May 19th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” The diary of a young soldier from Woonsocket detailing his experiences during World War II has brought a first-person flavor to a Shea High School history class
No one remembers exactly how Emilian Larue's leather-bound diary ended up at Shea. By chance one day, history teacher James Matuszek was perusing a shelf in the history department office that held books and videos on WWII. â€śI pulled out some books and the diary fell out,â€ť said Matuszek. â€śI started to read and realized, 'Wow, this is incredible stuff.'â€ť
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the new leaders of Central Falls, a community emerging from the turmoil of bankruptcy to become a virtual New City, with new officials in place and new goals for the future.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Remember all that talk months ago about Central Falls merging with other communities, with Pawtucket taking a chunk of the little city and Cumberland picking up the rest?
Well, you can forget about it, now that Mayor James A. Diossa is in charge.
LINCOLN â€”â€śNo offense to anyone on the card, but I'm here to steal the show!â€ť
That was the sentence Thomas Falowo typed on his Facebook account on Wednesday morning, two days before the Pawtucket middleweight and Manfredoâ€™s Gym productâ€™s six-round fight on Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™ â€śNew Eraâ€ť card at the Twin River Event Center.
Those were bold words, considering Falowo was taking on one of the top middleweight prospects in New England in Hartford, Conn. power puncher Tylon Burris, but Falowo strongly backed up his words with arguably his most impressive performance to date.
This past Saturday was a busy day for the Rhode Island high school outdoor track & field circuit. Below is a list of how area participants fared.
CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday â€“ At Cumberland HS
1. Bishop Hendricken 115; 2. East Providence 93; 3. LaSalle 64; 4). Central 57; 5. Coventry 54; 6. South Kingstown 43; 7. Chariho 41; 8. Cumberland 38; 9. North Kingstown 37; 10. Cranston West 30; 11. Woonsocket 15; 12. Hope 2.
100: 1. Ryan Williams (East Providence) 10.90.
200: 1. Williams 22.20.
400: 3. Justin Andrade (East Providence) 52.80.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was deemed a terrific Sunday afternoon showdown between two of the premier pitching prospects in the minors today: Pawtucket Red Sox righty Allen Webster, called by Baseball America Bostonâ€™s No. 2 hill prize, and Indianapolisâ€™ righthander Gerrit Cole, the Piratesâ€™ top overall prospect.
The pairing didnâ€™t disappoint, at least not early on. Through the first three frames, Webster had retired nine straight, the final four via whiff, while Cole had yielded a harmless, leadoff double to Brandon Snyder in the second.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city could become the fourth community in the state to ban smoking in public parks and recreation areas under an ordinance up for consideration by the City Council on Monday.
If passed, it would follow Central Falls, Warren and West Warwick in prohibiting smokers from lighting up outdoors.
Cumberland passed a non-binding ordinance to ban smoking in parks in 2009 but itâ€™s not illegal for people to smoke outdoors.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Despite the sight of flashing lights, firetrucks, and American Red Cross volunteers at Fogarty Manor on Friday morning, there was no cause for alarm. The city-owned high-rise was the scene of a â€śmock disasterâ€ť drill designed to provide training in evacuation protocol for a multi-unit building of this type.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Red Sox-themed game of dominos broke out at McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon, with the playing surface stretching from the plush green grass in left field to the PawSox clubhouse.
As the Pawtucket hitters took their batting practice cuts, pitchers Franklin Morales and Andrew Bailey were positioned in front of the home teamâ€™s bullpen. The two injured arms were occupied with their long-toss program, though they made sure to stop every now again to check out the action in the batterâ€™s box.
SEEKONK - Rachel Elinor (Cowles) Monty, 92, formerly of Ellis St., passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Linn Health Care Center, East Providence. She was the former wife of the late Leo T. Monty, Sr. Born in Northampton, MA, she was a daughter of the late Winfred P. and Jennie (Kentfield) Cowles.
Jose F. Furtado
PAWTUCKET - Jose F. Furtado, 77 died Friday at his home in Pawtucket. He was the husband of Maria L. (Botelho Medeiros) Furtado. Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria Furtado. Jose came to the United States in 1980 and settled in Pawtucket.
Prior to his retirement in 2000 he worked as a machine operator for Elizabeth Webbing in Central Falls. He volunteered and was a member of the Amigos das Terceira and he played for the Holy Spirit Committee and Rancho of St. Anthony's.
