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May 10th, 2015
PAWTUCKET â€“ At 7:30 in the morning, third-grade teacher Donna Sawyer is already at Francis J. Varieur Elementary School.
Although the school day doesnâ€™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. â€” about 90 minutes after students are dismissed for the day â€” to aid another group of children who will stay late for extra help.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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 â€” located at 228 Main St. â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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.
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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City Council is poised to consider granting $1 million worth of tax breaks to Tunstall Americas, the digital healthcare giant thatâ€™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 Tunstallâ€™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.
WARWICK â€“ 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 Whitehouseâ€™s eight annual Veterans Breakfast and Resource Fair, which was held inside the spacious R.I. National Guard Armory.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sixteen years after helping to plan the first Pawtucket Arts Festival, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss will be bestowed with the festivalâ€™s inaugural Medal of Excellence during a fundraiser and awards ceremony next week.
Weiss will receive the honor at the Arts Festivalâ€™s â€śCurtain Up!â€ť fundraiser and awards ceremony, which will be held on May 7 at Center by the Blackstone, located at 175 Main St.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ As the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ 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 PawSoxâ€™ future home, a group has proposed a new site as a â€śbackup alternativeâ€ť location for the teamâ€™s ballpark.
JAG Investment Realty LLC, which owns the Victory Place property near Davol Square, announced Tuesday that they are â€śwell positioned to be a backup alternative siteâ€ť for a new Triple-A ballpark if the plans for a ballpark on I-195 land fall through.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In front of an audience that included about 25 protestors, members of the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ 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 commissionâ€™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.
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 cityâ€™s annual Earth Day celebrations.
Arthur Plitt, president of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, explained that Saturdayâ€™s city-wide cleanup was â€śa really great event on a nice day.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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 â€śLead on Leaveâ€ť tour.
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.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Police Department is taking a â€śproactive approachâ€ť 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 â€śsafe zone,â€ť police officials announced in a release Tuesday. The creation of the safe zone will aim to â€średuce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crimes.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ In what was an overall busy weekend for the Pawtucket Police Department, officers arrested a pair of motorists on drunk-driving charges and a city man for possession of heroin and cocaine.
Officers also arrested an East Providence man for attacking an ex-girlfriend inside her apartment, and a homeless man who assaulted a police officer at Memorial Hospital.
A 41-year-old East Providence man was arrested Sunday and now faces a slew of charges after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriendâ€™s apartment on Clark Avenue and attacked the woman, police said.