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May 3rd, 2011
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” When Jo-Ann Durfee's phone rang at about 3:30 p.m., Monday, she had a gut feeling the news wasn't good.
That's when she said â€śan anonymous callerâ€ť informed her that Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit had approved TLA-Pond View's application, one that requested a tripling of its processing amount from 500 tons of construction and demolition debris per day to 1,500 tons.
PROVIDENCE â€” U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos in Pakistan â€śgood news, and testimony to the courage and skill of our military forces.
â€śI hope it is also a moment for the families of 9/11 to have a brief bit of solace after 10 years,â€ť the stateâ€™s senior senator said Monday.
WASHINGTON â€” Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.
A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.
A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.
"Justice has been done," the president said.
LINCOLN â€” It's both amusing and inspiring, how Lincoln High junior Josh Soucy came up with the notion of creating a â€śTeen Advocacy Group,â€ť an organization that would give him and his peers more input and knowledge about happenings in town government.
PAWTUCKET â€” Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) announced the winners of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition for high school students at an award ceremony held this week in his District Office. The art competition is part of a national initiative that provides high school art students the opportunity to have their creative work acknowledged and the honor of having their work displayed in the United States Capitol.
PAWTUCKET â€“ John Costa is 89 years old now and still lives in the house on Crane Street that he grew up in during the 1920s and 1930s.
â€śWe had nine people in this house â€¦ my mother and father, five boys and two girls,â€ť the World War II veteran was saying a few days ago. â€śMy twin sister Rose and I are the only ones still living. Rose lives out in Rehoboth.â€ť
Costa joined the National Guard in 1940, at the age of 18, admittedly â€ślooking for a little excitement.â€ť
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During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning for the new Pawtucket Credit Union, at 88 Beechwood Ave. (Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island), PCU President/CEO Karl Kozak, center, cuts the ribbon being held by, from left, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, PCU Chairman of the Board Ron Leclair, PCU Executive Vice President/COO Bob Andrade and Memorial Hospital President/CEO Francis Dietz. PCU, a full-service branch, is open to the public and offers ample parking in front. Branch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Friday that a Providence County Superior Court jury found 27-year-old Blake Covington guilty on all counts stemming from a Sept. 30, 2010 shooting at Prospect Heights in Pawtucket that left a man partially paralyzed.
The verdict was handed down after just three hours of jury deliberations that concluded a two-day trial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pent-up anger over the state of the economy and Gov. Lincoln Chafee's budget proposals aimed at fixing it bubbled to the surface among business owners at Thursday's breakfast meeting with local state legislators sponsored by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.
LINCOLN â€” When Brian McKinnon received a letter from North Kingstown Postmaster Phil Picott back on Friday, April 1, he first wondered if the contents were some kind of April Fool's Day joke.
After all, McKinnon had known Picott for a couple of decades anyway, so why not?
He re-read the letter, addressed to his 10-year-old daughter, renowned soprano Alexis Clare McKinnon, and still had his doubts.
PAWTUCKET â€” While police and fire officials continue to investigate the cause of Tuesday's deadly blaze at 681 Broadway, Pawtucket Police have identified the victim as Derrek Ellerbe, age 57.
Just after 5 p.m., members of the Pawtucket Police and Fire Departments responded to the three-story apartment house for a report of a structure fire.
When they arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the third floor.
According to Police Maj. Arthur Martins, one man, later identified as Ellerbe, was found unresponsive in a third-floor apartment.
PROVIDENCE â€” Just two weeks after businesspeople from across the state flocked to the Statehouse to fight Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s sales tax plan, Chafee marched into his opponentsâ€™ camp, a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, to defend his proposal.
â€śThere is no doubt that taxes are harmful, thereâ€™s no argument about that,â€ť Chafee said in response to a question from Times Publisher Barry Mechanic. â€śItâ€™s a cost we donâ€™t want to pay.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Once again, while a majority of school officials are touting the money savings benefits of the newly approved teachers' contract, City Councilors are vowing to keep pushing for their right to review and give final ratification of the agreement.
While battling a fire that killed a man and injured another at 681 Broadway in Pawtucket Tuesday night, a Pawtucket firefighter on Ladder 2 uses a Pikeâ€™s Pole as smoke and flames pour from the third floor of the six-family residence. The fire appears to have started in the rear of the third floor. One man was severely injured in the fire. He was taken to Memorial Hospital, according to Battalion Chief Timothy Mercer. The man later died. The second victim was reportedly recovering at Memorial Hospital.
Attention Pawtucket Jr. High and High School Parents and Educators: The District will hold a free workshop called "Passport 2 Social Media."
The subject is cyber-bullying and digital abuse; how to spot it, how to stop it. This workshop is scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in the Jenks/JMW library and will last about 90 minutes. Childcare will be available as well as interpreters.For more information, contact Laurie Dufault 475-2398 or Alba Steiner 729-7717 (Spanish).
CENTRAL FALLS â€” David Hernandez sat at a desk in Biology Classroom 310 at Central Falls High School on Monday afternoon, admitting he wished he could relive what he deemed a dream.
Back on Saturday, April 9, at about 4:30 p.m., he and fellow junior Cristina Robalo seized first place in the â€śAnatomy & Physiologyâ€ť category at the R.I. Science Olympiad, held at Rhode Island College. Frankly, the championship blew their minds.
NORTH ATTLEBORO â€” Bob Thurber rose from his swivel chair inside his second-floor home office and politely asked his guest, 'You mind if I smoke?'
He grabbed a Camel wide, walked to the window with a fan blowing out, remained standing and â€“ after lighting up â€“ described the laughing old man he frequently pictured in his mind as a child growing up in then-dilapidated downtown Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE -- Jaheeim Benton, 21, whose last known address was 33 Cole St., Pawtucket, pleaded guilty this week in Superior Court on all counts in the July 2010 assault of Tito Fadul and William Cotto Jr. in Pawtucket, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. The guilty plea came just as jury selection was set to begin. Benton is the twin brother of Kasean Benton, who was shot and killed by Donald Young in July 2009. Young was found guilty last week of that murder and is currently awaiting sentencing.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Bill Donnelly has done a pretty good job of putting Vietnam in his rear view mirror.
â€śI came home from the war and went right back to where I was before,â€ť said Donnelly, a former rifleman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. â€śI had been a kid from Pawtucket Vocational who played a lot of sports and was having a good time when I got drafted. I returned home two years later, resumed playing basketball and softball, and began my own printing business.â€ť
Donnelly had a lot of difficult Vietnam memories to suppress. He threw himself into his work and his sports outlets.