RIDE won't sign off on food service contract with Sodexo

Without reversal, schools risk losing nearly $4 million reimbursement
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This story has been updated to reflect a much higher potential loss if the School Committee does not switch to Chartwells PAWTUCKET - Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Education say they... more

Pawtucket man arrested for child porn

Members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force on Thursday arrested Hector Mendonza, age 30, of 31 Beecher St. in Pawtucket, for possession of child pornography and... more

Police search for alleged assailant

PAWTUCKET – Police in Pawtucket are searching for a man who allegedly assaulted a woman on Aug. 3. Police believe they've identified the suspect on surveillance video, and are asking the public for... more

Barros and Arcaro trade shots in run for vacant House 59 seat

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PAWTUCKET - John Arcaro is accusing Jean Philippe Barros of being the "ultimate insider" who's being "propped up" in the race by key state and local leaders. Sitting City Councilor Barros is... more

Young Democrats Tobon and Clark face off in House District 58

PAWTUCKET - The primary race for the District 58 seat in the House of Representatives features two upstart Democrats seeking to replace the retiring William San Bento. Joseph Clark, a local baseball... more

Trace amounts of gas found at Varieur; no reason to close

PAWTUCKET - Officials from the Pawtucket School Department and the city of Pawtucket announced Tuesday that a series of tests for the gas trichloroethene (TCE) at Varieur Elementary School have... more

Slater Park Fall Festival returns Sept. 13-14

PAWTUCKET - The 16th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival presents the Slater Park Fall Festival, a weekend that celebrates the beauty of the park and art, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, from 11 a.m... more

Messier: I've obtained funding to help Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET - State Rep. Mary Duffy Messier said she has delivered "significant state assistance" to several nonprofit organizations in Pawtucket and will continue to be a strong advocate for local... more

Lachapelle Miller: It's time for change

Christine Lachapelle Miller, a Democrat seeking the Senate District 16 seat in the Sept. 9 primary, says she has "the passion, skills and leadership ability to promote job growth, economic... more

Cullen encourages voters to approve Constitutional Convention

LINCOLN - John Cullen, a candidate for the House of Representatives District 46 seat, said he encourages Rhode Island voters to vote yes this November to have a Constitutional Convention. "This is... more

O'Grady strongly advocated for new transportation plan

LINCOLN - Jeremiah O'Grady, who is seeking re-election for the House District 46 seat, said one of his highest priorities was addressed when the General Assembly enacted a comprehensive... more

Cano thanks Grebien for support, asks for residents' backing

PAWTUCKET - At-large City Council candidate Sandra Cano said she is honored to have the support and endorsement of Mayor Donald Grebien. "Unfortunately, some have stooped to the politics of the past... more

Hodge calls on school board to release the minutes

PAWTUCKET - Incumbent City Councilor Tom Hodge is calling for an end to the delay in releasing the minutes of the Pawtucket School Committee's "inappropriate executive session" of Feb. 11, as ordered... more

Alix focuses on credentials in run for school board

PAWTUCKET - Al Alix, candidate for Pawtucket School Committee, has lived in the city his entire life, was educated through the public school system and is proud to call Pawtucket his home, he said in... more

Araujo: More work needed to boost schools

PAWTUCKET - School Committee Chairman Michael Araujo has announced his commitment to continue the progress made over the last year on behalf of students and residents. Since taking the reins of the... more

Charbonneau seeks to improve transparency

PAWTUCKET - Businessman Gerard "Jay" Charbonneau says he is distinguishing himself as a candidate who "offers the vision, experience, and leadership skills" needed on the Pawtucket School Committee... more

Dube: We need less test-prep, more learning

PAWTUCKET - Erin Dube, candidate for School Committee in the Sept. 9 primary, said that her priority would be to move away from a "testing culture." "The error in standardized testing can be found... more

Candidate Knight demands information

PAWTUCKET - Joseph Knight, endorsed Democrat running for Pawtucket School Committee, has filed a request for the immediate release of records under the Access to Public Records Acts. The School... more

Clark calls for fireworks study commission

PAWTUCKET - Joseph Clark, Democratic candidate for state representative in House District 58, said that if he's elected he will file legislation to create a study commission to study the effects of... more

Tobon pledges to represent 'all of District 58' if elected

PAWTUCKET - Democrat for state representative in House District 58 Carlos Tobon is promising that he will represent every neighborhood in his district at the Statehouse rather than certain groups or... more

Arcaro says he's found proof of secret deal; calls for end of corruption

PAWTUCKET - John Arcaro, longtime neighborhood volunteer and Democrat running for House District 59, says he has uncovered proof of the secret back-room deal concocted by House Speaker Nicholas... more

Barros says goals are for better economy, no tax hikes

PAWTUCKET - Jean Philippe Barros, who is running for an open House District 59 seat, said his top priorities will be to improve the economy and job climate for the city and state, while fighting... more

Bring the family to a movie at the library

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Public Library will host a free Movie Night on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. Families are invited to see the Muppets head out on a global tour where mayhem follows them... more

Birthday Club

Sept. 1 Happy Birthday Tom Ward! From all of us at The Valley Breeze Sept. 9 Meredith Walsh, Happy 18th Birthday! Love, Grampa, Grammy Conroy and the whole family Sept. 11 Matthew J. Messier, Happy... more

Relay for Healthy Aging fundraiser to benefit Leon Mathieu Senior Center on Sept. 6

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Senior Citizens Council with the assistance of the Tolman and Shea High School track teams is sponsoring a fundraiser, Relay for Healthy Aging, to benefit the Leon Mathieu... more

New mobile app an aid for R.I. voters

PROVIDENCE - A new mobile application for Rhode Island voters is now available, announced Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis. The R.I. VIC app is for anyone looking to learn their voter status, find... more