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May 14th, 2014

Sixth-graders to be moved to ease overcrowding

May 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET—To ease more cases of anticipated overcrowding at the elementary level, sixth grade students from Fallen Memorial and Agnes E. Little Elementary Schools will be moved to Jenks Junior High School in the fall.
On Tuesday, the School Committee unanimously approved the plan outlined by interim Schools Superintendent Patricia DiCenso. She said the move is necessary because there is no available classroom space remaining at Fallon or Little to accommodate the expected influx. Projected enrollment figures show an additional 55 students heading to Fallon in the fall and 29 more at Little.

May 12th

C.F. mom mourned, murder suspect arraigned

May 12, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Four tenants at 149 Valley St. were sitting outside in Monday's sunshine, but they had heavy hearts knowing that their neighbor, Shelina Moreino, was not among them. The 41-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her apartment early Sunday morning, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, Robert Bethea.

May 11th

Woman found murdered in CF apartment

May 11, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — A suspect at a Central Falls apartment where a woman’s body was found has been charged with her murder.

Police say Robert Bethea was at the second-floor apartment at 149 Valley St. when he was arrested early Sunday morning.

He was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of domestic murder and violation of a no-contact order. The 45-year-old Bethea was held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court this morning.

An autopsy has yet to be done to determine the cause of death of 41-year-old Shelina Moreino.

May 9th

Pawtucket welcomes another brew crew

May 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET – There are nine craft breweries in Rhode Island, and three of them are in Pawtucket, which just might make the city the craft brewery capital of Rhode Island, says Jason Lourenco, co-owner of the city’s third micro brewery – Brewery 401 – which opened on May 1.

“It’s purely coincidental that we landed here in Pawtucket, and we only realized later that it was where Bucket Brewery Co. used to be before they expanded,” says Lourenco, who along with co-owner and Brewmaster Nicole Pelletier opened Brewery 401 in the Lorraine Mills building on Mineral Spring Avenue.

May 8th

Pell: 'Discrimination is real in RI'

May 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Declaring that “discrimination is real in Rhode Island today,” Democratic candidate for governor Clay Pell laid out what he called an “Opportunity for All” policy that would benefit women, minorities, gays and even illegal immigrants.
“I believe we need to make this a place where all people can succeed,” Pell told reporters at a press conference at the Museum of Work and Culture Thursday. “I believe we have to include people regardless of their immigration status in our economy. We have to make sure that

Cause of fire may never be known

May 8, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Fire investigators say the cause of a two-alarm fire that destroyed an eight-unit apartment building on Pine Street Wednesday afternoon has been officially listed as "undetermined” due to the extensive damage.
A cause is classified "undetermined" when multiple causes can not be eliminated, or there is insufficient proof of a particular cause.

May 7th

Man stabbed multiple times

May 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A Pawtucket man was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the unprovoked stabbing of a barber at the Major League Kuts barber shop on Pleasant Street, police said.
The suspect, identified as Abraham R. Silva, 25, of 52 Larch St., Pawtucket.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.

May 6th

Public hearing set on city budget

May 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET—The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed annual operating budget for fiscal year 2015 at its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
The public will have a chance to comment on the spending plan for the city as presented by Mayor Donald Grebien. The proposed budget of $112.3 million is about $1.6 million higher than the current operating budget of $110.7 million, an increase of 1.47 percent. The proposal involves no tax increase for residential or commercial property owners, tangibles or motor vehicles.

May 5th

Future of train depot stalled

May 5, 2014

PAWTUCKET—While plans are in the works for an MBTA commuter rail station to be built near Dexter Street, the fate of the old brick train depot a short distance away at Broad and Barton streets remains in limbo.

May 4th

Coaching, leading all the same to Ferri

May 4, 2014

He used to coach college softball and baseball. But now he's far more likely to be found coaching his much younger City Council colleagues on how to survive the rough and tumble world of City Hall politics.

