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February 6th, 2014

Body in submerged car identified as Pawtucket resident missing for three years

February 6, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — The body of the person found inside a car that had been submerged in the Blackstone River has been identified as Angela Rivera, a 62-year-old Pawtucket woman who had been reported missing in March 2011.

The car, a light blue Toyota Camry, had been spotted underwater on Tuesday morning by state employees who had been doing work on a barge in and around the underside of the bridge near 1420 Broad St. When the vehicle was towed from the water, it was determined that a body was inside.

Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times.

February 5th

City digs out from another snowy mess

February 5, 2014

PAWTUCKET – An accurate weather service forecast, a parking ban and a “no school” call helped the city’s Department of Public Works to get a good handle on Wednesday’s snowstorm.

By mid-morning, most of Pawtucket’s roads were very passable and by lunchtime, many were down to the pavement, as temperatures warmed up and the snow tapered off.

February 4th

Body found in submerged car in Central Falls

February 4, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS —Police and fire officials confirmed that a body was inside a rusted and delapidated Toyota Camry that was found submerged in the Blackstone River near the Blackstone Landing boat ramp on Tuesday morning.
A Central Falls Police spokesman would not say if the body was male or female, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. Read the full story in Wednesday's Times.

Sen. Ciccone, Rep. Williams submit driver's license bill for illegals

February 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee has re-ignited the controversy over
issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.
Legislation submitted on Chafee’s behalf by Sen. Frank Ciccone of North Providence and Providence in the Senate and by Providence Rep. Anastasia Williams in the House of Representatives would create a “driver’s privilege license” for people who meet all other requirements for a regular driver’s license but “cannot establish that he or she is legally present in the United States or does not have a Social Security number.”

February 3rd

Cumberland council to weigh pacts for police, rescue chiefs

February 3, 2014

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council Wednesday will consider resolutions authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into new three-year employment contracts for Police Chief John R. Desmarais, Director of Rescue Services Sean Thompson and Water Superintendent J. Christopher Champi.

The council's finance subcommittee voted to endorse the three contract agreements, which total $232,900, and forward them to the council as resolutions.

The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.

Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and Tuesday's Call.

RI Brew Fest leaving a sweet aftertaste for local beermakers

February 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — For the craft beer lover, nothing brews interest like a gathering of some 40 local vendors, all under one roof. According to event organizer Matt Gray, over 600 people attended the Rhode Island Brew Fest winter event at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday, which was a record crowd for its second year.

February 2nd

Pawtucket native staging art show in California

February 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket native Joseph McGowan has been on a long artistic journey since he began making decorative mirrors as a teenager back in the 1970s. That journey took him to the West Coast, where he is proud to be participating in a three-month art exhibit called “Through the Looking Glass” at the Art Works Gallery in his hometown of Riverside, Calif.

McGowan will be one of three featured artists, along with Laura Ryan and Tracy Cantwell, who are taking part in the exhibit. The opening night is Thursday, Feb. 6, and McGowan will be reading some of his poetry during the evening.

January 31st

Armory will be hopping for R.I. Brew Fest today

January 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Craft beer aficionados will have much to celebrate today when the second annual Rhode Island Brew Fest Winter opens its doors at the Pawtucket Armory on Exchange Street.

Starting at 1 p.m., hundreds of craft beer fans will gather to sample brews from more than 40 breweries and meet the people behind the kegs and casks of some of the Ocean State’s most popular microbreweries.

Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times and today's Call.

NECAP reading scores rise; math remains concern

January 31, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The latest round of scores on the state’s high-stakes standardized tests are in, and they show that both Pawtucket and the Central Falls school districts have made strides in reading, particularly at the secondary school level.

However, there is still much work to be done in mathematics, as in a majority of school districts across the state, where the test scores were flat when it came to showing improvement or downright disappointing.

Full story can be found on page A1 of Saturday's Times.

January 30th

‘Erin’s Law’ bill to battle sex abuse of kids

January 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Two Pawtucket lawmakers want to require schools to give age-appropriate education in the prevention of child abduction, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse.

