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August 25th, 2015

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.

CELEBRATING THE VERY BEST: Belisles, McCoy Stadium to be honored at annual Blackstone Valley Tourism Council fete

August 19, 2015

LINCOLN — Two of Rhode Island’s beloved school sports coaches will be the center of attention, as the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC), celebrates another milestone, with its 30th Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremonies. This special event is set for Thursday, October 1 at Twin River Casino Event Center, 100 Twin River Road.

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.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Former Lincoln High standout Tangherlini pitching in Can-Am League

August 18, 2015

LINCOLN — Signed by the Garden State Grays just two weeks ago, RHP John Tangherlini, a native Rhode Islander and Lincoln High School graduate, is making some big impressions in the big-league environment that is the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, an independent league with teams in the northeastern United States and Canada.

After all, the 24-year old has baseball in his blood.

WHY THE DROP? SportsBusiness Journal dips Providence/Pawtucket minor-league market 18 spots to No. 30 this year

August 18, 2015