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October 2nd, 2013

A night of fright at Slater Park could be a Halloween delight

October 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Whether you like your Halloween fun to be scary or “illuminating,” there are activities in Slater Park this weekend that fits both bills.

Beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Slater Park will host “Fright Night in the Park.” Halloween events will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings only, through Oct. 26 (with the exception of inclement weather).

East Providence bond rating earns a major upgrade

October 2, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – In recognition of the city’s improving financial performance, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services Tuesday raised East Providence’s general obligation bond rating five notches to “A” from “BB+”.

“The higher rating is based on our recently released local general obligation criteria, as well as the city’s improving financial performance and liquidity position and lower long-term pension liabilities,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Victor Medeiros.

City granted second enterprise zone

October 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to some tireless lobbying on the part of city officials and local legislators, Pawtucket won approval to have a second neighborhood designated as a state-designated “Enterprise Zone” offering tax incentives to new or expanding businesses.

October 1st

Pawtucket festival an artistic as well as audience success

October 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With the winners of its annual Photo Contest announced on Sunday, the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival wrapped up another successful year, said event chairman John Baxter.

“For the third year in a row, we were blessed with extraordinary weather, and it contributed to record crowds,” Baxter stated. “The Arts Festival seems to grow incrementally every year.”

Suspect pleads guilty to 2012 Pawtucket murder; gets 60 years

October 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE — A 20-year-old man with the nickname of “Damage” pleaded guilty Tuesday before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second-degree murder for the July 6, 2012, murder of Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.

Local residents are struggling to deal with shutdown of most federal government functions

October 1, 2013

A stalemate in Congress that caused a government shutdown Tuesday for the first time in 17 years came as no surprise for Woonsocket auto mechanic Paul Morin.

“I stayed up and watched the entire thing and, personally, I’m with the Republicans on this one because I believe Obamacare will hurt the country,” Morin says. “Of course I’m upset that we have the first government shutdown in nearly two decades, but I’m more upset the Democrats didn’t do more to negotiate with the Republicans to avert this.”

September 30th

THIS JUST IN: Two arrested in E.P. shooting

September 30, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – Police have made two arrests in connection with Sunday’s
shooting at Onna Moniz John Park, but are not releasing the names of the
suspects until later this afternoon pending further investigation,
according to police Lt. Michael David.
“We have two individuals in custody,” David said. "The quick arrests in
this are a direct result of police officers being familiar with the
community in which they work and inter agency cooperation."
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old victim in the shooting was being listed today

September 29th

Buyers cautioned about stolen cars for sale

September 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Pawtucket Police have recently come upon a phenomenon involving older model stolen vehicles and apparent cases of ownership fraud somehow slipping through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles registration system.

According to Police Chief Paul King, within the past six months or so, about a dozen cars that city residents have purchased off of private owners have turned out to be stolen, unbeknownst to the new owner. The issue, it seems, is that for cars older than 2000 models, no title is required to register the vehicle in Rhode Island.

September 27th

EP police refocusing on 2009 arson case

September 27, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – Friday marked the four-year anniversary of an unsolved arson and hate crime in the city, and even though the case remains cold, East Providence police say they are still reviewing all aspects of the investigation in hopes of developing further leads.

On Sept. 27, 2009, anti-Semitic graffiti, including swatiskas and a racial slur, were spray-painted on a Ferris Avenue home in Rumford before the back of it was set on fire with an accelerant. A family sleeping in the home was able to get out safely, but the suspect responsible for setting the fire was never caught.

Students’ feat earns BVP teacher skydiving journey with Gist

September 27, 2013

LINCOLN – Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy’s Drew Madden, 27, admits skydiving was never really on his list of things to do someday.
But that won’t keep Madden from bailing out of a plane over Middletown this afternoon with Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist.

Madden, a noted math instructor for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school network serving Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket, made a commitment over the summer to support the middle school’s reading program, and his skydiving excursion is the payoff of that endeavor.

Pawtucket Arts Festival contest winners to be named Sunday

September 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It seems a lot of photographers have an idea about what represents a slice of life in Pawtucket. Over 300 submissions were received for the city’s 15th annual Photo Contest under the theme “A Piece of Pawtucket.”

September 26th

YWCA celebrates women’s achievements; Cano-Morales, Hay honored

September 26, 2013

LINCOLN — YWCA Rhode Island Thursday honored 12 “Women of Achievement,” including Woonsocket’s Jacqueline L. Dowdy, Sally Ann Hay of Lincoln, and Central Falls native Anna Cano-Morales at its ninth annual awards luncheon at Kirkbrae Country Club.

Among the honorees was Quota International in Woonsocket and Pawtucket/Central Falls, which was recognized as Organization of the Year.

Pawtucket Arts Festival unspools weekend film fest

September 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Enjoy a feast for the senses, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival continues through Sunday with its lineup of creative films, live music, refreshments and food.

All of the films are shown at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. The standard admission fee is $10 per day, and that price includes a free T-shirt from Mirror Image, music, food, drinks, short films and features.

Councilor: Bike crossing masks danger

September 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The Ten Mile River Greenway, a paved two-mile bike path that connects Slater Park in Pawtucket to the Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence, is a boon to local walkers, bicyclists and inline skaters. But one City Council member is expressing concerns about the safety of a new crosswalk on Armistice Boulevard that utilizes a solar-powered traffic signal.

September 25th

Cumberland High rolling out new field turf

September 25, 2013

CUMBERLAND — A summer-long project to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with state-of-the-art synthetic turf is nearly complete, but whether or not it will be ready in time for the first home game of the season on Oct. 4 is still up in the air.

Slater Jr. High closing for two days of asbestos cleanup

September 25, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The Samuel Slater Junior High School will be closed for two days on Monday and Tuesday while workers remove a section of ceiling containing asbestos from the Mineral Spring Avenue facility.

According to school officials, workers demolishing a ceiling in the boys’ locker room found a second ceiling underneath that tested positive for asbestos.

“When they ripped the ceiling down there was an older ceiling underneath that had some asbestos,” said Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro.

Weiss to be honored by Blackstone Valley Tourism Council at Oct. 3 dinner

September 25, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words “tenacious” and “pugnacious” often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.

September 24th

EP slates hearing on $167.8M budget proposal

September 24, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – A public hearing will be held Oct. 1 on the city’s proposed $167.8 million budget for fiscal 2014, which calls for a 1 percent tax rate increase.

The hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.

According to City Manager Peter Graczykowski, the proposed budget comports with the city’s policies and addresses the city’s budget plan as related to the five-year fiscal stability plan constraints adopted by the East Providence Budget Board.

From St. Raphael Academy’s old gym will soon spring new theater building

September 24, 2013

PAWTUCKET — By Thanksgiving, young thespians, singers and musicians at St. Raphael Academy should have a new stage on which to ply their arts. The private, coeducational Catholic high school has begun a major renovation of its former gymnasium to create a state-of-the-art theater.

A blessing and groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the renovation project will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. The theater will occupy a building that was formerly known as the Lynch Gymnasium at the corner of Maynard and Walcott streets.

Pawtucket policeman charged in theft of gas retires

September 24, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, a 30-year-veteran who has been accused of stealing gasoline from the city, has retired.

Provost was charged with misdemeanor larceny last month for allegedly stealing more than $700 worth of gasoline from municipal gas pumps. He pleaded not guilty and is due back in Sixth District Court in Providence today for a hearing.

 

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