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September 7th, 2014

Council race tops Pawtucket ballot

September 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The four candidates for three at-large council seats say that issues ranging from improving the city’s business climate to keeping a keen eye to the city’s finances are focal points in the lead-up to Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Incumbent councilmen Thomas E. Hodge, Lorenzo C. Tetreault, and Albert J. Vitali Jr. will look to receive another term on the council when voters take to the polls during the Sept. 9 primary. However, a challenge has come from School Committee member Sandra Cano.

September 4th

C.F. tenement burns, again

September 4, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Arson is considered a “real possibility” in an early-morning fire that gutted an unoccupied three-story building on Foundry Street Thursday, fire officials said.

The fire broke out at 63 Foundry St. at about 3 a.m. Thursday and required nearly 50 firefighters from Central Falls and neighboring communities to fight the blaze before it was fully under control nearly three hours later, Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. told The Times.

The fire is the third in six months at the property, Bradley said, with the intensity of each inferno worsening with each incident.

Pawtucket Arts Festival kicks off Friday

September 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Rooted in humble beginnings – with a few dozen attendees attracted to the Pawtucket Public Library to celebrate the first annual festival in 1999 – the Pawtucket Arts Festival has witnessed continued growth and expansion over the past 15 years Arts Festival Chairman John Baxter is hopeful that this year's upcoming celebration, the 16th annual such festival, will only serve to further grow the size, spectacle, and overall reach of the event.

September 3rd

VIDEO: Brady- "Let it rip and see where we're at"

September 3, 2014

VIDEO: Brady- "Let it rip and see where we're at"
Brady discusses the upcoming season opener against the Miami Dolphins

September 2nd

Arts Festival photo contest entries go on display

September 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Upon entering the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's visitor center on Main Street, guests are instantly inundated with hundreds of photographs adorning the walls.
These snapshots capture the city on a grand scale – including attractions such as Slater Memorial Park and McCoy Stadium – or something as simple as a little piece of home, whether it's a family cookout, children playing in mounds of snow, or friends horsing around.

September 1st

Orchestra will bring harmony to festival

September 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET – In John Baxter’s view there isn’t a better event among the many making up the month-long Pawtucket Arts Festival than when the Rhode Island Philharmonic takes the stage at Slater Park for its annual concert.

“I think it is a vital classical music component of the Festival and one way that we can highlight a local performance group that has been a cornerstone of classical music in the state,” Baxter, festival chairman, said of the event.

August 31st

Down on the farm in the city

September 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Although it has been decades since Fanny the Elephant could be found sauntering around on site, Daggett Farm at Slater Memorial Park is still the kind of place that transcends generations; where parents can bring their children for a relaxing afternoon, then reminisce fondly as their kids later bring their own children.

Darlene Hyson, of Rehoboth, Mass., is a seasoned veteran of the farm. By her own estimation, she frequents the farm on a weekly basis. On Friday morning, she was there with her 3-year-old twin boy and girl.

August 29th

Ex-Seton Academy building sold; will be used as school

August 29, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – The former St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy Building has been sold to a New York-based redevelopment company, with plans to convert it into an elementary school, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.
The buyer, Civic Builders of New York, bought the property at 909 Lonsdale Ave. from Holy Family Parish for $889,000. The company plans to turn the former Catholic school into an elementary school, which will serve children from Central Falls, Cumberland, and Lincoln, according to a news release.

August 28th

EP police: gas used to force mentally ill man out of house after swinging weapon

August 28, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE — Police spent two hours on Thursday trying to coax a sword-wielding man out of his home on Delway Road after he barricaded himself in the house.

When talks didn't work, a special reaction team used gas to finally force the man out, authorities said.

The incident began to unfold just after 6 a.m., when police received a call from a man inside the home who said he awoke to find his distraught 66-year-old roommate swinging a sword and making threatening statements.

The caller then ran out of the house and waited for police to arrive.

August 27th

Drug deal a bad trip for pair

August 27, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Two 21-year-old men got more than they bargained for when they had $20 stolen in a drug deal gone awry Wednesday afternoon, then ended up fleeing the drug dealers after one of them pulled a knife, police said.

