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April 28th, 2011

Lawmakers listen to business people vent

April 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Pent-up anger over the state of the economy and Gov. Lincoln Chafee's budget proposals aimed at fixing it bubbled to the surface among business owners at Thursday's breakfast meeting with local state legislators sponsored by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.

Post office to honor McKinnon

April 28, 2011

LINCOLN — When Brian McKinnon received a letter from North Kingstown Postmaster Phil Picott back on Friday, April 1, he first wondered if the contents were some kind of April Fool's Day joke.
After all, McKinnon had known Picott for a couple of decades anyway, so why not?
He re-read the letter, addressed to his 10-year-old daughter, renowned soprano Alexis Clare McKinnon, and still had his doubts.

April 27th

Police identify man who died in fire

April 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — While police and fire officials continue to investigate the cause of Tuesday's deadly blaze at 681 Broadway, Pawtucket Police have identified the victim as Derrek Ellerbe, age 57.
Just after 5 p.m., members of the Pawtucket Police and Fire Departments responded to the three-story apartment house for a report of a structure fire.
When they arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the third floor.
According to Police Maj. Arthur Martins, one man, later identified as Ellerbe, was found unresponsive in a third-floor apartment.

Chafee defends plan to Chamber

April 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Just two weeks after businesspeople from across the state flocked to the Statehouse to fight Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s sales tax plan, Chafee marched into his opponents’ camp, a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, to defend his proposal.
“There is no doubt that taxes are harmful, there’s no argument about that,” Chafee said in response to a question from Times Publisher Barry Mechanic. “It’s a cost we don’t want to pay.”

Battle looms over school contract

April 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Once again, while a majority of school officials are touting the money savings benefits of the newly approved teachers' contract, City Councilors are vowing to keep pushing for their right to review and give final ratification of the agreement.

April 26th

Man killed in fire

April 26, 2011

While battling a fire that killed a man and injured another at 681 Broadway in Pawtucket Tuesday night, a Pawtucket firefighter on Ladder 2 uses a Pike’s Pole as smoke and flames pour from the third floor of the six-family residence. The fire appears to have started in the rear of the third floor. One man was severely injured in the fire. He was taken to Memorial Hospital, according to Battalion Chief Timothy Mercer. The man later died. The second victim was reportedly recovering at Memorial Hospital.

Cyber-bullying program at Jenks/JMW library Wednesday night

April 26, 2011

Attention Pawtucket Jr. High and High School Parents and Educators: The District will hold a free workshop called "Passport 2 Social Media."
The subject is cyber-bullying and digital abuse; how to spot it, how to stop it. This workshop is scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in the Jenks/JMW library and will last about 90 minutes. Childcare will be available as well as interpreters.For more information, contact Laurie Dufault 475-2398 or Alba Steiner 729-7717 (Spanish).

April 25th

Central Falls wiz kids

April 25, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — David Hernandez sat at a desk in Biology Classroom 310 at Central Falls High School on Monday afternoon, admitting he wished he could relive what he deemed a dream.
Back on Saturday, April 9, at about 4:30 p.m., he and fellow junior Cristina Robalo seized first place in the “Anatomy & Physiology” category at the R.I. Science Olympiad, held at Rhode Island College. Frankly, the championship blew their minds.

April 24th

Pawtucket native writes first novel

April 24, 2011

NORTH ATTLEBORO — Bob Thurber rose from his swivel chair inside his second-floor home office and politely asked his guest, 'You mind if I smoke?'
He grabbed a Camel wide, walked to the window with a fan blowing out, remained standing and – after lighting up – described the laughing old man he frequently pictured in his mind as a child growing up in then-dilapidated downtown Pawtucket.

Benton pleads guilty to July 2010 city shooting

April 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE -- Jaheeim Benton, 21, whose last known address was 33 Cole St., Pawtucket, pleaded guilty this week in Superior Court on all counts in the July 2010 assault of Tito Fadul and William Cotto Jr. in Pawtucket, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. The guilty plea came just as jury selection was set to begin. Benton is the twin brother of Kasean Benton, who was shot and killed by Donald Young in July 2009. Young was found guilty last week of that murder and is currently awaiting sentencing.

