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July 17th

Send your veterans photos to The Times

July 17, 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: veterans@woonsocketcall.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.

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:
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Military Page letter comes from the Netherlands

July 17, 2011

The Military Page went global this week with the receipt of a letter from Simon Schuurman, a resident of the Netherlands who adopts graves of fallen soldiers and tries to gather information about the lives of American soldiers who died during World War II.
“I have always been interested in the second World War,” Schuurman wrote. “We want to be able to honor the people who liberated Europe. I adopted five graves at two different cemeteries – one in Ardennes (France) and another in Henri-Chapelle in Belgium. One of these graves is from Private Joseph J. Czernia of the U.S. Army.

Out of retirement to help city

July 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The sequined lettering on her shirt said it all: Fun Time in the City. And retired City Hall switchboard operator Fran Slade was having fun, making the wait a little less painful for those paying tax bills close to the deadline.

New 'sexting' law serves two purposes

July 17, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A new law aimed at minors forbids “sexting” — the practice of sending sexually explicit photos of yourself to others by cell phones and myriad other electronic devices. But at the same time, the law prevents a foolish teenaged prank from being punished as serious child pornography.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed into law this week a bill making sexting by minors a “status offense” to be dealt with in Family Court.

July 16th

East Providence Heritage Festival all weekend

July 16, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – So, you woke up this morning and asked your spouse, “Honey, what should we do today?” He or she just replied, “Don't know. What're you up for?”
You started reading this and found your answer – the 31st edition of the East Providence Heritage Festival.
No pressure, but perhaps you should follow the advice of numerous folks who chose to attend “Opening Night” at the Pierce Athletic Complex on Friday.

City plays hard ball with young litter bugs, vandals

July 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Call it “tough love,” Parks and Recreation-style.
Fed up with complaints about litter and vandalism at some of the local recreational areas, city officials have taken to shutting off access temporarily as a warning to offenders to clean up their act.
Most recently, city workers placed a padlock on the gate to the basketball courts at the Thomas J. Duffy Sports Complex on Cleveland Street along with a sign saying that the complex was closed due to problems with litter and vandalism.

July 14th

Lifeguard saves boy from drowning

July 14, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — There are times when Regan Jeffrey heads to work and asks himself, “If there’s some type of emergency, how would I respond?”
The lifeguard discovered that answer at about 2 p.m., Tuesday, when he saved an unconscious 11-year-old boy from drowning in the deep end of the Boys & Girls Club of East Providence pool.

RIPTA unveils hybrid trolleys

July 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — “There’s nothing prettier riding on Rhode Island’s roads today,” exclaimed Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, as he stood in front of one of the new diesel-hybrid trolleys that Pawtucket has just received from the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority.

July 13th

Mural celebrates centennial of Berger Recycling

July 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A business based on “junk” can really be a beautiful thing. Just drive down Front Street and witness the colorful mural being created on the side of a Berger Recycling warehouse by artist Fisiha Likke.

Man pleads guilty to carjacking

July 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A 24-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record has pleaded guilty to a 2010 carjacking incident involving a 72-year-old woman that occurred in the CVS parking lot on Smithfield Avenue in Pawtucket.

Drawing chosen for festival

July 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A pen and ink drawing called “Mill Buildings, Pawtucket,” by artist Alan Metnick, has been chosen to be reproduced on the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival poster.
Metnick is the owner and president of Ten Trees Design Group, a screenprinting and design firm located at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket. According to his website, for over 40 years, he has been creating images and objects through photography, serigraphy (silk-screens), stained glass, painting, drawing and textiles. He describes the catalyst for this work as being “historical, biblical and personal.”

July 11th

After 2 months, DPW chief gone

July 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — After less than two months in his new position, Robert Howe, the city's acting director of public works, has resigned.
Howe submitted his letter of resignation to the City Council last week. He told The Times that he is leaving to take a job in the private sector and will stay on as acting DPW director until July 20.
Howe said the new job opportunity came up and that the decision to take it was made by him and after consulting with his family.

July 10th

Falcons come home to roost

July 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — With R.I. Environmental Police Officer Mark Saunders giving careful watch on the fifth-floor roof of City Hall, wildlife intern Ashley Hopkins slowly opened the lid to the special cardboard box.
Perhaps four seconds later, one female falcon appeared, began flapping her wings and coasted west towards The Pawtucket Times building.
A split second later, her kid brother followed suit, but headed east, eventually landing on top of an Armory tower.

HOSPITAL ALLIANCE SOLIDIFIED

July 10, 2011

A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday night to announce the clinical affiliation between Memorial Hospital (Pawtucket) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston), whose alliance was initially formed 18 months ago. Pictured here during the ceremony, which included an open house at the Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Center, are (L-R): Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Chairman William Hunt; Memorial Hospital President and CEO Francis Dietz; Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory Director Dr.

July 9th

Man pleads guilty to carjacking in Pawtucket

July 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Eric Tipple has pleaded guilty to charges in the July 20, 2010 carjacking of a 72-year-old woman in the CVS/pharmacy parking lot on Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket.
Tipple, 24, whose last known address is on Obed Avenue, North Providence, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery before Superior Court Magistrate William J. McAtee, who sentenced him to 30 years with 18 to serve, with the remainder suspended with probation.

E.P. police probing suspicious car fire

July 9, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – Police continue to investigate a suspicious car fire that occurred Thursday night near the corner of Dearborn and Ormond drives in Riverside.
A female car owner/victim indicated to Officer Charles Walkup that she didn't see or hear anyone in the area at the time of the blaze. A witness, however, indicated she observed a dark-colored, newer-model vehicle – perhaps a Mazda – with Rhode Island plates proceeding slowly past the heavily-damaged vehicle shortly after 9:30 p.m.

July 7th

Fed court stays Pleau transfer

July 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The custody battle for the man accused of murdering gas station manager David Main swerved toward uncharted legal territory yesterday as an appeals court postponed his transfer to federal authorities for arraignment on charges that carry the death penalty.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston granted the motion of defense lawyers for Jason Wayne Pleau to stay his surrender to federal authorities for arraignment — originally set for today — on charges stemming from Main's robbery and shooting death on Sept. 20.

July 5th

Man arrested for animal cruelty

July 5, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE —The man suspected of leaving a dog in deplorable health at the front door of the R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sometime Monday afternoon has been arrested by East Providence police, Lt. Michael David confirmed Wednesday.
Carlos Alvarez, 46, of Rehoboth, turned himself in at the East Providence Police Department late Wednesday morning, then was asked to meet with Dr. E.J. Finocchio, RISPCA President.

July 4th

Valley celebrates the Fourth

July 4, 2011

GLOCESTER — The sizzling heat that seared spectators lined up along the sidewalks in downtown Chapachet during last year's Ancients and Horribles Parade was replaced this year by more tolerable temperatures and a cool late afternoon summer breeze.
Unfortunately, a lot of the sizzle was also missing from the parade itself, which had far less floats than previous years and even less zaniness and political lampooning.

July 3rd

Best of the duckpin bowlers

July 3, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — Mike Kirby knows all about rivalries, and how opponents may try to gain a psychological advantage. But this 20-year-old Townie also knows how to nip it in the bud.
The issue began while he and his four teammates, those making up “The Bowling Academy All-Stars,” warmed up during a practice round last Friday night, just 12 hours before the start of the 38th annual National Duckpin Youth Championships at the AMF Southwest Lanes in Linthicum, Md.

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