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December 26th, 2012


December 26, 2012

On the day after Christmas, Josh O'Connell, of Burrillville, left, and Nathan Cote, of Woonsocket, were busy building a single-family home on Railroad Street in Manville. The two work for Nathan's father, John, owner of J.B. Cote Construction of Manville, who stated that the project will be completed in four months.

December 25th

Diossa collects advisers

December 25, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Mayor-elect James Diossa is marshalling expertise from across the state to advise him on a variety of issues as he prepares to take the helm of the state’s smallest and poorest city.
Dozens of volunteers from various walks of life have joined an “advisory council” and have been divided up into five committees to assist the new mayor with various aspects of city life. They are expected to report their advice to Diossa 100 days into his new term.

December 24th

Ernie Marot’s Adopt A Family program lives on

December 24, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The late Ernie Marot was surely smiling down on the festivities taking place in the basement of St. Joseph's Church on Saturday. The Adopt A Family program, a concept the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen founder came up with 22 years ago even as he had some reservations about how it would actually work, was once again bringing delight to dozens of local children and their parents.


December 24, 2012

The Cumberland High School Clef Singers performed at a concert Thursday night in the community room at Cumberland Public Library.

December 23rd

Cumberland art group opens show

December 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET —The Art Group from the Cumberland Public Library has opened a show of its members' art work in the upstairs gallery of the Museum of Work & Culture at Market Square.
Art Canestrari, an Art Group member and artist, said the show includes works from group members on a wide range of topics and natural scenes.
“We meet at the Cumberland Public Library on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.,” Canestrari, a retired dentist, said while setting up the exhibit with other members of the group.

December 21st

Galeria United is a haven for local artisans

December 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The city of artists now has a welcoming, downtown gallery space to showcase and sell handmade creations.
Galeria United, an international art and design center, opened recently at 200 Main Street. Owner Tina Melo-Kufner, a Pawtucket native who lived and worked as a fashion designer in Europe for several decades, has fulfilled a longtime vision of running a place that would be part gallery, part haven and part teaching facility for artists and those who aspire to be.

Police to update computer system

December 21, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee and the police department to purchase new desktops and related equipment as part of a department-wide overhaul of its computer systems.
The $23,635 to purchase the new computers will not come from town funds, but rather a 2009 COPS law enforcement technology grant.

December 20th

Salvation Army busy with food, toys

December 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With a long line down High Street and a roomful of people inside, the Salvation Army “elves” were kept busy on Thursday handing out bags of food. Capt. Persida Sanclemente expected the scene to be much the same on Friday, when the annual holiday toy distribution takes place.

RI's own Olivia Culpo named Miss Universe

December 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Twenty-year-old Cranston native who's a self-described "cellist-nerd" brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday.
Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens from six continents at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip to take the title from outgoing champion Leila Lopes of Angola.

December 19th

City swears in five police officers

December 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — As 2012 winds down, five new police officers were added to the Pawtucket Police Department to fill vacancies that have occurred through attrition.
In a quiet ceremony at Pawtucket City Hall on Wednesday, the five officer candidates, who all graduated earlier that day from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy, were sworn in by Director of Administration/Public Safety Director Antonio Pires. Pires explained that Mayor Donald Grebien, could not attend due to an illness.

Council vote puts whitetails in crosshairs

December 19, 2012

LINCOLN — Local deer could soon be the targets of hunters following a 3-2 Town Council vote allowing archery hunting as a way to reduce the town’s growing deer population.
The hunting season measure worked out by the Council’s ordinance committee came up before the five-member full panel for action without a recommendation but was approved with Council President Keith Macksoud, and council members Kenneth Pichette and Arthur Russo in favor and members James Jahnz and John Flynn opposed.

Police nab another package thief

December 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET— Unfortunately, 'tis the season for robberies of package deliveries.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Police arrested a city man for committing such a crime —the second incident in five days.
According to Major Arthur Martins, on Tuesday at approximately 1:15 p.m., Pawtucket Police received a call from a resident who noticed a male removing a box from the porch of a house on Grand Avenue. The witness provided police with a description of the suspect and of the box he was carrying. Several officers arrived in the Grand Avenue area and a suspect was found on London Avenue.

The Babiecs keep Polish traditions alive in Pawtucket

December 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With both she and her husband being of Polish heritage, it was always natural for Jean Babiec to celebrate Christmas Eve with a “Wigilia” meatless menu. She made sure to purchase the “oplatek” and always set the dinner table with a pure white tablecloth and one extra place setting, with some pieces of hay placed under it.

December 18th

Massacre has schools talking about security

December 18, 2012

As a somber procession of funerals began in shell-shocked Newtown, Conn., local educators on Monday said the nation’s deadliest massacre at an elementary school should trigger a broad discussion about how to make schools safer than they are already.

School shooting nothing new for Pawtucket superintendent

December 18, 2012

Pawtucket Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke said she experienced some of what the Sandy Hook Elementary School parents had gone through herself several years ago while working as an assistant superintendent in her former school district in Nevada.

December 16th

Pawtucket fire marshal stepping down

December 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal for the past two years, submitted his retirement on Friday, announced Douglas Hadden, director of constituent services and communications for Mayor Donald Grebien.
Parent is retiring just a few weeks shy of his 25th year of service with the city's Fire Department. His retirement became effective as of Friday, Hadden said.

December 14th

Hoyas: 4 years home confinement, loss of pension

December 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Raymond A. “Chip” Hoyas, well known in city politics and a former top state Senate aide, will be punished with home confinement and the loss of his ability to collect a state pension for his involvement in a check-cashing scheme involving Senate pages.

String of robberies leads to arrest of several suspects

December 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Responding to a recent rash of robberies in the city, Pawtucket Police have made a series of arrests including some suspects believed to be involved in multiple incidents.
“As our crime-mapping tools sharpened the patterns our investigations were turning up, we were better able to target our resources to make arrests that we believe will put a major dent in this recent illegal activity and make the community safer,” Police Chief Paul King said.

December 13th

Police make arrest in carjacking

December 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Police say the man suspected in a car-jacking that took place in front of the Pawtucket Post Office on Monday afternoon has been caught.
The female victim told Pawtucket Police that she had been sitting in her parked car in front of the Post Office at 40 Montgomery Street at around 4:35 p.m. when a white male opened the door and pulled her out of the vehicle. The male then entered her vehicle and drove away. The victim reported that her purse had been left in the vehicle which contained cash, personal papers, credit cards and her cell phone.

Pawtucket poet welcomes new son on 12-12-12

December 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Local poet and performance artist Jay Chattelle is known for exploring the spirituality and symbolism in everyday life. So, having his son born on “12-12-12” was especially meaningful.
“His birthday will be on a magical date. They said this isn't going to happen again for another 100 years,” said the proud father.


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