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November 21st, 2013

NEW: Louis 'The Coin' Colavecchio busted

November 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A man with known ties to organized crime and notoriously known as “The Coin” for masterfully producing counterfeit slot machine tokens has now been arrested on drug charges by Pawtucket Police.
Louis Colavecchio, 71, of 172 Argol St., was taken into custody on Wednesday after members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad executed a search warrant of his apartment. Police say the investigation was the result of neighborhood complaints and other sources of information.
READ THE FULL STORY IN FRIDAY'S TIMES.

November 20th

High court judges "ride circuit" into Central Falls HS

November 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The stage in the Central Falls High School auditorium has seen a lot of productions over the years, but perhaps none so formal as a session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

November 19th

Mom opposes ROTC

November 19, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A former teacher, coach and public school activist says she objects to a proposal to have a Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at Shea and Tolman High Schools and wants the School Committee to reconsider its previous vote of support.
Maggi Rogers, a longtime city resident and the mother of two Tolman graduates, says she was “gravely concerned” after learning of the School Committee's vote last week to support a memorandum of understanding for a Marine CorpsJROTC to be implemented at two out of the three city high schools.

BREAKING NEWS: Phone lines down at Pawtucket City Hall

November 19, 2013

PAWTUCKET -- The City of Pawtucket is experiencing problems with its main telephone
number, 401-728-0500, due to technical issues with a service provider. The issue is
actively being worked on and is expected to be resolved soon.
A temporary line has been set up to accept all incoming calls and operate as
normally. That number is 401-616-2235.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for their patience.

Cause of explosion, fire deemed accidental

November 19, 2013

PAWTUCKET—The cause of the Nov. 5 explosion that prompted a devastating fire at a triple-decker at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave. has been determined to be “accidental” according to state and local fire officials.
The explosion tore the front walls off of the 133-year-old house and sparked a blaze which injured a young father and his 9-month-old daughter. The extensive damage to all three apartments left that family, a second floor tenant and another young family on the first floor homeless.

November 18th

Coach out on bail

November 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A Pawtucket man and noted youth basketball coach, accused of possessing child pornography, is out on bail after being arrested by the Rhode Island State Police on Friday.

November 17th

Winter Wonderland’s on its way

November 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Just as one tiny snowflake can turn into something much bigger, so too has the Winter Wonderland festival grown. The annual event held in Slater Park is celebrating its 15th year, and its success appears to be ensured for many more years to come.

November 15th

Merry Christmas Fund sees strong start

November 15, 2013

PAWTUCKET — While stores may be festively decorated and Christmas music is playing 24/7 on the radio, the approaching holiday season can often be more stressful than enjoyable for anyone struggling to make ends meet.

That's why The Times is once again supporting its annual “Merry Christmas Fund,” which benefits The Salvation Army of Pawtucket. As the community’s daily newspaper, The Times is part of the fabric of the Blackstone Valley, and its management team and staff believe in the importance of trying to reach out to help local residents in need enjoy a brighter holiday season.

November 14th

Confections with a kick at new bake shop, eatery

November 15, 2013

PAWTUCKET — There’s a new Bad Kat in town who knows how to stir things up in the kitchen. Bad Kat Kupkakes & Kafe opened last week at 29 Exchange St., in the Elks building downtown.

Proprietress Carol Cove sells her signature line of alcohol-infused cupcakes (along with non-alcohol Kitten Kakes for the kids), plus a selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, smoothies, coffees and teas. She is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and also takes large-scale cupcake and catering orders for parties and events.

November 13th

McKee announces run for lieutenant governor

November 14, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee made it official on Wednesday and became the first announced candidate seeking election to the state’s lieutenant governor seat in the 2014 state general election.

McKee, now serving his sixth term as mayor of Cumberland, pointed to his roles in leading Cumberland out of past financial difficulties and helping to improve its schools as successes that would help him lead the lieutenant governor’s office into new areas of responsibility aimed at improving the lives of Rhode Islanders.

