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May 8th, 2014

Cause of fire may never be known

May 8, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Fire investigators say the cause of a two-alarm fire that destroyed an eight-unit apartment building on Pine Street Wednesday afternoon has been officially listed as "undetermined” due to the extensive damage.
A cause is classified "undetermined" when multiple causes can not be eliminated, or there is insufficient proof of a particular cause.

May 7th

Man stabbed multiple times

May 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A Pawtucket man was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the unprovoked stabbing of a barber at the Major League Kuts barber shop on Pleasant Street, police said.
The suspect, identified as Abraham R. Silva, 25, of 52 Larch St., Pawtucket.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.

May 6th

Public hearing set on city budget

May 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET—The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed annual operating budget for fiscal year 2015 at its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
The public will have a chance to comment on the spending plan for the city as presented by Mayor Donald Grebien. The proposed budget of $112.3 million is about $1.6 million higher than the current operating budget of $110.7 million, an increase of 1.47 percent. The proposal involves no tax increase for residential or commercial property owners, tangibles or motor vehicles.

May 5th

Future of train depot stalled

May 5, 2014

PAWTUCKET—While plans are in the works for an MBTA commuter rail station to be built near Dexter Street, the fate of the old brick train depot a short distance away at Broad and Barton streets remains in limbo.

May 4th

Coaching, leading all the same to Ferri

May 4, 2014

He used to coach college softball and baseball. But now he's far more likely to be found coaching his much younger City Council colleagues on how to survive the rough and tumble world of City Hall politics.

Typically, the role of a coach is to guide current players. In most but not all cases, coaches have played the game they are coaching. Therefore, they can describe what needs to be done, offer advice. Coaches wear a lot of hats: they are at various times psychologists; tormentors; father figures; motivators; older brothers.

May 1st

Best Buddies to host walk in Slater Park Sunday

May 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET — There are more than 250 million people worldwide that suffer from IDD, or intellectual and developmental disabilities. About 7.5 million of those people alone live in the United States. Best Buddies Rhode Island is an organization that revolves around making the lives of people with IDD easier. The Best Buddies program of Rhode Island is hosting a “Friendship Walk” that will take place in Slater Park on Sunday, May 4.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. while the walk will commence at 9 a.m.

April 30th

Fox is back in the House

April 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE – With a minimum of fanfare, and no official recognition from the dais, Rep. Gordon Fox took his seat on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, the first time he entered the chamber since he resigned the speaker’s gavel in the wake of a March 21 raid on his Statehouse office by state and federal law enforcement officials.
He was greeted cordially by some representatives and staff, shaking hands and kissing cheeks as he made his appearance.

Police, firefighters face pension freeze

April 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET—The details behind a proposed, three-year cost of living adjustment (COLA) freeze for Pawtucket Police and Fire Department retirees and their beneficiaries will be outlined at a meeting at Tolman High School on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m.

April 29th

From New Beginnings, productive communities

April 29, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Most of the time, when members of a community see police officers, they are usually on duty or patrolling the streets in their police cruisers.

That can create a gap of sorts between officers and the residents they serve, a gap that R.I. State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell and others involved in the State Police “New Beginnings Community Outreach Initiative,” hope to close.

Youth grid leader throws flag on council street fundraising policy

April 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In the wake of a recent crackdown by the City Council on those collecting money and/or panhandling on city streets, one local sports team president is raising an objection to the ban and also questioning what this means to the national firefighters’ “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

April 28th

More residential units planned for mill

April 28, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS—A century-old weaving mill that once depended on the Blackstone River to operate is now using the waterway as a scenic and recreational lure of potential tenants.
With the river gleaming brightly in the background, state and local officials on Monday gathered to break ground on 90 new residential units at M Residential on 521 Roosevelt Ave. This housing will join an already existing 70 units and represents the final stage in the second phase of a residential mill rehabilitation that spans a city block.

April 25th

Officials warn of rabid cat in Lincoln

April 25, 2014

LINCOLN — The Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health are advising people in the area of Lower Road in Lincoln that a neighborhood cat that attacked a resident and exposed two other persons on April 17 has tested positive for rabies. These individuals have started treatment with rabies vaccine.

April 24th

Council wants crackdown on 'begging'

April 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Whether its a gaggle of young dancers or gymnasts with money jars or a lone jobless person with a cardboard sign, the act of begging for cash from motorists at stoplights and busy intersections is one that has drawn the ire and concern of residents and city officials alike.
Putting public safety at the forefront of its decision, the City Council on Wednesday night voted to have Police Chief Paul King begin enforcing an existing city ordinance that prohibits people from soliciting money from drivers at intersections.

April 23rd

Candidates pitch ideas

April 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Touting the verities of education, job creation and capital-D Democratic values, three of the Democrats running for governor vied for the favor of their party’s city and town chairmen on Tuesday.
Democrats Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras and Clay Pell made brief presentations to the RI Association of State Democratic City and Town Chairmen (RI ASDCTC) at Le Foyer ahead of that group’s endorsement vote scheduled for next month.

April 22nd

THIS JUST IN: Garage damaged by fire in Lincoln

April 22, 2014

LINCOLN -- Firefighters doused a blaze at 6 Winterberry Court Tuesday night after a freezer in the garage at the home started to smoke and then caught fire sending flames shooting through the roof of the structure. The fire broke out at about 7:30 p.m. No one was injured. For details and photos pick up Wednesday’s newspaper.

Central Falls to spas: Stay legit or quit

April 22, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — While city officials say there hasn't been a multitude of applicants, they are trying to make sure that any massage parlors that come to town are operating above board.
On Wednesday, the City Council will hold a public hearing to consider second passage of an ordinance amending its “Personal Services License” to add a sub-section on “Massage Parlor Public Health Ordinance.”
According to City Council President Bob Ferri, the amendment seeks to tighten the regulations under which massage parlors are licensed and allowed to operate.

April 21st

Mayor previews city budget plan

April 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Calling it more of his “building a bridge to progress” campaign theme, Mayor Donald Grebien has come up with a proposed $112.3 million city operating budget for fiscal year 2015 that provides additional revenue in some key areas while promising a zero tax increase.
The spending plan is about $1.6 million higher than the current fiscal year's budget of $110.7 million, reflecting an increase of 1.47 percent. The proposal involved no property tax increase for home or business owners and no increase in taxes for tangibles or motor vehicles.

April 20th

Young chef stirs up honor

April 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In news that was sweet as her recipe, Gianna Casto, a 9-year-old student at Fallon Memorial Elementary School, made it all the way to the regional finals in Sodexo’s fourth annual Future Chefs National Challenge.

Casto, in Grade 4, first entered the Pawtucket Future Chefs competition held at her school last month. According to Solange Morrissette, general manager of Sodexo, the students were asked to create a “healthy sandwich” recipe, and Casto impressed the panel of local judges with her “Hawaiian Delight for Vegetarians.”

Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.

April 17th

Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

April 17, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Facing what would have been a third trial in the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend in 2008, a Pawtucket man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Juan L. Diaz, 30, entered the plea before Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel to second degree murder in the shooting death of Mayra Cruz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.

April 16th

Pawtucket School Committee approves new budget

April 16, 2014

PAWTUCKET—While acknowledging it will undergo changes in the coming months, the School Committee unanimously approved a new School Department budget of approximately $107 million for the upcoming fiscal year at its committee meeting on Tuesday.

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