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November 28th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â The mountainous cache of toys and games did not originate at the North Pole, it was not created by elves, and it did not arrive by sleigh.
It was manufactured by Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc., and hefted up a flight of stairs by the toy giantâs employees, one shipping crate at a time, onto the creaky floor of an old spinning mill on Mendon Road.
But when underprivileged kids find the goodies under Christmas trees from Woonsocket to Westerly on the big day, no one has to know they didnât come from Santa.
PAWTUCKET â Two clerks at local convenience stores faced armed bandits during separate incidents that are being investigated by Pawtucket Police.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the McCoy Market at 171 South Bend St. was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash on Friday just before 7 p.m.
PAWTUCKET â All has been accounted for in the 2012 election. An envelope containing write-in votes from the Cottage Street Fire Station poll that the city's Board of Canvassers thought was missing was found to have been mislabeled and was there all along, according to Registrar Ken McGill.
LINCOLN â The holiday season has officially arrived and Richard DiMasse and Dave Sale are hoping it will help local efforts to preserve a local one-room schoolhouse with purchases of this yearâs Lincoln collectible ornament.
The tradition of creating a holiday ornament of a local landmark was started by the Lincoln Citizens Celebration Committee 17 years ago as a part of the townâs observances for its 125th anniversary.
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Blouin of Pawtucket, a member of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery, Rhode Island Army National Guard, acknowledges the crowd during a standing ovation while being honored for his services to his country during a first half timeout during the PC/Fairfield University basketball game at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center in Providence Friday night.
LINCOLN â The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store âmapsâ to help customers find what they were looking for.
PAWTUCKET â Citing the large number of complaints from residents about problems on election day, Mayor Donald Grebien has asked the Board of Canvassers to provide a detailed report of what went wrong and how to prevent such issues in the future.
In a letter sent three days after the Nov. 6 election to Board of Canvassers Chairperson Charlotte Tavares, Grebien began by highly commending the hard work done by her and the rest of the board, registrar Ken McGill, and the poll workers under their supervision.
LINCOLN â It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.
PROVIDENCE â Pawtucket and Cumberland are two of the six Rhode Island communities who missed the deadline to submit a plan to the state for shoring up their underfunded pension plans.
Take a good look at that bird youâre about to slice today.
Maybe not. But it should.
In the race for top billing among Americaâs most-consumed meat and poultry products, the venerable turkey still trots far behind chicken, beef and pork.
But turkeyâs made some great strides in recent years, and itâs no thanks to Thanksgiving Day.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Police are investigating two shooting incidents that occurred in two days on the same street. Yet, they say the incidents do not appear to be related at this time.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the first incident occurred on Nov. 19 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Witnesses told officers that the occupant or occupants of a small vehicle had shot at the occupants of a sport utility vehicle in the vicinity of Merrick Street near Main Street.
PAWTUCKET â Barbie and John Cena are two names that âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White heard repeatedly Monday night as he spoke to children at The Times âPhotos with Santaâ event. The enduring fashion doll and merchandise related to live wrestling superstar John Cena topped holiday wish lists this year which also included requests for new and classic toys, the latest technological gizmos and a few real life pets.
PROVIDENCE â Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, who headed up a political machine that ruled that tiny, poverty ridden community for nearly a decade, pled guilty Monday to corruptly accepting free work on two homes he owns from a longtime friend and political ally who was in turn awarded a lucrative deal to board up the many foreclosed homes that pockmark nearly every street in the city.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses and members of the community, over 350 Pawtucket families will have a more bountiful and nutritious Thanksgiving.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The Ten Mile River Bridges in East Providence reopened to traffic Friday, a year ahead of schedule.
Originally scheduled to reopen in late 2013, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) was able to work with the contractor to reduce the closure to less than one year, RIDOT officials said yesterday.
CENTRAL FALLS â As an endorsement of the steps toward fiscal solvency taken by state receivers and the cityâs plan to emerge from bankruptcy, the Standard & Poorâs rating agency has upgrade Central Fallsâ bond rating to BB with a âstableâ outlook.
The city had previously had a C rating with a âdevelopingâ outlook. On the day after the city officially emerged from bankruptcy last month, Moodyâs Investors Service upgraded the cityâs bond ratings from Caa1 to B2 and changed its outlook to âpositive.â
PAWTUCKET â A city man has been arrested on 12 counts of second-degree child molestation based on a complaint from a 7-year-old and two other individuals, now adults, who came forward to say he had abused them in the same manner, police said.
The suspect, Samuel Cooper, 41, of Boyce Avenue, was arrested on Wednesday after turning himself in to police. A warrant had been issued for his arrest following an investigation.
PAWTUCKET â Despite the recent closing of one downtown restaurant and some less-than-rosy assessments by other Main Street business owners, the proprietor of Plouffe's Cup N' Saucer says he has been open for three years now at his location and is optimistic about the future.
PAWTUCKET â He's already rubbed his red suited elbows with the likes of Cher, John Travolta, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Bronson, Paris Hilton, and the entire Kardashian clan. Yet, âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White has had an even more star-studded year than usual thanks to a new Macy's TV commercial he is featured in and an induction into the âInternational Santa Claus Hall of Fame.â
PAWTUCKET â Despite their attempts to hide, two city men were arrested after breaking into the International Charter School on Monday night.
Pawtucket Police said they received a call that an alarm was sounding at the school, located at 334 Pleasant St., at around 9 p.m. When officers arrived, they observed a broken window on the side of the building and could also see a man running inside.