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July 2nd, 2012

Next big thing in Pawtucket: Beer research

July 2, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With interest brewing about Pawtucket becoming a player in the beer industry, one enterprising local businessman is taking that idea to the next level by offering a “beer research facility.”
J. Scot Comey has plans to create the BeerXchange at an undisclosed location in Pawtucket. He said the idea is to offer a comfortable, tavern-like venue to conduct beer sampling from the general public and then collect and analyze the data as a service to brewers, distributors, bar and liquor store owners and others who have a stake in the beer industry.

Read more in our print edition.

July 1st

St. Raphael, Seton get new principals

July 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, has appointed Daniel J. Richard, a longtime high school teacher and retired Air Force Pilot and Officer, as principal of St. Raphael Academy, a Pawtucket Catholic High School that provides a college preparatory education for hundreds of students.

Police enforcing curfew ordinance

July 1, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS – Police will be out in force from now until the end of summer, intensifying the enforcement of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, due in part by funding secured from a Federal Justice Assistance Grant.
Juveniles found in violation of Chapter 42 of the Revised Ordinance of the City of Central Falls, pertaining to the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, will be first issued a written warning by police whereby their parent or guardian will be contacted and turned over to their custody.

Dem. City Committee endorses incumbents, some newcomers

July 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Following Wednesday's declaration deadline for political hopefuls, the Democratic City Committee held a meeting at the LeFoyer restaurant to endorse local candidates in the 2012 election.
The Democratic City Committee threw its full support this year behind incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien, who is being challenged in his re-election bid by independent candidate Michael W. Cooper.
In 2010, Grebien, as a mayoral candidate, had been snubbed by the committee when it endorsed his opponent, fellow Democrat Henry Kinch Jr. Yet, Grebien went on to beat Kinch.

June 29th

BVCAP confers GEDs to 57 grads

June 29, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held its annual commencement exercises Friday morning at St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Fifty-seven students received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) through BVCAP this year.
Lammis J. Vargis, from the Office of Mayor Donald Grebien, attended as the mayor's representative because he had a last-minute scheduling conflict. The RSVP Seniors for Jazz Band performed.
The 2012 graduates are:
Andres Arguelles
Samir Banai
Heidi Barnhouse
Wilber Barth
Karolyn Beetlestone
Adolph Briandt
Courtney Brunelle
Devon Bullard

C.F. man burned in Lincoln garage fire

June 29, 2012

LINCOLN – A gasoline explosion is believed to have caused injuries suffered by a 62-year-old Central Falls man and damaged a home at 22 Arch St. Thursday evening.
Patrolman Jason Bolduc found the victim, Harold Trazi, being assisted to by members of Rescue 4 when he arrived at the scene. Trazi suffered burns to his chest, arms and face from a fire believed to have started in the garage of the dwelling, Bolduc reported.

Care New England may absorb Memorial

June 29, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Memorial Hospital may be absorbed by the Care New England hospital network.
In a joint statement, the two entities announced Thursday they had entered “partnership discussions” because they are “encouraged by the possibility of complementary services, enhanced patient care and the opportunity for strong growth in the future.”

Task force to study municipal shared services

June 29, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Can municipal public works services such as trash pick-up and recycling, pothole filling, snowplowing, and vehicle repair be done on a regionalized basis to save money? The governor and the top government leaders of Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence think so.

June 27th

Mayor warns of slower services

June 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Staffing reductions in several municipal departments could occasionally result in some slower response times or limitations on city services, announced Mayor Donald Grebien.
The mayor said that several recent retirements, including those of some longtime department heads and clerks in the City Clerk's office, coupled with the need for the administration to keep a tight rein on expenses are the primary reasons for the staffing shortage. It is also the season when employees are taking more vacations, which is compounding the problem of some departments being left short-handed.

Honoring honor

June 27, 2012

Kevin Dubois of Lincoln, a Marine Corps veteran wounded in Afghanistan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Tuesday night during the 33rd annual Armed Services Night, prior to the game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Charlotte Knights.

