July 1st, 2011
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” In a 3-2 decision at its last meeting, the East Providence School Committee voted to continue the paid administrative leave of Schools Supt. Mario Cirillo. The committee then voted unanimously to send a â€śnotice of non-renewalâ€ť to Cirillo for the fourth year of his contract.
While parents, teachers and peers expressed support for Cirillo and asked the school committee to rescind its decision, School Committee Chairman Charles Tsonos and committee members Stephen Furtado and Ryan Tellier remained steadfast in their decision.
PAWTUCKET â€” When he was a young boy, Joshua Bryant would always be excited to go to the Rhode Island National Guard air shows at Quonset Point to see the Thunderbirds, and on one rare occasion, the Blue Angels. Now, the 35-year-old Pawtucket native and U.S. Marines Staff Sergeant gets to relive that excitement regularlyâ€”and from a different vantage point--as part of the elite Blue Angels Team.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Central Falls City Councilor Richard G. Aubin, Jr. was arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling vehicles belonging to the police department and keeping the proceeds.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The feet of Jose Iglesias proved to be the difference in Pawtucketâ€™s 6-5 win over Rochester Thursday. The shortstop prospect, known more for his defense than causing havoc on the basepaths, swiped two bases in the bottom of the eighth with the score knotted at 5-5. A wild pitch by Rochesterâ€™s Anthony Slama proved fortuitous as Iglesias scampered home, sliding feet-first.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sometimes staying put may well prove the best option. Kevin Millwood agrees, hence why heâ€™s not looking to leave the Red Sox organization anytime soon.
â€śI enjoy it here and feel that there could be some opportunity in the future [to once more pitch in the big leagues],â€ť said Millwood, addressing the thought process behind not exercising a recent opt-out date in his contract. â€śIt just seemed like a good situation to stay here and keep pitching. â€śMy biggest thing is this is a place Iâ€™ve enjoyed. I like the organization and hopefully it works out.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Darlington Americanâ€™s 2011 Major Division All-Stars revived some memories of leagueâ€™s illustrious District II history on Thursday with a 10-0 mercy rule romp over Riverside in the playoff opener for both teams.
DALL broke open a 0-0 game in the bottom of the third inning with a seven-run explosion that featured three home runs. Leadoff hitter Elliot Vadnais, cleanup batter Sean Dunphy and No. 9 batter Nick Crawley all homered as the home team sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning.
Doris T. Pacheco
LINCOLN - Doris T. Pacheco, 83 of Lincoln and formerly of Pawtucket died on Wednesday (June 29). Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Joseph and Olivine (Lachance) Fournier, she had been an employee of the former ITT Electric Company. She was a former communicant of St. Cecilia Church.
John W. Motyka
CENTRAL FALLS - John W. Motyka 80, of George Street passed away Tuesday June 28, 2011 at the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille G. (Hardy) Motyka who passed away Saturday May 28, 2011.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late Walter and Anna (Sokoloski) Motyka. He was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring he was employed as a Truck Driver for the Olin Hunt Chemical Co. Prior to that he worked for the Pawtucket Screw Co.
PROVIDENCE â€” With the state embroiled in a modern-day struggle with the federal government over the death penalty, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a pardon Wednesday for the last man executed in Rhode Island, John Gordon, who was hanged in 1845 after a trial marked by witness mis-identifications and anti-Irish Catholic bigotry among the Yankee ruling class of the time.
Chafee signed the pardon at the historic Old State House on Benefit Street, in the room where Gordon's trial was conducted.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Amidst the gloomy financial market and recent cutbacks in library and social services in Central Falls, the city's mayor has put his house on the market.
The house at 141 Jenks Ave., owned by Mayor Charles Moreau and his wife, Kristen, is up for sale. According to the on-line statewide Multiple Listing Service, the three-bedroom ranch-style house is currently being offered at a â€śshort saleâ€ť for $119,900â€”a scenario where a lending institution agrees to consider offers less than the balance owned on the property's loan for a limited period.
