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March 21st, 2015

Robots teach teamwork to Central Falls students

March 21, 2015

SMITHFIELD – Central Falls High School freshman Daphne Mulford found inspiration in constructing a robot.

Just last year, Mulford said she was struggling in middle school, noting that she had been absent numerous times. However, she overheard an announcement via the school’s intercom system about constructing “human-sized robots,” and it piqued her curiosity.

“It really interested me,” Mulford said.

March 20th

School seeks to help family left homeless by fire

March 20, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – The Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket has
established a website at which people can donate to aid a family who lost everything in Wednesday afternoon's fire that gutted a multi-family home on Central Street.

Two sisters – one current student and one alumni – lived at 388 Central
St., the location of Wednesday's wind-driven fire that left upwards of 15 people homeless.

Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley on Friday said that the state
Fire Marshal's Office listed the cause of Wednesday's blaze as

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

March 20, 2015

March 19th

Tolman Boys' Volleyball | ALL IN: Nachbar honored by athletic administrators for coaching commitment

March 19, 2015


PAWTUCKET – While Tolman High varsity boys’ volleyball coach Neil Nachbar didn’t previously know much about the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, he certainly does now.

The 44-year-old city native learned recently he had been selected the R.I.I.A.A.A.’s “Male Coach of the Year,” and that he will be feted at the mammoth group’s annual awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick on Thursday, April 2.

Advocates say new bill unfairly targets pit bulls

March 19, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The director of an animal advocacy group said that his organization is “very much opposed” to a recently-introduced bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect, adding that he feels the bill “absolutely” unfairly targets pit bulls.

Dennis Tabella, director of animal advocacy group Defenders of Animals, on Tuesday said that there are “a lot of dog bites through the United States,” and that “if you look at the statistics, most are not even involving pit bulls.”

March 18th

Central Falls residents escape from burning building

March 18, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Upwards of 15 people are homeless after a wind-driven fire severely damaged a multi-family home on Central Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
The fire, which was called in at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, started off as what appeared to be a very small fire that started on the ground level outside of the building at 388 Central Ave., Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley told The Times at the scene on Wednesday.
However, the fire got into the building and spread quickly, and within a matter of minutes, had gone from ground level to the property's attic.

NFL Draft | TAKING HIS BEST SHOT: Jean-Daniel Roussel, former St. Raphael standout, tries to turn heads at Brown University Pro Day

March 18, 2015

 

PROVIDENCE – Jean-Daniel Roussel had the perfect way to seek feedback at Brown University’s Pro Football Day.

Whenever there was a break in the action, the Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy alumnus would glance at Brown offensive coordinator Frank Sheehan. Six NFL scouts came to the Ivy League school, all of them armed with the appropriate tools of the trade.

Budget cuts could doom Tourism Council

March 18, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The director of northern Rhode Island’s district tourism council is warning that the agency could collapse if cuts in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed statewide budget are embraced by state lawmakers.

March 17th

University of Rhode Island basketball | URI blows away Iona in opening round of NIT, 88-75

March 17, 2015


KINGSTON — After playing two, slow-down Atlantic 10 Tournament conference games over the weekend, the No. 3 Rhode Island basketball team finally found an opponent that was willing to play an up-tempo, 94-foot contest.
 
In the first round of the National Invitational Tournament, the Rams and No. 6 Iona traded dunks, 3-pointers, transition buckets and free throws – lots and lots of free throws – for 40 minutes Tuesday night.

R.I. High school sports | Plans are in place in the event baseball, softball seasons don't start on time

March 17, 2015

 

March 16th

Teacher suspension prompts pickets

March 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A group of students at the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts picketed outside the school Monday to protest the suspension of a teacher they say spoke out about the controversial new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized test, telling students they had the option not to take the exam.

Within 36 hours after the suspension of teacher Bill Ashton last Friday, a Facebook page in support of Ashton was created, with more than 1,000 likes as of yesterday.

Community Sports | GREENER PASTURES: Young ballplayers taking advantage of indoor facilities while they wait for the snow to go

March 16, 2015

 “I don’t think you’re going to be on the field this week or even by the first of the month.”

March 15th

St. Raphael Girls Basketball | St. Raphael took eventual champs Bay View to the wire in semi

March 15, 2015


KINGSTON – Fifteen minutes after the final horn had sounded, St. Raphael Academy veteran mentor Fred Saunders walked out of his girls’ locker room, saw a few media types waiting for him and immediately raised one hand before turning back to compose himself.
 
The gesture spoke volumes.
 

State rep's bill would enable restoration of Pawtucket’s pit bull ban

March 15, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Four months after a Superior Court judge’s ruling effectively ended the city’s 10-year prohibition against owning pit bulls, a state representative has introduced a bill that would look to put breed-specific ordinances once again into effect.

The bill, introduced last week by District 59 state Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Pawtucket), would ostensibly affect Pawtucket and any other city that had a resolution in place prior to a 2013 bill that banned cities and towns in Rhode Island from passing ordinances that were breed-specific.

March 14th

EXCLUSIVE: Pawtucket officer admits dozing off on duty

March 14, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The police officer captured in an image posted online admitted to briefly dozing off behind the wheel of the vehicle and now awaits consequences after the conclusion of an investigation, a city official told The Times.

Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday said that the
investigation, which was conducted by the Pawtucket Police Department's
Internal Affairs Unit, had reached its conclusion. Pires, however, would not disclose the officer's identity, citing personnel reasons.

The officer “indicated it was him and that he was very contrite about

March 13th

St. Raphael Girls Basketball | TRIPLE THREAT: Gonzalez, Shittu, Oliver take Saints to new heights

March 13, 2015


KINGSTON – Fred Saunders knows that he’s been in a fortunate position. For the past two seasons, the St. Raphael head coach has been able to put the same three girls in his Saints’ starting lineup.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Listen To The New Song From Disney's 'Frozen Fever'

March 13, 2015

March 12th

Schools, jobs the priorities in Raimondo's first budget

March 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, the first woman to present a state budget to a joint session of the General Assembly, did so on Thursday evening with a forceful call for cooperative work on change.

The governor’s proposed budget of $8.6 billion includes full funding for the state’s existing aid formula for public schools, calls for the institution of all-day kindergarten statewide, and sets up an initial round of $20 million to restore state support for school construction.

Providence College basketball | Dunn, Henton and defense stifle St. John’s 74-57, PC to Big East semi

March 12, 2015


NEW YORK – Under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, Providence put the college basketball world on notice Thursday that they are not a team to look past, suffocating St. John’s with defense on their way to a 74-57 win in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament.
 

March 11th

Central Falls students will receive laptops to use at home

March 11, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Students in third grade through the high school this month will be loaned Chromebook laptop computers, which school and city officials believe will aid students as they grow and transition to college and careers.
Classrooms in grades 3 through 12 in Central Falls Public Schools will become 1:1 computer-to-student learning environments, which city officials say supports an “equitable distribution and access to technology.”