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April 5th, 2015
PAWTUCKET â€“ Long an established part of East Street in downtown Pawtucket, the Adams Furniture building is nearing its final days, as plans are in motion to demolish the property and convert the space into employee parking for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care.
Ray Lavoie, executive director of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, said that demolition should be able to commence in about two weeks.
The parking for health care employees will make available more spaces in and around the health care campus on East Avenue, he noted.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The bright lights of Hollywood shined on a small Crossman Street pub this week, as the bar was transformed into a seedy watering hole as part of the filming for a romantic thriller set to be released in 2016.
P Jayâ€™s Pub on Wednesday was in the early stages of its metamorphosis into a film set, as it prepared for its close-up for the big screen.
Filming took place all day Thursday.
WARWICK â€“ The late James F. â€śJimâ€ť Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.
The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organizationâ€™s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sponsorship opportunities are available to help the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket hit a home run for area children.
The 2015 Homers for Kids Campaign, in conjunction with the Pawtucket Red Sox, has been launched, with sponsorship opportunities available. Homers for Kids is a summer-long corporate donor program that benefits area children and teenagers through the support of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket.
A Providence County grand jury Friday indicted a Central Falls man for first-degree robbery earlier this year, and a Pawtucket man for first degree arson in connection with a fire in August of last year.
Dennis Renaud, 49, of 109 Montgomery St., Pawtucket, was indicted on one count of first degree robbery in connection with the Jan. 7 robbery of American - Colombian Liquors on Broad St. Police say Renaud brandished a knife during the robbery. The store clerk told police that the assailant threatened him with a knife and left the scene with an undetermined amount of cash from the register.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Rhode Island State Police, along with members of the Central Falls Police Department, arrested a Smithfield medical marijuana caregiver on marijuana distribution charges, state police announced Thursday.
On Wednesday, the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with assistance from Central Falls Police, executed two court-authorized search warrants for indoor marijuana growing operations in Central Falls and Smithfield.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A city man on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Boston to Pawtucket last summer to be used as a prostitute, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Ricky Wallace, 33, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child, and transportation of a minor for sexual activity; and two counts of transportation of an individual for sexual activity.
PAWTUCKET â€“ After lying dormant for months as a harsh winter bore down on Rhode Island, the future home of LA Fitness Center at the Pawtucket and Providence line once again came alive with the bustle of construction Monday.
The project was halted late last year in anticipation of wintery conditions, according to Michael A. Voccola, corporate vice president with The Procaccianti Group, a real estate management and investment firm. However, a project shutting down for the winter months is not unusual, as Voccola said, â€śItâ€™s not the snow, itâ€™s the frost that was the issue.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, itâ€™s more than likely that you saw a young Ken Bettencourt riding his bicycle around the community. This summer, nearly 50 years after he started riding around Pawtucket, Bettencourt is returning to Rhode Island as part of a cross-country journey to raise funds and spread awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
Bettencourt, 55, is in the midst of a nationwide bicycle ride in support of Alexâ€™s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.
SMITHFIELD â€“ Central Falls High School freshman Daphne Mulford found inspiration in constructing a robot.
Just last year, Mulford said she was struggling in middle school, noting that she had been absent numerous times. However, she overheard an announcement via the schoolâ€™s intercom system about constructing â€śhuman-sized robots,â€ť and it piqued her curiosity.
â€śIt really interested me,â€ť Mulford said.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket has
established a website at which people can donate to aid a family who lost everything in Wednesday afternoon's fire that gutted a multi-family home on Central Street.
Two sisters â€“ one current student and one alumni â€“ lived at 388 Central
St., the location of Wednesday's wind-driven fire that left upwards of 15 people homeless.
Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley on Friday said that the state
Fire Marshal's Office listed the cause of Wednesday's blaze as
PAWTUCKET â€“ The director of an animal advocacy group said that his organization is â€śvery much opposedâ€ť to a recently-introduced bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect, adding that he feels the bill â€śabsolutelyâ€ť unfairly targets pit bulls.
Dennis Tabella, director of animal advocacy group Defenders of Animals, on Tuesday said that there are â€śa lot of dog bites through the United States,â€ť and that â€śif you look at the statistics, most are not even involving pit bulls.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Upwards of 15 people are homeless after a wind-driven fire severely damaged a multi-family home on Central Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
The fire, which was called in at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, started off as what appeared to be a very small fire that started on the ground level outside of the building at 388 Central Ave., Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley told The Times at the scene on Wednesday.
However, the fire got into the building and spread quickly, and within a matter of minutes, had gone from ground level to the property's attic.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The director of northern Rhode Islandâ€™s district tourism council is warning that the agency could collapse if cuts in Gov. Gina Raimondoâ€™s proposed statewide budget are embraced by state lawmakers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Monday to protest the suspension of a teacher they say spoke out about the controversial new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test, telling students they had the option not to take the exam.
Within 36 hours after the suspension of teacher Bill Ashton last Friday, a Facebook page in support of Ashton was created, with more than 1,000 likes as of yesterday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Four months after a Superior Court judgeâ€™s ruling effectively ended the cityâ€™s 10-year prohibition against owning pit bulls, a state representative has introduced a bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect.
The bill, introduced last week by District 59 state Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Pawtucket), would ostensibly affect Pawtucket and any other city that had a resolution in place prior to a 2013 bill that banned cities and towns in Rhode Island from passing ordinances that were breed-specific.
PAWTUCKET â€” The police officer captured in an image posted online admitted to briefly dozing off behind the wheel of the vehicle and now awaits consequences after the conclusion of an investigation, a city official told The Times.
Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday said that the
investigation, which was conducted by the Pawtucket Police Department's
Internal Affairs Unit, had reached its conclusion. Pires, however, would not disclose the officer's identity, citing personnel reasons.
The officer â€śindicated it was him and that he was very contrite about