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PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket School Committee last week rescinded its controversial three-year contract extension with long-time food service provider Sodexo, scrapping its original request for...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

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

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

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

Police nab Pawtucket fugitive for Seekonk bank robbery

Members of the Rhode Island State Police, Pawtucket Police, Seekonk Police and U.S. Marshals have arrested Derik DeCosta, age 39, formerly of 71 Daggett Ave. in Pawtucket, as a fugitive from justice... more

Pit bull owners celebrate end of ban; city officials consider appeal

PAWTUCKET – Local pit bull owners are finally able to come out of hiding with their much-maligned friends. Dogs and their owners were out in force for a victory parate at Slater Park on Sunday,... 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

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