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September 23rd, 2011

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council holds 26th annual awards

September 23, 2011

LINCOLN — A record number of people came out to the Twin River Event Center on Thursday night to honor the author of a book on a record-setting baseball game, a Central Falls native who heads up the prestigious Wal-Mart Foundation and other special guests at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's 26th Annual Awards Dinner.

September 22nd

E.P. Police focus on seat belt scofflaws

September 22, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — In his two-plus decades working on the East Providence police force, Sgt. John Andrews has heard all kinds of excuses from people as to why they don't wear their seat belts.
He received the same ol' song and dance Wednesday morning, when he and several other officers conducted a “Click It or Ticket” campaign enforcement zone at the R.I. Public Transportation Authority's “Park & Ride” lot on Taunton Avenue.

Park panel irons out fields use

September 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Parks Commission Chair Terry Mercer conducted an emergency meeting Wednesday night to request further information as to the fall season permitting process for school athletic and recreational field usage.

September 20th

Pit bull bites three at school

September 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A loose pit bull caused chaos Monday afternoon when he ran into the yard of St. Cecelia's School and jumped at and bit three children waiting to go inside.
According to Animal Control Director John Holmes, the children's injuries consisted of minor bites and scratches. The adult pit bull and a pit bull puppy belonging to the same owner have both been taken to the Animal Shelter in Slater Park. The adult dog will be held at the shelter for a 10-day quarantine as required by state law, Holmes said. The state Department of Health was also notified.

Public hearing tonight on zoning changes

September 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Proposed changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown area more business-friendly will be the topic of a public hearing at tonight's City Council meeting. The hearing will start at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall.

September 19th

Coughlin wants to explore consolidation of Pawtucket, CF schools

September 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Based on information he has gleaned from recent seminars, Pawtucket School Committeeman David Coughlin has written a letter to the Central Falls receiver asking if a consolidation of School Department services should be explored between Pawtucket and Central Falls.

September 18th

Operation Stand Down RI looks after veterans

September 18, 2011

CUMBERLAND — "We turn no one away," says Anthony DeQuattro, president of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The annual encampment to assist all veterans, including those who are homeless, got underway Friday at Diamond Hill Park and closes out later today (Sunday).
The three-day outreach event features a wide array of services for homeless veterans and any veteran seeking help, such as housing, hot meals and showers, clothing, benefits screenings, legal assistance, medical and mental health services, vaccinations, substance abuse support and counseling.

Soldiering on into history; the fun continues Sunday in Lincoln

September 18, 2011

LINCOLN – The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, “That was outstanding.
“It's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,” noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family “A Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekend” at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.

September 17th

Residents rally against TLA/Pond View

September 17, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – A full 45 minutes before TLA-Pond View Recycling Facility attorneys were to appeal a May 27 zoning violation before the Zoning Board of Review, at least 60 residents conducted a vociferous rally in front of City Hall on Thursday night.
Most members of the congregation, including men, women and children, wore red T-shirts with the catch phrase “Enforce The Law & Protect Us” in white on the front, while others carried signs reading, “Stop Pond View Now!” and “Hold Pond View Accountable!”

THE DOCTOR IS IN: Shea High sets up medical office

September 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to grant money and a local physician's unique idea, the “doctor is in” at Shea High School.
Dr. Tanya Becker, a pediatrician who has practiced in Pawtucket for the past seven years, has set up a satellite office in the lower level of Shea High School. Here, on certain days and during scheduled hours, she will see students who are ill or in need of medical exams or other treatment in the same way she would at her regular office 59 Prospect St.

September 15th

Senate panel holds hearing on Irene

September 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE – With enough time gone by to gain perspective since Hurricane Irene left the state in the dark for days, the Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee held the first of two public hearings Thursday on the state Emergency Management Agency's, the National Guard's and National Grid's performance during and after the storm.

September 14th

Tenants displaced by fire on Gordon Street

September 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — An electrical fire that started in an attic displaced about 13 tenants in a four-unit apartment house at 192 Garden St. early Wednesday morning, fire officials said.
The call for the three-alarm blaze came in at around 5 a.m. According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the fire burned through much of the roof and caused extensive smoke and water damage throughout the wood frame house.
All of the tenants were able to escape and no one was injured, although two firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion, he said.

Antique diner rolls into Pawtucket

September 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Many of its Pullman car windows are broken or missing and its stainless steel has lost its luster, but Jonathan Savage was still pleased as punch Tuesday afternoon when the antique diner he recently acquired was delivered to his mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue.

September 13th

Hearing set on proposed zoning changes

September 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown more business-friendly—including one that removes parking requirements-- have been proposed by the Planning Department.
A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held by the City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall. The City Council could give first passage to the changes that night, and a second vote will be required for adoption.

Ruling may put crimp in pension plan

September 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — State employees and schoolteachers “possess implied unilateral contract rights” to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.

Raimondo gives state senators a pension lesson

September 13, 2011


PROVIDENCE — General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told state senators Monday that she would like to fashion a pension reform plan that would not take benefits away from state employees who have already retired, and thinks she can do it. But she isn’t making any promises.
“We would love to be able get this done without touching accrued benefits,” she said at an informational caucus for the full senate, “so if you’ve earned it, it’s yours, and I think that is possible, that is why we are taking so long to carefully go through the numbers.”

Rug maker frustrated with National Grid

September 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The owner of a local rug manufacturer said he has grown frustrated with National Grid's slow response to a loss of electrical power at his company — and it occurred long before Tropical Storm Irene.
On June 6 at around 11:30 a.m., a transformer located outside a mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Ave. exploded while in the midst of being repaired by National Grid workers. The blaze that erupted caused damage to a stair tower, windows and a portion of the roof of the 325,000-square foot historic mill complex and disrupted power to 125 tenants.

September 11th

Rhode Islanders remember 9/11

September 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A huge U.S. flag, held aloft at the entrance to the Statehouse lawn by the extension ladders of a pair of Providence fire trucks, greeted the approximately 100 people who attended the 10th anniversary observance of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Sunday.

September 10th

Jarret family remembers the good times with Amy

September 10, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The passage of 10 years hasn't soothed the pain for Aram P. Jarret Jr. and his family but remembering his daughter Amy N. Jarret's caring ways does help them cope to a degree.
Amy was a flight attendant on United Flight 175 out of Boston and died at the age of 28 when terrorists seized the aircraft and flew it into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

September 9th

Several 9/11 observances throughout the Valley on Sunday

September 9, 2011

Veterans groups, first responders and civic officials from around the Valley will mark 9/11 with special Masses, prayer services and tributes on Sunday. Here is a roundup of the planned observances, arranged by the community.

— The Major Walter Gatchell VFW Post 306 will conduct a ceremony at the post home, 171 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, Sunday at 11 a.m. Coffee and pastry will be served.


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