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May 28th, 2014

HS seniors stumble on NECAP

May 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Usually, it's the marginal students who sigh in relief upon learning they will graduate after all. This June, more so than in years past, the city's teachers and administrators will be feeling that sense of relief right along with them.

May 25th

Students week to turn CF parking lot into plaza

May 25, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — The city that is just one square mile in size is attracting some big thinkers.

This summer, 30 students from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, as well as the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, will be embarking on a joint project to transform an empty lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped plaza.

May 23rd

Victim stabbed several times

May 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Police say a disgruntled ex-boyfriend was arrested early Friday morning in a stabbing Thursday night that caused serious injuries to his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

May 22nd

Pawtucket school officials stunned by teacher's arrest

May 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET—School officials say George Grimes was a versatile English language arts teacher who had always received positive evaluations for his job performance. Therefore, the news of his arrest Thursday morning on child pornography charges rocked the Shea High School community as well as those on the administration side, said interim Schools Superintendent Patricia DiCenso.
“This was not on our radar,” said DiCenso. “We're sad and surprised. And the children are sad. But the children's safety comes first, and Mr. Grimes has been placed on leave while we investigate this,” she said.

May 21st

City board: New gym is fit for site

May 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET—A proposed new LA Fitness Center to be built on a blighted stretch of North Main Street and Pawtucket Avenue was given conditional approval by the city's Planning Commission at a meeting Tuesday night.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, that is part of the Procaccanti Group, involves an expanse of property that runs roughly from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the former Sears department store at White Avenue in Providence.

May 20th

Judge orders Central Falls business owner to pay up

May 20, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – A Central Falls business owner was sentenced to three months probation and ordered to pay restitution to three former employees for unpaid wages in the amount of $2,614.45.
Milad Shabo, 50, with a last known address of 1325 Broad St., pleaded nolo contendere on May 16 in Providence District Court before Justice Elaine T. Bucci to one count of violating a final order of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in violation of Rhode State law pertaining to payment on separation by employer.

May 19th

Mayor: Central Falls is the 'Welcoming City'

May 19, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Rhode Island’s smallest city already has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents and Mayor James Diossa has now officially proclaimed it a “Welcoming City” for newcomers to America.
He says it will send out the message that Central Falls is a good place to come to raise a family and start a business.

Trucking company hits roadblock

May 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET—It's a densely populated city that has long mixed industry with residential. Yet, with a renewed effort at trying to beautify the riverfront, a plan by the owner of M&G Trucking and Transportation to build a new trucking facility in an area known as Bishops Bend has caused controversy with nearby property owners and has city officials trying to find a balanced solution.
Read the complete story in Tuesday's newspaper.

May 18th

Partners in advanced learning: RIC and Central Falls schools team up

May 18, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — In the best-case scenarios, teaching is a two-way street. A unique new collaboration between Rhode Island College and the Central Falls School District capitalizes on this, and then some.
Rhode Island College recently hosted a celebration of the first anniversary of its partnership with Central Falls schools through the Innovation Lab. Reportedly the first of its kind in the nation, this joint effort is designed to function as a “shared community,” where new models of learning, teaching and services are developed, piloted and researched.

May 15th

Lawmakers hear plea from Central Falls retirees

May 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Holding his thumb and forefinger about a half inch apart, retired Central Falls policeman Bruce Ogni implored the House Finance Committee to “show us just this much compassion” by allowing the retirees to keep the 75 percent of their pensions they have left after the city’s historic bankruptcy.
While there were some tax increases and layoffs as part of Central Falls’ plan to get out of bankruptcy, the hammer came down hardest on retirees.

May 14th

Sixth-graders to be moved to ease overcrowding

May 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET—To ease more cases of anticipated overcrowding at the elementary level, sixth grade students from Fallen Memorial and Agnes E. Little Elementary Schools will be moved to Jenks Junior High School in the fall.
On Tuesday, the School Committee unanimously approved the plan outlined by interim Schools Superintendent Patricia DiCenso. She said the move is necessary because there is no available classroom space remaining at Fallon or Little to accommodate the expected influx. Projected enrollment figures show an additional 55 students heading to Fallon in the fall and 29 more at Little.

May 12th

C.F. mom mourned, murder suspect arraigned

May 12, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — Four tenants at 149 Valley St. were sitting outside in Monday's sunshine, but they had heavy hearts knowing that their neighbor, Shelina Moreino, was not among them. The 41-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her apartment early Sunday morning, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, Robert Bethea.

May 11th

Woman found murdered in CF apartment

May 11, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — A suspect at a Central Falls apartment where a woman’s body was found has been charged with her murder.

Police say Robert Bethea was at the second-floor apartment at 149 Valley St. when he was arrested early Sunday morning.

He was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of domestic murder and violation of a no-contact order. The 45-year-old Bethea was held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court this morning.

An autopsy has yet to be done to determine the cause of death of 41-year-old Shelina Moreino.

May 9th

Pawtucket welcomes another brew crew

May 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET – There are nine craft breweries in Rhode Island, and three of them are in Pawtucket, which just might make the city the craft brewery capital of Rhode Island, says Jason Lourenco, co-owner of the city’s third micro brewery – Brewery 401 – which opened on May 1.

“It’s purely coincidental that we landed here in Pawtucket, and we only realized later that it was where Bucket Brewery Co. used to be before they expanded,” says Lourenco, who along with co-owner and Brewmaster Nicole Pelletier opened Brewery 401 in the Lorraine Mills building on Mineral Spring Avenue.

May 8th

Pell: 'Discrimination is real in RI'

May 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Declaring that “discrimination is real in Rhode Island today,” Democratic candidate for governor Clay Pell laid out what he called an “Opportunity for All” policy that would benefit women, minorities, gays and even illegal immigrants.
“I believe we need to make this a place where all people can succeed,” Pell told reporters at a press conference at the Museum of Work and Culture Thursday. “I believe we have to include people regardless of their immigration status in our economy. We have to make sure that

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.

 

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