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April 4th

Send your veterans photos to The Times

April 4, 2011

The Times is running low on its photos of veterans for the April 11 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: veterans@pawtuckettimes.com 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:
Hometown:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:

April 3rd

Coral Santos named Youth of the Year

April 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A split second after Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket Board of Trustees member John Hoffman had announced the victor, club staff member Shirley Rodriguez immediately began weeping tears of elation.
“I wanted to jump for joy, but I couldn't; it wouldn't have been very professional, not in my job,” Rodriguez explained after her friend, St. Raphael Academy freshman Coral Santos, had been selected the club's 2011 “Youth of the Year” on Thursday night.

Kids in the Canyon program trades streetlights for starlight

April 3, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Growing up in an urban area like Central Falls demands that kids develop a certain amount of “street smarts,” but the experience of hiking out west, cooking meals on a campfire and sleeping under the stars offers a whole different set of survival skills.
This April vacation, 15 students from Central Falls High School will be taking part in a 50-mile hike and camping experience in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This is the fifth year for the “Kids in the Canyon” trip, founded by Central Falls High School teacher Don Blais.

April 2nd

Afghan crash claims life of Cumberland soldier

April 2, 2011

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — A vehicle designed to protect soldiers from armor-piercing roadside bombs has rolled over in Afghanistan, fatally wounding a member of the Massachusetts National Guard from Cumberland.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter, the officer in charge of the Massachusetts National Guard, says Spc. Dennis Poulin died Thursday in Germany, where he was evacuated for treatment.
Poulin's "mine resistant, ambush-protected" vehicle rolled over on Monday in Afghanistan's Konar Province.

Heritage Park Early Learning Center coworkers share memories of Irene Gagne

April 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Every weekday at about noontime, as her shift came to a close, Irene Gagne would walk toward the front doors of the Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center, turn around, look at nearby co-workers and offer them this bit of advice: “Behave, ladies.”
Those colleagues are still coming to grips with the fact they won't hear that anymore.
The news of Gagne's death reached Heritage Park during the late-morning hours of Wednesday, March 9, and her colleagues admitted they walked around the massive building's halls dumbfounded.

April 1st

Town's annual elections are Monday

April 1, 2011

SEEKONK — Town residents will head to the polls on Monday, April 4 to choose their local elected officials. All voting will be conducted at a single polling place -- Seekonk High School, on Arcade Avenue -- from noon to 8 p.m.
For Board of Selectmen, voters will choose two candidates from among a field of four to fill two vacancies on the five-member panel. Longtime selectman Michael Brady has opted to not seek re-election, opening up one seat, while a second veteran selectman, Robert Richardson, has decided to run for a seat on the School Committee.

Judge in ball fields suit needs more information

April 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE—In a case that delves into the area of separation of church and state, a federal court judge on Thursday said she needs more information before she can render a decision in the lawsuit involving allegations of favoritism by Pawtucket city officials in granting the use of city athletic fields to a local parochial school over the city's public schools.

Union Wadding and N.E. Machine make National Historic Register

April 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET – A cluster of mill buildings in Pawtucket’s Church Hill neighborhood has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of the city’s industry and architecture.
Edward F. Sanderson, executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, announced that the National Park Service has increased the boundaries of the Church Hill Industrial Historic District that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places to include the Union Wadding Company complex and the New England Machine and Electric Company.

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