Officials get some answers to bridge light problems

But still not ready to accept the project as complete
PAWTUCKET - Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation say they've solved at least part of the mystery for why lights on the Pawtucket River Bridge keep going out, but say the... more

Four JWU students arrested for sexual assault in Pawtucket

PROVIDENCE - Police have arrested four Johnson and Wales University students after they were accused of sexually assaulting two women in a Pawtucket apartment. Mohammed Alsager, Yazeed Alasiri,... more

Grant that funded 21 new firefighters not renewed

Layoffs on the table, but officials seeking changes instead
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PAWTUCKET - The federal grant that allowed the city to hire 21 new firefighters two years ago was not renewed, say local officials, leaving them to figure out how to make up the lost funding going... more

Police and fire retirees restoring honor in the cemetery

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PAWTUCKET - Walk into the Mineral Spring Avenue Cemetery today and it's difficult to recognize the grounds that looked "like a bomb went off" just a few short years ago, say those who care for it.... more

Rudd: Pawtucket's turn to enforce law on sex offenders

Also wants action on shutting down massage parlors
PAWTUCKET - City Councilor Tim Rudd says he wants to know what the Pawtucket Police Department is going to do to enforce a new law that prohibits Level III sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet... more

Varieur Elementary earns national Blue Ribbon Award

PAWTUCKET - Varieur Elementary School's inclusion as one of just three Rhode Island schools to receive national Blue Ribbon awards puts the school among elite company in the U.S., say school... more

Officials will take proposed water park developer on a tour

PAWTUCKET - City officials will take the developer of a proposed water park on a tour of a property that covers parts of Pawtucket and Attleboro later this week. Director of Administration Tony Pires... more

Pires: Firefighters must 'cease and desist' fill-the-boot campaigns

But with ACLU action pending, will it stand?
PAWTUCKET - Local firefighters have been instructed that they are no longer allowed to run "fill-the-boot" fundraisers on city roadways, said Director of Administration Tony Pires. Pires, who also... more

Wild Turkey Band playing for Lupo's 40th at The Met

PAWTUCKET - Members of Pawtucket's hometown Wild Turkey Band will play as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel at The Met in Pawtucket this week. David Bottai, drummer... more

Pawtucket comes in second for recycling, gets $44,000

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PAWTUCKET - Only one community in the state sent more tons of recycling to Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. than Pawtucket last year, according to numbers released by the organization. Pawtucket'... more

Committee votes to reopen Supt. DiCenso's contract

PAWTUCKET - The School Committee last week unanimously voted to open Supt. Patti DiCenso's contract for negotiating an extension. A vote on a new contract will be held at the October committee... more

Comics Unleashed will feature Mike Hanley and friends Oct. 24

PAWTUCKET - Comics Unleashed, a night of food and laughs with stand-up comedian Mike Hanley and friends, will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, at Le Foyer Club on Fountain Street. A buffet dinner starts at... more

Fireworks Committee will hold annual fall breakfast

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Fireworks Committee will hold its annual fall breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Teresa Church Hall, Newport Avenue. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for... more

The Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest winners announced

PAWTUCKET - Rhode Island State Poet Laureate Rick Benjamin and poet laureate emirita Lisa Starr announced the winners of The Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest to a crowd at The Pawtucket Celebrates... more

Celebrate October with an Irish beer dinner

PAWTUCKET - The Sons and Daughters of Erin Pawtucket is sponsoring its second annual Irish Beer Dinner, pairing five courses of food with different products from Guinness. The dinner is planned for... more

Library will be closed Columbus Day

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Public Library will be closed next Monday, Oct. 12, for Columbus Day. The passport acceptance office will also be closed. Visit for many library... more

Youth will again offer shoveling services for seniors

PAWTUCKET - The city's Youth to Senior Shoveling Program is accepting requests from residents who want to be placed on the list for shoveling assistance this winter. Youth volunteers donate their... more

Veterans' Council meets Friday

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Veterans' Council will continue its seasonal meeting program this Friday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Walter Gatchell VFW Post at the intersection of Fountain and Blake streets... more

Bilingual Family Story Class offered at the library

PAWTUCKET - Pawtucket Public Library is offering a Bilingual Family Story Class, in English and Spanish, every other Saturday through Dec. 12, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., in the Children's Library Caidin... more

Fall Bazaars and Craft Fairs

If your nonprofit organization is planning a fall fair or holiday bazaar, submit the information for inclusion in this listing to, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone... more

Chicken dinner planned at St. Luke Church

PAWTUCKET - St. Luke Church, 670 Weeden St., will hold a chicken dinner on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. The menu includes roasted chicken, pasta, roasted potatoes, salad and dessert. Tickets are $12... more

Korean War Vets set to meet Oct. 14

CENTRAL FALLS - Korean War Veterans, Chapter 1, will meet Wednesday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m., at the American Legion Post 79, 44 Central St. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month and is... more

Police seek suspects for $6,000 in fraud at Family Dollar stores

PAWTUCKET – Police say two females "have been very busy" fraudulently charging more than $6,000 at many Family Dollar stores in Pawtucket and surrounding communities. They're looking for the public's... more

Police accuse Pawtucket woman of trading child porn

PAWTUCKET - Members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have arrested Janice Edouard, age 24, of 190-2B Galego Court in Pawtucket for possession of child pornography and... more

Pawtucket's Martins succumbs to his injuries

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PROVIDENCE – John Martins, the prominent local businessman who was injured in a Sept. 4 trucking accident, died from his injuries on Sunday. Martins, 52, was said to be steadily improving in the days... more

CF, Pawtucket police arrest three in drug raid

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CENTRAL FALLS - Police from Pawtucket and Central Falls arrested three people after raiding an apartment on Summit Street in Central Falls and finding drugs and a weapon this week. On Tuesday,... more

Intoxicated man charged after ramming fire truck

PAWTUCKET - State Police arrested a Providence man for driving under the influence of liquor and/or drugs after striking a Pawtucket fire truck that was rendering aid at a car crash crash on Rte. 95... more

Police: Apparent suicide in Slater Park

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PAWTUCKET - Police were on scene in Slater Park Monday evening after a body of a man was found there around 5:15 p.m. Detective Sgt. Paul Brandley said officers responded to investigate an abandoned... more

Pawtucket businessman, three others indicted for identity theft, fraud

PROVIDENCE - A Pawtucket businessman and three others, including two employees and the businessman’s sister, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged participation in an extensive... more

Pawtucket heroin trafficker sentenced to five years

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PROVIDENCE - Jorge Franco, 37, of Pawtucket, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for trafficking heroin. At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William Smith also ordered... more

One killed in accident on Newport Avenue

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket police on Wednesday responded to the intersection of Newport Avenue and Gill Avenue for a motor vehicle accident. Police say a pickup truck collided with a car, killing the 71-... more