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September 12th, 2012

Two council, one school board upset

September 12, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The Democratic primary resulted in upsets to two incumbent City Councilors and one School Committee member and could affect some of the privatization initiatives of incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien going forward.

Cicilline wins big over Gemma

September 12, 2012

Incumbent U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline takes to the stage, surrounded by family, close friends and campaign workers, at Blaze Restaurant on Providence's East Side, to claim victory over opponent Anthony Gemma, a Lincoln businessman, shortly after 9:00 Tuesday night. Cicilline, who won 62 percent of the vote to Gemma's 30 percent, in the hardfought primary, was elated after being introduced by R.I.

September 10th

COLOR COORDINATED

September 10, 2012

A dance troupe performs during the annual Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival at Festival Pier in Pawtucket on Saturday.

Tobon v. San Bento for House Dist. 58

September 10, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Carlos Tobon is trying hard to break into politics, and the 30-year-old Pawtucket native thinks he could bring a youthful vision and committed effort to the House 58 state representative seat. By contrast, his incumbent opponent, William San Bento, is running on his achievements over the past 10 terms, and believes that his focus on more statewide issues will ultimately help the local district the most.

City looks to privatize trash pick-up

September 10, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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.

September 9th

FESTIVAL QUEEN

September 9, 2012

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.

Town gets $64K from RI recycling program

September 9, 2012

CUMBERLAND — 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.

District 59 House race gets heated

September 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With tomorrow’s 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: “Community Warning” and “This politician has been seen peddling extreme positions that are out of touch with Pawtucket's working families. Approach with caution.” Underneath reads, “Have you seen this man?”

September 8th

Arts Festival kicks off with gala, ‘Taste of’

September 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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. “This is fun. And it’s a great way to get you to try food from different places. I thought I’d come and get to know Pawtucket.”

Primary is decision day for school board

September 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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.

September 7th

C.F. teen mom earns $1,000 scholarship

September 7, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS – 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.

Arts Festival kicks off tonight

September 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — They'll be rockin' by the river tonight, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival gets underway with its Gala and “Taste of Pawtucket” events.
The opening night Gala and “Taste of Pawtucket” 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.

September 5th

TIMES Christmas Fund kicks off 30th year

September 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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.

Protesters decry closing of netWORKri office

September 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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.

September 4th

Smartlab comes to Shea, Tolman

September 4, 2012

Above, Verda Jones, Shea High School’s 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.

September 3rd

Cumberland kids take home state titles

September 3, 2012

CUMBERLAND — 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’ Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.

September 2nd

Gregory reinvited to Chamber Committee

September 2, 2012

LINCOLN — 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.

September 1st

PARTY ANIMAL

September 1, 2012

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.

Chafee to speak at DNC Tuesday

September 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent, will get a speaking spot at next week’s Democratic National Convention.
“I am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,” Chafee said in a written statement. “President 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 – a former Republican – and lots of people like me are supporting the President’s re-election.”

Pawtucket goes back to school Sept. 4

September 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The city’s 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.

 

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