May 27th, 2012
WEST CHESTER, Pa. â€” Itâ€™s been quite the debut for Jad Prachniak, West Chester Universityâ€™s new baseball skipper.
Thanks to the tutelage of the former Lincoln resident, the Golden Rams closed their regular season with a stellar 42-10 slate, captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II World Series after winning four straight games in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.
PAWTUCKET â€” When 18-year-old Amanda Ambers walks across the Tolman High School stage on June 6 to get her diploma, she will have a full cheering section consisting of her mother, sister, brother and three-year-old son.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Curt Schillingâ€™s 38 Studios is back in default with the state, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced at a late Friday afternoon press conference.
Laying off its employees without giving the state 30 days notice is an apparent violation of the companyâ€™s loan and trust agreement with the state, Chafee and other state officials said, although the company could once again get back in good graces if it makes certain disclosures to the state in the next 30 days.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The latest city crime statistics show an overall decline of 8.6 percent in crime from 2010 to 2011, including a sharp drop in juvenile incidents of almost 25 percent, which police officials are attributing to a number of homegrown factors.
â€śWe are very pleased to announce that our overall crime rate has gone down significantly,â€ť Police Chief Paul King said. â€śThatâ€™s also a positive sign that the many educational programs and partnerships we have developed with the community are having the desired effect.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox received some much-needed outfield help Thursday. Despite putting up impressive numbers with Double-A Portland, J.C. Linares was not the player the Red Sox organization chose to promote.
Instead, Ronald Bermudez was the one summoned to Triple A. Selecting Bermudez over Linares may be viewed in some corners as a curious decision, especially when taking into account that the 27-year-old Linares is leading the Sea Dogs in hitting (.311), RBI (25), on-base percentage (.406) while ranking second among regulars in home runs (six) heading into Thursdayâ€™s action.
LINCOLN --- For Thomas Falowo, the drive from his front door in Pawtucket to the Twin River Event Center is less than 10 minutes.
But on Thursday night, the Manfredoâ€™s Gym middleweight felt like he took a long flight to Texas to battle the Lone Star Stateâ€™s Samuel Clarkson in a marquee six-round showdown of unbeaten prospects.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Win and youâ€™re in the playoffs. Lose and feel the pain that goes with realizing that your season is kaput before Memorial Day.
With so much riding on Fridayâ€™s outcome, there was no time for either Lincoln or St. Raphael to get caught up with what potentially lies ahead. There would be no tomorrow for one team, nor would any partial credit be awarded as the Lions and Saints entered this pivotal final game of the regular season sporting identical 7-10 league records.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Darnell McDonald knows that the Red Sox need outfield help in the worst way possible. Thatâ€™s why the 33-year-old is holding out hope that his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox is of the short and sweet variety.
â€śHopefully it wonâ€™t be more than a few days; a lot of guys up there are out,â€ť noted McDonald Friday prior to going 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly while playing five innings in left field for the PawSox.
CENTRAL FALLS - Rhea E. (Lizotte) Benoit, aged 100, passed into eternal life on May 24. She was the beloved wife of the late Emile Benoit.
Born in Central Falls on July 12, 1911, she was the daughter of the John and Reina (Dupuis) Lizotte. She was pre-deceased by her three siblings, Germaine Dube, Roland A. Lizotte, and Jeannette Lizotte.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Although her current Hollywood lifestyle is a far cry from the hardscrabble neighborhood where she grew up, Viola Davis credits this place and its people with making her the highly successful actor that she is today. â€śCentral Falls makes up in heart what it lacks in size,â€ť she told an auditorium filled with graduating seniors and alumni at Central Falls High School on Thursday, prompting an eruption of applause.
PAWTUCKET - Mildred L. Pitera 77, passed away Monday May 21, 2012 at Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Woonsocket where she was a resident for the past 5 months.
Born in Pawtucket she was a beloved daughter of the late Stanislaw and Julia
Before retiring Mildred was employed as a Metal Products Coordinator for Texas Instruments of Attleboro for 40 years.
She leaves one loving sister Adella O. Porada of Cumberland, nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Walter Pitera.
A private funeral will be held at the convenience of the family.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a lot of concerns and grumbling by residents about a proposed budget that could result in an 80-cent per $1,000 property tax increase, only a small number of people turned out Wednesday night to speak to city officials about it.
CUMBERLAND - Fay D. Moss, 52, of Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at home.
Born in Pawtucket, RI she was the daughter of Faye (Caouette) Petel and the late Charles Petel.
She is survived by two sons; Marc Levasseur and David Levasseur, four daughters; Dawn Barone, Christine Oquendo, Amber Murzi and Katherine Moss, three sisters; Hope Callahan, Doris Widart and Tammy Phalen, eleven grandchildren and two great grandsons.
PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman High had just earned an easier-than-expected 3-0 triumph over Central on Tuesday night, and with it virtually sealed up the second-place slot in Division II-North, but veteran head coach Neil Nachbar was hardly satisfied with his squad's overall performance.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's been a rough first season for the fledgling St. Raphael Academy program, but Tuesday night made it all worthwhile.
Maybe the number 13 is lucky, after all.
After that amount of losses, the Saints earned its first-ever varsity volleyball triumph with a 3-1 Division II-North decision over Lincoln High at the Alumni & Wellness Center, and the squad commemorated it appropriately.
PAWTUCKET â€” Wednesday night, residents will have a chance to weigh in on Mayor Donald Grebien's proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal yearâ€”a spending plan that would require an 80-cent tax increase per $1,000 of assessed valuation for homeowners. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers on the third floor of Pawtucket City Hall at 137 Roosevelt Ave.
Members of the newly formed Burns Manor Garden Club, sponsored by the Pawtucket Housing Authority, gather with some of the plantings that will go into four new raised beds and become part of a beautification project for the grounds of the seniors complex. Pictured from left: Linda Flanagan, Doris Normandin, Gloria Beauvais, Julia Fitton, Gloria Barrows, Jeannette Flanagan, Ernie Paquin, Terry McAloon, PHA executive director Steve Vadnais, Doris Sirois, Julio Ramos, Fortunato Dossantos, Peggy Mon, Connie Santos, Joe Santos, Maria Cabral, Lou Mossor, Beth Roberge, and Sandy Battersby.
NORFOLK, Va. â€” The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a 2-2 draw by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday afternoon for a split of their four-game series at Harbor Park.
Jonathan Hee led off the seventh with a single to right and Pedro Ciriaco followed with a double to right to put runners in scoring position.
A groundout to shortstop by Jose Iglesias allowed Hee to speed home with the go-ahead run, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled to right to drive in Ciriaco.
CUMBERLAND - Raymond D. Kelleher, 56, of High St. departed this earth and the empire he built on Monday at home.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Renaud) Kelleher. He was a life long Cumberland resident.
He was an auto body repairman his entire life. Ray was an avid pool player and also loved going to and watching NESC Motocross racing. For many years he could also be seen traveling up and down Broad St. and High St. in his favorite Chevelle.
CENTRAL FALLS - RITA I. Romenski RN 89, passed away Sunday May 20, 2012. She was the loving wife of the late Bernard "BENNY" Romenski.
Born in Pawtucket she was the beloved daughter of the late Cyrias and Aurore (Frechette) Letourneau. She lived in Central Falls for the past 60 years.
She was co-owner and Secretary of the Karol A. Romenski & Sons Funeral Home of Central Falls.
Rita was a Registered Nurse and did private duty nursing for several years. She was a Registered Nurse for 68 years.