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November 13th, 2011

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.

Jury selection begins in stabbing trial

November 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Jury selection is expected to begin today in the Superior Court trial of a man accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in their Park Square apartment in March 2009.
But the victim’s mother, Jo-Ann Boyer of Pawtucket, said she is still hopeful that accused killer David P. Leite will cop a plea and spare family members the trauma of a trial.
“We’d like to have some closure after all this time,” said Boyer. “But none of us is looking forward to having to live through all this again.”

November 6th

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.”

 

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