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August 5th, 2012

Hasbro initiatives help fund three local programs

August 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While children look forward to the time off from school, research reportedly shows that the lazy, hazy days of summer can cause a loss of learning. To help stem this, Hasbro, Inc. and the United Way of Rhode Island have teamed up to establish the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative for children across Rhode Island.

August 4th

RI DOT Pawtucket River Bridge update

August 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — From Aug. 5 to 11, the following operations will be in effect:
Anticipated Traffic Impacts / Road Work:
• Temporary highway closures of I-95 NB will continue during the early morning hours on Monday and Tuesday. These closures are necessary for the completion of the concrete deck panel erection for the new Bridge 550 NB structure.

Police charge city man with child abuse

August 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Following an investigation of an incident on Anthony Avenue, a 28-year-old city man was arrested Thursday on charges of child abuse.
Dennis R. Hoffman, of Seneca Avenue, was arraigned on one count of child abuse—first degree on Friday morning in District Court in Providence.

City awards contract for Corridor development

August 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With a new gateway bridge well under construction, a regional bicycle path in design and the consideration of a new national park before Congress, the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls have now partnered with The Pawtucket Foundation to unlock the development potential of the two communities’ historic riverfront corridor.

August 3rd

Police: Man trying to lure girls into his car

August 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET(AP) — Pawtucket police say they looking for a man who's been trying to lure teenage girls into his car for the past week.
Police tell WLNE-TV that at least five girls between the ages of 15 and 17 have come forward, saying the man approached them near the CVS store on East Avenue. None of the girls was harmed. One girl got into the man's car but managed to get away after refusing to give him her address and phone number.
All the girls told police similar stories about how the man called them beautiful and asked them if they needed a ride.

August 2nd

Model of USS Wasp on display at Slater Park

August 2, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Both young and old visitors to the Looff Carousel in Slater Park will no doubt enjoy seeing the big model of a U.S. Navy ship that is currently on display. What many don't realize is the important part that this boat played in U.S. history as well as the way it helped lift a Pawtucket resident out of his post-retirement doldrums.

Crowley: Officials make it difficult for elderly to vote

August 2, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Calling it a “very sad situation,” state Sen. Elizabeth Crowley said Wednesday that election officials are making it more difficult for residents of Forand and Wilfrid manors — the city’s two largest elderly high rises — to vote.
While even Crowley acknowledges that the polling places are being moved only a short distance away from those spots, the senator nonetheless likens the action to “disenfranchising” the elderly residents who live in those two buildings.

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Celebrating 80 years of the Stanleyburger

August 2, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — While much may have changed about Central Falls in the past 80 years, a Dexter Street restaurant and its most famous menu item remain, blessedly, as fixtures in the bustling city. The “Stanleyburger,” a classic hamburger with trademark grilled onions and pickles on a soft bun, is still satisfying longtime fans and winning over new ones in the small eatery by the same name.

July 31st

Leadership RI defines goals for Central Falls

July 31, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — It always help to tackle a big project by breaking it into smaller pieces. And that's just what the 2012 class of Leadership Rhode Island has done with its ambitious plan to effect positive change in the financially troubled city of Central Falls.

Missing Burrillville woman has been found

July 31, 2012

The Mapleville woman for whom we launched a silver alert has been found in the woods behind her house. RI State Police K9’s assisted the Burrillville Police and local fire departments in the search.

July 30th

Police search for home invaders

July 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket Police are searching for three male suspects who took part in a home invasion at a Pawtucket Avenue apartment complex late Saturday night.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at around 11:30 p.m., three men burst into the apartment where a woman was home with her two children, ages 11 and 9. The suspects all wore hooded sweatshirts tied to conceal their faces, and two were armed with handguns.
The suspects stole a small amount of cash and 14 pairs of men’s sneakers, all size 11, from the apartment. No injuries were reported.

July 29th

RI DOT community update on Pawtucket River Bridge

July 29, 2012

JULY 29 – AUGUST 4
Anticipated traffic impacts / roadwork:
• Temporary highway closures of I-95 NB will continue during the early morning hours Monday through Saturday. These closures are necessary for the completion of steel and concrete deck panel erection for the new Bridge 550 NB structure.
• Additional highway lane closures are possible NB and SB Sunday through Thursday. Right or left lane taken at 9 p.m., second lane taken at 11 p.m. All lanes reopened by 5 a.m.

July 28th

Resident takes trash frustration to the Internet to get action

July 28, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Frustrated by delays he experienced in getting the city to pick up bulky waste items on his street, Mark Poirier tried a new way to get someone's attention in City Hall: he created a website titled “Shame on you, Mayor Grebien.”

CumberlandFest just around the corner

July 28, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The organizers of the upcoming CumberlandFest promise that this year's four-day family festival will have lots of old favorites as well as some new surprises. The 22nd annual event kicks off Friday, Aug. 10.
As was the case the last two years, there will be an expanded fireworks show.

July 26th

Council gives first nod to Apex plan

July 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — After a lengthy and sometimes contentious process, the City Council gave first passage on Wednesday to a revised zoning plan for the Apex property that is being hailed as a compromise.

July 25th

Residents to weigh in on fire merger

July 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Residents will get the opportunity on Aug. 7 to offer input on a proposed plan to consolidate the town's fire services as a single municipal public safety department that would not only include the town's four independent fire districts, but emergency medical service and police as well.

City man arrested for stabbing man

July 25, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A 23-year-old city man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested following the stabbing of a Cumberland man on Warwick Road early Wednesday morning.
According to Pawtucket Police Detective Capt. John Seebeck, police received a report that a stabbing had occurred in the vicinity of 28-30 Warwick Road at around 2 a.m. When police arrived, they found a male lying on the sidewalk with multiple knife wounds to his abdomen.

July 24th

Local man guilty in bomb threat

July 24, 2012

CUMBERLAND — A local man was found guilty Tuesday of threatening to bomb the facilities of a company based in Wallingford, Conn.
A federal jury in Hartford found Shaneel Jain, 56, of Cumberland, guilty of threatening to bomb Z-Medica Corporation, a company that produces QuickClot, a medical agent that rapidly stops bleeding outside the surgical setting. QuickClot is used by the United States military and the militaries of some allied countries.

City officials want action for neighbors of Key Container

July 24, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Frustrated that no action has been taken to address longstanding complaints from neighbors about emissions from the Key Container Corporation on Campbell Street, the City Council wants to see if state and federal authorities can be brought in to investigate the air quality.

AG upholds complaint in ethics case

July 24, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The Attorney General's office has upheld one of two Access to Public Records Act complaints filed against the city of Pawtucket by attorney Mark McBurney as it related to Ethics Commission complaints involving the Lime Rock Fire Department and Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester's car tax payments.
McBurney is representing John Cullen in the ethics complaint against Sylvester and has also filed two related Superior Court complaints against the Lime Rock Fire Department alleging violations of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA).

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