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Orchestra will bring harmony to festival

September 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET – In John Baxter’s view there isn’t a better event among the many making up the month-long Pawtucket Arts Festival than when the Rhode Island Philharmonic takes the stage at Slater Park for its annual concert.

“I think it is a vital classical music component of the Festival and one way that we can highlight a local performance group that has been a cornerstone of classical music in the state,” Baxter, festival chairman, said of the event.

Down on the farm in the city

September 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Although it has been decades since Fanny the Elephant could be found sauntering around on site, Daggett Farm at Slater Memorial Park is still the kind of place that transcends generations; where parents can bring their children for a relaxing afternoon, then reminisce fondly as their kids later bring their own children.

Darlene Hyson, of Rehoboth, Mass., is a seasoned veteran of the farm. By her own estimation, she frequents the farm on a weekly basis. On Friday morning, she was there with her 3-year-old twin boy and girl.

Ex-Seton Academy building sold; will be used as school

August 29, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – The former St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy Building has been sold to a New York-based redevelopment company, with plans to convert it into an elementary school, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.
The buyer, Civic Builders of New York, bought the property at 909 Lonsdale Ave. from Holy Family Parish for $889,000. The company plans to turn the former Catholic school into an elementary school, which will serve children from Central Falls, Cumberland, and Lincoln, according to a news release.

EP police: gas used to force mentally ill man out of house after swinging weapon

August 28, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE — Police spent two hours on Thursday trying to coax a sword-wielding man out of his home on Delway Road after he barricaded himself in the house.

When talks didn't work, a special reaction team used gas to finally force the man out, authorities said.

The incident began to unfold just after 6 a.m., when police received a call from a man inside the home who said he awoke to find his distraught 66-year-old roommate swinging a sword and making threatening statements.

The caller then ran out of the house and waited for police to arrive.

Drug deal a bad trip for pair

August 27, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Two 21-year-old men got more than they bargained for when they had $20 stolen in a drug deal gone awry Wednesday afternoon, then ended up fleeing the drug dealers after one of them pulled a knife, police said.

Police Maj. Arthur Martins said the two 21-year-olds were trying to purchase marijuana from two drug dealers at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The dealers got in the alleged victims’ car and grabbed the cash without turning over the pot, Martins said.

Full story appears on page A1 of Thursday's Times.

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