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May 26th, 2011

Residents sound off on budget proposal from all angles

May 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The public had its say Wednesday night on Mayor Donald Grebien’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it was a mixed bag of messages that was sent to the City Council.
Grebien himself addressed the City Council prior to the start of the public hearing to lobby support for his proposed spending plan and to reiterate the need to take decisive actions that will stave off bankruptcy. The mayor’s $198 million budget contains no property tax increases but does depend on the city lowering its current motor vehicle tax exemption from $3,400 to $500 as one of its key pieces.

Elementary school students living Rachel Joy Scott's message

May 26, 2011

“Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. According to Webster's Dictionary, compassion means a feeling of sympathy for another's misfortune. My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading and showing mercy for others. I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
— Rachel Joy Scott's words in a term paper she entitled, “My Ethics, My Codes of Life”

May 24th

McGair named R.I. Sportswriter of the Year by NSSA

May 24, 2011

Steve Hyder, the radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox, left, joins Call/Times sports writer Brendan McGair after McGair received the Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year for 2010 from the National Sports writers and Sportcasters Association at the 2011 Awards ceremony in Salisbury, North Carolina on May, 16, 2011. Hyder was named the Co-Sportscaster of the year along with Steve McDonald, the voice of URI football and men's basketball. A 2003 graduate of Providence College, McGair started working at the Pawtucket Times in Jan. 2005.

City budget hearing tonight

May 24, 2011

PAWTUCKET — With tough times requiring some acknowledged tough choices, a public hearing on the proposed operating budget scheduled for tonight is likely to draw a crowd.
The public hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall (6:45 p.m. for public input), is the residents' chance to comment on the spending plan submitted by Mayor Donald Grebien for the upcoming fiscal year.
The $198 million fiscal year 2012 budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.

May 23rd

Manville woman killed by tree limb

May 23, 2011

LINCOLN — A Manville woman died tragically Friday evening when a tree limb being cut by her husband struck her in the head, apparently killing her instantly.
Police responded to a home on Elm Street at 8:06 p.m. after receiving a report of a domestic accident. Lt. Joseph Conti and Patrolman Walter Ptaszek stated the man had asked his wife to hold a rope attached to a limb so that, once it was cut, she could lower it to the ground gently.

Pawtucket Foundation unveils strategic plan

May 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — For the past decade, The Pawtucket Foundation has been pushing for a turn-around in the city's downtown, with the Blackstone River as the centerpiece. Now, the Foundation has unveiled a new strategic plan meant to show that, more than ever, it means business—in all senses of the word.

May 22nd

Cherry Blossom Festival bigger, better than ever

May 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Pink and yellow were the colors of the day as the third annual Cherry Blossom Festival got underway on Saturday along Roosevelt Avenue.
Pink — the color of cherry blossoms — has always been the symbolic hue for an event originally designed as a fundraiser to maintain the more than 100 rancho cherry trees that were planted along Roosevelt Avenue in 2009.
This year, the pink theme was expanded to include a companion fundraiser sponsored by Storage America to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

May 20th

Cherry Tree Carnival to coincide with Cherry Blossom Fest this weekend

May 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The 1st Annual Pawtucket Cherry Tree Carnival is being held this weekend (through Sunday) at the R.I. Cherry Blossom Festival, on Roosevelt Avenue.

Pawtucket Police honor their best of the best

May 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Stopping three people from committing suicide. Solving a three-year-old murder investigation. Catching numerous suspects in violent assaults and armed robberies. Taking high level drug dealers off the city's streets. It's all in a year's work at the Pawtucket Police Department, and on Thursday, a merit awards and memorial ceremony was held to highlight these achievements.

May 19th

Alliance, Blackstone River credit unions to merge

May 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — There's strength in numbers. That's why the merger of two longstanding and successful credit unions is good news for local residents in this challenging economy.
Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union, of Pawtucket, and Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Woonsocket, are merging.
The announcement by credit union officials was made this week, with the legal merger set to take place on Sept. 30.

