May 22nd, 2012
SEEKONK - Gertrude (Thiemann) Milbourne, 101, formerly of Seekonk, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late William Milbourne.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Gustave and Maria (Werner) Thiemann, she moved to Seekonk in 1969. Mrs. Milbourne had been employed by Texas Instruments, Attleboro until retiring in 1966, and was previously employed by the former Darlington Textile Company. She was a former member of the Darlington Congregational Church.
CUMBERLAND - Maria Izilda (Rebelo) Rodrigues, 82, of Forest Ave., passed away Monday at the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Jose Rodrigues.
Born in Quintal, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Luis and Maria (Jose) Rebelo. Mrs. Rodrigues came to this country in 1970 settling in Cumberland for the past 42 years.
She was a machine operator for the former SpinTex Company for many years, and later was employed by Chadwicks Yarn Company until her retirement.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
NORTON - Raymond N. Emmott, 81, formerly of Norton, MA and Pawtucket, RI passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's official: an assistant principal at Middletown High School who began his career as a mathematics teacher will take over the helm of the William E. Tolman High School starting July 1.
Christopher Savastano, of Jamestown, was unanimously appointed as principal by the School Committee at its May 15 meeting. Savastano was the top choice of Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke and a search committee, and he was also interviewed by the School Committee.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Cumberland school community will come together May 29 to honor the 35 students who finished in the the top 10 percent of their graduating class .
Those students include Cumberland High School Class of 2012 Valedictorian Katilyn S. Krajanowski and Salutatorian Gabriella K. Cottiero.
The top 10 graduates will be honored at the annual Cumberland High School Distinguished Scholars Ceremony to be held Tuesday, May 29 at 9:15 a.m. in the front foyer of the high Shhool.
ATTLEBORO - Roger R. Paille, 72, of Richard Street, Attleboro, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 20, 2012 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence, Rhode Island. He was the beloved husband of Donna M. (Chagnon) Paille.
Born in Attleboro on June 24, 1939, he was a son of Lou (Raposa) Paille and the late Raymond Paille. Roger was educated in Attleboro schools and was a member of the Sea Scouts in earlier days.
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Valmore L. LaFontaine, 80, formerly of North Attleboro, died on Sunday. He was the husband of 37 years of the late Joyce Marie (Arnold) LaFontaine.
Born in Pawtucket on March 25, 1932, he was a son of the late Valmore L. and Blanche Mary (Gavlick) LaFontaine. Raised in South Attleboro, he was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy, College of Holy Cross and earned his Master's in Education from Providence College.
PAWTUCKET - Raymond R. Degre, 71 of Pawtucket died Friday at the Miriam Hospital surrounded by his wife and seven children. He was the husband of Ruth (St. Jean) Degre.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Hormisdas and Jeannette (Fontaine) Belanger, and stepson of Norman Belanger. Raymond was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Prior to his retirement he worked as a security guard for Stern Leach Precious Metals in Attleboro.
PAWTUCKET - John J. Maliboski 95, passed away Sunday May 20, 2012 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Mary B. (Valente) Maliboski.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late Joseph and Frances (Golis) Maliborski. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 60 years.
Before retiring John was employed by Buckley and Scott Heating and Oil Co. as a Boiler Technician for many years.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and Korea serving as a Sergeant First Class.
CUMBERLAND - Frances P. Lowe, 82, passed away Saturday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Lowe Sr.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Bartalo and Angelina (Day) Pino. She resided in Cumberland for the past 50 years.
She was a supervisor at the senior housing at 1 Mendon Rd., Cumberland for 10 years. Mrs. Lowe was also a member of the St. Aidan Seniors.
PAWTUCKET - O'MALLEY, Hilda (Botelho) formerly of West Lawn Ave. Pawtucket died May 20, 2012 in Providence. She was the wife of the late Gordon Lewis and Eugene O'Malley.
She was born in Fall River, MA a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Silva) Botelho. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and stepchildren. She was the sister of the late Irene Medeiros, Manuel, Herman, James, Joseph and Serafin Botelho.
SMITHFIELD - Irene G. (Mello) Coia, 88, a resident of North Bay Manor, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Julio C. Coia and daughter of the late Joseph E. and Agnes (Tavares) Mello.
A kind and gentle woman, Irene found her greatest joy in cooking, dancing and surrounded by her family.
It was a textbook case where the idiom â€śturnabout is fair playâ€ť directly applies.
From Ryan Mallettâ€™s vantage point, some friendly and well-intentioned payback was in order. It only seemed fitting, considering Mallett had pulled the necessary strings that paved the way for his childhood chum from Texas, Will Middlebrooks, to attend a couple of New England Patriots games last season â€“ sitting in primo seats no less.
In the short time Rakim Sanders has spent as an NBA hopeful, the Pawtucket native has learned an invaluable lesson â€“ when opportunity knocks, itâ€™s best to jump all in.
Fresh off spending the weekend at a draft combine in East Rutherford, N.J., at which representatives from all 30 teams were in attendance, Sanders now embarks on a vagabond tour of NBA cities scattered across the country.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Nine-year-old Andrew Smyth of East Greenwich stared down at X Games' nine-time BMX medalist Kevin Robinson autographing his white T-shirt in heavy blue ink. When the elder had finished, he flashed a grin at his mom, Stacey.
The boy had never before met Robinson, and couldn't believe his good fortune when the 40-year-old athlete and East Providence native posed with him for a photo.
Robinson immediately hugged Stacey and thanked her for attending his second annual â€śRide with K-Rob/Family Fun Festival,â€ť held at Rose Larisa Park on Riverside's tip Sunday afternoon.
Diane Sweet, center, joins members of Odaiko New England Drummers during a performance at the Chocolate Mill Overlook Park dedication ceremony Saturday. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nation of Japan's donation of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C., cherry blossom saplings are donated and planted in Pawtucket and Central Falls during this year's Cherry Blossom Festival in deep appreciation for the aid and assistance given to Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 31-year-old city man employed as a union carpenter was arrested after telephoning members of the City Council and threatening to harm them over issues related to the Pawtucket Fire Department and contract negotiations with the firefighters' union.
David F. Bollwage, of John Street, was arrested on Thursday following an investigation of the complaints by Pawtucket Police detectives. He was arraigned in District Court on Friday on five felony counts of threats to public officials.
PAWTUCKET â€” As 60-something parents of a 24-year-old daughter with severe developmental disabilities, Richard Godfrey said that he and his wife worry a lot about her future. He noted that while the young woman, who needs near-constant care, is currently in a good day care situation, she will one day be alone.
PAWTUCKET â€” The regional and national tournaments are all a thing of the past. So is the points scoring system that heâ€™s had to worry about every time heâ€™s fought, as well as the headgear that heâ€™s had to strap on for 130 amateur fights, 119 of which he won.
The next time Toka Kahn-Clary steps in the ring, the Manfredoâ€™s Gym fighter will do so as a professional. His name and his pro fights will be etched forever on boxrec.com, and yes, he will be fattening his wallet with some extra greens.
LINCOLN --- With a 5-0 shutout against the Smithfield Sentinels Friday, the Lincoln Lions improved their record to 14-0 and clinched the Northern Division.
Including yesterdayâ€™s game, the Lions have only played in five games that were decided by five or fewer runs, one of which came against Smithfield on April 4. During that game, Lincoln came away with a 3-2 win.
Coach Dick Ryan thought that the grit his squad showed against a Smithfield team that always gives Lincoln a close match was a good sign.