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Man suffers minor stab wounds in late-night East Providence bar brawl

Man suffers minor stab wounds in late-night East Providence bar brawl

EAST PROVIDENCE — An early Monday morning bar brawl at a North Broadway establishment between two East Providence men took a violent twist when one of the combatants received what were termed “minor” stab wounds. Patrick McGuirl, 46 of Terrace Avenue, suffered “superficial” injuries, according to police, after he was sliced with a box cutter

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East Providence Arts Council plans summer festival

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Arts Council is sponsoring its first major production since being formed when “The Looff” arts festival takes place in August. All artists must have their work juried. We are seeking fine artists who create paintings, ceramics, photography, sculpture, handmade jewelry, fiber and glass. Hand signed, high quality photo reproductions


Renovation of Cumberland Farm’s East Providence location gets go-ahead

EAST PROVIDENCE — The quest to renovate and expand the Cumberland Farms convenience store and gas station at the intersection of Pawtucket Avenue and Wampanoag Trail cleared a significant hurdle Tuesday night, April 21, when the East Providence City Council passed a pair of ordinances in support of the proposal. The Council voted 3-0 to

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Second suicide takes place in East Providence Wednesday

EAST PROVIDENCE — Residents of the city were rocked by the news of a second suicide by self-inflicted gun shot Wednesday, April 22. Earlier in the day, a middle-aged gentleman took his own life in Riverside. A few hours later, multiple local officials confirmed a similarly aged male, approximately 50-years-old, committed suicide by gun in his

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City Council proposes temporary traffic changes to Summit Street in East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE — Motorists used to traveling Summit Street as a means of accessing Interstate 195 at peak hours will need to adjust to an experimental traffic pattern starting either Monday, April 27, or Tuesday, April 28. Following a lengthy and at times confusing discussion spurred by Ward 2 representative Helder Cunha, whose district covers


East Providence bakery explosion remains under investigation

EAST PROVIDENCE — Local and state investigators continue to seek clues indicating why an explosion rocked the Taunton Avenue Bakery shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, April 20. The explosion blew open a gaping whole in the front of Portuguese bakery located on 208 Taunton Ave. adjacent to the Bank of America branch at about


Council accelerates search for permanent East Providence City Manager

EAST PROVIDENCE — The long stalled search to find a permanent City Manager appeared to take on greater emphasis following a discussion on the topic by the City Council at its latest meeting held Tuesday night, April 21. Paul Lemont, who served in the same capacity throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, has


Committee signs off on East Providence High turf field project

EAST PROVIDENCE — At a special meeting held Monday night, April 20, in City Hall, the East Providence School Committee did indeed vote unanimously to approve a public-private partnership with the locally based Bayside F.C. youth soccer organization to construct an artificial turf field on the high school grounds. The move all but assures the

Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr. — George "Sparky" Watts prepares an arm's length of weiners during lunchtime on a recent busy day at his restaurant.

East Providence eatery ‘Sparky’s’ celebrates a century of service

EAST PROVIDENCE — As George Watts puts it a business doesn’t often last 100 years, so with that in mind “Sparky’s Coney Island Systems” plans to heartily celebrate its centennial of operation over the course of the week. The revered local eatery at the corner of Taunton Avenue and Vine Street owned by Mr. Watts