March 23rd, 2015
PAWTUCKET â After lying dormant for months as a harsh winter bore down on Rhode Island, the future home of LA Fitness Center at the Pawtucket and Providence line once again came alive with the bustle of construction Monday.
The project was halted late last year in anticipation of wintery conditions, according to Michael A. Voccola, corporate vice president with The Procaccianti Group, a real estate management and investment firm. However, a project shutting down for the winter months is not unusual, as Voccola said, âItâs not the snow, itâs the frost that was the issue.â
PAWTUCKET â If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, itâs more than likely that you saw a young Ken Bettencourt riding his bicycle around the community. This summer, nearly 50 years after he started riding around Pawtucket, Bettencourt is returning to Rhode Island as part of a cross-country journey to raise funds and spread awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
Bettencourt, 55, is in the midst of a nationwide bicycle ride in support of Alexâs Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.
LINCOLN – It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.
SMITHFIELD â Central Falls High School freshman Daphne Mulford found inspiration in constructing a robot.
Just last year, Mulford said she was struggling in middle school, noting that she had been absent numerous times. However, she overheard an announcement via the schoolâs intercom system about constructing âhuman-sized robots,â and it piqued her curiosity.
âIt really interested me,â Mulford said.
CENTRAL FALLS â The Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket has
established a website at which people can donate to aid a family who lost everything in Wednesday afternoon's fire that gutted a multi-family home on Central Street.
Two sisters â one current student and one alumni â lived at 388 Central
St., the location of Wednesday's wind-driven fire that left upwards of 15 people homeless.
Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley on Friday said that the state
Fire Marshal's Office listed the cause of Wednesday's blaze as
PAWTUCKET – While Tolman High varsity boys’ volleyball coach Neil Nachbar didn’t previously know much about the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, he certainly does now.
The 44-year-old city native learned recently he had been selected the R.I.I.A.A.A.’s “Male Coach of the Year,” and that he will be feted at the mammoth group’s annual awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick on Thursday, April 2.
PAWTUCKET â The director of an animal advocacy group said that his organization is âvery much opposedâ to a recently-introduced bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect, adding that he feels the bill âabsolutelyâ unfairly targets pit bulls.
Dennis Tabella, director of animal advocacy group Defenders of Animals, on Tuesday said that there are âa lot of dog bites through the United States,â and that âif you look at the statistics, most are not even involving pit bulls.â
CENTRAL FALLS â Upwards of 15 people are homeless after a wind-driven fire severely damaged a multi-family home on Central Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
The fire, which was called in at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, started off as what appeared to be a very small fire that started on the ground level outside of the building at 388 Central Ave., Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley told The Times at the scene on Wednesday.
However, the fire got into the building and spread quickly, and within a matter of minutes, had gone from ground level to the property's attic.
PROVIDENCE – Jean-Daniel Roussel had the perfect way to seek feedback at Brown University’s Pro Football Day.
Whenever there was a break in the action, the Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy alumnus would glance at Brown offensive coordinator Frank Sheehan. Six NFL scouts came to the Ivy League school, all of them armed with the appropriate tools of the trade.
PAWTUCKET â The director of northern Rhode Islandâs district tourism council is warning that the agency could collapse if cuts in Gov. Gina Raimondoâs proposed statewide budget are embraced by state lawmakers.
KINGSTON — After playing two, slow-down Atlantic 10 Tournament conference games over the weekend, the No. 3 Rhode Island basketball team finally found an opponent that was willing to play an up-tempo, 94-foot contest.
In the first round of the National Invitational Tournament, the Rams and No. 6 Iona traded dunks, 3-pointers, transition buckets and free throws – lots and lots of free throws – for 40 minutes Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Monday to protest the suspension of a teacher they say spoke out about the controversial new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test, telling students they had the option not to take the exam.
Within 36 hours after the suspension of teacher Bill Ashton last Friday, a Facebook page in support of Ashton was created, with more than 1,000 likes as of yesterday.
“I don’t think you’re going to be on the field this week or even by the first of the month.”
KINGSTON – Fifteen minutes after the final horn had sounded, St. Raphael Academy veteran mentor Fred Saunders walked out of his girls’ locker room, saw a few media types waiting for him and immediately raised one hand before turning back to compose himself.
The gesture spoke volumes.
PAWTUCKET â Four months after a Superior Court judgeâs ruling effectively ended the cityâs 10-year prohibition against owning pit bulls, a state representative has introduced a bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect.
The bill, introduced last week by District 59 state Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Pawtucket), would ostensibly affect Pawtucket and any other city that had a resolution in place prior to a 2013 bill that banned cities and towns in Rhode Island from passing ordinances that were breed-specific.
PAWTUCKET â The police officer captured in an image posted online admitted to briefly dozing off behind the wheel of the vehicle and now awaits consequences after the conclusion of an investigation, a city official told The Times.
Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday said that the
investigation, which was conducted by the Pawtucket Police Department's
Internal Affairs Unit, had reached its conclusion. Pires, however, would not disclose the officer's identity, citing personnel reasons.
The officer âindicated it was him and that he was very contrite about
KINGSTON – Fred Saunders knows that he’s been in a fortunate position. For the past two seasons, the St. Raphael head coach has been able to put the same three girls in his Saints’ starting lineup.
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