City of Pawtucket “Pothole Patrol” Addresses Damaged Streets and Roads
PAWTUCKET – This winter’s unprecedented snow totals and freezing temperatures have impacted Pawtucket’s streets and roads. In order for the city to keep up with the damage that the cycles of snow, cold, and warming subsurface water inflict, Public Works Director, Lance Hill, under the direction of Mayor Grebien, has engaged the City’s Pothole Patrol to identify and fix residual damages from this particularly brutal winter.
“We are being proactive about identifying potholes and not waiting to address them,” stated Hill. “To date, we have identified and filled in excess of 150 potholes citywide,” continued Hill.
The city is asking for assistance from the city’s residents in identifying potholes throughout Pawtucket. If residents would like to report a pothole, they are encouraged to notify the city’s Department of Public Works. “DPW workers greatly appreciate the public’s assistance in identifying the locations of potholes,” Hill said. “It not only makes our streets safer for travel, but it makes our work more efficient.”
Pothole locations can be reported to at 728-0500 ext. 284. Residents can also email locations and photos of potholes to
Citizen Science Program Orientation Sessions to be held on March 8, 15, 22, 2015
Osprey nest by Ed Hughes
(February 25, 2015) – It may seem far away, but spring will eventually return to New England and with it will come the Ospreys!
Audubon Society of Rhode Island manages the Rhode Island Osprey Monitoring Program, a network of volunteer observers who report on the breeding success of these fish-eating raptors. Osprey continue to be an excellent indicator of environmental health in aquatic ecosystems, as their remarkable recovery from the effects of DDT is truly an environmental success story. Thanks to efforts by Audubon Society of Rhode Island and other environmental groups, DDT was banned in 1972 and Osprey have made a tremendous comeback in Rhode Island.
The Osprey Monitoring Program relies on over 60 volunteers to monitor close to 200 known nesting sites across the state. “Observing Osprey provides us with information about the health of our local ecosystems,” explained Audubon Director of Volunteer Services Jon Scoones. “By watching these sentinels, we not only learn more about wildlife and natural habitats, but also about the level of our impact on these special places and unique species. It is a great testament to the dedication of Audubon volunteers that this citizen-science program continues to thrive.”
Audubon recorded 186 Osprey fledglings in 2014, compared to 168 in 2013 and just 8 in 1977 (the year the program was founded.) The 2014 Rhode Island Osprey Report provides charts on both the number of nests and young Osprey fledged annually since 1977. Also included are the quantity and location of nests per city or town in the state.
Senator O’Neill wants financial literacy to be part of school curriculum
STATE HOUSE – Dismayed by the amount of debt that is often carried by younger people, Sen. Edward J. O’Neill (I-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence) has introduced legislation that would give students a leg up in understanding how the financial world works.
“I hate to see a young person buy a car, for instance, that sounds like a really good deal, but it turns out they’re paying exorbitant interest because they just don’t understand how financing works,” said Senator O’Neill. “I want to make sure they come out of school knowing how to manage their personal finances instead of spending a lifetime in debt.”
The bill (2015-S 0401) would require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop curricular material on financial literacy. The material and guidelines would include how money works in the world, how someone earns it, how it’s managed, how it can be invested and how it can be donated to help others.
In formulating the curriculum, the department would be required to consult with practicing teachers, principals, superintendents and experts knowledgeable in teaching individuals to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources.
“The ability to manage your money wisely is a basic skill that every adult should have,” said Senator O’Neill, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “But all too often young people get caught in a web of bad credit because they don’t even know the basics. This law would guarantee that our young people have useful and necessary life skills the second they walk out of high school and into the real world.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Adam J. Satchell (D-Dist. 9, West Warwick), Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6 Providence), Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) and Nicholas D. Kettle (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich). It has been referred to the Senate Education Committee.
“It’s Easy Being Green” & “Jazz it up!” – Themes forAnnual Summer Arts Camp at Linden Place Museum revealed!
