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May 29th, 2015

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May 29, 2015

May 28th

PawSox chairman indicates interest in meeting Grebien

May 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino is “very interested” in meeting with Mayor Donald R. Grebien in the near future.

This comes days after Grebien penned an open letter to Lucchino, reiterating his request to the PawSox owners to release a feasibility study that says renovations to McCoy Stadium would cost $65 million.

Pawtucket River Bridge was long, costly project

May 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – There is little dispute about the poor condition of Rhode Island’s roads and bridges and even less of a dispute about the need to repair the state’s infrastructure.
The last time a city or town in the Blackstone Valley saw a major bridge construction project, was when the new Pawtucket River Bridge was designed, built and unveiled.
Now, a proposed toll on commercial vehicles would pay for a $700 million revenue bond to repair the rest of the deteriorating bridges, state officials announced Wednesday.

COLUMN: Young and cash-strapped

May 28, 2015

She said “No” to me and slammed the door. She was on my paper route.
I asked out every girl on my paper route. All three of them. I liked having a captive audience. I’d hand them the paper and say, “Want to go to a movie?”
They all said “No.”
Well, one girl said, “Yes” but then the next day her brother told me she really meant “No.”
I made about $2 an hour on my paper route. It took me about four hours a day and then another five or six hours on the weekends collecting money.
One time, delivering papers, a guy drove by and yelled, “one day you’re going to rule the world!”

May 24th

Youngsters get lesson in service and heroism

May 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Eighth-grade students from Samuel Slater Junior High School on Friday gave back to their community while receiving a lesson in the city's history as they partnered with a volunteer to flag the graves of veterans buried at Mineral Spring Cemetery.

Ken Postle, a Pawtucket cemetery volunteer, explained that the work being performed by the students Friday was vital, because “if they don't keep up, it'll all be forgotten.”

May 23rd

Skeffington’s exuberance remembered

May 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE – A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.

The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.

May 22nd

Monday’s events will focus on those who served

May 22, 2015

While many Americans are already celebrating the long holiday weekend with picnics and cookouts, trips to beaches and parks, or traveling to see family and friends, others will spend the weekend preparing to honor those who served their country.

On Monday, the nation will mark Memorial Day. In Pawtucket, the Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post 1271 will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Quinns Square and Dexter Street next to the Dexter Credit Union Bank. Post Adjutant and Past Cmdr. Bill Donnelly will direct the ceremony.

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May 22, 2015

May 21st

Ten arrested in CF sting

May 21, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Three female police officers posing as prostitutes were solicited for sex, according to police, resulting in the arrest of 10 men from cities and towns across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The undercover sting on Wednesday, in high-traffic areas of the city, netted the alleged Johns Central Falls said.

The following men were arrested:

- Jose Barragan, 72, of Lincoln, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes

- Robert Bowman, 26, of Pawtucket, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes

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May 21, 2015

Celebrate Memorial Day!

May 21, 2015

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina Raimondo, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, were among those who marked the observance of Memorial Day by participating in an annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring war veterans from Rhode Island.
The event on Wednesday was held at the Garden of Heroes on the southwest lawn at the State House.
The garden is dedicated to Rhode Island service members who died supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

May 20th

Funeral for Skeffington set for Saturday

May 20, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that the group this week will “honor, remember, and grieve” for Pawtucket Red Sox President James J. Skeffington, who died Sunday, adding that there will be “time enough in the future” to focus on discussions that would keep the PawSox in Rhode Island.
Skeffington’s funeral will be held Saturday.
Negotiations on a proposal that would move the franchise to a new riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence have been temporarily halted in the wake of Skeffington's passing.

May 18th

Cumberland blaze leaves eight homeless

May 18, 2015

CUMBERLAND – A stubborn fire making its way up into the eaves and attic of a three-story apartment building at 35 Titus St. Sunday afternoon left eight residents uninjured but homeless, according to fire officials.

Cumberland Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay reported the 2:27 p.m. fire was initially spotted by neighboring residents when an outdoor light bulb on the rear of the building popped and flames were observed coming from the fixture.

May 17th

Youngsters piece together the points at North American Scrabble contest

May 17, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Eleven-year-old Zach Ansell hails from Los Angeles.
Thirteen-year-old Noah Kalus resides in New Platz, a small village in upstate New York, situated approximately midway between Albany and New York City.

While the two boys’ hometowns could not be more different, what united the pair and brought them to Pawtucket this weekend was their love of Scrabble, as the duo teamed together as “The East West Word Wizards” at the North American School Scrabble Championship, held at the Hasbro headquarters.

May 15th

Armed fugitives nabbed in CF

May 15, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Two fugitives from Colorado, including a woman sought for prison escape, got caught on Illinois Street Wednesday with heroin, a Bushmaster assault rifle, armor-piercing bullets, and a stolen truck, police said.

John Baker, 38, and Jessica Garrett, 32, both of Colorado, are being held without bail on fugitive warrants from Colorado after their arraignment in District Court Thursday.

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May 15, 2015

May 14th

Pawtucket honors its finest

May 14, 2015

PAWTUCKET – On a day that Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin described as one of “contemplation and celebration,” the city acknowledged the heroic actions of members of its Police Department, while remembering those who were killed in the line of duty.

May 13th

Tax hike possible in Pawtucket

May 13, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien has introduced a proposed $117.1 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a $4.78 million – or 4.26 percent – increase over the current spending plan and also calls for a proposed 3.97 percent increase to its property tax levy.

May 11th

Ex-boyfriend charged in EP murder

May 11, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – A 43-year-old man charged with the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment complex on Mother’s Day broke down and cried and had to be escorted out of the courtroom during his arraignment Monday in Providence District Court.

May 10th

Sawyer recognized as city’s top educator

May 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – At 7:30 in the morning, third-grade teacher Donna Sawyer is already at Francis J. Varieur Elementary School.

Although the school day doesn’t start for another hour, she is in the classroom and ready to tutor young students. By 7:45, parents drop off their children, and Sawyer helps them with their schoolwork.
Not only is Sawyer an early bird, she also in a sense is a night owl, because four days a week, she will stay until 4 p.m. — about 90 minutes after students are dismissed for the day — to aid another group of children who will stay late for extra help.

 

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