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November 25th, 2013
PAWTUCKETâGary Gaudreau, found guilty in September of burning down the Physique Company, the gym that he owned on York Avenue, was sentenced Monday before Judge Nettie Vogel.
Gaudreau, 76, of Hutchinson Street, Pawtucket, received a sentence of 25 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions, with nine years to serve, and the balance suspended with probation, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. He was also ordered to have no contact with the owner of the property. READ THE FULL STORY IN TUESDAY'S TIMES.
ATTLEBORO â A Christmas tradition for thousands of families for well over half a century, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro will flip the switch on its Christmas Festival of Lights Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28.
But this yearâs 60th annual festival, which features more than 350,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres, will incorporate a whopping 800,000 LED lights â twice as many as last year â making the shrine a leader in energy efficiency.
A third of the lights were made possible thanks to donations.
PAWTUCKETâIt's time to break out the Christmas sweaters and velvet dresses because Santa Claus is coming to town! âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White is making his annual appearance for Photos with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Apex, 100 Main St., Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKETâA man with known ties to organized crime and notoriously known as âThe Coinâ for masterfully producing counterfeit slot machine tokens has now been arrested on drug charges by Pawtucket Police.
Louis Colavecchio, 71, of 172 Argol St., was taken into custody on Wednesday after members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad executed a search warrant of his apartment. Police say the investigation was the result of neighborhood complaints and other sources of information.
READ THE FULL STORY IN FRIDAY'S TIMES.
PAWTUCKET â The stage in the Central Falls High School auditorium has seen a lot of productions over the years, but perhaps none so formal as a session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
PAWTUCKETâA former teacher, coach and public school activist says she objects to a proposal to have a Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at Shea and Tolman High Schools and wants the School Committee to reconsider its previous vote of support.
Maggi Rogers, a longtime city resident and the mother of two Tolman graduates, says she was âgravely concernedâ after learning of the School Committee's vote last week to support a memorandum of understanding for a Marine CorpsJROTC to be implemented at two out of the three city high schools.
PAWTUCKET -- The City of Pawtucket is experiencing problems with its main telephone
number, 401-728-0500, due to technical issues with a service provider. The issue is
actively being worked on and is expected to be resolved soon.
A temporary line has been set up to accept all incoming calls and operate as
normally. That number is 401-616-2235.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for their patience.
PAWTUCKETâThe cause of the Nov. 5 explosion that prompted a devastating fire at a triple-decker at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave. has been determined to be âaccidentalâ according to state and local fire officials.
The explosion tore the front walls off of the 133-year-old house and sparked a blaze which injured a young father and his 9-month-old daughter. The extensive damage to all three apartments left that family, a second floor tenant and another young family on the first floor homeless.
PAWTUCKETâA Pawtucket man and noted youth basketball coach, accused of possessing child pornography, is out on bail after being arrested by the Rhode Island State Police on Friday.
PAWTUCKET â Just as one tiny snowflake can turn into something much bigger, so too has the Winter Wonderland festival grown. The annual event held in Slater Park is celebrating its 15th year, and its success appears to be ensured for many more years to come.
PAWTUCKET â While stores may be festively decorated and Christmas music is playing 24/7 on the radio, the approaching holiday season can often be more stressful than enjoyable for anyone struggling to make ends meet.
That's why The Times is once again supporting its annual âMerry Christmas Fund,â which benefits The Salvation Army of Pawtucket. As the communityâs daily newspaper, The Times is part of the fabric of the Blackstone Valley, and its management team and staff believe in the importance of trying to reach out to help local residents in need enjoy a brighter holiday season.
PAWTUCKET â Thereâs a new Bad Kat in town who knows how to stir things up in the kitchen. Bad Kat Kupkakes & Kafe opened last week at 29 Exchange St., in the Elks building downtown.
Proprietress Carol Cove sells her signature line of alcohol-infused cupcakes (along with non-alcohol Kitten Kakes for the kids), plus a selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, smoothies, coffees and teas. She is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and also takes large-scale cupcake and catering orders for parties and events.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee made it official on Wednesday and became the first announced candidate seeking election to the stateâs lieutenant governor seat in the 2014 state general election.
McKee, now serving his sixth term as mayor of Cumberland, pointed to his roles in leading Cumberland out of past financial difficulties and helping to improve its schools as successes that would help him lead the lieutenant governorâs office into new areas of responsibility aimed at improving the lives of Rhode Islanders.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The firing last week of City Manager Peter Graczykowski has prompted a renewed call for the city to consider switching to an elected mayor form of government, a proposal the sitting City Council wants to open up for debate at its next meeting on Nov. 19.
Part of that debate will be whether or not the council should put a strong mayor form of government question on the ballot next year.
PAWTUCKET â The busy holiday season is approaching, and with it comes more worries for those who are struggling to make ends meet. As it has for the past 31 years, The Times is trying to help by raising money through its annual Merry Christmas Fund that benefits The Salvation Army of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â General Treasurer Gina Raimondo still isnât making any commitments to run for governor next year, but she told the Pawtucket Rotary Club Thursday that, if she does run her top priority would be to create job opportunities for Rhode Island.
Noting that the statistic quoted for unemployment in Rhode Island is above 9 percent (9.1), Raimondo told the Rotarians that if you count people with part-time jobs who want full-time employment, the rate is actually closer to 17 percent.
PAWTUCKET â The charred remains of the three-family house at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave., where Tuesday's explosion occurred, was abuzz all day Wednesday with police and fire officials, National Grid workers, and various bulldozers and dump trucks. However, as the day drew to a close, there was no word on the cause of the devastating blast and fire that left at least seven people homeless and sent two to the hospital.
PAWTUCKET â A man was severely burned and a baby injured in a house explosion in a triple-decker at 422 Mineral Spring Ave. on Tuesday morning.
Police and fire officials are looking at natural gas as the cause, although the incident remains under investigation. A large crew of National Grid officials, along with investigators from the state Fire Marshalâs Office, were in and around the scene by the afternoon.
CENTRAL FALLS â âThe darkest days of Central Falls are over,â Mayor James Diossa declared as he coasted in to a full term at City Hall without opposition on Tuesday.
Not only did Diossa win handily, capturing 96 percent of the vote with 23 voters casting write-in ballots, the entire slate of candidates he endorsed for City Council seats also won, although only one of them had an opponent.
In Ward 3, the only contested race, Hugo Figueroa bested Douglas Pendergrass by a margin of 92-61.
PAWTUCKETââYouth is wasted on the youngâ and no one knows that better than those working in law enforcement. Sorting out those teens who commit a crime due to immaturity and who deserve a second chance versus those who are truly delinquent is the goal of the city's Juvenile Hearing Board.
It will be 20 years ago this month that Pawtucket's Juvenile Hearing Board was formed, and the panel of citizens has saved many a youthful offender from having a police record, but more importantly, going on to commit further crimes.