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March 29th

Couple dead in apparent murder/suicide

March 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A city man apparently stabbed his wife to death inside their Charlton Avenue house on Monday and then took his own life inside a relative’s garage later that day, Pawtucket Police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the body of the victim, Maria Almeida Turmel, was found by her adopted son inside the kitchen of her house at 63 Charlton Ave. at around 3 p.m. The 32-year-old mother of three had been stabbed several times.

March 29th

Residents protest recycling facility

March 29, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — Anthony St. Angelo would love to allow his children — ages 12, 6 and 5 — outside to play after school or on the weekends, but he's afraid of the consequences.
One major fear includes the possibility of developing respiratory problems caused by the dust and/or stench emanating from the TLA-Pond View Recycling Facility, located near the banks of Rumford's Omega Pond.

March 27th

Cutbacks in hours, services at Holden Community Center

March 27, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — State Receiver Robert G. Flanders, Jr. has announced several staff reductions, cutbacks in hours, and other operational changes at the Ralph J. Holden Community Center at 361 Cowden St. in an effort to reduce the center's current fiscal year deficit of $66,327 by more than half.

World War II veterans offered free tour of D.C.

March 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Henry Stad is eager to spread the news about “Honor Flight New England” to his fellow World War II veterans.
“They treated us like royalty when we went to Washington, D.C. last October 24th,” Stad was saying recently. “World War II veterans are becoming a smaller group every day. I want all of the guys who are still alive to know about Honor Flight New England, which takes groups of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. several times a year, for free.

March 26th

Valley bank robbers sentenced to federal prison

March 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Two defendants responsible for a series of “note-job” bank heists in the Blackstone Valley have been sentenced to federal prison for committing a combined total of five robberies, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced.
Shirley A. Green, 48, of Lincoln, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 48 months in federal prison for committing three robberies in two months in 2009.
On Friday, Andrew Shepard, 30, of Warwick, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for two similarly weaponless robberies within a span of seven days in July 2010.

College Crusade of R.I. readies youth for higher ed... and it's fun!

March 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Ask Laurel Shepard why a qualifying fifth-grade student would want to apply to The College Crusade of Rhode Island, and she reels off reasons as if they were items from a shopping list.
“For one, we're an organization that will prepare you for college, so – when you graduate from high school – you're more than ready,” explained the Crusade's Admissions Manager. “We offer a variety of college readiness programs for those in grades 6-12.

March 24th

Business owners vent over bridge project

March 24, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A dozen or so angry business owners with property located in the construction and detour zone around the Pawtucket I-95 bridge replacement project vented their frustrations at a March 14 meeting with state and local officials at City Hall.

March 23rd

Pawtucket Armory in receivership

March 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Another one of the city's landmark historical buildings appears to be in trouble. The Pawtucket Armory Association, which operates the castle-like Pawtucket Armory that houses the award-winning Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre and several other local companies, has been in receivership since the end of January.

March 22nd

On arson squad, it's all about teamwork

March 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Investigating the crime of arson requires a lot of teamwork, specialized training, and a nose for rooting out suspicious substances. And sometimes, the team gets valuable help from a nose that's cold and wet.
One of the most high-profile arson cases in recent history is the one that took place on Feb. 16 at 35 Vale Street. Thanks to some quick investigative work by state and local fire and police officials, and a specially trained dog on loan from Massachusetts State Police, the suspects accused of setting the fire were arrested and charged just two days later with the crime.

March 20th

Taking on bullying

March 21, 2011

“I remember in seventh grade, at the beginning of the day, there was a boy named Roger standing in the hallway, and I adored him. He never gave up, even though he had a challenge, Down Syndrome … There was a girl named Nadia who would shake her hips and twirl her curls; she thought she was all that. I was walking to class, and I saw her and (others) throwing dirt (from a plant) in Roger's eyes, and he was smiling. He smiled because he thought these kids finally wanted to play with him, spend time with him.

March 20th

Chafee, Fogarty tour city's netWORKri Career Center

March 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — As a dozen or so unemployed Rhode Islanders sat at computer work stations polishing their resumes, Gov. Lincoln Chafee took a walk through the netWORKri Career Center at 175 Main St. Friday morning to see what services are being offered.

March 19th

Special meeting Monday focuses on funding

March 19, 2011

CUMBERLAND - The Town Council will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss the town's legislative agenda, which will include hot button issues such as acceleration of the school funding formula phase-in, vehicle excise tax, and state housing aid.
The meeting gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the Cumberland Public Library's Hayden Center meeting room, 1464 Diamond Hill Road.
Each year, the council develops an agenda that both supports and opposes legislation based on whether or not the bills help the town achieve its goals or detracts from those objectives.

Send your veterans photos to The Times

March 19, 2011

The Times is running low on its photos of veterans for the April 4 Military Page. That means this is a good week to send in a photo of your favorite military hero, whether active, deceased or just an aging veteran.

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:

Nursing stint in Iraq changed Gloria Vignone

March 19, 2011

Gloria Vignone admits to feeling “bittersweet” about her tour as a nurse in Iraq back in 2006-07.
“Sometimes when you are here, you want to be there, and vice versa,” the Franklin, Ma. native was saying earlier this month. “The camaraderie with your fellow soldiers is unbelievable. All we saw were trauma cases over there, a lot of blood and amputated limbs. We had one soldier who lost 60 units of blood and he lived. His buddies came in and donated blood to save his life. To know that you helped save a soldier’s life is a feeling you never forget.”

Seven Mikula brothers served in WWII

March 19, 2011

There were seven boys from the Mikula family who grew up on Dorr Street in Lonsdale and served in the military during World War II.
Peter, Stanley, Edwin, John, Andrew, Frank and Edward are pictured above. The first four brothers are in the top row (left to right) of this photo sent in by Maureen Mikula Dowd, daughter of Peter Mikula. The final three are in the front row, left to right. They were the sons of Maciej and Maryanna Mikula.

March 18th

Guilty verdict in the Williams trial

March 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE -- Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announces a guilty verdict in the trial of Antone Williams.
Williams, formerly of Pawtucket, was found guilty Thursday by a Providence County Superior Court jury of assault with a dangerous weapon, commission of a crime of violence with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a license and firing into a crowded area. The jury’s verdict concluded a three-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.

Gist holds education forum in Lincoln

March 18, 2011

LINCOLN – For a little over an hour Wednesday night, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist fielded queries from parents, teachers, Town Council and School Committee members and others about the status of education in town and beyond.
Before that, however, she spent approximately 30 minutes discussing how the Lincoln School District stacked up against others statewide, and how Rhode Island's test scores relate to those nationally and internationally.

March 16th

Schools need $153 million revamping

March 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It's just a study at this point, but an educational building consultant hired to evaluate the conditions of the city's schools told the School Committee Tuesday night that all of them need to be either revamped or replaced to the tune of almost $153 million.

Group looks to put books in kids' hands

March 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Cumberland resident Jocelynn White will never forget one of her first assemblies as a “Books Are Wings” volunteer.
Two years ago, she and President Monique Renaud — also White's aunt — decided to bring in a professional storyteller to read to children during a “BAW” Book Party at the city's Fallon Elementary School.
After the duet had given to students the books of their choice, she was stunned at her observation.

March 15th

Fire leaves six homeless

March 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A fire heavily damaged a two-family house at 747 Main. St. on Monday night and displaced six tenants.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal, said the call came in at around 9:30 p.m. He said the blaze apparently started on the third floor of the two-family house in an area that functioned partly as an attic and also contained bedrooms that were part of the second floor apartment. He said the fire burnt a large section of the roof and caused damage to the third floor.


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