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April 3rd, 2011

Kids in the Canyon program trades streetlights for starlight

April 3, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Growing up in an urban area like Central Falls demands that kids develop a certain amount of “street smarts,” but the experience of hiking out west, cooking meals on a campfire and sleeping under the stars offers a whole different set of survival skills.
This April vacation, 15 students from Central Falls High School will be taking part in a 50-mile hike and camping experience in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This is the fifth year for the “Kids in the Canyon” trip, founded by Central Falls High School teacher Don Blais.

April 2nd

Afghan crash claims life of Cumberland soldier

April 2, 2011

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — A vehicle designed to protect soldiers from armor-piercing roadside bombs has rolled over in Afghanistan, fatally wounding a member of the Massachusetts National Guard from Cumberland.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter, the officer in charge of the Massachusetts National Guard, says Spc. Dennis Poulin died Thursday in Germany, where he was evacuated for treatment.
Poulin's "mine resistant, ambush-protected" vehicle rolled over on Monday in Afghanistan's Konar Province.

Heritage Park Early Learning Center coworkers share memories of Irene Gagne

April 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Every weekday at about noontime, as her shift came to a close, Irene Gagne would walk toward the front doors of the Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center, turn around, look at nearby co-workers and offer them this bit of advice: “Behave, ladies.”
Those colleagues are still coming to grips with the fact they won't hear that anymore.
The news of Gagne's death reached Heritage Park during the late-morning hours of Wednesday, March 9, and her colleagues admitted they walked around the massive building's halls dumbfounded.

April 1st

Town's annual elections are Monday

April 1, 2011

SEEKONK — Town residents will head to the polls on Monday, April 4 to choose their local elected officials. All voting will be conducted at a single polling place -- Seekonk High School, on Arcade Avenue -- from noon to 8 p.m.
For Board of Selectmen, voters will choose two candidates from among a field of four to fill two vacancies on the five-member panel. Longtime selectman Michael Brady has opted to not seek re-election, opening up one seat, while a second veteran selectman, Robert Richardson, has decided to run for a seat on the School Committee.

Judge in ball fields suit needs more information

April 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE—In a case that delves into the area of separation of church and state, a federal court judge on Thursday said she needs more information before she can render a decision in the lawsuit involving allegations of favoritism by Pawtucket city officials in granting the use of city athletic fields to a local parochial school over the city's public schools.

Union Wadding and N.E. Machine make National Historic Register

April 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET – A cluster of mill buildings in Pawtucket’s Church Hill neighborhood has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of the city’s industry and architecture.
Edward F. Sanderson, executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, announced that the National Park Service has increased the boundaries of the Church Hill Industrial Historic District that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places to include the Union Wadding Company complex and the New England Machine and Electric Company.

March 29th

Couple dead in apparent murder/suicide

March 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A city man apparently stabbed his wife to death inside their Charlton Avenue house on Monday and then took his own life inside a relative’s garage later that day, Pawtucket Police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the body of the victim, Maria Almeida Turmel, was found by her adopted son inside the kitchen of her house at 63 Charlton Ave. at around 3 p.m. The 32-year-old mother of three had been stabbed several times.

Residents protest recycling facility

March 29, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — Anthony St. Angelo would love to allow his children — ages 12, 6 and 5 — outside to play after school or on the weekends, but he's afraid of the consequences.
One major fear includes the possibility of developing respiratory problems caused by the dust and/or stench emanating from the TLA-Pond View Recycling Facility, located near the banks of Rumford's Omega Pond.

March 27th

Cutbacks in hours, services at Holden Community Center

March 27, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — State Receiver Robert G. Flanders, Jr. has announced several staff reductions, cutbacks in hours, and other operational changes at the Ralph J. Holden Community Center at 361 Cowden St. in an effort to reduce the center's current fiscal year deficit of $66,327 by more than half.

World War II veterans offered free tour of D.C.

March 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Henry Stad is eager to spread the news about “Honor Flight New England” to his fellow World War II veterans.
“They treated us like royalty when we went to Washington, D.C. last October 24th,” Stad was saying recently. “World War II veterans are becoming a smaller group every day. I want all of the guys who are still alive to know about Honor Flight New England, which takes groups of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. several times a year, for free.