Registration is beginning for Linden Place’s Summer Arts Camp for Kids! This weekday camp, for ages 6-14, is focused on the arts and gives children a chance to be creative and expressive in a fun and friendly environment. Camp takes place on the beautiful, historic grounds of Linden Place Mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Each day, from 9 a.m. until 2:45 p.m., campers get the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of artistic activities, including costume making, arts & crafts, writing and singing music, playmaking, creating dances and more! Each one-week session is centered on a fun theme and ends with a performance staged by the campers for friends and family.
There are two consecutive one-week sessions, July 6-10 and July 13-17.
Week one, “It’s Easy Being Green!”, will explore new and enjoyable ways to become environmentally friendly. Week two’s theme is “Jazz It Up!”, focusing closely on the jazz-inspired city of New Orleans and its impact on culture, food and dance. Registration is $185 per student per week and includes a Linden Place Camp T-shirt. A $30 discount is available for each additional student from the same family and also for Linden Place members.
To register or to request a registration form, please call 401-253-0390 or visit
Friends of Linden Place is a non-profit organization responsible for the restoration and preservation of the historic house museum at 500 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, and for the promotion of cultural, artistic, and educational programs in the community. The mansion and grounds are open to the public from May to October, during the holiday season, and also by appointment.
“The Original Food Truck,” Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner tells the story of Haven Brothers Diner, the oldest operating diner on wheels. The original fast food – and the first food truck owned by woman – this late night lunch cart has served patrons for more than 120 years.
“The Original Food Truck,” Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner premieres on Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, March 5 at 9:30 p.m. David Piccerelli, Rhode Island PBS president, and Margie O’Brien, television producer, present the documentary in segments taped in a full-size replica of a diner exhibited inside the Culinary Arts Museum on the Johnson & Wales University Bayside Campus. Museum Curator and diner expert Richard Gutman provides entertaining and informative information about the original “fast food joints.”
Located in the birthplace of the American diner, Providence, RI, the Haven Brothers diner was almost lost to the modernizing of Providence. The political decision to move the diner from its reserved parking spot next to Providence City Hall was considered blasphemous by its loyal followers, and the ensuing public outrage successfully reversed the ill-conceived notion.
The documentary recounts that story, as well as traces the history of Haven Brothers truck and its owners over the years. The story is told by dozens of fans, in what quickly becomes an endearing, humorous cavalcade of Rhode Island’s famous and infamous personalities. Only in Rhode Island!
The story of Haven Brothers is a rich commentary on the American Dream, the American diet, and what it is to be a success.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced the resignation of Dr. Michael Fine, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Dr. Fine delivered a letter of resignation to the Governor yesterday afternoon, and said he has decided to explore new opportunities.
“As Dr. Fine stated in his letter of resignation, he has spent ‘every fiber of his being’ protecting the health and safety of all Rhode Islanders over the past four years. I am incredibly thankful to him for this dedicated service to our state.
“In our time working together, Dr. Fine skillfully managed a meningitis outbreak at Providence College, acting swiftly to provide appropriate treatment to the students on campus and to educate the state about the response. Dr. Fine also provided invaluable support to help keep Rhode Islanders safe through this challenging winter season.
“During his tenure as Director, we saw Rhode Island immunization rates for both adults and children ranked among the highest in the country. I also want to highlight the tremendous community response he led during the Ebola outbreak and his critically important work to draw attention to Rhode Island’s drug overdose epidemic.
“I am continually impressed by Dr. Fine’s knowledge, calm under pressure, and passion for keeping the state safe. I wish him and his family all my best.”
Dr. Fine’s resignation will be effective March 27, 2015, and he will help to facilitate a smooth transition.
NORTH ANDOVER, MA (02/24/2015)(readMedia)– Merrimack College Dean’s List for fall 2014 has been announced. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a 3.25 GPA out of a 4.0 grading system.
Alexis Sells of Attleboro (02703)
Marissa Golda of Pawtucket (02860)
Douglas Vance of Pawtucket (02860)
Joseph Carnevale of East Providence (02914)
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Raimondo Announces FEMA Extension to File Disaster Declaration for January Blizzard
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted her request to extend the deadline to file for a disaster declaration for the January Blizzard to March 27, 2015.