PAWTUCKET â€” This comeback ran out of steam.
After falling behind by a 4-0 score and getting blanked for 7 2/3 innings by Gwinnett Braves righthander Omar Poveda, the Pawtucket Red Sox found a way to battle back in the last two innings off him and reliever Wirfin Obispo and nearly pull off an amazing victory.
But it wasnâ€™t meant to be for the PawSox, who soon found themselves trying to battle back from a 6-1 deficit in their final swings and ended up with a 6-4 loss â€“ their fourth defeat in their last five games â€“ on Thursday night before a small gathering at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â€” Last month, school administrators expressed optimism about the proposed school budget for fiscal year 2014, citing an anticipated increase in state aid and expected funding from the city. However, due to the city administration's apparent decision to not provide $511,463 as part of â€śmaintenance of effortâ€ť and other adjustments requested by the School Committee, the latest draft is looking decidedly less rosy.
The Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island assistance program for the stateâ€™s elderly residents hit another milestone Wednesday â€” serving its 17 millionth meal to Clara Ramos, 80, of Providence.
The highlight meal, this year served by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, is one of a long list of such events marking the work put in by the organizationâ€™s volunteers since the 1970s. That work has not only helped elderly residents maintain their nutritional health but also their independence and ability to remain at home.
Eunice M. Simmons
PAWTUCKET - Eunice M. (Oakland) Simmons, 96, of Salem, NY and formerly of Pawtucket died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Stanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Queensbury, NY. She was the wife of the late George F. Simmons.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Millichamp) Oakland, she had lived in Pawtucket all of her life before moving to New York 9 years ago.
Mrs. Simmons was a bookkeeper for the Pelletier Trucking Company, Pawtucket before retiring. She was a 1933 graduate of Pawtucket High School.
PAWTUCKET â€“ When the manager mentions â€śsmall crack in his boneâ€ť in the same sentence as the playerâ€™s wrist, itâ€™s easy to dwell on the worst-case scenario.
Gary DiSarcina, however, stated that the Pawtucket Red Sox are in no rush to place first baseman/outfielder Mark Hamilton on the disabled list. On the same day that saw Hamilton honored as International League Hitter of the Week, the 29-year-old jammed his wrist while attempting to make a play in left field.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Depending on who you listened to at the House Finance Committee hearing Wednesday, payday lenders are either providers of quick and convenient cash loans for regular folks in temporary financial straits or they are â€śpredators,â€ť â€śvampires,â€ť â€śmonstersâ€ť and â€śleechesâ€ť conniving to trap poor people in an inescapable cycle of debt at â€śusuriousâ€ť interest rates.
WOONSOCKET â€” Perhaps the only statistic Lincoln High skipper Andy Hallam didnâ€™t like on Wednesday afternoon came in the â€śLOBâ€ť category.
The Lions may have stranded 11 base-runners, but everything else went the Lionsâ€™ way in a 6-0 taming of Division I-North foe Woonsocket in the chilly drizzle and wind at Barry Field.
Senior southpaw Andrew Veiga whirled a stupendous, complete-game two-hitter with a mere walk and a whopping 13 strikeouts in keeping the Villa Novans at bay; actually, he surrendered only nine batted balls the entire contest.
You take what you can get.
With that mantra in mind, the NCAAâ€™s decree to lengthen college basketballâ€™s preseason is a welcome development in a sport where the run-up to the regular season barrels down on coaches and players like a fastbreak. Earlier this month, the governing body of collegiate athletics ruled that menâ€™s programs can begin practicing six weeks prior to their first game.
The 2013-14 season is set to tip-off on Nov. 8, meaning teams can begin laying the groundwork in earnest on Sept. 27.
CUMBERLAND - Stanislaw Mach, 81, passed away Thursday May 9, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Stanislawa (Markocki) Mach.
Born in Grodzisko Dolne, Podkarpackie, Poland he was a son of the late Antoni and Maria (Przeszlo) Mach. He lived in Cumberland for the past 12 years and was formerly of Central Falls.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machine Operator for Ocean State Finishing Co. of Woonsocket.
Mary T. Plant
CUMBERLAND - Mary T. Plant, 86, passed May 15th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Milton W. Plant.
Mary was the daughter of the late Aborn and Mary (Burns) Snow.
She retired from the Cumberland School Department and had also worked for Ann & Hope of Cumberland.