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January 18th, 2011

Greenhouse damaged by fire

January 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A fire that ignited Monday evening caused substantial damage to a greenhouse belonging to Imondi & Sons Florist at 182 Smithfield Ave.
According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the shop had closed for business at 5 p.m. and the fire alarm came in at around 6 p.m. The blaze apparently started in a wood frame greenhouse, one of two greenhouses that are connected to a showroom. He said the heat caused the greenhouse panels to melt but the showroom and remaining metal frame greenhouse remained intact.

January 16th

Celebrating the life of a King

January 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- Proactive community service and attention to public safety was the order of the day when members of the St. James Baptist Church on South Main Street opened this year's celebration of the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual celebration in the past has included marches to honor the public demonstrations King led in the 1950s and 1960 to help end the segregation of African Americans in the south and achieve civil rights for all. There have also been readings by young people and musical programs highlighting King's work.

Bar employee - not Santa Claus - charged with embezzlement

January 16, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – According to Police Chief Joseph Tavares, the city managed to save Santa Claus' reputation thanks to the steadfast work of his detectives.
The woman accused of concocting a tale about the jolly old elf stealing cash from the East Providence Yacht Club bar faced a judge at Sixth District Court on Thursday. Once there, police charged Christal Johnson, 37, of 2400 Hartford Ave., Johnston with felony embezzlement and falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor.

January 15th

Remillard discusses decade he spent ensuring teens take right path

January 15, 2011

LINCOLN – Retired Army Lt. Col. Rene Remillard relaxed at a table at a coffeehouse on Route 116 Thursday afternoon, promising he'll never forget how he escaped trouble when he was a young teen growing up in Blackstone.
“I was 15 or 16 at the time, and one night my friends and I were at the Castle Restaurant in Woonsocket,” chuckled Remillard, now 70 and a longtime Lincoln resident. “The guys said something like, 'Let's go look at cars.' They wanted to take one for a ride.

January 13th

The Weisses are now 'Mr. and Mrs. Pawtucket'

January 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Call them “Mr. and Mrs. Pawtucket” now. Herb Weiss, the city's Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer, recently tied the knot with his longtime partner, Patty Zacks, owner of The Camera Werks on Hope Street.

Snowstorm blankets the Valley

January 13, 2011

Adena Moller and her son, Adam Fontaine, 13, a student at Woonsocket Middle School, clear snow from in front of their home on Cass Avenue in Woonsocket Wednesday.

Spooner named new School Committee chairman

January 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Two former School Committee chairmen, who were elected back to the committee in November, have been chosen by their fellow board members to assume leadership roles once again.
By unanimous vote Tuesday night, the newly installed School Committee named Raymond Spooner as chairman and Alan Tenreiro as deputy chairman. The board also chose to retain school secretary Diana Liss, who is Spooner’s sister, as its clerk.

January 10th

Actors lead Mixed Magic Mahalia Jackson celebration

January 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Academy Award nominees Viola Davis and Richard Jenkins are lending some Hollywood star power to the Mixed Magic Theatre’s year-long celebration of the 100th birthday of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and a related series of events.
Davis, who grew up in Central Falls, and Jenkins, who spent many years at Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company and lives in Cumberland, have agreed to be honorary co-chairs as Mixed Magic kicks off its Arc of Events that centers around the legendary gospel great.

January 9th

Preventing bullying

January 9, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — Riverside native Kevin Robinson abhors very few things in life, and what tops the list is seeing people treating others unfairly, being unkind just for the sake of humor or self-promotion.
The same goes for those who choose not to live by the “Golden Rule” — that is, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
That was the crystal-clear message the eight-time X Games' BMX aerial trickster and best pal Chris Poulos delivered to over 1,800 East Providence High students in their gymnasium on Friday morning.

East Providence F.D. preparing for upgrades to stations

January 9, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – Fire Chief Joe Klucznik indicated Thursday afternoon that he and his firefighters are “victims of our own success.”
Here's why: Last February, he received word from Sen. Jack Reed's office that the East Providence Fire Department would be the recipient of a $5.3 million federal grant, one stemming from President Barack Obama's American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and deals with fire station construction.

