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June 13th, 2014

Wyatt center placed into receivership

June 13, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — It’s a word that no one expected to hear again so soon in this city, but the financially troubled Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is now in receivership.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein granted the temporary receivership and appointed Providence attorney Jonathan Savage as the receiver for the next 20 days. After that, Silverstein will appoint a long term receiver if necessary.

June 12th

City man pleads to murder of Providence teen

June 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE – An 18-year-old Pawtucket man pleaded guilty on Thursday to his role in a Providence shooting that killed 17-year-old George Holland Jr. of Providence.

According to the state attorney general’s office, Alain Bedame, with a last known address of 280 Weeden St., pleaded guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime that resulted in injury. Under the agreement, he will testify against his co-defendants in the case.

June 11th

C.F. school official set to take consulting job

June 11, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – A man chosen four years ago to reform troubled Central Falls High School is moving on to a new role in education and one that will possibly involve a national stage.

Schools Superintendent Fran Gallo announced Wednesday that Victor Capellan, the district’s deputy superintendent for transformation, will be leaving the school district at the end of this school year to take a position with Mass Insight Education in Boston. He will begin his new position in July.

For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Times.

June 10th

Pet shop owner, EP council spar over puppy sales

June 10, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Perfect Pets owner Scott Bergantino is convinced that had members of the East Providence City Council visited his The Perfect Puppy store on Wampanoag Trail, they would have thought twice about passing an ordinance that makes it illegal for any commercial business to sell dogs or cats in the city.

But they didn’t. The ordinance was passed. And Bergantino is in the legal fight of his life.

June 9th

Business owner: It's safety first when carnival comes to town

June 9, 2014

The festival season has begun and carnival and amusement ride companies are already setting up at events around the state to bring their unique form of flashing lights and stomach-churning, g-force motion rides to the brave of heart.
But there is a lot to more to a carnival setting up in town for a few days or a week-long festival than unpacking the rides and connecting them to their electricity supplies.

June 8th

Baldwin pumps up CF library at fundraiser

June 8, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — It was during the last hurricane that knocked out power in his hometown of East Hampton that Alec Baldwin realized just how important the community library can be.

There was no electricity, but the small library in the seaside township of Sag Harbor found a way to function, “paper slipping” books to patrons, operating with a small generator that allowed people to use their computers, and otherwise providing a welcome beacon to storm-weary residents.

June 6th

Pawtucket, and proud of it: Volunteerism rules the day

June 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Standing on a traffic island on Taft Street, Jack Partridge used his hands to frame the scenic image made by the weathered stone of the Division Street bridge paralleled with the modern steel arches of the adjacent Pawtucket River Bridge. “Look at all those angles these two bridges make. And you don’t see stonework like that anymore. People in New York City would love to see this,” the attorney marveled.

June 5th

House considers state budget

June 5, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Pressing against a self-imposed midnight deadline Thursday, the House Finance Committee worked to give its approval to an $8.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

About $3.4 billion of that will come from general revenues collected by the state and the rest from various federal sources. The $3.4 billion figure is about $10 million less than proposed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in January, while the $8.7 figure is higher than the governor’s because of increases in federal funding, according to House Finance Chairman Raymond Gallison of Bristol.

June 4th

Friday is Pawtucket Proud Day

June 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET—With wet weather being forecast for Thursday, Pawtucket Proud Day will now be held on Friday, June 6, rain or shine. Organizers say that other details remain unchanged.

June 3rd

Special Squad stages successful prostitution sting in Pawtucket neighborhood

June 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Despite a major cleanup, the Dexter and Barton Street neighborhood still has a devil of a time changing its reputation. Yet, the Pawtucket Police Department's Special Squad is committed to remaining vigilant and, when necessary, springing into action to combat the prostitution activity the once-seedy neighborhood has long been known for.

June 2nd

Film crew scouts locations in Pawtucket

June 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – “The Purple Rose of Darlington”? “Everything You Wanted to Know About One-Way Streets but Were Afraid to Ask”? “Bullets over Broadway II”?
No title has been picked for Woody Allen’s next movie, but location scouts have looked at several spots around Pawtucket as possible settings for the film scheduled to go into production this summer.
Allen is notoriously secretive about upcoming film projects and discloses few details about them until a picture is ready to release.

June 1st

CF library turns to star power to help fund media center

June 1, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — While actor Alec Baldwin didn't want his famous name to distract from an event that's about promoting literacy, Adams Memorial Library officials are banking on just that Hollywood star power to boost some much-needed financial donations.

May 30th

Alves to run for mayor in Cumberland

May 30, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The field of candidates to replace departing Mayor Daniel McKee grew to three on Friday as former Town Councilman Daniel Alves announced his bid for the seat.

Alves, a Democrat like the two other prospective candidates, Manuel DaCosta and William Murray, pointed to both his council experience and his operation of small business for nearly 40 years as making him well qualified for the town’s executive post.

May 29th

THIS JUST IN: Three-story house burns

May 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- A fire that broke out about 9:45 p.m. Thursday night at 24-26 Garden St., was brought under control in about 30 minutes, but left 12 people without a place to live. The cause of the fire was not immediately available. No injuries were reported.

E.P. police make large heroin bust

May 29, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Two Fall River men were detained on drug charges Thursday after the state police seized a sizable quantity of heroin during a motor vehicle stop on I-195 the day before.
State police said they seized more than 20 “bricks” of heroin – 1,050 individually wrapped packets in all – after they pulled the car over. A single brick has a street value of about $300.

May 28th

HS seniors stumble on NECAP

May 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Usually, it's the marginal students who sigh in relief upon learning they will graduate after all. This June, more so than in years past, the city's teachers and administrators will be feeling that sense of relief right along with them.

May 25th

Students week to turn CF parking lot into plaza

May 25, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — The city that is just one square mile in size is attracting some big thinkers.

This summer, 30 students from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, as well as the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, will be embarking on a joint project to transform an empty lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped plaza.

May 23rd

Victim stabbed several times

May 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Police say a disgruntled ex-boyfriend was arrested early Friday morning in a stabbing Thursday night that caused serious injuries to his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

May 22nd

Pawtucket school officials stunned by teacher's arrest

May 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET—School officials say George Grimes was a versatile English language arts teacher who had always received positive evaluations for his job performance. Therefore, the news of his arrest Thursday morning on child pornography charges rocked the Shea High School community as well as those on the administration side, said interim Schools Superintendent Patricia DiCenso.
“This was not on our radar,” said DiCenso. “We're sad and surprised. And the children are sad. But the children's safety comes first, and Mr. Grimes has been placed on leave while we investigate this,” she said.

May 21st

City board: New gym is fit for site

May 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET—A proposed new LA Fitness Center to be built on a blighted stretch of North Main Street and Pawtucket Avenue was given conditional approval by the city's Planning Commission at a meeting Tuesday night.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, that is part of the Procaccanti Group, involves an expanse of property that runs roughly from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the former Sears department store at White Avenue in Providence.

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