Archive - Apr 23, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Bill Donnelly has done a pretty good job of putting Vietnam in his rear view mirror.
âI came home from the war and went right back to where I was before,â said Donnelly, a former rifleman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. âI had been a kid from Pawtucket Vocational who played a lot of sports and was having a good time when I got drafted. I returned home two years later, resumed playing basketball and softball, and began my own printing business.â
Donnelly had a lot of difficult Vietnam memories to suppress. He threw himself into his work and his sports outlets.
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PAWTUCKET â On a recent warm spring day in Slater Park, two young boys can be seen fishing with nets in the pond near the old bandstand. Yet, what would appear to be an idyllic scene to most people sends shudders down the spine of 45-year-old Jay O'Connell because of what happened to him 40 years ago in almost the same location.
PROVIDENCE â The Chafee administrationâs economic development projects tend to be high-profile, big-ticket items such as creating the Knowledge District in the former I-195 corridor, revitalizing the airport/train station district and continuing the Quonset Point expansion.
But in the Blackstone Valley, Chafee has his eye on revitalizing the main streets of the small distressed cities.
He has made much-publicized tours of Main Street in Woonsocket and Broad Street as it links Central Falls with Pawtucket.