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August 28th, 2015
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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 â€śhelloâ€ť as well as an â€śholaâ€ť 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.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” 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 â€“ swamped, actually â€“ in a variety of professions and programs.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Red Sox fans will be rooting for the home team â€” at McCoy Stadium â€” at least a year longer than expected, as a spokeswoman for the teamâ€™s ownership group confirmed that the PawSox will play their home games at the ballpark through at least the 2017 season.
LINCOLN â€” 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.
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.
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.
PAWTUCKET â€” The state Division of Taxation has approved a Providence developerâ€™s application for $3 million in tax credits to bring the historic Church Hill Grammar School back to life.
Amaral Reviteâ€™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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 petsâ€™ costumes was not wasted as the eventâ€™s popular Canine Costume Contest went off without any diminishing downpours, and there were even special visitors on hand like Ariel the mermaid â€” Johnson & Wales graduate and Pawtucket resident Alyssa Allen â€” to thrill the kids.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
PROVIDENCE â€” 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 Agencyâ€™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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
CUMBERLAND â€” Mayor William S. Murray has proposed an alternative site for the townâ€™s new police station, and itâ€™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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 Generalâ€™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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” Take a drive by the Darlington Bravesâ€™ East Street headquarters nearly any day of the week, and youâ€™ll see a modest-looking building that doesnâ€™t look like it holds much.
Walk into that same building on a Sunday evening, and youâ€™ll see about 250 participating in a bingo game thatâ€™s payout is only second to one other bingo game in Rhode Island: Twin River Casino.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 â€” 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.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” 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.