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November 19th, 2011

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.

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.”

 

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