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March 2nd, 2011

Council gives first nod to City Hall jobs

March 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Late in its meeting on Wednesday night, the City Council gave first passage to some ordinances allowing for several City Hall job and salary changes that were proposed by the Grebien administration. However, two of the job changes, which resulted in substantial raises for these positions, drew some questions and criticism from several council members.

February 28th

Health study seeks pregnant women

March 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Attention local pregnant women: you and your child can take part in a study that could make medical history.
The National Children's Study Rhode Island is looking at how children's health and development are affected by their family history and the social, natural, and physical environment of the places where they live, learn and play. As such, they are looking for 1,000 Rhode Islanders to take part in an important national study that will track children's development from before birth until the age of 21 to look at key health issues.

February 27th

WW II veteran recalls battle for Iwo Jima

February 27, 2011

Roland Carroll never liked to talk about his World War II experience as a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima in the early months of 1945 while U.S. forces closed in on Japan.
“Who am I to talk?” the 88-year-old veteran was saying last week when put on the spot. “I figured I wasn’t the only guy who went in the service. We all had to go fight the war. I realize now how important it was. We had to win that war or Hitler and the Japanese were going to take over the world.”

Send your veterans photos to The Times

February 27, 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, 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:
Highlights:

Almond calls FY-12 budget 'very fair'

February 27, 2011

LINCOLN – Just over a week after submitting his Fiscal Year 2011-12 recommended municipal and school operating budget of approximately $70.4 million to the Budget Board – his deadline, per order of the Town Charter, was Feb. 15 – Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond called the number “very fair” to both sides.

February 26th

Police: crime is up, but not as much as was reported

February 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET—With the state of the local economy and a spate of convenience store robberies making news, Pawtucket Police admit that crime is on the rise. However, they say it didn't increase in 2010 over the previous year as much as another local newspaper had indicated.

Covering bullying from 'every single angle'

February 26, 2011

LINCOLN – It was rather by accident how Lincoln Prevention Coalition Coordinator Pam Shayer discovered John Mattson, a Providence-based consultant who has served as a trainer, curriculum developer and evaluation advisor for numerous U.S. groups, including the National Crime Prevention Council, Center for Civic Education and Youth Crime Watch of America.
She doesn't care.

February 24th

Police: Shooting in Cumberland not random (UPDATED)

February 24, 2011

CUMBERLAND – The three masked bandits who broke into an Overhill Road home Wednesday night and left the owner with an alleged gunshot wound to the head after a violent struggle had targeted the residence, police said.
"In order to ease concerns of neighboring residents, the residence at Overhill Road appears to have been the target of the intruders, and the burglary was not a random act," Police Chief John R. Desmarais said in a statement released Thursday morning. "I want to assure the neighboring residents that the neighborhood, as well as the rest of the town, is safe."

February 23rd

E.P. readies for Citizens Police Academy

February 24, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — In an attempt to dispel common myths and mysteries about law enforcement, the city's police department has decided once again to offer residents the opportunity to register for the Citizens Police Academy, a 13-week program slated for Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 16.

February 22nd

Send your veterans photos to The Times

February 22, 2011

By TERRY NAU
veterans@pawtuckettimes.com

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, 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:
Highlights:

Lewis Soares Sr. joined Army, became a citizen

February 22, 2011

My father, Lewis Soares Sr., was born in Lisbon, Portugal and came to the United States when he was 3 years old. Because his father had died in Portugal, his mother remarried.
During his youth he worked with his stepdad who had a fruit and meat peddling business that was located in Pawtucket.

February 21st

Downtown design well-received

February 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A plan born of common sense--that the downtown would thrive more if people could just get in to and around it more easily—was presented to about 60 people at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center last Thursday. While some called it “ambitious,” the proposal received an enthusiastic round of applause.
Maia Small, an architect with Thurlow Small Architecture, served as the lead consultant on a Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan that was commissioned by the city's Planning Department and the Pawtucket Foundation.

Irish Mugs

February 21, 2011

Faces of Ireland contestants Diane Levesque of Lincoln, center, and Sue Petersen of Cumberland hold hands after tying twice with the audience voting via applause. Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Chairman Arthur Brunelle, left, authorized a coin toss to decide the winner. Petersen won the coin toss and is the female Face of Ireland.

February 20th

Pawtucket officer found guilty of indecent exposure

February 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Following a trial that concluded on Friday in Providence's District Court, Pawtucket police officer Nichalas Laprade was found guilty of one count of indecent exposure/disorderly conduct related to an incident on I-95 last November.
According to the Attorney General's Office, Laprade received a one-year filing on the misdemeanor charge, which essentially means that if he stays out of further legal trouble for one year, the conviction will be dropped from his record.

February 19th

Davies Tech guitar-building class comes with no strings attached

February 19, 2011

LINCOLN – Benjamin Pelletier couldn't believe his good fortune when he happened by a flier posted inside the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School one day last November.
It asked any student interested in building his or her own electric guitar – and learning how to play it – to register for the extracurricular program sponsored by the school.

2 city men charged with setting Vale Street fire

February 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Following an intensive police and fire investigation, two city men were arrested for allegedly setting the fire that destroyed a six-unit apartment house at 35 Vale St. on Wednesday morning.
On Thursday, Pawtucket police arrested Raymond B. Gyamfi, 21, of 181 Magill St., Pawtucket, and Jeremy Lopes, 22, of 103 Samuel Ave., also of Pawtucket. Police Major Arthur Martins said that the arrests were made by the Pawtucket Police with assistance from the Central Falls and Providence Police Departments. He added that the investigation is continuing.

February 16th

NEA chief tours Hope Artiste Village

February 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It had been frigid and icy getting around and the sprawling Hope Artiste Village was the last stop on a tiring, whirlwind tour of Rhode Island's arts scene, but Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, still exuded enthusiasm about the people and places he visited.
“Rhode Island gets it,” said Landesman. “It is an arts state. Rhode Island has the most working artists, per capita, than any other state in the country, and what I'm taking back is information showing how the arts can be a model for economic development.”

February 15th

Historians make TK new home

February 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In what seems like an ideal match, a company that specializes in architectural history and preservation is planning to make its new home at the city's landmark To Kalon Club.

February 13th

Duffy recalls torpedo attack on USS Menges

February 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy’s name is well-known around this city, most commonly associated with the 70 years he has spent coaching youth sports. What most people don’t know is that Duffy endured a frightening experience while serving in the Coast Guard during World War II.
The 90-year-old gentleman sat in his living room two weekends ago and answered questions about his military career, speaking in the measured tones he developed while serving as publicity director for the old Providence Steamrollers and radio announcer for the Rhode Island Reds.

Send your veterans photos to The Times

February 13, 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, 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:
Highlights:

 

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