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August 7th, 2014

Woody Allen spends Thursday morning filming latest movie in Pawtucket

August 7, 2014

Woody Allen directs a scene for his upcoming movie on Main St. in downtown Pawtucket Thursday on morning. Main St. and High St. were closed for a time while several scenes were filmed for the new movie, as yet untitled, before Allen and company moved to 207 Wickenden St. in Providence for filming shot the Coffee Exchange.

See Friday's Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call for complete story and more photos.

August 6th

VIDEO: Patriots continue to look good in joint training camp

August 6, 2014

VIDEO Training Camp Today: Patriots continue to look good in joint practices
( The Boston Globe's Ben Volin and's Zuri Berry recap the Patriots joint training camp practice with Washington. (Video by Zuri Berry, Staff)

August 5th

Paul Palange named general manager, ad director at The Call and The Times

August 5, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Executives of Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, which includes The Call and The Times of Pawtucket, announced that longtime newspaper professional Paul V. Palange has joined the staff as general manager and director of advertising for the newspapers.

August 4th

Police: Cigarettes, pirated DVDs seized

August 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Police seized contraband cigarettes and suspected pirate DVDs after raiding a Broad Street convenience store Friday, they said.
The co-owners of RI Market 2, Mahmoud Najib and Ghassub Hasim Aljandali, both of Cranston, were charged with one count each of the sale of unstamped cigarettes; forgery; importation of cigarettes with the intent to evade taxes; and conspiracy.

August 3rd

Gomes, Minea recognized for leadership by BOA

August 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Only 225 high school juniors and seniors from across the country, and only five from Rhode Island, were chosen to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program this year.

Thanks to their hard work and dedication to their communities, Ryan Gomes and Monitea Minea, were two of those students.

Gomes, a recent graduate of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School, and Minea, a senior at the William E. Tolman School, were both selected to participate in the program based on their extensive service work.

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

August 1st

UPDATE: Health officials say concessions pass latest inspection

August 1, 2014

The state beach concession stands cited for more than 70 food code violations last month were re-inspected Friday morning and found to be in compliance, the Department of Health said Friday.
“Misquamicut, Scarborough, and Roger Wheeler were inspected this (Friday) morning. They no longer have any critical violations, which means public health is not at-risk to patronize these sites,” said Christina Batastini, the Rhode Island Department of Health’s chief officer of health promotion.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Palumbo would have run afoul of Ethics Commission

August 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Even if he had not withdrawn his high bid, Cranston state Rep. Peter Palumbo would not have been able to be awarded the contract to run concession stands at state beaches.
A RI Ethics Commission regulation prohibits General Assembly members from taking any other employment with the state – explicitly including being an independent contractor – until one year after he or she leaves the legislature.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Health Dept. cites beach concessions

August 1, 2014

Fly strips hanging over food preparation areas; cans of clam chowder stored in restrooms; mold in ice machines; fish fillets thawing on the counter in stagnant water; and foul, noxious odors coming from grease traps are just some of the more than 70 health and food code violations the state Department of Health recently found at concession stands at Rhode Island’s three state beaches - Misquamicut, Scarborough and Roger Wheeler, The Call and The Times has learned.

July 31st

DaCosta opposes monastery plan

July 31, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Town Councilman Manuel N. DaCosta left no doubt Thursday morning that town plans to place a new public safety complex on land at the town-owned monastery property off Diamond Hill Road is a highlight issue of the campaign for mayor.

July 29th

Under investigation, Caprio resigns as party chairman

July 29, 2014

PROVIDENCE – With the Rhode Island State Police investigating his role in obtaining a concession contract at three state beaches, RI Democratic Chairman David Caprio has abruptly resigned his party post less than six weeks to go before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary elections.
Providence Rep. Grace Diaz, the party’s vice chairwoman will step into Caprio’s shoes as acting chairwoman. Jonathan Boucher is the party’s executive director.

July 27th

Paying it forward in literary fashion

July 27, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Mark Binder, author of the groundbreaking children’s book “Cinderella Spinderella,” is taking his work one step further with the “Pay a Book Forward” campaign.

