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July 21st, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Former Gov. Bruce Sundlun died Thursday at the age of 91, leaving what is likely to be viewed as a significant but controversial impact on the state he headed for two terms in the Governorâ€™s office.
Sundlun, who ran three times to win his first term as Governor in 1991, put the wheels in motion for construction of the stateâ€™s modern T.F. Green Airport in Warwick by the time he left office.
But it was his decision to close the stateâ€™s credit unions and banks shortly after being sworn-in in January 1991 that drew the strongest emotions about him among city residents on Thursday.
Dave Egan's rose-red face glistened with sweat as he sought out a sliver of cool shade beside his box truck in Woonsocket to escape the fast-rising morning temperatures.
Foreman of an outdoor labor crew for Providence & Worcester Railroad, Egan was working in air that made breathing seem more like inhaling a bowl of flavorless, hot soup.
Throw in the dust kicked up amid the screaming whine of an asphalt-cutting power saw, and creosote fumes that mix with perspiration to create a solution that literally burns the skin, and it added up to a scorching day at the office.
PAWTUCKET â€” Joanne Palazzo knew she'd see a lot of humorous incidents when the Pawtucket Dog Park opened back on June 11.
She stated she didn't plan on witnessing one so heartrending.
â€śLast Friday, we saw an older boxer playing around with some other dogs, but all of a sudden he went down; he evidently hurt his hip, I don't know how,â€ť recalled Palazzo, Co-Chair of the Pawtucket Dog Park Committee under Chairwoman Sheryl Rennick. â€śYou could tell he was in some serious pain, and everyone ran over to help him.
PROVIDENCE â€” From humble beginnings nearly a century ago, through good times and bad, the Rhode Island Foundation has grown its endowment to a whopping $565 million.
But the state's leading philanthropic organization knows that no matter how much it grows the pot, it's never going to be big enough.
â€śThere are always more good ideas than we can fund,â€ť says Owen Heleen, RIF's vice president for grant programs. â€śThat's why we're always challenged to support more and more of the good ideas that come our way.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” State-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders had called it â€śthe Big Ask.â€ť
He invited about 150 retired police, fire and municipal employees to the high school auditorium and asked them to sign on to a proposal to cut the pensions they are living on by as much as 50 percent as well as a health insurance program that would require them to pay 20 percent of their premiums for the first time and co-pay 20 percent of the subsequent costs, including hospitalization.
WOONSOCKET â€” Creating a new national park encompassing the Blackstone River and its tributaries, the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket and existing historic districts in Cumberland, North Smithfield and two Massachusetts communities is the National Park Service's favored option for replacing the heritage corridor concept.
In a long-awaited report released yesterday, the park service says the continuation of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor as it currently exists is still one of three options under consideration.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a tough economy, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care broke ground Monday morning on a $6.7 million new medical complex at 33 East Ave.
The 32,000 square-foot building, to be located adjacent to BVCHC's dental clinic at 210 Main St., is scheduled to open in September, 2012. According to BVCHC officials, the three-story medical complex will create a single â€śmedical campusâ€ť where a diagnostic laboratory, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health and general medicine will be available to patients under one roof.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
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The Military Page went global this week with the receipt of a letter from Simon Schuurman, a resident of the Netherlands who adopts graves of fallen soldiers and tries to gather information about the lives of American soldiers who died during World War II.
â€śI have always been interested in the second World War,â€ť Schuurman wrote. â€śWe want to be able to honor the people who liberated Europe. I adopted five graves at two different cemeteries â€“ one in Ardennes (France) and another in Henri-Chapelle in Belgium. One of these graves is from Private Joseph J. Czernia of the U.S. Army.
PAWTUCKET â€” The sequined lettering on her shirt said it all: Fun Time in the City. And retired City Hall switchboard operator Fran Slade was having fun, making the wait a little less painful for those paying tax bills close to the deadline.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A new law aimed at minors forbids â€śsextingâ€ť â€” the practice of sending sexually explicit photos of yourself to others by cell phones and myriad other electronic devices. But at the same time, the law prevents a foolish teenaged prank from being punished as serious child pornography.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed into law this week a bill making sexting by minors a â€śstatus offenseâ€ť to be dealt with in Family Court.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ So, you woke up this morning and asked your spouse, â€śHoney, what should we do today?â€ť He or she just replied, â€śDon't know. What're you up for?â€ť
You started reading this and found your answer â€“ the 31st edition of the East Providence Heritage Festival.
No pressure, but perhaps you should follow the advice of numerous folks who chose to attend â€śOpening Nightâ€ť at the Pierce Athletic Complex on Friday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Call it â€śtough love,â€ť Parks and Recreation-style.
Fed up with complaints about litter and vandalism at some of the local recreational areas, city officials have taken to shutting off access temporarily as a warning to offenders to clean up their act.
Most recently, city workers placed a padlock on the gate to the basketball courts at the Thomas J. Duffy Sports Complex on Cleveland Street along with a sign saying that the complex was closed due to problems with litter and vandalism.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” There are times when Regan Jeffrey heads to work and asks himself, â€śIf thereâ€™s some type of emergency, how would I respond?â€ť
The lifeguard discovered that answer at about 2 p.m., Tuesday, when he saved an unconscious 11-year-old boy from drowning in the deep end of the Boys & Girls Club of East Providence pool.
PAWTUCKET â€” â€śThereâ€™s nothing prettier riding on Rhode Islandâ€™s roads today,â€ť exclaimed Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, as he stood in front of one of the new diesel-hybrid trolleys that Pawtucket has just received from the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority.
PAWTUCKET â€” A business based on â€śjunkâ€ť can really be a beautiful thing. Just drive down Front Street and witness the colorful mural being created on the side of a Berger Recycling warehouse by artist Fisiha Likke.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 24-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record has pleaded guilty to a 2010 carjacking incident involving a 72-year-old woman that occurred in the CVS parking lot on Smithfield Avenue in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â€” A pen and ink drawing called â€śMill Buildings, Pawtucket,â€ť by artist Alan Metnick, has been chosen to be reproduced on the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival poster.
Metnick is the owner and president of Ten Trees Design Group, a screenprinting and design firm located at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket. According to his website, for over 40 years, he has been creating images and objects through photography, serigraphy (silk-screens), stained glass, painting, drawing and textiles. He describes the catalyst for this work as being â€śhistorical, biblical and personal.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” After less than two months in his new position, Robert Howe, the city's acting director of public works, has resigned.
Howe submitted his letter of resignation to the City Council last week. He told The Times that he is leaving to take a job in the private sector and will stay on as acting DPW director until July 20.
Howe said the new job opportunity came up and that the decision to take it was made by him and after consulting with his family.
PAWTUCKET â€” With R.I. Environmental Police Officer Mark Saunders giving careful watch on the fifth-floor roof of City Hall, wildlife intern Ashley Hopkins slowly opened the lid to the special cardboard box.
Perhaps four seconds later, one female falcon appeared, began flapping her wings and coasted west towards The Pawtucket Times building.
A split second later, her kid brother followed suit, but headed east, eventually landing on top of an Armory tower.