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November 9th, 2010

Central Falls City Council stripped of power

November 9, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS --- City Council President William Benson Jr. admitted being stunned when he discovered early Monday morning that Judge Mark Pfeiffer, the city's receiver, had “laid off” four council members, including himself.

New police chief, officers sworn in

November 9, 2010

PAWTUCKET — In ceremony heavy on both family and tradition, Paul King was sworn-in on Monday afternoon as the city’s newest police chief.

The former Pawtucket Police major was pinned with his new badge by his father, retired Pawtucket Police Captain Theodore “Ted” King as his mother, Eileen, looked on. King’s wife, Roberta, and the couple’s five children, witnessed the special event, along with a large gathering of state and local officials and police chiefs and public safety personnel from throughout the state.

November 7th

Author returns to Lincoln to help keep kids safe

November 8, 2010

LINCOLN — One would think the last place Keith Smith, even in adulthood, would want to visit is his hometown.
After all, this is the place where — at age 14 — he had been abducted, beaten and raped by a warped pedophile who had a penchant for violence and sexual abuse against children.
On the contrary, Smith indicated he reveled in his return to Lincoln on this October night. Surrounded mostly by close friends during his childhood and teen-age years, Smith explained to his audience the happenings of that horrifying night — March 1, 1974 — and why he kept it a secret for over three decades.

November 6th

Groundbreaking for new Pawtucket River Bridge

November 6, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Although RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis joked that it was more of a “mud-breaking” due to the rain, state and local officials lined up on George Street with ceremonial shovels on Thursday afternoon to break ground on the new I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge.

Lewis and Governor Donald L. Carcieri joined with Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Pawtucket Major James E. Doyle and others at the closed on-ramp from George Street to I-95 for a ceremony to kick-off the Pawtucket River Bridge replacement project.

City throws retirement party for Police Chief Kelley

November 6, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Praise, proclamations, a retirement badge and a special “checkerboard” cake to call his own marked Friday's send-off party for outgoing Police Chief George L. Kelley III.

Kelley, who has been the city's police chief since 1999, is retiring after 35 years of service with the Pawtucket Police Department. He was the guest of honor at an afternoon ceremony at the Municipal Court chambers that was attended by a large gathering of city officials, past and present members of the Pawtucket Police Department, friends and family.

November 2nd

Chafee wins governorship

November 3, 2010

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
“Roger Williams would be proud,” Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.

Cicilline bucks nationwide trend

November 3, 2010

Providence Mayor David Cicilline bucked a sweeping nationwide Republican trend Tuesday to narrowly win the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Patrick Kennedy,
In besting a surprisingly strong showing by Republican John Loughlin, 51 to 45, Cicilline becomes the first mayor of Providence to successfully win higher office since Dennis J. Roberts was elected governor in 1950. Also seeking the seat were Independents Kenneth Capalbo, who got 4 percent of the vote and Gregory Raposa, who picked up less than 1 percent,

November 1st

City ready to go to the polls

November 1, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Local voters will choose a new mayor and decide the fate of several incumbents at both the local and state levels when they head to the polls today. All polling places in Pawtucket are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

October 30th

Retired Marine on mission seeking new holiday for all veterans

October 30, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Veterans Day is just around the corner, but Lance Robinson, a retired Marine from Export, Pennsylvania, thinks another occasion is needed to reach out to a younger generation of military veterans who don't feel connected to the national holiday.

Forand Manor spreads the word on cancer/domestic violence

October 30, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS --- Jean Morris, 80 years young, maintained she had a terrific reason for attending the Central Falls Housing Authority's “Cancer/Domestic Violence Awareness Activities Day” event at Forand Manor on Wednesday.

October 28th

Barros faces challenge from Caramela

October 28, 2010

PAWTUCKET — An incumbent City Councilor who won his seat two years ago from a veteran councilor by positioning himself as being more representative of District 5 is facing a challenge from someone who is also promising to be the voice of the constituents.

October 27th

Loughlin, Cicilline in home stretch

October 27, 2010

PROVIDENCE — As soon as Rep. Patrick Kennedy announced he would not seek re-election in the 1st Congressional District back in February, it was clear the race to succeed him would be one of the marquee races this year.
Sure enough, four Democrats battled in a primary to win that party’s nomination and Providence Mayor David Cicilline bested a field that included former Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch, state Rep. David Segal and Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma. Lynch, Segal and Gemma have now endorsed Cicilline.

October 26th

A master of city clerks

October 26, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Longtime City Clerk Richard J. Goldstein has earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk, an upgrade from Certified Municipal Clerk, by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc.
According to a press release, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc. grants the MMC designation only to those municipal clerks who both complete demanding education requirements and have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.

October 25th

Obama visits Blackstone Valley

October 25, 2010

WOONSOCKET — President Barack Obama told about three dozen employees of American Cord and Webbing that, “It’s small businesses like this one, after all, that are the bricks and blocks, the cord and webbing, if you will, of our economy.”
After taking a brief tour of the plant in the Highland Corporate Park, Obama boasted that his administration, with the help of Congress has passed 16 different tax cuts for small businesses in the last two years.”

October 24th

Manufacturer opens shop in East Providence

October 24, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE — No one considers himself more of an “Ocean Stater” than Peter Frost.
Never was that more evident than Thursday evening, when Frost — as President/Chief Executive Officer of ATW Companies Inc. of Warwick — hosted a Grand Opening celebration of a new manufacturing business named Parmatech-Proform Corp., located at 825 Waterman Ave.
There was no hiding Frost's elation as he introduced the new 25,000 square-foot site to Gov. Donald Carcieri, General Treasurer/gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Mayor Joseph Larisa and other honored guests.

October 22nd

Students get the message loud and clear: Don't text and drive

October 22, 2010

LINCOLN --- It was rather by accident how Lincoln High School Resource Officer Dave Waycott developed the idea of conducting a “Driving While Texting Awareness” program for students with licenses.
“We were doing a safety fair here at school about two weeks ago, and one student – Kyle Sexton – helped me out with it,” Waycott grinned. “While we were waiting for people to come into the old middle school gym, he was in one of our carts, texting away.

October 21st

Union Wadding fire called arson

October 21, 2010

PAWTUCKET — The cause of the massive Union Wadding Company mill fire has been determined to be arson, and fire officials are turning to the public for help in finding the person or persons who lit the match.

October 20th

Pawtucket center serves as base for feds

October 20, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Since it opened on September 11, 2008, the Sean Nassaney Emergency Operations Center has proved useful for coordinating city workers during major snowstorms and last March's flooding. However, EMA Director Robert Howe said he never imagined it would one day serve as a command center for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Rachel's message comes to Lincoln High School

October 20, 2010

LINCOLN — As she readied herself for school Tuesday morning, Lincoln High junior Taylor Jutras argued vehemently with her mother, Tammy, about a mere two dollars. When “Ma” wouldn't budge on the request, she stormed out of the house “in a huff.”
About five hours later, Taylor admitted she had texted her mom several times, promising she was sorry for her behavior and understood Tammy's stance on the matter.

October 19th

Cicilline, Loughlin slug it out over issues

October 19, 2010

PROVIDENCE — In a televised slugfest that remained competitive and contentious until the final bell, Democrat David Cicilline and Republican John Loughlin fought toe-to-toe over Social Security, taxes, jobs, health care and a raft of other issues Tuesday.
The two main candidates vying to succeed Democrat Patrick Kennedy as the congressman in the 1st District argued almost every issue vehemently, frequently trying to talk over each other and occasionally they had to be reined in by moderator Tim White of WPRI.


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