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Send your veterans photos to The Times

February 6, 2011

The Times is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office, 23 Exchange St., Pawtucket.

Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:

Jimmy Brennan tells his World War Two story

February 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Jimmy Brennan graduated from St. Raphael Academy in 1936 at the height of the Depression. Four years later, as Hitler’s army overran much of Europe, the United States revived its military draft.
“I was going to beat the draft,” Brennan, now 91 years old, said last week. “I enlisted in December of 1940. The way the draft worked in those days, if they drafted you, you could end up in the army for 10 years, either active or in the reserves. So I enlisted in the army for three years.

State rep wants gay marriage to be decided at the polls

February 6, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Voters would get to decide whether homosexuals should be allowed to marry in Rhode Island if legislation that Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien filed this past Thursday passes.
Brien wants a referendum question on the 2012 ballot asking voters to approve or reject a constitutional amendment specifying that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in the State of Rhode Island."
A self-proclaimed conservative Democrat, Brien says he believes the issue of what constitutes a marriage is very important because marriage "serves as a societal cornerstone."


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