Donald Grebien http://ripr.org en Pawtucket Mayor Unveils Budget With No Tax Increase http://ripr.org/post/pawtucket-mayor-unveils-budget-no-tax-increase <p>Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien has proposed a budget that excludes any tax hike for residents or businesses. The proposed 112-million dollar budget includes buying a rescue vehicle to cut overtime costs, giving schools 600-thousand extra dollars, and setting aside money in the rainy day fund. Grebien said the arrival of new businesses, cuts in city staff, and grant revenue helped craft the budget.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:51:32 +0000 Catherine Welch 32624 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket Remembers A Veteran's Sacrifice http://ripr.org/post/pawtucket-remembers-veterans-sacrifice <p>There were wreath-laying ceremonies and parades all over Rhode Island Monday in honor of Veterans Day. But perhaps none was more poignant than one in Pawtucket.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About 200 people gathered in Pawtucket’s Slater Park for the dedication of a granite monument in memory of Army Specialist Dennis Poulin. Poulin, a native of Pawtucket, died in Afghanistan two-and-a-half years ago as the result of a rollover accident. He was 26.&nbsp; His mother, Doris Poulin, said she’s overwhelmed by the honor bestowed on her son.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:09:46 +0000 Flo Jonic 24673 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket Remembers A Veteran's Sacrifice Pawtucket To Honor Local Fallen Soldier http://ripr.org/post/pawtucket-honor-local-fallen-soldier <p>The city of Pawtucket is getting ready to honor a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, Sergeant Dennis Poulin.</p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Army National Guard specialist Dennis Poulin grew up in Pawtucket.&nbsp; He died two years ago in Germany, where he was evacuated after his vehicle overturned. He was 26.</p><p>Next Monday, Veterans Day, a memorial honoring his life will be held at the entrance to Slater Park in Pawtucket.&nbsp;</p><p>Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien will join Poulin’s mother, Doris, relatives and others to dedicate a stone monument.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:58:10 +0000 Flo Jonic 24244 at http://ripr.org RI Mayors Urge Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Bill http://ripr.org/post/ri-mayors-urge-passage-same-sex-marriage-bill <p>A group of mayors from around Rhode Island called Monday for the state Senate to legalize same-sex marriage. It remains unclear when the Senate will take up two competing same-sex marriage bills.</p><p>The advocacy group Rhode Islanders United for Marriage says the mayors of six communities support same-sex marriage: Providence, Warwick, Pawtucket, North Providence, Central Falls and Cumberland. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras calls same-sex marriage a matter of equality and something that will give Rhode Island an economic boost.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:47:37 +0000 Ian Donnis 12507 at http://ripr.org RI Mayors Urge Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Bill