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May 5th, 2015
PAWTUCKET â The City Council is poised to consider granting $1 million worth of tax breaks to Tunstall Americas, the digital healthcare giant thatâs created more than 300 jobs since moving into a vacant building here two years ago.
After a public hearing, the council will take up a resolution Wednesday to reduce Tunstallâs tangible tax bill from $132,432 to $32,433 per year for a period of 10 years. That includes a two-year reach-back to 2013, during which the incentive would be structured in the form of an abatement.
WARWICK â Every military veteran should have a day like Norm Gordon experienced on Saturday.
The 82-year-old Pawtucket resident, a signal corps communications specialist during the Korean War, was guest of honor at U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouseâs eight annual Veterans Breakfast and Resource Fair, which was held inside the spacious R.I. National Guard Armory.
PAWTUCKET â Sixteen years after helping to plan the first Pawtucket Arts Festival, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss will be bestowed with the festivalâs inaugural Medal of Excellence during a fundraiser and awards ceremony next week.
Weiss will receive the honor at the Arts Festivalâs âCurtain Up!â fundraiser and awards ceremony, which will be held on May 7 at Center by the Blackstone, located at 175 Main St.
PAWTUCKET â Minutes after extinguishing a fire at an industrial laundry on York Avenue Thursday afternoon, fire personnel came upon what appeared to be a hand grenade on a shelf near a dryer, prompting firefighters to evacuate, officials said.
PROVIDENCE â As the Pawtucket Red Soxâ ownership group and state and city officials continue to discuss a proposed riverfront ballpark on I-195 land in downtown Providence that would serve as the PawSoxâ future home, a group has proposed a new site as a âbackup alternativeâ location for the teamâs ballpark.
JAG Investment Realty LLC, which owns the Victory Place property near Davol Square, announced Tuesday that they are âwell positioned to be a backup alternative siteâ for a new Triple-A ballpark if the plans for a ballpark on I-195 land fall through.
PROVIDENCE â In front of an audience that included about 25 protestors, members of the Pawtucket Red Soxâ ownership group laid out their vision for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence to members of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Monday.
Prior to the start of the commissionâs meeting, the protestors stood outside of the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. office to voice their opposition to the proposal, particularly the net $4 million annual rent.
Volunteers on Saturday took to the streets in Pawtucket and Central Falls to clean garbage, remove graffiti, and plant flowers in an effort to beautify their communities during the cityâs annual Earth Day celebrations.
Arthur Plitt, president of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, explained that Saturdayâs city-wide cleanup was âa really great event on a nice day.â
PAWTUCKET â State representatives whose districts include Pawtucket are having a hard time digesting a recent proposal for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in Providence that seeks to become the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, with some believing instead that McCoy Stadium and the area surrounding the ballpark could become a destination.
However, a spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project contends that it would cost $65 million just to bring the 73-year-old stadium up to league standards.
PAWTUCKET â The U.S. Secretary of Labor joined congressmen and senators from Rhode Island on a tour of family-owned machinery and laser technology facilities Friday afternoon as part of an overall discussion on workplace flexibility for families.
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez joined U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Jim Langevin, state Sen. Gayle Goldin, and state Director of Labor and Training Scott Jensen on a tour of Gold International Machinery and LNA Laser Technology on Newell Avenue Friday as part of the nationwide âLead on Leaveâ tour.
Picture yourself in a grocery store with your son or daughter. It's a seemingly everyday afternoon, but as you're working your way through the aisles, putting items in your basket and crossing them off your list, your child suddenly begins to lash out.
People stop what they are doing and gawk at the scene, like rubberneckers on a highway. What do you do? And what do those other people think? Do they view your child as a misbehaving spoiled brat? Or perhaps they see you as an inattentive, unfit parent? If only they knew the truth of the matter, maybe they don't think those things.
EAST PROVIDENCE â While fire officials are still trying to determine what caused an explosion that injured a worker at a Portuguese bakery on Taunton Avenue Tuesday night, what is known is that the blast took place roughly four hours after a handful of night bakers began their shift making baked goods for Wednesday morning.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Police Department is taking a âproactive approachâ to a national increase in crime related to online private business transactions by creating an Online Purchase Safe Zone at the Police Station, authorities said.
The Police Department will designate the parking lot and front lobby of the Police Station, at 121 Roosevelt Ave., as the âsafe zone,â police officials announced in a release Tuesday. The creation of the safe zone will aim to âreduce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crimes.â
PAWTUCKET â In what was an overall busy weekend for the Pawtucket Police Department, officers arrested a pair of motorists on drunk-driving charges and a city man for possession of heroin and cocaine.
Officers also arrested an East Providence man for attacking an ex-girlfriend inside her apartment, and a homeless man who assaulted a police officer at Memorial Hospital.
A 41-year-old East Providence man was arrested Sunday and now faces a slew of charges after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriendâs apartment on Clark Avenue and attacked the woman, police said.
CUMBERLAND â The Cumberland Public Library on Saturday was transformed into a scene reminiscent of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as revelers celebrated all things Harry Potter, from learning how to create potions to playing Muggle Quidditch with a squad from the University of Rhode Island.
The day started with sorting by Professor Minerva McGonagall, followed by a Harry Potter-themed LEGO Club, trivia contest, and potions class.
Throughout the day, guests participated in a day-long Horcrux scavenger hunt.
PAWTUCKET â Two people were arrested when a 25-year-old man who thought he was showing up for an online hookup was robbed of cash, sneakers and a cellphone Friday, according to police.
Alejandra Hernandez, 18, of Coleman Street, and Jamil Gray, 21, of Johnston, were held for arraignment in District Court on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy.
The arrests took place shortly after 12:40 a.m., when the victim flagged down officers on Lonsdale Avenue and told them heâd just been robbed on Coleman Street after connecting with a female via computer.
PAWTUCKET â While the president of the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday unveiled plans for a proposed riverfront stadium in downtown Providence that would serve as the teamâs future home, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien believes the city is not ready to throw in the towel, even if the teamâs long-term future at McCoy Stadium is looking less likely with each passing day.
Grebien said his reactions to Wednesdayâs press conference, at which the stadium proposal was unveiled, were multifaceted.
PROVIDENCE â Plans for a proposed 10,000-seat, $85 million dollar riverfront ballpark that will look to serve as the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox were unveiled Tuesday.
Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington at a press conference at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon said that if approved, the objective would be to begin construction on the ballpark in December with a targeted opening in April 2017.
CENTRAL FALLS â A four-alarm fire tore through a garage on Washington Street Tuesday morning, with its thick smoke prompting the cancellation of classes at a nearby middle school, fire officials said.
The fire was reported prior to 6 a.m. Tuesday at the small, one-story garage at 96 Washington St., Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy brown and black smoke emanating from the garage.
CUMBERLAND â The townâs historic Nine Men's Misery monument drew visitors to the Monastery property on Sunday, including Kathy and Michaela Crawley.
Kathy Crawley, wife of town Recreation Director Michael Crawley, said she had never had a chance to stop at the monument until Sundayâs Spring Festival at Monastery. Michaela said had she had spotted the stone monument several times while running on the Monasteryâs trails, but didnât know that much about the site.