Archive - 2013
(Editorâs note: This is the latest in a series of weekly reports about the new city of Central Falls, now clear of bankruptcy and proceeding anew to provide for its residents.)
CENTRAL FALLS â People come from all over the country â indeed, from all over the world â to visit Federal Hill in Providence and they come largely for the fine Italian restaurants that line Atwells Avenue.
LINCOLN â In the pantheon of table games, they say craps offers the well-schooled gambler with a head for numbers the best chance of beating the odds.
But on a busy night when chips are flying around an exotic mix of mind-boggling games with names like Spanish 21 and Pai Gow Poker, this may be the safest bet in the house: somebodyâs trying to rig the system.
Thatâs where Detective Lt. John Flaherty comes in. The 23-year veteran of the state police is in charge of the new Gaming Enforcement Unit, created to squeeze cheating and corruption out of the table game business at Twin River.
WOONSOCKET â Perhaps 10 minutes after the Lincoln All-Stars had clinched its second straight appearance in the championship final of the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament â courtesy of a 10-3 victory over Cumberland National at Bernonâs Ayotte Field on Friday night â manager Matt Netto expressed some dissatisfaction.
PAWTUCKETâAs her classmates spun Hula Hoops and danced to a deejay, 11-year-old friends Nychelle Torres and Bobbie Walls sampled blueberries and pomegranates. âBlueberries are good with honey on them,â Torres stated. The two said they had also enjoyed making their own salsa out of a buffet table of different ingredients provided by Farm Fresh Rhode Island. âThe salsa was good, except for some of the spicy tastes,â Torres added.
PROVIDENCE â Eight-year-old Estuardo Estrada of Providence stares up into the beady eyes of a Triceratops, a three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 65 million years ago.
Illuminated by overhead multi-colored lights, the beastâs head â boasting the largest skull of all land mammals â suddenly moves from side to side, itâs short, pointed tail wagging in unison.
The creature suddenly lets out a roar, startling Estrada and the crowd of other junior paleontologists standing nearby.
Wide-eyed and breathless, Estrada grips the hand of his stepfather Gabriel Vargas.
Pauline A. Landry
WOONSOCKET - Pauline A. Landry, 77, died peacefully surrounded by her extended families at the Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket on Thursday, July 11, 2013.
Pauline was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Herve and Annette (Morrissette) Landry and lived her life in the Blackstone Valley.
She leaves a cousin and devoted caregiver Jacqueline Tondreau and her family of Cumberland and the dedicated and loving staff on the third floor of Trinity Center, especially Kathy, Josette, Christina (Sweetie Pie), and Eric (Tattoo).
Glenn C. Postle
PAWTUCKET - Glenn C. Postle, 59, of East Ave. passed away Friday at home. He was the beloved son of the late Wilfred and Margaret (Wilkinson) Postle Jr.
Born in Providence he resided in Lincoln for the past twenty years. He was a Lincoln High School and CCRI graduate.
He was a member of the Cumberland Community Chorus, and the group, "Encore - For Your Pleasure."
He leaves a brother Wilfred Postle III and his wife Kara and was the brother of the late Wayne Postle. He also leave aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â Pineview All-Starsâ skipper Joe Clark received the good news on Tuesday night.
That is, his state champion Big League squad would, in fact, make the trip to the Eastern Regional Big League Tournament in Dover, Del.
After Pineview recorded an easy 10-1 victory over East Greenwich in the state title tilt at its own Presidentâs Field on Sunday night, it qualified for its second straight and seventh berth in the regional affair in the past 10 years.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â After steamrolling its opposition in its first eight games by a combined score of 107-17, Chris Bodington knew that his Cumberland All-Star team needed to sweat out a close contest somewhere down the line if it planned to take on the finest teams in New England in the extra-competitive Eastern Regionals.
LINCOLN â Nick Zammarelli boarded a plane Thursday night fully confident that he made the correct decision â one that figures to benefit him in the long run.
As tempting as it was to turn pro, the recent Lincoln High School graduate believes in his heart of hearts that the pursuit can wait a few years. College life featuring side orders of education and baseball at North Carolinaâs Elon University beckons for the 18-year-old Zammarelli following a spring and summer that can be best summed up as a whirlwind.
PAWTUCKET â After having suffered eight straight defeats at Rochester and Lehigh Valley over the past eight days, the Pawtucket Red Sox desperately wanted to break that horrendous string against these same Red Wings on Thursday night.
The PawSox not only were swept in two consecutive four-game sets for the first time since last June 18-25, but went victory-less on a road trip of eight games or more dating back to 1988.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A Rhode Island State Police investigation has found no sufficient facts or probable cause to back up allegations that two members of the City Council unlawfully influenced City Manager Peter Graczykowski to place Police Chief Joseph Tavares on paid administrative leave in return for a new employment contract for Graczkowski.
PAWTUCKET â Freeze frame. The School Department currently has a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014. However, while the School Committee approved the $102 million spending plan on Wednesday night, there are several big expenses looming that could change this picture considerably.
Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke noted that, by Charter rule, the School Department is required to send the city a budget by April 30 of each year. On April 23, a fiscal 2014 budget was presented to school officials reflecting known revenue and expenditures.
David A. Traylor
PROVIDENCE - Traylor, David A., 63, formerly of Providence passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Lakeland, Florida. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Walter and Norma (Duphiney) Traylor. Mr. Traylor served honorably in the U.S Navy for 4 years.
CUMBERLAND â Must-win pressure? Cumberland American showed zero signs of it on Wednesday night in its Pool A finale against Scituate-Foster.
Needing a victory to cement a spot in Fridayâs District 4 Major Division semifinals at Ayotte Field, CALL cruised to its third triumph in four games by mercy-ruling S-F, 14-3, in four innings at Garvin Field.
CENTRAL FALLS â The two men believed to have been murdered and found inside a 16 Sylvian St. apartment July 3 were identified by Central Falls Police on Wednesday.
Lt. Dorian R. Rave listed the victims in the double homicide as Malcolm Townes, 21, and Nathan Lewis, 22. Lewis was reported to have lived in the apartment and Townes to be staying with him.
Although ruled to be homicides, the Rhode Island Medical Examinerâs Office has not yet to issue an official cause of death for the victims, Rave said.
LINCOLN â Colonel Steven G. OâDonnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the first arrest at the Twin River Casino relating to the integrity of table games.
At 2:45 a.m. on July 10, a member of the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit (GEU) arrested Steven E. Sabitoni, 46, of School Road, Lincoln, on one count of larceny under $1,500.
PAWTUCKET âFeather boas, fishnets, and the glamor of âold style Vegasâ will dominate the stage at downtown Pawtucket's House of Mood during two special shows this month.
Called âVintage Vegas,â these lavishly entertaining productions, scheduled for July 13 and July 20, will also serve as fundraisers for a more serious women's health issueâthe fight against breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a cause that happens to be close to the heart of House of Mood founder/entertainer Jennifer Kennedy.
Robert L. Ruel
CUMBERLAND - Robert "Robby" L. Ruel, 44, of Leigh Road, passed away Wednesday at the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of Richard O. Ruel Sr. and Anne M. (George) Ruel. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Besides his parents, he leaves his maternal grandparents, Louis and Violet (Couture) George of Cumberland, one brother Richard Ruel Jr. of Cumberland; as well as his aunts, cousins, and friends.
CUMBERLAND â At 56 years of age, Scott Miller, a small business owner, doesnât have to take part in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge â a grueling, two-day, 192-mile trek from Sturbridge to the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown.
The Cumberland resident just chooses to, and he has dozens of explanations as to why he participates in the longest, most difficult version of the PMC.