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March 19th, 2012

Cicilline hosts women's forum with guest Rep. Nancy Pelosi

March 19, 2012

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, center, leads a women's forum hosted by Congressman David Cicilline, left, and Congressman Jim Langevin, at the Rhode Island Foundation in Providence Monday morning. Taking part in the forum before a packed room of 100 were Laurie White, Executive Director, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce; Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director, R.I. Kids Count; Constance Howes, president andCeo, Woman and Infants Hospital; Linda Newton, Director, Black Philanthropy Initiative; Deborah Gist, R.I.

March 18th

Odd Fellows about friendship, love and truth

March 18, 2012

As its highest ranking official and ambassador last year, George L. Glover III of Coventry, immediate past sovereign grand master of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, unexpectedly found himself wearing another hat: Globe trotter.
Since his installation as sovereign grand master in August 2010, he's traveled to five continents, logging more than 75,000 miles of flight time winging off to far flung places like New Zealand and Australia.

March 17th

Committee OKs additional supervision in schools

March 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While schoolyard scuffles are nothing new, some parents of elementary-age students have complained that more supervision is needed outside the buildings prior to the start of the school day and at dismissal time. On Wednesday night, a majority of the School Committee agreed, and approved the quick implementation of a plan that will add 20 minutes of outdoor staff supervision in the morning and 20 minutes after school lets out.

'We're Irish here all year round'

March 17, 2012

Kathy DeWolfe, of Pawtucket, buys bouquets of flowers for family members for St. Patrick's Day at Uncle Ronnie’s Florist on Mendon Road in Cumberland Friday. Proprietor Ronnie Heffernan, pictured at right, who has been in business for the past 40 years, said sales were brisk all day in honor of the Irish holiday. He also stated that "we're Irish here all year round."

March 15th

Chafee unveils municipal pension reform plan

March 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Standing in the City Hall of one of the “highly distressed communities” that he is hoping to aid, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee unveiled his proposal of a legislative package aimed at reforming municipal pension plans run by the State and by cities and towns and providing other types of financial relief from state mandates.

March 14th

School board cautiously optimistic about budget

March 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While noting there are a lot of variables — chief among them being the governor's proposed meals tax increase — School Department officials are expressing a cautious optimism about the school budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Pawtucket man arrested in bottle-throwing incident

March 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A male suspect who crashed a party on March 4 and then threw a beer bottle through a window, seriously injuring a man sitting nearby, was arrested by Pawtucket Police on Monday and charged with felony assault.
Adilson Fernandes, 30, of Mansfield Street, Providence, was identified by Pawtucket Police as the suspect in the incident, said Major Arthur Martins. Fernandes was arraigned Monday in District Court on the charges and surety bail was set at $2,500.

20 years later, Pawtucket woman realizes NASA dream

March 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Of all the people she's wanted to tell about her participation in an elite NASA-sponsored educational program, 37-year-old Jodi Perron wishes she could relay the news to her former guidance counselor at Cumberland High School.
That woman, now deceased, had grounded Perron's freshman dreams of pursuing a course of study that could have lead her to become a rocket scientist at the famed U.S. space center.

E.P. Episcopal priest could be next RI bishop

March 14, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Rumford, is among five preliminary candidates selected to stand for election as the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island, officials with the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island announced Monday.

March 12th

Van crashes into building; driver flees

March 12, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With the dramatic way the front end of the van was embedded into the cement wall of a North Bend Street building, it was hard to believe that someone could have fled the scene. But flee they did, and Pawtucket Police are searching for the mystery driver who was involved in the two-car crash that took place at the intersection of Cottage Street and Central Avenue on Sunday at around 10:30 p.m.

March 11th

Flanders: Municipal bankruptcy not such a horrible thing

March 11, 2012

WARWICK — Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders extolled the virtues of municipal bankruptcy Saturday, telling the RI Statewide Coalition that it “is not a horrible thing; it is a thing we ought to be doing.”

American Legion about helping fellow veterans

March 11, 2012

On a Friday evening these days, just a handful of members belonging to the Alphonse Yelle Post No. 9 of the American Legion get together at the Post Home at 20 Railroad St.
The reasons they gather together haven't really changed since the post was founded by Manville soldiers returning home from World War I, but it does seem fewer of today's returning warriors have the time or willingness to maintain lasting friendships at a post.

March 10th

Council updated on fire district study

March 10, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The firm hired by the town last year to consult on a fire department merger study revealed some of its findings to the Town Council Wednesday as well as a glimpse of what it plans to eventually recommend when it submits its final report to the council in the fall.
Donald I. Jacobs, of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services, gave the council a 30-minute update on the progress of a comprehensive feasibility planning assessment for the purpose of consolidating the town's fire services as either an independent, municipal or regional department.

March 9th

Gee’s temporarily closed for selling to minor

March 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A Broad Street liquor store owner has been fined and his business temporarily closed for selling alcohol to a minor in what is his fifth such violation in 11 years.
Following a hearing on Wednesday at the City Council's Board of License Commissioners, the board voted to order Gee's Liquors at 400 Broadway to remain closed effective March 11 through March 30. The store is allowed to re-open on March 31.

House takes up binding arbitration -- again

March 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In California, a sure harbinger of spring is the return of swallows to Capistrano. In Rhode Island it is unions and school and municipal officials returning to the House Labor Committee to fight about binding arbitration.

March 8th

Meal tax hike plan gets cold shoulder

March 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Instead of the “year of the cities and towns” that Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for in his State of the State speech, restaurateur Robert Burke said 2012 should be “the year of the long-suffering Rhode Island taxpayer.”

Council OKs Housing Authority expansion

March 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — After lengthy debate that spanned two meetings, the City Council on Wednesday approved an amended resolution that will increase the membership of the Pawtucket Housing Authority from five to seven commissioners.

March 7th

City looking to privatize transfer station

March 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — City officials are looking to privatize the operation of the solid waste transfer station at 240 Grotto Avenue in a move they say will substantially cut costs, increase efficiency and possibly generate additional revenue through expanding capacity.

Hasbro lays off 55 in the state

March 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Toy maker Hasbro on Tuesday laid off 55 employees in Rhode Island, part of a larger downsizing that comes just months after announcing an expansion into Providence, company officials said.
Company spokesman Wayne Charness said in a statement that about 170 workers are being laid off worldwide because of the “underperformance” in Hasbro's U.S. and Canadian divisions, which are under new leadership. He also cited the company's need for “different skill sets” in its workforce.
The layoffs will affect workers in Pawtucket and Providence.

March 6th

City Hall employees donate to food drive

March 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket City Hall employees and members of the local community helped make a dent in the Winter Food Drive being coordinated by Progreso Latino and the Cesar Chavez Scholarship Fund to benefit residents of Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Douglas Hadden, his director of constituent services and communications, delivered three large boxes of donated canned goods and other food items to the Salvation Army.

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