Archive - May 2011
Steve Hyder, the radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox, left, joins Call/Times sports writer Brendan McGair after McGair received the Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year for 2010 from the National Sports writers and Sportcasters Association at the 2011 Awards ceremony in Salisbury, North Carolina on May, 16, 2011. Hyder was named the Co-Sportscaster of the year along with Steve McDonald, the voice of URI football and men's basketball. A 2003 graduate of Providence College, McGair started working at the Pawtucket Times in Jan. 2005.
PAWTUCKET â€” With tough times requiring some acknowledged tough choices, a public hearing on the proposed operating budget scheduled for tonight is likely to draw a crowd.
The public hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall (6:45 p.m. for public input), is the residents' chance to comment on the spending plan submitted by Mayor Donald Grebien for the upcoming fiscal year.
The $198 million fiscal year 2012 budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.
Caroline L. Tucker
LINCOLN - Caroline L. (Campbell) Tucker, 96, of Lincoln, died Friday, May 20, 2011 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Richard Tucker. Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Neill) Campbell.
Mrs. Tucker worked as an Office Manager for several local companies and she also played professional softball.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother John Campbell and her sister Elizabeth Newsom.
John J. Connly
CUMBERLAND - John J. "Jack" Connly, 77 passed away Monday in R.I. Hospital Providence, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Lorraine M. (Biron) Connly.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Ambrose W. and Margaret J. (McManus) Connly. He resided in Cumberland for the past two years previously residing in Providence.
He was employed as a Computer Operator Supervisor for the State of Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training for 35 years, retiring in 1985.
Ruth L. Gannites
LINCOLN - Ruth L. Gannites, 83, of Lincoln, died Friday at RI Hospital. She was the wife of George Gannites (former Chief of the Limerock Fire Dept.) Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Mildred (Brady) Noelte. Mrs. Gannites had been employed by the Town of Lincoln School Lunch program prior to her retirement in 1975.
Edmond M. Metivier
HUDSON, FL - Edmond M. Metivier, 82, of Hudson, Florida, and formerly of Pawtucket died Friday, May 20, 2011 in Florida. He was the husband of the late Josephine (Castro) Metivier.
Mr. Metivier was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Henry and Marie Louise(Salois) Metivier. He was a Veteran in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War and then served as a Fireman in the City of Pawtucket for over 25 years.
Mr. Metivier is survived by a brother, Paul Metivier in Narragansett. He also leaves a niece, Joanne Needham of Pawtucket.
Kenneth E. Joseph
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth E. "Ken" Joseph, 79, passed away peacefully, May 22, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Joan M. (Whitman) Joseph. Born in Northbridge, MA, he was the son of the late Edward and Albertina (Girouard) Joseph. Ken was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was the proprietor of the Attleboro Bowlerdrome. He also worked security at Hasbro in Pawtucket for 20 years. Ken was a member of the Attleboro Elks Lodge.
Mary Carolyn Hart-Zipser
PAWTUCKET- Mary Carolyn (Coutu) Hart-Zipser, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Donat and Frances (Murray) Coutu.
Mary was an educator, entrepreneur, actress and writer.
MERRITT ISLAND, FL - Frank Iwuc, 89, passed away Monday May 23, 2011 in Merritt Island. He was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Frank moved to Merritt Island in 1967.
He worked with the Space Program. Frank was a Navy Veteran of WWII. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Stasia K. Iwuc, parents Bronislaw and Adolfina Iwuc, sister Lottie Byrnes, brother Joseph Iwuc, sisters Jane Zielinski, Jessie Jendzejec, and brother Edward Iwuc.
LINCOLN â€“ Jillian DeSimone stood anxiously on the rain-soaked Ferguson Field sidelines, her teamâ€™s perfect season hanging in the balance.
If ever there was a time for Lincoln High to prove it was more than a one-player show, this was it.
