June 6th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â Thereâs no doubt that getting drafted into professional baseball ranks is a pretty significant milestone. Yet as several inhabitants of the PawSox clubhouse explained earlier this week, there are several behind-the-scenes variables that are just as important as learning your name has been called.
WARWICK â Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who made herself a lightning rod in the politically and emotionally charged issue of education reform, won a two-year renewal of her contract from the new Board of Education after meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours Thursday.
The renewal came with two 2-percent increases in her base salary of just over $190,000, one immediately and one next year. It also came with some provisions that keep the commissioner on a short leash.
LINCOLN â Police charged a 47-year-old Railroad Street man with domestic assault by strangulation on his girlfriend following a disturbance early Wednesday morning in an apartment he shares with several other people.
Robert B. Williamson was also charged with domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish the telephone in connection with the alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend during the incident.
PAWTUCKET â To a seasonal fireworks retailer like Keith Lambert, the Fourth of July generates 30 to 40 percent of his sales. As such, he was unhappy with the City Council's decision Wednesday night to deny a holiday sales license for his retail operation at the former Quiznos sandwich shop at 484 Newport Ave.
According to city officials, Lambert is already allowed to sell fireworks at the former sandwich shop because the location is zoned for retail and he has fulfilled all of the other requirements in both the city and state ordinances.
PAWTUCKET â Police are investigating a home invasion and stabbing of a man and a woman inside an apartment at 21 Memorial Drive that was reported on Thursday afternoon.
The owner of the house, Marilia Duarte, said she had been notified by police shortly before 3 p.m. that her second floor tenant, a woman in her 50s, had been found stabbed and had been taken to the hospital. The door to the two-family home had been kicked in, she said.
Patrick J. Callery
BARRINGTON - Callery, Patrick Joseph, 82 of Barrington, formerly of Pawtucket and Bristol, passed away May 30, 2013 at RI Hospital. He was the husband of the late E. Virginia (Kurriss) Callery. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Patrick J. and Christina (Madden) Callery.
Leslie K. King
LINCOLN - Leslie K. King, 56, passed peacefully with family and friends by her side on June 5th.
She was the daughter of the late William S. King Jr. and Phyllis E. (Lincoln) King.
Leslie had been employed as a police dispatcher by the Town of Lincoln since 2001.
She was an avid fan of Albanach and Through the Doors bands, and also loved motorcycles, crafts, traveling and photography, but most of all loved her family and friends.
PAWTUCKET â By an 8 to 0 vote, the City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an amended city operating budget for fiscal year 2014 that requires no property tax increase.
The $111 million spending plan will go into effect at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Under this budget, the property tax rates will remain unchanged from FY13, with the residential rate at $23.06 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and the commercial rate at $30.88 per $1,000.
PAWTUCKET â Based on the comments John Farrell made Wednesday, it wouldnât classify as a tremendous shock to see Will Middlebrooks remain with the PawSox beyond when heâs eligible to come off the disabled list, which is Saturday.
Position players are allotted a 20-day rehab window with Wednesday serving as Day Two of Middlebrooksâ on-the-mend stint. During his weekly radio appearance on WEEI, Farrell mentioned that itâs just not a matter of the third baseman shaking off the cobwebs after landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
Kevin B. McBurney, Esq.
PAWTUCKET - McBurney, Kevin B. Esq. of Division Street, Pawtucket, died June 4, 2013 at The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of John McBurney, Esq. and Ann (Rivello) McBurney of Pawtucket. Kevin was a private practice attorney for many years.
PROVIDENCE â When Sam Ackerman, a Cumberland High School junior, saw news reports last February that Mississippi had, after all these years, finally ratified the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery, he wondered which constitutional amendments Rhode Island hadnât ratified.His research found that Rhode Island has not ratified four of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, more than any other state in the union. One that piqued his interest was the 17th Amendment, calling for the direct election of U.S.
PAWTUCKET â These No. 2 pitchers looked an awful lot like No. 1s.
Unfortunately for Tolman, Narragansettâs Zachary McKanna pitched a lot better than his counterpart, the Tigersâ Richie Marshall, and his solid performance allowed the Mariners to move one win away from the Division IIâs âFinal Fourâ round.
PAWTUCKET â The good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night was that Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks kicked off his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox on the right foot â with five innings in the field and a 1-for-2 effort at the plate with a walk.
The bad news was that the PawSox fell victim to a pair of rallies by the Charlotte Knights in the fifth and sixth innings and were never able to pick up a clutch hit when they needed one, and as a result, the hosts came out on the losing end of a 5-1 score.
PROVIDENCE â Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that John Rainey, 54, of Cumberland, was found guilty Tuesday by a Superior Court jury on two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation.
The jury returned the guilty verdict 90 minutes after a five-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice William E. Carnes, Jr.
PAWTUCKET â Not only is Michelle Depot a hardworking educator, she is also a good communicator and a âjoiner.â That winning combination earned the Flora S. Curtis Elementary School third grade teacher the title of âPawtucket Teacher of the Year.â
Depot was recognized at a ceremony at the school on Tuesday by Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke and Curtis School Principal Jean Friend, who nominated the Pawtucket resident. Depot's two sons, Douglas and Dylan, and her parents, George and Carol Nunes, were also on hand to congratulate her.
PAWTUCKET â Students at the Nathanael Greene Elementary School at 285 Smithfield Ave. returned to class as planned on Tuesday after work was done to reinforce or remove loosened ceiling material.
The Potter-Burns Elementary School at 973 Newport Ave. reopened on Monday after similar work was completed following the detachment of a ceiling in an unoccupied basement classroom on May 22.
James M. Ryan
RIVERSIDE - Ryan, James M., "Jamie" 61, of Riverside, died peacefully, Monday, surrounded by his family at home.
He was the husband of Karen (Haskell) Ryan, father of Amy and Brett Ryan and brother of Edward Ryan, Beverly Melucci and Aurise Carden.
Visitation Thursday 4-7pm in the ANDERSON-WINFIELD Funeral Home, Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville. Funeral and burial private. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. For complete obituary visit andersonwinfield.net.
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Rainouts during high school spring sports are always problematic. Sure, thereâs comfort in knowing that you can reschedule, but what happens if the same issue arises on the rescheduled day? Canât keep pushing the games or matches further and further down the road forever, you know.
A rainout like the one that washed away the vast majority of Mondayâs baseball and softball playoff contests brings with it a whole host of complications.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs been said that all good things must come to an end, and for Peter Manfredo Sr., nearly a quarter of a century of running his boxing gym in Pawtucket has heard the final bell.
The longtime owner and trainer of Manfredoâs Gym in Pawtucket wonât be making any more hour-long drives from his Charlestown residence to Conant Street. Instead, he will only need to take a short drive to his fairly new Narragansett center on 140 Point Judith Road to train his boxers and conduct his fitness classes.