June 26th

Races shaping up as deadline looms

June 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Mayor Donald Grebien, most incumbent members of the City Council and about half of the sitting School Committee have stated their intentions to run again while a few new names have surfaced as challengers as the deadline to declare for candidacy looms.

Turning Point

June 26, 2012

Enid Pappas, widow of Turning Point co-founder Michael Pappas, left, and co-founder Nicolas Retsinas, unveil a plaque recognizing the founders during a dedication ceremony in Pawtucket Saturday morning. The plaque is dedicated by members of the Board of Directors as an everlasting token of appreciation to deceased co-founders Dr. Gary P. Paparo and Michael Pappas as well as Nicolas P. Retsinas. Turning Point, a group home for boys, was originally started in 1973 as the Pawtucket Boys Club Group Home, and is currently located at 5 Kids Way in Pawtucket.

Lightning ignites house fire; dog dies

June 26, 2012

LINCOLN – A bolt of lightning from a front of storms passing through the area Monday morning is believed to have sparked a fire in the roof of a home at 1809 Old Louisquisset Pike and left a family of three temporarily homeless.
Mark Rodrigues said he son, Austin, 17, was home at the time of 10:50 a.m. strike and immediately called the fire department.
“The Fire Department said they heard a heavy bang in the area and then got the call,” Rodrigues said while looking over the aftermath of the fire at his home on Monday.

June 24th

Old Grist Mill Fire Slideshow

June 24, 2012

See slideshow of devastating fire in Seekonk Sunday morning. Click on NEWS in menu bar and scroll down.

BREAKING: Truck fire destroys historic Grist Mill Tavern in Seekonk

June 24, 2012

Seekonk Fire Chief Alan Jack, left, and Captain Mike Healy survey the remains of the landmark Old Grist Mill Tavern, which was gutted by fire in Seekonk early Sunday morning. Built in 1745, the historic building is considered a total loss.

June 23rd

Council OKs re-use of mill, growth center plan

June 23, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A zoning change that will allow for the re-use of the American Insulated Wire complex for residential apartments and commercial enterprises was given first passage by the City Council at Wednesday night's meeting.
The amendment to the city's zoning map will be done by an overlay pertaining only to the 6-acre parcel of land at 413 Central Ave. that is the site of the former American Insulated Wire company. A developer wants to turn the mill buildings on the property into one- and two-bedroom rental units, while the ground floor will be leased to commercial tenants.

MAN OF STATURE

June 23, 2012

Madeleine Mondor, far left, wife of the late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, stands with PawSox president Mike Tamburro and sculptor Tayo Heuser after a 6-foot bronze statue of late PawSox owner and patriarch was unveiled during a ceremony in Mondor Gardens at McCoy Stadium Friday.
See SPORTS for complete story and photos in Saturday's print edition.

June 22nd

Sandusky found guilty of sexual abuse

June 22, 2012

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno's heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts.

June 21st

Council passes $178 million budget

June 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Despite a couple of last-minute pleas from residents to do otherwise, the City Council voted Wednesday night to give final passage to a new operating budget of about $178 million that will necessitate a property tax increase for homeowners of 80 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
The 7-1 vote followed the same pattern as it did at a session on June 7, when 8 of 9 council members gave the spending plan proposed by Mayor Donald Grebien their reluctant approval. Councilor James Chadwick, who had voted to support the budget at the last meeting, was absent on Wednesday.

The swans are back

June 21, 2012

Mayor Donald R. Grebien, right, gets some help from City Councilor Christopher O'Neill, who represents District 3 where Slater Park is located, in christening one of several new paddleboats on Thursday. The boats will return to the park's Slater Pond on Saturday after a lapse of nearly a half-century. In lieu of champagne, a pink-ribboned bottle of spring water did the honors. The paddleboats, three of which are designed as swans, will be available at the boathouse from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September. After Labor Day, the paddleboats will be available on weekends.

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