Archive - Mar 2013
PROVIDENCE â Lincoln High wasnât at its best against the Prout School on Thursday night.
Not only did the Lions go 0-for-4 on the power play for the game, but during their last man advantage with less than six minutes left, it not only failed to capitalize, but yielded the Crusaders a shorthanded goal.
But thanks largely to the play of sophomore goalie Chris Leclaire and his 28 stunning saves, the Lions survived with a 3-2 verdict over Prout in the initial game of this best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series at Brown University's Meehan Auditorium.
CENTRAL FALLS â Central Falls Mayor James Diossa has appointed long-time city resident and community leader Sonia Grace as his chief of staff.
The new post, which will help oversee department operations in the city, replaces the position of administrative assistant to the mayor at no additional cost to taxpayers, thanks to cost-saving measures implemented by Diossa, including his taking a 10-percent pay cut, removing the mayor's car allowance and finding 25 percent savings in portions of the legal budget.
PAWTUCKET â School officials say that the recent cockroach problem at the Cunningham Elementary School has been addressed and the kitchen is expected to re-open by early next week.
The kitchen at the school at 40 Baldwin Street was closed after a food service worker discovered several cockroaches present on Feb. 25. School officials said that the central administration was notified about the cockroaches and a pest control contractor was immediately called in to spray the area.
CUMBERLAND - Eugene Papa, 76, died Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Marilyn (Braga) Papa. Eugene was the son of the late Carmine and Mary (Coia) Papa. He was employed by Almac's as a deli manager.
Besides his wife he leaves four sons, Kevin and Robert Papa both of Woonsocket, Kenneth Papa of Cumberland, and Scott Papa of Rehoboth, MA, a sister, Beverly Ann Gordon of Kentucky, six grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
Ruth M. Paquet
HOLLYWOOD, FL - Ruth M. (Leach) Paquet, 84, passed away on March 11, 2013 while residing at The Bay Pointe Terrace assisted living home. Born in Pawtucket, RI and living most of her life in Lincoln, RI, she then retired in south Florida. She is the daughter of the late Charles H. and Grace (Brown) Leach, and the wife of the late Roland Paquet.
PAWTUCKET â Faced with a nearly $150 million unfunded liability in what it calls âour severely troubled police and fire (pension) plan,â the city is asking 350 public safety retirees to forego their annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the next three years.
PAWTUCKET â Using a district-wide initiative called âWrite On!â has paid off in a big way for the city's public school students, as they showed some improvements in writing and reading scores on the standardized tests administered last fall.
PAWTUCKET â Residential foreclosures dropped 11.4 percent statewide in 2012, but Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket still have some of the highest foreclosure rates in the state, a new survey says.
The HousingWorks RI survey says 37 foreclosure deeds were filed in Central Falls in 2012, 14 percent fewer than 2011. But the rate of foreclosures represented 3.1 percent of the cityâs overall housing stock, making it the stateâs top city in the state for foreclosures.
NEW YORK â As one Cincinnati make after another settled into the nets at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, the frustration level in Kadeem Batts seemed to rise by the minute.
The Bearcats, desperate for a win that would keep them in the NCAA Tournament mix, were playing loose and free.
On the flip side, Batts and his Providence College teammates were tight and resembled the unit that got off to a dreadful 2-7 start in Big East play â not the one that closed the regular season white-hot with seven wins in nine tries.
NEW YORK â For one final time, the Providence player with deep New York City roots trudged off the floor at Madison Square Garden with an empty feeling in his stomach.
Vincent Councilâs last chance at Big East Tournament glory resembled his previous three experiences at this hallowed cathedral â with the Friars serving as an all-too familiar one-and-done casualty. As a result, the senior point guard hailing from Brooklyn is left to ponder whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.
PAWTUCKET- Carolyn Chagnon, 67, passed on March 12, 2013.
She was the wife of the late Richard D. Guindon and Harvey J. Chagnon.
She was the daughter of the late Alicia (Lucianno) Belmore. She had been employed by Carol Cable and at various retail outlets. She was a volunteer for the "Make a Wish Foundation".
Edward J. Bialkowski
PAWTUCKET - Edward J. Bialkowski, 85 a resident of St. Jeanne Jugan Residence passed away on Monday, March 11, 2013. He was the husband of the late Hope (Taylor) Bialkowski. Born in South Attleboro, MA, he was the son of the late Andrew and Pauline (Bujek) Bialkowski.
Mr. Bialkowski was a finisher in the textile industry then was a clerk for Dairy Mart in Warwick until his retirement at age 61. He served in The United States Army during WW II.
Raymond E. Mello
PAWTUCKET - Raymond E. Mello, 82, of Pawtucket, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013. He was the husband of Marie (Campillo) Mello.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph and Agnes (Tavares) Mello. Mr. Mello was a navy veteran of the Korean War. He was the manager of the Pawtucket Ice Rink before retiring.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Helen DiBiase and Barbara Mello, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Steve J. Choiniere
CRANSTON - Steve J. Choiniere, 59, of Cranston passed away Monday at home. Born in Providence, he was a son of Martial F. and Clementine M. (Royer) Choiniere of Pawtucket.
Steve was a Mental Health Worker at the Eleanor Slater Hospital, for the State of Rhode Island. He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy and attended Roger Williams College and C.C.R.I. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved nature.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The first phase of the Forbes Street solar farm project has received preliminary plan approval from the East Providence Planning Board and is slated for construction this spring.
Final steps are in process for regulatory closure of the former landfill through approval of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Once these closure issues are finalized, construction of the first project, consisting of a three-megawatt solar array facility, will commence.
PAWTUCKET â The city administration's recent announcement that it ended fiscal year 2012 in the black is certainly good news, although a deeper look shows that this result came about because of some bold strategies as well as a little luck.
Last week, it was announced that an annual audit showed Pawtucket's municipal budget ended FY12 with a surplus of $2.7 million. A press release stated that the surplus was achieved by total revenues exceeding budgeted spending allocations, with positive revenues due to tight fiscal controls, tax receipts, interest on taxes and state aid.
LINCOLN â Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. David Cicilline are teaming up to reverse what they say is a perverse incentive in the U.S. Tax Code that provides a tax break to companies that move American jobs to other countries.
LINCOLN â Head coach Jim Riel claimed back in November he was thrilled that his Lincoln High icemen had been âdemotedâ from the state's top tier to Division II.
The reason: He felt the overall talent level would give his Lions a more equal chance to compete against most teams.
Turns out, Riel was right. He always knew his squad had a chance to earn a berth in the championship series, but to do so with an unbeaten D-II record? That he didn't expect.
NEW YORK â The hallways, runways and escalators inside Madison Square Garden come alive with Big East basketball-related chatter every March. Naturally, many folks will take the occasion at this weekâs conference tournament to reflect on the end of this wildly entertaining roundball ride.
Claire L. Melchert
PAWTUCKET - Melchert, Claire L., 84, of Burns Manor in Pawtucket died on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Mt. St. Ritas Health Center, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Adolph Melchert. Claire was born in Groton, CT, the daughter of the late Camille and Rosedelima (Lemay) Benoit.