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May 9th, 2012

Lawmakers mull protection of memorials

May 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Local lawmakers are rallying to the defense of Woonsocket’s Place Jolicoeur war memorial with legislation to protect it and similar monuments from state constitutional challenges and defend it against federal constitutional challenges.
Rep. James McLaughlin, a Democrat whose district covers parts of Cumberland and Central Falls, introduced a bill in the House yesterday that will allow any elected state or municipal official to designate any “structure, sculpture, inscription or icon” as a “category one” memorial.

Times staff takes home awards at RI Press Association banquet

May 9, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN — Four staffers from the Woonsocket Call and Pawtucket Times took home a total of five Rhode Island Press Association awards during the group’s annual banquet at the Quonset O in North Kingstown Friday.
The showing was especially strong for photographers, who dominated the general news category. Ernest Brown took home a first place plaque for “Good Night Irene,” his dramatic photo of a tsunami-like wave crashing against the sea wall in Narragansett during the height of Hurricane Irene.

May 8th

Judge: Use of fields was not unconstitutional

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A long and much-discussed legal case that pitted public school supporters against parochial school backers and involved city officials past and present was finally decided on Friday, with a federal judge rejecting claims that the City of Pawtucket used preferential treatment in assigning city athletic fields to Catholic schools for games and practices.

May 6th

Youth groups get Hasbro grants

May 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET — More than 800 children in Rhode Island, including those served by Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Progreso Latino Inc. in Central Falls, and Woonsocket's Connecting for Children and Families, will benefit from a $200,000 grant provided by Pawtucket-based Hasbro Inc.
To stem the loss of learning that takes place in school age children during the summer vacation months, Hasbro, Inc. and United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) have established the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative for children across Rhode Island.

May 5th

City man convicted in attempted murder of girlfriend

May 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET – A Superior Court jury has convicted a local man in the attempted murder of his girlfriend.
Erwin “Earl” Grantley, 45, was found guilty of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling with intent to murder and domestic breaking and entering.
The jury returned the verdict on Thursday after two full days of deliberations. The trial before Superior Court Associate Justice Susan E. McGuirl had lasted six days.

Valley’s most famous dog to be a part of Cherry Blossom Fest

May 5, 2012

The Japanese consulate general will visit Woonsocket on May 19 for a festive unveiling of a permanent statue of the legendary Japanese dog, Hachiko, in front of the city’s historic train depot.
Takeshi Hikihara’s diplomatic excursion is part of a broader celebration of the growing Cherry Blossom Festival in Pawtucket and Central Falls, where he also plans stops earlier in the day, says Robert Billington, executive director of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

May 3rd

Pawtucket police kill Mass. man during car stop

May 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The 37-year-old man shot to death by Pawtucket Police on Wednesday night had been wanted by the Massachusetts State Police for an armed assault.
The suspect has been identified as Jamie Coyle, who has addresses in both Pawtucket and Attleboro, Pawtucket Police said.

May 2nd

Gas line rupture surprises firefighters

May 2, 2012

SEEKONK — Local firefighters, still dealing with smoldering debris some 12 hours after a blaze destroyed an old mill at 36 Maple Avenue on Tuesday, were surprised by a gas line rupture that occurred at the site at around 5 p.m.,
Seekonk Fire Chief Alan Jack said that the fire that was first reported at around 4:30 a.m. had long been extinguished but fire crews had stayed on the scene to deal with “hot spots” that kept recurring from the clearing and removal of debris.

May 1st

Don Grebien to announce re-election bid

May 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It's official: Mayor Donald R. Grebien is seeking a second term. He is planning to announce his candidacy for re-election at a campaign kick-off to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at Slater Mill. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Stubborn fire destroys vacant mill

May 1, 2012

SEEKONK — Leftover contaminants fueled a smoky blaze that destroyed a vacant Seekonk mill and made for a long and exhausting day in the rain on Tuesday for area firefighters.
According to fire officials, crews were called to the scene at around 4:30 a.m. for a fire that had broken out in an abandoned building at 36 Maple Avenue, located off Central Avenue (Route 152). Several fire officials said the cause appears to be suspicious, as all of the utilities in the building had been shut off.

