Pawtucket

Big spending on Pawtucket roads, schools has broad base of support

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PAWTUCKET - City residents who head to the polls next Tuesday will have decisions to make on two big spending questions: $32 million for upgrades to local schools and another $15 million for repair... more

School-based health clinic returns to CF

CENTRAL FALLS - State health officials and political leaders welcomed a school-based health center back to Central Falls High School on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speaking program. The... more

DePina charged with child molestation

PAWTUCKET - John DePina, age 34, of 422 Mineral Spring Ave, was indicted Thursday on one count of first degree child molestation. Police say DePina molested a girl 14 years old or younger earlier... more

Your forecast for Halloween, Pats, Election Day

We have your weather forecast for three big upcoming events, tonight's Halloween festivities, Sunday's duel between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and next Tuesday's election. • Halloween: Expect... more

Pawtucket police low on the list for giving speeding tickets, but tops for seat belt citations

PAWTUCKET - When local police pull motorists over, they are more likely than most in the state to hand out a violation for not wearing a seat belt, but among the least likely to hand out a speeding... more

Department of Transportation plans to advertise 'Bridge Park,' detention basin this winter

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PAWTUCKET - Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation say they're nearly done designing a new recreational park and detention basin near the Pawtucket River Bridge, and should be... more

Voters will decide School Committee, General Assembly seats on Tuesday

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PAWTUCKET - The big fireworks came in the city's September primary, but voters will still have several races to settle when they head to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 4. For Pawtucket School... more

Nesselbush challenged by Lemois in Senate 15

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PAWTUCKET - The candidates in the race for Senate District 15 are polar opposites, with incumbent liberal Democrat Donna Nesselbush facing off against Republican Steve Lemois, the "Conservative... more

Rally over Sodexo contract called off

PAWTUCKET - Employees from Sodexo were planning a big rally Tuesday with anyone who would listen to their plea to stay on as the Pawtucket School Department's food service provider, but the rally... more

Vallecilla takes on Tobon in House 58

PAWTUCKET - Jonathan Vallecilla, a member of a group of local independents seeking state office, is seeking to beat out Carlos Tobon, the Democrat who won the September primary, for the open House 58... more

Police in Pawtucket catch robber

PAWTUCKET – Police say they have caught a man wanted for a "strong-arm" robbery on Benefit Street last Saturday. Harry Harris, 54, is allegedly one of two masked men accused of breaking into the home... more

Barber seeks Messier's House 62 seat

PAWTUCKET - After handily beating fellow Democrat Travis Auty in the September primary, incumbent House 58 Rep. Mary Duffy Messier faces first-time candidate Rodney Barber, an independent in next... more

House District 46 candidates

PAWTUCKET - State Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady will fight for his District 46 seat against Matthew Guerra in next week's Nov. 4 general election. The following are profiles of each candidate. Jeremiah T. O'... more

Guerra investigated by North Providence police

LINCOLN - Matthew Guerra, candidate for state representative in District 46, is labeling "a distraction" a Channel 12 news story Thursday that he was investigated by the North Providence police for... more

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market returns

PAWTUCKET - This Saturday, Nov. 1, Farm Fresh Rhode Island will celebrate the opening of the eighth season of the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market at the Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St. The... more

Week that was

Fire leaves 21 homeless Twenty-one people were left without a home after a three-alarm fire ripped through a multi-family home at 457 Mineral Spring Ave. overnight Tuesday. More than 30 firefighters... more

Dube cites experience in run for school board

PAWTUCKET - Erin Dube, Democrat running for Pawtucket School Committee, says she believes that her experience uniquely qualifies her to effectively advocate for city schools. "I am a former teacher... more

RI Taxpayers urges rejection of spending bond questions

WEST WARWICK - The advocacy group RI Taxpayers is urging "reject" votes on all bond questions on Nov. 4. In a press release, the groups says, "Referendum Questions 4 through 7 on the ballot propose $... more

If elected, Guerra aims to reduce gas tax

PAWTUCKET - Matthew Guerra, candidate for the House District 46 seat, stated, "Perhaps one of the most annoying taxes levied on Rhode Islanders is the gas tax." He said the state government taxes... more

Barber asks voters to reflect on his core values

PAWTUCKET - Just days before election day on Nov. 4, independent Rodney Barber is asking the voters of House District 62 to "reflect on the core values of integrity, empowerment, shared vision, and... more

O'Grady's experience in Lincoln served him well at Statehouse

PAWTUCKET - State Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady, who is seeking re-election for the House District 46 seat, said his experience serving in Lincoln's town government has helped him achieve success at the... more

Grant supports improving schools

PAWTUCKET - As election day approaches, Kimberly Grant, Democrat running for Pawtucket School Committee, is hoping for an opportunity to work to bring positive changes to the city's schools,... more

