Purple, a 91-year-old World War II veteran from Petersham, Mass., piloted 35 missions in a B-17 bomber during the war and will be getting a ride to the Rhode Island state airport at the Lincoln-Smithfield line from the Collings Foundation, a non-profit war bird preservation group based Stow, Mass.
CENTRAL FALLS — They were exhausted and out of breath, dripping in sweat and caked in dirt and dust. But they had smiles that beamed from ear to ear.
WOONSOCKET – A Pawtucket family’s date with the pope was nearly canceled by a car crash Thursday morning.
Lucky for the Elsingers, only their front end was smashed, not their faith.
“We’re all right,” said Jeremiah Elsinger as he pulled into the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish in his crumpled SUV. “It’s not as bad as it looks.”
CENTRAL FALLS – It began with a walk in a cemetery in Belgium, and after a lot of research work and special tributes, the story of WWII flyer Gilbert A. Malrait led Belgian Philippe Vanderdonckt and his wife Cathy all the way to a local World War II memorial on Central Street this week.
Sixteen students from St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket and Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket are hitting the road today for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., and witness history in the making as the pontiff delivers a speech to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning.
CENTRAL FALLS – Acclaimed stage and screen actress Viola Davis sent waves of pride rippling through her hometown haunts as she broke through the women’s race barrier at the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Incredible as it seems, Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for a lead role in a television drama in the 67-year history of TV’s version of the Academy Awards.
LINCOLN â A letter sent home to parents from the high school concerning a case of head lice (Pediculois) served as a reminder that the troublesome parasitic infestation can crop up just about anywhere and frequently among school children in any school district.
PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien in a letter to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo requested to meet with the governor's office, the Pawtucket Red Sox organization, and other stakeholders to develop “a comprehensive plan” that would preserve the PawSox in Pawtucket and “best serve the needs of Rhode Island.”
CENTRAL FALLS – A local 16-year-old with 11 previous arrests in Central Falls was arrested Thursday after a picture of him with a handgun and ammunition was posted to a social media site, also indicating in text a threat that he would do harm to police officers, police said.
PAWTUCKET – Her career has taken her around New England and the world and she has taught students at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. But Meghan Kallman is now educating an entirely different group of students: prisoners at the Adult Correctional Institutions, whom she teaches writing and civic engagement.
Upon walking into the Anchor Recovery Community Center on Main Street, it won’t take long to be reminded of the battle everyone there is fighting to overcome.
The center, founded in 2010 by Jim Gillen, was created as a way to not just treat people suffering from substance abuse, but create a community of them, by them and for them.
A man in a blue shirt spoke at an Alcoholics Anonymous session in front of about 50 people, all of whom have been affected by substance abuse. As he spoke to his peers, his voice trembled with sincerity.
PAWTUCKET – Public art will be up for discussion this evening as a public art curator from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston will discuss how communities benefit from large-scale creative installations.
CUMBERLAND – The technological revolution has made its impact on just about every industry possible in recent years from banking to newspapers to public libraries. Now, Mayor Bill Murray is looking for his local government is getting in on the mix.
PAWTUCKET â Mayor Donald R. Grebien, in a letter to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, requested to meet with the governorâs office, the Pawtucket Red Sox organization, and other stakeholders to develop âa comprehensive planâ that would preserve the PawSox in Pawtucket and âbest serve the needs of Rhode Island.â
In his letter, Grebien additionally said it is time for âan honest conversationâ with the PawSoxâ ownership group about the franchise remaining in Pawtucket, while at the same time exploring the Phase II reinvestment into McCoy Stadium.
CUMBERLAND – For military veterans returning home after deployment, the transition into everyday life can be difficult. While qualities like attention to detail and punctuality learned during their time of service make them exemplary employees, other workplace habits, like a tendency to curse, hinder the return to normalcy. Operation Stand Down Rhode Island knows this all too well, and for the 22nd year in a row, the organization is doing something to make that transition easier.
PAWTUCKET â The thousands that turned out for the Slater Park Fall Festival Saturday were given full exposure to the arts, from performance to visual to culinary â a âminiature Pawtucket Arts Festival all in one event,â the festivalâs chairman said.
The hugely-popular event at Slater Memorial Park celebrated the beauty of the park and art, and included activities at the Daggett Farm, Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, and the Daggett House.
SEEKONK – With food that is so good, it’s divine, Heaven on Earth Cafe & Catering is already thriving despite being open for only a few months.
Jeff Paquette, owner and executive chef, said that his interest in the culinary arts began when he was five years old, cooking macaroni and cheese in his mother’s kitchen. He said that he used to watch his grandmother prepare meals, which also inspired him.