian McKinnon readily admits it's a strange way to discover a child's talent for vocals, but that's just what happened in the family's bathroom one night back in January 2003.
He decided to give his then-two-year-old daughter, Alexis Clare, a bath one night, and – as always – he turned on the radio to amuse her, maybe keep her mind off soap in her eyes.

January 23rd

Mayor Grebien learning on the job

January 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It's been about three weeks now since Mayor Donald Grebien moved into the spacious, second-floor office that goes with his new position, and besides rearranging the office furniture to be more computer-friendly, one of the things he says he has learned by trial and error is to “try and pace myself.”

January 22nd

Reform Party uses ‘debt clock’ to call attention to spiralling national debt

January 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Every day, a modest house at 315 Sayles Avenue is advertising a very important message: that the U.S. national debt is spiraling out of control.
Attached to the side of the house is a handmade wooden “debt clock” that Reform Party members Bill and Dave Greenwood use to keep a running tab on the county's deficit spending. To the Greenwoods' dismay, the figure has now reached a whopping $14 trillion, one-hundred billion, and they and other Reform Party members wish more citizens would take notice---and more importantly, take action.

January 20th

Lincoln, Cumberland churches may merge

January 21, 2011

LINCOLN — Even now, the portable rental marquee sign sitting in the snow outside the Christ Church Parish House reads, in part, “Christmas joy continues.”
“We haven't been able to change it because of the weather, the way it's been,” chuckled Rev. Scott Gunn, the Episcopal church's rector for over three years now.
Fact is, neither Gunn nor his parishioners have had much to celebrate lately. Due to serious financial hardships, he has asked his congregation to vote on Jan 30 to accept a merger with Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland Hill.

January 18th

Greenhouse damaged by fire

January 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A fire that ignited Monday evening caused substantial damage to a greenhouse belonging to Imondi & Sons Florist at 182 Smithfield Ave.
According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the shop had closed for business at 5 p.m. and the fire alarm came in at around 6 p.m. The blaze apparently started in a wood frame greenhouse, one of two greenhouses that are connected to a showroom. He said the heat caused the greenhouse panels to melt but the showroom and remaining metal frame greenhouse remained intact.

January 16th

Celebrating the life of a King

January 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- Proactive community service and attention to public safety was the order of the day when members of the St. James Baptist Church on South Main Street opened this year's celebration of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual celebration in the past has included marches to honor the public demonstrations King led in the 1950s and 1960 to help end the segregation of African Americans in the south and achieve civil rights for all. There have also been readings by young people and musical programs highlighting King's work.

January 16th

Bar employee - not Santa Claus - charged with embezzlement

January 16, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – According to Police Chief Joseph Tavares, the city managed to save Santa Claus' reputation thanks to the steadfast work of his detectives.
The woman accused of concocting a tale about the jolly old elf stealing cash from the East Providence Yacht Club bar faced a judge at Sixth District Court on Thursday. Once there, police charged Christal Johnson, 37, of 2400 Hartford Ave., Johnston with felony embezzlement and falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor.

January 15th

Remillard discusses decade he spent ensuring teens take right path

January 15, 2011

LINCOLN – Retired Army Lt. Col. Rene Remillard relaxed at a table at a coffeehouse on Route 116 Thursday afternoon, promising he'll never forget how he escaped trouble when he was a young teen growing up in Blackstone.
“I was 15 or 16 at the time, and one night my friends and I were at the Castle Restaurant in Woonsocket,” chuckled Remillard, now 70 and a longtime Lincoln resident. “The guys said something like, 'Let's go look at cars.' They wanted to take one for a ride.

January 13th

The Weisses are now 'Mr. and Mrs. Pawtucket'

January 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Call them “Mr. and Mrs. Pawtucket” now. Herb Weiss, the city's Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer, recently tied the knot with his longtime partner, Patty Zacks, owner of The Camera Werks on Hope Street.


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