Pawtucket crime rose 7 percent in 2016

Police: More weapons charges means we’re being more proactive
PAWTUCKET – Crime in the city was up 7 percent in 2016, according to final statistics released for the year, but was down in 13 areas. There were 5,082 total offenses last year, according to... more

City completes summer paving, will restart efforts in the fall

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PAWTUCKET – The city wrapped up its summer paving schedule last week, putting it on track to cover 12 more miles of roadway in new pavement this year as part of an ongoing road improvement program.... more

City of Pawtucket announces cooling shelters

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald Grebien is notifying residents of the locations of "cooling shelters," to help people stay cool and safe during current high temperatures. These cooling shelters are... more

Pawtucket police nab naked driver of stolen vehicle

PAWTUCKET – Police on Wednesday got quite an eyeful when they finally tracked down the driver of a stolen vehicle. At around noon, officers saw a parked 2013 Toyota Tundra that had been reported... more

Pawtucket police seek suspect in Citizens Bank robbery

PAWTUCKET – Police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery late Thursday afternoon. At approximately 4 p.m., the Citizens Bank at 539 Smithfield Ave. in Pawtucket was robbed... more

Two Pawtucket residents arrested for thefts from vehicles

PAWTUCKET – Police have charged a local couple with multiple crimes for allegedly breaking into vehicles and stealing items. On July 19, an officer on routine patrol found the two suspects, Michaela... more

Central Falls police launch pedestrian safety effort

CENTRAL FALLS – The Central Falls Police Department, with the assistance of grant funding from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s Office on Highway Safety, will step up pedestrian safety... more

New events coming to Pawtucket Arts Festival

Taste of the Valley food fest is out; Restaurant Week is in
PAWTUCKET – The 2017 Pawtucket Arts Festival will have wider appeal to a broader segment of the city population, festival organizers are promising. Many of the old favorites will play a central role... more

10,000 Small Businesses program offers support system for business owner

PAWTUCKET – A city business owner looking to take her company to the next level found exactly the resource she needed with the 10,000 Small Businesses program. Kristine Merz, president of Orange... more

Stages of Freedom takes a plunge with swim empowerment program

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island nonprofit Stages of Freedom is helping empower inner-city youth of color by teaching them how to swim. “It’s hard to raise money because a lot of people see swimming as fun... more

Monte earns human resources award

PROVIDENCE – Marianne Monte, of Pawtucket, chief people officer at Shawmut Design and Construction, was recently honored in the Providence Business News C-Suite Awards, named in the Chief Human... more

Annual PawSox FanFest to feature ‘pestaurant’

PAWTUCKET – The 20th annual PawSox FanFest event will be held this Sunday, July 23, at McCoy Stadium. After the game against Norfolk at 1:35 pm., attendees will be invited to enjoy rides, music, a... more

Jenks Middle School will host teacher from China

PAWTUCKET – Joseph Jenks Middle School is one of 26 schools nationwide selected to host a teacher from the Teachers of Critical Language Program. Lao Xiaojing from China will teach Chinese at the... more

Pawtucket library offers henna program

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will present the program Henna for Kids and Stories from India on Wednesday, July 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. Children ages 7-12 and their families... more

VFW Post 306 hosting spaghetti dinner July 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, July 27. Dinner will be served 4 to... more

Golden Agers Book Club meets July 27

PAWTUCKET – The Golden Agers Book Club will meet Thursday, July 27, from noon to 1 p.m. New members are always welcome. Members will be reading the book “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson, which is... more

Prospect Heights reunion planned for Aug. 6

PAWTUCKET – A “Heights Kids” reunion will be held at the Slater Park pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. Tickets are $20 each and include a full lunch. Organizers are seeking people from Prospect... more

Free lunches, summer reading registrations at library

PAWTUCKET – Registration is now being accepted for the Pawtucket Children’s Library’s Build a Better World summer reading program. Register and report your child’s reading online at www.... more

Stadium Theatre holds ‘Footloose’ auditions

WOONSOCKET –The Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, will hold auditions for its production of “Footloose” on Monday and Tuesday, July 24 and 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendance is required at one... more

Matlet Group expanding, growing Pawtucket jobs

PAWTUCKET – The Matlet Group, a manufacturer of consumer goods packaging, menu print solutions and fulfillment services, has announced that it will move its Central Florida Press casual dining print... more

Learn about legal services for seniors

PAWTUCKET – The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., will host attorney Steve Bagian from R.I. Legal Services on Friday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m. He will explain the organization’s programs and... more

Veteran affairs representative available

PAWTUCKET – The Leon Mathieu Senior Center will host a representative from the Rhode Island Division of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on the first Thursday of every other month from 9 to 3 p... more

Trinity Rep presents Shakespeare in the Summer

PAWTUCKET – Trinity Repertory will present Shakespeare in the Summer at Mixed Magic’s new amphitheater, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Monday, July 31 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. No reservations are... more