May 21st, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ A leading advocacy group for affordable housing released a report today criticizing state government for failing to protect its investments in affordable housing with additional funds for maintenance and operations.
The HousingWorks RI report characterizes affordable housing as an essential component of the stateâ€™s economic development infrastructure. The report, entitled â€śThe Complete Approach to Affordable Housing,â€ť says the state not only needs more affordable housing but should invest more to make sure what it has is sustainable.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To help get unwanted guns off city streets, a Pawtucket Police Gun Buyback program will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police substation at 270 Armistice Blvd. (across from Precision Harley-Davidson). The program is open to all city residents.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite being shot down twice by the City Council, Mayor Donald Grebien is again pushing to hire a business/communications liaison as well as create a new position for an economic development professional who would be funded jointly by the city and the Pawtucket Foundation.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Former State Police superintendent and congressional candidate Brendan Doherty has been nominated to be the next chairman of the board of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility by Mayor James Diossa.
Doherty would replace Steven T. Hartford, who resigned the chairmanship of the five-member board. The panel also includes Ernest â€śGipâ€ť Cabral, Hugo Figueroa, Yedinson A. Rios and Frank Tillinghast.
CRANSTON â€“ Public school teachers from North Smithfield to Newport jammed into the auditorium at Cranston High School West Monday and for well over two hours unloaded a long list of grievances against Education Commissioner Deborah Gist with the stated intention of convincing the new state Board of Education to not renew her contract next month.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Jackie Bradley Jr. is no longer on the disabled list. However, the promising outfielder remains in a holding pattern.
At least for the foreseeable future, Bradley will be subjected to a schedule that the Red Sox put together in an effort to ease him back into full-time duty. He missed nearly two weeks earlier this month due to tendinitis in his right bicep, an injury that he first noticed during Pawtucketâ€™s road trip to Rochester and Buffalo late last month.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 41-year-old city man suffered cuts to his hands after trying to defend himself against two intruders to his Dawson Street home early Sunday morning, police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the man told police he was watching TV at his home at around 1:48 a.m. when two masked men, dressed all in black, entered through an unlocked door. He said that one of the men grabbed him from behind and tried to strangle him and another was armed with a knife.
PAWTUCKET â€” A movie described as a â€śparanormal family dramaâ€ť is set to begin filming scenes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, including at a local Irish bar.
According to a press release from Boston-based tFrog Films, Justine Gendron and Kyle Johannessan announce the filming of principal photography for the short film â€śDevil May Care.â€ť Filming is set for May 23 through May 27 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Locations include Pawtucket's own Galway Bay Pub, as well as St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newburyport, Mass. and Island Grove Park in Abington, Mass.
Mary T. Slaby
PAWTUCKET - Mary T. Slaby 93, of Jeanne Jugan Residence 964 Main Street passed away Sunday May 19, 2013 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Sophie (Koziol) Slaby.
Before retiring in 1980 Mary was employed as an Assembler for Carol Cable Co. for 44 years.
For many years Mary was a communicant and active member of St. Joseph's Parish in Central Falls, and a member of the former Ladies Auxiliary of the Orchard Lake Schools.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Audrey Carolyn (Wulff) Quinlan of Swan Court, North Providence and formerly of Pawtucket died on Sunday May, 19, 2013. She was the wife of the late Francis B. "Lefty" Quinlan.
Mrs. Quinlan was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Scott) Wulff.
Thomas F. O'Brien
PAWTUCKET - Thomas F. O'Brien, 96, of East Ave., died at Landmark Medical Center on Friday. Born in Pawtucket a son of the late John J. and Delia A. (Flaherty) O'Brien.
Mr. O'Brien lived most of his life in the city. He was a letter carrier for US Postal Service for 31 years, retiring in 1977. He was a veteran of the US Army Signal Corps during WWII.
His only survivor was a friend, Noreen Sherys of Cumberland. He was the brother of the late John J. O'Brien and Winifred Gill.
CENTRAL FALLS - Rose (Abraham) Sweeting, 94, of Eben Brown Lane died Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late George Sweeting.
A lifelong resident of Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Moses and Annie (Shabo) Abraham.
Mrs. Sweeting was a jewelry worker for Monet Jewelers, Pawtucket before retiring.
She was a member of St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Church, Central Falls, where she was also a member of the Ladies Society of the Church.
Dr. Nora M. Walker
PAWTUCKET - Dr. Nora M. Walker, 87, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Joseph Parfenchuck for twenty-seven years. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Dada) Walker.
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.