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April 26th, 2013

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.’”

April 24th

Gay Marriage passes in the Senate 26-12

April 24, 2013

State Senator Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket) the lead sponsor of the senate's same sex marriage bill, reacts after the senate approves the measure with a vote of 26-12 on the Senate floor late Wednesday afternoon. Final approval is expected next week by the House, when Governor Chafee is expected to sign the bill into law, effective August 1, 2013. (Photo/Ernest A. Brown)

Proposal would ban plastic bags

April 24, 2013

With more than 400 miles of coastline and more than 100 fresh and salt water beaches in Rhode Island, state Rep. Maria Cimini says the time has come to have an open and honest conversation about a statewide ban on plastic bags.
Cimini (D-Providence) says that conversation starts in earnest Thursday when the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee holds a public hearing on legislation she introduced in February to ban plastic bags at store checkouts in Rhode Island.

April 23rd

On-line sales tax may be a click away

April 23, 2013

WEST WARWICK – If you are thinking of making a big-ticket purchase online in hopes of evading sales tax, you might want to hurry.
Just hours after Sen. Jack Reed and Gov. Lincoln Chafee held a press conference Monday morning to promote legislation that would require “remote sellers” – Internet and catalog retailers – to collect sales taxes for the states where their purchasers live, the U.S. Senate voted 74-20 to pass a procedural motion to go ahead with debate on the legislation.

April 21st

Senate Committee to vote on gay marriage Tuesday

April 21, 2013

PROVIDENCE – In what backers are calling “a historic step forward,” Pawtucket Sen. Donna Nesselbush’s bill to legalize same-sex marriage is scheduled for a vote on Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
If the bill passes out of committee, it could come to a vote in the full Senate as soon as Thursday. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said recently that she expects the measure to get a full Senate vote by the end of this month.

The rumble of motorcycles is back again

April 21, 2013

The longer days and milder temperatures of April usually herald the arrival of daffodils, songbirds and short-sleeve shirts. But if you’ve been listening lately you’ve heard another sign that spring has finally sprung — the rumble of motorcycles on area roadways and highways.
Motorcycle season has arrived in Rhode Island and riders are hitting the roads after a long, cold winter. It’s a good time, motorcycle safety advocates say, to remind bikers of the importance of getting trained and wearing safety gear, and to urge car drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.

April 20th

Nine to be inducted into RI Music HOF April 28

April 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) will hold its 2nd annual Hall of Fame Ceremony and Concert on Sunday, April 28, at the Music Hall of Fame located in Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket, RI. The Hall of Fame's nine 2013 inductees are: Steve Smith & The Nakeds, The Cowsills, Paul Geremia, Eddie Zack & The Hayloft Jamboree, Bobby Hackett, Jimmie Crane, Bill Flanagan, Sissieretta Jones, and George M. Cohan.

Police capture second bombing suspect

April 20, 2013

WATERTOWN, Mass. — A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. They later wrote, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."
Tsarnaev's brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.

April 18th

NEW: Coming Friday

April 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET - Former Pawtucket mayor defends his actions regarding pension fund. Full story in Friday's Times.

Pension fund fix on hold

April 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Despite discussions and individual lobbying for different options, the City Council on Tuesday postponed any decision on a fix for the unfunded police and firefighters' pension plan.
At a special session of the City Council that followed a Finance Committee meeting, the council voted to table its decision on a new funding option that passed by a slim margin. The council will take up the matter at its next regular council meeting that is scheduled for April 24 at City Hall.

April 17th

Organizers say R.I. marathons will go on

April 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The director of two of Rhode Island’s biggest road races says there are no plans to cancel the races in light of Monday’s Boston Marathon bomb attack.
Charles Breagy, who directs the Navigant Credit Union Running Festival
Half Marathon and 5K in Pawtucket — scheduled to be held this year on May 5 — and the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K in Providence — slated for Sept. 22 — says the two races will go on as planned.
“These races are still in place to happen. We’re revisiting security and we’ve reached out to police, but as of today, the races will go on,” Breagy said.

April 16th

Times sports editor recounts terror of Boston bombing

April 16, 2013

Blackstone Valley Sports Editor Eric Benevides knew he would not run one of his best marathons when he set out on Monday’s 26.2-mile Boston Marathon course, and that may well have spared him the horrific scene marking the race memories of many others.
Two bombs detonated near the course’s finish line killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, by last night’s tally and wounded scores of others as Benevides and his wife, Bozena Chmielewski, were still running the 26.2-mile course.

April 15th

Area runners react to the terror

April 15, 2013

Cumberland High School running Coach Tom Kenwood had believed Monday would be like any other Patriots Day when he took a bunch of his team members to Wellesley to watch runners in Boston Marathon pass by.
Patriots Day, after all, has always been a good day to visit Boston for a chance to see runners in the city’s historic Marathon and maybe to see the Red Sox play or take the kids to a museum.
But the explosion of bombs at the finish line for the marathon’s 117th running changed all that while leaving thousands on the marathon course and people in general wondering why.

UPDATE: Three dead, over 140 injured in Boston bombings

April 15, 2013

BOSTON — Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people — including a child — and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.
A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.
President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."

April 14th

Rep. Marcello: Use GPS to enforce no-contact orders

April 14, 2013

PROVIDENCE — State Rep. Michael J. Marcello wants to use GPS tracking systems to greatly expand the reach of the state’s domestic violence laws.
Marcello (D-Dist. 41, Scituate, Cranston) says a court-issued protective order or no-contact order is not enough to ensure that the victim of a crime will be safe from violence.

C.F. privatizes trash pick-up

April 14, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — Joining neighboring Pawtucket, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa has privatized the city's trash and recycling services with the Seekonk, Mass.-based vendor MTG Disposal, Inc.

April 13th

Shri Studio, Flying Shuttles team up for ‘Adaptive Yoga’

April 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Alfred Smith feels confident now that whenever he has to lie down on a floor, he has the ability to raise himself back up. This was a personal milestone for the 70-year-old man with developmental challenges, and he took his first step through an Adaptive Yoga project offered by Shri Studio.

Bridge work to be completed by mid-August

April 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The project to replace the crumbling Pawtucket River Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Seekonk River between Exits 27 and 28, is now expected to be completed some time during the first half of August.
That’s the latest estimated completion date for the $81 million bridge project, which began in the fall of 2010.

April 11th

Propane fuels fire at pallet company

April 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Mix burning wooden pallets with a propane-fed fuel source and what do you get? A massive blaze of the type that kept firefighters very busy on Lockbridge Street Thursday afternoon.
At around 12:40 p.m., a fire broke out at the J.S. Pallet Company, 60 Lockbridge St. According to Capt. Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal, a malfunctioning drying device used in the pallet-making process set off a blaze in a trailer at the commercial facility.


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