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October 5th, 2015

Cumberland’s Tenreiro named Principal of the Year

October 5, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The National Association of Secondary School Principals has named Cumberland High School Principal Alan Tenreiro as their Principal of the Year. 

Tenreiro was awarded the 2016 title on Monday morning in a surprise assembly attended by staff, students and officials including Gov. Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner, Sen. Jack Reed and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline. 

October 4th

‘A breath of fresh air’ for 5K runners, walkers

October 4, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Last year, Chris Pike and her family and friends ran the Rhode Island Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Walk in honor of her mother Sandy. This year, they ran in memory of her.

October 2nd

Gathering at JMW School protested administrative leave decision

October 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET — A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Tuesday in support of a teacher who they say was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly discussed sex and birth control during a conversation in class.

About 10 students gathered outside of the school and held signs at the protest, at one point chanting “Bring back Ashton!” in support of English teacher Bill Ashton.

A LEGEND, LAID TO REST: Family, friends, colleagues say farewell to John Martins

October 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET – John Martins was recalled as a loving family man, a generous personality, a hard-working self-made success, and a caring father, grandfather, husband, brother, and uncle during a funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Parish Friday.

VIDEO: 21 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Desserts

October 2, 2015

Slater Park presents The Haunted Tunnel

October 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Chills and thrills will be on display this month at Slater Memorial Park as exhibits for families and guests of all ages are sure to provide a scary good time for visitors.

September 30th

Holy Spirit gets a facelift

September 30, 2015

Workers from Veterans Scaffolding, of Blackstone, Mass. remove scaffolding at Holy Spirit Church in Central Falls on Tuesday after a six-month project of refacing the facade of the church spire of the historic Dexter Street house of worship, also known as St. Matthew’s Church. The imposing French-Gothic style church was built in 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk takes place at Slater Park

September 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Warwick resident Kristen Connolly knows all too well the toll that lung cancer can have on a family.

In June 2012, her uncle was diagnosed with lung cancer. A year and a half later, her mother was diagnosed with the disease. She lost her mother just after Mother's Day in 2014 and then her uncle passed away this past March.

“It's a very sad disease,” Connolly said. “Our family is very close, it was kind of a shock.”

Sisters charged in assault case

September 30, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Three juvenile sisters are getting a hard lesson in crime and punishment after they allegedly videotaped themselves beating and robbing two other girls of a cell phone, then shared the recording on Facebook, according to police.

The sisters, aged 14, 15 and 17, were arrested at home Monday on a warrant charging them with second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, cyber-harassment, two counts each of simple assault and disorderly conduct, police said.

September 29th

Alleged beating, robbing, bragging lands sisters in trouble

September 29, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — A Family Court judge has ordered two juvenile sisters held at the Rhode Island Training School and a third released to home confinement after they allegedly beat and robbed two teenaged girls – and then reveled in their illicit activities on Facebook, according to police.

September 28th

East Providence budget to get public hearing tonight

September 28, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE  – The public will get a chance today to weigh in on the city’s proposed $178.1 million operating budget for fiscal year 2016 at the first of two public hearings on the spending plan.

Today’s hearing gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue.

Cumberland school board to name new superintendent

September 28, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The School Committee at a special meeting Wednesday is expected to name assistant School Superintendent Robert Mitchell as the district’s new superintendent of schools.

Mitchell succeeds Philip D. Thornton who was hired last week by the Warwick School Committee to lead that district. 

“We knew Dr. Thornton wasn’t going to stay here forever,” said School Committee Chairwoman Lisa Beaulieu. 

For complete story see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.

Local businessman John Martins succumbs to crash injuries, remembered as industrious and generous

September 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Self-made businessman John Martins was mourned as a hard-working and big-hearted family man following his death Sunday from injuries he suffered in a fiery truck crash in nearby Connecticut earlier this month.

Martins died after more than three weeks in the intensive care unit at Rhode Island Hospital, family members said.  Married, with three children, he was 52 years old. 

September 27th

Oktoberfest: ‘As close to Germany as we can be’

September 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET — With the ceremonial tapping of the keg, the annual German Oktoberfest kicked off at the German American Cultural Society on Carter Avenue Saturday afternoon.
District 2 City Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain wielded the mallet that tapped the keg, and he poured the first glass for Society President Paul Pouliot as well as a beverage for himself, before the duo offered a celebratory toast and salute to the gathered crowd in attendance.

Veteran flying into North Central as plane event kicks off today

September 27, 2015

LINCOLN – When Bill Purple flies into North Central State Airport today it will be with a lot mixed memories of his youth.
Purple, a 91-year-old World War II veteran from Petersham, Mass., piloted 35 missions in a B-17 bomber during the war and will be getting a ride to the Rhode Island state airport at the Lincoln-Smithfield line from the Collings Foundation, a non-profit war bird preservation group based Stow, Mass.

Locals prove equal to the (Warpath) Challenge

September 27, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — They were exhausted and out of breath, dripping in sweat and caked in dirt and dust. But they had smiles that beamed from ear to ear.

September 25th

Local family thanks God after crash almost halts trip to see Pope Francis

September 25, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A Pawtucket family’s date with the pope was nearly canceled by a car crash Thursday morning.

Lucky for the Elsingers, only their front end was smashed, not their faith. 

“We’re all right,” said Jeremiah Elsinger as he pulled into the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish in his crumpled SUV. “It’s not as bad as it looks.”

Man who unraveled mystery of C.F. war vet buried in Belgium visits city

September 25, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – It began with a walk in a cemetery in Belgium, and after a lot of research work and special tributes, the story of WWII flyer Gilbert A. Malrait led Belgian Philippe Vanderdonckt and his wife Cathy all the way to a local World War II memorial on Central Street this week.

September 22nd

Local students pumped to see Pope Francis

September 22, 2015

Sixteen students from St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket and Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket are hitting the road today for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., and witness history in the making as the pontiff delivers a speech to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning.

September 21st

Rhode Island buzzes after Central Falls native Viola Davis wins Emmy as top dramatic actress

September 21, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Acclaimed stage and screen actress Viola Davis sent waves of pride rippling through her hometown haunts as she broke through the women’s race barrier at the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Incredible as it seems, Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for a lead role in a television drama in the 67-year history of TV’s version of the Academy Awards.