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March 6th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â David Lemmel and his seven-year-old twins â David Jr. and Faith â had just strolled out of the city's YMCA when they heard the commotion occurring down the hill. Wondering what the hubbub was about, they chose to investigate.
Not quite an hour later, little David â wearing a Boston Celtics' hat and green T-shirt under his winter jacket â found himself break-dancing on Roosevelt Avenue. That came at the behest of Pawtucket native Paris Fisher, who knows the boy from Underground 101, a youth ministry group out of the North Providence Assembly of God.
WOONSOCKET -- He's 87 years old now and the war he fought lies almost a lifetime away in the past. But to Raymond A. Noury the day over the skies of Europe when his damaged B-24 succumbed to a final attack by German fighters is still just a moment behind him.
Anyone would have trouble forgetting what Noury went through on Feb. 22, 1944, when the break-up of his plane left him falling through the sky harnessed to a tattered parachute.
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Anthony Stanis was within 20 yards of Ernie Pyle when the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent was killed on the small island of Ie Shima off the coast of Okinawa on April 18, 1945.
âHe shouldnât have been out there with us,â Stanis admitted. âErnie had been on Okinawa for a couple of weeks and he was resting up, just sitting on a ship out in the water. He came ashore for a couple days and spent time with our colonel (Lt. Col. Joseph Coolidge).
Anthony Stanis can still look back clearly over the years, back to when he was young and a soldier in World War II.
CUMBERLAND - The Town Council this past week adopted resolutions authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into new three-year employment agreements with Police Chief John R. Desmarais, Director of Rescue Services Sean Thompson, and Water Superintend-ent J. Christopher Champi.
Before the pacts were approved, the council's finance subcommittee voted to endorse the contract agreements and forward them to the council as resolutions.
BELLINGHAM - When civil engineering professor Dr. Aaron S. Bradshaw got a late-night phone call recently from his friend and former doctoral co-adviser, Russell Green, Bradshaw thought Green was calling to congratulate him for recently being named to the faculty of the University of Rhode Islandâs Department of Civil Engineering.
Bradshaw, 37, who lives with his wife and two children in Bellingham, couldn't have been more wrong.
WOONSOCKET â It went from a motor vehicle chase to a foot chase â down the steep, rocky banks of the Blackstone River. And by the time it was over, two police officers were injured, one seriously, and two suspects were in custody, including one man who leaped into the frigid river in a short-lived attempt to escape.
WOONSOCKET â A gathering of about 80 members of the local school community received an informal state of the district overview on local student achievement during a forum with Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist on Thursday.
The community meeting at the Hamlet Middle School included a presentation on areas where more work is needed in local schools as well as praise for some of the improvement initiatives already underway.
SCITUATE â Hinting broadly that he may soon return to public life, perhaps as a political candidate, State Police Col. Brendan Doherty announced Thursday that he is retiring effective April 1.
Both Doherty and Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs office denied that friction between Doherty and Chafee â who were at odds over the Providence Police Departmentâs decision to opt out of the federal Secure Communities Program â led to Dohertyâs seemingly abrupt decision to step down.