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May 1st, 2011

Bean Costa finishes first in high school art competition

May 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) announced the winners of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition for high school students at an award ceremony held this week in his District Office. The art competition is part of a national initiative that provides high school art students the opportunity to have their creative work acknowledged and the honor of having their work displayed in the United States Capitol.

April 30th

Costa family paid huge price in WW II

April 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET – John Costa is 89 years old now and still lives in the house on Crane Street that he grew up in during the 1920s and 1930s.
“We had nine people in this house … my mother and father, five boys and two girls,” the World War II veteran was saying a few days ago. “My twin sister Rose and I are the only ones still living. Rose lives out in Rehoboth.”
Costa joined the National Guard in 1940, at the age of 18, admittedly “looking for a little excitement.”

Send your military photos to The Times

April 30, 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@woonsocketcall.com 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:
Hometown:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:
Highlights:

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

April 30, 2011

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning for the new Pawtucket Credit Union, at 88 Beechwood Ave. (Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island), PCU President/CEO Karl Kozak, center, cuts the ribbon being held by, from left, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, PCU Chairman of the Board Ron Leclair, PCU Executive Vice President/COO Bob Andrade and Memorial Hospital President/CEO Francis Dietz. PCU, a full-service branch, is open to the public and offers ample parking in front. Branch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Providence man found guilty in Pawtucket shooting

April 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Friday that a Providence County Superior Court jury found 27-year-old Blake Covington guilty on all counts stemming from a Sept. 30, 2010 shooting at Prospect Heights in Pawtucket that left a man partially paralyzed.
The verdict was handed down after just three hours of jury deliberations that concluded a two-day trial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.

April 28th

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.

April 23rd

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.

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: veterans@woonsocketcall.com 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:
Hometown:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:
Highlights:

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.

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