April 11th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” Faced with the prospect of severe overcrowding at most of the city's elementary schools, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke is proposing that a majority of the incoming sixth graders be relocated to classrooms at Goff or Slater junior high schools in September 2013.
Wednesdayâ€™s announcement from the Rhode Island Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics regarding the awarding of a two-year football officialsâ€™ contract to a group from Massachusetts does not automatically spell the end of Rhode Island-based officials from overseeing games statewide.
What remains to be seen is just how many Rhode Island officials are willing to put hurt feelings aside and â€śbreak ranks,â€ť those words coming from Bruce Guindon, a Pawtucket native and registered Interscholastic League official.
PAWTUCKET â€” A tip for those with plans to turn out at McCoy Stadium for the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ home opener on Thursday night: Make every effort to get comfortably seated by around 6:15.
An elaborate pre-game ceremony laced with pageantry will directly lead into the 7:05 first pitch between Pawtucket and Rochester. The festivities commence with a tribute to neighboring police and fire units. The jubilant spirit inside the ballparkâ€™s walls will undoubtedly remain at a fever pitch when the 2012 Governorsâ€™ Cup champion PawSox are recognized as part of a special ring ceremony.
LINCOLN â€” Regarding the defending state championship unit he oversees, Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan has very few reasons to feel nervous.
Even on a day that saw senior pitching standout Lindsay Mayer demonstrate that she is human after all, the Lions were still able to outclass the opposition in every conceivable sense. Lincoln was supplied by plenty of offensive fireworks and a stout defense that was on full display during the fifth inning of Wednesdayâ€™s game when centerfielder Adriana Toro unleashed a cannon of a throw to nail a Smithfield baserunner at third base.
WOONSOCKET â€” On Monday afternoon at Slater Park, Tolman High mustered only one hit in a 3-0, extra-inning loss to defending Rhode Island Division I champion Lincoln.
Naturally, that was a point of contention for head coach Craig Giarrusso, who in practice has been working with his girls to produce more at the plate.
It showed, and then some, in a Division I showdown with Woonsocket on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers bashed 14 hits, 11 of them in the final three frames, to post an easier-than-anticipated 8-0 victory at Cold Spring Parkâ€™s Baldelli Field.
Margaret M. French
ATTLEBORO, MA - Margaret M. French, 74, formerly of Attleboro, died Friday, March 15, 2013 in Deland, Florida. She was the wife of William French. She was a daughter of the late John S. and Dorothy M. (Poirier) Grant. She had lived in Attleboro before moving to Florida in 2008.
She had worked for Leach & Gardner before retiring in 2002.
Mildred E. Hayden
CUMBERLAND - Mildred E. Hayden, 84, passed away Tuesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late John F. Hayden.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late George A. and Florence (Schofield) Carr. She was a life long Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Hayden was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Cumberland. She was also a former volunteer for Home and Hospice Care of RI for many years.
Cecelia H. Sharkey
CENTRAL FALLS - Cecelia H. Sharkey, 84 of Central Falls, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Joseph Sharkey. Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Lacki) Stegnicki. Cecelia was a member of the Cumberland Polish White Eagles, and the Saint Basil Seniors.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, James and Allen Sharkey, two daughters, Barbara Roberts and Jo-Ann Sharkey, one sister, Mildred Plante, and seven grandchildren. She was the sister of the late John Stegnicki.
Casey R. Conover
PAWTUCKET - Casey R. Conover, 38, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Sandra R. (Rosa) Conover for thirteen years. Born in Ithaca, NY, he was the son of Douglas E. Conover of Newfield, NY and Cheryl A. (Gillmer) Conover of Spencer, NY.
Casey had resided in Pawtucket since 1998. He was the former Chief Dialysis Technician at DCI Faulkner Hospital, Boston. Casey was a member of the Newfield Volunteer Fire Department, Newfield, NY.
PAWTUCKET â€” Fresh eggs and honey from Pawtucket? One local nutrition group would like to see changes in the city's zoning and animal ordinances to allow urban farming activities like these to take root.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Students in the city could soon be wearing the school colors of red and blue on their sleeves â€” and on their slacks and skirts as well.
Central Falls Rep. Agostinho Silva has introduced legislation to allow Central Falls schools to adopt a dress code requiring school uniforms. Silva said parents approached him several months ago wanting to establish a school uniform policy.
â€śI told them, Iâ€™ll put it in,â€ť Silva said, adding that the parents â€śare looking to put everybody at the same level, dress-wise, when they go to school.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Through all the twists and turns on his basketball journey, Ricky Ledo never once lost sight of what he interpreted to be the brass ring.
Mentioning Ledo and the NBA in the same sentence is a parlor game thatâ€™s been en vogue for quite some time. The Providence native always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye when it came to pro hoops â€“ his tunnel vision so clairvoyant that the only matter left to itemize was to wait for Declaration Day.
Raymond J. Canning
PAWTUCKET - Raymond J. Canning passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary M. (Kearns) Canning. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Leo E. and Madeline V. (ONeill) Canning.
Ray was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a steelworker at Congdon & Carpenter, Seekonk before retiring in 1988, and was previously employed by the Washburn Wire Company, Rumford.
He leaves a son, Earl "Duke" F. Aldrich Jr.; a granddaughter, Shelly L. Vieira and a great-granddaughter, Emma May Vieira all of Pawtucket.
Arthur J. Battersby Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Arthur J. Battersby Jr., "Sonny" 77, passed peacefully with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Shirley A. (Smith) Battersby. They were married for 56 years.
He was the son of Arthur and Jeannette (Bechard) Battersby.
Arthur had been employed as a tool maker and machinist for many years.
Arthur was a Korean War Veteran, and served in the Army reserve for 24 years.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police Tuesday were investigating a reported bank robbery involving two armed suspects at the Navigant Credit Union on Broad Street.
According to reports, two males dressed in black and wearing black masks walked into the 693 Broad St. bank where they showed a firearm and demanded cash from a teller. The suspects were reported to have fled the scene in a green Chevy Impala with red dealer plates, and they were last seen heading toward Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â€” Though hailed as a centerpiece of the future Slater Mill National Park that local and state tourism officials are hoping becomes a reality, the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center at 175 Main St. has been struggling to pay its bills and its quasi-public owners are planning to put it up for sale.
PAWTUCKET â€” Graciette Nobre sat next to her tearful mother and other family members on the curb across from 191 Harrison Street on Monday as officials walked in and around the burned-out multi-family that was their home until yesterday afternoon. â€śI just want to get in there and see if I can get my car keys, and find any of my stuff,â€ť she said. â€śAll of my things, my documents, are in there.â€ť
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” North Providence made quick work of St. Raphael in their showdown for first place in the Division II-West standings on Monday afternoon at Governor Notte Park.
The Cougars used a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning and the steady five-hit pitching of senior Lindsay Cabral to help produce their third shutout victory in as many games, a 5-0 win that took just 70 minutes to complete.
ALLENTOWN, PA -- The Lehigh Valley IronPigs scored 13 unanswered runs to rally from an early deficit and hand the Pawtucket Red Sox their first loss of the season, 14-5, on Monday night at Coca-Cola Park.
Jeremy Hazelbaker led off the game by belting the third pitch he saw for his third home run of the season, and a few batters later, Bryce Brentz launched a two-run homer to give the PawSox a quick 3-0 lead.
The PawSox then upped their lead to 5-1 in the second on an RBI single by Jonathan Diaz and a sacrifice fly by Justin Henry, but things went downhill for them after that.