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February 3rd, 2012

The state eyes growth of arts district

February 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE – A plan to expand the Pawtucket Arts District throughout Central Falls and into much of the southern part of Cumberland was laid out for the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.
The legislation, which would exempt artistic works – books, paintings, songs, sculpture, dance and other creations – was touted by its sponsor, Central Falls Sen. Elizabeth Crowley, as another tool to allow cities and towns to bring business and culture to their communities. A duplicate bill was introduced in the House by Central Falls Rep. Agostinho Silva but has not been scheduled for a hearing.

New Leadership Rhode Island class takes on C.F. as a project

February 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The 60 participants in the 2012 class of Leadership Rhode Island have an ambitious assignment: effect positive change in the bankrupt city of Central Falls.

February 2nd

Kids go green at lunchtime

February 2, 2012

LINCOLN — Central Elementary School fourth-grader Maggie Cabana didn't want to let down her fellow students, so she decided to prepare her Wednesday lunch the night before.
“I made it at about 7:30 (p.m.); I made my peanut butter crackers, strawberries and an orange with the peel taken off, then put them all in plastic containers,” she admitted. “I did it so I wouldn't forget anything. I was scared that I'd put it into plastic bags. I didn't want to forget that's against the rules (for this lunch).”

February 1st

State Police investigating Central Falls teacher

February 1, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — A source close to the city's high school verified Wednesday that the State Police are investigating a 22-year-old science teacher for alleged misconduct, and that the Central Falls School District had removed her from her position.
The teacher, who's name hasn't been released because charges have yet to be filed, has been accused of partying with drugs and alcohol with students, inappropriate touching and even having sex with one teen-ager or more.

Locals win award at Year of Dragon celebration

February 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — In a spectacle of sights, sounds and colors, the “Year of the Dragon” was ushered in with grand style at the Tolman High School auditorium on Saturday.
Over 800 people attended the lavish Chinese New Year Celebration that featured Chinese dancers and performers. It was hosted by the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans, the University of Rhode Island and Bryant University.

January 31st

Central Falls, Woonsocket YMCAs to merge

January 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET — YWCA Northern Rhode Island, located at 514 Blackstone St., will merge with the faltering Central Falls-based YWCA of Greater Rhode Island in a deal expected to be finalized by March 1.
“This is not a hostile take-over,” said Deborah Perry, president and CEO of YWCA Northern Rhode Island. “We’re both in favor,” and the news is in the ambitious plans she has for the new YWCA Rhode Island.

Ex-RI Gov. Garrahy eulogized at funeral Mass

January 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. Joseph Garrahy has been remembered as a man who lived humbly and set an example for others.
The Rev. Marcel Taillon remembered Garrahy at a funeral Mass on Tuesday morning as a man of faith who rose from humble beginnings.
Taillon, the pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Narragansett, delivered the homily at a service at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.
Garrahy died last week at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 81.

January 30th

City man hears State of the Union in person

January 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — At about 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, Adam Tumlinson had been making his way home to his Darlington neighborhood when he heard his cell phone jingle.
“It said, ‘Restricted,’ so I was very hesitant to answer it,” Tumlinson stated recently between sips on a coffee at an Armistice Boulevard doughnut shop. “I usually don’t answer numbers I don’t recognize, but for some reason I picked it up anyway.”

January 29th

Elks are a force for good in the community

January 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.
Maurice E. Berube has spent the better part of 11 years trying to promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But it wasn't until last month, when he found himself the recipient of a simple act of kindness by an 11-year-old city girl, that he really understood what it meant to be an Elk.
Berube, Grand Exalted Ruler of Woonsocket Elks Lodge #850, says it happened in December when he was helping deliver 227 food baskets to needy families during the holiday season.

January 27th

Law allows city to borrow for tax anticipation notes

January 27, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Friday signed into law legislation that allows Pawtucket to borrow $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANS) and pay them back from next year’s budget.
The House passed its bill on Wednesday and the Senate voted its version Thursday, when each chamber also passed the other’s bill. All the votes were unanimous.
The measure allows Pawtucket to avoid a payless payday that had been looming for employees on the second week in February.
Last year Pawtucket borrowed $11.5 million in TANS and paid them back this year.

National mental illness research organization opens in Pawtucket

January 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — From an unassuming, fourth-floor office in downtown Pawtucket, plans are underway to begin a national campaign to promote research on mental illness.

January 26th

Police identify stabbing victim

January 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The police department is looking for information about a stabbing that claimed the life of a 28-year-old city man on Wednesday night.
The victim has been identified as Richard C. Cruz, of Pleasant Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police were notified at around 8 p.m. of a male who had collapsed on the corner of Main Street and School Street. A passerby had noticed the man and made the call.

Council pushes back on fire vehicles

January 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The issue of some Fire Department employees continuing to take home city vehicles despite the overturning of an arbitrator's ruling has fueled a small stand-off between the mayor and the City Council.

January 25th

Cell phone leads E.P. Police to robbery suspects

January 25, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE – Det. Capt. Richard Frazier admitted it may have been one of the dumber crimes he's seen in his lengthy career.
Police have arrested Jeremy Schmidt, 20, of Newman Avenue, Rumford and two juveniles after they forced a Chinese food delivery man to the ground and stole $100 cash, his cellphone and car keys, not to mention the food, on Jan. 19.
According to Frazier, Schmidt is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution on felony charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Ex-Rhode Island Gov. Garrahy dies at 81

January 25, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy has died.
His son, John Garrahy, confirmed through an assistant at his Providence law firm Wednesday that the former governor had died. He was 81.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Garrahy, a Democrat, served as governor from 1977 to 1985. He was lieutenant governor before that.
SEE Thursday's edition of The Times for complete coverage.

January 24th

Cumberland looks to restore clipper sign

January 24, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Rusted and battered by years of exposure to the elements, the Cumberland High School clipper ship, the official high school mascot that has hung for years on the brick exterior of the school building, may be in line for a long overdue makeover.
At its meeting tomorrow, the School Committee will be asked to consider resolutions calling for the restoration and re-painting of the metal clipper ship.
The committee meets at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland High School Cafetorium, 2602 Mendon Road.

SBA chief meets with biz owners

January 24, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — After officially becoming a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet just last Friday, SBA Administrator Karen Mills visited Rhode Island Monday for a series of meetings in the Blackstone Valley.
Mills and her host, Rep. David Cicilline started the day at Tolman High School, meeting with local mayors and town administrators from Cicilline’s 1st Congressional district to tell them how her agency works with local cities and towns to strengthen their business community.

January 23rd

Krawetz found guilty

January 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Seconds after a Superior Court judge found Lincoln police officer Edward M. Krawetz guilty of felony battery with a dangerous weapon — in this case, his shod foot — the defendant's wife, Lori, wiped away tears.
Several other family members just looked around in disbelief after Justice Edward C. Clifton announced his decision at about 12:10 p.m., Monday.

City woman starts clothing drive to help homeless

January 23, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Having found her own path to a rewarding career in social work since immigrating from her native Colombia, Gloria Cardenas is now focusing on helping those less fortunate in her adopted hometown of Pawtucket.
With that in mind, Cardenas, along with family members and their friends, will be hosting a “Winter Clothing and Snack” event on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Crown Collision Center, 180 Broadway, Pawtucket.
Anyone in need of winter clothing or shoes is invited to come by. Coffee, biscuits and other snack items will be available.

January 22nd

Pawtucket in need of $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes

January 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The City Council and the Finance Committee will meet tonight to discuss the city administration’s request for $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANs) in order to meet a cash flow crisis. The Finance Committee meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special session of the City Council scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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