October 6th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â As dusk settled over Slater Park early Monday evening, Cub Scout Pack 3 leader Caroline Strange asked her boys to âplace your seatsâ on the grass outside the playground and beging stretching out their arms and legs.
After all, she told the contingent, you can't sprint a few 25-yard jaunts without a proper warm-up.
âIs this a race?â asked one cub, to which Strange responded, âYes, it is.â
âWhat's the prize?â queried the same boy.
âYou can stay in the troop,â replied Strange, obviously holding in a chuckle.
PAWTUCKET â With no discussion or debate, the City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to proposed changes in the cityâs zoning ordinances that have to do with parking, dimensional requirements and permitting in the downtown.
The zoning amendments, drafted by the Planning Department and based on recommendations from a consultantâs study, are designed to provide more flexibility for developers and business owners who have projects in the commercial downtown district.
PAWTUCKET - Wayne Freeman, 70, passed October 4th at the Memorial Hospital.
Wayne was the son of the late Valentino and Dorothy (Santos) Freeman.
He had been employed by the Peter Karen Company, School House Candy and Providence Metalizing for many years.
PAWTUCKET ââ Shea High has slipped its sports car engine into high gear as the soccer season heads into its final three weeks of league play.
The Raiders cruised to a 5-2 victory over Cumberland on Wednesday in a match that featured some controversy and a surprising push by the Clippers that created a 2-2 stalemate early in the second half.
Weekends donât get any bigger than this one when it comes to the race for the Division II-B title and the other three playoffs spots up for grabs.
On Friday night, Tolman carries its 3-0 record into Pariseau Field for a 7 p.m. contest against Mount Hope (2-1), while on Saturday afternoon, the divisionâs other 3-0 team, West Warwick, hosts St. Raphael (2-1) in a 1:30 p.m. affair.
Seems the Interscholastic League is revising its realignment policies, which could be interpreted as a sign that the stateâs governing body for high school athletics is not turning a deaf ear when its constituents speak up.
Sticking primarily with how these tweaks impact the football side, the idea of altering everything from how often realignment takes place to the specific formula that mathematically helps place teams in one division as opposed to another is something that will surely help to keep the overall product fresh.
Carol L. Choches-O'Brien
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A MEMORIAL RECEPTION "Carol's Smile" was held Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the South Kingstown Land Trust, Wakefield, RI for Carol L. Choches-O'Brien who passed away August 25 at home.
Born August 24, 1954 and raised in Pawtucket, a cherished daughter of Lillian M. and the late Walter S. Choches. She was the beloved wife of 36 years to Stephen B. O'Brien.
G. Eileen Dickey
CUMBERLAND - G. Eileen Dickey, 90, of Cumberland, died Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland, she was a daughter of the late Thomas W. and Sarah (Morgan) Dickey.
Miss Dickey was employed as a machine operator for Hindley Manufacturing for many years prior to her retirement in 1986. She was an avid sports person and animal lover.
Ann M. McBride
PAWTUCKET - Ann M. McBride, 90, formerly of Pawtucket died October 3, 2011 in Florida.
Mrs. McBride was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Jacob and Maria (LaSalla) Day. She was a secretary at the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket for over twenty five years.
Mrs. McBride is survived by her son Ronald Mandolfi and his wife Stella of Delray Beach, Florida. She also leaves her granddaughter Lori Ann Mandolfi of Lincoln, her great grandchildren Meagan and Emily O'Connor and several nieces and nephews. She was the grandmother of the late Joseph Mandolfi.
CUMBERLAND - Joaquim "Jack" Patricio, 83, of Castle Gate Road died Tuesday,October 4, 2011 at Life Care Center of Attleboro, Attleboro, MA. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Griffin) Patricio.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Jose and Maria (Cabral) Patricio, he had lived in Cumberland for the past 50 years.
Mr. Patricio was the Vice President of Operations for the former Paramount Press,Lincoln for 30 years, retiring in 1987.
He was a World War II Navy Veteran, and he was a communicant of St. Aidan's Church, Cumberland.
PROVIDENCE â Following his teamâs 2-2 tie against Moses Brown on Tuesday afternoon at Wasserman Field, Tolman head coach Jack Couto was asked if the stalemate fell into the category of a good tie or a bad one.
âIt was a good tie considering the way we played. Moses Brown scored seven minutes into the game, so we werenât ready,â Couto said. âWe still get the point and we're still undefeated, but they arenât playing great right now. We need to pick it up.â
PAWTUCKET â If everything goes according to plan, St. Raphael Academy will have a new athletic director in place by monthâs end, says President-Principal Maryann Donohue-Lynch.
Such a finite timeline speaks to the confidence Donohue-Lynch has in the five-person search committee she herself handpicked. The committee will recommend candidates and advise school administrators about a successor to Bruce Gammell, whose departure in August created an opening.
CUMBERLAND â Longtime coaches John Menna of Lincoln and Joe Bennett of Smithfield have had their share of success over the years in their respective programs and enjoy winning just as much as anyone else.
But neither coach was concerned about beating unbeaten Cumberland on Tuesday in a Northern Division dual-meet finale at the Monastery. The primary concern for Menna and Bennett was on the competition between their two teams.
Jacqueline E. Gadziala
PAWTUCKET - Jacqueline E. Gadziala 81, of the John E. Fogarty Manor Roosevelt Avenue passed away Friday September 30, 2011 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Gadziala Sr.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Blanche (Hamel) Lanoue. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed by the former Mc Connell and Carpenter Jewelry Co. as an Accounts Payable Clerk.
Mrs. Gadziala was a member of the Fogarty Manor Tenants Association.
Madeline A. Ramos
SEEKONK - Madeline Alice Ramos, 79, of Seekonk, MA, passed away Tuesday, October 04, 2011. She was the wife of Fernando Ramos.
PAWTUCKET - Angienne Figueroa, 34, of Coyle Avenue, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday after an illness. She was born in Mayaguez, PR, a daughter of Jose Figueroa of Boston and the late Awilda Cuba. She previously lived in Central Falls.
Besides her father she leaves a son, Anthony Figueroa and a daughter Dilana Morel; she also leaves 3 sisters, Awilda Figueroa of W. Warwick, Liliana Figueroa and Leslie Figueroa of Fall River, 3 brothers Jose of Boston and Jose and Cano Figueroa both of Fall River, a Granddaughter, nieces and nephews.
Raymond W. Johnson, Jr.
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Raymond W. Johnson, Jr., 77, of North Attleboro, a leading metallurgist and business co-founder, died on Friday. Husband of Flora L. (Hoyt) Johnson.
CUMBERLAND - Bernadette Obuchon (Lagrandeur), 77, of Garden St., died Saturday at Bayberry Commons, Pascoag. She was the beloved wife of the late Roland A. Obuchon.
Born in St. Anne De La Rochelle, P.Q., Canada she was the daughter of the late Jean M. and Alberta (Casavant) Lagrandeur. She had resided in Cumberland for over 54 years.
She was employed by the Ann & Hope Co., Cumberland for many years until her retirement.
She was a communicant of St. Aidan Church,Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â Mondayâs city championship meet at Slater Park featured an expected victory by the St. Raphael Academy boys and an end to the SRA girlsâ six-year run as champions.
Tolmanâs girls, coached by former Tiger star Kayla Fleming, beat the Saints 22-33 to capture the city title. Shea High finished a distant third in the meet. Tolman placed five runners among the first seven finishers.
St. Raphaelâs Catherine Piper won the race in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds but Tolmanâs depth and pack-running technique proved difficult to beat.