PAWTUCKET -- The Pawtucket Red Sox proudly unveiled the latest addition to McCoy Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, as Mondor Gardens was open to the public behind the left-field fence near the McCoy Stadium ticket office.
The handicap-accessible area, which is a tribute to late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, who passed away last October, is landscaped with paved walkways, granite steps, six park benches, and a collection of trees, plants, and flowers.
The area also contains six miniature bronze statues of young children playing baseball that Mondor purchased two years ago in Florida.
PAWTUCKET -- Kyle Weiland brought out his best on Wednesday night, and the Rochester Red Wings had no answers for the rookie righthander.
Weiland struck out 12 batters and threw spectacular one-hit ball through eight innings, and the Pawtucket Red Sox rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to help produce a 4-1 victory over their I.L. North foes at McCoy Stadium.
Weiland, who was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the â€™08 MLB Draft, improved his record to 7-6 and the PawSoxâ€™s mark to 42-36 with unquestionably his finest outing of the year.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Navigant Credit Union Post 85 found a way to cool off red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79.
The Woonsocket-based club seems to have caught a little fire, too.
Navigant went to work early against its Pawtucket foe on Wednesday night, scoring three runs in the top of the first. The bats kept going from there as Post 85 left Max Read Field with an 8-1 victory over Collette in Senior American Legion action.
PROVIDENCE - Lucia (Hoogasian) Tamamian 104, of Providence and formally of Pawtucket died Tuesday at Roger Williams Hospital. She was the wife of the late Harry Tamamian. Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Elia and Akabe (Hekimian) Hoogasian and Mother of the late Armen Tamamian.
Margaret M. Olbrych
PAWTUCKET - Margaret M. (Crowley) Olbrych, R.N., 85, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Olbrych.
Born in Providence, the daughter of the late Daniel J. and Margaret A. (Greenwood) Crowley, she resided in Pawtucket since 1931. Mrs. Olbrych was a 1947 graduate of the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse at Notre Dame Hospital, Central Falls for six years until retiring in 1987, and was previously a Registered Nurse at Memorial Hospital for many years.
Wanda F. MacTavish
PAWTUCKET - Wanda F.(Korsak) MacTavish, 88, formerly of Rosemont Ave., Pawtucket, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Orchard View Manor, East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred MacTavish. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late John and Michalina (Stecewicz) Korsak. Wanda was a hostess at the Turks Head Club, Providence for twenty-two years before retiring in 1991, and was previously a hostess at the Colstone Pancake House, North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Richard W. Doiron, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Richard W. Doiron, Sr., 69, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 26, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Glender C. (Burdick) Doiron. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Roger Doiron and Palma (Caro) DeStefanis. Richard was a US Army, Vietnam War veteran. He had worked for the City of Pawtucket prior to working as a mosquito control specialist for the State of Florida.
PAWTUCKET â€” Where better to gather information for one's â€śMain Street Initiativeâ€ť than on Main Street itself? Governor Lincoln Chafee joined Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and a group of state and local economic development and planning officials on Tuesday for a walking tour of the city's downtown.
CUMBERLAND â€” The School Committee voted Tuesday night to select North Kingstown School Superintendent Phillip Thornton for its vacant superintendent position.
Thornton will be offered a salary of $150,000, nearly $3,000 more than his current salary.
When asked for comment following Tuesday evening's North Kingstown School Committee meeting, Thornton told the North Kingstown Standard Times he needed more time to process the news and talk it over with his family before he could comment, one way or another, on when he might be ready to make a decision.
PAWTUCKET â€” Randy Williams is a bit of late bloomer. In his case, thatâ€™s meant to serve as a compliment.
Normally you donâ€™t associate a 35-year-old with a mid 90s fastball, but you do with Williams. Add to that the fact that the Texas native throws left-handed and suddenly thereâ€™s intrigue â€“ the kind that suggests a return trip to the major leagues is closer than it appeared at the start of the season.
â€śA lefty who throws 95? I would,â€ť said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur when asked if Williams is someone who falls in the â€śworth watchingâ€ť category. â€śHeâ€™s got power stuff.â€ť