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May 11th, 2015

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.

May 8th

Raimondo, Grebien tour Main Street

May 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Arti and Shekhar Mehta would love to see Main Street thrive, and as the owners of Artee Fabrics & Home, they believe their business and their building — located at 228 Main St. — can be a catalyst in the revitalization of the city's downtown area.

The fabric store and the soon-to-be occupied property above the shop were visited on Friday morning by Gov. Gina Raimondo, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and other city officials as part of a discussion on Raimondo's jobs plan.

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May 8, 2015

May 7th

Council approves St. Leo's purchase for school space

May 7, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes the city to enter into a lease-to-own agreement to purchase the former St. Leo the Great Elementary School property, which city and school officials said will accommodate for impending school renovations and an anticipated enrollment increase.

May 6th

Talks continue, but no deal on PawSox move

May 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello called House Democrats behind closed doors on Wednesday for a caucus on budget matters and also an update on where plans for a new Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium in Providence currently stand.

 With the doors to the House Lounge blocked to reporters and even the door window into the room from the House Chamber covered with paper, the session was, as intended, open to whatever the members wished to air.

Mayors help break ground on new LA Fitness

May 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The mayors from Pawtucket and Providence flexed some muscle Wednesday, highlighting the benefits that an LA Fitness Center - constructed on the city line - would provide for the neighboring communities, while also speaking of the importance of the two cities working together.

May 5th

Company seeks givebacks from city

May 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council is poised to consider granting $1 million worth of tax breaks to Tunstall Americas, the digital healthcare giant that’s created more than 300 jobs since moving into a vacant building here two years ago.
After a public hearing, the council will take up a resolution Wednesday to reduce Tunstall’s tangible tax bill from $132,432 to $32,433 per year for a period of 10 years. That includes a two-year reach-back to 2013, during which the incentive would be structured in the form of an abatement.

May 3rd

Pawtucket veteran of Korea honored by Sen. Whitehouse

May 3, 2015

WARWICK – Every military veteran should have a day like Norm Gordon experienced on Saturday.

The 82-year-old Pawtucket resident, a signal corps communications specialist during the Korean War, was guest of honor at U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s eight annual Veterans Breakfast and Resource Fair, which was held inside the spacious R.I. National Guard Armory.

May 1st

Pawtucket Arts Festival to honor Weiss

May 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Sixteen years after helping to plan the first Pawtucket Arts Festival, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss will be bestowed with the festival’s inaugural Medal of Excellence during a fundraiser and awards ceremony next week.

Weiss will receive the honor at the Arts Festival’s “Curtain Up!” fundraiser and awards ceremony, which will be held on May 7 at Center by the Blackstone, located at 175 Main St.

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May 1, 2015

April 30th

Bomb squad called to Pawtucket laundry in grenade scare

April 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Minutes after extinguishing a fire at an industrial laundry on York Avenue Thursday afternoon, fire personnel came upon what appeared to be a hand grenade on a shelf near a dryer, prompting firefighters to evacuate, officials said.

April 28th

PawSox offered alternative site

April 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE – As the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group and state and city officials continue to discuss a proposed riverfront ballpark on I-195 land in downtown Providence that would serve as the PawSox’ future home, a group has proposed a new site as a “backup alternative” location for the team’s ballpark.

JAG Investment Realty LLC, which owns the Victory Place property near Davol Square, announced Tuesday that they are “well positioned to be a backup alternative site” for a new Triple-A ballpark if the plans for a ballpark on I-195 land fall through.

April 27th

PawSox make another pitch for new ballpark

April 27, 2015

PROVIDENCE – In front of an audience that included about 25 protestors, members of the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group laid out their vision for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence to members of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Monday.
Prior to the start of the commission’s meeting, the protestors stood outside of the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. office to voice their opposition to the proposal, particularly the net $4 million annual rent.

April 26th

Volunteer crews roll out to beautify Pawtucket, CF

April 26, 2015

Volunteers on Saturday took to the streets in Pawtucket and Central Falls to clean garbage, remove graffiti, and plant flowers in an effort to beautify their communities during the city’s annual Earth Day celebrations.

Arthur Plitt, president of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, explained that Saturday’s city-wide cleanup was “a really great event on a nice day.”

April 25th

Pawtucket legislators not buying deal to relocate PawSox

April 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – State representatives whose districts include Pawtucket are having a hard time digesting a recent proposal for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in Providence that seeks to become the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, with some believing instead that McCoy Stadium and the area surrounding the ballpark could become a destination.

However, a spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project contends that it would cost $65 million just to bring the 73-year-old stadium up to league standards.

April 24th

U.S. Labor secretary tours Pawtucket plant

April 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The U.S. Secretary of Labor joined congressmen and senators from Rhode Island on a tour of family-owned machinery and laser technology facilities Friday afternoon as part of an overall discussion on workplace flexibility for families.

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez joined U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Jim Langevin, state Sen. Gayle Goldin, and state Director of Labor and Training Scott Jensen on a tour of Gold International Machinery and LNA Laser Technology on Newell Avenue Friday as part of the nationwide “Lead on Leave” tour.

Filmmaker examines living with autism in new documentary

April 24, 2015

Picture yourself in a grocery store with your son or daughter. It's a seemingly everyday afternoon, but as you're working your way through the aisles, putting items in your basket and crossing them off your list, your child suddenly begins to lash out.

People stop what they are doing and gawk at the scene, like rubberneckers on a highway. What do you do? And what do those other people think? Do they view your child as a misbehaving spoiled brat? Or perhaps they see you as an inattentive, unfit parent? If only they knew the truth of the matter, maybe they don't think those things.

April 22nd

Bakery blast under investigation

April 22, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — While fire officials are still trying to determine what caused an explosion that injured a worker at a Portuguese bakery on Taunton Avenue Tuesday night, what is known is that the blast took place roughly four hours after a handful of night bakers began their shift making baked goods for Wednesday morning.

April 21st

Police establish safe zone for online business

April 21, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department is taking a “proactive approach” to a national increase in crime related to online private business transactions by creating an Online Purchase Safe Zone at the Police Station, authorities said.

The Police Department will designate the parking lot and front lobby of the Police Station, at 121 Roosevelt Ave., as the “safe zone,” police officials announced in a release Tuesday. The creation of the safe zone will aim to “reduce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crimes.”

 

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