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October 8th, 2011

Times invites area veterans to Nov. 4 photo shoot

October 8, 2011

The Times is planning a special salute to area veterans next month in the leadup to Veterans Day.
In order to obtain photos of area veterans, The Times will be holding a special photo session on noon on Friday, Nov. 4. The tentative location is the Cumberland Monastery facility on Route 114.
We will be taking group photos of veterans from the eras of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. You do not have to be a combat veteran to participate.
Veterans who plan to attend should email us with a RSVP at:

William Pacelt reflects on World War II stint

October 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET – In the picture, William Pacelt is seen as a 22-year-old serviceman standing outside of his living quarters at an Army Air Corps base in England. The year is 1944.

City man is victim of Providence shooting

October 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Providence police continue to search for suspects in the shooting death of Derek M. Taylor, 34, of Pawtucket.
Officers stated Taylor had been driving his van near Miriam Hospital when it suddenly crashed early Friday morning. He later died of a gunshot wound, and police are investigating the death as a homicide. A cousin of Taylor's, Rishaun Taylor, told a local media outlet that he had been shot in the head.

K-ROB Foundation plans two exciting fundraisers this fall

October 8, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – Just seconds after he had concluded his after-school presentation regarding anti-bullying and making the right choices at the Weaver Public Library's Champlin Program Room on Wednesday afternoon, Kevin Robinson was inundated with city schoolchildren clamoring for his autograph.
And why not? Robinson is considered a local hero around these parts. Over the past 15 years, the father of three has captured multiple BMX High-Air medals at the X Games, and also acts as President of the K-ROB Foundation.

October 6th

Born autistic, J.J. is still ‘just an ordinary little boy’

October 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET – As dusk settled over Slater Park early Monday evening, Cub Scout Pack 3 leader Caroline Strange asked her boys to “place your seats” on the grass outside the playground and beging stretching out their arms and legs.
After all, she told the contingent, you can't sprint a few 25-yard jaunts without a proper warm-up.
“Is this a race?” asked one cub, to which Strange responded, “Yes, it is.”
“What's the prize?” queried the same boy.
“You can stay in the troop,” replied Strange, obviously holding in a chuckle.

Council OKs downtown zoning changes

October 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — With no discussion or debate, the City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to proposed changes in the city’s zoning ordinances that have to do with parking, dimensional requirements and permitting in the downtown.
The zoning amendments, drafted by the Planning Department and based on recommendations from a consultant’s study, are designed to provide more flexibility for developers and business owners who have projects in the commercial downtown district.

October 3rd

RI to get $13.1 million for small biz

October 3, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Calling it “ a seeding of the new economy,” Keith Stokes, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Council, was one of several state and local officials to tout the importance of a new $13.1 million stimulus grant awarded to small business financing programs in the state.

October 2nd

The jewel of Central Falls

October 2, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — When the city's state-appointed receiver decided not to fund the programs and operations of the Adams Memorial Library back in April, Carol Basile's heart broke.
Hers wasn't the only one.
“I felt terribly,” she said. “The children were disappointed and disgusted, and the parents were, too. The Children's Room is downstairs, and they came not just to be read to but read themselves. They had other things to do; they'd play with blocks or puzzles, and the older ones would go on the computers. Their moms would sit on the couch so they could keep an eye on their children.

CF roads get paved as benefit of water main project

October 2, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — By being able to piggy-back on the Pawtucket Water Supply Board's water main replacement project, 14 local roads have been newly repaved at no cost to the city.
Central Falls DPW Director Joseph Nield said that the Pawtucket Water Supply Board (PWSB) earlier this year embarked on a program to replace water mains and pipes in the water district that were 25 years old or beyond. The replacement project involved sections of 14 roads that were dug up and fitted with new pipes and mains.

