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September 14th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â The intent is good: to make Park Place more of an efficient entryway to the downtown. Yet, a proposal by the city's Planning Department to make the westerly side of the street two-way and remove the existing on-street parking has upset many who are involved in local businesses, churches and non-profit agencies located there.
PAWTUCKET â The second span of the new Pawtucket River Bridge is expected to open as early as today, according to Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials.
The opening of the span will allow RIDOT to shift I-95 South to the new span and fully lift the bridge's 18-ton weight limit, which requires trucks and other large vehicles to use local detours or longer highway detours.
PAWTUCKET â In recent years, the matter of students bringing their cell phones to school has been the bane of teachers everywhere. Yet, realizing that today's âsmart phonesâ and other electronic devices can also serve as mini-computers, school officials are starting to re-think the policy that bans them from classroom use completely.
PAWTUCKET â With the unofficial tally in Tuesday's Democratic primary showing just a three-vote difference between incumbent House 58 William San Bento and his challenger, Carlos Tobon, the winner of the seat depends on today's recount results.
The final numbers from the Rhode Island Board of Elections (including mail-in ballots), showed San Bento with 543 votes or 50.1 percent of the votes, and Tobon with 540 votes or 49.9 percent of the votes cast.
PAWTUCKET â A leading insurance professional organization recently recognized Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, CIC, AAI, of Loiselle Insurance Agency, Pawtucket, for dedication and ongoing leadership in the insurance industry.
The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) honored Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon for ten years of successfully maintaining the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, denoting significant commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service.
PAWTUCKET â The Democratic primary resulted in upsets to two incumbent City Councilors and one School Committee member and could affect some of the privatization initiatives of incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien going forward.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline takes to the stage, surrounded by family, close friends and campaign workers, at Blaze Restaurant on Providence's East Side, to claim victory over opponent Anthony Gemma, a Lincoln businessman, shortly after 9:00 Tuesday night. Cicilline, who won 62 percent of the vote to Gemma's 30 percent, in the hardfought primary, was elated after being introduced by R.I.
A dance troupe performs during the annual Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival at Festival Pier in Pawtucket on Saturday.
PAWTUCKET â Carlos Tobon is trying hard to break into politics, and the 30-year-old Pawtucket native thinks he could bring a youthful vision and committed effort to the House 58 state representative seat. By contrast, his incumbent opponent, William San Bento, is running on his achievements over the past 10 terms, and believes that his focus on more statewide issues will ultimately help the local district the most.
PAWTUCKET â The Grebien Administration appears poised to outsource the city's trash collection and recycling services in a move that could potentially mean the loss of 20 to 24 jobs.
Chelsie Santos of Pawtucket, this year's Grupo Amigos da Terceira Festival Queen, waves to the crowd Saturday during the annual parade in honor of St. Vincent de Paul, in Pawtucket. Hundreds turned out for the parade, which wound its way from McCoy Stadium down Columbus Avenue to the club's hall on Memorial Drive.
CUMBERLAND â The town will receive more than $64,000 from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) as part of the statewide Recycling Revenue Share Program.
Cumberland delivered 3,023.77 tons of recycled material for a total profit share of $64,838. The money will help support local recycling programs.
RIRRC is providing cities and towns with the cash rebates based on how much each municipality has increased its recycling rate. The corporation has made $1.94 million in profits from the sale of household recyclables this year, which will be disbursed to 36 communities.
PAWTUCKET â With tomorrowâs Democratic primary looming, the race for the House of Representatives District 59 seat between incumbent J. Patrick O'Neill and his challenger, fellow Democrat John Arcaro has taken a heated turn.
O'Neill's camp has put out a bright orange flier showing a head shot of Arcaro under bold lettering that reads: âCommunity Warningâ and âThis politician has been seen peddling extreme positions that are out of touch with Pawtucket's working families. Approach with caution.â Underneath reads, âHave you seen this man?â
PAWTUCKET â Catherine Cabral, who just moved to Pawtucket last year, was happily enjoying a shrimp kabob, listening to the music and surveying the crowd along Roosevelt Avenue. âThis is fun. And itâs a great way to get you to try food from different places. I thought Iâd come and get to know Pawtucket.â
PAWTUCKET â With all 11 Pawtucket School Committee candidates running as Democrats, Tuesday's Democratic primary will be an important decider in the make-up of the school board for the next two years.
All seven incumbent School committee candidates are seeking re-election: Michael Araujo, Joanne Bonollo, David Coughlin, Raymond Noonan, Nicole Nordquist, Raymond Spooner, and Alan Tenreiro. They are facing a challenge from Sandra Cano, Gerard Charbonneau, Joseph Knight, and John Tellini.
CENTRAL FALLS â Cristina Robalo, a 19-year-old student at Central Falls High School, is the recipient of $1,000 scholarship award from Rhode Island Community Action Scholar (RICAS) Scholarships.
A senior at the high school, Robalo is a member of the Youth Success Program at Blackstone Valley Community Action Agency in Central Falls, a program that helps pregnant and parenting teens succeed.
PAWTUCKET â They'll be rockin' by the river tonight, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival gets underway with its Gala and âTaste of Pawtucketâ events.
The opening night Gala and âTaste of Pawtucketâ will start at 6 p.m. along a portion of Roosevelt Avenue near the intersection with Main Street and on the grounds of Slater Mill (rain or shine). It promises to be an evening of delicious restaurant samplings served with an ample portion of zydeco music, dance and refreshment, all by the banks of the mighty Blackstone River and historic Slater Mill Museum site.
PAWTUCKET â With summer fading into the busy autumn season, there are not many people thinking about Christmas. Yet, with the economic need of the local community being so large, the Salvation Army must start planning early for the upcoming holiday, and the Times wants to be there as a partner to help.
PAWTUCKET â Stanley Banach III, an unemployed baker who was injured in a car crash, used to be able to walk from his home to the netWORKri office in Pawtucket, where he would bring his 20-month-old son along to look for jobs. Now, the young father complains that he will have to tote his son with him on a long bus ride to Providence or Woonsocket in order to do the same type of job search at another netWORKri facility.
Above, Verda Jones, Shea High Schoolâs Smartlab facilitator, left, and Peter Solomon, Tolman Smartlab facilitator, train with Kurt Williamson, vice president of Creative Learning Systems, in the brand new Shea Smartlab this week. The team was gearing up for the opening of the new school year, which started Tuesday.