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December 22nd, 2011

'Blessings' are good for the body and soul

December 22, 2011

CUMBERLAND – As the saying goes, giving is its own reward. But at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, they’ve figured out a way to double the reward.
It’s called Blessings in a Backpack, a program that provides needy children from Woonsocket with food for the weekend – when they can’t get a meal in school.
Once a week, a group of volunteers at the nursing home and rehab facility stuff backpacks with cans of tuna, applesauce and other treats – enough to bridge the gap between Fridays and Mondays. But it’s no ordinary group of volunteers.

December 21st

Grebien appoints finance director

December 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Returning to the city where she once served as chief accountant, Joanna L'Heureux has been named as Pawtucket's new finance director by Mayor Donald R.Grebien.
L'Heureux will succeed Ronald Wunschel, who is retiring from that post after 14 years. She will officially assume her duties in January, and Wunschel has offered to assist with the transition. L'Heureux served as Pawtucket's chief accountant in the Finance Department, under Wunschel, for nearly four years, ending in January 2001, after previously working as a staff accountant for the Pawtucket School Department.

December 20th

12 robbed at gunpoint

December 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Two men wearing masks and brandishing handguns robbed approximately 12 people who were watching Monday Night Football in a city rental space just after 11 p.m., Monday.
According to Pawtucket Police Maj. Arthur Martins, the suspects had confronted two men who had left the converted mill building, located at 545 Pawtucket Ave. (across the road from Gold's Gym), to smoke cigarettes outside.
The gunmen then ordered them up the stairs to Unit 302, where several people had congregated to watch the NFL tilt between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers.

December 19th

DEM meets with Rumford residents

December 19, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — Three members of the East Providence Coalition met with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Assistant Director Terry Gray and legal counsel Richard Bianculli in Providence on Friday to discuss DEM's recent notice of intent to suspend the license held by TLA-Pond View Recycling Facility.

December 18th

Chafee: 'We're making progress'

December 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Despite the wholesale rejection of his first budget by the General Assembly and his failure to expand long-awaited pension reform legislation to cover troubled municipal plans, Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he considers his freshman year at the helm of the Ocean State to be a success.

December 17th

Twin River donates fixed-up bicycles to Lincoln youths

December 17, 2011

LINCOLN — Twin River has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies by organizing a program to utilize their unclaimed lost or stolen bicycles in an effort known as Project Broken Wheel.
“We take parts from each of the broken bicycles in order to make them whole again,” said Frank Martucci, general manager of beverage operations for Twin River. “Our employees really pulled together and were able to bring smiles to so many little faces this holiday season.”

December 15th

City schools balance budget

December 15, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to a production error, an article from a previous School Committee meeting inadvertently ran in Friday's Times and on this web site. The following is the correct article from the School Committee meeting of Dec. 13.

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to various cost-cutting measures, including bringing back special education students from outplacement services, and concessions from the teachers' union, the School Department was able to achieve a balanced budget for the current fiscal year.

The play's the thing at Slater Junior High

December 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Some things never change. Feelings of jealousy, rage, heartbreak and entrapment are just as much a part of people's lives today as they were centuries ago when William Shakespeare penned his famous tragedy, “Hamlet.”

December 14th

Convicted cop to keep his job

December 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In a written decision handed down on Wednesday, Pawtucket Police officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted earlier this year on a charge of indecent exposure during an off-duty driving incident, won the right to keep his job from a Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights hearing panel.
Yet, city officials say they will appeal the decision, which they are attributing to a procedural error in filing by another city police officer.

Superintendent: Central Falls High School has arrived

December 14, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Trumpeting the success of the sometimes difficult and tumultuous transformation of Central Falls High School that began in 2010 with the threat to fire all the teachers, Superintendent Frances Gallo told a group of educators Tuesday that “from the depths of despair and resentment, our school has arrived.”
As a result, Gallo said as she addressed the 2011 High School Transformation Summit, “families, parents, students and teachers, that core family, can truly dream big because everyone is committed to reaching those big dreams.

Schools accept 13 faculty retirements

December 14, 2011

LINCOLN – Superinten-dent of Schools Georgia Fortunato informed the School Committee at its regular meeting Monday night that 12 teachers and guidance counselors have chosen to submit their plans for retirement come June, while another will retire in January.
The committee, with three members absent — including Julie Zito, Mary Varr and Tracey Cavanaugh — voted unanimously (4-0) to accept those retirements.

Prevention Coalition awards 5

December 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Call it a healthy version of the “Oscars.” Five individuals who have worked to steer children and teens away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco products and toward making good lifestyle choices were honored recently by the Pawtucket Prevention Coalition.

December 12th

Last honors for Pawtucket native

December 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — “Leaving a proud legacy” was a phrase that was woven frequently through the remarks of several who spoke at Monday's funeral services for U.S. Army Specialist Christopher L. Mendonca.

December 11th

Songs of the Season

December 11, 2011

St. Teresa's Middle School seventh graders sing "O, Come All Ye Faithful" as part of their Christmas song presentation during the St. Teresa's Senior Citizens Group Annual Christmas Party Thursday afternoon at the St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church Hall in Pawtucket.

Town awards multi-year contract to Coastal Recycling

December 11, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Town Council Wednesday voted 5 to 2 to award a multi-year contract to North Smithfield-based Coastal Recycling, Inc. for curbside collection of recyclables, despite protests from the only other company submitting proposals for the contract that the selection process was unfair.

December 9th

City Council OKs tax treaty for car rental business

December 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Calling it a “win-win” situation that the city should seek more of, the City Council on Wednesday approved a five-year tax treaty for a car rental business that will bring in $1 million in revenue.
According to city Tax Assessor David Quinn, the owners of Richmond Motor Sales, of Providence, approached the city about relocating the headquarters for their short-term rental car business to 519 Pawtucket Avenue. The owners had originally asked for a tax treaty of 10 or more years, but through negotiations with the city, an agreement was reached on a five-year tax break plan.

Winter Wonderland concludes this weekend

December 9, 2011

During Tree Day at Slater Park on Dec. 1 to get ready for the opening of Winter Wonderland, Steve Koczan, background, of East Providence gets a helping hand from Larry Williams. Winter Wonderland concludes this weekend, with festivities from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photo/Butch Adams

City man loses left hand in industrial accident

December 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET – A 20-year-old Pawtucket man suffered the loss of his left hand as he worked with a plastics manufacturing machine at Teknor Apex Co. on Thursday night, police stated Friday.
Maj. Arthur Martins stated three officers responded to the building at 505 Central Ave. shortly after 9:15 p.m. when a “9-1-1” call reported an industrial accident. Pawtucket Fire and Rescue personnel from the nearby Cottage Street station raced to the scene and transported Joseph Vaillencourt, of Farnum Street, to Rhode Island Hospital for surgery.

December 8th

Police search pond for murder weapon

December 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island State Police dive team and the Pawtucket Police spent most of Wednesday searching a small pond/swamp area off the Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway for a reported murder weapon. They came up with some “items” that are being evaluated as possible evidence, according to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, although he stopped short of saying that the gun police had been looking for was found.

Cumberland men facing gun charges

December 8, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Two townsmen were arrested Monday and charged with altering the serial numbers on guns believed to have been stolen, police said.
One of the suspects was also charged with illegal possession of cocaine and a knife with a blade longer than three inches.
At around 4:30 Monday morning, police were summoned to Birchwood Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, Sgt. John Cook located a car occupied by Corey Ridolfi, 24, and Jared Lemay, 18, each of whom has a last known address of 20 Green St., Cumberland.


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