March 26th

Valley bank robbers sentenced to federal prison

March 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Two defendants responsible for a series of “note-job” bank heists in the Blackstone Valley have been sentenced to federal prison for committing a combined total of five robberies, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced.
Shirley A. Green, 48, of Lincoln, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 48 months in federal prison for committing three robberies in two months in 2009.
On Friday, Andrew Shepard, 30, of Warwick, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for two similarly weaponless robberies within a span of seven days in July 2010.

College Crusade of R.I. readies youth for higher ed... and it's fun!

March 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Ask Laurel Shepard why a qualifying fifth-grade student would want to apply to The College Crusade of Rhode Island, and she reels off reasons as if they were items from a shopping list.
“For one, we're an organization that will prepare you for college, so – when you graduate from high school – you're more than ready,” explained the Crusade's Admissions Manager. “We offer a variety of college readiness programs for those in grades 6-12.

March 24th

Business owners vent over bridge project

March 24, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A dozen or so angry business owners with property located in the construction and detour zone around the Pawtucket I-95 bridge replacement project vented their frustrations at a March 14 meeting with state and local officials at City Hall.

March 23rd

Pawtucket Armory in receivership

March 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Another one of the city's landmark historical buildings appears to be in trouble. The Pawtucket Armory Association, which operates the castle-like Pawtucket Armory that houses the award-winning Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre and several other local companies, has been in receivership since the end of January.

March 22nd

On arson squad, it's all about teamwork

March 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Investigating the crime of arson requires a lot of teamwork, specialized training, and a nose for rooting out suspicious substances. And sometimes, the team gets valuable help from a nose that's cold and wet.
One of the most high-profile arson cases in recent history is the one that took place on Feb. 16 at 35 Vale Street. Thanks to some quick investigative work by state and local fire and police officials, and a specially trained dog on loan from Massachusetts State Police, the suspects accused of setting the fire were arrested and charged just two days later with the crime.

March 20th

Taking on bullying

March 21, 2011

“I remember in seventh grade, at the beginning of the day, there was a boy named Roger standing in the hallway, and I adored him. He never gave up, even though he had a challenge, Down Syndrome … There was a girl named Nadia who would shake her hips and twirl her curls; she thought she was all that. I was walking to class, and I saw her and (others) throwing dirt (from a plant) in Roger's eyes, and he was smiling. He smiled because he thought these kids finally wanted to play with him, spend time with him.

Chafee, Fogarty tour city's netWORKri Career Center

March 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — As a dozen or so unemployed Rhode Islanders sat at computer work stations polishing their resumes, Gov. Lincoln Chafee took a walk through the netWORKri Career Center at 175 Main St. Friday morning to see what services are being offered.

March 19th

Special meeting Monday focuses on funding

March 19, 2011

CUMBERLAND - The Town Council will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss the town's legislative agenda, which will include hot button issues such as acceleration of the school funding formula phase-in, vehicle excise tax, and state housing aid.
The meeting gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the Cumberland Public Library's Hayden Center meeting room, 1464 Diamond Hill Road.
Each year, the council develops an agenda that both supports and opposes legislation based on whether or not the bills help the town achieve its goals or detracts from those objectives.

Send your veterans photos to The Times

March 19, 2011

The Times is running low on its photos of veterans for the April 4 Military Page. That means this is a good week to send in a photo of your favorite military hero, whether active, deceased or just an aging veteran.

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, 23 Exchange St., 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:

Nursing stint in Iraq changed Gloria Vignone

March 19, 2011

Gloria Vignone admits to feeling “bittersweet” about her tour as a nurse in Iraq back in 2006-07.
“Sometimes when you are here, you want to be there, and vice versa,” the Franklin, Ma. native was saying earlier this month. “The camaraderie with your fellow soldiers is unbelievable. All we saw were trauma cases over there, a lot of blood and amputated limbs. We had one soldier who lost 60 units of blood and he lived. His buddies came in and donated blood to save his life. To know that you helped save a soldier’s life is a feeling you never forget.”

 

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