The cigarette tax debate

May 19, 2011

WOONSOCKET — James DeForest doesn't have to wonder how much cigarette business he's losing to neighboring Massachusetts. His customers tell him right to his face.
“As it stands now customers verbally discuss how much cheaper tobacco is in Massachusetts,” said the manager of JB Liquors on Social Street.
“They will actually make another stop to avoid purchasing cigarettes in our store.”

May 18th

Raimondo talks to Chamber about state pension crisis

May 18, 2011

LINCOLN — Despite giving a dire assessment of the current condition of the state pension fund, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that there is reason for optimism that the state will bring the $9 billion problem under control.
Raimondo said that Gov. Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed “are ready to line up and take on pension reform. They are talking about acting quickly, they are talking about a special session, they are talking about working with me to come out with concrete solutions.

RISD students develop community ties

May 18, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A new pavilion and garden project that is nearing completion on Roosevelt Avenue seems to represent the type of “win-win” situation that the Rhode Island School of Design's Architecture Department wants to have with local communities.

May 17th

Mayor: Cut council, school board health care

May 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In his budget for the coming fiscal year, Mayor Donald Grebien is proposing to eliminate all funding for health insurance and dental benefits for members of the City Council. He would also like to see this benefit eliminated for the School Committee.
While a few members appear to be on board with this already, a majority say they think the benefit is deserved for the long hours and amount of work involved and do not like to see the option taken away.

Valley students win leadership awards

May 17, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Tolman High senior Alyssa Browning didn't know what shocked her more — the fact she had been selected as one of 68 recipients of the 2011 Lt. Governor's Leadership Awards, or that her mom Cindy didn't peruse the letter informing her.
“She has a tough time keeping her hands off my mail, so it took everything she had not to open it,” Browning giggled before the ceremony, held at the Rhode Island Department of Administration's atrium on Capitol Hill Monday afternoon.

May 16th

Man injured in leap from house fire

May 16, 2011

LINCOLN — In an attempt to escape from a burning three-story tenement house early Monday morning, a man leaped from a third-floor window and suffered serious injuries, Manville Fire Chief Pete Adam stated.
“He didn't suffer any burns, but I believe he broke both his legs,” Adam said later Monday. “Lincoln Rescue (personnel) transported him to Rhode Island Hospital … This was one of the worst fires I've seen (in this village) in quite a while.”

May 15th

Forum addresses fiscal crisis

May 15, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — The diagnoses were dire and the prescriptions painful for addressing Rhode Island’s economic woes at an Operation Clean Government forum on Saturday.
The event featured the brief return of the always colorful and often combative Steven Laffey to Rhode Island’s fiscal and political fray. Laffey, the former mayor of Cranston and 2006 U.S. Senate candidate who has since decamped to a ranch in Fort Collins, Colo., apparently hasn’t learned to mince his words since moving out west.

Lincoln Vietnam Memorial to be unveiled Saturday

May 15, 2011

LINCOLN — It's been a long time coming, but old friends Ed Fox and Joe Buss finally have a date for the presentation of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial monument. It's something in which the duo have dreamed for the town for at least four decades.
On Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., the two Lincolnites will unveil the granite memorial – which now stands covered by a black nylon, Prisoner of War flag-like material knitted by Fox' wife, Patty – during a ceremony outside The Center (for seniors) on Jenckes Hill Road.

May 14th

Lavoie to be installed today (May 15) as Woodlawn Baptist's youth director

May 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Neighborhood teens looking for something to do on a Sunday night can find Oreos and Mountain Dew, games of Nerf basketball and “Apple-to-Apple,” and general comradery — with a dollop of prayer and worship mixed in — at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Lonsdale Avenue.
They will also find the friendly face and understanding soul of Brad Lavoie, the church's new youth director. Lavoie, usually accompanied by his equally friendly and understanding wife, Amanda, leads the Catalyst youth group meetings, for those ages 13 through 18, every Sunday night at the church hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

Patrick Kennedy’s new focus: neuroscience

May 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET (AP) — Patrick Kennedy retired from Congress in January, but on a recent evening in a veteran's hall here, he sounded like he was still running for office as he spoke about the plight of troops traumatized by war.
"A lot of these veterans come home now and they're prisoners of their war injuries," he told a small group of veterans who nodded in assent. "That's not the American way. We don't leave our people behind."

 

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