Study: Pawtucket police stopping a high percentage of minority drivers

Department issues more citations overall than anyone else
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PAWTUCKET - A new study finds that local police are pulling over a higher percentage of non-white drivers than data would indicate is expected. Pawtucket had an "absolute disparity" of 12.5 percent... more

Police arrest Pawtucket man for setting house on fire

PAWTUCKET – Police have arrested Jeffrey Mooney, 44, of 12 Manchester St., and charged him with intentionally setting a fire at 12 Nickerson St. On Sunday, Oct. 19, at around 11:40 p.m., the the... more

Fire in Pawtucket leaves 21 homeless

PAWTUCKET - Twenty-one people were left without a home after a three-alarm fire ripped through a multi-family home at 457 Mineral Spring Ave. overnight Tuesday. More than 30 firefighters battled a... more

Federal grand jury indicts three in sex trafficking conspiracy

PROVIDENCE – A federal grand jury in Providence returned a seven-count indictment on Thursday charging three people with allegedly participating in a conspiracy to traffic young females from Boston... more

After 'racially insensitive' post, GOP cuts ties with Lemois

Nesselbush 'appalled,' but keeps focus on voters
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PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket GOP has cut ties with Republican candidate for Senate District 15 Steve Lemois after what its chairman called an "idiotic" and "racially insensitive" post on Twitter. Scott... more

Rudd seeks portable speed bumps to slow neighborhood traffic

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PAWTUCKET - District 6 City Councilor Tim Rudd is proposing that officials buy a set of portable speed bumps to place in trouble spots around the city. A resolution on the agenda for Wednesday's... more

Shea students make improvements on AP tests

PAWTUCKET - Like their counterparts across town at Tolman High School, students at Shea High School are taking and passing more Advanced Placement tests than they have in a long time. Shea Principal... more

BV Prep's Elementary 2 moves into brand-new school on Broad Street

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CUMBERLAND - The Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy's Elementary School 2 - a blue and white striped box with soaring windows that from the inside frame the late-19th-century neighborhood it's... more

School board declines invitation to discuss Sodexo contract

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PAWTUCKET - School Committee Chairman Michael Araujo has turned down an invitation from the Pawtucket City Council to attend Wednesday evening's council meeting to discuss a controversial food... more

Smithfield mother-daughter team hopes to fill 15,000 backpacks for the homeless

SMITHFIELD - A mother-daughter team from Smithfield is hoping to collect and fill 15,000 backpacks as part of their "Homeless Backpacks for R.I." plan to distribute snacks and basic supplies to local... more

RIRRC nearing deal to recycle glass again

JOHNSTON - State officials are "closing in on a solution" to the problem of glass items getting dumped in the Central Landfill. Sarah Kite-Reeves, director of recycling services for Rhode Island... more

Blackstone Academy wins approval to expand

PAWTUCKET - Blackstone Academy Charter School, a 13-year-old independent charter high school at 334 Pleasant St., got word last Tuesday that it was approved for an expansion. On Oct. 14, the Rhode... more

It's time for our annual Christmas card contest

Submit your drawings by Nov. 14
Kids! We depend on you for one of our favorite holiday traditions. Here at The Valley Breeze every year, we use children's drawings for our company holiday greeting cards and to illustrate our... more

Dube advocates for increased hands-on learning

PAWTUCKET - Erin Dube, Democrat running for Pawtucket School Committee, said that a focus on hands-on learning in the classrooms is key to making sure that Pawtucket students are prepared for college... more

Grant wants better communication

PAWTUCKET - As a member of the Pawtucket School Committee, Kimberly Grant says she will work to implement "better and easier" means of communication between the community, schools and school board... more

Tellini supports school bond

PAWTUCKET - John Tellini, independent candidate for School Committee, said this week that he supports the $32 million school bond addressing health and safety needs of schools. "This is an excellent... more

Messier focuses attention on Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET - Even though her workplace may be at the Statehouse in Providence, state Rep. Mary Duffy Messier says the focus of her attention is always on her home city of Pawtucket. Messier, a... more

Barber: SNAP program needs reform

PAWTUCKET - Independent candidate for House District 62 Rodney Barber says incumbent Democrat Rep. Mary Duffy Messier's plan to reintroduce a bill to reduce fraud in the state's food stamp program is... more

Vallecilla: Revenue from bottles and cans could help address climate change

PAWTUCKET - Independent candidate for House District 58 Jonathan Vallecilla says Rhode Islanders have a chance to "take a stand" to let the nation and the world know that this state "will take a lead... more

Tobon Pledges to stand up for Democratic values

PAWTUCKET - Carlos Tobon, a Democrat running for the House District 58 seat, is pledging to "fight tirelessly for Democratic values" and to "stand up for jobs and opportunity for all Rhode Islanders... more

O'Grady touts state's new approach to transportation funding

PAWTUCKET - State Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady, who is seeking re-election to the House District 46 seat, said one of the top achievements of the 2014 legislative session was the development of a new... more

If elected, Guerra plans to curb number of undocumented citizens in R.I.

PAWTUCKET - Matthew Guerra, candidate for the House District 46 seat, stated, "Immigration policy is written nationally, through Congress and our Constitution. There are many risks associated with... more

Statewide candidates coming to Chamber breakfast Oct. 30

LINCOLN - The Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce invites its members and other business leaders to meet many of the candidates for the state's general offices at an Eggs & Issues Breakfast next... more

Shea High yard sale will raise funds for after-prom event

PAWTUCKET - Shea High School will be having its first school yard sale in more than 10 years to raise money for its After Prom Extravaganza (APE) this Sunday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at the... more

Davies holds Future Students Night Nov. 6

LINCOLN - William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School, 50 Jenckes Hill Road, will hold a Future Students Night on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Students currently in grade 8 from... more

Discuss downtown bus changes next Tuesday

PAWTUCKET - City officials are evaluating options to reroute bus services from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority in the downtown area from the Roosevelt Avenue bus hub. Residents are invited... more