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March 26th, 2015

Grow houses shut down

March 26, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Rhode Island State Police, along with members of the Central Falls Police Department, arrested a Smithfield medical marijuana caregiver on marijuana distribution charges, state police announced Thursday.

On Wednesday, the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with assistance from Central Falls Police, executed two court-authorized search warrants for indoor marijuana growing operations in Central Falls and Smithfield.

High School Sports | Tolman, Shea High honor winners of winter sport Key Spirit awards

March 26, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Student-athletes who participate in interscholastic winter sports at Tolman and Shea high schools were recently recognized and awarded The Key Player Spirit Award.

March 25th

Pawtucket man admits to being pimp

March 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A city man on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Boston to Pawtucket last summer to be used as a prostitute, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Ricky Wallace, 33, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child, and transportation of a minor for sexual activity; and two counts of transportation of an individual for sexual activity.

March 24th

Providence College basketball | Dunk game for Friars icemen no quid-pro-quo

March 24, 2015


PROVIDENCE – No, Providence College fans. There was not an ounce of pity in the NCAA’s decision to send the men’s hockey team to a tournament game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center after the men’s basketball team was subjected to a quasi-home game in Dayton’s backyard.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard

March 24, 2015

March 23rd

Lincoln High Unified Sports | TEAMWORK: Jarest honored as coach of year by athletic administrators

March 23, 2015


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.

Health club on target for fall opening

March 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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, “It’s not the snow, it’s the frost that was the issue.”

March 22nd

Pawtucket native fights kids’ cancer mile by mile

March 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET — If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, it’s 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 Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.

Lincoln High School Athletics | TOTAL DEVOTION: Lions' Jarest honored for coaching commitment

March 22, 2015

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.

March 21st

Robots teach teamwork to Central Falls students

March 21, 2015

SMITHFIELD – 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 school’s intercom system about constructing “human-sized robots,” and it piqued her curiosity.

“It really interested me,” Mulford said.

March 20th

School seeks to help family left homeless by fire

March 20, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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 – one current student and one alumni – 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

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

March 20, 2015

March 19th

Tolman Boys' Volleyball | ALL IN: Nachbar honored by athletic administrators for coaching commitment

March 19, 2015


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.

Advocates say new bill unfairly targets pit bulls

March 19, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The director of an animal advocacy group said that his organization is “very much opposed” to a recently-introduced bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect, adding that he feels the bill “absolutely” unfairly targets pit bulls.

Dennis Tabella, director of animal advocacy group Defenders of Animals, on Tuesday said that there are “a lot of dog bites through the United States,” and that “if you look at the statistics, most are not even involving pit bulls.”

March 18th

Central Falls residents escape from burning building

March 18, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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.

NFL Draft | TAKING HIS BEST SHOT: Jean-Daniel Roussel, former St. Raphael standout, tries to turn heads at Brown University Pro Day

March 18, 2015

 

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.

Budget cuts could doom Tourism Council

March 18, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The director of northern Rhode Island’s district tourism council is warning that the agency could collapse if cuts in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed statewide budget are embraced by state lawmakers.

March 17th

University of Rhode Island basketball | URI blows away Iona in opening round of NIT, 88-75

March 17, 2015


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.

R.I. High school sports | Plans are in place in the event baseball, softball seasons don't start on time

March 17, 2015

 

March 16th

Teacher suspension prompts pickets

March 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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.