Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ In an era when leaders are constantly challenged to â€śthink outside the box,â€ť insights from experts on how to better understand important decisions and the best ways to make them can help show the way.
Thatâ€™s what brought Mayor Donald R. Grebien, accompanied by Finance Director Joanna Lâ€™Heureux, to a recent two-day leadership session conducted at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University in Newport.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mellany Rodas, 18, a senior at St. Raphael Academy and a Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket member for five years, has been named the Clubâ€™s 2013 Youth of the Year.
Rodas, of Central Falls, was chosen from a pair of youth nominees during the annual Youth of the Year dinner at the Alfred Elson, Jr. Clubhouse on Tuesday, March 26. Rodas has been accepted to URI and Newbury College and aspires to career options in physical therapy or sociology. She is a steadying presence at home with her three sisters and mother, contributing to her family through working, caring and maturity.
It wasnâ€™t that long ago when parity was the name of the game in the Division I ranks.
In those days, the competition was so balanced that as many as 9-10 teams entered each season with a realistic chance at state championship glory. And during in an 11-year stretch from 2001-2011, nine different teams enjoyed their moments in the spotlight with the championship plaque.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A city man prosecutors call a career offender has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking in oxycodone, a pharmaceutical painkiller similar to heroin.
Audi Pineda, 39, was also ordered to serve three yearsâ€™ supervised release upon the completion of his sentence. He appeared in U.S. District Court this week before Judge John McConnell.
In October 2012, a jury convicted Pineda of conspiracy and two counts of possession of oxycodone with the intent to deliver, according to federal prosecutors.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the wake of recent revelations about fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Rhode Island, Pawtucket Rep. Mary Duffy Messier wants to require that the programâ€™s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards carry a photo ID of the recipient.
â€śItâ€™s basically to prevent fraud,â€ť in the federal program once known as Food Stamps, the Democratic lawmaker told The Times Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€” There's â€śtiredâ€ť and there's the â€śgood kind of tired.â€ť It seems the 42 Rhode Island World War II veterans who participated in a recent Honor Flight would put themselves in the latter category after their whirlwind day trip to the nation's capital.
PAWTUCKET --- You can tell a business is booming when after three months in operation, the owners have been so busy that they havenâ€™t found the time to plan a Grand Opening ceremony.
Thatâ€™s been the case with the ownership group of DH Hitting, LLC, a baseball and softball indoor training facility on 70 Vineyard St. in Pawtucket that opened its doors last Nov. 16 and hasnâ€™t slowed down since the very first swings were taken in their batting tunnels.
What is one telltale sign that an organization is doing well from a financial standpoint? Answer: When a revenue-sharing plan is met with a ringing endorsement by the powers-that-be.
â€śWeâ€™re all in this together,â€ť is the phrase Tom Mezzanotte, executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, used shortly the approval of a revenue-sharing program at the March 18 Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics meeting. The unanimous vote (10-0) green lights the distribution of profits that are leftover once all the RIILâ€™s expenses are all squared away to the 55 member high schools.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Students at the high school Tuesday were asked to put their lives first and not to even think about texting when they are driving.
The request came from R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, a former police officer, who is trying to warn students around the state about the sometimes fatal risks of texting when in a motor vehicle and getting them to pledge they will be safe.
PROVIDENCE â€“ You have probably received e-mails telling you that $1,000 or more is available to you today by making a phone call or clicking an Internet link. If you live in a low-income neighborhood, there may be a storefront nearby where similar â€śshort-termâ€ť loans are offered.
So-called â€śpayday lendersâ€ť offer you quick cash for emergencies or to help you make ends meet until your next paycheck. But that money comes at a high price.
Robert J. Pickett
LINCOLN- Robert J. Pickett, 66, formerly of Walker Avenue, passed away Sunday in the U.S. Veterans Hospital, West Roxbury, MA.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late William J. and Lucina (Rooney) Pickett. He resided in Norton, MA, for the past 7 years.
He served his county honorably in the United States Army during Vietnam.
Bob was an avid golfer. He was a past president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Broad Street, Cumberland.
Frances M. Kane
PAWTUCKET - Frances M (Goff) Kane, 68, of Pawtucket, RI passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013.
She was the daughter of the late Francis Goff, the late Miriam (Parker) Sainsbury and step-daughter to the late Norman Sainsbury. She is the sister of Olive Laramee, the late David Goff, and the late Phyllis Lemire.
James A. Grant
PAWTUCKET - James A. Grant, 79, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late William and Esther (Barton) Grant. James was a machine operator for Texas Instruments for many years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne for the Army. He was an avid bowler and played on many leagues. In his later years he took up sculpting amazing life-size statues.
Charles N. Bouris
PROVIDENCE - Bouris, Charles N. "Dino", 91, of Providence, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013 at Trinity Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Beatrice (Manoian) Bouris.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Helen (Bichikas) Bouris
Charles worked as a self-employed Baker for many years, delivering baked goods to local businesses and apartment communities for the elderly. He also served his country proudly in the United States Navy, during World War II.
PAWTUCKET â€” A developer is proposing that the former St. Mary's School at 163 George St. and the adjacent brick building that once served as a convent be turned into an apartment complex, along with a new building to be constructed behind the two.
The city's Planning Commission recently held a public hearing on the proposal by I.D. Holdings LLC, whose principal owner is listed as Jeffrey Karll. Karll is a businessman and restauranteur who formerly operated the Cresta Ristorante in the Apex property on Main Street.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police are investigating an attempted bank robbery at the Bank of America at 1455 Newport Ave., which occurred at 11:30 Tuesday morning.
A male reportedly walked into the bank, gave the teller a note and attempted to rob the bank. The teller immediately stepped away from the bank window per bank procedure and the male fled the bank, police saod.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 24-year-old Providence man has been arrested as a suspect in the Monday night stabbing of a Pawtucket man.
On March 25, at around 7:30 p.m., Pawtucket Police responded to a report of a stabbing at an apartment on Darrow Street. When police arrived they found a male victim who was suffering from several stab wounds to his torso and neck area. The victim was identified as Shawn A. Whitfield, 42, of the Darrow Street address.
Whitfield was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where his injuries were determined to be not life threatening, Pawtucket Police said.
Tolman High softball players Ashley Clark (left) and Ashley Hessler signed their respective Letters of Intent during a ceremony held last week inside the schoolâ€™s library. A Second Team All-State selection as a junior, Clark will continue her playing career at Division II Assumption College. A Se-cond Team All-Division selection as a junior, Hessler will take her talents to Connecticutâ€™s University of Bridgeport, a Division II participant.
Within every road trip, there lies a theme. Sometimes itâ€™s apparent the moment the car pulls out of the driveway. Other times, you may elect to start impulse free, the mind filled with vagaries. Then the theme emerges later.
The main objective of Providence Collegeâ€™s sojourn deep into the heart of Texas is short and succinct. The theme is this â€“ â€śGet to the Garden.â€ť
Julieta D. Almeida
PAWTUCKET- Julieta D. (Margalho) Almeida, 93, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio Almeida.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, a daughter of the late Abilio and Maria (Marques) Margalho, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Julieta was employed by Hasbro for thirty-one years until retiring. She was a member of the Broadway Residents Association and a former member of St. Raymond's Leisure Group and St. Teresa's Seniors.