June 1st, 2011
CUMBERLAND â€“ Protesters turned out in force Tuesday morning for a rally designed to create more support in preventing the Valley Falls Post Office from closing on July 8.
Town resident Derrick Watson, who heads an organization named â€śThe Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls â€“ Save Our Post Office, indicated last Thursday that he had sent an approximate 34-page appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 22.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the school district receiving $1.1 million in state literacy funds that are no longer restricted, school officials say their latest deficit figure for the FY12 budget is now down to $1.2 million.
The approximately $100 million school budget for the coming year had originally contained a deficit of $7.3 million. That figure was then pared down to a deficit of $2.3 million in late April due to $4.9 million in contractual concessions and other reductions.
PAWTUCKET â€“ If a cortisone shot can put an injured pitcher on the road to recovery, then everyone can start forming a line behind John Lackey.
CRANSTON â€” Wearing pink shirts to signify Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cumberland High stood out on the golf course.
By the time the first round of the RIIL Golf State Tournament was finished Tuesday afternoon at a sun-drenched Cranston Country Club, the Clippers also stood out on the leaderboard.
Jamison Randall tied medalist honors, firing an even-par 71. Behind the talented senior, the rest of the Clippers didnâ€™t do so badly either. Senior teammates Mike Ray and Jack Andrade each carded a 79 and sophomore Brendan Guerin posted an 83.
PAWTUCKET - Rose-Helene Jutras, 79, of Chaplin Street, died Sunday, May 29, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late George Jutras.
Born in the Albion section of Lincoln, a daughter of the late Adelard and Leonide (DesGrandes) Gagne, she had lived in Pawtucket since 1951.
Mrs. Jutras was cleaner at Albion Mills, a patternsetter at Health-Tex, and a welder at Texas Instruments, retiring in 1998. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia Church, Pawtucket.
CENTRAL FALLS - Sheila Cabral, 55, of Shawmut Ave, died unexpectedly on Wednesday. She was the wife of Edward Cabral.
She was the daughter of the late Armand Larosee and Bertha Larosee of Pawtucket.
Besides her husband she is survived by three children, Jeffrey and Kellie Cabral, both of Cumberland, and Jake Cabral of Central Falls, three grandchildren, Dynasty, Raejene, and Paersen, two brothers, Kenny Larosee and Alan Larosee, both of Las Vegas.
PAWTUCKET - Virginia C. Perron, 77, formerly of Fern Street, Pawtucket and a resident of Emerald Bay Manor, Cumberland, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the wife of the late Leonard F. Perron Sr.
Mrs. Perron was born in Pawtucket, a lifelong resident, the daughter of the late Antonio and Violet (Formica) Maciminio. She was a longtime member St. Joseph's Parish in Pawtucket and a member of the Seniors group there.
PAWTUCKET - Benvindo M. Correia, 72, of Bloomingdale Ave. died May 28, 2011. He was the husband of Zeferina (Monteiro) Correia and the late Maria (Gomes) Correia.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, left, presents Shea Director of Applied Learning Michael Connolly with the National Association of Secretaries of State 2010 Medallion for his leadership in launching a statewide mock election initiative that involved nearly 25 percent of the state's public high schools and for the work that heâ€™s done over the last couple of years with Shea's Government and Public Administration Academy.
WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was the first game of the season â€“ a loss to Johnston -- when Woonsocket High baseball coach John Marsella knew he had a team that could do some damage in Division II.
â€śWe lost to Johnston 2-1 in our opener,â€ť Marsella was saying on Monday. â€śEveryone had told me before the season that Johnston was the class of the division. After that game, we knew we could play with them. That gave confidence to everyone on the team.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ Steve Gordon has been coaching wrestling at Cumberland High for 42 years.
He has seen a lot of people come and go during his more than four-decade career. But every long, wintry season, he knows one face will always be there and volunteering countless hours to add to the success of his program. Itâ€™s a person that has missed fewer matches than the fingers on your hand, his wife Judy Gordon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thereâ€™s always excitement in the air whenever a big-name player ventures to the minor leagues for a rehab assignment. For Rich Sauveur, it will simply be another day at the office when John Lackey makes his first and only rehab appearance for the PawSox Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Felix Doubront the Red Sox thought they were getting this season has yet to surface. Thatâ€™s why Mondayâ€™s brief cameo should be viewed as a step in the right direction.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Roger Brissette and his sister Vivian will never forget their little brother Ronald, who got drafted in 1965, went to Vietnam a year later, and died during The Battle of Loc Ninh Plantation on June 11, 1966.
â€śI think about Ronnie every day,â€ť Roger, now 72, admitted last week after sending his brotherâ€™s picture to this newspaper for publication on the Military Page.
A combat friend of Ronnie got in touch with Roger in 1996, setting off a discovery process for the remaining Brissette family members.
PAWTUCKET â€” It sure looks good on a resume. Shea High School is the only high school in the nation right now to hold a charter from the American Society of Public Administration for its Government and Public Administration Academy.
WARWICK â€“ A lingering shoulder problem, one that bothered him during a still successful indoor campaign, has limited the number of meets for Freddy Gobewole this spring.
But it hasnâ€™t stopped him from winning.
The Shea High senior ran the fastest time in the state in the 100-meter dash on Saturday, winning the individual title at the annual Hendricken Invitational with a time of 10.5 seconds. Gobewoleâ€™s performance, where he defeated junior Josh Gilkenson of Moses Brown by a tenth of a second, comes just a week before the state championships at Brown Stadium.
WAKEFIELD â€“ Tolman starting pitcher Chris Messier issued just one walk in Saturdayâ€™s Region 3 finale of the Division II double-elimination tournament vs. The Prout School. Unfortunately for the sixth-seeded Tigers, that free pass wound up being the deciding factor in a 4-3 loss to the No. 3 Crusaders, thus ending the season for Theo Murrayâ€™s crew.
When this newspaper asked area veterans to gather at a local war memorial for the group photo that appears on the cover of this special Memorial Day section, I was a little apprehensive. We had unwittingly scheduled the photo shoot for Armed Forces Day. Some veterans were off flagging graves that day. Others had prior commitments.
The Times is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office at 23 Exchange Street in Pawtucket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
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Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
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