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July 2nd, 2015

Fire rips through tailoring shop

July 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET – An observant passerby alerted firefighters to a blaze burning inside a commercial building at 274 Broadway early Thursday morning.

Battalion Chief Steve Tanguay said the woman walking her dog on Broadway “happened to see smoke coming from the building” and called the fire department.

“When we pulled up there was heavy smoke coming from the building and flames were starting to coming through the front windows,” he said.

July 1st

Two key administrators leaving Memorial Hospital

July 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island’s acting president and senior vice president will both be leaving their posts this month, a hospital communications manager confirmed to The Times.

Acting President Ed Schottland announced his retirement in late May from the post he has served since being appointed acting president and chief operating officer in October 2013.

Schottland came out of retirement to help serve as Memorial Hospital’s acting president, but he was not appointed to be a long-term president, Marketing Communications Manager Susan McDonald said.

June 30th

Steinberg steps in to pitch Providence ballpark plan

June 30, 2015


PROVIDENCE – Members of the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group say they will embark on a summer-long road trip to all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island to tout their proposal for a riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence.

From the site on the former Interstate 195 land Monday afternoon, Charles Steinberg – senior adviser to PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino – said that the purpose of the tour is to have an “open conversation with as many people in Rhode Island as we can.”

June 29th

Anchor Recovery reaches out across the state with forum for recovering addicts in Burrillville

June 29, 2015


BURRILLVILLE – Three former Burrillville High School students returned to their alma mater Monday to tell their heartrending stories of addiction and their uplifting accounts of recovery during a roundtable discussion on the issues of addiction and overdose deaths.

The discussion in Burrillville High’s media center was hosted by the Pawtucket-based Anchor Recovery Community Center.

Burrillville has been hard-hit by drug-related deaths, with six residents dying of drug overdoses this year.

Police identify Plainville, Mass. plane crash victims

June 29, 2015


PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday.

June 28th

Neighborhood rallies around its rotary

June 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Tucked away near the border with Massachusetts, there’s a small street where residents with green thumbs have brought color and life to the neighborhood.

A rotary was installed in the middle of Kirk Drive in the early 1950s, and resident Susan Curren explained that in that era, the rotary itself was much larger, with a lawn to be mowed and hedges to be clipped. While it has decreased in size over time, the crabapple tree and colorful plants are still vibrant.

June 26th

Local advocacy groups cheer Supreme Court’s decision

June 26, 2015


WOONSOCKET –  Friday’s Supreme Court ruling establishing a national right to same-sex marriage struck close to home to many in Rhode Island. 

In a state that was the last in New England to legalize same-sex marriage, the decision was reason for celebration for gay marriage advocates such as Rhode Island Pride, which hosted a rally at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence on Friday evening.

City cuts ribbon on river wall, bikepath

June 26, 2015


PAWTUCKET – From the damaging flood waters of the spring of 2010 rose an opportunity to reinvent an area in the rear of City Hall. On Friday, the years of work were commemorated as city and state leaders cut the ribbon, formally welcoming a river wall and bike path to Pawtucket.

The bulk of the funding for the project came as a result of the flooding Rhode Island received in April 2010. That flood, and similar ones over the years, severely damaged the river wall behind City Hall.

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June 26, 2015

June 25th

Speakers, protesters have their say at PawSox rally

June 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE — Their cries rang out Thursday evening, echoing down Smith Street.
“Stop this stadium deal!” they shouted. “Keep the PawSox in Pawtucket!” the crowd clamored. “Listen to taxpayers!”
The approximately 150 in this chorus of concerned residents were gathered together in front of the State House to demand that the Pawtucket Red Sox stay put at McCoy Stadium, and that taxpayer money not be used to pay for a new riverfront ballpark on former Interstate 195 land in downtown Providence.

