Pawtucket

School officials: We still need $32 million OK'd

PAWTUCKET - School officials admit being pretty discouraged when the General Assembly extended for one year a moratorium on new school construction, wondering how it will impact a $32 million bond... more

High bidder wins school lunch contract, prompting state review

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PAWTUCKET - Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Education are reviewing the details of a new three-year school food service contract with longtime provider Sodexo after the Pawtucket School... more

Venturini misses chance to run by just one signature

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PAWTUCKET - Robert "Bob" Venturini, the local TV personality and past candidate for elective office, missed the cut to run again in 2014 by just one signature. Venturini needed 50 signatures of... more

Council noncommittal on challenging Grebien's COLA decision

PAWTUCKET - Members of the City Council are saying they probably won't challenge Mayor Donald Grebien's decision to suspend cost of living increases for police and fire retirees. Jeremiah "Jerry" O'... more

PawSox game with my son leaves memories to last a lifetime

PAWTUCKET - I had this perfect picture in my head of how it would all go. My 3-year-old son, Wesley, and I would be in our seats by first pitch, both of us with gloves in hand, him mesmerized by this... more

Obama names Coderre senior adviser in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

PAWTUCKET - President Barack Obama last week named Tom Coderre, a former Pawtucket senator who serves as chief of staff to Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, as a senior adviser to the administrator... more

New visitor shop debuts in downtown

PAWTUCKET - Residents and visitors looking for keepsakes, unique gifts and items from Rhode Island and the historic Blackstone River Valley have a new location to buy such items. The Blackstone Shop... more

Dogapalooza returns to Slater Memorial Park Aug. 2-3

PAWTUCKET - The Dogapalooza Summer Festival returns on Saturday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Aug. 3. The Pawtucket Dog Park Committee is sponsoring the annual fundraiser at Slater Memorial Park. There will... more

Board of Canvassers reminds residents of important election dates

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Board of Canvassers is reminding residents and voters of important election deadlines coming up in August. The last day to register to vote in the Sept. 9 primary is Aug. 10... more

Shea teacher resigns after pornography charge

PAWTUCKET - George Grimes, the Shea High School teacher arrested on child pornography charges back in May, has resigned his position with the district. Supt. Patti DiCenso said Grimes was no longer... more

McCoy is third most vegetarian-friendly park

PAWTUCKET - A new ranking of the top vegetarian-friendly Triple-A ballparks puts McCoy Stadium at number three. "McCoy Stadium has really stepped up to the plate and made all Pawtucket Red Sox fans... more

City seeks volunteers for environmental task force

PAWTUCKET - Building on its expanded efforts last year, officials are seeking to add volunteers for the Pawtucket Environmental Task Force to bring greater focus and faster response to property... more

F.A.C.T. meets Thursday

PAWTUCKET - The Fairlawn Against Crime Team will meet this Thursday, July 24, at 6 p.m. in the Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church Hall, 514 Smithfield Ave. Councilor Tim Rudd will address the... more

Pawtucket Arts Festival's annual food fest returns Sept. 5

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Arts Festival's annual food festival, this year renamed the Blackstone River Party/Taste of the Valley, returns on Friday evening, Sept. 5, rain or shine. Doors open at 6 p.... more

Rock the City planned for Aug. 9

PAWTUCKET - Rock the City, a concert put on by TK Ministries, is set for Saturday, Aug. 9, from noon to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Our Lady of Consolation Church, 211 Sabin St. Come for free live... more

Fairlawn Family Fun Day returns Saturday

PAWTUCKET - The second annual Fairlawn Family Fun Day comes to San Bento Park on Smithfield Avenue this Saturday, July 26, from noon to 8 p.m. Enjoy food, fun, music, and children's activities. The... more

New 'Mission Accomplished' business aims to tackle the to-do list

Sue Crook and Heather Cook want to do your grocery shopping. They want to wait in line for you at the DMV and they want to plan your vacation. Take almost any task on your to-do list that prompts an... more

NEA grant to bring art to city bridges

PAWTUCKET - A National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant announced last week will bring public art to city bridges. The art, paid for through a $75,000 grant to the city, will be visible to... more

Gospel quartet concert, picnic at Woodlawn

PAWTUCKET - Woodlawn Baptist Church 337 Lonsdale Ave., continues its Southern Gospel Quartet concerts on Friday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. One of Southern Gospel's favorite quartets, "Called Out," will be... more

Pawtucket GOP to hold monthly meeting July 30

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket GOP will host its next monthly meeting Wednesday, July 30, at the IDIP Club, 35 Memorial Drive, from 7 to 8 p.m. The meeting will focus on Steve Lemois, who is running for... more

Memorial researchers link pregnancy loss with cardiovascular disease

PAWTUCKET - The Annals of Family Medicine last week published an article detailing research showing that women with a history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in... more