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October 15th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â With each of them carrying on the legacy of Ernie Marot and his selfless efforts to end hunger, a collection of individuals, businesses, and state agencies will be honored as part of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's second annual Ernie Marot Humanitarian Awards and fundraising dinner Friday.
According to the Adrienne Marchetti, the soup kitchen's executive director, the five honorees at Friday's gala are: Irving Basiliere, Dr. Michael Ragosta, Navigant Credit Union, Pawtucket Credit Union, and the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.
PAWTUCKET â A man had a big chunk of his ear bitten off by his brother after complaining that his sibling drank all the alcohol in the house and hadnât left any for him, according to police.
Melvin S. Gboe, 35, of 950 Main St., was arrested Monday on charges that include domestic felony assault, mutilation, resisting arrest and misdemeanor domestic assault, according to police reports.
PAWTUCKET â Standing at the corner of Broad and North Union streets, the old Feldman Furniture warehouse is undergoing some serious renovations, and the prodigious three-story red brick building could house upwards of 25 luxury apartments in the future.
The 66,000-square-foot three-story mill building was sold to Nexus Property Management LLC on July 3 for $175,000, according to records with the city Tax Assessorâs office.
CENTRAL FALLS â Fresh off his recent victory in the hit reality television series âBig Brotherâ, a city police sergeant will participate in a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer session with the public at Central Falls High School Friday.
Sgt. Derrick V. Levasseur, 30, of Providence, was named victorious at the conclusion of the show's Sept. 24 season finale, outlasting 15 other house guests over the course of the show's 16th season to win the $500,000 grand prize. âBig Brotherâ airs nationally on CBS.
BOSTON â A Pawtucket man who pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes, among other charges, was captured aboard an airplane at Logan Airport in Boston that was about to depart for Paris, authorities said.
PAWTUCKET â All through that day in the early summer of 2010, a feeling of dread had been growing in the pit of Michelle Lavalleeâs stomach. But nothing could have prepared her for what she found in her daughterâs Rufus Street apartment.
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CENTRAL FALLS â Covered in mud and sweat, and after an exhausting morning of dragging tires, flipping logs, pushing weighted wheelbarrows, and scaling ropes, you would expect most participants in Saturdayâs Lions Club Warpath Challenge to be physically drained at its conclusion.
And you would be mistaken.
Of the 100-plus people who participated in Saturdayâs first-ever challenge on High Street, many of them had smiles on their faces and were excitedly talking about completing the course again, albeit their words were coming through panted breaths.
PAWTUCKET â Taylor Perez isn't shy about how she feels about sending or reading text messages while driving. In fact, she is vehemently opposed to it.
A senior at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Perez said that if she is in a car with a friend, she will tell them that they are to put the phone down, not send or read text messages while driving, and keep their eyes on the road.
âI'm always against texting and driving,â Perez said, adding that among her peers, distracted driving is an issue.
PROVIDENCE â The chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party wants the state Board of Elections to make the Democratic Party pull an ad featuring both Gina Raimondo and Jack Reed, claiming it is a blatant attempt âto circumvent state campaign laws.
PAWTUCKET â The first executive director of the Pawtucket Arts Council; a retired senior center director and advocate for the aged; a pioneer for women in Pawtucket politics; and an advocate for impoverished women are all slated to be inducted into the 22nd Pawtucket Hall of Fame, the Hallâs nomination committee announced Monday.
Established in 1992, the Pawtucket Hall of fame honors people who have made a real difference in the community and have had a significant impact on the city as a whole.
PAWTUCKET â On a day that could have been one of summerâs last bastions before the leaves change color and cooler temperatures inevitably descend upon the area, hundreds of children participated in the annual âDay for Kidsâ at the Boys & Girls Club Saturday, celebrating with games, arts and crafts, and inflatables.
Amy Gravell, development officer with the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, said that Saturdayâs outdoor festivities were âall about encouraging positive play.â
PAWTUCKET â After growing impatient with the amount of time a woman was taking to park her car at a grocery store on Mineral Spring Avenue Wednesday, a local man brandished a machete, threatening the woman and her teenage son, police said.
Adam D. Picard, 41, was involved in a dispute over the parking space at the Pawtucket Food Mart around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The man was impatient that âshe wasn't moving as quickly enough into a spot,â and was beeping his horn before exiting his truck to confront her, Martins said.
PAWTUCKET â Three roommates were arrested after they were engaged in a melee Monday night that culminated in one of the trio firing a rifle into the ceiling of their third-floor apartment on Meadow Street, police said.
PAWTUCKET â A new national park in the Blackstone River Valley moved a bit closer to reality late last week when the House Committee on Natural Resources approved the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) announced Monday.
Cicilline, who introduced the legislation in the House, says the bill will preserve and protect nationally significant resources throughout the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, promote economic development, and improve historic and natural resources in the Blackstone Valley.
PROVIDENCE â A Pawtucket man indicted by a grand jury in the murder of his 10-year-old daughter is scheduled for a pre-trial conference at Providence County Superior Court today.
Jorge DePina, who is facing murder charges after the July 2013 death of his daughter, Aleida DePina, is slated for the conference before Judge Jeffrey Lanphear.
PAWTUCKET â A former Tolman High School wrestling coach is facing five
counts of possession of child pornography after police said they found
âseveral videos and images that featured what appeared to be males under the age of 18 performing sexual acts,â after receiving a search warrant for his phone.
David Veccharino, 32, was formerly the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Tolman High School prior to his firing earlier this week, School Superintendent Patricia DiCenso confirmed.
âThe Pawtucket School Department learned this week of possible
CENTRAL FALLS â The third annual Bright Future Festival will kick off Saturday afternoon, with a diverse celebration of the city's culture, including dance and musical performances, and concluding with a firework display.
The festival begins Saturday at noon at Jenks Park and is free and open to the public and celebrates Central Falls' diversity with cultural foods, dance performances, informational and educational booths, and interactive community art activities.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The East Providence Historic District Commission is urging the City Council to make emergency repairs to the long-vacant shingle-style Odd Fellows Hall at 63-65 Warren Ave. to stop further deterioration while the city comes up with a long-term solution for the re-use of the historic building.
PAWTUCKET â City Councilman Albert J. Vitali Jr. has filed for a recount of Tuesdayâs at-large council primary after the most recent figures from the state Board of Elections have him trailing third-place finisher and fellow City Councilman Thomas E. Hodge by only 35 votes.
Vitali said he filed for the recount on Wednesday, the day after the primary, âbecause the percentage points were so narrow.â