DiCenso's goals: Get principals in classroom, reduce suspensions

First day of school for teachers is Aug. 31; students back Sept. 1
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PAWTUCKET - Supt. Patti DiCenso says two of her biggest goals for the 2015-2016 school year are to "drastically reduce" the number of students who are being suspended and to get principals and other... more

Pawtucket woman assaults officers, gets pepper-sprayed

PAWTUCKET – A 19-year-old Pawtucket woman was arrested after allegedly slapping one Pawtucket police officer and punching another one. Domineek Gomes, of Lonsdale Avenue, is due in court Sept. 9 on... more

Pawtucket officials will review city's fire pit ordinance

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PAWTUCKET - District 3 Councilor Terry Mercer says it's time that Pawtucket officials revisit the city's longtime prohibition on outdoor burning to bring more sense to the ordinance. Mercer said the... more

Expanded Pawtucket Arts Festival opens this weekend

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PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Arts Festival returns this weekend with a new "Farewell Summer-Welcome Fall" format, Aug. 28 to Oct. 4. • This Friday evening, Aug. 28, the 17th Pawtucket Arts Festival... more

Council: No zone change until we see action at Apex

PAWTUCKET - The City Council last week held up a zone change for the owner of Apex until they see "action" on cleaning up his property instead of "just words." Council members were set to grant what... more

Isle Brewers Guild gets $500,000 in local loans

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PAWTUCKET - A plan to develop a craft beer consortium in the city's downtown has two more pieces of the puzzle in place. The Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency approved a $300,000 loan to the owners of... more

Owner of Church Hill Grammar School gets state tax credit

PAWTUCKET - The owner of the Church Hill Grammar School at 81 Park Place has received a $750,000 state historic tax credit to help fill the old school with modern offices. Cumberland-based E.A.... more

Teacher pleads no contest to one charge in domestic incident

PAWTUCKET - A 5th-grade teacher at Cunningham Elementary School in Pawtucket pleaded no contest Tuesday to a domestic disorderly conduct charge related to an incident at home in Cumberland. Kerri... more

Officials hope to have parking situation resolved for soccer games

PAWTUCKET - The opening day of the Pawtucket Youth Soccer Association last Saturday was canceled after officials were unable to resolve an issue with parking near the McKinnon-Alves Soccer Complex on... more

Good government groups call for full investigation of 38 Studios

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Following yesterday's revelation that imprisoned former House Speaker Gordon Fox "had the earliest and lead role in pushing for the 38 Studios deal," and in light of Fox making repeated public... more

Martins raising money for Air Force monument in Exeter

PAWTUCKET - Antero "Ted" Martins was walking around the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter when he noticed that something was missing. There were "big monuments to all branches" of the... more

AG finds no violation in Cullen vs. Pawtucket, but lawyer will re-file

PAWTUCKET - The Attorney General's Office has found that city officials did not violate the Access to Public Records Act when they declined to provide documents to local attorney Mark McBurney. Last... more

PawSox staying in Pawtucket at least through 2017

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PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Red Sox will play baseball in Pawtucket at least through the 2017 season, said a team spokesman this week, confirming a revised timetable that's been discussed for a while... more

An Unlikely Story bookstore is a likely success

PLAINVILLE, Mass. - A page turns as a new chapter begins for this Plainville landmark after the author of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book series, Jeff Kinney, opens An Unlikely Story bookstore on a... more

Week that was

Shaw pleads no contest to molestation Kimberly Shaw, 41, with a last known address of 60 Olive St. in Pawtucket, pleaded no contest before Superior Court Justice Kristin Rodgers last week to four... more

Foolproof, Nuts 'N More partner up for a nutty beer

PAWTUCKET - Representatives for Foolproof Brewing Company announced last week that they've partnered up with neighboring nut butter company Nuts 'N More to brew a peanut butter version of Foolproof's... more

Tour Jenks Park and the Cogswell Tower

CENTRAL FALLS - Join Central Falls Councilman Bob Ferri for a walk around Jenks Park and the historic Cogswell Tower on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Learn about the park and the little-known grotto at the... more

RIPTA will detour nine routes for Pawtucket Arts Festival

PAWTUCKET - The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will detour nine bus routes in the Pawtucket area this Friday, Aug. 28, to accommodate the Pawtucket Arts Festival's 17th annual Taste of the... more

Supporting Our Servicemembers R.I. launches website

Supporting Our Servicemembers R.I., an organization developed as a safety net for service members and their families, announces the launch of its website, . The website highlights the... more

Pawtucket Library now offers Northstar digital literacy certificates

PAWTUCKET - Adults who are unsure about basic computer skills now have a way to easily assess what they know, pinpoint what they need to learn, and earn a certificate that shows employers what skills... more

Memorial sponsors wellness night at McCoy

PAWTUCKET - Memorial Hospital experts and the Pawtucket Red Sox have teamed up to offer a healthy dose of prevention and education on Sept. 1 at McCoy Stadium, before and during the PawSox game.... more

Lesters to perform at Woodlawn Baptist Church Saturday

PAWTUCKET - The Southern Gospel Concert Series continues at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 337 Lonsdale Ave., with the Lesters on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. The Lesters share the gospel through their... more

Memorial physician gets grant for leukemia research

PAWTUCKET - Dr. Adam Olszewski, of The Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has received a 2015 Medical... more

Senior center plans 2nd annual Relay Walk/Run

PAWTUCKET -- The 2nd annual Relay Walk/Run for Healthy Aging to benefit the Leon A. Mathieu Senior Center will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Max Reed Field/Track on... more