Police Maj. Arthur Martins said the two 21-year-olds were trying to purchase marijuana from two drug dealers at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The dealers got in the alleged victims’ car and grabbed the cash without turning over the pot, Martins said.

Full story appears on page A1 of Thursday's Times.

August 26th

Woman charged with trying to pass bogus bills

August 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A Taunton, Mass., woman is in trouble with the law after twice asking co-workers to change $100 bills that turned out to be bogus, according to police.
Samantha Doyle, 23, was in possession of two more counterfeit C-notes when police confronted her Friday at the specialty meat-packing company, Gourmet Advantage on Delta Drive.
Doyle had no explanation for the source of the phony bills she allegedly passed off on co-workers, or the other two in her possession, said Detective Capt. John Seebeck.
The most obvious problem with the fake Benjamins?

Governor signs pension bill in Central Falls

August 26, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – One of the ways that Central Falls resolved its 2011 bankruptcy was by drastically cutting the pensions of city retirees, in some cases by as much as 55 percent. As a result, some retired police officers and firefighters lost their homes to foreclosure; some wound up on welfare.
To make matters worse, their health care package was also reduced, a severe blow for many of the aging cops and firemen, some of them with lingering injuries they sustained on the job.

August 25th

Police: Missing teen a runaway

August 25, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Police have not yet located 16-year-old Margaret Weece and would like to hear more information about the teenager’s whereabouts.

Police Capt. Douglas Chiullo said on Monday that the Weece is still listed as a missing runaway with national missing children agencies and that status has not changed.

“She is entered as a missing teen and if any law enforcement agency has contact with her that information will pop up,” he said.

VIDEO: Is the Patriots defense a top-5 unit right now?

August 25, 2014

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August 24th

Pawtucket woman hoping to bring portable X-ray machine to Togo

August 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Having recently retired from a career in x-ray technology, Kathy Moore found herself with the urge to continue to provide a valuable service.

However, the resource she is hoping to contribute will extend far beyond Pawtucket, and even the United States, as she is seeking donations to purchase needed x-ray technology for people in Sokode, Togo, in western Africa.

August 21st

'Sword' of angry: Man faces three felony assault charges

August 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET – What began as a verbal dispute soon escalated into an attempted physical assault on Wednesday, when a city man tried to attack three people who were standing at the corner of Allen Avenue and Cottage Street with a Samurai sword, police said.

Timothy Greve, 28, was charged with three counts of felony assault after he approached the trio of neighbors wielding the weapon.

August 20th

Volunteers spruce up Pawtucket elementary school

August 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Students and faculty at Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School live by “the three Rs”, a credo that teaches them to always be mindful of being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.

August 18th

City man charged with drug dealing near schools

August 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Complaints from neighbors helped local police zero in on a man who was allegedly selling cocaine near two schools Friday morning.

Mauricio Guzman, 30, is held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Cranston, after police seized 19 grams of cocaine from his second-floor apartment at 290 Lonsdale Ave.

Undercover narcotics officers obtained a warrant to search Guzman’s apartment Friday after opening an investigation based on neighbors’ complaints about after-hours visitors and high foot traffic at the residence, according to Major Arthur Martins.

August 17th

A classic tradition: the Grecian Festival

August 17, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Ivy Duffy, 76, of Providence, got a taste of Greek culture while taking a sailing cruise through the Greek islands with her husband Charlie last year, and figured to add to her experiences with a visit to the Grecian Festival at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday.

Her interest was also heightened by her friendship with a dance teacher, Andrea Vastis, who helps run the Greek Pride of Rhode Island dance troupe starring at the Walcott Street church’s 87th annual festival.

August 15th

Police release composite sketch of murder suspect

August 15, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Police yesterday released a description and composite sketch of the man they believe shot 42-year-old shop owner Yusef A’Vant to death in his Pawtucket Avenue barbershop on Wednesday afternoon.

East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella said investigators are looking for a black male believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s, who is approximately 5-foot-11 tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage jacket at the time of the shooting


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