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November 24th, 2011

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.

November 22nd

Cops: Suspect banged own head

November 22, 2011

LINCOLN — Police released on Tuesday afternoon the official report regarding the Nov. 12 arrest of a Pawtucket man who remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.
It indicates that Daniel J. Finn, 41, may have inflicted his own head injuries as officers attempted that Saturday night to transport him from Twin River to headquarters for processing.
The suspect also allegedly spat blood and saliva on at least one officer after claiming to them he had been diagnosed with hepatitis.

Opera Family -- Lincoln brother and sister are learning with a master

November 22, 2011

CRANSTON — One afternoon a week for the last five years, Lincoln dad Brian McKinnon has buckled his young children into his car's backseat for the short trek to Prof. Rene de la Garza's Orchard Street home.
He did so for his daughter, Alexis Clare, who was taking voice lessons from the renowned master, the University of Rhode Island's Director of Opera Programming and also a member of the institution's Department of Music & Vocal Studies faculty.
All the while, her kid brother, Brendan, would sit on the foyer's floor and entertain himself with Lego toy building bricks.

November 21st

Family Dollar Store robberies in Pawtucket

November 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket Police are investigating a pair of armed robberies that occurred about 20 minutes apart Friday night at two Family Dollar stores in the city, as well as whether there is a connection to similar crimes that have occurred locally.

November 19th

Donations sought for Times' Christmas Fund -- and meet Santa!

November 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Want to whisper your Christmas “wish list” to the same Santa who lends an ear to the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and other Hollywood celebrities? Stop by the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main St. on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., where “Santa to the Stars,” also known as Brady White, will be making his annual appearance.

CHAMPAGNE CELEBRATION

November 19, 2011

During a ceremony Thursday for the new Allen Champagne Way — in honor of the late Mr. Champagne, a 31-year employee of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board — his wife, Annette, and their son, Eric, fold up the cloth after unveiling the street sign in front of the water supply facility. Councilor Thomas Hodge applauds in the background.

November 18th

Pension reform passes

November 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly culminated an historic special fall session by overwhelmingly approving a radical overhaul of the public employee's pension system designed to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over time and preserve the integrity of the pension funds going forward.

November 16th

Davies kids learn ways of the robot

November 16, 2011

LINCOLN — Sophomore Isaiah Narvaez often has told his family and friends that he someday wants to be an electrical engineer.
That may have changed a bit on Tuesday afternoon, after he watched and listened to Jim Moulton, a lead training and support manager for iRobot Corp. out of Bedford, Mass., describe the dozens of uses of the “310 SUGV,” an acronym for Small, Unmanned Ground Vehicle.

Watchdog groups urge reform passage

November 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Demonstrating vigilance against what they fear might be “eleventh-hour, last minute shenanigans” pulled by the General Assembly on the pension reform legislation scheduled for a final vote on Thursday, three government watchdog groups held a Statehouse press conference to urge that the bill be passed in its current form.

November 14th

That time of year again — watch out for deer

November 14, 2011

LINCOLN — Route 116 South, near the intersection to Blackstone Valley Place proved to be quite the scene on Monday morning.
Two elderly women had been traveling southbound at about 9:30 a.m. when a deer leaped in front of their 2002 Buick Century and crashed through its windshield and roof, ripping a massive hole. In the process, the animal struck a 75-year-old passenger from Central Falls, and the woman suffered injuries to her head and face, stated Police Capt. Raymond Bousquet.

November 13th

Chocolate Mill Overlook in works for Central Falls

November 13, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — While plans for a full-fledged museum have soured, supporters are hoping to raise money for a riverfront park dedicated to the city’s history in chocolate making.

November 11th

MAKING A NEW FRIEND

November 11, 2011

Jazmyne Ross, 4, of Pawtucket, gets a closer look at a 3-year-old female Argentine black and white tegu named Carly during Community Night on Wednesday, hosted by St. Cecilia’s School and held at the St. Cecilia Church hall. Holding the tegu is veterinarian technician Laura Santos of the Dighton-Rehoboth Animal Hospital. Looking on are Jazmyne's sister, Alayana, and their mom, Heather Ross. Community Night showcased local businesses and featured live performances from local music studios and other area performance venues. Turn to Page A-2 for more photos.

Valley honors its veterans

November 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET – From Concord to Korea, the Museum of Work and Culture yesterday staged a Veterans Day tribute for the ages.
Dignitaries and guests took turns at the podium, singing patriotic songs, reading touching poetry about the sacrifice of war, and recalling the city’s contributions to the Great War that inspired Veterans Day, nearly a century ago.
“Today we come together to thank and honor the veterans,” said Anne Conway, co-director of the museum.

Council approves hydrant fees, mulls sub-letting license fees

November 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — City customers of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board could be seeing an increase of a couple more dollars a month on their water bills come January with the City Council's passage of an ordinance regarding fire hydrant rental usage.

Cumberland monument serves as reminder of the casualities of war

November 11, 2011

CUMBERLAND — If you have been in a war and felt the fear of knowing the next moment could be your last, there are some things you can never put aside, never forget.
Wilfrid E. Hebert, 89, was all too aware of that fact after he enlisted in the service in 1942 and became a member of the Army Air Corps' 48rd Bomb Group based in Italy.

November 8th

Workers rally against pension plan

November 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Thousands of unionized workers converged on the Statehouse Monday from all across Rhode Island for a “Rally for Pension Security,” railing against the pension reform legislation now before the General Assembly and booing and ridiculing General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the plan's authors.

Leite cops plea, gets life

November 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A Superior Court judge sentenced David P. Leite to life in prison yesterday for the grisly stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend in their Park Square apartment in 2009.
Leite, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Susan McGuirl just hours before he was to stand trial in the death of Mellisa “Missy” Perry. He must serve at least 20 years before he’s eligible for parole.
Prosecutor John E. Corrigan told the court that if Leite had gone to trial the state would have proven that he stabbed and slashed Perry 79 times with a utility knife.

November 7th

City studies high costs at animal shelter

November 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Despite its modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, the city's animal shelter is finding itself in the doghouse when it comes to heating and electrical costs.

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