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December 9th

City man loses left hand in industrial accident

December 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET – A 20-year-old Pawtucket man suffered the loss of his left hand as he worked with a plastics manufacturing machine at Teknor Apex Co. on Thursday night, police stated Friday.
Maj. Arthur Martins stated three officers responded to the building at 505 Central Ave. shortly after 9:15 p.m. when a “9-1-1” call reported an industrial accident. Pawtucket Fire and Rescue personnel from the nearby Cottage Street station raced to the scene and transported Joseph Vaillencourt, of Farnum Street, to Rhode Island Hospital for surgery.

December 8th

Police search pond for murder weapon

December 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island State Police dive team and the Pawtucket Police spent most of Wednesday searching a small pond/swamp area off the Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway for a reported murder weapon. They came up with some “items” that are being evaluated as possible evidence, according to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, although he stopped short of saying that the gun police had been looking for was found.

Cumberland men facing gun charges

December 8, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Two townsmen were arrested Monday and charged with altering the serial numbers on guns believed to have been stolen, police said.
One of the suspects was also charged with illegal possession of cocaine and a knife with a blade longer than three inches.
At around 4:30 Monday morning, police were summoned to Birchwood Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, Sgt. John Cook located a car occupied by Corey Ridolfi, 24, and Jared Lemay, 18, each of whom has a last known address of 20 Green St., Cumberland.

Reed gives cold, hard facts on heat funding

December 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE – The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is on the chopping block, Sen. Jack Reed warned Wednesday.
With winter whistling in and Congress bustling to finish its business for the year, the federal heating assistance program for low-income Americans faces what Reed calls “a dramatic cut.”
“Millions of Americans are facing the prospect of literally being left out in the cold,” Reed said in a conference call with colleagues Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont.

Needy Lincoln families to receive food, gifts at Christmas

December 8, 2011

LINCOLN — Facilities Manager and Recycling Coordinator Dave Sale admitted he usually goes away with his wife for Thanksgiving, but they made different plans this year.
As the couple and their daughters' families sat down at the Saylesville home for a magnificent meal, “Grandpa” Sale looked around him and said, “You know what makes me so thankful this year? I know 304 families who right now, or sometime this afternoon, will enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.

December 6th

Mayor's dinner serves over 200

December 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Although the timing of the event sometimes changes, the spirit is always the same at the Mayor's Holiday Dinner: to bring some nutritious food and a little extra joy to those who need it.

December 5th

Zoning board OKs charter school expansion

December 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — If there is no contamination found on the property, it looks as though the middle school for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school will be established in a former manufacturing building located at 1135 Roosevelt Avenue.

State targets child abuse

December 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Monday was a big day for fighting child abuse in Rhode Island.
The Child Advocacy Center at Day One, the non-profit agency that deals with sexual assault of all kinds, earned re-accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of a special Child Abuse Unit in his office to prosecute the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Even before he took office after last year’s election, Kilmartin said he noted that “we have seen a lot of child abuse and child molestation cases.”

December 4th

Postal union honors man who tried to keep office open

December 4, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Remember the guy from Cumberland who fought so diligently to keep open the Valley Falls Post Office?
Despite his valiant attempts to combat both the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, he failed, but he apparently didn't in the hearts and minds of members of the American Postal Workers Union/Rhode Island State Organization.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, APWU/RISO President James Ozanian presented Derrick Watson with a 2011 Community Service Award at Marchetti's Restaurant in Cranston.

December 3rd

Duplex damaged by fire; blaze forces out mother of late Spc. Poulin

December 3, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Facing what is going to be a sad Christmas season anyway with the loss of her son, Danny, Doris Poulin was hit with another blow Thursday evening when an accidental fire forced her out of her home.

FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY -- Vet, wife to host ‘Wreaths Across America’ event

December 3, 2011

LINCOLN – Back on May 21, Armed Forces Day, Ed Fox couldn't believe his eyes when nearly 400 folks from all over the southern New England trekked to the Senior Center to witness the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The outing was held on a sunny Saturday, and an impressive list of state and military leaders took part. Fox admitted being so moved, he had to fight back tears at the event's solemn beauty.

December 1st

Pauly D filming reality spinoff in RI

December 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Gym, tanning, laundry and...threading? Who knew? Yet, Jersey Shore's “Pauly D”, aka Paul DelVecchio, visited Sukhy's Threading salon at 85 Power Road on Tuesday afternoon as part of the filming for his own reality TV show.

November 30th

Where do the ex-cons go?

November 30, 2011

WARWICK — Crimes are bound to occur and people will inevitably be arrested for committing criminal acts. But what happens to those convicted of crimes when they have met the terms of the prison sentences a judge has given them?
That question was the focus of a summit of government and community leaders at the Crown Plaza Hotel Tuesday that aired concerns over public safety and the rights of released prison inmates to restart their lives in the community.

For the neediest kids

November 30, 2011

WOONSOCKET — An old textile mill on Mendon Road was briefly transformed yesterday into a busy shipping zone for one of the state’s largest holiday toy drops for the needy.
The floor of the Bonin Spinning plant was jammed with pallets stacked high with cardboard boxes filled with new action figures, dolls and games donated by Pawtucket-based toymaker Hasbro Inc.

November 29th

Blackstone Valley Prep looking to expand

November 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In a move that took many neighbors and even some local officials by surprise, the owner of a vacant manufacturing building on Roosevelt Avenue has sought a special permit so the property can be used as a charter middle school that would be part of the Blackstone Valley Prep organization.
On Monday, a public hearing was held by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals for applicant Julian P. Forgue's request for a Special Use Permit for the property he owns at 1135 Roosevelt Ave to be used as a secondary/elementary school.

November 28th

HUD secretary touts new program

November 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, visited Olneyville Monday to tour four tenement houses refurbished under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and to tout a proposed successor program, Project Rebuild, that is part of President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act.

November 25th

Saving green on Black Friday

November 25, 2011

LINCOLN — There seem to be two types of Black Friday shoppers: the people who come out and wait begrudgingly in line for a specific sale item, and those who view it as one big, exhausting — but-enjoyable — road trip.
Pawtucket residents Pauline Tougas, Rachel Doyon and Jeannine Bourski fall into the latter category. The three women, along with a couple of other family members, headed out to do shopping at the major retail stores along Route 1 in South Attleboro, Mass. at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and they were just finishing up at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

November 24th

9/11 tree highlights winter festival

November 24, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Winter Wonderland, always a special event in the city, will have even greater meaning this year with the addition of a “9/11” tree in Slater Park.
New to the festival will be a special tree, decorated with red, white and blue lights, that will be dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The tree will feature a large, lighted star that was made by Robert Machowski, Jr.

The Times kicks off Christmas Fund appeal with ‘Santa to the Stars’

November 24, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to a special visit by a world famous Santa, the Times collected the first batch of donations to kick off its 2011 Merry Christmas Fund appeal.
Santa to the Stars, also known as Pawtucket's own Brady White, once again delighted young and old alike on Monday night with his visit to the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center. As youngsters posed for photos and chatted about their Christmas wish lists with the celebrity Santa, the Times raised almost $130 for the fund, which goes toward the Salvation Army of Pawtucket.

November 23rd

Twin River beefs up security

November 23, 2011

LINCOLN — Thanks to beefed-up security measures, the Mixed Martial Arts fights held at the Twin River Event Center on Friday night remained in the ring, and the audience that watched did only that.
That's just one reason why the Town Council, which also acts as the Board of License Commissioners, voted unanimously (5-0) to accept a report regarding increased security during such events on Tuesday night. Those new standards were provided by Twin River representatives and Police Chief Brian Sullivan during a public hearing held at Council Chambers.

 

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