Archive - May 2011 - News Article
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, left, presents Shea Director of Applied Learning Michael Connolly with the National Association of Secretaries of State 2010 Medallion for his leadership in launching a statewide mock election initiative that involved nearly 25 percent of the state's public high schools and for the work that heâ€™s done over the last couple of years with Shea's Government and Public Administration Academy.
WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Roger Brissette and his sister Vivian will never forget their little brother Ronald, who got drafted in 1965, went to Vietnam a year later, and died during The Battle of Loc Ninh Plantation on June 11, 1966.
â€śI think about Ronnie every day,â€ť Roger, now 72, admitted last week after sending his brotherâ€™s picture to this newspaper for publication on the Military Page.
A combat friend of Ronnie got in touch with Roger in 1996, setting off a discovery process for the remaining Brissette family members.
PAWTUCKET â€” It sure looks good on a resume. Shea High School is the only high school in the nation right now to hold a charter from the American Society of Public Administration for its Government and Public Administration Academy.
When this newspaper asked area veterans to gather at a local war memorial for the group photo that appears on the cover of this special Memorial Day section, I was a little apprehensive. We had unwittingly scheduled the photo shoot for Armed Forces Day. Some veterans were off flagging graves that day. Others had prior commitments.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office at 23 Exchange Street in Pawtucket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
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LINCOLN â€” Davies Tech junior Jorge Bonilla has a code he lives by, and that's to learn everything he can not only about his major interests, but new and exciting information as well.
That's why the Central Falls resident was so busy running around at the eighth annual Davies Community Showcase/Cabaret, held at the school Thursday night.
One minute, he played photographer, and the next, he had hustled to the Debate Club's table. Moments later, he stood at the Robotics Club table with classmate and fellow member Nate Hindman explaining how the six-wheeled â€śZeusâ€ť worked.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The city's Special Investigations Unit raided yet another brothel, this one at 34 Watson St., on Monday, and in the process arrested a city man and a New Jersey woman on respective charges of pandering and prostitution.
Police took into custody 27-year-old Steven Castillo, who hails from the city and is a Superior Court violator. Because of that violation from a previous delivery charge, he received a five-year sentence. He also is being held on $10,000 surety bail for the new count of pandering, and has a pre-arraignment conference slated for July 28.
CUMBERLAND â€“ From the time Derrick Watson was a mere six-year-old boy, his mother always taught him â€śNothing beats a failure but a try.â€ť
That's just one reason he's organized a community group called â€śThe Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls â€“ Save Our Post Office.â€ť
When he found out the Valley Falls Post Office indeed would shut its doors for business back on May 5, he immediately began working on an appeal.
PAWTUCKET â€” The public had its say Wednesday night on Mayor Donald Grebienâ€™s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it was a mixed bag of messages that was sent to the City Council.
Grebien himself addressed the City Council prior to the start of the public hearing to lobby support for his proposed spending plan and to reiterate the need to take decisive actions that will stave off bankruptcy. The mayorâ€™s $198 million budget contains no property tax increases but does depend on the city lowering its current motor vehicle tax exemption from $3,400 to $500 as one of its key pieces.
â€śCompassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. According to Webster's Dictionary, compassion means a feeling of sympathy for another's misfortune. My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading and showing mercy for others. I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.â€ť
â€” Rachel Joy Scott's words in a term paper she entitled, â€śMy Ethics, My Codes of Lifeâ€ť
Steve Hyder, the radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox, left, joins Call/Times sports writer Brendan McGair after McGair received the Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year for 2010 from the National Sports writers and Sportcasters Association at the 2011 Awards ceremony in Salisbury, North Carolina on May, 16, 2011. Hyder was named the Co-Sportscaster of the year along with Steve McDonald, the voice of URI football and men's basketball. A 2003 graduate of Providence College, McGair started working at the Pawtucket Times in Jan. 2005.
PAWTUCKET â€” With tough times requiring some acknowledged tough choices, a public hearing on the proposed operating budget scheduled for tonight is likely to draw a crowd.
The public hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall (6:45 p.m. for public input), is the residents' chance to comment on the spending plan submitted by Mayor Donald Grebien for the upcoming fiscal year.
The $198 million fiscal year 2012 budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.
LINCOLN â€” A Manville woman died tragically Friday evening when a tree limb being cut by her husband struck her in the head, apparently killing her instantly.
Police responded to a home on Elm Street at 8:06 p.m. after receiving a report of a domestic accident. Lt. Joseph Conti and Patrolman Walter Ptaszek stated the man had asked his wife to hold a rope attached to a limb so that, once it was cut, she could lower it to the ground gently.
PAWTUCKET â€” For the past decade, The Pawtucket Foundation has been pushing for a turn-around in the city's downtown, with the Blackstone River as the centerpiece. Now, the Foundation has unveiled a new strategic plan meant to show that, more than ever, it means businessâ€”in all senses of the word.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pink and yellow were the colors of the day as the third annual Cherry Blossom Festival got underway on Saturday along Roosevelt Avenue.
Pink â€” the color of cherry blossoms â€” has always been the symbolic hue for an event originally designed as a fundraiser to maintain the more than 100 rancho cherry trees that were planted along Roosevelt Avenue in 2009.
This year, the pink theme was expanded to include a companion fundraiser sponsored by Storage America to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.
PAWTUCKET â€” The 1st Annual Pawtucket Cherry Tree Carnival is being held this weekend (through Sunday) at the R.I. Cherry Blossom Festival, on Roosevelt Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â€” Stopping three people from committing suicide. Solving a three-year-old murder investigation. Catching numerous suspects in violent assaults and armed robberies. Taking high level drug dealers off the city's streets. It's all in a year's work at the Pawtucket Police Department, and on Thursday, a merit awards and memorial ceremony was held to highlight these achievements.
PAWTUCKET â€” There's strength in numbers. That's why the merger of two longstanding and successful credit unions is good news for local residents in this challenging economy.
Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union, of Pawtucket, and Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Woonsocket, are merging.
The announcement by credit union officials was made this week, with the legal merger set to take place on Sept. 30.
WOONSOCKET â€” James DeForest doesn't have to wonder how much cigarette business he's losing to neighboring Massachusetts. His customers tell him right to his face.
â€śAs it stands now customers verbally discuss how much cheaper tobacco is in Massachusetts,â€ť said the manager of JB Liquors on Social Street.
â€śThey will actually make another stop to avoid purchasing cigarettes in our store.â€ť