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February 12th

Fallon Elementary wins prestigious nutrition award

February 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET—Homemade muffins, mango slaw, chicken lo mein and tabouli are a far cry from typical school lunch fare. Yet, offering more healthy and creatively fun food choices has helped earn eight city elementary schools a prestigious nutrition wellness honor from the United States Department of Agriculture.
In a ceremony held at the Fallon Elementary School on Thursday, representatives from the eight schools received “HealthierUS Awards” from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is one of the nation's highest school nutrition awards as part of the USDA's “HealthierUS School Challenge.”

February 11th

In Ben Mondor's footsteps

February 11, 2011

The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce announce the establishment of the Ben G. Mondor Award in honor of the longtime PawSox owner who passed away in 2010. Above: PawSox president Michael Tamburro, center, presents the first-ever award to Pawtucket native Dan Sullivan, president/CEO of Collette Vacations, for his longtime community service. The award presentation took place during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner Tuesday evening at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln.

O'Neill seeks study on impact of lower car tax

February 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Noting the pressure the city is under for addressing not only this fiscal year's budget deficit but a $10 to $12 million projected shortfall for fiscal year 2012 as well, City Councilor Christopher O'Neill has suggested looking at lowering the car tax exemption while also cutting the city's motor vehicle tax rate.

February 10th

Hundreds descend on Statehouse over gay marriage

February 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE – In one of the biggest turnouts in recent memory, several hundred proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage descended on the Statehouse Wednesday for a rally, a press conference, speeches and a night-long hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee convened to hear two bills, one to make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island and the other to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would define marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. Both bills were held for further consideration before the hearing started.

February 9th

Twin River hawks casino plan

February 9, 2011

LINCOLN – Twin River opened a new campaign to win full casino operations Tuesday night with a state-of-business address by the chairman of its Board of Directors, John E. Taylor, during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner at the redeveloped former greyhound park facility.
Taylor gave his pitch for a statewide referendum on Twin River’s expansion to full casino gaming after Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke briefly to the gathering and said he was “looking forward” to working with Taylor in the future “to make sure this facility stays viable.”

February 7th

Cumberland relay kicks off Wednesday

February 8, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Relay for Life of Cumberland Wednesday will hold its kick-off celebration to what event co-chairwoman Amy Moor likes to describe as “an 18-hour carnival.”
Relay for Life is a nationwide effort in which teams of people spend an evening walking around a track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Wednesday's kick-off celebration, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Hill Ski Lodge, 4097 Diamond Hill Road, is the official start of Relay for Life 2011, which will culminate with the 3rd Annual Relay for Life of Cumberland event to be held June 10-11 at Tucker Field.

February 7th

Lincoln Police use grant to buy UTV

February 7, 2011

LINCOLN — The Police Department has a new friend to aid in their pursuit of service, integrity and justice, the qualities named on every officer's badge.
It's called a UTV, or utility terrain vehicle, and the department purchased it recently courtesy of a federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant — one available through the U.S. Department of Justice — worth $13,784. Chief Brian Sullivan indicated the all-electric side-by-side Transport Pro Police UTV would be used to trek to areas ordinary cruisers can't.

February 6th

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."

February 5th

ACLU turns to the judge in ballfield access lawsuit

February 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Rhode Island ACLU has asked a federal judge to rule as unconstitutional —and therefore without need for a trial -- the city's alleged longstanding practice of giving preferential treatment to parochial schools over public schools when granting permits for the use of city athletic fields, as a lawsuit contends.

Vitali responds to allegations over his family's Daily Spa

February 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Councilor-at-large Albert Vitali Jr. responded on Friday to questions that were raised by a local TV station about his involvement in an Armistice Boulevard spa that is alleged to have been offering illicit sexual acts to customers along with massages.

February 4th

Schools closed over roof concerns

February 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Concern about the snow and ice build-up on the roofs of the city's schools has prompted the schools superintendent to call off school today so the matter can be addressed.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke said she made the decision after consulting with both the city's building official and a structural engineer who had been asked to assess the load bearing weights of each of the schools' roofs in the current snow and ice conditions.

February 1st

Relentless weather pesters Valley

February 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET — If you liked yesterday’s weather, you’re going to love what Mother Nature has in store for us today.
The latest in a series of unusually fierce winter storms turns out to be a double-dipper. After dumping four to seven inches of snow across the Blackstone Valley Tuesday, a second wave — a hard-to-predict combo of snow, sleet and rain — is expected to whack the region by nightfall.


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