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May 8th, 2013

C.F. native, star actress Viola Davis honored

May 8, 2013

LINCOLN—A lunch of Del's Lemonade, chowder and clamcakes, hot wieners and Autocrat coffee milk already had guests smiling, and when Viola Davis took to the stage, it was a celebration of yet another classic product of Rhode Island.

The award-winning actress was in her home state on Wednesday to attend the 28th annual Rhode Island Tourism Unity Luncheon at the Twin River Event Center. Davis spoke at the event, and received the Rhode Island “Making a Difference” Award for her contribution to art and culture tourism in the state.

May 7th

Marriage license hike proposed

May 7, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The cost of getting married in Rhode Island could triple soon.
Pawtucket Rep. Elaine Coderre has introduced legislation that would add a $46 surcharge to the fee for a marriage license to pay for domestic violence prevention.
That would hike the cost of a license – which is currently $24 – to $70.
Of the additional $46, $44 would go to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) to operate the prevention programs and $2 would be kept by the city or town issuing the license.

Garden depicts life before Slater Mill

May 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The Slater Mill Museum historic site on the Blackstone River can teach visitors plenty about how cotton is spun into thread and eventually clothing.
But the museum also tells the story of life in the Blackstone Valley before Samuel Slater opened his mill, sparking the American Industrial Revolution; the details can be found in the heritage plants and flowers growing in the garden.

May 6th

Public hearing Tuesday night on CDBG grant

May 6, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE — The City Council will hold a public hearing tonight to give residents and local profit and non-profit agencies the chance to offer input on the funding requests proposed in city's 2013-2014 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.
This year, the city is applying for $620,675 in grant funding for local community development and housing needs, which will be available for programming during the fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2014.
The council's meeting begins at 7:30 at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.

Fire damages Lincoln triple-decker

May 6, 2013

LINCOLN – It could be upwards of a month before residents are able to move back into a Front Street triple-decker that was heavily damaged by fire Sunday night, fire officials said yesterday.
Lonsdale Fire Chief Timothy Griffin said the 263 Front St. building sustained $75,000 to $100,000 in damages and that extensive repairs will be required before the seven tenants left homeless by the blaze are allowed back in.
All of the tenants are reportedly staying with family members, he said.

May 5th

Central Falls High School forms state’s first student emergency response team

May 5, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — With the recent Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, much attention has been paid to the “first responders” who sprang into action to aid the injured. However, since last March and long before all the media attention, 18 Central Falls High School students were quietly meeting after school to learn how to be emergency responders, and their hard work and dedication has paid off.

May 4th

Ice cream warms the heart for many

May 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It’s a treat and a dessert and you can really have ice cream anytime. But there is something special about going to get ice cream at an ice cream stand or from a truck, even on a cool May evening.
Rod Florez, the General Manager of Palagi Brothers Ice Cream and Frozen Lemonade in Pawtucket, actually anticipates sales in late April and early May as some of the best for his business all season.
Palagi Brothers’ 25 trucks usually hit the streets on April 1 but were delayed this year by late winter weather and sales were still slower than usual this week, according to Florez.

Recruitment drive is on for ‘Ready Pawtucket’

May 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Norman Menard says you don’t have to be a policeman, fireman or emergency management professional to help your community when there are threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and natural disasters.
What you do need, he says, is a willingness to learn and help support first responders any way you can when disaster does strike.

May 2nd

Chafee signs gay marriage into law

May 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – After 17 long and frequently contentious years of political and legislative struggle, Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay Speaker of the House, brought down his gavel Thursday and announced that the bill to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island passed by an overwhelming 56-15 vote.

Gun-rights advocates want to shoot down R.I. legislation

May 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Police Chief Michael Kehoe of Newtown, Conn., who was a first responder when 20 children and six educators were slaughtered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in his community last December, warned Wednesday that, “The tragedies felt by Newtown and other communities can be repeated if affirmative action is not taken.”

