Archive - News Article
August 20th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET (AP) â€” 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.
SEEKONK â€” Andrew Randall was chosen from artists around the world to have two of his paintings included in the new book â€śThe Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptionsâ€ť By Debra Hosseini. The book is a compilation of work from 77 visual artists and poets who are on the Autism Spectrum.
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.
PAWTUCKET â€” Brittany Leigh Gomes has had an affinity â€” and eye â€” for photography since she was just a young girl growing up in Pawtucket.
â€śI have loved photography for as long as I can remember,â€ť said the 26-year-old Gomes. â€śMy first camera was a Fisher-Price camera when I was a toddler and I have been upgrading ever since.
â€śIt wasn't until I attended a wedding in 2007 that I fell in love with wedding photography.â€ť
Gomes started a photography business in 2009 and has been slowly and steadily been building it ever since.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police are investigating a report of a violent home invasion and robbery that occurred in an apartment on Ivy Street early Thursday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just as unpopular vegetables can be disguised as tasty treats to make kids want to eat them, so, too, can â€śsummer schoolâ€ť be made to look enjoyable. The Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket has managed to do just that with its Food FUNdamentals program.
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 â€śwhite elephantâ€ť 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.
LINCOLN â€” 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.
â€śEffective Aug. 10, 2012, the Town of Lincoln has accepted an unconditional and irrevocable resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz,â€ť Almond said. â€śThis 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.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCEâ€”East Providence Police have identified the victims in an apparent attempted murder case involving a husband and wife that occurred at a Rumford home.
Lucy Ponte, 54, was found by a family member severely beaten in her Larchwood Drive home at around 7 a.m. on Monday morning, police said.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â€” Over 80 tenants of Slater House at 10 Goff Ave. had to find temporary lodging after an early morning electrical fire on Monday forced the complete evacuation of the downtown high-rise.
According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who is also the city's fire marshal, the incident was reported at around 2:30 a.m. The electrical fire appeared to start in an adjoining, street-level office on Broad Street that used to house an architectural design firm.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just walking into the 7 Stones Emporium in downtown Pawtucket makes one feel like saying, â€śAhhhh.â€ť From its lightly fragranced air to soothing earth-tone dĂ©cor, the new shop located at the triangular end of the historic McDevitt Building offers vibes of tranquility, positive energy and mental and physical well being.
WOONSOCKET â€” Summer vacation is winding down for local students and that had Jacqueline Dowdy back before the School Committee this week talking about the annual Back to School Celebration in the city.
Dowdy is the Woonsocket coordinator for the statewide Back to School program that has put free school supplies in the hands of students for the past 13 years. Woonsocket has participated for the past eight years.
PAWTUCKET â€” Noting that the two houses had already passed muster with the Historic District Commission for a zoning historic overlay and the tax exemption that accompanies it, the City Council on Wednesday approved such requests for 39 Lafayette St. and 14 Perrin Ave.
Craig Moretto and Nora Martel, both of Fitchburg, Mass., hang prizes as they set up the Punk Rack game prior to the start of the 22nd Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday evening. Severe thunderstorms and even a brief tornado watch threatened to cancel the opening night, but skies cleared in time for festivities to get underway after 6 p.m. The festival continues today, tomorrow and Monday. Visit cumberlandfest.com for a complete schedule of events.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Town Hall employees are trying to cope with the loss of one of their own, following the death of Finance Director Steve Woerner on Wednesday.
Woerner, 61, died after being injured in a recent fall at his home, according to Mayor Daniel J. McKee.
â€śHe was a good man that we loved down here at Town Hall,â€ť McKee said. â€śHe was very valuable to the town and a man who was close to a number of people here.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police responded to an armed robbery early Thursday morning at the CVS Pharmacy at 309 Broad St.
The suspect in this case displayed a firearm to the clerk, handing a note that demanded money from the cash register, police stated in a press release. The clerk complied with the suspectâ€™s demands and fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash. The last known direction was south through the parking lot and into Pawtucket. There were no injuries as a result of this incident, according to police.
PROVIDENCE â€“ With Rhode Island workers and small businesses still struggling in this tough economy, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Wednesday kicked off a month-long tour of small businesses in the state, and rolled out a series of initiatives to create jobs. Whitehouseâ€™s jobs plan is a mix of policies and proposals that he has advocated for throughout his time in the Senate, and which, if passed, would provide a boost to small businesses throughout the state.