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March 23rd, 2014

RWU students have ambitious plans for Pawtucket

March 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It often helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look at a difficult problem. In the eyes of a group of graduate students from Roger Williams University, the rundown, vacant Conant/Coats & Clark Thread Mill property can be revived in numerous ways so as to be a vibrant area once again.

March 21st

Feds raid Speaker's office and home

March 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Gordon D. Fox was hobbled by the taint of misconduct on Friday as state and federal agents raided his home and Statehouse office for evidence – of what, no one is saying just yet.

March 20th

Vandals target school playground

March 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Despite some problems that have occurred with vandalism, the playground at the Curtis Elementary School on Benefit Street has been kept unlocked and open to members of the community.
“It's open seven days a week,” said Curtis School Principal Jean Friend. “It is left unlocked.” She said there was a period when it had been locked after some mulch and an area that was being reseeded was damaged, but it has been unlocked now “for awhile.” She added, however, that there have still been some occasional issues with vandalism.
Read the full version of this story in today's newspaper.

March 19th

Students to be homeless for a night

March 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The 2014 6th Annual Catholic High School Homeless Sleep Out, unfortunately could not be held at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul this year.
Instead, it will be hosted by Saint Raphael Academy tonight. There will be a Diocesan Professional Day the following day—so all Catholic High School students in the Diocese of Providence will not have school. The five schools participating in the Homeless Sleep Out are St. Raphael Academy, Bishop Hendricken, LaSalle Academy, the Prout School, and Bayview Academy.
Two-hundred students are expected at this event.

Ex-Pawtucket cop indicted

March 19, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A statewide grand jury has indicted a former Pawtucket police officer accused of choking and raping his girlfriend last year.
Stephen Ricco, 41, of 1 Tupperware Drive, was indicted on one count each of first-degree domestic sexual assault; domestic strangulation; and two counts of domestic assault. The former two charges are felonies.
The alleged incidents took place in Ricco’s condo on Nov. 28, state prosecutors said. Ricco has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since his arrest, the same day.

March 18th

Central Falls schools could face restructuring plan

March 18, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS—The Central Falls Schools Superintendent has come up with a proposal that she said would integrate special education classes across all grade levels while better accommodating the school district's increasing primary school population.

March 17th

Students to get first look at new assessment test in spring

March 17, 2014

LINCOLN – The local public schools are about to make the shift from one statewide student assessment system, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), to its replacement and will be giving students a first look at the change this spring.
The initial round of testing under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is being done on a practice basis in Rhode Island school districts and will be used as a database for the state Department of Education to adjust the testing process before it becomes the new assessment of student achievement.

March 14th

Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club breaks ground on expansion

March 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET — If you build it, they will learn, use computers, make music, and play sports. Next year, local youths will have a new, state-of-the-art place to gather thanks to an addition to the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's facility at One Moeller Place.

March 13th

Cumberland bond rating is upgraded

March 13, 2014

CUMBERLAND – In recognition of the town’s strong budgetary performance and good management practices, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised Cumberland’s general obligation bond rating one notch to “AA” from “AA-”.

A bond rating for a town is like a credit rating for a person. The Standard & Poor’s Rating Services bond rating system uses an alphabetical scale from AAA - indicating an extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments - down to D, marking an obligation that is in default.

For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Times.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Endorsements do matter

March 13, 2014

Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 10.
Let’s start off by acknowledging that, by and large, political endorsements, particularly from an individual, don’t mean a heck of a lot.
But last week, former state senator and three-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Myrth York made a minor splash by announcing her support of Democrat Gina Raimondo. This interested those of us in the political/media complex for three reasons.

March 12th

Let the (world) record reflect a cooking marathon at Lincoln church

March 12, 2014

LINCOLN — Ben Perry wants to pursue a culinary arts degree at Johnson & Wales University next year, and he thinks he might have a resume credential that could set him apart and impress the university's admissions office: Guinness World Record holder.

At approximately 4:19 p.m. Wednesday, Perry, an 18-year-old senior at The Met School in Providence, completed 40 hours of nonstop cooking to break the current Guinness World Record of 36 hours and 58 minutes for longest cooking marathon by an individual.

Employers stuck with bill when state's late paying back UI loans to Fed

March 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE – FUTA may seem like a funny name for a special tax being assessed on employers in Rhode Island and other states that had to borrow money from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, but to David Chenevert, president of Swissline Precision Manufacturing in Cumberland, it is no joke.

March 11th

Fire tears through East Providence house

March 11, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE — City firefighters early Tuesday battled a fast-moving fire that heavily damaged the first-floor of a Taunton Avenue home located behind the Boston House of Pizza.

There were no injuries reported.

The two-alarm fire broke out just after 2 a.m. in a 1 1/2-story wood-frame bungalow in the 500 block of Taunton Avenue. The blaze caused heavy damage to the first floor of the house and light damage to the back of the pizza shop.

Council: Tighten peddler’s licenses

March 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET — First came concerns about trailer-like taco stands. Now, city officials are raising questions about some of the other vendors that have been allowed to sell wares under a city-issued peddler’s license.

Two Providence-based vendors, Mustafa Lynch and Roger Fudge, recently requested the renewal of their peddler’s license allowing them to sell “pictures, toys, tapestry, rugs, and general merchandise.” Under “location,” they both wrote, “All of Pawtucket.”

March 10th

Arson suspected in weekend blaze

March 10, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — The state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Arson Squad have been called in to investigate the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a large apartment house at 5 Darling St. on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Central Falls Fire Department, a blaze broke out around 1 p.m. Saturday at a four-story, wood-frame residence that contained nine apartment units. The building, at the corner of Darling and Illinois streets, is located across from the Central Falls public safety complex.

City, contractor agree to dismissal of lawsuit over work at library

March 10, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Both sides have agreed to dismiss a Superior Court lawsuit that had been filed by Certified Disaster Restoration Corp., owned by convicted contractor Michael Bouthillette, over $30,000 that Bouthillette had been trying to collect from the city for work done in late 2006 and early 2007 at the Adams Memorial Library.

March 9th

CF students bringing new passion to an old game

March 9, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — In an era of fast-action video entertainment such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Madden 25,” the centuries-old game of chess would not seem to offer much appeal to today’s youth. Yet, from elementary to high school age, students in Central Falls are not only interested in learning the game, but in mastering it.

March 7th

McLaughlin mine bills to be heard Wednesday

March 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin is not flagging in his opposition to using the former Currier Park playground across the street from Cumberland Town Hall as the site of a Blackstone Valley Prep mayoral academy.

McLaughlin told The Times Thursday he is still concerned about the presence of abandoned underground coal mines beneath the site, and said petroleum contaminants found in the soil is yet another reason why the town should reconsider approving the school construction.

Pawtucket Lions Club to salute 90 years tonight at Le Foyer Club

March 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Although it doesn’t have its own “den,” the Pawtucket Lions Club has been an integral member of the community for 90 years. This decade sees the civic organization continuing to redefine itself within the city, under the motto, “We Serve,” to provide help where it is needed.

March 6th

Council extends McCoy lease for five years

March 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Keeping the Paw in PawSox is a number one priority for city officials, and on Wednesday, the City Council approved a lease agreement to have the team remain at McCoy Stadium until 2021 and beyond.

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