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August 24th, 2012

New MacColl YMCA opens with a splash

August 24, 2012

LINCOLN – Calling it Northern Rhode Island’s "premier" health and fitness center, the man described by associates as the driving force and creative genius behind MacColl YMCA’s new $13 million, 52,000-square-foot family fitness center said the state-of-the-art facility will be at the forefront of helping families and communities maintain healthy lifestyles.

August 23rd

E.P. finance director to start soon

August 23, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — The man who will oversee the fiscal activities of both the city and the School Department will begin his new duties in the upcoming weeks, City Manager Peter Graczykowski told the City Council this week.
Malcolm A. Moore, hired for the position of consolidated finance director, comes to East Providence from West Warwick where he was finance director and interim town manager.
Moore was hired to fill a void after resignations left both the city and the schools without permanent finance officer positions.

Read more in our print edition.

Grand jury: No charges for officers in shooting

August 23, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A grand jury has decided not to bring charges against two Pawtucket police officers who shot to death a Massachusetts man who pulled a gun during a traffic stop in May.
The Rhode Island attorney general's office said on Thursday that the Providence County Grand Jury found the shooting was legally justified.
The officers said 37-year-old Jamie Coyle got out of the car with a gun, and they opened fire to protect themselves. Police pulled him over because he appeared to match the description of a suspect wanted in Massachusetts for an assault with a firearm earlier that day.

August 22nd

City could move out of City Hall

August 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The great debate over whether to fix or remove the problematic City Hall tower has been thrown another curve with a new proposal to consolidate all city and school department administrative offices into a large commercial building at 100 Freight Street.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Councilor Mark Wildenhain brought up the plan and requested that a feasibility study be conducted. The council approved his request that a letter be sent to Antonio Pires, director of administration for Mayor Donald Grebien, to explore the matter.

Police seek probation violator

August 22, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Central Falls Police are looking for a subject wanted in connection with the violation of court ordered placement in a Gateway Healthcare Facility.
The suspect, identified as Marvin G. Reynolds, 31, was reported missing by Gateway Healthcare, Inc. on Saturday and a warrant was subsequently sought due to the volition of his parole conditions set forth under terms of his release from prison.

Gemma accuses Cicilline of voter fraud

August 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Painting a lurid picture of what he says is extensive and ongoing voter fraud — people being paid to vote multiple times at different polling places; votes cast in the names of dead people or those who said they would not vote in a given election; mail ballots being “bought” — Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Gemma pointed the finger of accusation directly at his primary opponent, Rep. David Cicilline.

August 21st

Motorcyclist rushed to hospital after accident

August 21, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — The Police Department is investigating a motorcycle accident resulting in serious bodily injury that occurred Monday at 2:46pm, on Pine Street at Crossman Street.
The victim has been identified as Mario Erazo Vicente (29) of 28 Cleveland Street, Central Falls. He was operating a 2005 Honda CBR motorcycle that had been traveling north on Pine Street. Vicente was ejected from the motorcycle as he entered the intersection.

Arbitration a mixed bag of wins, losses

August 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET — So far, there has been a mixed bag of wins and losses in labor arbitration decisions between the city and municipal employees under the administration of Mayor Donald Grebien.

August 20th

Tourism Council to honor Mr. Potato Head

August 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET – He’s a city native famous the world over, and now he’s the honored guest at this year’s installment of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council’s annual awards dinner.
He’s none other than Mr. Potato Head, the Hasbro toy that’s celebrating its 60th birthday this year.
BVTC’s 27th annual awards dinner takes place at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln on Sept. 27.

Two-way traffic on East Ave. to smooth downtown access

August 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A change in the downtown traffic pattern to provide greater accessibility and ease of travel will take effect this morning when the portion of East Avenue from Main Street to Park Place will become a two-way thoroughfare for the first time in decades.

State to close career center in pawtucket

August 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Rhode Island is closing its career center in Pawtucket because of a decrease in federal funding.
The state Department of Labor and Training said Monday that the netWORKri career center on Main Street will close Sept. 6.
Agency director Charles Fogarty says the decision to close was difficult but reductions in federal funds means there's no longer enough money to operate the center.

Local artist chosen for 'The Art of Autism'

August 20, 2012

SEEKONK — Andrew Randall was chosen from artists around the world to have two of his paintings included in the new book “The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions” By Debra Hosseini. The book is a compilation of work from 77 visual artists and poets who are on the Autism Spectrum.

August 17th

IN KEEPING WITH TRADITION

August 17, 2012

Taylor Soukas, Meagan St. Germain and Melina Panichas, from left, members of "Greek Pride," a dance troupe from Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, kick up their heels before a packed house Friday night at the 85th annual Greek Festival. The church is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The fun continues Saturday and Sunday with plenty of traditional Greek food, pastries, drink and more dancing.

Gomes enjoys the art of capturing love on film

August 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Brittany Leigh Gomes has had an affinity — and eye — for photography since she was just a young girl growing up in Pawtucket.
“I have loved photography for as long as I can remember,” said the 26-year-old Gomes. “My first camera was a Fisher-Price camera when I was a toddler and I have been upgrading ever since.
“It wasn't until I attended a wedding in 2007 that I fell in love with wedding photography.”
Gomes started a photography business in 2009 and has been slowly and steadily been building it ever since.

Candidate uses debt clock in campaign

August 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — For the past 15 years, Bill Greenwood has been tracking the nation's debt on his own version of the national debt clock that is posted on the front of his Sayles Avenue home. Now, with the figure about to hit the $16 trillion mark, Greenwood is once again calling for a change in the way government operates, and the local Republican candidate for City Council has joined his cause.

August 16th

Police probing violent robbery

August 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket Police are investigating a report of a violent home invasion and robbery that occurred in an apartment on Ivy Street early Thursday morning.

Local organizations team up for summer learning

August 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Just as unpopular vegetables can be disguised as tasty treats to make kids want to eat them, so, too, can “summer school” be made to look enjoyable. The Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket has managed to do just that with its Food FUNdamentals program.

I-95 reopens in SE Mass. after downed power lines

August 16, 2012

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Interstate 95 has been reopened in North Attleboro after a truck crash brought down power lines on the roadway, closing it for more than two hours and backing up traffic for miles.
Massachusetts State Police said the Thursday afternoon crash happened between Exits 4 and 5 near the Interstate 295 interchange and both northbound and southbound sides of the road were closed to traffic until the power lines could be removed.

August 15th

Pawtucket post office for sale

August 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With its stately columns, arched doorways, high ceilings and centralized downtown location, the Pawtucket Post Office on Montgomery Street was built during the golden age of mail delivery.
Now, that same grand building that was so proudly constructed in 1900 has become something of a “white elephant” as mail volume drops and operating costs increase. As such, the U.S. Postal service has put the downtown landmark up for sale.

Read more in our print edition.

Krawetz quits police department

August 15, 2012

LINCOLN — A Lincoln police officer who was found guilty in January of felony battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside a slot parlor in 2009, has resigned, Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond announced Wednesday.
“Effective Aug. 10, 2012, the Town of Lincoln has accepted an unconditional and irrevocable resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz,” Almond said. “This action has allowed the town to avoid the inherent uncertainty of costly and time-consuming litigation and appeals which would inevitably ensue if this matter remained unresolved.”

 

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