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April 19th, 2015
CUMBERLAND â The Cumberland Public Library on Saturday was transformed into a scene reminiscent of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as revelers celebrated all things Harry Potter, from learning how to create potions to playing Muggle Quidditch with a squad from the University of Rhode Island.
The day started with sorting by Professor Minerva McGonagall, followed by a Harry Potter-themed LEGO Club, trivia contest, and potions class.
Throughout the day, guests participated in a day-long Horcrux scavenger hunt.
PAWTUCKET â Two people were arrested when a 25-year-old man who thought he was showing up for an online hookup was robbed of cash, sneakers and a cellphone Friday, according to police.
Alejandra Hernandez, 18, of Coleman Street, and Jamil Gray, 21, of Johnston, were held for arraignment in District Court on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy.
The arrests took place shortly after 12:40 a.m., when the victim flagged down officers on Lonsdale Avenue and told them heâd just been robbed on Coleman Street after connecting with a female via computer.
PAWTUCKET â While the president of the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday unveiled plans for a proposed riverfront stadium in downtown Providence that would serve as the teamâs future home, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien believes the city is not ready to throw in the towel, even if the teamâs long-term future at McCoy Stadium is looking less likely with each passing day.
Grebien said his reactions to Wednesdayâs press conference, at which the stadium proposal was unveiled, were multifaceted.
PROVIDENCE â Plans for a proposed 10,000-seat, $85 million dollar riverfront ballpark that will look to serve as the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox were unveiled Tuesday.
Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington at a press conference at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon said that if approved, the objective would be to begin construction on the ballpark in December with a targeted opening in April 2017.
CENTRAL FALLS â A four-alarm fire tore through a garage on Washington Street Tuesday morning, with its thick smoke prompting the cancellation of classes at a nearby middle school, fire officials said.
The fire was reported prior to 6 a.m. Tuesday at the small, one-story garage at 96 Washington St., Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy brown and black smoke emanating from the garage.
CUMBERLAND â The townâs historic Nine Men's Misery monument drew visitors to the Monastery property on Sunday, including Kathy and Michaela Crawley.
Kathy Crawley, wife of town Recreation Director Michael Crawley, said she had never had a chance to stop at the monument until Sundayâs Spring Festival at Monastery. Michaela said had she had spotted the stone monument several times while running on the Monasteryâs trails, but didnât know that much about the site.
PAWTUCKET â Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is leaving millions of tourist dollars on the table and missing an opportunity to create thousands of jobs by clinging to an ineffective strategy of promoting tourism through regional districts at the expense of a unified, statewide campaign.
No other state in New England dedicates nearly as much of its statewide tourism budget to regional districts, yet Rhode Island has consistently been losing its market share of the nationâs tourism dollars to competing states, the governor says.
CENTRAL FALLS â With only about three percent through the entire square-mile city, Central Falls ranks last in the state with the least green space. However, a group of students on Friday aimed to change that figure by planting an urban arboretum at Calcutt Middle School.
PAWTUCKET â The City Councilâs Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety Wednesday night voted to send a resolution requesting the reinstatement of the Pawtucket Police Departmentâs Special Response Unit for the next fiscal year to the councilâs Finance Committee.
The three-member public safety committee voted 2-1 in favor of sending the resolution to the Finance Committee, with At-Large Councilor and Committee Chairman Thomas E. Hodge and District 5 Councilor Mary E. Bray voting in favor, while District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer cast the lone dissenting vote.
PAWTUCKET â The City Council's Board of License Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the Pawtucket Red Sox' petition to conduct a fireworks display at the conclusion of seven home games this season.
According to the PawSox' application for a special event license, the
seven dates of the fireworks displays will be May 25, June 13, June 27, July 2, July 3, Aug. 8, and Sept. 6.
The board during its March 25 meeting tabled a discussion and possible
vote after District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer made a motion to
PAWTUCKET â A one-way section of Main Street between Pine Street and
Mineral Spring Avenue next week will be converted to two-way traffic, city officials have said.
Construction has been ongoing at that section of Main Street - adjacent
to Mineral Spring Avenue - for some time, and the intent is to go live
WOONSOCKET â Elected officials from Warwick to Woonsocket are protesting Gov. Gina Raimondoâs plan to divert some $2 million in hotel taxes from regional tourism councils to bankroll a statewide marketing campaign spearheaded by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.
The mayors and town administrators of Pawtucket, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Lincoln and Cumberland are among those who have signed a letter to the governor, asking her to reconsider the plan.
PAWTUCKET â Long an established part of East Street in downtown Pawtucket, the Adams Furniture building is nearing its final days, as plans are in motion to demolish the property and convert the space into employee parking for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care.
Ray Lavoie, executive director of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, said that demolition should be able to commence in about two weeks.
The parking for health care employees will make available more spaces in and around the health care campus on East Avenue, he noted.
CENTRAL FALLS â The bright lights of Hollywood shined on a small Crossman Street pub this week, as the bar was transformed into a seedy watering hole as part of the filming for a romantic thriller set to be released in 2016.
P Jayâs Pub on Wednesday was in the early stages of its metamorphosis into a film set, as it prepared for its close-up for the big screen.
Filming took place all day Thursday.
WARWICK â The late James F. âJimâ Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.
The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organizationâs annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.
PAWTUCKET â Sponsorship opportunities are available to help the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket hit a home run for area children.
The 2015 Homers for Kids Campaign, in conjunction with the Pawtucket Red Sox, has been launched, with sponsorship opportunities available. Homers for Kids is a summer-long corporate donor program that benefits area children and teenagers through the support of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket.
A Providence County grand jury Friday indicted a Central Falls man for first-degree robbery earlier this year, and a Pawtucket man for first degree arson in connection with a fire in August of last year.
Dennis Renaud, 49, of 109 Montgomery St., Pawtucket, was indicted on one count of first degree robbery in connection with the Jan. 7 robbery of American - Colombian Liquors on Broad St. Police say Renaud brandished a knife during the robbery. The store clerk told police that the assailant threatened him with a knife and left the scene with an undetermined amount of cash from the register.
CENTRAL FALLS â 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.
PAWTUCKET â 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.