New school year brings fresh sense of stability in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET - Students and parents should start off the 2014-2015 school year with a new sense of stability and confidence after a year that brought plenty of surprises, say school administrators.... more

Pawtucket Mayor Grebien home resting after hospital treatment

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien is home resting after being discharged Saturday from a Boston hospital for treatment of a spinal fluid leak. He is expected to return to work this week on a limited... more

Police seek shoplifters

Police in Pawtucket reported two incidents of shoplifting at the Stop & Shop on Cottage Street last week. The suspects in the above surveillance photo are described as middle-aged white men.... more

Officials push public art as new face of Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET - City officials are pushing forward with projects designed to transform the city's public landscape into a canvas for artists. The arts renaissance is alive and well in Pawtucket, said... more

City Council rips school board for decisions

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PAWTUCKET - The recent amicable relationship between the City Council and School Committee appears to be a thing of the past after council members leveled heavy criticism at the school board for its... more

Tolman High School students score gains on AP tests

PAWTUCKET - The news keeps getting better for Tolman High School, where administrators say students are showing once again just how far they've progressed. Principal Chris Savastano told The Breeze... more

The week that was

Man charged for drug operation Police arrested Mauricio Guzman, 30, of 290 Lonsdale Ave., after raiding his second-floor apartment and finding alleged evidence of a drug operation. Members of the... more

Organizers prepare to raise curtain on 2014 Pawtucket Arts Festival

PAWTUCKET - Members of the city's arts and cultural organizations are making final preparations for the 16th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival in September, a nearly monthlong gala that promises plenty... more

Mayor Grebien resting at home after hospital treatment

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald Grebien was home resting after being discharged Saturday from a Boston hospital for treatment of a spinal fluid leak. He returned to work this week on a limited basis as his... more

Blessing of the Backpacks Aug. 24

PAWTUCKET - Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church will host a "A Blessing of the Backpacks" event for children on Sunday, Aug. 24, during the worship service at 9:30 a.m. Children are asked to... more

Matarese takes home title of Miss Dance America

By JESSICA BOISCLAIR Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE - After 15 years of dancing, North Providence resident Nicole Matarese ended her career on a high note,... more

Tetreault calls on Cano to explain 'costly' vote

PAWTUCKET - City Councilor Larry Tetreault today called upon School Committee member Sandra Cano, one of three opponents in the at-large council race, to explain her role in the school board's... more

Clark supports Speaker Mattiello's goal of no tax increases

PAWTUCKET - Joseph Clark, Democratic candidate for House District 58, says that he fully supports a statement made by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello that he's not looking to raise taxes in the... more

Tobon pledges to create jobs

PAWTUCKET - Democratic candidate for representative in House District 58 Carlos Tobon is pledging to create jobs in Pawtucket by developing the city's vacant mill buildings into spaces for business... more

Barros says his government experience needed at Statehouse

PAWTUCKET - Jean Philippe Barros, candidate for the House District 59 seat in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9, said his years of experience in government will enable him "to assure that Pawtucket's... more

Auty formally announces campaign for House 62

PAWTUCKET - Travis Auty, Democrat and first-time candidate, has kicked off his campaign for state representative for District 62 in Pawtucket. "While I have been walking the district for weeks now, I... more

Incumbent Duffy Messier: My experience helps Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET - With three of the five House of Representatives members from Pawtucket deciding not to seek re-election, state Rep. Mary Duffy Messier says her five years of Statehouse experience "will... more

O'Grady supports decrease in corporate tax, increase in minimum wage

LINCOLN - State Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady, who is seeking re-election in House District 46, said in a press release that he was proud to support two initiatives this year that help both businesses and... more

Cullen will defend free speech if elected

LINCOLN - John Cullen, a candidate for the House of Representatives District 46 seat, said in a press release this week that he "believes" the voters want a representative who respects and defends... more

Araujo advocates for 'open communication'

PAWTUCKET - School Committee Chairman Michael Araujo, who is seeking re-election in the Democratic primary, said he has "advocated for collaboration between the Pawtucket School District and... more

Dube will advocate for successful after-school and summer programs

PAWTUCKET - As a high school teacher, School Committee candidate Erin Dube says she saw firsthand the power of successful after-school and summer programs. Whether the programs revolved around... more

Laznik: Better schools benefit everyone

PAWTUCKET - Michael Laznik, who is running as a Democrat for School Committee, says he has a "vested interest in improving our schools" with one of his two children attending Varieur Elementary... more

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council seeks tenants for 295 Visitor Center

LINCOLN - Completed in 2006, the Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center was said to be a focal point for the Blackstone River corridor, bringing together state, federal and local agencies. Today... more

Gregory named to Governor's Workforce Board

LINCOLN - John C. Gregory, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce president, has been appointed to the Governor's Workforce Board by Gov. Lincoln Chafee during the most recent session of the... more

Walsh named director of agency services for Narragansett Bay Insurance Company

PAWTUCKET - The Narragansett Bay Insurance Company announced that Margaret Walsh, of Lincoln, has been named director of agency services. Walsh had most recently served as agency services manager. In... more

Gubernatorial forum Friday in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET - Meet the Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates on Friday, Aug. 22, in a forum sponsored by Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts. The 6 p.m. event will be held at the... more