Monthly Archives: April 2016

Father Augustine F. Burns

In the 50‘s and 60’s, parish priests held powerful sway. And none was more powerful than St. Mary’s Pastor—Father Augustine F. Burns. Rotund and rubicund, with a bulbous nose, Father took to the pulpit, each Sunday, to pound the lectern, … Continue reading

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The Sewers (Garment Makers)

“Ouch!” I’d hear as the needle hit their finger. It was the only human sound I heard from that section of the Oresman Bros. Christmas Factory, muffled as it was by the whirr of sewing machines. The sewer stopped, bandaged … Continue reading

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West Warwick-ites—Please, Get Me Names….

Hello West Warwick-ites!               I am excited to take part in PBS’s “Our Town” segment, about our hometown—West Warwick. As a writer, I intend to shine a spotlight on exceptional people, sort of like CNN Heroes–those who have achieved in high … Continue reading

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Dance Night at West Warwick Jr. High

With Brylcream-slicked hair and Mom-pressed shirts, the boys stood against the auditorium wall, as if they were about to be shot by a firing squad. In a metaphorical way, they were. Soldiers each, they were about to embark on the … Continue reading

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“In Honor of Mill-Working Girls” by Colleen Kelly Mellor

I’m product of the mill                 As they are of me— We’re interwoven, Like cotton, wool, and lace Spun by young women Standing at looms Long hours,                                                               Regardless of their time of the month              …migraines… Or unrelenting pregnancies….   They’re ancestral … Continue reading

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