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April 15th, 2015

70 firefighters battle flames, toxic smoke

April 15, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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.

April 13th

A place to contemplate ‘Misery’

April 13, 2015

CUMBERLAND — The town’s 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 Sunday’s Spring Festival at Monastery. Michaela said had she had spotted the stone monument several times while running on the Monastery’s trails, but didn’t know that much about the site.

April 12th

Raimondo defends cuts to BVTC, regional tourism agencies

April 12, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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 nation’s tourism dollars to competing states, the governor says.

April 11th

CF students go green

April 11, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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.

April 10th

Proposal for police unit gets quick response

April 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety Wednesday night voted to send a resolution requesting the reinstatement of the Pawtucket Police Department’s Special Response Unit for the next fiscal year to the council’s 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.

April 9th

FIRE AWAY: PawSox get council OK for fireworks

April 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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

April 8th

Traffic pattern to change on city street

April 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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

April 6th

Tourism groups, municipal leaders scoff at Raimondo budget cuts

April 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Elected officials from Warwick to Woonsocket are protesting Gov. Gina Raimondo’s 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.

April 5th

Furniture building’s days are numbered

April 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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.

April 3rd

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 12 Adorable Easter Crafts For Kids

April 3, 2015

April 2nd

Central Falls bar gets its close-up in movie shoot

April 2, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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 Jay’s 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.

March 30th

Homeless advocates honor late Times columnist at annual luncheon

March 30, 2015

WARWICK – The late James F. “Jim” 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 organization’s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.

March 29th

B&GC, PawSox back at bat for kids

March 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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.

March 27th

Two local men indicted

March 27, 2015

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.

March 26th

Grow houses shut down

March 26, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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.

March 25th

Pawtucket man admits to being pimp

March 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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.

March 24th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard

March 24, 2015

March 23rd

Health club on target for fall opening

March 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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, “It’s not the snow, it’s the frost that was the issue.”

March 22nd

Pawtucket native fights kids’ cancer mile by mile

March 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET — If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, it’s 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 Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.

March 21st

Robots teach teamwork to Central Falls students

March 21, 2015

SMITHFIELD – 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 school’s intercom system about constructing “human-sized robots,” and it piqued her curiosity.

“It really interested me,” Mulford said.

 

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