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April 25th, 2015
PAWTUCKET â State representatives whose districts include Pawtucket are having a hard time digesting a recent proposal for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in Providence that seeks to become the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, with some believing instead that McCoy Stadium and the area surrounding the ballpark could become a destination.
However, a spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project contends that it would cost $65 million just to bring the 73-year-old stadium up to league standards.
PAWTUCKET â The U.S. Secretary of Labor joined congressmen and senators from Rhode Island on a tour of family-owned machinery and laser technology facilities Friday afternoon as part of an overall discussion on workplace flexibility for families.
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez joined U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Jim Langevin, state Sen. Gayle Goldin, and state Director of Labor and Training Scott Jensen on a tour of Gold International Machinery and LNA Laser Technology on Newell Avenue Friday as part of the nationwide âLead on Leaveâ tour.
Picture yourself in a grocery store with your son or daughter. It's a seemingly everyday afternoon, but as you're working your way through the aisles, putting items in your basket and crossing them off your list, your child suddenly begins to lash out.
People stop what they are doing and gawk at the scene, like rubberneckers on a highway. What do you do? And what do those other people think? Do they view your child as a misbehaving spoiled brat? Or perhaps they see you as an inattentive, unfit parent? If only they knew the truth of the matter, maybe they don't think those things.
EAST PROVIDENCE â While fire officials are still trying to determine what caused an explosion that injured a worker at a Portuguese bakery on Taunton Avenue Tuesday night, what is known is that the blast took place roughly four hours after a handful of night bakers began their shift making baked goods for Wednesday morning.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Police Department is taking a âproactive approachâ to a national increase in crime related to online private business transactions by creating an Online Purchase Safe Zone at the Police Station, authorities said.
The Police Department will designate the parking lot and front lobby of the Police Station, at 121 Roosevelt Ave., as the âsafe zone,â police officials announced in a release Tuesday. The creation of the safe zone will aim to âreduce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crimes.â
PAWTUCKET â In what was an overall busy weekend for the Pawtucket Police Department, officers arrested a pair of motorists on drunk-driving charges and a city man for possession of heroin and cocaine.
Officers also arrested an East Providence man for attacking an ex-girlfriend inside her apartment, and a homeless man who assaulted a police officer at Memorial Hospital.
A 41-year-old East Providence man was arrested Sunday and now faces a slew of charges after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriendâs apartment on Clark Avenue and attacked the woman, police said.
CUMBERLAND â The Cumberland Public Library on Saturday was transformed into a scene reminiscent of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as revelers celebrated all things Harry Potter, from learning how to create potions to playing Muggle Quidditch with a squad from the University of Rhode Island.
The day started with sorting by Professor Minerva McGonagall, followed by a Harry Potter-themed LEGO Club, trivia contest, and potions class.
Throughout the day, guests participated in a day-long Horcrux scavenger hunt.
PAWTUCKET â Two people were arrested when a 25-year-old man who thought he was showing up for an online hookup was robbed of cash, sneakers and a cellphone Friday, according to police.
Alejandra Hernandez, 18, of Coleman Street, and Jamil Gray, 21, of Johnston, were held for arraignment in District Court on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy.
The arrests took place shortly after 12:40 a.m., when the victim flagged down officers on Lonsdale Avenue and told them heâd just been robbed on Coleman Street after connecting with a female via computer.
PAWTUCKET â While the president of the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday unveiled plans for a proposed riverfront stadium in downtown Providence that would serve as the teamâs future home, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien believes the city is not ready to throw in the towel, even if the teamâs long-term future at McCoy Stadium is looking less likely with each passing day.
Grebien said his reactions to Wednesdayâs press conference, at which the stadium proposal was unveiled, were multifaceted.
PROVIDENCE â Plans for a proposed 10,000-seat, $85 million dollar riverfront ballpark that will look to serve as the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox were unveiled Tuesday.
Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington at a press conference at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon said that if approved, the objective would be to begin construction on the ballpark in December with a targeted opening in April 2017.
CENTRAL FALLS â A four-alarm fire tore through a garage on Washington Street Tuesday morning, with its thick smoke prompting the cancellation of classes at a nearby middle school, fire officials said.
The fire was reported prior to 6 a.m. Tuesday at the small, one-story garage at 96 Washington St., Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy brown and black smoke emanating from the garage.
CUMBERLAND â The townâs historic Nine Men's Misery monument drew visitors to the Monastery property on Sunday, including Kathy and Michaela Crawley.
Kathy Crawley, wife of town Recreation Director Michael Crawley, said she had never had a chance to stop at the monument until Sundayâs Spring Festival at Monastery. Michaela said had she had spotted the stone monument several times while running on the Monasteryâs trails, but didnât know that much about the site.
PAWTUCKET â Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is leaving millions of tourist dollars on the table and missing an opportunity to create thousands of jobs by clinging to an ineffective strategy of promoting tourism through regional districts at the expense of a unified, statewide campaign.
No other state in New England dedicates nearly as much of its statewide tourism budget to regional districts, yet Rhode Island has consistently been losing its market share of the nationâs tourism dollars to competing states, the governor says.
CENTRAL FALLS â With only about three percent through the entire square-mile city, Central Falls ranks last in the state with the least green space. However, a group of students on Friday aimed to change that figure by planting an urban arboretum at Calcutt Middle School.
PAWTUCKET â The City Councilâs Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety Wednesday night voted to send a resolution requesting the reinstatement of the Pawtucket Police Departmentâs Special Response Unit for the next fiscal year to the councilâs Finance Committee.
The three-member public safety committee voted 2-1 in favor of sending the resolution to the Finance Committee, with At-Large Councilor and Committee Chairman Thomas E. Hodge and District 5 Councilor Mary E. Bray voting in favor, while District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer cast the lone dissenting vote.
PAWTUCKET â The City Council's Board of License Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the Pawtucket Red Sox' petition to conduct a fireworks display at the conclusion of seven home games this season.
According to the PawSox' application for a special event license, the
seven dates of the fireworks displays will be May 25, June 13, June 27, July 2, July 3, Aug. 8, and Sept. 6.
The board during its March 25 meeting tabled a discussion and possible
vote after District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer made a motion to
PAWTUCKET â A one-way section of Main Street between Pine Street and
Mineral Spring Avenue next week will be converted to two-way traffic, city officials have said.
Construction has been ongoing at that section of Main Street - adjacent
to Mineral Spring Avenue - for some time, and the intent is to go live
WOONSOCKET â Elected officials from Warwick to Woonsocket are protesting Gov. Gina Raimondoâs plan to divert some $2 million in hotel taxes from regional tourism councils to bankroll a statewide marketing campaign spearheaded by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.
The mayors and town administrators of Pawtucket, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Lincoln and Cumberland are among those who have signed a letter to the governor, asking her to reconsider the plan.
PAWTUCKET â Long an established part of East Street in downtown Pawtucket, the Adams Furniture building is nearing its final days, as plans are in motion to demolish the property and convert the space into employee parking for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care.
Ray Lavoie, executive director of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, said that demolition should be able to commence in about two weeks.
The parking for health care employees will make available more spaces in and around the health care campus on East Avenue, he noted.