‘Sick of Scandals’ candidate Arcaro takes on Grebien

PAWTUCKET – John Arcaro says the “Sick of Scandals” movement is catching on. City residents are telling him they’re tired of the way incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien operates, he says, and they’re... more

Police seeking fresh clues in Wendy Madden cold case

PAWTUCKET – Police are seeking any new clues in a Pawtucket cold case dating back 25 years. On March 13, 1991, 23-year-old Wendy Lee Madden’s body was discovered behind a local Pawtucket bar called... more

Trio arrested for marijuana grow at Pawtucket businesses

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Between Oct. 12 and Oct. 14, the Pawtucket Police Department Narcotics Unit and Seekonk Police Department arrested three people for distribution of marijuana. After a long investigation, Pawtucket... more

Three sought for larceny and fraud in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department is attempting to identify the individuals pictured above for questioning about larceny and fraud complaints. Contact Det. Hormanski at 401-727-9100 ext.... more

Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Grebien

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PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has dismissed an ethics complaint against Mayor Donald Grebien over the hiring of the mayor’s tenant as a city employee in 2011. After an “exhaustive... more

DHS clients frustrated at continued problems with benefits

PAWTUCKET – Officials are highlighting the positives with the state’s new public assistance benefits system, but workers from the Department of Human Services and those who are trying to get help are... more

Fire Station 6 will be shut down for upgrades

PAWTUCKET – Newport Avenue Fire Station 6 will be shut down for major renovation work in late November, and personnel will be shifted to Columbus Avenue Station 3 as that work is completed. Mayor... more

Group protests tax credits for Robbins

Spokesman for the developer: Hope Artiste Village is a success story
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PAWTUCKET – Protesters gathered outside the Hope Artiste Village last Saturday to express their feelings on the man behind the development, Lance Robbins. Carrying signs demanding “no tax money for... more

‘Raining Poetry in Pawtucket’ honors former teacher

PAWTUCKET – Volunteers on Sunday painted sidewalks in downtown Pawtucket in memory of Gloria Del Papa, a former Shea High School teacher who touched people with her love of language. Resident... more

Gamm Theatre exploring a move

PAWTUCKET – Representatives for the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre are exploring options for a possible future move, and one of those potential sites is The Pawtucket Times building just up the road.... more

Pawtucket Water Supply Board honored

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Water Supply Board (PWSB) received the Utility of the Year Award from the New England Water Works Association, the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of... more

Saints Stroll returns to Walcott Street Saturday

PAWTUCKET – Students will light the way down historic Walcott Street for the second year as Saint Raphael Academy invites its families, alumni and community members to its second annual Saints Stroll... more

Reminder: No political attacks in Nov. 2-3 editions

Keeping with its longstanding policy, The Valley Breeze will not print any last-minute attacks against political candidates, in either advertisements or letters, in the Nov. 2-3 editions. Those ads... more

Arcaro releases ‘three commandments’ of Pawtucket mayor

PAWTUCKET – John Arcaro, running under the “Sick of Scandals” party against incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien, has released the following “three commandments” of Pawtucket mayor, according to a release... more

Grebien cites ‘proven leadership’ on economic development

PAWTUCKET – In 2011, when Mayor Donald Grebien took office, the city faced the threat of bankruptcy and “almost no economic development,” said the mayor in a release this week. Today, Pawtucket’s... more

Barber says he’s the independent candidate with ideas

PAWTUCKET – Rodney Barber, independent candidate for an at-large seat on the Pawtucket City Council, is asking city voters, regardless of their party affiliation, to get to know him as the campaign... more

Tobon touts benefits of buying locally and community service

PAWTUCKET – After serving his first term at the Statehouse, Rep. Carlos Tobon, of House District 58, says he believes that reinvesting in the community through buying locally and doing community... more

Barden joins call to end credits for Hope Artiste developer

PAWTUCKET – Lori Barden, independent candidate for state representative in House District 59, has joined the numerous state officials and candidates, including Rep. Carlos Tobon, in calling for a... more

Barros says he’ll continue to fight for small businesses

PAWTUCKET – Rep. Jean Philippe Barros, incumbent Democrat in House District 59, is highlighting the need to support Pawtucket’s small businesses and how two successful bills he sponsored will allow... more

Obenchain explains why he’s running

PAWTUCKET – Jim Obenchain, independent challenging Democrat Rep. Raymond Johnston in House District 61, said he has met hundreds of potential constituents over the past few months and many people are... more

DiDomenico says he’s free of ‘special interest’ politics

LINCOLN – Paul DiDomenico, an independent running for House District 46, said if elected, he promises to be a representative free of any “special interest” political influence. “We must eradicate... more

Fall fairs and holiday bazaars

If your nonprofit organization is planning a fall fair or holiday bazaar, submit the information for inclusion in this listing, to or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone... more

Family Harvest Day and Haunted Community Center at BVCAP Saturday

PAWTUCKET – The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program will hold a BVCAP Family Harvest Day and Haunted Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Community Center, 210... more

Ninety Nine Restaurants raising money for Boys & Girls Club

PAWTUCKET – October is Boys & Girls Club Fundraising Month at the Ninety Nine Restaurants in North Attleboro and Foxboro, Mass. Both restaurants will again assist the Boys & Girls Club of... more

‘Student of the Year’ nominations begin for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

WARWICK – A fundraising campaign through the Rhode Island chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is taking nominations for “Student of the Year.” The campaign, which kicks off Jan. 20, is now... more

Gatchell Post hosts pasta dinner Oct. 27

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, Oct. 27. Dinner will be served from... more