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November 6th, 2011

Veterans gather for group photo

November 6, 2011

Approximately 50 veterans from the Blackstone Valley gathered on Saturday for a photo session in advance of Friday's Veterans Day holiday.
Here is a roundup of Veteran's Day news and events in the Pawtucket area:

PAWTUCKET -- The city will celebrate Veterans Day on Friday with a memorial ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. All residents are invited to join Mayor Don Grebien and members of the city council at Veterans' Memorial Park, Roosevelt Ave. & Exchange St.

RI Music Hall of Fame coming to Pawtucket

November 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Move over, Cleveland. The City of Pawtucket is going to have its own Music Hall of Fame.
From the late George M. Cohen to the Cowsills to Tavares and Duke Robillard, there are a surprising number of famous musicians and music industry professionals with ties to the Ocean State. As such, efforts are underway to create a Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame to celebrate their legacy, and it will be located at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.

November 5th

City man gets indicted on sex assault charges involving minors

November 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET—A 79-year-old Pawtucket man, Hillario DePina, was indicted by the Providence County Grand Jury on Oct. 28 on sexual assault charges involving minors.
According to the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, DePina, of Leonard Jenard Drive, was charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of enticement of a child.

'MET' WITH SUCCESS -- Legendary club owner Lupo reflects on first year

November 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It was a little over a year ago — Sept. 9, 2010 to be exact — that The Met brought the music back to Pawtucket. And despite a tough economy, veteran club owner Rich Lupo said the venue at 1005 Main St. has been a success — although he feels it remains somewhat undiscovered by Pawtucket residents themselves.
“You're always surprised how far people will come to see a show. We've had people from a 40 to 60 mile radius depending on the artist,” Lupo said. “Yet, I wish people from Pawtucket would think of it as a close location.”

November 3rd

Chafee: Reform has 'momentum'

November 3, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln Chafee says “there seems to be good momentum for comprehensive pension reform” now that a joint General Assembly committee has concluded a series of public hearings on the controversial but potentially historic pension bill he crafted with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Cicilline marks anniversary of the Leon Mathieu Center

November 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) marked the 30th anniversary of the Leon Mathieu Senior Center on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I am so grateful for the services the Leon Mathieu Senior Center provides,” Congressman Cicilline said. “By providing seniors with a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment, the Leon Mathieu Senior Center ensures our seniors receive the security and comfort they deserve in their later years.”

November 2nd

Veterans photo shoot on Saturday

November 2, 2011

Attention, area veterans. The Times is holding a photograph session at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Cumberland Monastery, hoping veterans from all over the Blackstone Valley will congregate to have their picture taken in a large group photo.
Don't be late!

Couple survives high carbon monoxide levels

November 2, 2011

LINCOLN — Normand and Evelyn Olean sat at their dining room table conversing and laughing with Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester early Wednesday afternoon.
Just 28 hours before, the senior couple and the chief spent time together for a vastly different reason; Sylvester maintains the Oleans, who have been married 56 years, are lucky to be alive after massive levels of carbon monoxide were discovered inside their Sherman Avenue home Tuesday morning.

Visit by mounted police officer makes horse sense

November 2, 2011

LINCOLN – Destinee Santos is only four, but she knows what she likes: horses.
The little girl exhibited a huge, lasting smile when her pre-kindergarten teacher's assistant, Cindy Flaxington, hoisted her out of her wheelchair and carried her over to meet “Little Joe” – a half-Clydesdale, half-Percheron who stands 18 hands tall (six feet) and weighs 1,800 pounds – stationed outside Lonsdale Elementary School early Monday afternoon.

Officials: Pension bill is lacking

November 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET—Mayor Donald Grebien is all for pension reform — he's spearheaded some big proposed changes for the city's public safety employees — but he thinks the plan presented by state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Governor Lincoln Chafee does not do enough to help the locally-funded pensions plans like Pawtucket has.

November 1st

33 new housing units in Pawtucket

November 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Reyes Contreras was happy to show off his spacious, two-bedroom apartment on the corner of Dexter and Barton Street to local officials and media representatives. Large windows that let in natural light, gleaming wood floors, and a roomy, open kitchen/dining/living room area were just some of the stylish features of the modern unit. “It's great. I love it,” exuded Contreras, who shares the apartment with his wife and mother-in-law. “It's clean, new, quiet, and everything is convenient.”

October 30th

Hazardous road conditions

October 30, 2011

A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.

October 29th

Town to celebrate its 200th anniversary in style

October 29, 2011

SEEKONK – As a near-lifelong resident of Seekonk, Dan Horton well remembers the early 1960s, when he'd climb aboard the bus that would transport him and his young neighbors to Anne C. Greene School for grades 1-3 and Pleasant Street Elementary for grades 4-6.
He grew up on County Street, not far from the Rehoboth town line, and still resides in the same home with wife Linda.
“We'd ride the bus through what were then farmlands, and we used to count the horses along the way,” Horton grinned Thursday afternoon. “Now, those farmlands are mostly plats, so I'm sure the kids count the houses.”

Committee planning for school renovations

October 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Although the ambitious undertaking of renovating the city’s aged school buildings is still on the horizon, school officials are forging ahead with obtaining an educational specifications report that would be necessary for any such construction.
At a special meeting on Thursday, the School Committee voted to approve the awarding of a contract for educational specifications to MGT of America, Inc. The $39,938 cost of the specifications report is to be paid by bond funds, said Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.

October 27th

Chafee pitches pension plan to Chamber

October 27, 2011

LINCOLN — Holding his finger and thumb less than an inch apart, Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the state is “this close” to intervening in the financial affairs of East Providence, at least in part due to pension obligations.
“Nobody wants to hear the word Central Falls, but — trust me, it’s not just in Rhode Island, all across the country — municipalities are really under stress. And here in Rhode Island, this is our time to help these municipalities.

October 26th

Food Pantry celebrates reopening

October 26, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — The city of Central Falls' bankruptcy situation and closure of the Ralph J. Holden Community Center affected numerous social services, but one of the most painful losses was the Central Falls Food Pantry.
However, two months later, the Central Falls Food Pantry has found a new home and a new beginning at Progreso Latino at 626 Broad St. A grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday morning in the renovated pantry, which is located on the second floor of Progreso Latino.

October 25th

Two found dead in E.P. home

October 25, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — When Brown University employee Norman Morse arrived at home following his 3:30 a.m.-noon shift at about 12:25 p.m., Tuesday, he expected to find his Vincent Street neighborhood serene as usual.
Instead, he found several police cruisers surrounding the residence at 94 Hazard Avenue, the site of an apparent murder-suicide.

Jobs Act lauded during tour of school

October 25, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A classroom at the Winters Elementary School where a sign taped to a window warned “Do not Open. Window will fall out!” was chosen as the backdrop for a press conference on Friday morning where union officials, including Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Healthcare Professionals Frank Flynn and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, lobbied for passage of the American Jobs Acts bill.

RI targets human trafficking

October 25, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Like any other commodity, sex would not be sold if there was no one to buy it.
That’s why the RI Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RICAHT) is pointing an accusatory finger at men who patronize prostitutes as the real source of suffering and degradation.

October 24th

BUSINESS NETWORKING

October 24, 2011

Navigant Credit Union, the R.I. Young Professionals, and Central Falls Councilman James Diossa (Ward 4) recently sponsored the Central Falls 1st Networking Event, held at the Navigant branch in Central Falls. In this photo, Diossa ensures those in attendance that Central Falls has a bright future.

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