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August 7th, 2015

PawSox, Speaker hint stadium deal is near

August 7, 2015

PAWTUCKET — A spokeswoman for the Pawtucket Red Sox confirmed that a modified proposal for a new Providence ballpark being worked on by state negotiators should be completed in the next few weeks, if everything goes to plan.

“We’re making good progress,” Patti Doyle said. “The House Speaker says we can complete the deal in the next couple weeks, and I think that’s certainly realistic.”

The renegotiated deal is said to be “a lot more favorable to the taxpayers,” according to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s spokesman, Larry Berman.

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August 7, 2015

August 6th

CF man sentenced to 12 years on crack trafficking conviction

August 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE — A career offender with a criminal history
dating back more than two decades on
Thursday was sentenced to more than 12
years in federal prison for trafficking
more than 90 grams of crack cocaine,
authorities announced.

Richard Palmisano, 41, formerly of Central Falls, has had
convictions on drug trafficking,
firearms, and assault charges, according
to the U.S. Attorney's Office. At
sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge
Mary M. Lisi also ordered Palmisano to
serve five years supervised release upon
completion of his prison term.

Council overrides mayor, votes to enact "body works" regulations

August 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Despite Mayor Donald R. Grebien’s concerns that the “body works services” ordinance could expose the city to a potential lawsuit, the City Council on Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve the matter for its third and final passage.

The vote overrides the mayor’s decision to not sign the ordinance.

Grebien, in a letter to the council last week, wrote that while he supported the measure, he could not sign it, as it could expose the city to possible litigation.

August 5th

BREAKING NEWS: Pawtucket council overrides mayor, passes "body works" ordinance

August 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Despite Mayor Donald R. Grebien's concerns that the “body
works services” ordinance could expose the city to a potential lawsuit,
the City Council on Wednesday night unanimously voted to approve the
matter for its third passage.

The vote overrides the mayor's decision to not sign the ordinance.

Grebien, in a letter to the council last week, wrote that while he
supported the measure, he could not sign it, as he said it could expose
the city to possible litigation.

For the complete story, see Friday's Times.

Grebien renews demand for state feasibility study on McCoy

August 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Mayor Donald R. Grebien penned a letter to Gov. Gina Raimondo, calling for the execution and commission of a feasibility study on McCoy Stadium to determine the ballpark’s costs and needs.

August 4th

Mayor has misgivings on Pawtucket ‘body works’ law

August 4, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien in a letter to the City Council said that despite his support for the measure, he cannot sign the recently-approved “body works services” ordinance, as he said it could expose the city to a potential lawsuit.

However, the councilor who proposed the ordinance said that he anticipates the council will vote on the matter at tonight's meeting for its third passage.

For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Times.

Freak storm slams Rhode Island, southern Mass.

August 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A line of powerful thunderstorms rolled through communities in southern New England on Tuesday, toppling trees that killed a driver in Connecticut and injured several campers at a Rhode Island state park and leaving as many as 150,000 electric customers without power at the height of the storms.

The storm front was separate from the one that triggered 60 mph winds and collapsed a circus tent Monday in Lancaster, New Hampshire, killing two people and sending 32 others to a hospital.

August 3rd

Murray: Public safety complex won't be built at Monastery

August 3, 2015

CUMBERLAND — The battle for the Monastery officially came to an end Monday afternoon, after Mayor Bill Murray sent out a press release stating that after meeting with his staff and legal team, he is considering two locations, and neither of them is the Monastery property off of Diamond Hill Road.

“My business instincts tell me that further pursuit of the Monastery could be very costly to our taxpayers along with wasting valuable time and energy to get this complex/building built,” he said in the release.

August 2nd

A midsummer taste of October

August 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The people of Munich, Germany, won’t start celebrating Oktoberfest until mayor Dieter Reiter taps the first barrel of beer on Sept. 19. Nick Garrison and his team at Foolproof Brewery couldn’t wait that long.

For the third year in a row, Foolproof said “guten tag” to the city of Pawtucket, and threw the third annual Augtoberfest in the parking lot of its brewery.

July 31st

Pawtucket police seek bank robbery suspect

July 31, 2015

PAWTUCKET — A robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash Friday morning after passing a threatening note to a teller at the Citizens Bank branch located at 800 Newport Ave., police said.

“He passed a note and stated no one would get hurt if his demands were met,” Sgt. Paul Brandley said in a statement.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the robber. They released a series of images from bank surveillance cameras that apparently show him passing the note to the teller and handling a wad of cash.

There’s no indication the robber displayed a weapon.

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July 31, 2015

July 30th

Caregivers make the case for $15

July 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET — As Donna Athaide held her $15-an-hour minimum wage sign, “Yes We Can,” along Newport Avenue Thursday afternoon, she was encouraged by the number of passing motorists who honked their horns in support.

Athaide, a Pawtucket resident and dietary aide working in the kitchen for Genesis Health Care, was among the 1199 New England (1199NE) Health Care Employees Union members found demonstrating for higher pay in front of the Bill Costigan Memorial Baseball Field on Newport Avenue Thursday afternoon.

July 29th

Pawtucket’s finest doing just fine

July 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET — City residents, small business owners, and representatives from local and state agencies were among those Wednesday morning who gave the Pawtucket Police Department rave reviews as a city-ordered audit on the department is ongoing.

The meeting of those with local ties was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall Wednesday morning, and was the third such community conversation on the subject in as many days.

July 28th

Think tank releases report on steps needed to turn around city center

July 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A report from a Washington, D.C.-based professional development organization has suggested recommendations to the city for progress in reshaping and reinvigorating Pawtucket's downtown area, setting the stage for what city officials are calling a potential downtown revival.

July 27th

Murray won’t give up on Monastery site

July 27, 2015

CUMBERLAND — Although the Town Council voted against using the Monastery grounds to build the new public safety complex, Mayor Bill Murray is not backing down one bit.

“I will build this police station,” he said.

July 26th

Ballpark foodies get a big taste of McCoy

July 26, 2015

PAWTUCKET — A group of curious patrons on Saturday afternoon toured McCoy Stadium, learning about the history of the Pawtucket Red Sox franchise and the ballpark, before dining on fare that went well above and beyond the standard peanuts and Cracker Jack you would typically see at a ballgame.

July 24th

VIDEO: At least three dead in Louisiana movie theatre shooting

July 24, 2015

July 23rd

Pawtucket couple charged with desecration of grave

July 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Police on Wednesday arrested a local man and his girlfriend and charged each with a felony count of desecration of a grave after they allegedly stole a headstone from St. Francis Cemetery, authorities said.

The incident was reported on Tuesday, when an 89-year-old woman told police that her husband’s headstone had been stolen from the cemetery on Smithfield Avenue, police said.

July 22nd

‘Ess’ leaving Y with straight A’s

July 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Esselton “Ess” McNulty says the most gratifying accomplishment of his 36-year career as the general director of the YMCA of Pawtucket, and the one he cherishes the most, was his work in the late 1970s to turn around the financially troubled Pawtucket YMCA, which at the time was on the brink of collapse.

“When I came here the YMCA was in trouble financially and it didn’t have a very positive image,” says McNulty. “It took three or four years, but we managed to get the Y out of the doldrums and bring it back to profitability.”


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