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April 9th, 2011
(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE â€“ A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending â€” the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.
PAWTUCKET â€” Concern about the future of the Pawtucket Armory building now that it is in receivership has prompted city officials to call for an emergency meeting with the Pawtucket Armory Association, the receiver, and other pertinent parties.
Councilor Albert Vitali had asked the city's legal department to look into whether or not the city could take back the historic property through some type of â€śreverter clauseâ€ť now that it is in receivership.
LINCOLN â€” A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.
PROVIDENCE â€” This Thursday, and every Pawsox home opening day thereafter, will officially be Ben Mondor Day in Rhode Island.
Pawsox President Mike Tamburro and Vice President and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer were on the dais of the House of Representatives Tuesday for the reading of a resolution to that effect that also passed the Senate and went immediately to Gov. Lincoln Chafee for his signature.
PAWTUCKET â€” Bank of New York Mellon Corp. has notified state labor officials that it plans to lay-off 103 employees as it closes its Pawtucket office and moves to another site in Massachusetts.
The New York-based financial services company told state officials under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that the workers at the office at 100 Freight St. will lose their jobs in three phases, between June 6 and Oct. 30. The bank acquired the office last July.
PAWTUCKET -- It seems like every person who lived through World War II has a story to tell. The war impacted everyone in the country back in the 1940s. Young men were drafted or enlisted in the military. Some able-bodied men worked in essential jobs and were required to continue in those jobs to help produce war materials for use by our armed services.
Women moved into the work force, too, gaining a foothold in the working world that they would never lose.
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PAWTUCKET â€” A split second after Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket Board of Trustees member John Hoffman had announced the victor, club staff member Shirley Rodriguez immediately began weeping tears of elation.
â€śI wanted to jump for joy, but I couldn't; it wouldn't have been very professional, not in my job,â€ť Rodriguez explained after her friend, St. Raphael Academy freshman Coral Santos, had been selected the club's 2011 â€śYouth of the Yearâ€ť on Thursday night.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Growing up in an urban area like Central Falls demands that kids develop a certain amount of â€śstreet smarts,â€ť 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 â€śKids in the Canyonâ€ť trip, founded by Central Falls High School teacher Don Blais.
MILFORD, Mass. (AP) â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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: â€śBehave, ladies.â€ť
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.
SEEKONK â€” 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.
PROVIDENCEâ€”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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A cluster of mill buildings in Pawtucketâ€™s Church Hill neighborhood has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of the cityâ€™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.
PAWTUCKET â€” A city man apparently stabbed his wife to death inside their Charlton Avenue house on Monday and then took his own life inside a relativeâ€™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.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Anthony St. Angelo would love to allow his children â€” ages 12, 6 and 5 â€” 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.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Henry Stad is eager to spread the news about â€śHonor Flight New Englandâ€ť to his fellow World War II veterans.
â€śThey treated us like royalty when we went to Washington, D.C. last October 24th,â€ť Stad was saying recently. â€śWorld 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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Two defendants responsible for a series of â€śnote-jobâ€ť 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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ 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.
â€śFor one, we're an organization that will prepare you for college, so â€“ when you graduate from high school â€“ you're more than ready,â€ť explained the Crusade's Admissions Manager. â€śWe offer a variety of college readiness programs for those in grades 6-12.