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August 5th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” While children look forward to the time off from school, research reportedly shows that the lazy, hazy days of summer can cause a loss of learning. To help stem this, Hasbro, Inc. and the United Way of Rhode Island have teamed up to establish the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative for children across Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â€” From Aug. 5 to 11, the following operations will be in effect:
Anticipated Traffic Impacts / Road Work:
â€˘ Temporary highway closures of I-95 NB will continue during the early morning hours on Monday and Tuesday. These closures are necessary for the completion of the concrete deck panel erection for the new Bridge 550 NB structure.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following an investigation of an incident on Anthony Avenue, a 28-year-old city man was arrested Thursday on charges of child abuse.
Dennis R. Hoffman, of Seneca Avenue, was arraigned on one count of child abuseâ€”first degree on Friday morning in District Court in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€” With a new gateway bridge well under construction, a regional bicycle path in design and the consideration of a new national park before Congress, the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls have now partnered with The Pawtucket Foundation to unlock the development potential of the two communitiesâ€™ historic riverfront corridor.
PAWTUCKET(AP) â€” Pawtucket police say they looking for a man who's been trying to lure teenage girls into his car for the past week.
Police tell WLNE-TV that at least five girls between the ages of 15 and 17 have come forward, saying the man approached them near the CVS store on East Avenue. None of the girls was harmed. One girl got into the man's car but managed to get away after refusing to give him her address and phone number.
All the girls told police similar stories about how the man called them beautiful and asked them if they needed a ride.
PAWTUCKET â€” Both young and old visitors to the Looff Carousel in Slater Park will no doubt enjoy seeing the big model of a U.S. Navy ship that is currently on display. What many don't realize is the important part that this boat played in U.S. history as well as the way it helped lift a Pawtucket resident out of his post-retirement doldrums.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Calling it a â€śvery sad situation,â€ť state Sen. Elizabeth Crowley said Wednesday that election officials are making it more difficult for residents of Forand and Wilfrid manors â€” the cityâ€™s two largest elderly high rises â€” to vote.
While even Crowley acknowledges that the polling places are being moved only a short distance away from those spots, the senator nonetheless likens the action to â€śdisenfranchisingâ€ť the elderly residents who live in those two buildings.
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CENTRAL FALLS â€” While much may have changed about Central Falls in the past 80 years, a Dexter Street restaurant and its most famous menu item remain, blessedly, as fixtures in the bustling city. The â€śStanleyburger,â€ť a classic hamburger with trademark grilled onions and pickles on a soft bun, is still satisfying longtime fans and winning over new ones in the small eatery by the same name.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” It always help to tackle a big project by breaking it into smaller pieces. And that's just what the 2012 class of Leadership Rhode Island has done with its ambitious plan to effect positive change in the financially troubled city of Central Falls.
The Mapleville woman for whom we launched a silver alert has been found in the woods behind her house. RI State Police K9â€™s assisted the Burrillville Police and local fire departments in the search.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police are searching for three male suspects who took part in a home invasion at a Pawtucket Avenue apartment complex late Saturday night.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at around 11:30 p.m., three men burst into the apartment where a woman was home with her two children, ages 11 and 9. The suspects all wore hooded sweatshirts tied to conceal their faces, and two were armed with handguns.
The suspects stole a small amount of cash and 14 pairs of menâ€™s sneakers, all size 11, from the apartment. No injuries were reported.
JULY 29 â€“ AUGUST 4
Anticipated traffic impacts / roadwork:
â€˘ Temporary highway closures of I-95 NB will continue during the early morning hours Monday through Saturday. These closures are necessary for the completion of steel and concrete deck panel erection for the new Bridge 550 NB structure.
â€˘ Additional highway lane closures are possible NB and SB Sunday through Thursday. Right or left lane taken at 9 p.m., second lane taken at 11 p.m. All lanes reopened by 5 a.m.
PAWTUCKET â€” Frustrated by delays he experienced in getting the city to pick up bulky waste items on his street, Mark Poirier tried a new way to get someone's attention in City Hall: he created a website titled â€śShame on you, Mayor Grebien.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” The organizers of the upcoming CumberlandFest promise that this year's four-day family festival will have lots of old favorites as well as some new surprises. The 22nd annual event kicks off Friday, Aug. 10.
As was the case the last two years, there will be an expanded fireworks show.
PAWTUCKET â€” After a lengthy and sometimes contentious process, the City Council gave first passage on Wednesday to a revised zoning plan for the Apex property that is being hailed as a compromise.
CUMBERLAND â€” Residents will get the opportunity on Aug. 7 to offer input on a proposed plan to consolidate the town's fire services as a single municipal public safety department that would not only include the town's four independent fire districts, but emergency medical service and police as well.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 23-year-old city man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested following the stabbing of a Cumberland man on Warwick Road early Wednesday morning.
According to Pawtucket Police Detective Capt. John Seebeck, police received a report that a stabbing had occurred in the vicinity of 28-30 Warwick Road at around 2 a.m. When police arrived, they found a male lying on the sidewalk with multiple knife wounds to his abdomen.
CUMBERLAND â€” A local man was found guilty Tuesday of threatening to bomb the facilities of a company based in Wallingford, Conn.
A federal jury in Hartford found Shaneel Jain, 56, of Cumberland, guilty of threatening to bomb Z-Medica Corporation, a company that produces QuickClot, a medical agent that rapidly stops bleeding outside the surgical setting. QuickClot is used by the United States military and the militaries of some allied countries.
PAWTUCKET â€” Frustrated that no action has been taken to address longstanding complaints from neighbors about emissions from the Key Container Corporation on Campbell Street, the City Council wants to see if state and federal authorities can be brought in to investigate the air quality.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Attorney General's office has upheld one of two Access to Public Records Act complaints filed against the city of Pawtucket by attorney Mark McBurney as it related to Ethics Commission complaints involving the Lime Rock Fire Department and Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester's car tax payments.
McBurney is representing John Cullen in the ethics complaint against Sylvester and has also filed two related Superior Court complaints against the Lime Rock Fire Department alleging violations of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA).
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