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February 22nd

Lewis Soares Sr. joined Army, became a citizen

February 22, 2011

My father, Lewis Soares Sr., was born in Lisbon, Portugal and came to the United States when he was 3 years old. Because his father had died in Portugal, his mother remarried.
During his youth he worked with his stepdad who had a fruit and meat peddling business that was located in Pawtucket.

February 22nd

Downtown design well-received

February 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A plan born of common sense--that the downtown would thrive more if people could just get in to and around it more easily—was presented to about 60 people at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center last Thursday. While some called it “ambitious,” the proposal received an enthusiastic round of applause.
Maia Small, an architect with Thurlow Small Architecture, served as the lead consultant on a Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan that was commissioned by the city's Planning Department and the Pawtucket Foundation.

Irish Mugs

February 21, 2011

Faces of Ireland contestants Diane Levesque of Lincoln, center, and Sue Petersen of Cumberland hold hands after tying twice with the audience voting via applause. Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Chairman Arthur Brunelle, left, authorized a coin toss to decide the winner. Petersen won the coin toss and is the female Face of Ireland.

February 20th

Pawtucket officer found guilty of indecent exposure

February 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Following a trial that concluded on Friday in Providence's District Court, Pawtucket police officer Nichalas Laprade was found guilty of one count of indecent exposure/disorderly conduct related to an incident on I-95 last November.
According to the Attorney General's Office, Laprade received a one-year filing on the misdemeanor charge, which essentially means that if he stays out of further legal trouble for one year, the conviction will be dropped from his record.

February 19th

Davies Tech guitar-building class comes with no strings attached

February 19, 2011

LINCOLN – Benjamin Pelletier couldn't believe his good fortune when he happened by a flier posted inside the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School one day last November.
It asked any student interested in building his or her own electric guitar – and learning how to play it – to register for the extracurricular program sponsored by the school.

2 city men charged with setting Vale Street fire

February 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Following an intensive police and fire investigation, two city men were arrested for allegedly setting the fire that destroyed a six-unit apartment house at 35 Vale St. on Wednesday morning.
On Thursday, Pawtucket police arrested Raymond B. Gyamfi, 21, of 181 Magill St., Pawtucket, and Jeremy Lopes, 22, of 103 Samuel Ave., also of Pawtucket. Police Major Arthur Martins said that the arrests were made by the Pawtucket Police with assistance from the Central Falls and Providence Police Departments. He added that the investigation is continuing.

February 16th

NEA chief tours Hope Artiste Village

February 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It had been frigid and icy getting around and the sprawling Hope Artiste Village was the last stop on a tiring, whirlwind tour of Rhode Island's arts scene, but Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, still exuded enthusiasm about the people and places he visited.
“Rhode Island gets it,” said Landesman. “It is an arts state. Rhode Island has the most working artists, per capita, than any other state in the country, and what I'm taking back is information showing how the arts can be a model for economic development.”

February 15th

Historians make TK new home

February 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In what seems like an ideal match, a company that specializes in architectural history and preservation is planning to make its new home at the city's landmark To Kalon Club.

February 13th

Duffy recalls torpedo attack on USS Menges

February 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy’s name is well-known around this city, most commonly associated with the 70 years he has spent coaching youth sports. What most people don’t know is that Duffy endured a frightening experience while serving in the Coast Guard during World War II.
The 90-year-old gentleman sat in his living room two weekends ago and answered questions about his military career, speaking in the measured tones he developed while serving as publicity director for the old Providence Steamrollers and radio announcer for the Rhode Island Reds.

Send your veterans photos to The Times

February 14, 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: 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:

Legislation introduced to nullify Obamacare

February 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A group of freshmen GOP lawmakers, led by Rep. Dan Gordon of Portsmouth in the House and Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura in the Senate, are introducing legislation to defy the federal Obamacare mandate that everyone buy health insurance.
“This is a simple bill,” Gordon told a Statehouse press conference Thursday. “It’s three sentences long, in simple language, simply asserting our right as citizens under the constitution to refrain from purchasing a product from private industry under pains of penalty mandated by the federal government -- no more, no less.

February 12th

City's NECAP test results a mixed bag

February 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Results of the latest standardized tests, known as the NECAP, that were administered to students last October in grades 3-8 and 11 show some encouraging gains in reading and mathematics, particularly at the high school level. Yet, at the elementary and middle school levels, statewide results show little or no significant changes overall, and Pawtucket's results generally mirror this trend as being a mixed bag.

Fallon Elementary wins prestigious nutrition award

February 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET—Homemade muffins, mango slaw, chicken lo mein and tabouli are a far cry from typical school lunch fare. Yet, offering more healthy and creatively fun food choices has helped earn eight city elementary schools a prestigious nutrition wellness honor from the United States Department of Agriculture.
In a ceremony held at the Fallon Elementary School on Thursday, representatives from the eight schools received “HealthierUS Awards” from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is one of the nation's highest school nutrition awards as part of the USDA's “HealthierUS School Challenge.”

February 11th

In Ben Mondor's footsteps

February 11, 2011

The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce announce the establishment of the Ben G. Mondor Award in honor of the longtime PawSox owner who passed away in 2010. Above: PawSox president Michael Tamburro, center, presents the first-ever award to Pawtucket native Dan Sullivan, president/CEO of Collette Vacations, for his longtime community service. The award presentation took place during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner Tuesday evening at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln.

O'Neill seeks study on impact of lower car tax

February 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Noting the pressure the city is under for addressing not only this fiscal year's budget deficit but a $10 to $12 million projected shortfall for fiscal year 2012 as well, City Councilor Christopher O'Neill has suggested looking at lowering the car tax exemption while also cutting the city's motor vehicle tax rate.

February 10th

Hundreds descend on Statehouse over gay marriage

February 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE – In one of the biggest turnouts in recent memory, several hundred proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage descended on the Statehouse Wednesday for a rally, a press conference, speeches and a night-long hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee convened to hear two bills, one to make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island and the other to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would define marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. Both bills were held for further consideration before the hearing started.

February 9th

Twin River hawks casino plan

February 9, 2011

LINCOLN – Twin River opened a new campaign to win full casino operations Tuesday night with a state-of-business address by the chairman of its Board of Directors, John E. Taylor, during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner at the redeveloped former greyhound park facility.
Taylor gave his pitch for a statewide referendum on Twin River’s expansion to full casino gaming after Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke briefly to the gathering and said he was “looking forward” to working with Taylor in the future “to make sure this facility stays viable.”

February 7th

Cumberland relay kicks off Wednesday

February 8, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Relay for Life of Cumberland Wednesday will hold its kick-off celebration to what event co-chairwoman Amy Moor likes to describe as “an 18-hour carnival.”
Relay for Life is a nationwide effort in which teams of people spend an evening walking around a track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Wednesday's kick-off celebration, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Hill Ski Lodge, 4097 Diamond Hill Road, is the official start of Relay for Life 2011, which will culminate with the 3rd Annual Relay for Life of Cumberland event to be held June 10-11 at Tucker Field.

Lincoln Police use grant to buy UTV

February 7, 2011

LINCOLN — The Police Department has a new friend to aid in their pursuit of service, integrity and justice, the qualities named on every officer's badge.
It's called a UTV, or utility terrain vehicle, and the department purchased it recently courtesy of a federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant — one available through the U.S. Department of Justice — worth $13,784. Chief Brian Sullivan indicated the all-electric side-by-side Transport Pro Police UTV would be used to trek to areas ordinary cruisers can't.

February 6th

Send your veterans photos to The Times

February 6, 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: 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:


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