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May 15th, 2015

Armed fugitives nabbed in CF

May 15, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Two fugitives from Colorado, including a woman sought for prison escape, got caught on Illinois Street Wednesday with heroin, a Bushmaster assault rifle, armor-piercing bullets, and a stolen truck, police said.

John Baker, 38, and Jessica Garrett, 32, both of Colorado, are being held without bail on fugitive warrants from Colorado after their arraignment in District Court Thursday.

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May 15, 2015

May 14th

Pawtucket honors its finest

May 14, 2015

PAWTUCKET – On a day that Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin described as one of “contemplation and celebration,” the city acknowledged the heroic actions of members of its Police Department, while remembering those who were killed in the line of duty.

May 13th

Tax hike possible in Pawtucket

May 13, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien has introduced a proposed $117.1 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a $4.78 million – or 4.26 percent – increase over the current spending plan and also calls for a proposed 3.97 percent increase to its property tax levy.

May 11th

Ex-boyfriend charged in EP murder

May 11, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – A 43-year-old man charged with the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment complex on Mother’s Day broke down and cried and had to be escorted out of the courtroom during his arraignment Monday in Providence District Court.

May 10th

Sawyer recognized as city’s top educator

May 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – At 7:30 in the morning, third-grade teacher Donna Sawyer is already at Francis J. Varieur Elementary School.

Although the school day doesn’t start for another hour, she is in the classroom and ready to tutor young students. By 7:45, parents drop off their children, and Sawyer helps them with their schoolwork.
Not only is Sawyer an early bird, she also in a sense is a night owl, because four days a week, she will stay until 4 p.m. — about 90 minutes after students are dismissed for the day — to aid another group of children who will stay late for extra help.

May 8th

Raimondo, Grebien tour Main Street

May 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Arti and Shekhar Mehta would love to see Main Street thrive, and as the owners of Artee Fabrics & Home, they believe their business and their building — located at 228 Main St. — can be a catalyst in the revitalization of the city's downtown area.

The fabric store and the soon-to-be occupied property above the shop were visited on Friday morning by Gov. Gina Raimondo, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and other city officials as part of a discussion on Raimondo's jobs plan.

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May 8, 2015

May 7th

Council approves St. Leo's purchase for school space

May 7, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes the city to enter into a lease-to-own agreement to purchase the former St. Leo the Great Elementary School property, which city and school officials said will accommodate for impending school renovations and an anticipated enrollment increase.

May 6th

Talks continue, but no deal on PawSox move

May 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello called House Democrats behind closed doors on Wednesday for a caucus on budget matters and also an update on where plans for a new Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium in Providence currently stand.

 With the doors to the House Lounge blocked to reporters and even the door window into the room from the House Chamber covered with paper, the session was, as intended, open to whatever the members wished to air.

Mayors help break ground on new LA Fitness

May 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The mayors from Pawtucket and Providence flexed some muscle Wednesday, highlighting the benefits that an LA Fitness Center - constructed on the city line - would provide for the neighboring communities, while also speaking of the importance of the two cities working together.

May 5th

Company seeks givebacks from city

May 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council is poised to consider granting $1 million worth of tax breaks to Tunstall Americas, the digital healthcare giant that’s created more than 300 jobs since moving into a vacant building here two years ago.
After a public hearing, the council will take up a resolution Wednesday to reduce Tunstall’s tangible tax bill from $132,432 to $32,433 per year for a period of 10 years. That includes a two-year reach-back to 2013, during which the incentive would be structured in the form of an abatement.

May 3rd

Pawtucket veteran of Korea honored by Sen. Whitehouse

May 3, 2015

WARWICK – Every military veteran should have a day like Norm Gordon experienced on Saturday.

The 82-year-old Pawtucket resident, a signal corps communications specialist during the Korean War, was guest of honor at U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s eight annual Veterans Breakfast and Resource Fair, which was held inside the spacious R.I. National Guard Armory.

May 1st

Pawtucket Arts Festival to honor Weiss

May 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Sixteen years after helping to plan the first Pawtucket Arts Festival, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss will be bestowed with the festival’s inaugural Medal of Excellence during a fundraiser and awards ceremony next week.

Weiss will receive the honor at the Arts Festival’s “Curtain Up!” fundraiser and awards ceremony, which will be held on May 7 at Center by the Blackstone, located at 175 Main St.

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May 1, 2015

April 30th

Bomb squad called to Pawtucket laundry in grenade scare

April 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Minutes after extinguishing a fire at an industrial laundry on York Avenue Thursday afternoon, fire personnel came upon what appeared to be a hand grenade on a shelf near a dryer, prompting firefighters to evacuate, officials said.

April 28th

PawSox offered alternative site

April 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE – As the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group and state and city officials continue to discuss a proposed riverfront ballpark on I-195 land in downtown Providence that would serve as the PawSox’ future home, a group has proposed a new site as a “backup alternative” location for the team’s ballpark.

JAG Investment Realty LLC, which owns the Victory Place property near Davol Square, announced Tuesday that they are “well positioned to be a backup alternative site” for a new Triple-A ballpark if the plans for a ballpark on I-195 land fall through.

April 27th

PawSox make another pitch for new ballpark

April 27, 2015

PROVIDENCE – In front of an audience that included about 25 protestors, members of the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group laid out their vision for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence to members of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Monday.
Prior to the start of the commission’s meeting, the protestors stood outside of the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. office to voice their opposition to the proposal, particularly the net $4 million annual rent.

April 26th

Volunteer crews roll out to beautify Pawtucket, CF

April 26, 2015

Volunteers on Saturday took to the streets in Pawtucket and Central Falls to clean garbage, remove graffiti, and plant flowers in an effort to beautify their communities during the city’s annual Earth Day celebrations.

Arthur Plitt, president of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, explained that Saturday’s city-wide cleanup was “a really great event on a nice day.”

April 25th

Pawtucket legislators not buying deal to relocate PawSox

April 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – State representatives whose districts include Pawtucket are having a hard time digesting a recent proposal for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in Providence that seeks to become the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, with some believing instead that McCoy Stadium and the area surrounding the ballpark could become a destination.

However, a spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project contends that it would cost $65 million just to bring the 73-year-old stadium up to league standards.

 

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