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March 19th

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: 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:

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.

Boys & Girls Club closer to multi-million-dollar expansion

March 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket is embarking on a $6 to $7 million expansion plan for its facility on Moeller Place, thanks to the City Council’s approval of a land conveyance request.
On Wednesday, the City Council voted 8 to 0 to approve a resolution to convey about a 9-acre portion of the 20-acre city property adjacent to the Boys & Girls Club’s existing facility off School Street to the organization for the sum of one dollar.

March 13th

The best of the spellers

March 14, 2011

LINCOLN — Caroline Moore seemed to know immediately she had added a “u” where it didn't belong.
In the seventh round of the annual Rhode Island Spelling Bee Championship held Saturday morning at the Lincoln Middle School auditorium, the Wheeler School eighth-grader had just been asked to spell “thoroughbred.”

March 12th

Send your veterans photos to The Times

March 13, 2011

The Times hasn't received any photos yet for its March 21 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:
Highlights:

DAV: Veterans helping veterans

March 13, 2011

Most veterans know that the Disabled American Veterans organization exists. Many of them do not know that the DAV can be their best friend and a major advocate when they seek benefits later on in life from disabilities that can be linked to their time in the U.S. military.
“The sad part is a lot of veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, don’t know what’s available to them (in terms of benefits from the Veterans Administration),” said Rick Vaccari, a DAV supervisor.

Police make prostitution arrests at two spas

March 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Following a several months' long undercover investigation by Pawtucket Police, two women were arrested on prostitution charges at two local massage parlors/spas.

Say cheese! City considering cameras on traffic lights

March 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A city long known for its prodigious use of radar details to capture speeders is considering following Providence's lead and installing cameras at traffic signals to catch red light scofflaws.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Rick Ledford, vice president of sales for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) outlined how the camera system works as both a means of improving the safety at intersections and generating revenue from fines.

March 11th

Women blast Planned Parenthood funding

March 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — About 20 pro-life supporters, many carrying handmade signs, attended a rally Thursday morning in front of the former Pawtucket office of Congressman David Cicilline to protest his vote against the Pence amendment that would have halted federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

March 10th

Council OKs borrowing $11.6 million in tax anticipation notes

March 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Convinced that there were no other realistic options to avoid the state taking over control, the City Council voted 7 to 1 Wednesday night to allow for the borrowing of up to $11.6 million in Tax Anticipation Notes (TANs) to address its current fiscal year budget deficit.

Police arrest three for Cumberland home invasion

March 10, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Three local men who allegedly committed the Overhill Road home invasion last month in which a 66-year-old man was injured are in custody after what police called “an intense investigation.”
Christopher Duffy, 18, Kyle English, 20, and Christopher Pascale, 22 — all Cumberland residents — are facing a combined 17 charges, including assault on a person over 60, assault with a deadly weapon in a dwelling house, robbery, conspiracy and receiving stolen goods — a .45-caliber handgun that belonged to the owner of the home.

March 9th

Chafee touts 'wise financial decisions'

March 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien liked a lot of what he heard from Gov. Lincoln Chafee's first major presentation — a combined State of the State address and budget speech.
“It means $800,000 for Pawtucket this year and $1.6 million next year,” Grebien said in the House of Representatives chamber after the governor spoke. “It comes with some strings attached, but in this tough economy, this benefits the city and education.”

March 8th

O'Donnell named head of State Police

March 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Just days after Col. Brendan Doherty announced his resignation as Superintendent of the State Police, Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected U.S. Marshal Steven O’Donnell as his replacement.
Chafee introduced O’Donnell as “a leader who has not only met expectations, but continuously exceeded them during a long and distinguished career.” He recalled that, in 1996, then-President Bill Clinton named O’Donnell as one of the nation’s 10 “Top Cops.”

A great day for the Irish

March 7, 2011

PAWTUCKET — David Lemmel and his seven-year-old twins — David Jr. and Faith — had just strolled out of the city's YMCA when they heard the commotion occurring down the hill. Wondering what the hubbub was about, they chose to investigate.
Not quite an hour later, little David — wearing a Boston Celtics' hat and green T-shirt under his winter jacket — found himself break-dancing on Roosevelt Avenue. That came at the behest of Pawtucket native Paris Fisher, who knows the boy from Underground 101, a youth ministry group out of the North Providence Assembly of God.

 

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