“I’m thankful for the hard work of the RI Emergency Management Agency in completing the assessments following the January Blizzard,” said Raimondo. “We are doing everything we can to ensure Rhode Island receives any federal assistance available, and I appreciate this extension from FEMA. In the middle of a challenging winter season, this additional time will allow our cities and towns a better opportunity to detail their damages.”
“Rhode Islanders have had a demanding winter, and we’re working as quickly as we can with our partners in the cities and towns to compile all of the costs incurred in the blizzard,” added RI Emergency Management Director Pete Gaynor.
The Governor will continue to work closely with the Congressional Delegation as Rhode Island moves forward with the process to submit a request for a disaster declaration.
RI Cherry Blossom Princess
February 23, 2015
Honorable Members of the Pawtucket City Council
137 Roosevelt Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
While we respect the private business interests of the parties involved, the news of the sale and subsequent possible relocation of our beloved PawSox, is both heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. It is a devastating blow to the City of Pawtucket, to learn that we will not be part of the team’s future. The PawSox, the Mondor family and Mike Tamburo have been an integral part of the fabric of Pawtucket for decades. I remain hopeful that Pawtucket will be able to demonstrate the value in reinvesting in McCoy Stadium, as was done with Fenway Park. City officials were originally, optimistic that the new ownership team would understand the value in McCoy in the same fashion that their fan base does.
I had the opportunity to speak with the new owners during a briefing held last night. I went to the briefing with a plan in hand, produced in partnership with the Pawtucket Foundation, for the new group to reinvest in McCoy and Pawtucket. The group was cordial and professional as they laid out their business model that did not include Pawtucket. My heart broke for our city and the fans as the news was being delivered to me.
McCoy Stadium is Rhode Island’s best slice of Americana. The Stadium, completed in 1942, is one of the region’s historic venues. The team has won the Governor’s Cup Championship four times (1973, 1984, 2012 & 2014). There have been two perfect games pitched at McCoy. McCoy played host to the longest game in professional history back in 1981 when the Pawsox defeated the Rochester Red Wings by a score of 3-2 after 33 innings of play over the course of 11 hours and 25 minutes. That game featured two future Hall of Fame players in Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr.
The City of Pawtucket is the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution, Slater Mill and the Blackstone River Valley, which has recently received the federal designation of a National Park. The PawSox are woven so tightly into the fabric of our community, that it is impossible to imagine the city without them. As a kid, I used to go McCoy with my grandparents to enjoy the games and see the future Red Sox greats before they were household names. Now, as a dad, I have been able to share that experience and carry on that tradition with my own family, just like so many other families here in Rhode Island. I am certain all of you have similar experiences and traditions that you hold dearly as well.
When I think of Ben Mondor’s legacy here in Pawtucket, I think of his vision for this franchise. He wanted to ensure that all families could come to McCoy to enjoy a fun, friendly environment, watch a great brand of baseball be played and do so at an affordable price. The state has spent millions of dollars to keep this stadium up to date and here in Pawtucket to support Mondor’s vision. I imagine Ben Mondor shedding a tear right now at the notion of his dream being taken out of Pawtucket.
We have a very tough road ahead to convince the new ownership to stay. I have spoken with the Governor, Speaker Mattiello and Senate President Paiva-Weed. They understand our position. For the fan base and for Pawtucket, we need to continue to do everything we can to make sure they stay here. It is our job to show the new ownership why it is in their best interest to reinforce their branding right here in Pawtucket. We all know Pawtucket to be the best location for the team. We are an urban community with opportunities for development around the complex. The state has already invested millions of taxpayer dollars and we already have the strongest and most dedicated fan base in baseball. It would be a mistake to ignore the value that McCoy and the City of Pawtucket have to offer. We remain hopeful that after everything is laid out, the new owners will rethink their current position and keep the “Paw” in PawSox.
Pawtucket has demonstrated time and again, its resilience and toughness. We know this to be the best location to play home to this franchise. Together, we must do whatever we can to demonstrate this to the new ownership group. While the group has made it clear that Providence is their desired location, I still believe Pawtucket to be the rightful home of our beloved team. This is a unique opportunity for the City Council, Mayor and community, to work together, hand in hand, to try and preserve a big part of Pawtucket’s rich history.
Donald R. Grebien