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January 5th, 2014

Reed pushes hard for extended unemployment benefits vote

January 5, 2014

With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.

January 3rd

Effort to aid seniors, disabled with snow removal needs help

January 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — After the plowing of the streets comes the shoveling of the sidewalks. Yet, for many senior or disabled citizens, clearing snow off the sidewalks is difficult or impossible. That's where the city’s volunteer snow shoveling program digs in to help out.

RIACLU sues Pawtucket schools

January 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Pawtucket School Department seeking public records regarding its high-stakes testing policy that it claims the department has withheld, but Superintendent Deborah Cylke said Thursday that it has already provided the requested information and the suit was filed “in error.”

January 2nd

‘Tis the season for trees to meet the woodchipper

January 2, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Christmas is over and it’s time to discard that dried-out tree standing in the corner of your living room.

The East Providence Department of Public Works and Parks Division has set up 10 drop-off locations around the city to provide a convenient way for city residents to recycle their needle-dropping trees.

Full story appears on page 1 of Friday's Times.

DePina indicted for daughter’s murder

January 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The death of 10-year-old Aleida DePina was the city’s most horrific abuse case in recent years, and now the girl’s father, Jorge DePina, has been indicted by a grand jury in her murder.

On Thursday, the Providence County Grand Jury reported out an indictment charging the 32-year-old DePina, of 48 Knowles St., Pawtucket, with one count of murder. It is alleged that DePina killed his daughter on or about July 3, 2013.

Full story appears on page 1 in Friday's Times.

January 1st

A white welcome to 2014

January 1, 2014

Ice melt, rock salt and snow shovels were flying off the shelves at local hardware stores Wednesday as folks prepared for the first major snowstorm of the year — a long-duration storm that began pre-dawn today and will continue into Friday with 8 to 10 inches of dry, powdery snow predicted for most of Rhode Island, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket.

The storm will be followed by some of the coldest air of the season. Temperatures could be near zero by Saturday morning.

December 30th, 2013

Pawtucket man charged in burglaries

December 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET – A Pawtucket man has been arrested by Warwick and Cumberland police and charged with a series of house breaks in Warwick.

George Bouffard, 56, of 49 Sumner St., Pawtucket, was arrested Friday at 11 a.m. in Cumberland by Warwick detectives and charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering. The police say the motive for the break-ins was "narcotics dependency."

December 29th

10 recruits graduate from fire academy

December 30, 2013

The Pawtucket Fire Department’s newest recruits, in front row, from left, Christopher Gabriele, Thomas Glaser, William Hughes, Raymond Johnston and Christopher McCluskie, and in back row, from left, James Melia, Sean Morgan, Ryan Saber, Keith Williams and Francesco Zabatta, watch a presentation of a video during the 2013 Recruit Class Graduation held at the Le Foyer Club in Pawtucket on Saturday.

December 27th

CHA executive director disciplined

December 27, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The executive director of the Cumberland Housing Authority has been disciplined after employees complained of her heavy-handed management style, officials say.

CHA Director Lee Ann Lamothe was placed on probation for 90 days and ordered to obtain specialized training in employee relations, said Richard S. Hilton, chairman of the Cumberland Housing Authority.
Lamothe was also placed on paid leave for 10 days while the commissioners investigated the complaints, between Nov. 21 and Dec. 9, said Hilton.

December 26th

Pawtucket detectives ask for help in solving Galego Court shooting

December 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket police are seeking information from the public, as well as reviewing surveillance camera footage, as they try to find a suspect in the Dec. 24 shooting of Ryan Almeida.

The 21-year-old man was shot at around 5 a.m., just outside his mother's apartment in the Galego Court housing complex on Leonard Jenard Drive. Almeida was found lying injured on the ground and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died.

December 25th

R.I. SPCA, private donor offer rewards in abandoned dog case

December 25, 2013

PAWTUCKET—The heartless act of throwing a puppy, locked inside a dirty pet carrier, into a dumpster has prompted a pair of rewards to be offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever was behind it.

The 10-week-old Jack Russell Terrier mixed breed was discovered last Thursday inside a dumpster at the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue. Passersby heard the puppy crying and called police.

December 24th

One of the most sought-after Saint Nicks in the world, Pawtucket’s own Brady White embodies the Christmas spirit

December 24, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Each holiday season, the Pawtucket native who has successfully turned himself into “Santa to the Stars” undergoes another change and becomes “Babbo Natale,” a different, more spiritual type of Christmas figure that is revered in Italy and other parts of Europe.

Man shot to death near Galego Court

December 24, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Pawtucket Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man who was found lying injured on the ground in front of a building at the Galego Court housing complex early Tuesday morning.

According to Major Arthur Martins, at approximately 5 a.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of 90 Leonard Jenard Dr. in response to a shooting. Officers found a male victim lying on the ground outside that address who appeared to have at least one gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died as a result of the injuries.

December 23rd

Applications pour in to adopt 10-week-old pup found abandoned in dumpster

December 24, 2013

PAWTUCKET – A 10-week old puppy discovered mixed in with rubbish inside a dumpster last Thursday has captured the hearts of dozens of potential adopters moved by the pup’s plight.

Within hours after The Times ran a story Saturday on the discarded puppy, the Pawtucket Animal Shelter’s telephone began lighting up, and people were visiting the shelter in droves throughout the weekend with offers of a forever home.

“It’s been crazy,” said Animal Control Director John Holmes. “The phone’s been ringing off the hook all weekend and it hasn’t stopped.”

December 22nd

Police seek hit-and-run driver

December 23, 2013

LINCOLN - A 23-year-old woman was struck by a hit and run driver Saturday night and police are asking the public for help in finding the driver who hit her.

According to police reports, the unidentified woman and a male companion were crossing the road in a designated crosswalk in the area of Front Street near Franklin Street at 9:50 p.m. when the woman was struck by a car that was traveling eastbound on Front Street.

The woman suffered significant injuries and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where she was listed in stable condition Sunday.

December 20th

Puppy plucked from dumpster

December 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A puppy, locked inside a filthy pet carrier, was found inside a dumpster near the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue on Thursday morning.

Animal Control Director John Holmes said the puppy was found at around 7:35 a.m. by some passersby who heard the animal crying and called police. The 9-to 10-week-old male had been left inside a carrier that was loaded with feces and thrown into the dumpster, he added.

December 19th

Charter school receives national honor for serving the ‘Whole Child’

December 20, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — Educating “the whole child” is an approach that the Segue Institute for Learning was founded upon five years ago. On Thursday, the grassroots charter middle school on Cowden Street was recognized for its practices with the Rhode Island ASCD’s Whole Child Award.

December 18th

PRV rejects deal with Blackstone Valley Prep on Visitors Center

December 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Saying they didn’t think it was the best use of the building, the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency voted on Tuesday against entering into a lease and/or sale agreement with the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy for the Visitors Center at 175 Main St.

December 17th

Atheists' Statehouse display generates another Yule controversy

December 18, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Statehouse has become a battleground in the War on Christmas.

Although Gov. Lincoln Chafee surrendered in the recent skirmish over what to call the tree – it is now officially a Christmas tree, not a “holiday tree” — there is now a battle over banners.

December 16th

RI delegation backing Internet tax

December 16, 2013

PROVIDENCE — This may be the last Christmas shopping season when you can buy gifts online without paying a sales tax.

Legislation called the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to tax online and catalog purchases, even when the seller has no location or employees in their states, is making its way through the U.S. Congress.

The Senate passed the measure last May and it is now awaiting passage in the House of Representatives.

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