November 12th

EP to weigh change to strong mayor-based government

November 12, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE — The firing last week of City Manager Peter Graczykowski has prompted a renewed call for the city to consider switching to an elected mayor form of government, a proposal the sitting City Council wants to open up for debate at its next meeting on Nov. 19.

Part of that debate will be whether or not the council should put a strong mayor form of government question on the ballot next year.

November 8th

Merry Christmas Fund returns; Jingle Mingle Dec. 7

November 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The busy holiday season is approaching, and with it comes more worries for those who are struggling to make ends meet. As it has for the past 31 years, The Times is trying to help by raising money through its annual Merry Christmas Fund that benefits The Salvation Army of Pawtucket.

November 7th

Raimondo at Rotary talks unemployment

November 8, 2013

PAWTUCKET – General Treasurer Gina Raimondo still isn’t making any commitments to run for governor next year, but she told the Pawtucket Rotary Club Thursday that, if she does run her top priority would be to create job opportunities for Rhode Island.

Noting that the statistic quoted for unemployment in Rhode Island is above 9 percent (9.1), Raimondo told the Rotarians that if you count people with part-time jobs who want full-time employment, the rate is actually closer to 17 percent.

November 6th

Blast leaves behind only questions

November 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The charred remains of the three-family house at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave., where Tuesday's explosion occurred, was abuzz all day Wednesday with police and fire officials, National Grid workers, and various bulldozers and dump trucks. However, as the day drew to a close, there was no word on the cause of the devastating blast and fire that left at least seven people homeless and sent two to the hospital.

November 5th

Man severely burned, baby injured in house explosion

November 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A man was severely burned and a baby injured in a house explosion in a triple-decker at 422 Mineral Spring Ave. on Tuesday morning.

Police and fire officials are looking at natural gas as the cause, although the incident remains under investigation. A large crew of National Grid officials, along with investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s Office, were in and around the scene by the afternoon.

CF elects female majority to council

November 6, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS – “The darkest days of Central Falls are over,” Mayor James Diossa declared as he coasted in to a full term at City Hall without opposition on Tuesday.

Not only did Diossa win handily, capturing 96 percent of the vote with 23 voters casting write-in ballots, the entire slate of candidates he endorsed for City Council seats also won, although only one of them had an opponent.

In Ward 3, the only contested race, Hugo Figueroa bested Douglas Pendergrass by a margin of 92-61.

November 4th

Juvenile Hearing Board marks 20th year

November 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET—“Youth is wasted on the young” and no one knows that better than those working in law enforcement. Sorting out those teens who commit a crime due to immaturity and who deserve a second chance versus those who are truly delinquent is the goal of the city's Juvenile Hearing Board.
It will be 20 years ago this month that Pawtucket's Juvenile Hearing Board was formed, and the panel of citizens has saved many a youthful offender from having a police record, but more importantly, going on to commit further crimes.

November 3rd

Mural to greet drivers entering state on I-95

November 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET—A row of mill windows...for someone looking in to glimpse bustling industry and for someone looking out to dream big dreams. This is the image that will soon greet motorists heading into Rhode Island on Interstate 95 near exits 29 and 30 in Pawtucket.

October 31st

Firefighters battle 6-alarm blaze in Lincoln

October 31, 2013

LINCOLN – A fast moving six-alarm fire destroyed a significant portion of the historic Lonsdale Bleachery Mill complex Thursday night as scores of firefighters from Lincoln and surrounding northern Rhode Island communities did their best to contain it.

The fire came in as a box alarm from the mill complex at 5:12 p.m., according to Police Capt. Phillip Gould, and could be seen erupting from windows of a largely vacant mill building along the Blackstone River as fire companies arrived on scene.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Lincoln mill fire goes to 6 alarms

October 31, 2013

LINCOLN - Firefighters from Woonsocket, Cumberland, Central Falls, Pawtucket and other communities assisted Lincoln Fire Department in battling a fast moving blaze at the vacant Lonsdale Bleachery that broke out about 5 p.m. on Halloween night. Fire crews doused the flames for several hours. The building partially collapsed. There was no word Thursday night on a cause. Read the full story, view additional photos in Friday's Call.

 

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