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Firefighters have busy night

January 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET – City firefighters responded to back-to-back incidents Wednesday night, including a grease fire that erupted in the kitchen of a group home on Manchester Street for persons recovering from substance abuse disorders, and a furnace explosion an hour later at an assisted living facility on Central Avenue.
Fire Chief William Sisson said a resident at the Sanctuary Recovery Residence, 12 Manchester St., was cooking when a grease fire flared-up on the kitchen stove. The fire was contained to the kitchen and did not affect the rest of the dwelling, he said.

Storm cleanup continues

January 28, 2015

With the Blizzard of 2015 headed out to sea, the clouds gave way to partial sun just after 9:30 Wednesday morning, a welcome respite for residents slowly digging out from a powerful storm that dumped upwards of three feet of snow in Southern New England.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island lifted statewide driving bans at midnight on Tuesday, and trains, buses and subways were back to normal service Wednesday, although there were plenty of delays for the morning commute.

Region braces for blizzard

January 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE – With the Blizzard of 2015 shaping as one of the most damaging on record, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday declared a state of emergency until further notice, banishing vehicular travel as of midnight as crews prepared for a multi-day chore of restoring power and clearing roads.
Raimondo struck a tone of dire urgency during a briefing at the Statehouse, strongly advising storm preppers to get their business finished and get off the roads voluntarily by 8 last night, but she said that by midnight a travel ban would be strictly enforced by the state police.

Bigger than the Blizzard of ‘78?

January 25, 2015

Weather forecasts for a potentially massive blizzard striking Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts had Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and state officials preparing for the worst on Sunday.

on Sunday in a statement in which she advised the state’s residents to prepare for severe winter weather.

A new life for an old diner?

January 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The long, dark journey of the legendary Silver Top Diner appears to be coming to an end, and maybe – just maybe – there may be some light at the far side of the tunnel.

Recently freed from a legal limbo in which it had been mired nearly seven years, the 1930s dining car is heading for the auction block. Though it’s in poor condition, despite efforts to protect it from the elements, City Planner Barney S. Heath is optimistic that some nostalgic, diner-loving savior might be interested in reviving the landmark as a going business.

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