July 24th

Sex offender faces new charges

July 24, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – A Bristol man and registered sex offender was arraigned in District Court Providence Thursday, where he pled not guilty to charges that inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl at the Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness swimming pool.

Raymond J. Dubord, of 50 Monroe St., Bristol, was charged with simple assault after the grandmother of the girl filed a complaint with the East Providence police on July 18. According to the complaint, Dubord was constantly trying to talk to the girl and exchanged phone numbers and that there was “unwanted touching” involved.

July 23rd

Man shot in foot

July 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery after a man showed up at the hospital Tuesday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the foot, they said.
Marquis Hopper, 20, of Pawtucket, suffered a small-caliber bullet wound to the foot and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, said Major Arthur Martins. He is expected to be okay.

July 22nd

Central Falls to launch new back-to-school program

July 22, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – An unprecedented community collaborative to tackle truancy and chronic absenteeism in the city’s public schools kicks off next month and City Councilwoman and School Committee member Stephanie Gonzalez is leading the charge.
The idea for the Back to School campaign was hatched in the spring by the newly-formed Central Falls Alumni Association, which has partnered with the school district to reach out and involve school, community and municipal stakeholders, including School Superintendent Frances Gallo, Mayor James A. Diossa and Police Chief James J. Mendonca, to name a few.

July 21st

Three firefighters hurt in Lincoln blaze

July 21, 2014

LINCOLN — A fire breaking out in a motor vehicle inside George’s Towing and Auto Repair at 25 North Crow Point Road Monday afternoon caused heavy damage to the metal commercial building and non-life threatening injuries to three local firefighters working to put it out.

Police Capt. Philip Gould said the department received a call from an employee at 25 North Crow Point Road reporting fire inside the building at 1:12 p.m.

“They were working on a vehicle inside the building and the vehicle caught fire,” Gould said.

July 20th

Celebration, Colombian style in CF

July 20, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — For Luis Munoz of Cumberland, Sunday was a special day for Colombians that should also be celebrated with members of the Colombian-American community.

“We are going to celebrate our independence day,” Munoz said as he and his wife, Andriana, and their daughter, Ashley, headed into the Colombian American Cultural Festival at the Higgins Avenue Recreational Complex on Sunday.

“Today is Colombia’s 204th Independence Day,” he said.

July 18th

Immigration rhetoric intensifies

July 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Standing on the steps of the Statehouse, Terry Gorman told a small rally riday that if buses filled with immigrant children from Central America were rolling in Rhode Island, “I would lay down in front of those buses.”

As the three dozen or so protesters cheered and shouted “Me, too,” he added, “because I believe that would be the destruction of the state of Rhode Island.”

July 16th

Obama taps ex-Pawtucket senator for federal post

July 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Thomas Coderre, former state senator from Pawtucket and now the chief of staff to Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, is leaving his Statehouse job to take a position with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Coderre overcame his own high-profile troubles with substance abuse nearly a dozen years ago and became active in substance abuse treatment advocacy. He served as the board chair for Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES), and was National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, based in Washington, D.C.

July 15th

Students revamp CF plaza

July 15, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — A joint project by students from the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia to transform an ugly vacant lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped public plaza and park is finished.

To celebrate the completion of the six-week project, a finale party, or “Party at the Plaza,” is slated to be held tonight at 6 at 741 Dexter St. The event will include live music, food, screen printing, a photo booth and a plaza-naming contest.

July 14th

Cumberland park gets new paved lot

July 14, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The town’s Diamond Hill Park off Diamond Hill Road has a new asphalt parking lot thanks to a $165,542 improvement project but Mayor Daniel J. McKee is asking the Town Council for an expansion of the work when it meets on Wednesday.

McKee said the Department of Environmental Management rules for use of the open space park allowed the initial paving project to cover just one acre of the available parking area at the one-time, state-operated ski area to be paved by the Cardi Corporation under the initial work.


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