Local business owners struggle through COVID-19 crisis

PAWTUCKET – From beer makers selling furniture to mini mall owners investing in their properties even though the doors are locked, city business owners are doing their best to battle through the... more

Officials frustrated with slow changeover of streetlights

PAWTUCKET – City officials are expressing frustration at the slow pace of an ongoing conversion of all streetlights to LED lights, saying they’re ready to charge a $200-per-day fee to contractor... more

Pawtucket woman accused of stabbing boyfriend with scissors

PAWTUCKET – Police have charged a woman they say stabbed her boyfriend in the eye with scissors early Friday morning. Shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday, Pawtucket police officers responded to 12... more

UPDATE: Raimondo orders non-essential businesses closed

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced new restrictions after the state's first two deaths related to COVID-19, including closing non-essential businesses until April 13. But greater testing... more

Help available if COVID-19 has hurt you

For those who are quarantined, unable to work, or whose workplace has been temporarily closed due to the new coronavirus, there are resources available, says the Department of Labor and Training. •... more

Gazdacko thanks first responders after mills destroyed

Urban Smart Growth assessing safety, next steps
PAWTUCKET – The developer that owns the property where eight mill buildings were destroyed by fire two weeks ago is thanking first responders, including police and firefighters from Pawtucket,... more

Superintendent says remote learning off to a good start

PAWTUCKET – Monday was orientation day for the district’s fledgling remote learning efforts, and Supt. Cheryl McWilliams said teachers, parents and students were all doing their part to make this new... more

Council approves 10-year tax agreement making way for new jobs

PAWTUCKET – A new 10-year tax stabilization agreement with Change Healthcare will help bring some 300 new jobs to the city over the next two years while increasing tangible taxes from the company by... more

City efforts focus on protecting most vulnerable

PAWTUCKET – The city is welcoming volunteers who are interested in helping other members of the community amid the new coronavirus pandemic. After seeing a number of inquiries, officials are creating... more

Pawtucket Soup Kitchen sees huge increase as others close

Needs are extensive, says Marchetti
PAWTUCKET – Adrienne Marchetti, director of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, said that after an initial drop-off in visitors there, “things have gotten insane” as other facilities shut down. On March 18... more

McWilliams: We’re not phasing out Pawtucket Backpackers

PAWTUCKET – As rumors circulated this week that the Pawtucket School Department will no longer partner with the Pawtucket Backpackers, a volunteer group that feeds local students on the weekends,... more

Administration, council working together through pandemic

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien and the Pawtucket City Council say they’re committed to working closely together to maintain essential services for residents and to provide all the latest... more

Two theaters suspend programming

PAWTUCKET – Due to risks associated with COVID-19, representatives from Mixed Magic Theatre on Mineral Spring Avenue and Burbage Theatre on Blackstone Avenue have suspended programming. “In... more

Yard waste collection has begun

PAWTUCKET – Due to a lighter winter and extra time for yard work while social distancing, Mayor Donald Grebien and the Pawtucket City Council announced this week that yard waste collection began this... more


Sam Cote, of Pawtucket, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Maine. Emma Mendes, of Pawtucket, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Regis College. Kayla... more

Pawtucket Library offers Tumblebooks

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library is offering Tumblebooks for students in grades K-6, even while the facility is closed. These include animated talking picture books, graphic novels and... more

Residents encouraged to clean up litter

PAWTUCKET – While finding ways to stay active at home, Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful encourages residents to spend some time outside doing a litter cleanup. In a press release the organization... more