October 1st

Police make 2 arrests involving alleged dealers

October 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Based on complaints about suspicious behavior, Pawtucket Police made two significant drug arrests on Tuesday that involved alleged dealing, one outside of a local elementary school on Newport Avenue.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. Pawtucket Police said they received a call that there was a man parked in the teacher’s lot at Potter-Burns Elementary School attempting to sell pills. The caller reported that the man was in a blue colored vehicle.

First Lady Michelle Obama visits R.I.

October 1, 2011

CRANSTON – First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in Rhode Island Friday to help raise money for her husband’s re-election campaign next year.
Mrs. Obama attended a pricy function at the East Side home of former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino. Tickets for the function ranged from $1,000 to attend the event, $5,000 to get a photo taken with Mrs. Obama to $35,800 for a private reception and photo opportunity. Among those expected to attend was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent who served in the Senate with the president.

September 29th

Schools talk enrollment, goals

September 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In its first regular meeting since the start of the new school year, the School Committee discussed the mixed enrollment figures and outlined an ambitious set of district-wide goals aimed at improving student performance.

City may seek back taxes from fire chief

September 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Don Grebien and City Solicitor Frank Milos met Thursday morning to review State Police documents regarding the fact that Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester housed and registered at least one personal vehicle at the district's Station 1 on Great Road for approximately 23 years.
After that meeting, Grebien indicated his administration is in the process of researching just how much Sylvester may owe the city in back taxes, and that it may pursue them.

September 28th

Arrest made in Craigslist robbery

September 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Based on information gleaned from a traffic stop, Pawtucket Police arrested one of the two suspects who robbed a Providence teen at gunpoint on Sunday during a supposed Craigslist transaction.

Church fellowship celebrates 60 years

September 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Back in 1951, Rev. Newell J. Smith decided that the numerous young married couples and adult single folks who belonged to the Woodlawn Baptist Church were not adequately being served with parish social activities as they existed. So, on Sept. 30 of that year, the pastor and his wife, along with another couple, Deacon and Mrs. Kenneth Arnold, who served as counselors, organized a fellowship.

Police awarded for service

September 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Barton Street Tot Lot, a slice of land that was once a weed-choked eyesore and is now a cheery play area for youngsters, served as a fitting backdrop for Monday's ceremony honoring recipients of the 2011 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award.
The MetLife Foundation recognized the Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation (PCDC), the Pawtucket Police Department and the Central Falls Police Department for their creative efforts to improve quality of life and build a strong multi-city and multi-agency partnership to address crime in the Barton Street area.

September 27th

Kids learn yoga in Lincoln

September 27, 2011

LINCOLN — Under the watchful eyes of instructors Deb Reddy and Paula Paluch, a group of perhaps a dozen Northern Elementary School students performed an assortment of body moves on a classroom floor early Monday afternoon.
“OK, we're doing the 'Down Dog,'” Paluch announced to the girls as the tune “Township Krishna,” sung by Krishna Das, blared from a small CD player. “Now, swing to the 'Warrior 1.'”
A few seconds passed, and Paluch asked the kids to move to the “Warrior 2,” then to the “Windmill” and “Cobra” before switching back to the “Down Dog.”

September 23rd

Councilors question Grebien administration on jobs, budget

September 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Two City Councilors are raising questions about some expenditures made by the Grebien Administration for municipal jobs and even the spending philosophy behind the budget itself.

Town broadens senior tax program

September 23, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council has enabled more residents to take part in the senior citizen tax deferment program by lowering the age requirement and increasing the income guidelines for eligible seniors.
Initiated in 2003, the senior citizen tax deferment program is a tax-relief aid that works like a loan. It allows qualified seniors to defer all or part of their taxes and special assessments on their primary home. The loan is paid when the property is sold, or upon the death of the participant.

Chafee, Flanders unveil five-year plan for C.F.

September 23, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS – Less than two months after Central Falls filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and state-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders have put forward a five-year financial plan that, if approved by the Bankruptcy Court and creditors, would allow the city to continue to exist on its own, without being taken over by Pawtucket or carved up with the pieces parceled out among its neighbors.

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