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June 7th, 2011

Vega, Torres lead CFHS Class of 2011

June 7, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Just call it “girl power.” The two young women who have earned the honor of representing Central Falls High School's graduating class as the valedictorian and salutatorian said they were inspired by the fact that these positions were held by young men last year.

June 6th

Pawtucket to mark 125 years

June 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The city of Pawtucket has a milestone birthday coming up and a committee has come up with a high-tech way to celebrate that would make even Samuel Slater proud.
Pawtucket was incorporated in 1886 and city leaders and a group of business professionals have formed a committee to plan a whopper of a 125th anniversary celebration.
Key to the party will be a Pawtucket Red Sox game on Tuesday, August 23 and a special pre- and post-game show that combines elements of history, music, and dazzling spectacle, and also serves as a fundraiser for the Pawtucket Fireworks Committee.

Mill catches fire from exploding transformer

June 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — A fire that erupted from an exploding electrical transformer caused damage to a historic mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Ave. that houses over 100 business tenants late Monday morning.

June 5th

Browning, Vieira are Tolman's best

June 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — They have intelligence, drive, supportive families, and a will to succeed after high school. Yet, this year's valedictorian and salutatorian of Tolman High School also credit something else as being key to their stellar academic achievements: the city itself.
“I feel very fortunate to have been born and raised in Pawtucket and in having gone though Pawtucket schools,” said Alyssa Browning, valedictorian of her graduating class. “I had amazing teachers.”

June 4th

E.P. school plans includes all-day K, but also layoffs

June 4, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — At its meeting of May 24, the East Providence School Committee passed Phase I of the reorganization plan for the city’s elementary, middle and high schools. The plan, which includes the implementation of full-day kindergarten in September and the addition of teaching staff, also eliminates several positions within the district.

Bishop Keough awards 10 diplomas

June 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET – As is tradition after these commencement exercises, the 10 graduates of Bishop Keough Regional High School recessed out of St. Maria Goretti Church on Friday evening and congregated in the front courtyard.
The seniors formed a circle, then lofted their pale blue caps skyward and let out a few hoots and hollers, those to celebrate their four years of dedication and devotion to academia and extracurricular activities.
A moment later, Mary E. Gingras, who hails from Lincoln, seemed a bit dazed by the atmosphere.

June 2nd

Ko, Torres tops at Shea

June 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Both Kandice Ko and Melitzi Torres had hardworking parents who knew that getting a good education was the key to improving their daughters’ futures. Now, both young women are making those parents very proud.
On June 13, Ko will represent Shea High School’s 2011 graduating class as valedictorian, and Torres will serve as salutatorian.

Cabana, Homen best among Walsh students

June 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — While music and theater were the respective passions of graduating seniors Noelle Cabana and Daphne Homen, these artistic pursuits also helped them to carve out ambitious career paths as they head off to college in the fall.
When the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts holds its commencement exercises on June 14, Cabana will be serving as valedictorian and Homen as salutatorian.

June 1st

Valley Falls Post Office supporters rally

June 1, 2011

CUMBERLAND – Protesters turned out in force Tuesday morning for a rally designed to create more support in preventing the Valley Falls Post Office from closing on July 8.
Town resident Derrick Watson, who heads an organization named “The Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls – Save Our Post Office, indicated last Thursday that he had sent an approximate 34-page appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 22.

Schools: Budget deficit down to $1.2 million

June 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to the school district receiving $1.1 million in state literacy funds that are no longer restricted, school officials say their latest deficit figure for the FY12 budget is now down to $1.2 million.
The approximately $100 million school budget for the coming year had originally contained a deficit of $7.3 million. That figure was then pared down to a deficit of $2.3 million in late April due to $4.9 million in contractual concessions and other reductions.

May 31st


May 31, 2011

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, left, presents Shea Director of Applied Learning Michael Connolly with the National Association of Secretaries of State 2010 Medallion for his leadership in launching a statewide mock election initiative that involved nearly 25 percent of the state's public high schools and for the work that he’s done over the last couple of years with Shea's Government and Public Administration Academy.

'I felt (enlisting) was the right thing to do...'

May 31, 2011

WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.

May 29th

Ronnie Brissette: Vietnam hero

May 29, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Roger Brissette and his sister Vivian will never forget their little brother Ronald, who got drafted in 1965, went to Vietnam a year later, and died during The Battle of Loc Ninh Plantation on June 11, 1966.
“I think about Ronnie every day,” Roger, now 72, admitted last week after sending his brother’s picture to this newspaper for publication on the Military Page.
A combat friend of Ronnie got in touch with Roger in 1996, setting off a discovery process for the remaining Brissette family members.

Shea's Public Administration Academy gets national nod

May 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It sure looks good on a resume. Shea High School is the only high school in the nation right now to hold a charter from the American Society of Public Administration for its Government and Public Administration Academy.

Read special Memorial Day section: 'Our Veterans'

May 29, 2011

When this newspaper asked area veterans to gather at a local war memorial for the group photo that appears on the cover of this special Memorial Day section, I was a little apprehensive. We had unwittingly scheduled the photo shoot for Armed Forces Day. Some veterans were off flagging graves that day. Others had prior commitments.

Send local veterans photos to The Times

May 29, 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: or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office at 23 Exchange Street in Pawtucket.

Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Years served:
Location of tours:

May 27th

Davies showcases its stuff

May 27, 2011

LINCOLN — Davies Tech junior Jorge Bonilla has a code he lives by, and that's to learn everything he can not only about his major interests, but new and exciting information as well.
That's why the Central Falls resident was so busy running around at the eighth annual Davies Community Showcase/Cabaret, held at the school Thursday night.
One minute, he played photographer, and the next, he had hustled to the Debate Club's table. Moments later, he stood at the Robotics Club table with classmate and fellow member Nate Hindman explaining how the six-wheeled “Zeus” worked.

Police raid another brothel in Central Falls

May 27, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS – The city's Special Investigations Unit raided yet another brothel, this one at 34 Watson St., on Monday, and in the process arrested a city man and a New Jersey woman on respective charges of pandering and prostitution.
Police took into custody 27-year-old Steven Castillo, who hails from the city and is a Superior Court violator. Because of that violation from a previous delivery charge, he received a five-year sentence. He also is being held on $10,000 surety bail for the new count of pandering, and has a pre-arraignment conference slated for July 28.

STAND and DELIVER: Group forms Save Our Post Office

May 27, 2011

CUMBERLAND – From the time Derrick Watson was a mere six-year-old boy, his mother always taught him “Nothing beats a failure but a try.”
That's just one reason he's organized a community group called “The Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls – Save Our Post Office.”
When he found out the Valley Falls Post Office indeed would shut its doors for business back on May 5, he immediately began working on an appeal.

May 26th

Residents sound off on budget proposal from all angles

May 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The public had its say Wednesday night on Mayor Donald Grebien’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it was a mixed bag of messages that was sent to the City Council.
Grebien himself addressed the City Council prior to the start of the public hearing to lobby support for his proposed spending plan and to reiterate the need to take decisive actions that will stave off bankruptcy. The mayor’s $198 million budget contains no property tax increases but does depend on the city lowering its current motor vehicle tax exemption from $3,400 to $500 as one of its key pieces.


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