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March 30th, 2015

Homeless advocates honor late Times columnist at annual luncheon

March 30, 2015

WARWICK – The late James F. “Jim” Baron, political reporter and columnist for The Call of Woonsocket and The Times of Pawtucket, was posthumously recognized by a leading advocacy group for the homeless Monday for his coverage of the issue.

The Pawtucket-based Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless honored Baron with the Media Award for Outstanding Coverage during the organization’s annual luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.

March 29th

B&GC, PawSox back at bat for kids

March 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Sponsorship opportunities are available to help the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket hit a home run for area children.

The 2015 Homers for Kids Campaign, in conjunction with the Pawtucket Red Sox, has been launched, with sponsorship opportunities available. Homers for Kids is a summer-long corporate donor program that benefits area children and teenagers through the support of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket.

March 27th

Two local men indicted

March 27, 2015

A Providence County grand jury Friday indicted a Central Falls man for first-degree robbery earlier this year, and a Pawtucket man for first degree arson in connection with a fire in August of last year.

Dennis Renaud, 49, of 109 Montgomery St., Pawtucket, was indicted on one count of first degree robbery in connection with the Jan. 7 robbery of American - Colombian Liquors on Broad St. Police say Renaud brandished a knife during the robbery. The store clerk told police that the assailant threatened him with a knife and left the scene with an undetermined amount of cash from the register.

March 26th

Grow houses shut down

March 26, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Rhode Island State Police, along with members of the Central Falls Police Department, arrested a Smithfield medical marijuana caregiver on marijuana distribution charges, state police announced Thursday.

On Wednesday, the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with assistance from Central Falls Police, executed two court-authorized search warrants for indoor marijuana growing operations in Central Falls and Smithfield.

March 25th

Pawtucket man admits to being pimp

March 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A city man on Monday pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Boston to Pawtucket last summer to be used as a prostitute, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
Ricky Wallace, 33, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, sex trafficking of a child, and transportation of a minor for sexual activity; and two counts of transportation of an individual for sexual activity.

March 24th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard

March 24, 2015

March 23rd

Health club on target for fall opening

March 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – After lying dormant for months as a harsh winter bore down on Rhode Island, the future home of LA Fitness Center at the Pawtucket and Providence line once again came alive with the bustle of construction Monday.

The project was halted late last year in anticipation of wintery conditions, according to Michael A. Voccola, corporate vice president with The Procaccianti Group, a real estate management and investment firm. However, a project shutting down for the winter months is not unusual, as Voccola said, “It’s not the snow, it’s the frost that was the issue.”

March 22nd

Pawtucket native fights kids’ cancer mile by mile

March 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET — If you were in the city in the 1960s and 1970s, it’s more than likely that you saw a young Ken Bettencourt riding his bicycle around the community. This summer, nearly 50 years after he started riding around Pawtucket, Bettencourt is returning to Rhode Island as part of a cross-country journey to raise funds and spread awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.

Bettencourt, 55, is in the midst of a nationwide bicycle ride in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to battle childhood cancer.

March 21st

Robots teach teamwork to Central Falls students

March 21, 2015

SMITHFIELD – Central Falls High School freshman Daphne Mulford found inspiration in constructing a robot.

Just last year, Mulford said she was struggling in middle school, noting that she had been absent numerous times. However, she overheard an announcement via the school’s intercom system about constructing “human-sized robots,” and it piqued her curiosity.

“It really interested me,” Mulford said.

March 20th

School seeks to help family left homeless by fire

March 20, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – The Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket has
established a website at which people can donate to aid a family who lost everything in Wednesday afternoon's fire that gutted a multi-family home on Central Street.

Two sisters – one current student and one alumni – lived at 388 Central
St., the location of Wednesday's wind-driven fire that left upwards of 15 people homeless.

Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley on Friday said that the state
Fire Marshal's Office listed the cause of Wednesday's blaze as

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

March 20, 2015

March 19th

Advocates say new bill unfairly targets pit bulls

March 19, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The director of an animal advocacy group said that his organization is “very much opposed” to a recently-introduced bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect, adding that he feels the bill “absolutely” unfairly targets pit bulls.

Dennis Tabella, director of animal advocacy group Defenders of Animals, on Tuesday said that there are “a lot of dog bites through the United States,” and that “if you look at the statistics, most are not even involving pit bulls.”

March 18th

Central Falls residents escape from burning building

March 18, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Upwards of 15 people are homeless after a wind-driven fire severely damaged a multi-family home on Central Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
The fire, which was called in at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, started off as what appeared to be a very small fire that started on the ground level outside of the building at 388 Central Ave., Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley told The Times at the scene on Wednesday.
However, the fire got into the building and spread quickly, and within a matter of minutes, had gone from ground level to the property's attic.

Budget cuts could doom Tourism Council

March 18, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The director of northern Rhode Island’s district tourism council is warning that the agency could collapse if cuts in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed statewide budget are embraced by state lawmakers.

March 16th

Teacher suspension prompts pickets

March 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Monday to protest the suspension of a teacher they say spoke out about the controversial new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test, telling students they had the option not to take the exam.

Within 36 hours after the suspension of teacher Bill Ashton last Friday, a Facebook page in support of Ashton was created, with more than 1,000 likes as of yesterday.

March 15th

State rep's bill would enable restoration of Pawtucket’s pit bull ban

March 15, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Four months after a Superior Court judge’s ruling effectively ended the city’s 10-year prohibition against owning pit bulls, a state representative has introduced a bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect.

The bill, introduced last week by District 59 state Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Pawtucket), would ostensibly affect Pawtucket and any other city that had a resolution in place prior to a 2013 bill that banned cities and towns in Rhode Island from passing ordinances that were breed-specific.

March 14th

EXCLUSIVE: Pawtucket officer admits dozing off on duty

March 14, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The police officer captured in an image posted online admitted to briefly dozing off behind the wheel of the vehicle and now awaits consequences after the conclusion of an investigation, a city official told The Times.

Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday said that the
investigation, which was conducted by the Pawtucket Police Department's
Internal Affairs Unit, had reached its conclusion. Pires, however, would not disclose the officer's identity, citing personnel reasons.

The officer “indicated it was him and that he was very contrite about

March 13th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Listen To The New Song From Disney's 'Frozen Fever'

March 13, 2015

March 12th

Schools, jobs the priorities in Raimondo's first budget

March 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, the first woman to present a state budget to a joint session of the General Assembly, did so on Thursday evening with a forceful call for cooperative work on change.

The governor’s proposed budget of $8.6 billion includes full funding for the state’s existing aid formula for public schools, calls for the institution of all-day kindergarten statewide, and sets up an initial round of $20 million to restore state support for school construction.

March 11th

Central Falls students will receive laptops to use at home

March 11, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Students in third grade through the high school this month will be loaned Chromebook laptop computers, which school and city officials believe will aid students as they grow and transition to college and careers.
Classrooms in grades 3 through 12 in Central Falls Public Schools will become 1:1 computer-to-student learning environments, which city officials say supports an “equitable distribution and access to technology.”

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