January 8th

Immigration, gay marriage top legislative agenda

January 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE – The pomp and circumstance of the opening of the General Assembly has faded away and now lawmakers are settling into the routine of legislating.
Two of the hot-button social issues expected to be near the top of the legislative agenda this session – gay marriage and illegal immigration – are already percolating in the Assembly’s first week. Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien is playing a lead role in both.

Pawtucket Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary

January 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A concept that began back in 2001 when two prominent professionals approached the mayor about finding ways to encourage business development has grown into a force that has changed and shaped the city. Now in its 10th year, The Pawtucket Foundation gave itself a well-deserved “pat on the back” Thursday night with a spirited anniversary celebration at The Met.

January 7th

C.F. High hits bump on road to reform

January 7, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS (AP) — The teachers at Central Falls High School struck a deal to get their jobs back last year after the entire staff was fired in a radical, last-ditch attempt to raise student performance. But if the administrators thought the teachers would be grateful for a second chance, they were wrong.
Many teachers aren't showing up for work, often calling out sick. Several abruptly quit within the first few weeks of the school year. Administrators have had to scramble to find qualified substitutes and have withheld hundreds of student grades because of the teacher absences.

Blackstone Wine & Spirits appeals city's license decision

January 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET — With some neighborhood concerns still unresolved, the ownership of Blackstone Wine & Spirits has appealed a denial of a liquor license transfer made by the City Council's Board of License Commissioners for a new location at 275 Newport Ave. to the state's Department of Business Regulation, Liquor Control Division.

January 5th

Chafee rescinds E-Verify order

January 6, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Making good on one of his principal campaign promises, Gov. Lincoln Chafee Wednesday signed an executive order revoking the controversial Illegal Immigration Control Order issued by former Gov. Donald Carcieri more than two years ago.

January 4th

Lincoln Chafee sworn in

January 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Calling for “an era of political collaboration, of cultural and ethnic acceptance, of shared sacrifice and, more importantly, of faith and trust in each other,” Lincoln Chafee became the first Independent governor of Rhode Island in the modern era at 12:22 p.m. Tuesday.

January 3rd

Jeanne Murphy was trailblazing Times reporter

January 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Jeanne (Rice) Murphy, who died last Thursday at age 84, had a career unlike almost any other reporter at the old Pawtucket Times.
Murphy first began working for the newspaper as a high school intern back in 1944.
“The newsroom had been decimated by World War II,” Jeanne’s daughter Sheila recalled. “The managing editor liked the way my mother wrote and offered her a job.”

January 2nd

Local landscaping company suing the city

January 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A local landscaping company has filed a lawsuit against the city of Pawtucket alleging that city officials failed to put numerous landscaping contracts out for public bid.
D.M. Bruzzi Landscape Co. Inc. filed a complaint in Superior Court on Dec. 28 naming the city as a defendant, along with city Parks Superintendent William Mulholland, Finance Director Ronald Wunschel, and Purchasing Director Joseph Roque.

December 31st, 2010

Mayor Doyle, 3 from administration given send-off

December 31, 2010

PAWTUCKET — City Clerk Richard Goldstein noted that 13 years ago, when Mayor James Doyle first took office, there was panic in City Hall, but it wasn't about terrorism or a recession. Rather, city officials were greatly concerned about averting a “Y2K disaster” in the new millennium. “We lived in a different world,” Goldstein noted.

Cumberland man accused of wife's murder kills self at ACI

December 31, 2010

CUMBERLAND – Peter J. Pytka II, the man charged with murdering his wife in their Titus Street home on Dec. 20, was found dead in his jail cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen said his cellmate at the ACI's Intake Service Center found Pytka in the top bunk about 7:50 a.m., as prisoners were getting ready for breakfast. The cellmate alerted prison authorities, telling them Pytka appeared to be dead.

 

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