April 23rd

Vietnam is in his rear view mirror

April 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Bill Donnelly has done a pretty good job of putting Vietnam in his rear view mirror.
“I came home from the war and went right back to where I was before,” said Donnelly, a former rifleman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. “I had been a kid from Pawtucket Vocational who played a lot of sports and was having a good time when I got drafted. I returned home two years later, resumed playing basketball and softball, and began my own printing business.”
Donnelly had a lot of difficult Vietnam memories to suppress. He threw himself into his work and his sports outlets.

Send your military photos to The Times

April 23, 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 CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.

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:

Woodmansee case stirs up man's abduction from Slater Park 40 years ago

April 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — On a recent warm spring day in Slater Park, two young boys can be seen fishing with nets in the pond near the old bandstand. Yet, what would appear to be an idyllic scene to most people sends shudders down the spine of 45-year-old Jay O'Connell because of what happened to him 40 years ago in almost the same location.

Chafee aims to revitalize Valley's Main Streets

April 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE – The Chafee administration’s economic development projects tend to be high-profile, big-ticket items such as creating the Knowledge District in the former I-195 corridor, revitalizing the airport/train station district and continuing the Quonset Point expansion.
But in the Blackstone Valley, Chafee has his eye on revitalizing the main streets of the small distressed cities.
He has made much-publicized tours of Main Street in Woonsocket and Broad Street as it links Central Falls with Pawtucket.

April 21st

Chafee to swear in O'Donnell

April 21, 2011

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that he will formally swear in Steven G. O'Donnell as the twelfth Superintendent in Rhode Island State Police history at a State House ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
The Governor announced O'Donnell as his choice to serve as State Police Superintendent and Public Safety Commissioner last month.
Lieutenant Colonel Raymond S. White has been serving as Acting
Superintendent and will continue in that position until O'Donnell takes
over in May.

April 19th

Chafee's first 100 days

April 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE — When he was running for governor, candidate Lincoln Chafee often pointed to his experience as mayor of Warwick in the 1990s as one of his credentials for heading an executive branch of government.
On the eve of his 100th day as the state’s first Independent governor since the colonial era, The Times asked Chafee how being governor compares with leading the state’s second largest city and how he has found the two jobs to be completely different.

April 18th

Tolman's George McLaughlin finds his footing

April 18, 2011

PAWTUCKET — When George McLaughlin was hired as Tolman High School's Guidance Department Chair back in September, he admitted he felt excitement about starting something new, and disconsolation at resigning from his previous position.
In his last job, McLaughlin — a 60-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native — served as a Central Falls High guidance counselor.

April 17th

Middle schoolers build self-esteem at College Crusade

April 17, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Call Naffi Koulibaly and Emily Baptista a study in contrasts.
During a game called “Willow in the Wind,” Baptista — a sixth-grader at Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket — jumped at the chance to participate. With her “teammates” surrounding her in a tight circle, she was asked to stand up straight, to consider herself as rigid as a broomstick, cross her arms across her chest, close her eyes and lean forward.

Town opens bids for fire department merger feasibility study

April 17, 2011

CUMBERLAND - A total of seven firms have submitted proposals for the job of consulting the town on a fire department merger study.
The bid proposals were opened Wednesday and will be reviewed by Mayor Daniel J. McKee, who will recommend one of the seven to the Town Council sometime next month.

April 16th

Teachers agree on new pact

April 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In a move that grants some concessions for the remainder of the current contract and provides some structural savings going forward, the city's teachers have tentatively agreed to a new contract.
On Friday, School Committeeman Alan Tenreiro, who is the chief negotiator for the Pawtucket School Committee, and Pawtucket Teachers Alliance President Ron Beaupre announced in a joint press release that the two sides had reached a “tentative agreement” on a new pact.


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