Charbonneau calls for open dialogue and cooperation

PAWTUCKET - City businessman and School Committee candidate Gerard "Jay" Charbonneau says he believes that cooperation and open dialogue represent the best path toward a safer and more successful... more

Vallecilla: Legalize marijuana for new revenue

PAWTUCKET - Jonathan Vallecilla, an independent running for House District 58, says that between $21.5 million and $82 million would be generated annually in new tax revenue if marijuana were... more

Tellini 'ready to hit the ground running' on school board

PAWTUCKET - If elected to the Pawtucket School Committee on Nov. 4, independent John Tellini says he plans to "hit the ground running." "We cannot wait until January to get to work, we need to start... more

Tobon: On election day, let's take our state in a new direction

PAWTUCKET - Candidate for House District 58 Carlos Tobon is appealing to voters of Woodlawn and Fairlawn to elect "a strong new Democratic leader" to the Rhode Island General Assembly on election day... more

Knight points to PACC endorsement

PAWTUCKET - Joseph Knight, Democratic candidate for Pawtucket School Committee, has announced that he's being endorsed by the Portuguese American Citizens Committee. "I am proud I was endorsed by... more

Grebien thanks residents, asks them to support bonds

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald Grebien, who is running unopposed in next Tuesday's election, is thanking city residents for their help and support as the city has moved away from bankruptcy and toward a... more

Messier to continue focus on jobs, economy

PAWTUCKET - State Rep. Mary Duffy Messier said she will continue to focus on improving the job climate and the economy of Pawtucket and the state of Rhode Island should she be re-elected on next... more

Chamber to host 'Ready, Set SLps Network'

PAWTUCKET - The North Central Chamber of Commerce will host "Ready, Set ... Network" on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket. Bring business cards... more

Silver Hippopotamus gallery opening is Saturday

PAWTUCKET - The Silver Hippopotamus, 65 Blackstone Ave., will host its gallery opening on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 6 p.m. View the new gallery space and collections of industrial and modern... more

Chicken dinner at St. Luke Church on Saturday

PAWTUCKET - St. Luke Episcopal Church, 670 Weeden St., will hold a roast chicken dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The menu will feature chicken, roasted potatoes, pasta, salad and... more

Officials announce 'Caring For Your Neighbor' program in Central Falls

CENTRAL FALLS - Central Falls Housing Authority Executive Director Tina Sullivan, Mayor Diossa, and Central Falls Fire Department Chief Robert Bradley have announced the new "Caring For Your Neighbor... more

St. Teresa Seniors to meet Nov. 6

PAWTUCKET - St. Teresa Senior Group will meet Thursday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m., at the church, 358 Newport Ave. There will be a short meeting followed by refreshments and presentation by Roberta Humble of... more

'Mass Mob' at St. John the Baptist Church Sunday

PAWTUCKET - St. John the Baptist Church, 69 Quincy Ave., will host a "Mass Mob" on Sunday, Nov. 2, the Feast of All Souls, at 1 p.m. "Mass Mob" was started in Buffalo, N.Y., as a way of sharing the... more

Oldies party at VFW Post 306 Nov. 8

PAWTUCKET - An Oldies Dance Party will be held at the Walter G. Gatchell VFW Post 306, 171 Fountain St., on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 11 p.m. The event will feature entertainment by DJ Bob, raffles... more

Friends of Pawtucket Library to host book sale Saturday

PAWTUCKET - Anyone in need of good books to read during the coming cold winter months is invited to stop by to the Friends of the Pawtucket Public Library Used Book Sale this Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9... more

Students invited to Book Club for Kids

PAWTUCKET - Young readers are invited to participate in the Book Club for Kids program at the Pawtucket Children's Library on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program is best for... more

Online map identifies city's public art

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald Grebien's Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture and the Pawtucket Foundation have announced a visual tour of the city's collection of public artwork. "The art map,... more

Pawtucket Parks and Rec offers holiday bus trips

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Division, along with Conway Bus Services, is offering the following 2014 holiday-themed bus trips this season. Boston Christmas Festival: Sunday, Nov... more

Halloween Party at the Senior Center

PAWTUCKET - The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., will hold a Halloween Party for its members on Friday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. There will be a costume contest, refreshments, and entertainment... more

Federal grand jury indicts three in sex trafficking conspiracy

PROVIDENCE – A federal grand jury in Providence returned a seven-count indictment on Thursday charging three people with allegedly participating in a conspiracy to traffic young females from Boston... more

Rhode Island gas prices fall again

Gas in Rhode Island has dropped by another five cents, according to AAA. The average price for a gallon of regular is now $3.15, according to the latest weekly survey. The price has now dropped 26... more

Fire in Pawtucket leaves 21 homeless

PAWTUCKET - Twenty-one people were left without a home after a three-alarm fire ripped through a multi-family home at 457 Mineral Spring Ave. overnight Tuesday. More than 30 firefighters battled a... more