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October 6th, 2014

Loss of daughter to domestic violence inspires Nov. 1 march to ‘heel’

October 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET – All through that day in the early summer of 2010, a feeling of dread had been growing in the pit of Michelle Lavallee’s stomach. But nothing could have prepared her for what she found in her daughter’s Rufus Street apartment.

VIDEO: Pats rebound with 43-17 rout of Bengals

October 6, 2014

VIDEO: Pats rebound with 43-17 rout of Bengals
Ephraim Salaam breaks down the Patriots' strong performance.

October 5th

Adventure race takes to Central Falls streets

October 5, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Covered in mud and sweat, and after an exhausting morning of dragging tires, flipping logs, pushing weighted wheelbarrows, and scaling ropes, you would expect most participants in Saturday’s Lions Club Warpath Challenge to be physically drained at its conclusion.

And you would be mistaken.

Of the 100-plus people who participated in Saturday’s first-ever challenge on High Street, many of them had smiles on their faces and were excitedly talking about completing the course again, albeit their words were coming through panted breaths.

October 2nd

Just drive! Students learn dangers of texting behind the wheel

October 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Taylor Perez isn't shy about how she feels about sending or reading text messages while driving. In fact, she is vehemently opposed to it.
A senior at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Perez said that if she is in a car with a friend, she will tell them that they are to put the phone down, not send or read text messages while driving, and keep their eyes on the road.
“I'm always against texting and driving,” Perez said, adding that among her peers, distracted driving is an issue.

October 1st

RI GOP bashes Raimondo, Reed over TV ad

October 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party wants the state Board of Elections to make the Democratic Party pull an ad featuring both Gina Raimondo and Jack Reed, claiming it is a blatant attempt “to circumvent state campaign laws.

September 29th

Pawtucket Hall of Fame to induct all-female class

September 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The first executive director of the Pawtucket Arts Council; a retired senior center director and advocate for the aged; a pioneer for women in Pawtucket politics; and an advocate for impoverished women are all slated to be inducted into the 22nd Pawtucket Hall of Fame, the Hall’s nomination committee announced Monday.

Established in 1992, the Pawtucket Hall of fame honors people who have made a real difference in the community and have had a significant impact on the city as a whole.

September 28th

The joys of 'positive play' at Day for Kids

September 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET – On a day that could have been one of summer’s last bastions before the leaves change color and cooler temperatures inevitably descend upon the area, hundreds of children participated in the annual “Day for Kids” at the Boys & Girls Club Saturday, celebrating with games, arts and crafts, and inflatables.

Amy Gravell, development officer with the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, said that Saturday’s outdoor festivities were “all about encouraging positive play.”

September 25th

Driver wields machete against woman, son

September 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – After growing impatient with the amount of time a woman was taking to park her car at a grocery store on Mineral Spring Avenue Wednesday, a local man brandished a machete, threatening the woman and her teenage son, police said.

Adam D. Picard, 41, was involved in a dispute over the parking space at the Pawtucket Food Mart around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The man was impatient that “she wasn't moving as quickly enough into a spot,” and was beeping his horn before exiting his truck to confront her, Martins said.

September 24th

Roommates fight, shot fired

September 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Three roommates were arrested after they were engaged in a melee Monday night that culminated in one of the trio firing a rifle into the ceiling of their third-floor apartment on Meadow Street, police said.

September 22nd

Valley sites closer to National Park status

September 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A new national park in the Blackstone River Valley moved a bit closer to reality late last week when the House Committee on Natural Resources approved the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) announced Monday.

Cicilline, who introduced the legislation in the House, says the bill will preserve and protect nationally significant resources throughout the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, promote economic development, and improve historic and natural resources in the Blackstone Valley.

September 21st

DePina murder case heads to pre-trial conference today

September 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – A Pawtucket man indicted by a grand jury in the murder of his 10-year-old daughter is scheduled for a pre-trial conference at Providence County Superior Court today.

Jorge DePina, who is facing murder charges after the July 2013 death of his daughter, Aleida DePina, is slated for the conference before Judge Jeffrey Lanphear.

September 20th

Tolman coach facing child porn charges fired

September 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A former Tolman High School wrestling coach is facing five
counts of possession of child pornography after police said they found
“several videos and images that featured what appeared to be males under the age of 18 performing sexual acts,” after receiving a search warrant for his phone.

David Veccharino, 32, was formerly the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Tolman High School prior to his firing earlier this week, School Superintendent Patricia DiCenso confirmed.

“The Pawtucket School Department learned this week of possible

September 18th

Festival and fireworks set for Saturday in C.F.

September 18, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – The third annual Bright Future Festival will kick off Saturday afternoon, with a diverse celebration of the city's culture, including dance and musical performances, and concluding with a firework display.

The festival begins Saturday at noon at Jenks Park and is free and open to the public and celebrates Central Falls' diversity with cultural foods, dance performances, informational and educational booths, and interactive community art activities.

September 15th

Historic panel asks City Council for Odd Fellows Hall repair money

September 15, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – The East Providence Historic District Commission is urging the City Council to make emergency repairs to the long-vacant shingle-style Odd Fellows Hall at 63-65 Warren Ave. to stop further deterioration while the city comes up with a long-term solution for the re-use of the historic building.

September 14th

Vitali seeks council vote recount

September 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET – City Councilman Albert J. Vitali Jr. has filed for a recount of Tuesday’s at-large council primary after the most recent figures from the state Board of Elections have him trailing third-place finisher and fellow City Councilman Thomas E. Hodge by only 35 votes.

Vitali said he filed for the recount on Wednesday, the day after the primary, “because the percentage points were so narrow.”

September 12th

Member of Northern Ireland’s parliament attends ceremony in Pawtucket

September 12, 2014

PAWTUCKET – With the cities' connection through James McNally Wilson, one of seven Irish rebels rescued from an Australian prison in the 1870s, Pawtucket officials on Friday announced the formation of a sister city relationship with Newry County Down in Northern Ireland.

VIDEO: Week 2 preview: Patriots at Vikings

September 12, 2014

VIDEO: Week 2 preview: Patriots at Vikings
The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young takes a look at the Patriots' Week 2 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

September 11th

Man says he was solicited for sex at polling site

September 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A city man who was a volunteer at the Kennedy Manor polls for Tuesday's primary was arrested for loitering for prostitution after he offered to perform a sex act on a fellow volunteer, police said.
William Seiler, 38, offered to perform a sex act on a man in his 20s who also was volunteering at the Broad Street housing complex for the primary, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.

September 9th

Cano top vote-getter in Pawtucket council race

September 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET – School Committee member Sandra Cano ran away from the pack as the top vote-getter in Tuesday night's City Council primary, garnering
well over 400 more votes than the next closest candidate.

Cano, who has served on the School Committee since 2012, received 4,068 votes, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections.
Trailing behind Cano, but still chosen by voters to be on November's
ballot, was three-term council member Lorenzo C. Tetreault, who garnered

September 8th

Primary day arrives in RI

September 8, 2014


It’s going to be a long day for statewide candidates locked in tight primaries, but voters should need no more than a few minute to do their duty. All they have to do is choose the candidates they think will lead Rhode Island toward a brighter future.
 
Sounds easy, right?