Homelessness on the rise as rents climb

One city elementary school trying to help its 11 homeless families
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PAWTUCKET – Three years ago, staff at Cunningham Elementary School knew of just one homeless family at the school. Last year, that number grew to five families. This year? Cunningham is home to... more

Attleboro police seek four men on active warrants

Attleboro police are seeking four men on active arrest warrants for various drug, weapon and larceny charges. Anyone that may have knowledge where the four men pictured are located, or information... more

Reward offered for information on Central Falls arsonist

CENTRAL FALLS – Police are searching for a suspect they say set fire to a home on Central Avenue early in the morning on June 19. At 1:57 a.m. that day, Central Falls police and fire personnel... more

Man arrested for advertising illegal fireworks on Craigslist

CENTRAL FALLS – On Thursday, June 22, members of the Central Falls Police Special Investigative Unit, working with members of the Rhode Island Division of State Fire Marshal, arrested Wilber Barth,... more

Missing Pawtucket boy found

Police say a 12-year-old boy who went missing early Saturday morning has been found. Jeremiah Varkpeh, of Pawtucket, was found in Central Falls late Saturday afternoon, according to Pawtucket police... more

Raimondo backs PawSox stadium proposal

PAWTUCKET – Gov. Gina Raimondo issued the following statement Monday backing the latest proposal for a new stadium in Pawtucket: "Over the last several weeks, Mayor Grebien has heard my concerns... more

‘Bookmobile lady’ Cathy Tierney ready for second century

PAWTUCKET – Catherine Tierney knew just the right book for almost every child she drove up to, remembering their preferences as if they were her own family members. “I knew what they liked and had it... more

Through mentoring, local man helps break cycle of poverty, crime

PAWTUCKET – Gary Convertino grew up in what he saw as an ideal life: available parents, a great group of friends, and plenty of opportunity. Convertino, now the vice president of organizational... more

Beyond books

Local libraries offer plenty of programming for adults this summer
On Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m., a group of retired local men gather at the Cumberland Public Library for friendly games of chess. There’s no clock keeping time of the rounds, no rule that says... more

Locals cheer plan to restore free bus fares

PAWTUCKET – Local government and nonprofit leaders say they’re cautiously optimistic about a plan to restore a free bus fare program for elderly and disabled residents. The Breeze reported back in... more

City delays car tax bills to account for relief from state

No move yet to increase exemption to $1,000
PAWTUCKET – The city will delay sending out its car tax bills until statewide car tax phase-out legislation is approved. Unlike some other communities, like North Providence, Pawtucket officials... more

Viner will receive ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award

Pawtucket native Spencer Viner, an attorney who worked on the city’s famous crèche case, will receive “The Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Rosette” award. On April 29, the Japanese... more

Take a tour of Cogswell Tower on Wednesday

CENTRAL FALLS – Blackstone Valley Historical Society will host its annual tour of Cogswell Tower on Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. The tour will begin at Jenks Park entrance, 580 Broad St. Bob... more

Senior Center announces shingles vaccine clinic

PAWTUCKET – A shingles vaccine clinic, sponsored by the Wellness Company, is scheduled at the Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., for Tuesday, June 27, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The shingles... more

Pasta dinner at Gatchell VFW Post June 29

PAWTUCKET – The Major Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post #306 and its auxiliary will hold a spaghetti and meatball dinner at the post home, 171 Fountain St., on Thursday, June 29. Dinner will be served... more

Adams Library offering parenting classes

CENTRAL FALLS – The Adams Public Library, 205 Central St., will host a series of parenting classes presented by Boys Town on Tuesdays, through July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The classes are available... more

Neighborhood Association meets

PAWTUCKET – The Woodlawn Neighborhood Association will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m., at the Woodlawn Community Center, West Avenue. The guest speaker will be a... more

Church of Good Shepherd announces summer hours

PAWTUCKET – The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 490 Broadway, has changed the time of its Sunday morning worship service for the summer season. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 9 a.m... more