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April 15th, 2015
CENTRAL FALLS â A four-alarm fire tore through a garage on Washington Street Tuesday morning, with its thick smoke prompting the cancellation of classes at a nearby middle school, fire officials said.
The fire was reported prior to 6 a.m. Tuesday at the small, one-story garage at 96 Washington St., Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy brown and black smoke emanating from the garage.
CUMBERLAND â The townâs historic Nine Men's Misery monument drew visitors to the Monastery property on Sunday, including Kathy and Michaela Crawley.
Kathy Crawley, wife of town Recreation Director Michael Crawley, said she had never had a chance to stop at the monument until Sundayâs Spring Festival at Monastery. Michaela said had she had spotted the stone monument several times while running on the Monasteryâs trails, but didnât know that much about the site.
PAWTUCKET â Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is leaving millions of tourist dollars on the table and missing an opportunity to create thousands of jobs by clinging to an ineffective strategy of promoting tourism through regional districts at the expense of a unified, statewide campaign.
No other state in New England dedicates nearly as much of its statewide tourism budget to regional districts, yet Rhode Island has consistently been losing its market share of the nationâs tourism dollars to competing states, the governor says.
CENTRAL FALLS â With only about three percent through the entire square-mile city, Central Falls ranks last in the state with the least green space. However, a group of students on Friday aimed to change that figure by planting an urban arboretum at Calcutt Middle School.
PAWTUCKET â The City Councilâs Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety Wednesday night voted to send a resolution requesting the reinstatement of the Pawtucket Police Departmentâs Special Response Unit for the next fiscal year to the councilâs Finance Committee.
The three-member public safety committee voted 2-1 in favor of sending the resolution to the Finance Committee, with At-Large Councilor and Committee Chairman Thomas E. Hodge and District 5 Councilor Mary E. Bray voting in favor, while District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer cast the lone dissenting vote.
PAWTUCKET â The City Council's Board of License Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the Pawtucket Red Sox' petition to conduct a fireworks display at the conclusion of seven home games this season.
According to the PawSox' application for a special event license, the
seven dates of the fireworks displays will be May 25, June 13, June 27, July 2, July 3, Aug. 8, and Sept. 6.
The board during its March 25 meeting tabled a discussion and possible
vote after District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer made a motion to
PAWTUCKET â A one-way section of Main Street between Pine Street and
Mineral Spring Avenue next week will be converted to two-way traffic, city officials have said.
Construction has been ongoing at that section of Main Street - adjacent
to Mineral Spring Avenue - for some time, and the intent is to go live
WOONSOCKET â Elected officials from Warwick to Woonsocket are protesting Gov. Gina Raimondoâs plan to divert some $2 million in hotel taxes from regional tourism councils to bankroll a statewide marketing campaign spearheaded by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.
The mayors and town administrators of Pawtucket, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Lincoln and Cumberland are among those who have signed a letter to the governor, asking her to reconsider the plan.
PAWTUCKET â Long an established part of East Street in downtown Pawtucket, the Adams Furniture building is nearing its final days, as plans are in motion to demolish the property and convert the space into employee parking for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care.
Ray Lavoie, executive director of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, said that demolition should be able to commence in about two weeks.
The parking for health care employees will make available more spaces in and around the health care campus on East Avenue, he noted.
CENTRAL FALLS â The bright lights of Hollywood shined on a small Crossman Street pub this week, as the bar was transformed into a seedy watering hole as part of the filming for a romantic thriller set to be released in 2016.
P Jayâs Pub on Wednesday was in the early stages of its metamorphosis into a film set, as it prepared for its close-up for the big screen.
Filming took place all day Thursday.
WARWICK â The late James F. âJimâ Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.
The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organizationâs annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.
PAWTUCKET â Sponsorship opportunities are available to help the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket hit a home run for area children.
The 2015 Homers for Kids Campaign, in conjunction with the Pawtucket Red Sox, has been launched, with sponsorship opportunities available. Homers for Kids is a summer-long corporate donor program that benefits area children and teenagers through the support of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket.
A Providence County grand jury Friday indicted a Central Falls man for first-degree robbery earlier this year, and a Pawtucket man for first degree arson in connection with a fire in August of last year.
Dennis Renaud, 49, of 109 Montgomery St., Pawtucket, was indicted on one count of first degree robbery in connection with the Jan. 7 robbery of American - Colombian Liquors on Broad St. Police say Renaud brandished a knife during the robbery. The store clerk told police that the assailant threatened him with a knife and left the scene with an undetermined amount of cash from the register.
CENTRAL FALLS â Rhode Island State Police, along with members of the Central Falls Police Department, arrested a Smithfield medical marijuana caregiver on marijuana distribution charges, state police announced Thursday.
On Wednesday, the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with assistance from Central Falls Police, executed two court-authorized search warrants for indoor marijuana growing operations in Central Falls and Smithfield.
PAWTUCKET â A city man on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Boston to Pawtucket last summer to be used as a prostitute, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Ricky Wallace, 33, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child, and transportation of a minor for sexual activity; and two counts of transportation of an individual for sexual activity.
PAWTUCKET â After lying dormant for months as a harsh winter bore down on Rhode Island, the future home of LA Fitness Center at the Pawtucket and Providence line once again came alive with the bustle of construction Monday.
The project was halted late last year in anticipation of wintery conditions, according to Michael A. Voccola, corporate vice president with The Procaccianti Group, a real estate management and investment firm. However, a project shutting down for the winter months is not unusual, as Voccola said, âItâs not the snow, itâs the frost that was the issue.â
PAWTUCKET â If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, itâs more than likely that you saw a young Ken Bettencourt riding his bicycle around the community. This summer, nearly 50 years after he started riding around Pawtucket, Bettencourt is returning to Rhode Island as part of a cross-country journey to raise funds and spread awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
Bettencourt, 55, is in the midst of a nationwide bicycle ride in support of Alexâs Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.
SMITHFIELD â Central Falls High School freshman Daphne Mulford found inspiration in constructing a robot.
Just last year, Mulford said she was struggling in middle school, noting that she had been absent numerous times. However, she overheard an announcement via the schoolâs intercom system about constructing âhuman-sized robots,â and it piqued her curiosity.
âIt really interested me,â Mulford said.