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August 28th, 2015

Kindergarten classes to learn in English and Spanish

August 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – When kindergarten students arrive at Nathanael Greene Elementary School for the first day of classes next week, they will be greeted by teachers with a “hello” as well as an “hola” as part of a brand-new dual language learning program.

Two classes of incoming kindergarteners at Greene Elementary School will be the first collection of students to participate in the dual language program, in which half of their education will be in English and half will be taught in Spanish.

K-ROB has plenty of post-retirement plans

August 28, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — If anyone was wondering what Townie extraordinaire Kevin Robinson has been up to since retiring from the professional BMX circuit in the summer of 2013, even he has problems answering.

The 40-something Robinson last competed at the X Games in Los Angeles that season, but has remained busy – swamped, actually – in a variety of professions and programs.

PawSox staying at McCoy through 2017

August 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket Red Sox fans will be rooting for the home team — at McCoy Stadium — at least a year longer than expected, as a spokeswoman for the team’s ownership group confirmed that the PawSox will play their home games at the ballpark through at least the 2017 season.

August 27th

Lincoln schools face teacher shortage thanks to enrollment bump

August 27, 2015

LINCOLN — Due to an unexpected increase in student enrollment, two elementary schools are adding classrooms merely a week before the school year is set to begin.

August 26th

Mayors team up with Colombian city

August 26, 2015

The mayors of Pawtucket and Central Falls are hopeful to establish an educational exchange with Arjona, Colombia, after making the nearly 2,200-mile journey south, and officials say they are coming back to the states having learned plenty from their South American colleagues.

August 25th

Bartending conference-goers volunteer for bike donation project at Twin River Casino

August 25, 2015

LINCOLN – A group of about 125 bartenders from around the country took a break from their participation in the US Bartender’s Guild National Leadership Conference in Providence Tuesday to do some community work at Twin River intended to get bicycles to children and adults in need. 

The bartenders, many of them USBG officers in their home states, visited the former Twin River dog kennel to work on bicycles stored there by Project Broken Wheel. 

August 24th

Former school building's developer gets $3M in tax credits

August 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The state Division of Taxation has approved a Providence developer’s application for $3 million in tax credits to bring the historic Church Hill Grammar School back to life.

Amaral Revite’s application for the credits was approved by the division on Friday. The company plans to restore the Queen Anne-style landmark as a modern office building, according to papers on file with the division.

August 23rd

Canine fans em-bark on a fun-filled weekend

August 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The weather hovered between a cloudy day with patches of sunshine, and that made the owners of dogs participating in Dogapalooza Summer Festival 2015 at Slater Park very happy on Sunday.

The work they put into making their pets’ costumes was not wasted as the event’s popular Canine Costume Contest went off without any diminishing downpours, and there were even special visitors on hand like Ariel the mermaid — Johnson & Wales graduate and Pawtucket resident Alyssa Allen — to thrill the kids.

August 22nd

Pawtucket ceremony remembers the Mackinac explosion

August 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Ninety years ago, the ship Mackinac was returning from Newport to Pawtucket with nearly 700 passengers on board, many of whom were city residents on a holiday sponsored by their employer.

As the steamer sailed back to Pawtucket, a defective boiler exploded, unleashing a plume of steam that was responsible for the deaths of 55 people. An additional 150 people were injured, making it one of the deadliest maritime disasters in state history.

Central Falls firefighters receive $544K in federal money

August 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE — U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline on Wednesday announced new federal funding for the Central Falls Fire Department to hire new firefighters and to purchase equipment.

The funding was made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

The Central Falls Fire Department will receive $544,264 from the SAFER program to hire four new firefighters, as well as $28,572 for fire hose replacement.

August 21st

Suspect's dive into river fails to avert arrest

August 21, 2015

PAWTUCKET — A Providence man allegedly broke into separate Marbury Avenue residences, led police on a foot pursuit, and leaped into the Blackstone River before being apprehended Wednesday morning, authorities told The Times Friday.

Around 9:45 a.m., officers were dispatched for a report of an interrupted breaking-and-entering at 56 Marbury Ave., Det. Sgt. Paul Brandley said.

A suspect had attempted to enter through a door, but the residents were home at the time and heard a noise.

August 20th

Cumberland mayor proposes alternate site for public safety complex

August 20, 2015

CUMBERLAND — Mayor William S. Murray has proposed an alternative site for the town’s new police station, and it’s not far from the current station on Diamond Hill Road and North Garden Street.

In fact, it is right behind the existing two-story police station at the corner of Diamond Hill and North Garden.

August 19th

Woman pleads no contest to molestation charges

August 19, 2015

PAWTUCKET — A woman with a last known address in Pawtucket on Tuesday was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 18 to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, after she pleaded no contest to four counts of first-degree child molestation, the Attorney General’s Office announced.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Kimberly Shaw, 41, with a last known address of 60 Olive St., was ordered to have no contact with the two male victims, undergo sex offender counseling, and must comply with sex offender registration and notification statutes.

August 18th

Pawtucket cops seek shooting suspect

August 18, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Police are investigating a shooting in which a man was found bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound in the groin area, authorities said.

Around 10:20 p.m. Monday, Pawtucket Police were dispatched to an address on Sanford Street for a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers were met by a man who indicated that someone in the residence had been shot, police said.

August 17th

CF police arrest gunfire suspect

August 17, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — Members of the Central Falls Police Department seized the eighth firearm used in a local crime this year after investigating a shooting incident in a wooded area of Ledge Street Monday morning.

The Police Department received a report from a witness at about 10:05 a.m. who indicated a Hispanic male in a white shirt had fired a handgun near the wooded area across from the municipal parking lot, according to Central Falls Police Det. Craig M. Veins.

August 16th

Darlington Braves forced to tackle falling bingo attendance

August 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Take a drive by the Darlington Braves’ East Street headquarters nearly any day of the week, and you’ll see a modest-looking building that doesn’t look like it holds much.

Walk into that same building on a Sunday evening, and you’ll see about 250 participating in a bingo game that’s payout is only second to one other bingo game in Rhode Island: Twin River Casino.

August 14th

Coal-fired taste of Ireland comes to Pawtucket

August 14, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Arigna, a village in Ireland, was home to the
island's last working coal mine.

Playing off of that, Arigna Irish Pub and Coal
Fired Kitchen - opening soon on Armistice
Boulevard - will feature all of the
aspects of a traditional Irish pub with a
menu focused on a coal-fired oven.

The property, at 507 Armistice Blvd., previously housed Carousel Sports Lounge. Ryan Blaney, chef and co-owner of Arigna
and Murphy's Law Irish Pub on George Street, purchased the property last September.

"We plan on doing another premium Irish sports pub," Blaney said of

Pawtucket salutes artists with disabilities

August 14, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Twenty-five years have passed since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it has been 40 years since the founding of VSA arts Rhode Island. Those milestones, as well as the efforts of artists with disabilities, were celebrated at a ceremony at City Hall Friday.

The first-annual Beyond Barriers celebration was held in conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Advisory Commission and VSA arts. The Council Chambers at City Hall was at a standing-room only capacity as artists and their family members and colleagues were joined by city and state officials.

August 13th

CF, Pawtucket clean up on EPA grants

August 13, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — The Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation received $600,000 and the city of Central Falls received $200,000 as part of a statewide awarding of $1.32 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfield funding.

City, state, and federal officials came together at the Central Falls Landing on Madeira Avenue Thursday afternoon to announce the grants. The money will be used for brownfield assessment, job training, and cleanup for municipalities and organizations across Rhode Island.

VIDEO: Court artist's drawing of Tom Brady goes viral

August 13, 2015

 

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