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January 22nd, 2013

City hires assistant planner

January 22, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A man who was planning director in the City of Newport has been hired to assist Pawtucket in its future planning and redevelopment efforts.
Mayor Donald Grebien has announced that Paige Bronk, who worked for more than a decade in a management capacity for Newport in the areas of planning, development, zoning, grants and historic preservation, has been named Pawtucket's assistant director of planning and redevelopment.
He is scheduled to begin work on Jan. 28.

January 20th

RI Music Hall of Fame announces inductees

January 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday announcing its 2013 inductees. The press conference took place in the RIMHOF Museum space located at Hope Artiste Village.

Fire panel sets trustee workshop

January 20, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The three-member Fire Consolidation Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting with trustees from the town's four fire districts to discuss concerns and ideas relative to a plan to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Attending the session will be Fire Consolidation Subcommittee members Scott R. Schmitt, Arthur Lambi Jr. and William Murray, along with eight trustees — two from each of the four fire districts.

January 18th

Vacant house destroyed by blaze was scene of two suspicious fires

January 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A vacant house at 171 North Bend Street has been the scene of two suspicious fires in the last six months, and Friday's blaze brought firefighters back a second time in the pre-dawn hours.
Firefighters first responded to a report of a fire in the two-story, woodframe house at around 4 p.m. According to the Pawtucket Police log, three juvenile males, two black and one white, and all approximately 15-years-old, were seen running from the scene.

Armory to host photo exhibit to benefit Station Club Memorial Fund

January 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — While family and friends of the 100 victims along with survivors of The Station nightclub fire are still waiting for a proper memorial to be erected at the West Warwick site, many went out and got their own personal memorial in the form of a tattoo.

January 17th

Pawtucket names new fire marshal

January 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Capt. Robert F. Thurber, Jr., a 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Fire Department, has been named the city's fire marshal, announced Fire Chief William Sisson.
Thurber, who was formerly captain of Engine 2 at the downtown fire station, began his new position on Monday. He replaces the city's former fire marshal, Capt. Steven Parent, who recently retired.
Thurber is the Pawtucket Fire Department's training officer and has coordinated the last five fire schools for the department.
He is also an education instructor/coordinator for the Rhode Island Fire Academy.

Pawtucket Foundation names executive director

January 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With a theme of economic optimism for the year ahead, The Pawtucket Foundation hosted over 100 business and elected leaders at its 12th Annual Meeting at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Tuesday evening.
Additionally, the Foundation announced that its new executive director would be Aaron M. Hertzberg, who has served in the position for the past three months in an interim capacity. Hired in 2008, Hertzberg previously worked as the organization's program director. He succeeds Thomas Mann, who resigned to take a new job opportunity.

January 16th

Chafee budget has no tax increases

January 16, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Boasting a “Back to Basics” budget that contains no increase in taxes – and even a 2 percent reduction in the corporate tax rate over three years – Gov. Lincoln Chafee submitted an $8.1 billion tax and spending plan for 2014 to the General Assembly on Wednesday.
Of the budget total, $3.4 billion will come from state taxes and other revenues, with the rest provided by the federal government.

January 15th

Pawtucket Relay For Life plans its 10th anniversary kick-off

January 15, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Pawtucket will hold its 10th anniversary kick-off rally at Plouffe’s Cup & Saucer, 267 Main St., on Monday, Jan. 28 to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The celebration begins at 6 p.m.; the public is invited.

January 13th

Celebrating the Corridor

January 13, 2013

Gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, from left, Administrative Cordinator Michael Cassidy, former Commissioner Nancy Benoit, Blackstone Valley Tourism Director Bob Billington, Executive Director R.I. Historical Preservation CommissionTed Sanderson, chair Donna Williams, board members Gaytha Langlois and Richard Gregory, during a 25 year celebration of the commission, now a non-profit corporation, at the Woonsocket Depot Thursday evening. The corporation was formerly known as the John H.

Ackerman seeks study of bridge

January 13, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Citing grave concerns over students' avoidance of the Mendon Road Bridge, the State Traffic Commission has agreed to allow a pedestrian study of the small stretch of roadway in front of Cumberland High School at the request of state Rep. Mia Ackerman.
“The pedestrian bridge in front of the high school — although entirely safe to walk across — is not being used by a lot of the high school students because it doesn't look safe to them,” said Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln).

January 11th

UPLIFTING WORK

January 11, 2013

A work crew from E.W. Audet and Sons Inc. was busy installing new lights at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket this week. A total of 278 light bulbs are being installed that will be brighter and more energy efficient than the ones they’re replacing.

City man faces numerous drug charges

January 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A 19-year-old city man, John Demonte Alarcon, was arrested on numerous drug charges on Thursday following an investigation by members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad.
According to Pawtucket Police, this investigation began on information provided by neighborhood residents and anonymous sources. Based on their findings, a court-approved search warrant for an apartment on Hatfield Street was executed on Thursday.

Mayor’s ‘Downtown Dialogue’ draws many

January 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — On Thursday night, every table and booth was occupied at Plouffe's Cup 'n Saucer, and the Main Street diner buzzed with lively conversation. However, finding ways to maintain the momentum at this and other downtown businesses was the reason why so many had gathered, and the topic of a meeting called by Mayor Donald Grebien.

New council meets, hints at clashes

January 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Fresh from Monday night's inauguration, the City Council convened for a regular meeting on Wednesday, taking up a variety of housekeeping items but also hinting at possible clashes with the mayoral administration over some issues in the coming months.

January 9th

McKee sworn in for sixth time

January 9, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Mayor-elect Daniel J. McKee took the oath of office at an inaugural ceremony held Jan. 6 in the Blackstone River Theater.
McKee, 61, ran unopposed in the November general election, winning a sixth term as Cumberland's mayor.
Among those attending the ceremony last Sunday were state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Congressman David Cicilline, as well as a contingent of state representatives and fellow mayors and town administrators.

Chafee tours Anchor Center

January 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Gov. Lincoln Chafee's eyes widened when he was shown the chock-full January activities calendar for the Anchor Recovery Community Center in Pawtucket. On any given day, there were six or seven entries for meetings that ranged from Alcoholics Anonymous and quit smoking clinics to health lectures and specialized yoga classes.

Pawtucket K. of C. donates check

January 9, 2013

Kevin Audette, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Delaney-St. Theresa Council 57, Pawtucket, center, presents a check in the amount of $1,318.00 to Kathy Needham, Controller, Pawtucket Times-Woonsocket Call-'Burbs Newspapers, to benefit the Times Merry Christmas Fund, during a presentation prior to the start of a Council meeting Tuesday evening.

January 8th

Two indicted on robbery, conspiracy charges

January 8, 2013

PROVIDENCE — A 22-year-old Pawtucket man was indicted by a Providence County Grand Jury on Jan. 4 on robbery and conspiracy charges.
Rosivelte Lopes, of Jefferson Avenue, was indicted with one count of first degree robbery and conspiracy, according to the Office of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. It is alleged that on or about Oct. 5, 2012, Lopes and two unidentified co-conspirators robbed an individual, with the robbery being in the first degree. The alleged incident took place in Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Police conducted the investigation.

January 7th

Mayor, Council sworn in

January 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET — All eyes had been on the Shea High School dancers as they performed the quick and intricate steps of the Merengue at Monday night’s inauguration. As he began his second-term address, Mayor Donald Grebien joked that he “will need to move like the Merengue dancers” as he embarks on efforts to lead Pawtucket to a better place.

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