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June 2nd, 2011

Cabana, Homen best among Walsh students

June 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — While music and theater were the respective passions of graduating seniors Noelle Cabana and Daphne Homen, these artistic pursuits also helped them to carve out ambitious career paths as they head off to college in the fall.
When the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts holds its commencement exercises on June 14, Cabana will be serving as valedictorian and Homen as salutatorian.

June 1st

Valley Falls Post Office supporters rally

June 1, 2011

CUMBERLAND – Protesters turned out in force Tuesday morning for a rally designed to create more support in preventing the Valley Falls Post Office from closing on July 8.
Town resident Derrick Watson, who heads an organization named “The Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls – Save Our Post Office, indicated last Thursday that he had sent an approximate 34-page appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 22.

Schools: Budget deficit down to $1.2 million

June 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to the school district receiving $1.1 million in state literacy funds that are no longer restricted, school officials say their latest deficit figure for the FY12 budget is now down to $1.2 million.
The approximately $100 million school budget for the coming year had originally contained a deficit of $7.3 million. That figure was then pared down to a deficit of $2.3 million in late April due to $4.9 million in contractual concessions and other reductions.

May 31st

LEADERSHIP HONORED

May 31, 2011

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, left, presents Shea Director of Applied Learning Michael Connolly with the National Association of Secretaries of State 2010 Medallion for his leadership in launching a statewide mock election initiative that involved nearly 25 percent of the state's public high schools and for the work that he’s done over the last couple of years with Shea's Government and Public Administration Academy.

'I felt (enlisting) was the right thing to do...'

May 31, 2011

WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.

May 29th

Ronnie Brissette: Vietnam hero

May 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Roger Brissette and his sister Vivian will never forget their little brother Ronald, who got drafted in 1965, went to Vietnam a year later, and died during The Battle of Loc Ninh Plantation on June 11, 1966.
“I think about Ronnie every day,” Roger, now 72, admitted last week after sending his brother’s picture to this newspaper for publication on the Military Page.
A combat friend of Ronnie got in touch with Roger in 1996, setting off a discovery process for the remaining Brissette family members.

Shea's Public Administration Academy gets national nod

May 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It sure looks good on a resume. Shea High School is the only high school in the nation right now to hold a charter from the American Society of Public Administration for its Government and Public Administration Academy.

Read special Memorial Day section: 'Our Veterans'

May 29, 2011

When this newspaper asked area veterans to gather at a local war memorial for the group photo that appears on the cover of this special Memorial Day section, I was a little apprehensive. We had unwittingly scheduled the photo shoot for Armed Forces Day. Some veterans were off flagging graves that day. Others had prior commitments.

Send local veterans photos to The Times

May 29, 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@pawtuckettimes.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office at 23 Exchange Street in 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:

May 27th

Davies showcases its stuff

May 27, 2011

LINCOLN — Davies Tech junior Jorge Bonilla has a code he lives by, and that's to learn everything he can not only about his major interests, but new and exciting information as well.
That's why the Central Falls resident was so busy running around at the eighth annual Davies Community Showcase/Cabaret, held at the school Thursday night.
One minute, he played photographer, and the next, he had hustled to the Debate Club's table. Moments later, he stood at the Robotics Club table with classmate and fellow member Nate Hindman explaining how the six-wheeled “Zeus” worked.

Police raid another brothel in Central Falls

May 27, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS – The city's Special Investigations Unit raided yet another brothel, this one at 34 Watson St., on Monday, and in the process arrested a city man and a New Jersey woman on respective charges of pandering and prostitution.
Police took into custody 27-year-old Steven Castillo, who hails from the city and is a Superior Court violator. Because of that violation from a previous delivery charge, he received a five-year sentence. He also is being held on $10,000 surety bail for the new count of pandering, and has a pre-arraignment conference slated for July 28.

STAND and DELIVER: Group forms Save Our Post Office

May 27, 2011

CUMBERLAND – From the time Derrick Watson was a mere six-year-old boy, his mother always taught him “Nothing beats a failure but a try.”
That's just one reason he's organized a community group called “The Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls – Save Our Post Office.”
When he found out the Valley Falls Post Office indeed would shut its doors for business back on May 5, he immediately began working on an appeal.

May 26th

Residents sound off on budget proposal from all angles

May 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The public had its say Wednesday night on Mayor Donald Grebien’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it was a mixed bag of messages that was sent to the City Council.
Grebien himself addressed the City Council prior to the start of the public hearing to lobby support for his proposed spending plan and to reiterate the need to take decisive actions that will stave off bankruptcy. The mayor’s $198 million budget contains no property tax increases but does depend on the city lowering its current motor vehicle tax exemption from $3,400 to $500 as one of its key pieces.

Elementary school students living Rachel Joy Scott's message

May 26, 2011

“Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. According to Webster's Dictionary, compassion means a feeling of sympathy for another's misfortune. My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading and showing mercy for others. I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
— Rachel Joy Scott's words in a term paper she entitled, “My Ethics, My Codes of Life”

May 24th

McGair named R.I. Sportswriter of the Year by NSSA

May 24, 2011

Steve Hyder, the radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox, left, joins Call/Times sports writer Brendan McGair after McGair received the Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year for 2010 from the National Sports writers and Sportcasters Association at the 2011 Awards ceremony in Salisbury, North Carolina on May, 16, 2011. Hyder was named the Co-Sportscaster of the year along with Steve McDonald, the voice of URI football and men's basketball. A 2003 graduate of Providence College, McGair started working at the Pawtucket Times in Jan. 2005.

City budget hearing tonight

May 24, 2011

PAWTUCKET — With tough times requiring some acknowledged tough choices, a public hearing on the proposed operating budget scheduled for tonight is likely to draw a crowd.
The public hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall (6:45 p.m. for public input), is the residents' chance to comment on the spending plan submitted by Mayor Donald Grebien for the upcoming fiscal year.
The $198 million fiscal year 2012 budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.

May 23rd

Manville woman killed by tree limb

May 23, 2011

LINCOLN — A Manville woman died tragically Friday evening when a tree limb being cut by her husband struck her in the head, apparently killing her instantly.
Police responded to a home on Elm Street at 8:06 p.m. after receiving a report of a domestic accident. Lt. Joseph Conti and Patrolman Walter Ptaszek stated the man had asked his wife to hold a rope attached to a limb so that, once it was cut, she could lower it to the ground gently.

Pawtucket Foundation unveils strategic plan

May 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — For the past decade, The Pawtucket Foundation has been pushing for a turn-around in the city's downtown, with the Blackstone River as the centerpiece. Now, the Foundation has unveiled a new strategic plan meant to show that, more than ever, it means business—in all senses of the word.

May 22nd

Cherry Blossom Festival bigger, better than ever

May 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Pink and yellow were the colors of the day as the third annual Cherry Blossom Festival got underway on Saturday along Roosevelt Avenue.
Pink — the color of cherry blossoms — has always been the symbolic hue for an event originally designed as a fundraiser to maintain the more than 100 rancho cherry trees that were planted along Roosevelt Avenue in 2009.
This year, the pink theme was expanded to include a companion fundraiser sponsored by Storage America to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

May 20th

Cherry Tree Carnival to coincide with Cherry Blossom Fest this weekend

May 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The 1st Annual Pawtucket Cherry Tree Carnival is being held this weekend (through Sunday) at the R.I. Cherry Blossom Festival, on Roosevelt Avenue.

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