March 25th, 2012
David D. Koohy's introduction to Kiwanis International came two decades ago when he volunteered to flip burgers and pour beers at the Kiwanis Club of Newport's food concession stand at the Newport Yachting Center.
The club members were so impressed with his enthusiasm, they invited him back to help out at the next waterfront festival.
With opening day fast approaching on April 5, Leo Dufresne of Central Falls power washes the grandstands at McCoy Stadium this week. The stadium is also installing a new scoreboard.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” An 11-year member of the Rhode Island National Guard has been killed in a vehicle accident while serving in Afghanistan.
Spc. Dennis Weichel died Thursday in Afghanistan.
State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride announced the death Friday.
Weichel joined the National Guard in 2001. He was a member of a unit based in East Greenwich, R.I., that arrived in Afghanistan earlier this month. The unit is conducting security operations in Laghman Province.
A Pawtucket resident, Weichel is survived by three children and his parents.
PAWTUCKET â€” With news he received this week, Shea High School Principal Christopher Lord is living the phrase â€śwhen one door closes, another one opens.â€ť The administrator has been selected as the new principal at Andover High School in Andover, Mass.
LINCOLN â€” Thomas Falowo passed the first six-round test of his pro career with flying colors.
The Pawtucket middleweight remained unbeaten in six fights on Thursday night by grabbing an impressive victory over a tough opponent before a standing-room-only gathering at the Twin River Event Center.
Falowo snagged an unanimous-decision triumph over battle-tested Bronx, N.Y. fighter Troy Artis on the undercard of Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™s â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, as he won the fight by scores of 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56.
PAWTUCKET â€” The desire to remain current with the times and create a setting thatâ€™s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes of those passing through the turnstiles at McCoy Stadium â€“ the members of the Pawtucket Red Sox front office continue to display a jewelerâ€™s attention to detail.
There are organizational meetings followed by player evaluations with a round of office powwows involving high-ranking team officials. Welcome to the portion of spring training where filling out minor-league rosters starts to take on a more serious tone.
Henry A. Chauvin
SEEKONK- Henry A. Chauvin, 90, died at home in Seekonk on Monday (Mar. 19th). He was the husband of the late Regina (Jutras) Chauvin.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Joseph and Amanda (LaFlamme) Chauvin, he had been employed as a warehouseman in the shipping and receiving department of the former ITT Royal Electric Company of Pawtucket.
In excess of thirty nieces and nephews survive. He was the brother of the late Raymond Chauvin, Sr., Doris Dery and Honore Chauvin.
Susan E. Shea
PAWTUCKET- Susan E. Shea (Walsh), 55, of Slater St. and formerly of Cumberland passed away Thursday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late John Shea.
Born in Providence she was the daughter of the late James and Cyrilla (Bliss) Walsh. She resided in Pawtucket for the past 2 years having lived in Cumberland most of her life.
Susan worked for many years at the former Ann & Hope, Cumberland.
Lorraine A. Rondeau
PAWTUCKET- Rondeau, Lorraine A. 66 of Stedman Ave. died Thursday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of George J. Rondeau.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edward and Grace (Noel) Phaneuf. She was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Mrs. Rondeau was a bookkeeper for CD Properties.
She was a communicant of the Church of the Presentation North Providence and a Eucharistic Minister and Reader at the church.
CUMBERLAND â€” The public will get a second chance next week to comment on School Superintendent Philip Thornton's proposed Fiscal Year 2013 school budget.
The School Committee is expected to vote on the $55.15 million budget at its meeting at 7 p.m. in the Transitional Building cafeteria at the high school, a session that will be open for public comment before the vote is taken.
Thornton's $55,152,928 budget represents a 4.9 percent, or $2.75 million, increase over the current $52,574,966 spending plan.
WOONSOCKET â€” After collecting national honors for her role as a Woonsocket High School science teacher, you wouldn't think Claire Laquerre would be worried about whether she might still have her job next year.
LINCOLN â€” It was pretty much on a whim that Jillian DeSimone even picked up a lacrosse stick.
As a Lincoln High freshman back in the fall of 2008, she played girls' varsity soccer, and even earned a letter for her rather solid play. A few months later, as spring approached, her dad, Louis, suggested she try out for the school's lacrosse program.
Antonio De Almeida
PAWTUCKET- Antonio De Almeida, 85 of Pawtucket died Wednesday at the Phillip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Maria (Utilia) De Almeida.Born in Sao Miguel, Azores he was the son of the late Jose De Almeida and Alexandrina (Moniz) Almeida.Antonio came to the United States in 1969 and settled in Pawtucket.
Prior to his retirement in 1992 he worked as a Machine Operator at the Elizabeth Webbing Company in Central Falls.
Avis M. Reilly
WESTERLY- Avis M. (Shea) Reilly, 90, of Chestnut St., Westerly, passed away at Apple Rehab The Clipper on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She was the wife of the late John McGunagle and the late Thomas E. Reilly, III.
Born in Cumberland, RI, she was a daughter of the late Edward J. and Millicent Shea.
Avis worked as an operator for Westerly Answering Service for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the St. Patrick's Mothers' Club and a current member of both the Hope Valley Senior Women's Club and the Westerly Senior Center.
Pyne, Carol F.
LINCOLN- Pyne, Carol F., 67, of Wake Robin Road, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at
Briarcliff Manor. She was the wife of John E. Pyne
Born in Richmond, Virginia, she was a daughter of Genevieve Green of Beaufort, SC and the late Forest Dunaway. She had lived in Lincoln for 15 years and had previously lived in Pawtucket.
She was an Assistant Manager in the Hardware Department for Sears and Roebuck, Co. before retiring. She was a member of Sears and Roebuck Women's Club.
PAWTUCKET- William "Bill" H. Lomax, Sr., 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Isabella F. (Mudie) Lomax.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late William H. and Elizabeth C. (Cahill) Lomax. Bill worked at Gibby's Service Station, Pawtucket, for many years and was also a mason and chimney sweep for George W. Smith & Son, Inc. for over 53 years. He enjoyed following horse racing and baseball, and especially enjoyed his breakfasts at various local diners.
PROVIDENCE â€” Invoking the tactics, the slogans and in some cases the costumes of Colonial America, opponents of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s 2 percent surtax on restaurant tabs tossed bags of tea into the muddy, mostly drained Waterplace Basin on Wednesday.
Declaring that Rhode Island suffers â€śtaxation without competent representation,â€ť the protesters decried the negative effects they believe the tax would have not only on restaurants, but on the entire economy of the state.
On Wednesday, the URI community rolled out the red carpet â€“ or maybe it was Keaney blue â€“ as a symbolic token to welcome new head coach Dan Hurley and his family. To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of coach and person that Rhode Island is getting in Hurley, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police are investigating an early morning incident on Wednesday in which shots were fired, damaging the outside of a house on Lucas Street.
Major Arthur Martins said that police were notified at around 12:30 a.m. that residents in the vicinity of Smithfield Avenue and Weeden Street in the city's Fairlawn section had heard an argument and the sound of gun shots being fired.