April 30th

Council approves Gamm tax break

April 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Saying that it has played “a vital role” in the growth of the city's downtown as an artistic, cultural and economic center, the City Council on Wednesday approved a resolution authorizing the exemption of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre from taxation.
The resolution, supported by an 8 to 0 vote, gives the City Council the authority to exempt the theatre from paying taxes on real property, personal and motor vehicles. The legislation will require approval from the General Assembly to take effect.

April 27th

C.F. man faces drug charges; roommate is on the lam

April 27, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS – Police arrested one city man this week on several drug charges and are looking for his roommate for the same charges, plus additional infractions.
Members of the Central Falls Police Department’s Special Investigative Unit executed a search warrant late Wednesday afternoon at 681 Pine St. —a first-floor apartment. The focus of the investigation was on Pajuan D. Draper, 23, who rents the apartment, and his roommate Dwayne E. Harley, 22, according to police.

Schools OK FY13 budget proposal

April 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While questions linger about how some of the money will be found in the local budget to pay for part of the state-approved Transformation Plan for Shea and Tolman high schools, the School Committee on Thursday voted to approve the plan as well as the fiscal year 2013 budget proposal.

April 26th

Council gives nod to privatize transfer station

April 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Despite some ongoing protests from residents, city officials are moving forward with plans to privatize the city's waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue.
At a special meeting last week, the City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract with Waste Haulers (WHM Holdings, LLC) to operate the Blackstone Valley Regional Transfer Station. Under the terms of the contract, the company will lease the city-owned facility for $10,000 a month and also make payments to the city based on tonnage.

Panel comes up with ideas for future of Wyatt

April 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Putting Central Falls’ Wyatt Detention Facility up for sale to a private owner is one of the recommendations in the final report of a Joint Legislative Commission headed by Sen. Elizabeth Crowley.
The commission was formed last year to address the federal jail’s financial woes, which because it stopped making scheduled payments of more than $500,000 annually to the host community, aggravated Central Falls’ already rickety financial condition and contributed to its slide into bankruptcy. It finished its work Wednesday when members endorsed the final report.

April 25th

Charges sustained in Lynch case

April 25, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While saying that he didn’t believe the accounts from either party were “100-percent accurate” and that the incident itself might have been sparked by “road rage,” a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal magistrate on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Pawtucket Police Department and sustained charges of refusal to submit to a chemical test and a roadway violation that had been brought against Jarred Lynch stemming from his 2011 collision with a Pawtucket Police sergeant.

Diocese defrocks Woonsocket priest

April 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Citing allegations of sexual misconduct that happened nearly 30 years ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has defrocked a priest assigned to Precious Blood parish and ordered him to move out of the rectory.

Council almost unanimous in support of Chafee’s municipal rescue package

April 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Despite Cumberland Town Council President James T. Higgins' best efforts to drum up unanimous support, the council last week ended up voting 6 to 1 to adopt a resolution in support of Governor Lincoln Chafee's municipal reform and relief legislative package.
The vote came one week after Chafee personally urged the council to support his municipal rescue package, saying support of the proposals will ease the financial burden on cities and towns and help stave off more local bankruptcies.

April 22nd

Pawtucket Foundation honors leaders

April 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — RI Governor Lincoln Chafee and RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin helped welcome 430 guests at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center to honor local community leaders for The Pawtucket Foundation Ninth Annual Awards Celebration.

April 21st

'Buddy' Cianci's daughter found dead at 38

April 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — The daughter of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. was found dead Friday morning of an apparent overdose, police said.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death of 38-year-old Nicole Cianci, police Cmdr. Thomas Oates III said.
Authorities responded to a residence in the city's Federal Hill neighborhood for a report of an overdose and found Nicole Cianci, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Oates said. He said she was with a male roommate, whom she had been living with for the last few weeks.


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