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April 18th

Tolman's George McLaughlin finds his footing

April 18, 2011

PAWTUCKET — When George McLaughlin was hired as Tolman High School's Guidance Department Chair back in September, he admitted he felt excitement about starting something new, and disconsolation at resigning from his previous position.
In his last job, McLaughlin — a 60-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native — served as a Central Falls High guidance counselor.

April 17th

Middle schoolers build self-esteem at College Crusade

April 17, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Call Naffi Koulibaly and Emily Baptista a study in contrasts.
During a game called “Willow in the Wind,” Baptista — a sixth-grader at Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket — jumped at the chance to participate. With her “teammates” surrounding her in a tight circle, she was asked to stand up straight, to consider herself as rigid as a broomstick, cross her arms across her chest, close her eyes and lean forward.

Town opens bids for fire department merger feasibility study

April 17, 2011

CUMBERLAND - A total of seven firms have submitted proposals for the job of consulting the town on a fire department merger study.
The bid proposals were opened Wednesday and will be reviewed by Mayor Daniel J. McKee, who will recommend one of the seven to the Town Council sometime next month.

April 16th

Teachers agree on new pact

April 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In a move that grants some concessions for the remainder of the current contract and provides some structural savings going forward, the city's teachers have tentatively agreed to a new contract.
On Friday, School Committeeman Alan Tenreiro, who is the chief negotiator for the Pawtucket School Committee, and Pawtucket Teachers Alliance President Ron Beaupre announced in a joint press release that the two sides had reached a “tentative agreement” on a new pact.

Faced with breast cancer and sluggish economy, Lizzy's Enchanted Creamery owner closes shop

April 16, 2011

CUMBERLAND -- Tracy Fay, owner of Lizzy's Enchanted Creamery, has had her share of ups and downs.

April 14th

National Guardsman laid to rest

April 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — SPC Dennis C. Poulin's being the type of guy who was always there to help others while asking for nothing in return was noted by everyone from his sister and longtime friends to the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard at Thursday's funeral services for the fallen soldier.

April 13th

Sales tax plan is dead

April 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s plan to radically overhaul the state’s sales tax structure is effectively dead.
After more than six hours of nearly unanimous testimony denouncing Chafee’s proposal to lower the state sales tax from 7 to 6 percent and broaden it to a vast array of goods and services that are now exempt, House Speaker Gordon Fox had heard enough.

April 12th

Chamber rallies to oppose tax plan

April 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The three dozen or so businessmen and women who filled the marble staircase of the Statehouse Rotunda Tuesday were quieter, better dressed and more well behaved than most of the demonstrators who regularly assemble there, and they seemed less than comfortable with the whole idea of speaking out and waving signs, but they were just as angry as many of the others who come to that spot to protest.

Pawtucket, Woonsocket sue state

April 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The new school funding formula passed by the General Assembly last year has been hailed by educators, public officials and parents as a vast improvement in the way Rhode Island pays for its public schools. But at least two local communities claim it is inadequate to the point of being unconstitutional because it shortchanges poorer school districts.

April 10th

Shea High is China bound

April 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Early Saturday morning, Shea High's English as a second language teacher Barbara Fell placed three cases of freshly-made pancakes in her car for the trek from her home in Foster to the East Avenue school.
The idea was to serve a “Fisherman's breakfast” — which includes flapjacks, bacon and coffee — to early shoppers attending the first-ever Shea High School China-Bound Team Yard Sale, to be conducted inside the basement cafeteria.

April 10th

PawSox' strength coach wants to help veterans

April 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Mike Roose’s active military career has been over for six years. He is 29 years old and an Air Force veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Cumberland native is living a personal dream as strength coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox. But he can’t quite put his military career behind him.

Send your veterans photos to The Times

April 10, 2011

The Times continues to run low on its photos of veterans for the April 18 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:

More funding sought by charter schools

April 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Kristin Grady said the Cumberland school where her son, Alex, had been going is one of the best in the area, but she nonetheless decided to send him to Blackstone Valley Prep to get him “more involvement from his teachers and a sense of belonging that was missing from his former school.”
The problem, she said, is the former Our Lady of Fatima school building in Valley Falls where the state’s first Mayoral Academy is located is only big enough for one grade, the one Alex is in now.

April 9th

Seniors hold 'white ribbon' protest over cuts to Holden Center

April 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Instead of “yellow ribbons around the old oak tree,” the Central Falls Happy Seniors tied white ribbons around utility poles on several city streets on Friday to protest recent cuts in services at the Ralph J. Holden Community Center.

Gov't shutdown averted, but it was a waiting game Friday night in R.I.

April 9, 2011

(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE – A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending — the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.

April 8th

City wants meeting on armory

April 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Concern about the future of the Pawtucket Armory building now that it is in receivership has prompted city officials to call for an emergency meeting with the Pawtucket Armory Association, the receiver, and other pertinent parties.
Councilor Albert Vitali had asked the city's legal department to look into whether or not the city could take back the historic property through some type of “reverter clause” now that it is in receivership.

April 7th

Ambulance slams into pole in 146

April 7, 2011

LINCOLN — A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.

April 6th

General Assembly declares Ben Mondor Day

April 6, 2011

PROVIDENCE — This Thursday, and every Pawsox home opening day thereafter, will officially be Ben Mondor Day in Rhode Island.
Pawsox President Mike Tamburro and Vice President and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer were on the dais of the House of Representatives Tuesday for the reading of a resolution to that effect that also passed the Senate and went immediately to Gov. Lincoln Chafee for his signature.

April 4th

Bank to close office, lay off 103

April 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Bank of New York Mellon Corp. has notified state labor officials that it plans to lay-off 103 employees as it closes its Pawtucket office and moves to another site in Massachusetts.
The New York-based financial services company told state officials under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that the workers at the office at 100 Freight St. will lose their jobs in three phases, between June 6 and Oct. 30. The bank acquired the office last July.

April 4th

Three Domingos brothers went off to war; two came home

April 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- It seems like every person who lived through World War II has a story to tell. The war impacted everyone in the country back in the 1940s. Young men were drafted or enlisted in the military. Some able-bodied men worked in essential jobs and were required to continue in those jobs to help produce war materials for use by our armed services.
Women moved into the work force, too, gaining a foothold in the working world that they would never lose.


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