Pawtucket

Court rules that Pawtucket can’t ban pit bulls

City officials haven't decided if they'll appeal
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PAWTUCKET – A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of Pawtucket pit bull owner Al Alix in his lawsuit against the city over its 2004 ban on pit bulls. The decision means Alix can keep his pit bull... more

School board scraps controversial Sodexo contract, other bids

Chooses instead to go with state vendor
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PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket School Committee last week rescinded its controversial three-year contract extension with long-time food service provider Sodexo, scrapping its original request for... more

Three Pawtucket residents arrested in drug sting

On Nov. 10, police from Pawtucket and Attleboro, Mass. concluded a joint investigation concerning the illegal distribution of illegal drugs in their communities by arresting three people. Three... more

Pawtucket's Costigan sentenced for meth operation

PROVIDENCE - Sean Costigan, 51, of Pawtucket, was sentenced on Wednesday to 7.5 years in federal prison for manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. Costigan was arrested in January when DEA... more

Pawtucket police bust two CF men for safe full of cocaine

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket police on Thursday arrested two Central Falls men after pulling them over and allegedly finding a safe filled with cocaine in their car. At about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13... more

Alexis found guilty of murdering George Holland

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Monday that Ashner “Pookie” Alexis,age 19, of 12 Longfellow St. in Pawtucket, was found guilty by a jury for his role as the shooter in the Feb. 4 murder... more

Former Pawtucket cop gets jail time for attack on girlfriend

PAWTUCKET – Stephen Ricco, a former Pawtucket police officer, pleaded no contest earlier this month in Superior Court to charges that he assaulted and strangled his girlfriend last year. Ricco, 41,... more

National Grid seeks 23.6 percent hike on electricity rate

National Grid is seeking a 23.6 percent hike for electricity supply rates with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. The company’s electric customers will see a significant increase in their... more

Officials give initial approval to tax treaty with Pet Food Experts

PAWTUCKET - Members of a finance subcommittee on Monday gave preliminary approval to a 10-year tax stabilization agreement with Pet Food Experts, a fast-growing company that's planning to make... more

Colonial Mills thrives on 'Made in the USA' tradition

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PAWTUCKET - All that talk about industry leaving the country? The people at the Colonial Mills want nothing to do with it. The constant bustle in the company's headquarters at the Lorraine Mills, 560... more

Council approves money-saving contract with Local 1012

Administration reorganization also gets the nod
PAWTUCKET - City Council members on Monday approved a new three-year contract with the Local 1012 of Rhode Island Council 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, an agreement that saves the city $878,168 in concessions... more

Grebien hails two-notch upgrade from Fitch

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald Grebien last week announced the city's two-notch upgrade from Fitch Ratings. Pawtucket's new bond rating went from BBB- to BBB+, according to Fitch. The upgrade comes after a... more

Week that was

Alexis found guilty of murdering George Holland Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Monday that Ashner "Pookie" Alexis, age 19, of 12 Longfellow St. in Pawtucket, was found guilty by a... more

Top Pawtucket auto student earns big money from Universal Technical Institute

PAWTUCKET - Jordan Vieira knew from early on, back when he was handing wrenches to his dad under the hood of their car, that this would be his thing for life. The Pawtucket resident and 2014... more

Winter Wonderland returns

PAWTUCKET - The 16th annual Winter Wonderland will kick off Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:45 p.m. in Slater Memorial Park. The festivities take place the weekends of Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14, from 4 to 8 p.m... more

Apply to be the next Cherry Blossom Princess

PAWTUCKET - The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the State Society of Rhode Island are looking for the Ocean State's next Cherry Blossom Princess. Each year a new representative, a woman age 19-... more

Tolman Class of 1959 to reunite on Saturday

PAWTUCKET - Tolman High School Class of 1959 will hold its 55-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 6 to midnight, at the Pawtucket Country Club, 900 Armistice Blvd. Call 401-724-7284 or email... more

Extended hours to continue through February at City Hall

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald Grebien has announced that extended hours of service at City Hall, an initiative to provide greater access to services for residents and businesses, will continue into... more

Laughter yoga at Gatchell Post Monday

PAWTUCKET - Gatchell VFW Post #306 Ladies Auxiliary will host a Laughter Yoga program on Monday, Nov. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the post, 171 Fountain St. The suggested donation is $3.

Youngsters invited to join book club

PAWTUCKET - Pawtucket Public Library will hold its Book Club for Kids: "The Show Must Go On!," on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Children's Caidin room. A free paperback copy of "... more

Dog owners invited for photos with Santa

PAWTUCKET - Stop by Daggett Farm greenhouse in Slater Park on Sunday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and get your dog's photo taken with Santa. Christmas music will be playing throughout this rain-... more

Pawtucket Soup Kitchen will serve dinner on Thanksgiving

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Soup Kitchen will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner next Thursday, Nov. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. The dinner will be held at the soup kitchen, 195 Walcott St. The... more

Apply for assistance for heating season

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications for the upcoming heating season. In partnership with the federal government and local Community Action Program agencies, the... more