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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.

December 15th

A taste of Mexico, Guatemala arrives at new Pawtucket eatery

December 16, 2013

PAWTUCKET — From breakfast and lunch to dinner and late-night dancing, La Vaca Flaca has it all.

The new, family-owned restaurant at 139 Broad St. has an ambitious plan to be many things to many people, with its first priority being to serve fine quality Mexican and Guatemalan food.

La Vaca Flaca means “The Skinny Cow,” and Isai Diaz, one of the three owners, said he got the inspiration for the name from an American menu. Working as a long-distance truck driver, he said he had stopped at a restaurant in a little town in the middle of the mountains somewhere in Tennessee.

December 13th

Recuperating Marine gets a helping hand for the holidays

December 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Marine Lance Corporal Charles Bradley joined the military with the best of intentions and served in Iraq as a helicopter mechanic. Yet, when he was honorably discharged five years later, he was a nervous and depressed single father who found himself suddenly unemployable.

In 2007, Bradley eventually found love again, marrying and presiding over a family of four. Yet, problems with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues have dogged him since, and contributed to the family’s financial struggles.

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December 12th

Council approves $621,383 to erase past budget deficit

December 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Citing the benefit of starting with a clean slate, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a deficit reduction plan for the School Department that involves an appropriation of $621,383 from the city.

December 11th

Police seeking driver who struck toddler in alleged hit-and-run

December 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket Police are seeking the male driver of a black Jeep that struck a toddler near the intersection of Main and Harrison streets on Tuesday evening and then drove off.

December 10th

Checker Club owner plans to retire, close popular eatery

December 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — When Ray Mathieu first began serving food at his East Side Checker Club restaurant, a full-course steak dinner was $7.95. Sixty-five years later, food prices have gone up, but a quality meal, complete with soup and salad, could always be counted on at the Benefit Street eatery.

December 9th

School Committee to discuss budget tonight

December 10, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The ongoing issue of how to solve a lingering, multi-year school deficit and whether surplus money from the last fiscal year should be applied, will be at the forefront of tonight’s School Committee meeting. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Jenks/JMW School Complex.

December 8th

Hundreds enjoy food, fun and festivities

December 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With 435 decorated Christmas trees lining the route through Slater Park, along with brightly-painted little houses and light displays around the pond, the city once again hosted its annual Winter Wonderland celebration on Saturday and Sunday evening.

The event, which drew a large crowd of adults and children, also included horse-drawn wagon rides, the holiday train and music in the heated tent near the Looff Carousel. The carousel was open for rides at just 25 cents a spin and their was hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and other goodies for sale as well.

December 6th

Winter Wonderland is open

December 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET — For Pawtucket, the start of the 2013 holiday season officially begins today with the Winter Wonderland festival. The annual event in Slater Park is celebrating its 15th year, and its opening activities are always eagerly anticipated by residents throughout the city and surrounding communities.

December 5th

Central Falls brings back its K-9 patrol with Officer Axel

December 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET—The Police Department’s rookie officer was panting heavily and nervously shaking his leg as the mayor swore him in at City Hall in front of a crowd of city officials and the news media.

Yet, Col. James Mendonca assured everyone present that Officer Axel could maneuver through tight areas and run faster than anyone else on the force. “Beware the criminal who runs from him,” he warned.

December 4th

Mixed-use redevelopment of Insulated Wire complex close to completion

December 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Since last April, the sprawling, 89-year-old American Insulated Wire property has been undergoing a radical makeover. Now, within a few weeks, the first dozen or so rental units of the total 142 that are planned will be ready for occupancy and the site will get a new lease on life as “The American Wire.”

December 3rd

Block: RI must be fixed up

December 4, 2013

Declaring that “I have watched Rhode Island’s elected officials run this state into the ground,” Ken Block says he wants to be governor “so I can fix an avoidable catastrophe.”

Block, who recently became a Republican after abandoning the Moderate Party of RI that he founded just over four years ago, believes that Rhode Island is in such poor shape that, “If we don’t fix it shortly, there won’t be recovery from where we are.”

Don't be left out! Get your Jingle Mingle tickets today!

December 3, 2013

The Times, in partnership with the LeFoyer/The Fountain Street Grille, is hosting the “Jingle Mingle,” an evening of socializing, great food and dancing that is open to all members of the local community. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7-11 p.m. at the LeFoyer/The Fountain Street Grille, 151 Fountain St., Pawtucket.
Proceeds from the Jingle Mingle will be entered into The Times annual Merry Christmas Fund, which is donated to The Salvation Army of Pawtucket.

December 2nd

Teacher faces sex assault charge

December 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A substitute teacher who was working at Slater Junior High School last week was arrested on Wednesday after a female student alleged that he had touched her inappropriately.
Warren Tassone, 22, of 180 Rounds Ave., Providence, was charged with second-degree child molestation (forcible fondling), according to police.

December 1st

Downtown theraputic art studio relocates to Hope Artiste Village

December 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — PeaceLove Studios has a new home among kindred spirits in Hope Artiste Village.

As Matt Kaplan describes it, the studio he co-founded nearly four years ago with his cousin Jeffrey Sparr as a place to create mental wellness through art has joined the “community of artists” already happily ensconced in the renovated mill complex at 999 Main St.

“There was already a big creative network here, so we think it's a good fit,” he said, of the recent move from the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center downtown.

November 29th

DePina defense fundraiser cancelled

November 30, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS – It outraged them that someone would be putting on a fundraiser to support Jorge DePina’s legal defense of charges he caused the injuries leading to his daughter Aleida DePina’s death on July 3 at Miriam Hospital.

And so, a group of moms from the area banded together and called attention to the planned event at the Tropical Restaurant at 855 Broad St. on Black Friday, winning its cancellation by Tropical owner Eugenio Gibau.

November 28th

Reed: Nutritional safety net insufficient

November 28, 2013

Pointing to a R.I. Community Food Bank report showing that 66,500 Rhode Island households do not have the money to purchase adequate food, Sen. Jack Reed is calling for increased funding to soup kitchens, food banks and emergency shelters nationwide.

November 27th

Council to apply for rec grant funding for artificial turf, State Pier, disc golf

November 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to a mix of state and federal grant funding, the city is hoping to usher in a new era of recreational facilities designed to please everyone from high school athletes and fishing enthusiasts to a new type of “golfer.”

November 26th

Twin River cocaine deal foiled by police

November 27, 2013

LINCOLN – A 48-year-old Cumberland woman was charged with felony possession of cocaine after she allegedly purchased a quantity of the drug from a male subject at the Twin River casino on Thursday.

November 25th

THIS JUST IN: Gym owner sentenced for arson

November 25, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Gary Gaudreau, found guilty in September of burning down the Physique Company, the gym that he owned on York Avenue, was sentenced Monday before Judge Nettie Vogel.
Gaudreau, 76, of Hutchinson Street, Pawtucket, received a sentence of 25 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions, with nine years to serve, and the balance suspended with probation, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. He was also ordered to have no contact with the owner of the property. READ THE FULL STORY IN TUESDAY'S TIMES.

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