May 10th, 2012
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.
PAWTUCKET â Say this about the Boston Red Sox â the organization is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to commemorating the centennial anniversary of Fenway Park.
As part of the season-long celebration, the Sox have set aside this month as a prime chance to revisit some of the ballparkâs most spine-tingling moments and salute the players primarily responsible for creating them.
BURRILLVILLE -- The DâAntuono brother tandem of sophomore Mike and junior Matt wanted desperately for Burrillville High to post a spirited victory over St. Raphael Academy on Tuesday afternoon.
They did their part, as both assembled straight-set victories over the Saintsâ No. 1 and 2 representatives, seniors Sam Reinhardt and Juan Bedoya, respectively.
Perhaps a half hour after Mike had mustered a 6-1, 6-0 win over Reinhardt and Matt dispatched Bedoya, 6-1, 6-1, however, the rain became steadier, though the remaining players wanted to continue their assaults on winning.
PAWTUCKET. Timothy H. Karpinski, 59, formerly of Towers East, passed away, Saturday after an illness. He was the longtime companion of Debbie Huntington. Born in Bellows Falls, Vt. a son of the late Chester and Katherine S. (Fenessey) Karpinski. Tim lived in the Pawtucket area most of his life until moving to Johnston a short time ago.
CUMBERLAND - Margarida Carvalho (Carreiro), 97, of Broad St. passed away Tuesday in the Pawtucket Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Jacinto Carvalho.
Born in Jamestown, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Maria (Augusta) Carreiro. She resided in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland for most of her life.
She was employed by the International Packaging Co., Pawtucket for many years until her retirement and had previously been employed by the Central Braid Co., Central Falls.
ATTLEBORO - Anita (Bandieri) Oliver, 85, formerly of Timothy Drive, Attleboro, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. She was the wife of the late Anthony J. Oliver, Sr.
Anita was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Cesare and Celia (Giambastiani) Bandieri.
Mrs. Oliver is survived by her children, Anthony J. Oliver Jr., Kathleen Laurence, Carolyn Oliver-Lawson all of Pawtucket and Susan Oliver of Attleboro, MA, four grandchildren, one great-grandson and a brother Paul Bandieri.
CENTRAL FALLS - Homer L. Lafond Jr., 73, died Saturday in N. Conway, NH. He was the husband of Claudette (Tellier) Lafond.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Homer L. Lafond Sr. and Lucille M. (Dery) Lafond.
LINCOLN - Madelyn Collins, 91, of Lincoln, died Sunday at Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Arnold B. Collins and the daughter of the late James J. and Helen (Rush) Gorman.
She is survived by several cousins. Mrs. Collins was employed as a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital for over 37 year.
A Mass of Christian Burial to which relatives and friends are invited will be celebrated today at 10:00 am in St. Ambrose Church, School St., Albion.