Playing without DeSimone for most of the second half after the stateâ€™s leading goal scorer picked up her yellow card of the game, the Lions rode Ashley Moreauâ€™s five goals and Nina Fournierâ€™s goalkeeping to a 12-9 victory over Cumberland High School on Monday.
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It didnâ€™t take long for the Boston Red Sox to climb out of that impossible hole all the doomsayers had put them in after they started the season with two wins in their first 12 games. After Sunday nightâ€™s win over the Cubs, Bostonâ€™s record stood at 25-21 and the Sox were just one-half game out of first place in the American League East.
LINCOLN â€” A Manville woman died tragically Friday evening when a tree limb being cut by her husband struck her in the head, apparently killing her instantly.
Police responded to a home on Elm Street at 8:06 p.m. after receiving a report of a domestic accident. Lt. Joseph Conti and Patrolman Walter Ptaszek stated the man had asked his wife to hold a rope attached to a limb so that, once it was cut, she could lower it to the ground gently.
PAWTUCKET â€” For the past decade, The Pawtucket Foundation has been pushing for a turn-around in the city's downtown, with the Blackstone River as the centerpiece. Now, the Foundation has unveiled a new strategic plan meant to show that, more than ever, it means businessâ€”in all senses of the word.
Karl E. Fitzgerald
PAWTUCKET - Karl E. Fitzgerald 47 of Branch St. died Friday at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the fiancĂ© of Gladys Olni.
Born in Providence a son of Doris (Houle) Duarte of Pawtucket and the late Edward Fitzgerald. He was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Karl was an avid fisherman.
Ralph P. Greenwood
SEEKONK - Ralph P. Greenwood, a lifelong resident of Seekonk, died Monday,May 23, 2011. He was the husband of Barbara (Pollard) Greenwood. Born in Ashville, NC. He is survived by his daughters, Marsha (Andrew) Thompson of Ocala, FL, Carol F. Greenwood of Seekonk and Donna (Jay) Kmiec of Attleboro; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Helen Greenwood and Norma Dingley.
Eleonore R. Kelly
PAWTUCKET - Eleonore R. "Lore" (Spitzbarth) Kelly, 86, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 21, 2011. Eleonore was the beloved wife of the late John T. Kelly.
Born in Rehau, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Yette (Hollering) Spitzbarth. Eleonore had worked for the Rhode Island State Lunch Program and was a past Secretary and Vice President of the AFSCME, Local # 2872. She leaves one daughter, Andrea L. Kelly and her husband Brian of Cumberland and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Kara Kelly both of Cumberland.
Albert P. Vaslet
PAWTUCKET - Senator Albert P. Vaslet, 85, died Sunday, at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of his beloved Helen M. (Nixon) Vaslet to whom he had been married for over 51 years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was ason of the late Albert P and Lillian (Garlick) Vaslet and was a lifelong resident of the City.
Anna M. Mulvey
EAST PROVIDENCE - Anna M. Mulvey, 84, of Rumford, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. She was the wife of the late Albert Mulvey.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Bridget (Madigan) Hogan.
Mrs. Mulvey had lived in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford 45 years ago. Anna was a sales clerk for Ann & Hope of Cumberland for many years before retiring.
Susan M. Jack
SEEKONK - Susan M. (Tatarian) Jack, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the Seekonk Fire Chief, Alan R. Jack for 23 years.
Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Peter J. and Rita L. (Boule) Tatarian, she resided in North Attleboro, Plainville and Rehoboth before moving to Seekonk five years ago.
Susan served in multiple capacities for over thirty years at various local YMCA's, most recently at the Seekonk YMCA. She was deeply involved with the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Judge Edward V. Healey, Jr.
CRANSTON - The Honorable Edward V. Healey, Jr., 88, of Cranston, Retired Senior Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court died Saturday, May 21 at the Scandinavian Home, Cranston.
Judge Healey was born in Providence, the first child of the late Edward V. Sr. and Margaret (McGrath) Healey. He was the husband of the late Lillian Dolly E. (Devlin) to whom he was married for thirty-seven years until her death in 1987.