Bill inspired by 'Thrill Killer' on governor's desk

June 25, 2015

WOONSOCKET — A journey of more than two years may be close to an end as a sentencing reform bill inspired by the early parole of “Thrill Killer” Alfred Brissette Jr. was forwarded to Gov. Gina Raimondo for her consideration after the measure was passed by the House and Senate this week.

June 24th

Cumberland gearing up for 87th Arnold Mills Parade

June 24, 2015


CUMBERLAND — A Cumberland Fourth of July tradition for more than 80 years, the Arnold Mills Parade steps off Saturday, July 4.

This year’s 87th annual parade starts at 11 a.m. on Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) close to the North Attleboro town line.

Cumberland educator J. Richard “Dick” Charland is grand marshal of this year’s parade.

The parade association is also honoring his wife of many years, Betty Charland, for her yearly contributions as a volunteer on the parade committee.

Plainridge Park Casino opens as Massachusetts’ first gambling hall

June 24, 2015


PLAINVILLE, MASS. – Thousands of people flocked to the new Plainridge Park Casino for its grand opening at noon on Wednesday. Route-1 traffic rivaled that of a Patriots home game, stretching far as eyes could see and the four stories of the parking garage filled up so quickly that it took nearly 20 minutes to find a parking spot upon arrival. People poured in from the parking garage, the elevators and the main entrance in bunches all before 2 p.m.

June 23rd

State budget sails through Senate passage, 35-3

June 23, 2015


PROVIDENCE – An $8.7 billion state budget hailed as pro-business and pro-education is now a done deal as the Senate overwhelmingly approved the spending plan last night, wrapping up the biggest piece of the 2016 legislative session.

The budget, which was approved by the House on a unanimous vote in record time one week ago, sailed through the Senate in similarly speedy fashion on a vote of 35-3.

Along with a raft of plaudits from supporters of the budget, praise came from some unexpected corners of the Senate chamber.

Local artists grace City Hall with their paintings, poems and powerful stories

June 23, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Some of the artists whose work decorates the walls at City Hall came together late last week to celebrate the art gallery exhibit.

Members of groups including Resources for Human Development – Rhode Island and Flying Shuttle Studios came to City Hall on Friday afternoon to adore their works while also describing the tremendous honor they felt in having their art hanging for all to see.

June 22nd

Goff Junior High's Andrews honored at Statehouse

June 22, 2015


State Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) honored a student of his district in the House of Representatives last Thursday while noting her success in a Pawtucket school essay contest. 

Ariana Andrews, a seventh-grader at Goff Junior High, was one of the student winners in the “Why Veterans Are Important to Me,” a contest that was organized by Pawtucket veterans volunteer Ken Postle and the Pawtucket School Department.

June 21st

Viva São João: Lusitana Club’s annual Feast of St. John none the worse for weather

June 21, 2015


CUMBERLAND – Around noon on Sunday at the Lusitana Club, cloudy skies and slight rain threatened the entertainment that was scheduled for a weekend of celebration.

“Come back around two or three,” volunteers said as stragglers walked up to the entrance and turned around again.

June 19th

Broadway comes to Pawtucket school

June 19, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Flora S. Curtis Elementary School on Friday was transformed into a scene out of Manhattan’s Theater District, as students entertained a standing-room only audience with “The Best of Broadway.”

The performance served as a culmination and celebration of the year in musical instruction. All students at the school, from kindergarten through fifth grade, took to the stage in front of parents and loved ones to perform a number from a noteworthy play or musical.

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June 19, 2015

June 18th

WEB EXTRA: House passes bill boosting fiscal oversight of charter schools

June 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE — The state House of Representatives voted 64-8 Thursday evening to approve a bill submitted by Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket) that adds a new requirement to state law allowing the creation of independent charter schools.

O’Grady’s bill, H-5555 as Amended, would require the state Department of Education to conduct a review of the fiscal impact of a newly proposed charter school on the communities it serves, and also to determine that no negative fiscal impact would result before approving such a charter.