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December 4th, 2012

City willing to listen to union on trash issue

December 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It ain't over 'til it's over...yet the clock is ticking on the opportunity for municipal union workers to convince the city administration that they are can handle trash and recycling services better than a private vendor.

City department heads take on dual roles

December 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It's a sign of the economic times: an employee being asked to do another job in addition to his own. At Pawtucket City Hall, three director-level workers are doing their own job plus that of another department head, and earning an extra $200 a week for their efforts.

Jingle Mingle helps out Times Merry Christmas Fund

December 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — All was merry and bright at the Grupo Amigos De Terceira on Saturday night as the community came together for The Times' “Jingle Mingle” dinner dance.
Decorated in its Christmas finery, the Community Center at 55 Memorial Dr. provided an elegantly festive backdrop for the Jingle Mingle, held to benefit The Times' “Merry Christmas Fund.” Grupo Amigos De Terceira, Inc. joined The Times in hosting the event, which raised $2,700 for the fund.

December 2nd

Cumberland Clippers Win Div. II Superbowl

December 2, 2012

Clippers head coach Chris Skurka gets a surprise ice bath by key players Tommy Lazarus (4) and game MVP Erik Travers, right, after defeating Woonsocket 49-0 for the Div. II Super Bowl crown at Carcieri Field Sunday.

December 1st

Foolproof Brewing Company officially opens

December 1, 2012

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien, right, and Foolproof Brewing Company owner and CEO Nick Garrison cut the ribbon during a grand opening celebration at the new brewery, located at 241 Grotto Avenue in Pawtucket, Saturday evening. Congressman David Cicilline also attended, presenting Garrison with a citation from the U.S. House of Representatives and offered his congratulations for a successful future in Pawtucket.

November 30th

Police nab Election Day shooting suspect

November 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Local police have arrested a city man as a suspect in the Election Day shooting that left another man wounded on a Smithfield Avenue sidewalk.
On Nov. 6 at around 10:30 a.m., Pawtucket Police had responded to a reported shooting in the area of 558 Smithfield Ave. When officers arrived, they found the victim, 28-year-old Terrance Myers, of Providence, injured from several gunshot wounds. None of the wounds appeared to be life-threatening, police said.

Indie crime drama being filmed in Pawtucket

November 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Once again, the humble buildings and streets of Pawtucket will serve as movie stand-ins for places in a more major metropolis. Over the next few weeks, film crews will be in and around the downtown, shooting scenes for an independent crime drama, set in Boston, that its supporters hope becomes a major motion picture.

UPDATE: Bomb threat was a hoax

November 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Streets were blocked for several hours and a bomb squad was called in after a woman told police there was an explosive device in her vehicle that was parked in the municipal lot across from Pawtucket City Hall on Thursday morning.

Pawtucket fire marshal under investigation over health insurance

November 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The city's fire marshal, a 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Fire Department, is under investigation for putting his girlfriend's daughter on his health insurance family plan for about 10 months last year, city officials say.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who has been fire marshal for about two years, found himself in the hot seat this week after being featured on reporter Jim Hummel's on-line news website “The Hummel Report.”

November 28th

The Flower Shoppe marks 80 years

November 28, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Happily for new owner Kayla Bessette Imbracsio, business has been blooming for 80 years at The Flower Shoppe in Pawtucket. As such, she is inviting the public to a Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 2 for a celebration of “family, friends, flowers and fun.”

Armed robbery reported in Cumberland

November 28, 2012

CUMBERLAND – Police are investigating an armed robbery at the BC Petroleum and Convenience Store at 3585 Mendon Road Tuesday night.
A man was said to have shown the clerk a gun while demanding money during the 8:30 p.m. incident, according to police.
Cumberland Police Sgt. John Cook said no one was hurt in the incident. Woonsocket police assisted Cumberland units in checking the Mendon Road area after the incident was reported.

Marines drum up donations for Toys for Tots

November 28, 2012

PAWTUCKET — As everyone knows, being a Marine is not about fun and games — except at Christmastime, when they volunteer their valuable time to drum up donations for the annual Toys for Tots program.
In Rhode Island, this year's Toys for Tots program is being supervised by Staff Sgt. Michael Cremin. Under his watch, a handful of local Marines have amassed thousands of new toys for youngsters who would otherwise go without during the holiday season.

Santa puts Hasbro elves to work in Woonsocket

November 28, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The mountainous cache of toys and games did not originate at the North Pole, it was not created by elves, and it did not arrive by sleigh.
It was manufactured by Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc., and hefted up a flight of stairs by the toy giant’s employees, one shipping crate at a time, onto the creaky floor of an old spinning mill on Mendon Road.
But when underprivileged kids find the goodies under Christmas trees from Woonsocket to Westerly on the big day, no one has to know they didn’t come from Santa.

November 27th

Two armed robberies over weekend

November 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Two clerks at local convenience stores faced armed bandits during separate incidents that are being investigated by Pawtucket Police.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the McCoy Market at 171 South Bend St. was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash on Friday just before 7 p.m.

Write-in votes finally found

November 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — All has been accounted for in the 2012 election. An envelope containing write-in votes from the Cottage Street Fire Station poll that the city's Board of Canvassers thought was missing was found to have been mislabeled and was there all along, according to Registrar Ken McGill.

November 25th

Lonsdale Drive-In featured in new Lincoln ornament

November 25, 2012

LINCOLN — The holiday season has officially arrived and Richard DiMasse and Dave Sale are hoping it will help local efforts to preserve a local one-room schoolhouse with purchases of this year’s Lincoln collectible ornament.
The tradition of creating a holiday ornament of a local landmark was started by the Lincoln Citizens Celebration Committee 17 years ago as a part of the town’s observances for its 125th anniversary.

Honoring a hometown hero

November 25, 2012

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Blouin of Pawtucket, a member of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery, Rhode Island Army National Guard, acknowledges the crowd during a standing ovation while being honored for his services to his country during a first half timeout during the PC/Fairfield University basketball game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence Friday night.

November 23rd

Wind in their sales

November 23, 2012

LINCOLN – The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store “maps” to help customers find what they were looking for.

Grebien seeks analysis of voting glitches

November 23, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Citing the large number of complaints from residents about problems on election day, Mayor Donald Grebien has asked the Board of Canvassers to provide a detailed report of what went wrong and how to prevent such issues in the future.
In a letter sent three days after the Nov. 6 election to Board of Canvassers Chairperson Charlotte Tavares, Grebien began by highly commending the hard work done by her and the rest of the board, registrar Ken McGill, and the poll workers under their supervision.

November 22nd

Town sees increase in families in need

November 22, 2012

LINCOLN — It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.


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