The bill, with other laws and proposals like it in other states, is called “Erin’s Law,” after Erin Merryn, a young girl in Schaumburg, Ill., who, starting at the age of 6, was repeatedly raped for two-and-a-half years by a neighbor and then, when she was 11, she was molested by a teenaged cousin.

Full story can be found on page A1 of Friday's Times and Call.

Moreau’s status conference kept private

January 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE — There was no word on any decision regarding the case of former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau following a status conference held on Thursday in U.S. District Court.

A status conference concerning Moreau’s corruption case, for which he was convicted on a federal fraud charge, was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. before Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. Reporters were not allowed into the chambers where the conference was held.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Being liberal is cool again

January 30, 2014

Editor's note: This column was published in The Times on Jan. 27, 2014:

It looks like Democrats in the 2014 gubernatorial primary are about to be vexed by the same Catch-22 that confounds Republican candidates for president: What they have to do and say to win their party’s nomination in the primary could spell doom in the general election.
If the nascent Democratic primary race for governor next year has showed us anything so far, it is that being liberal is becoming cool again.

January 29th

Facebook bill to be debated at Statehouse

January 29, 2014

PROVIDENCE – If you are applying for a job, should your prospective employer be able to demand the password to your Facebook or other social media account? Should schools and colleges be able to require students or applicants to allow access to restricted portions of their social media profiles?

With sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Meetup gaining popularity, and new sites finding their way onto the Internet with increasing frequency, two state legislators say employees and students should not be forced to share their online lives with people at work or school.

January 28th

AG wants life without parole for alleged child-killer

January 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET —Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has filed a notice in Superior Court that his office will seek life without the possibility for parole in the case against Jorge DePina, who is charged with the murder of his 10-year old daughter last summer. Full story in Wednesday's Times.

NEW: Convicted ex-mayor due in court

January 28, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS—The federal court hearing for former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, related to a review of his case that could possibly lead to an early release from prison, has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 a.m.
Moreau, imprisoned in Maryland on a corruption charge, will appear for a status conference before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell.

January 27th

Pell releases gubernatorial announcement via video

January 27, 2014

Announcing his arrival on the political scene with a video on his website, Clay Pell is now the fourth Democrat hoping to be elected governor in November.

Pell will formally kick off his campaign later today at the R.I. Convention Center, but said in the two-minute, 30-second video released Monday that “I believe I can restore hope and economic growth in our state.”

Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and A2 of Tuesday's Call.

Fire damages rehab center

January 27, 2014

PAWTUCKET — A blaze sparked by a carelessly discarded cigarette caused damage to a porch and some walls at a residential substance abuse treatment center on Summit Street Saturday afternoon.

The fire was reported at the Robert J. Wilson House at 80 Summit Street at around 1:11 p.m. Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the city’s fire marshal, said that someone dropped a lit cigarette on an exterior porch and the porch floor caught fire and spread up and into a first floor wall. He said the cause was considered accidental.

January 26th

Author turns new language into old friend

January 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET — For people who are foreign-born, even those who have mastered the English language, imagine their confusion when they hear someone say they had to “jump though hoops” to get a job. Or their friend “really pushes the envelope” sometimes. Or that joke just “cracked me up.”

Jimmy Gyasi Boateng experienced this when he emigrated from his native Ghana more than 33 years ago. Growing up in the West African British colony, English was even his primary language, but it didn't take him long to realize that the formal style used there differed greatly from the way most Americans spoke.

January 24th

Recycling’s a big hit at Pawtucket public housing

January 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — With the right communication and a little education (especially to the younger generation), city residents are willing to embrace recycling. One of the clearest examples is at 560 Prospect Street, where the city's largest public housing complex is recycling at an admirable 100 percent rate.

Food, crafts at Pawtucket village no longer just for late summer

January 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The snow and bitter cold may have some winter-weary folks pining for the dog days of summer and fresh fruits and vegetables, but you don’t have to wait until late August to buy locally-produced, high-quality foods and crafts.

A winter’s harvest is available at Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s indoor wintertime farmers’ market at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, where more than 70 vendors this year are offering everything from fresh baked pies to locally produced eggs and dairy.

Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Times.

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