Archive - 2013
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.
Helen G. Toole
PAWTUCKET - Helen G. (Gerry) Toole, 79, of Pawtucket died at home on March 11, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Austin and Mary (Horan) Toole.
Miss Toole was a graduate of St. Xavier Academy, class of 1951, and a communicant of Holy Family Parish, formerly St. Joseph's. She was a Service Representative for New England Telephone for over thirty years.
She is survived by her sister Ann K. Toole, her brother Rev. Lawrence E. Toole, sister in law Evelyn T. Toole, several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was the sister of the late Austin A. Toole Jr.
William R. Lomax
PAWTUCKET - William R. Lomax, 76, lifelong resident of Pawtucket, died March 11, 2013. He was born in Pawtucket to the late Norma E. (Simmons) and Charles R. Lomax. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served for four years. He was employed by the Office Appliance Co. for thirty five years and Current Carrier for three years, retiring due to illness. He was a former member of the Saylesville Fire Department, member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where he was a former member of the United Methodist Men and a trustee.
Donald A. Lariviere
PAWTUCKET - Donald "Pop" A. Lariviere, 73, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 11, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Delores (Gomes) Lariviere for fifty-four years.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Arthur and Marie (Breton) Lariviere, he resided in Pawtucket since 1959. Don was a Master Electrician at Brown University for twenty years until retiring in 1996, and previously worked in electrical construction.
Marjorie Reardon Hartnett
SEEKONK, MA - Marjorie Reardon Hartnett, 79, of Seekonk, MA died March 11, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice in Providence. She was the wife of Robert A. Hartnett of Stoughton, MA.
She was born the daughter of the late Edward W. Reardon and Doris Smiley Reardon. She resided in the Saylesville section of Lincoln, RI during her youth. She then moved to Pawtucket, RI and finally to Seekonk, MA. She immensely enjoyed her summer retreat at her beach in Westport, MA.
PAWTUCKET â After the City Council questioned a new $53,200-$58,800 âcommunity/business communications liaisonâ that the Grebien Administration is seeking to create, the mayorâs response last week was a letter talking about his economic development efforts.
In a letter to Council President David Moran, Grebien said his administration has made progress in economic development during the past two years.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council last week approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into a contract agreement with Birchwood Design Group, a Providence-based landscape architecture planning and design firm chosen by the town to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with synthetic turf as part of the Tucker Field Athletic Complex renovation project.
Looking back at the recently completed boysâ basketball playoffs with an emphasis on what the young men and coaches from North Smithfield accomplished âŠ
Heartache and disappointment always seem to boil to the surface whenever extenuating circumstances arise. Yet as he paced around a somber locker room to console a hazed and dazed group of downtrodden teenage boys, North Smithfield head coach T.J. Ciolfi kept thinking about a bonding/healing session to be conducted on a yellow school bus.
PAWTUCKET â Minutes after Tolman High had finished its practice Monday afternoon at Lynch Arena, head coach Steve Reynolds and volunteer assistant Tom Vecoli followed their players to the locker room for a team meeting.
There, they discussed how they must approach their tune-up workouts before battling unbeaten and top-seeded West Warwick-Exeter/West Greenwich Co-op in the first game of their best-of-three R.I. Division III Tournament championship series; that's slated for noon Saturday at Brown Universityâs Meehan Auditorium.