February 27th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ A fire in the vacant Seville Dye mill off Fairmount Street and First Avenue forced an evacuation of families from neighboring properties Sunday afternoon as firefighters fought to control the blaze.
The evacuation of First Avenue residents was a precautionary step due to the heavy smoke spilling into the neighborhood, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine said at the scene. No one was reported hurt in the incident.
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
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Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
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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.
â€śWho am I to talk?â€ť the 88-year-old veteran was saying last week when put on the spot. â€śI figured I wasnâ€™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.â€ť
LINCOLN â€“ 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.
The mysterious King Jace is revealed as Call Publisher Barry Mechanic, seated, by the 2011 Mardi Gras Queen, Amanda Corriveault (in purple) at the 17th annual Mardi Gras celebration at the CYO Club in Woonsocket Saturday night. Also in attendance are Princesses Michelle Tessier, far left, and Kali Darling, right. Read more about it in Monday's edition.
WOONOCKET â€” Three years ago, George Briggs retired from a more than three-decade career as a educator in the Woonsocket school system.
Briggs was also contemplating doing the same from his post as the longtime (and successful) track and cross-country coach at the high school level.
But one dedicated individual, one person he's had the opportunity to work alongside for the past four years has made him think otherwise â€” his good friend and girls' head cross-country, track coach Dan Richard.
PROVIDENCE â€” In Saturdayâ€™s semifinal round of the R.I. state championship meet, Cumberland High won four of five bouts to take some of the sting out of its slow start to the tourney on Friday evening.
Cumberland suffered a huge loss on Friday night when two-time state champion Shai Lariviere defaulted in his second match, giving in to a sprained ankle suffered on Monday at practice.
â€śI tried to wrestle but I couldnâ€™t do it,â€ť Lariviere said later.
PROVIDENCE â€” Defending champion Cumberland capped an uneven and perhaps snake-bitten performance at this yearâ€™s state championship meet by going 0-for-4 in Saturday nightâ€™s individual finals.
Two-time defending champion Shoneil Lariviere was upset in the 125-pound finals by East Providenceâ€™s Joao Vicente, who pulled off a stunning 11-5 win over an opponent who had pinned him last month during the dual-meet season.
WOONSOCKET -- The options for finding ancestral information through the American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) have expanded in a way that will make it easier for local researchers to access faraway record repositories without having to leave the Societyâ€™s 78 Earle St. base.
The local research center has affiliated with the Family History Library system operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, the world's largest resource for genealogical records, according to AFGS members.
WOONSOCKET â€“ To keep from being kicked out on the street, a group of merchants in Main Street's embattled Commercial Block agreed to share a $6,600 utility bill that's been ignored by the Florida bank that foreclosed on the property and the Providence company the bank hired to manage it.
Jamil Safdar, the proprietor of Liberty Market, said he and six other commercial tenants agreed to chip in at the eleventh hour even though the bill isn't their responsibility. The deadline for payment was Friday morning.