May 12th, 2012
EAST PROVIDENCE â The city got some great economic news last week when Planning Director Jeanne Boyle announced that igus Inc. has resurrected plans to build a 145,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse and office facility on property the Rumford-based company owns behind the old Handy and Harmon building on Ferris Avenue.
Boyle told City Councilors that the company's plans to build the warehouse and office facility have been in the works since 1991 with company officials receiving preliminary approval from the Planning Board in 2008.
PAWTUCKET â Despite posting downright gaudy numbers in his shortlived Red Sox stint, Clayton Mortensen was farmed out to Pawtucket because of one simple yet often overlooked factoid.
He still has minor-league options remaining.
Guys like Mortensen, they perform a service akin to a security blanket. To the big-league teams, to have a player with options still on the table, creates the kind of roster flexibility that can prove most handy.
PAWTUCKET â Just as head coach Frank Laliberte had envisioned, Tolman High cinched an elementary 6-1 Division II-North victory over arch rival Shea at Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts on Friday afternoon.
For that, he was both excited and relieved. Over the previous 10 days, the Tigers had lost four straight, including two tight, 4-3 crossover decisions to II-South foes Pilgrim and Chariho, and Laliberte really wanted his guys to get off the schneid.
CUMBERLAND- Emily DaFonte, 88, of Cumberland, passed away peacefully, Friday, May 11, 2012. She was the wife of the late Joseph DaFonte.
Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Diolinda (DeJesus) Almeida.
Mrs. DaFonte had lived in Cumberland for over fifty years. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Rezendes-Sheehan and Patricia Ann Whalen, six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Francisco and Augusto Almeida.
LINCOLN - Arlene M. Harrold, 78, died Wednesday at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Daniel F. Harrold.
Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Pryor) Cunningham.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) â Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta will be out six to eight weeks because of an injury to his right wrist.
Without specifying the exact injury, the Angels announced Thursday that Iannetta will undergo surgery Friday.
Iannetta has been playing with the injury since getting hit by a pitch during his first at-bat May 2. He stayed in the game and caught Jered Weaver's no-hitter against Minnesota.
Before his injury, Iannetta had been a solid addition to the Angels' lineup since arriving in an offseason trade with Colorado.
PAWTUCKET â Mauro Gomez ended his slump in a big way on Thursday afternoon.
The veteran first baseman delivered a two-out, two-run double into the right-field corner in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a one-run deficit and lift the Pawtucket Red Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Rochester Red Wings in the finale of their four-game series at McCoy Stadium
Gomez, who was an International League All-Star with the Gwinnett Braves last year, came into this contest with just four hits in his last 45 at-bats, two of them coming in Wednesday nightâs 5-2 win over the Red Wings.
PAWTUCKET â Driven by a drop in revenue and property values as well as increased expenses âincluding pension obligations for police and fire personnel â Mayor Donald Grebien is proposing a city budget that includes a tax increase of about 80 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
At Wednesday night's City Council meeting, Grebien unveiled the annual operating budget that he and his administrative team believe is needed to run the city for the upcoming fiscal year.
Sophie V. Drezek
PAWTUCKET - Sophie V. Drezek (Szczoczarz), 94, of Douglas Pike and formerly of Pawtucket passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Drezek.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late George and Veronica (Matisewski) Szczocarz. She was a resident of the Heritage Hills Nursing Center for the past 4 years previously having lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy I. (Hesseman) Brown, 91, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late John C. Brown.
Born in Madison, Ohio, a daughter of the late Joseph and Valeria (Pierson) Hesseman, she resided in Pawtucket over fifty years.
Dorothy was a member of the Women's Circle and the Acacia Club at the First Baptist Church, Pawtucket, and enjoyed music and crafts. Dorothy especially enjoyed knitting, she would often make and donate baby sets, as well as hats and mittens for children.
PAWTUCKET - Linda M. (Thibeault) Roy, 65, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert F., Sr. and Flora I. (Daigle) Roy.
Linda worked in the Accounting Department of Hasbro for over fifteen years until retiring. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Linda enjoyed playing cards; music; Twin Rivers, and was a former member of St. Teresa's Choir.
WOONSOCKET - Clarisse Landry, 93, passed May 9th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Landry.
Born in Lincoln, a daughter of the late Pierre and Sarah (Gagne) Emond.
She is survived by a daughter, Anita DuCharme and her husband Albert with whom she resided in Woonsocket, a brother, Emile Emond of Cumberland, 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Raymond E. Landry.
SWANSEA - Muriel I. (Blake) Allenson, age 80, of Swansea, died, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in the Kimwell Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Merrill S. "Mel" Allenson.
Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late David and Ida (Poirier) Blake, she lived in Seekonk for many years and had been a resident of Swansea for 25 years.
A graduate of Pawtucket East High School, she worked at Swank in Attleboro and Taunton for 20 years. Muriel was a member of the Red Hat Society, was a very talented knitter, and an excellent cook.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â A tug-of-war over an inmate in Rhode Island custody in a possible death penalty case escalated Wednesday as Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court ruling allowing the inmate to stand trial in federal court
PAWTUCKET â For Justin Thomas, the near month he spent as member of Bostonâs bullpen was merely a case of guilt by association.
Even though the 28-year-old lefthander was relegated to afterthought status â while with the Red Sox, Thomas allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings prior to getting farmed out to Pawtucket on April 27 â he was still part of a unit that became known as the land of diminished returns. No matter which reliever BoSox manager Bobby Valentine summoned, disaster seemed to follow.
PAWTUCKET â Through all the early-season struggles he endured, Alex Hassan never once thought about reinventing the wheel, i.e. tweaking his batting stance or adjusting his hands on the bat, the kind of wholesale changes that no doubt creep into a playerâs mind whenever things arenât going well.
PROVIDENCE â Local lawmakers are rallying to the defense of Woonsocketâs Place Jolicoeur war memorial with legislation to protect it and similar monuments from state constitutional challenges and defend it against federal constitutional challenges.
Rep. James McLaughlin, a Democrat whose district covers parts of Cumberland and Central Falls, introduced a bill in the House yesterday that will allow any elected state or municipal official to designate any âstructure, sculpture, inscription or iconâ as a âcategory oneâ memorial.
CENTRAL FALLS - Mary Libucha 98, passed away Wednesday May 9, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Libucha.
Born in Poland she was a daughter of the late John and Ludwika (Uram) Szerlag. She lived in Coventry for the past 3 years and was formerly of Central Falls.
Before retiring she was employed as a Seamstress for the former New England Industries for 10 years retiring in 1976.
Mary was a member of St. Josephs Church Holy Rosary Society and the former Senior group. She was also a member of the former Orchard Lake Schools Ladies Auxiliary.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Four staffers from the Woonsocket Call and Pawtucket Times took home a total of five Rhode Island Press Association awards during the groupâs annual banquet at the Quonset O in North Kingstown Friday.
The showing was especially strong for photographers, who dominated the general news category. Ernest Brown took home a first place plaque for âGood Night Irene,â his dramatic photo of a tsunami-like wave crashing against the sea wall in Narragansett during the height of Hurricane Irene.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox were able to dodge the raindrops Tuesday night. The same cannot be said of the Rochester Red Wings.
Buoyed by 5 2/3 innings of strong pitching by Liam Hendriks, the Red Wings grounded the PawSox, 3-1, before 3,325 rain-free fans at McCoy Stadium. The forecast called for a major weather disturbance to arrive at some point during the game, but the precipitation was able to hold off long enough that the teams were able to get this one in.