Typically, the role of a coach is to guide current players. In most but not all cases, coaches have played the game they are coaching. Therefore, they can describe what needs to be done, offer advice. Coaches wear a lot of hats: they are at various times psychologists; tormentors; father figures; motivators; older brothers.

May 1st

Best Buddies to host walk in Slater Park Sunday

May 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET — There are more than 250 million people worldwide that suffer from IDD, or intellectual and developmental disabilities. About 7.5 million of those people alone live in the United States. Best Buddies Rhode Island is an organization that revolves around making the lives of people with IDD easier. The Best Buddies program of Rhode Island is hosting a “Friendship Walk” that will take place in Slater Park on Sunday, May 4.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. while the walk will commence at 9 a.m.

April 30th

Fox is back in the House

April 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE – With a minimum of fanfare, and no official recognition from the dais, Rep. Gordon Fox took his seat on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, the first time he entered the chamber since he resigned the speaker’s gavel in the wake of a March 21 raid on his Statehouse office by state and federal law enforcement officials.
He was greeted cordially by some representatives and staff, shaking hands and kissing cheeks as he made his appearance.

Police, firefighters face pension freeze

April 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET—The details behind a proposed, three-year cost of living adjustment (COLA) freeze for Pawtucket Police and Fire Department retirees and their beneficiaries will be outlined at a meeting at Tolman High School on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m.

April 29th

From New Beginnings, productive communities

April 29, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Most of the time, when members of a community see police officers, they are usually on duty or patrolling the streets in their police cruisers.

That can create a gap of sorts between officers and the residents they serve, a gap that R.I. State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell and others involved in the State Police “New Beginnings Community Outreach Initiative,” hope to close.

Youth grid leader throws flag on council street fundraising policy

April 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In the wake of a recent crackdown by the City Council on those collecting money and/or panhandling on city streets, one local sports team president is raising an objection to the ban and also questioning what this means to the national firefighters’ “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

April 28th

More residential units planned for mill

April 28, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS—A century-old weaving mill that once depended on the Blackstone River to operate is now using the waterway as a scenic and recreational lure of potential tenants.
With the river gleaming brightly in the background, state and local officials on Monday gathered to break ground on 90 new residential units at M Residential on 521 Roosevelt Ave. This housing will join an already existing 70 units and represents the final stage in the second phase of a residential mill rehabilitation that spans a city block.

April 25th

Officials warn of rabid cat in Lincoln

April 25, 2014

LINCOLN — The Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health are advising people in the area of Lower Road in Lincoln that a neighborhood cat that attacked a resident and exposed two other persons on April 17 has tested positive for rabies. These individuals have started treatment with rabies vaccine.

April 24th

Council wants crackdown on 'begging'

April 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Whether its a gaggle of young dancers or gymnasts with money jars or a lone jobless person with a cardboard sign, the act of begging for cash from motorists at stoplights and busy intersections is one that has drawn the ire and concern of residents and city officials alike.
Putting public safety at the forefront of its decision, the City Council on Wednesday night voted to have Police Chief Paul King begin enforcing an existing city ordinance that prohibits people from soliciting money from drivers at intersections.

April 23rd

Candidates pitch ideas

April 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Touting the verities of education, job creation and capital-D Democratic values, three of the Democrats running for governor vied for the favor of their party’s city and town chairmen on Tuesday.
Democrats Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras and Clay Pell made brief presentations to the RI Association of State Democratic City and Town Chairmen (RI ASDCTC) at Le Foyer ahead of that group’s endorsement vote scheduled for next month.

April 22nd

THIS JUST IN: Garage damaged by fire in Lincoln

April 22, 2014

LINCOLN -- Firefighters doused a blaze at 6 Winterberry Court Tuesday night after a freezer in the garage at the home started to smoke and then caught fire sending flames shooting through the roof of the structure. The fire broke out at about 7:30 p.m. No one was injured. For details and photos pick up Wednesday’s newspaper.

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