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September 10th, 2012
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The Grebien Administration appears poised to outsource the city's trash collection and recycling services in a move that could potentially mean the loss of 20 to 24 jobs.
Chelsie Santos of Pawtucket, this year's Grupo Amigos da Terceira Festival Queen, waves to the crowd Saturday during the annual parade in honor of St. Vincent de Paul, in Pawtucket. Hundreds turned out for the parade, which wound its way from McCoy Stadium down Columbus Avenue to the club's hall on Memorial Drive.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The town will receive more than $64,000 from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) as part of the statewide Recycling Revenue Share Program.
Cumberland delivered 3,023.77 tons of recycled material for a total profit share of $64,838. The money will help support local recycling programs.
RIRRC is providing cities and towns with the cash rebates based on how much each municipality has increased its recycling rate. The corporation has made $1.94 million in profits from the sale of household recyclables this year, which will be disbursed to 36 communities.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ With tomorrow‚Äôs Democratic primary looming, the race for the House of Representatives District 59 seat between incumbent J. Patrick O'Neill and his challenger, fellow Democrat John Arcaro has taken a heated turn.
O'Neill's camp has put out a bright orange flier showing a head shot of Arcaro under bold lettering that reads: ‚ÄúCommunity Warning‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThis politician has been seen peddling extreme positions that are out of touch with Pawtucket's working families. Approach with caution.‚ÄĚ Underneath reads, ‚ÄúHave you seen this man?‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Catherine Cabral, who just moved to Pawtucket last year, was happily enjoying a shrimp kabob, listening to the music and surveying the crowd along Roosevelt Avenue. ‚ÄúThis is fun. And it‚Äôs a great way to get you to try food from different places. I thought I‚Äôd come and get to know Pawtucket.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ With all 11 Pawtucket School Committee candidates running as Democrats, Tuesday's Democratic primary will be an important decider in the make-up of the school board for the next two years.
All seven incumbent School committee candidates are seeking re-election: Michael Araujo, Joanne Bonollo, David Coughlin, Raymond Noonan, Nicole Nordquist, Raymond Spooner, and Alan Tenreiro. They are facing a challenge from Sandra Cano, Gerard Charbonneau, Joseph Knight, and John Tellini.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚Äď Cristina Robalo, a 19-year-old student at Central Falls High School, is the recipient of $1,000 scholarship award from Rhode Island Community Action Scholar (RICAS) Scholarships.
A senior at the high school, Robalo is a member of the Youth Success Program at Blackstone Valley Community Action Agency in Central Falls, a program that helps pregnant and parenting teens succeed.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ They'll be rockin' by the river tonight, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival gets underway with its Gala and ‚ÄúTaste of Pawtucket‚ÄĚ events.
The opening night Gala and ‚ÄúTaste of Pawtucket‚ÄĚ will start at 6 p.m. along a portion of Roosevelt Avenue near the intersection with Main Street and on the grounds of Slater Mill (rain or shine). It promises to be an evening of delicious restaurant samplings served with an ample portion of zydeco music, dance and refreshment, all by the banks of the mighty Blackstone River and historic Slater Mill Museum site.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ With summer fading into the busy autumn season, there are not many people thinking about Christmas. Yet, with the economic need of the local community being so large, the Salvation Army must start planning early for the upcoming holiday, and the Times wants to be there as a partner to help.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Stanley Banach III, an unemployed baker who was injured in a car crash, used to be able to walk from his home to the netWORKri office in Pawtucket, where he would bring his 20-month-old son along to look for jobs. Now, the young father complains that he will have to tote his son with him on a long bus ride to Providence or Woonsocket in order to do the same type of job search at another netWORKri facility.
Above, Verda Jones, Shea High School‚Äôs Smartlab facilitator, left, and Peter Solomon, Tolman Smartlab facilitator, train with Kurt Williamson, vice president of Creative Learning Systems, in the brand new Shea Smartlab this week. The team was gearing up for the opening of the new school year, which started Tuesday.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ Town residents Jocelyn Bodington, Daniel Collard, and Adam Vartanian each took home state titles in the 2012 Pitch, Hit & Run competition during a recent on-field pre-game awards ceremony at McCoy Stadium.
Bodington was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 11-12 year old division; Collard was the Pitching champion for the 11-12 year old division; and Vartanian was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 7-8 year old division.
Hosted by Dunkin‚Äô Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ John Gregory, CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, was recently invited to continue to serve as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
Do your children need practice reading? Pawtucket Public Library is offering a chance for children to read to Tinker Bell the reading therapy dog, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Children's Caidin Room. The program takes place on Tuesdays in September and October from 5:30 - 6:30p.m. Sign up for a 15-minute block of reading time, come hang out to see if Tinker Bell has any free time for you, or visit to see which fancy outfit she has on that day. This program is for children of all ages. Call 401-725-3714 ext. 209.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent, will get a speaking spot at next week‚Äôs Democratic National Convention.
‚ÄúI am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,‚ÄĚ Chafee said in a written statement. ‚ÄúPresident Obama has been a friend to Rhode Island, his policies have brought valuable benefits to the people of our state during historically difficult times, and I am proud to explain to the convention audience why I ‚Äď a former Republican ‚Äď and lots of people like me are supporting the President‚Äôs re-election.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The city‚Äôs public school students can enjoy a few more days of the traditional summer vacation as the new school year starts after the Labor Day weekend, on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Incumbent state Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Cumberland) and her two challengers for the Dist. 16 Senate seat ‚ÄĒ Joseph P. Moran III and Nicholas S. Gelfuso ‚ÄĒ will debate the issues at a Meet the Candidates forum to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Sponsored by Leadership Rhode Island, Common Cause and Progreso Latino, the forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Central Falls High School auditorium, 24 Summer St. WPRI reporter Ted Nesi will be the moderator.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Just days before Labor Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor visited the Blackstone Valley to meet students looking to enter the workforce in Pawtucket, tour a Central Falls manufacturing plan and help hand out about $1.4 million in new federal money for the state.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The blizzard of O'Neill and Mercer campaign signs covering District 3 says it all. What was a contentious race two years ago promises to be so again as incumbent City Councilor Christopher O'Neill fights off a challenge from opponent Terrence ‚ÄúTerry‚ÄĚ Mercer.
With both O'Neill and Mercer running as Democrats, the District 3 contest is one of two City Council races that will be all but decided by the Sept. 11 Democratic primary. The primary will also be key in the District 1 race between Democratic incumbent David Moran and his challenger, fellow Democrat Michael Cassidy.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Ever since he was a young boy, Edward Kozatek has been sweet on Fox Grocery. ‚ÄúI used to steal my mother's soda bottles and cash them in for penny candy,‚ÄĚ he said, chuckling. Kozatek, who owns J.T. Leddy Auto Top, is one of many city residents who are mourning the closing of the neighborhood convenience store that has been a fixture at 209 Benefit Street for decades.