April 30th

Gist paints optimistic picture

April 30, 2013

PROVIDENCE – On the day that Education Commissioner Deborah Gist delivered her annual State of Education address to a joint session of the General Assembly, the state’s two major teachers unions released a poll that they say shows teacher morale is “abysmal” under her leadership and that 85 percent do not want her contract to be renewed.
Despite that, Gist painted an optimistic picture of the state’s education effort, citing progress in technology, early education and international competitiveness.

Twin River offers first look at new facilities

April 30, 2013

LINCOLN – A crowd of players engulfed the craps table as dealer Sam Hasney announced the cutoff for more bets.
“Bets set,” he said. “Shooter’s looking for four. Four wins.”
“C’mon Nick,” somebody cheered as an oversized pair of red dice tumbled across the green felt pit of the craps deck.

19 in DPW receive layoff notices

April 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Due to the upcoming privatization of trash services, 19 employees in the city's Department of Public Works received layoff notices on Friday, but city officials say that all or most should be able to land other municipal jobs or a position with the vendor.

Mill shed damaged by fire

April 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A blaze suspected to be arson destroyed a wooden shed at the old Conant Thread Mill complex at 280 Rand St. early Monday morning.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal, firefighters responded to a call at about 2:20 a.m. from a resident of the nearby Coates Manor elderly housing complex, who noticed the blaze.
Thurber said the fire completely destroyed the 12-foot by 18-foot detached shed, which was located on the vacant mill complex that formerly housed the Conant Thread-Coats & Clark manufacturing operations. No injuries were reported.

Council to take up fire district merge

April 30, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The town’s plan to merge its four independent fire districts reaches a major milestone Wednesday when the Town Council votes to ask state lawmakers to approve the incorporation of a unified town fire district.
The state-approved incorporation would include the creation of a seven-member interim appointed fire committee by June 30 to govern and manage the finances of the unified fire district until a permanent committee is elected next year.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.

April 28th

Stay of execution for pesky beavers

April 28, 2013

CUMBERLAND – A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park has been granted a stay of execution.
After initially stating that he was considering having a local exterminator kill the beavers, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Crawley says that plan has been scrapped – at least for now.

Le Foyer debuts its Fountain Street Grille

April 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET — An old dining landmark has been given a new twist as the Le Foyer Club debuts its new Fountain Street Grille.
The first floor bar and dining area of the venerable banquet facility have been given a complete makeover, and the results are a modern, comfortable place to enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks. Sleek new booths, an attractive mural, stylish lighting fixtures and other contemporary décor make the Fountain Street Grille an ideal setting for everything from a casual lunch or dinner to late night cocktails and appetizers.

Newberry irked at Twin River executives

April 28, 2013

PROVIDENCE – North Smithfield Rep. Brian Newberry branded as “blatant arrogance” what he called the unwillingness of Twin River executives to explain why the state’s share of the take from the new table games soon to be installed is limited to 18 percent.
Newberry, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, was miffed because Twin River representatives who attended a recent hearing declined to speak on a bill he sponsored that would hike the state’s share to 20 percent, even when he invited them to testify.

April 26th

Pawtucket bomb scare rattles nerves

April 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET—With images still fresh from last Monday's Boston Marathon terrorist attacks, local police and fire officials felt the need to investigate a metal tank-like object found discarded on a sidewalk on Roosevelt Avenue late Friday morning.
According to Pawtucket Police Chief Arthur Martins, a passerby called police at about 11 a.m. to report the presence of a suspicious-looking object that was near an electrical utility box on the sidewalk just north of the Fogarty Manor housing complex and across from 249 Roosevelt Ave. (the former Carol Cable building).

April 25th

Lawmakers debate Central Falls dress code

April 25, 2013

PROVIDENCE – At what point does a general school dress code policy become a strict uniform requirement?

That was one of the questions put to Rep. Agostinho Silva by the House Health Education and Welfare committee when he testified for his bill that would require the Central Falls School District to adopt “a reasonable school-wide dress code policy that requires pupils to wear a school-wide uniform and prohibits pupils from wearing ‘gang-related apparel.’”


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