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October 5th, 2012

RI high court denies manual recount

October 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has denied a request for a manual recount in a House race that had a one-vote margin after four machine counts.
The high court on Friday refused to order a hand count of the ballots in the District 58 Democratic primary between Rep. William San Bento and challenger Carlos Tobon.

Newly refurbished TK Club makes debut

October 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Befitting its longstanding social tradition, there were smiles all around at Tuesday night's debut of the newly refurbished To Kalon Club.
Officials and employees of the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc., the non-profit company which owns the landmark building, mingled and chatted over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails with former members and past presidents of the legendary “TK Club,” as it is commonly known. The consensus on the completed $2 million project? Beautiful!

Concerns aired at Twin River expansion forum

October 5, 2012

LINCOLN — A Town Council forum on the expansion of Twin River into table gaming drew some concerns over the proposal Thursday evening but overall proved a favorable showcase of the casino's revenue contributions to state and local budgets.
The plus side included projections that 100 of Twin River's 900 jobs are held by local residents and another 800 by Rhode Islanders overall, and also a forecast that the expansion will create 350 new in-house jobs along with 300 others in supporting businesses.

Times launches new publication

October 5, 2012

The Times is launching a new weekly magazine entitled “Burbs,” which replaces our weekly “Neighbors.” The free publication will be mailed/delivered to non-subscribers of The Times and contain stories and sports from our communities.
“Burbs” will also include entertainment, what’s hot in the world of apps, games, songs and books, as well as a list of things to do in Providence and surrounding communities, traffic advisories, a kids’ page and the best places to dine.

Union workers lash out at privatization

October 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Angry sanitation workers and other union employees lashed out at Mayor Donald Grebien at a community meeting at the Curtis Elementary School Thursday night over his apparent decision to privatize the city-run trash services.
Grebien said he has decided to move ahead with the process of entering into a five-year contract with MTG Disposal, of Seekonk, Mass., to handle the city’s trash pick up and recycling.
He said that MTG was the lowest bidder of the waste hauling firms that had responded to a request for proposals that the city had put out in the spring.

October 3rd

Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate

October 3, 2012

DENVER — In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. "The status quo is not going to cut it," declared the challenger.
Obama in turn accused his rival of seeking to "double down" on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago — and of evasiveness on details for Romney proposals on tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more.


October 3, 2012

Local youngsters jog around Slater Pond in Pawtucket Wednesday on an otherwise dreary early-October day. More rainy, cool weather is forecast for Thursday.

ACLU files Supreme Court petition seeking recount

October 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — On Monday as promised, ACLU attorney Armando Batastini filed a petition in Rhode Island Supreme Court on behalf of candidate Carlos Tobon asking for the court to order the state Board of Elections to conduct a manual recount of all precinct, mail and provisional ballots for the House District 58 Democratic primary.

October 2nd

Police charge two area men with armed robbery

October 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Two men who were already facing charges in connection with a string of house breaks in Lincoln and North Smithfield have been linked to the armed robbery of a Social Street liquor store in July.
Max Charlemagne, 26, of Pawtucket, and Christopher Noel, 31, of Lincoln, were arraigned Tuesday in District Court on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy. They were ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Police say the men robbed JB Liquors in broad daylight on July 11, making off with $600 in cash.

Doherty unveils new energy plan

October 2, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Flanked by several local business leaders, Brendan Doherty, Republican candidate for Rhode Island's First Congressional District, held a press conference on Tuesday to unveil an energy plan based on a bipartisan legislative initiative aimed at reducing energy costs and building a more skilled manufacturing work pool.

All in a day's work for photo contest winners

October 2, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The winners of the 14th annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest were announced at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center on Saturday.
This year's theme was “All in A Day's Work,” and the winning entries reflected the different interpretations that each photographer had of that idea.
The photographs will be reprinted on a 2013 City of Pawtucket calendar that will be published by the city administration.

Cash-strapped CF gets bucket truck from AT&T

October 2, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — The Department of Public Works is offering up a bucketful of thanks to some friendly folks at the AT&T Corporation who gave the cash-strapped city a used bucket truck free of charge.
Joseph Nield, Central Falls Director of Public Works, said that about six months ago, it was discovered that the city's lone bucket truck, a 1989 model, was going to need about $15,000 in repair work to its extension boom to pass the annual safety inspection. Given that the truck is 18 years-old, Nield said it didn't seem worth fixing even if the city did have the available funds.

October 1st

Times' Jingle Mingle to benefit Merry Christmas Fund

October 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Get out your red and green party wear and shine up those dancing shoes. The Times, in conjunction with Grupo Amigos Da Terceira, is hosting a “Jingle Mingle” to benefit the Times “Merry Christmas Fund.”
The holiday dance event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Community Center Grupo Amigos Da Terceira, Inc. at 55 Memorial Drive in Pawtucket. Music will be provided by Mega's DJ Music Productions., and the ticket price includes a buffet. A cash bar will also be available.

Lincoln schools get creative in how they contact parents

October 1, 2012

LINCOLN — There was a time in Rhode Island when parents of school age children needed to tune in radio personality Salty Brine for word on whether there would be school on wintery morning.
Those days are over and High School Principal Kevin J. McNamara now has a number of ways to get the word out about school events and weather including his school's Listserv option of directly emailing parents timely school updates.

September 28th

Special election set for C.F. mayor

September 28, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Six people--three familiar names in local politics and and three political newcomers—have declared their intent to run for mayor of Central Falls in a special election to replace embattled former Mayor Charles Moreau.
The Rhode Island Board of Elections has set the date for a primary on November 6, the same day as the general election. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will then face off in a special election scheduled for December 11.


September 28, 2012

Louis Yip, left, pictured with his wife, and Sonny Ng and his wife, owners of Tai-O Corporation of Pawtucket, are honored during the 27th annual Blackstone Valley Tourism Council awards held at Twin River Casino Thursday night in Lincoln. The dinner also celebrated the 60th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, created by Pawtucket's own Hasbro Inc., which was honored with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts, Business and Design Award. Yip and Ng, inducted into the Rev.

September 27th

ACLU seeks court review of close race

September 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With questions still lingering about some election procedures in the House District 58 race, the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union has picked up the fight on behalf of candidate Carlos Tobon, who lost to incumbent Representative William San Bento by one vote.

Man shot during robbery attempt

September 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket Police are investigating a shooting of a city man that occurred during a robbery attempt early Thursday morning on Baldwin Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of 43 Baldwin St. in response to a shooting. Police discovered that the victim had driven himself to the Memorial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his hip. His injury is not considered to be life-threatening.

Read more in our print edition.

September 26th

Hodde celebrates 20 years teaching, playing music

September 26, 2012

SEEKONK — Guitar teacher Greg Hodde was amused when the mother of one of his teenage male students told him she didn't mind paying for lessons because it was “cheaper than counseling.” Yet, the self-taught musician and teacher can relate to that sentiment, as he is a true believer in the power of music and its role in one's journey toward self-discovery.

Cost-cutting moves cause grumbling

September 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With the next year's budget process underway as well as contract negotiations, two recent moves in the Pawtucket Police Department that the chief and city officials say are necessary have caused grumbling among the rank and file.
Last week, a low-key promotion ceremony was held at City Hall for two Pawtucket Police officers. Detective Capt. Paul Catarina was elevated to major of administration, a position that had been vacant, and Lt. Tina Goncalves was promoted to captain.


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