September 4th, 2015
PROVIDENCE — Pawtucket on Monday declared itself a “bully-free” city, formally announcing a partnership with a California-based nonprofit organization to curb bullying and harassment in the Pawtucket School Department’s 17 schools.
PAWTUCKET – The outside of the Resources for Human Development building on Commerce Street was a rather drab site, a dreary facade of brick devoid of much character.
However, that changed starting Thursday, as students from the Rhode Island School of Design joined artists and staff from RHD-RI to paint murals that will hang from the building’s outside walls, providing the area with a much-needed dose of vibrant color.
PAWTUCKET â€” In one of the largest promotional ceremonies held in recent memory, the Pawtucket Police Department swore in new Major Tina Goncalves, the first woman to hold that position on the force; and newly promoted Capt. Kevin Santurri and Lt. Manny Maciel, as seven officers advanced in the ranks.
Also promoted were David Holden to detective sergeant, Robert Pickett to sergeant, and Carl Barovier and Trevor Lefebvre to detective.
PAWTUCKET â€” Seven members of the Pawtucket Police Department â€” including the first female member to ascend to the rank of major in the departmentâ€™s history â€” will be celebrated at a ceremony today at the Pawtucket Veteransâ€™ Amphitheater on Roosevelt Avenue.
PAWTUCKET – In the interest of accuracy, the conversation with PawSox manager Kevin Boles started out about the working relationship his father John had with Dave Dombrowski when the pair formed a manager-general manager tandem with the Florida Marlins.
For the purpose of this exercise, the original topic hardly seemed to matter, as it resulted in traveling down several roads that helped to shed light on Dombrowski’s relationship with the minors.
PROVIDENCE â€” Talks may be continuing on a plan to build a new $85 million stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox on vacant I-195 land in the cityâ€™s downtown, but that didnâ€™t stop a group of opponents to that plan from holding an anti-stadium picnic at the site Monday night.
A crowd of about 100 people showed up at the weedy gravel lot along the Providence River to fly kites, listen to The What Cheer? Brigade band perform, and munch their picnic dinners while supporting the grassroots effort to stop the stadium project.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Just as students are readying themselves to return to school for the first day of classes on Tuesday, School Superintendent Victor Capellan is readying himself and the district for a new year of educational opportunities for Central Fallsâ€™ children.
PAWTUCKET – Now 22, Graham Watkins of Woodlawn has been relegated to a wheelchair since his toddler days, that due to a congenital spinal cord injury.
Still, he never allowed his physical disability to interfere with his love for sports. Over the years, he has taken part in a variety of wheelchair and like activities, among them skiing, hockey and track.
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.