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April 19th, 2015

Hogwarts comes to Cumberland

April 19, 2015

CUMBERLAND – 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.

April 17th

Hookup leads to dustup

April 17, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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 he’d just been robbed on Coleman Street after connecting with a female via computer.

April 16th

Grebien unimpressed with Providence stadium plan

April 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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 team’s future home, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien believes the city is not ready to throw in the towel, even if the team’s long-term future at McCoy Stadium is looking less likely with each passing day.

Grebien said his reactions to Wednesday’s press conference, at which the stadium proposal was unveiled, were multifaceted.

Plans, price tag unveiled for proposed PawSox stadium in Providence

April 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE – 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.

April 15th

70 firefighters battle flames, toxic smoke

April 15, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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.

April 13th

A place to contemplate ‘Misery’

April 13, 2015

CUMBERLAND — The town’s 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 Sunday’s Spring Festival at Monastery. Michaela said had she had spotted the stone monument several times while running on the Monastery’s trails, but didn’t know that much about the site.

April 12th

Raimondo defends cuts to BVTC, regional tourism agencies

April 12, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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 nation’s tourism dollars to competing states, the governor says.

April 11th

CF students go green

April 11, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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.

April 10th

Proposal for police unit gets quick response

April 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety Wednesday night voted to send a resolution requesting the reinstatement of the Pawtucket Police Department’s Special Response Unit for the next fiscal year to the council’s 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.

April 9th

FIRE AWAY: PawSox get council OK for fireworks

April 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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

April 8th

Traffic pattern to change on city street

April 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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

April 6th

Tourism groups, municipal leaders scoff at Raimondo budget cuts

April 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Elected officials from Warwick to Woonsocket are protesting Gov. Gina Raimondo’s 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.

April 5th

Furniture building’s days are numbered

April 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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.

April 3rd

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 12 Adorable Easter Crafts For Kids

April 3, 2015

April 2nd

Central Falls bar gets its close-up in movie shoot

April 2, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – 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 Jay’s 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.

March 30th

Homeless advocates honor late Times columnist at annual luncheon

March 30, 2015

WARWICK – The late James F. “Jim” 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 organization’s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.

March 29th

B&GC, PawSox back at bat for kids

March 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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.

March 27th

Two local men indicted

March 27, 2015

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.

March 26th

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.

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.

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