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March 11th, 2014

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.

March 5th

Crescent Park’s clam shack is in for some rehab

March 5, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – The popular Blount Clam Shack at Crescent Park is getting an extreme makeover.

Located on the grounds of the historic Charles I.D. Looff Carousel on Bullocks Point Avenue, and revered for its giant lobster rolls, creamy chowder and golden fried clams, the tiny clam shack will have a whole new look by summer.

DON'T MISS IT! Birthday bash for Tyler Thursday

March 5, 2014

BURRILLVILLE -- A massive surprise birthday party for Tyler Seddon of Pascoag is set for Thursday and The Call will be there to cover the celebration. Follow The Call on Twitter(@WoonsocketCall) for continuous updates throughout the day as hundreds of police, firefighters and first responders pay tribute to the birthday boy, who is fighting cancer. See our complete coverage of the festivities in Friday’s editions of The Call and The Times.

March 4th

Convict gets more prison time

March 4, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Napoleon Andrade, a local man already doing 10 years in federal prison on weapons, money-laundering and theft charges, was sentenced to an additional 31 months Tuesday for his role in a home invasion targeting an associate of the Gambino crime family in Connecticut.
During a sentencing hearing in Providence, U.S. District Judge John McConnell ordered Andrade to serve 63 months in all. But McConnell structured the penalty so that 32 months overlap Andrade’s current term and the balance kicks in when it’s completed, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.

March 3rd

Technology paying off for Pawtucket PD

March 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Thanks in part to some incident-mapping software and new ideas that help police assess where to best employ resources, the city has seen a more than 10 percent reduction in crime from last year.

Statistics compiled by the Pawtucket Police Department and reviewed by the R.I. State Police for inclusion in the national FBI crime database show an overall drop in crime in the city of about 10.3 percent for 2013, including significant declines in several major categories.

March 2nd

Central Falls woman graduates course on achieving financial independence

March 2, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS—Since emigrating to the United States 14 years ago, Filomena Montiero had nurtured a couple of dreams: becoming a nurse and owning her own home. Thanks to the Central Falls Housing Authority's Family Self-Sufficiency program,” she is part of the way there on both goals.

Montiero recently graduated from the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, an initiative that seeks to improve the lives of parents receiving Central Falls Section 8 housing assistance.

February 28th

Moreau freed from prison

February 28, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau walked into Courtroom 3 at the federal courthouse Friday morning wearing dark blue prison garb with his hands cuffed behind his back and his feet in chains.

About three hours later he walked out into the cold noonday sunshine wearing a brown suit and yellow tie, a free man, albeit with a felony conviction and three years of supervised probation hanging over his head.

“I wish you well with your new-found freedom,” U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell told Moreau as he closed the brief hearing.

Police investigate wrong-way fatal crash

February 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Rhode Island State Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks, including a Criminal Investigation Unit and Collision Reconstruction Unit, are investigating the circumstances behind the fatal wrong-way crash that occurred on Interstate 95 in Pawtucket early Friday morning.

February 27th

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says R.I.’s next governor must be committed to changing the state’s economic climate

February 27, 2014

Rhode Island’s nation-worst unemployment rate, its lagging economy and projected out-year budget deficits in the hundreds of millions makes being governor a difficult job.

Allan Fung, a Republican running to be the next governor, says that is exactly what makes the position attractive to him.

“I want those challenges, I want those responsibilities; I really do,” the three-term Cranston mayor said in an interview on Wednesday with The Times. “It’s not about a title. It’s about the challenges this state is going to face and whoever is going to be governor, he has to be ready for it.

POLITICS AS USUAL: R.I. pensions, a Tweet and Ted Nugent

February 27, 2014

Editor's note: This column was first published on Feb. 24, 2014 in The Times and The Call.

One of the selling points General Treasurer Gina Raimondo employed in
pushing for the pension settlement you may have seen something about in the news lately is that it brings "certainty" and "finality" in that it puts an end not only to the slew of lawsuits challenging the 2011 law, but also the court challenges to the 2009 and 2010 pension reform efforts.
And so it does. Until the next time.
North Smithfield Rep. Brian Newberry, the House Republican leader, has

February 26th

Pawtucket to be reimbursed 80 percent of school building costs

February 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In promoting the ambitious renovations and construction of school buildings as outlined in a Facilities Master Plan, school officials have been counting on receiving about 80 percent reimbursement on the project costs. But can they take that figure to the bank?

The answer appears to be yes, but not without a few variables.

Moreau strikes plea deal; could be freed Friday

February 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE — A former mayor whose corruption conviction was thrown into question by an appeals court struck a deal that would allow him to be freed from prison after serving half his two-year sentence.

Charles Moreau, former mayor of the financially troubled city of Central Falls, agreed in a deal filed on Wednesday to plead guilty to a new charge of accepting a bribe. As part of the deal, federal prosecutors recommended Moreau be sentenced to time served.

Moreau could be released as soon as Friday, when a hearing on his case is scheduled before U.S. District Judge John McConnell.

February 25th

Times Merry Christmas Fund delivers a $9,201 greeting

February 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations, families and individuals (including many Times readers), The Times was able to donate $9,201 to the Salvation Army of Pawtucket from the annual Merry Christmas Fund.

Kathleen Needham, controller of The Times/The Call newspapers, presented a check in that amount to Salvation Army Capts. Glenys and Juan Urbaez on Tuesday at the monthly board meeting held at the Salvation Army headquarters on High Street.

Fewer teachers to get pink slips

February 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s that dreaded time of year when teachers, typically the newer ones, get a “pink slip” from the school district they have been working so hard to impress. It all has to do with budgetary projections and state law, which requires that any teachers facing a potential job cut in September must be notified by March 1.

Yet, for the first time in many years, the number of teachers pink-slipped this year has been cut by more than half, due to a collaborative effort between school administrators and the teachers union.

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