July 22nd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” It was a rather cut-and-dry business story that ran last month about the Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co. being acquired by an Attleboro manufacturer and closing its Pawtucket facility. Yet, longtime employee and second-generation owner Paul Mooney says there is much more history, warmth and sense of community behind the 150-year-old jewelry manufacturer than was conveyed in the news article.
PAWTUCKET â€” The historic Weeden Manor property at 11 Walnut St. is no longer being considered as an academy for foreign exchange students and is back on the market.
The 9,390-square-foot Darius Goff House was close to being purchased by two business partners for use as a boarding school and educational facility. Benjamin Ben Tre and Basil Lee are founders of the Roosevelt International Academy, a program that offers students from China and other foreign countries a place to live and be mentored while attending local private and public high schools.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” A six-run rally by defending New England champion Fairfield, Conn. in the home half of the second inning put Cumberland in a hole the team could not climb out of on Saturday, as the Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team absorbed a tough 7-6 loss in their New England pool play game at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
Down by five runs entering the top of the sixth inning, Cumberland (9-1) bravely battled back for four runs and had runners on second and third with two gone, but were unable to plate the equalizer.
PAWTUCKET â€” The energy and sense of renewal surrounding the construction of the I-95 Pawtucket River bridge has made it a fitting subject for this year's Pawtucket Arts Festival poster.
BLACKSTONE â€” The water level in the Blackstone River and Canal above the Rolling Dam is now rising, but it may take a few days before levels are back to normal.
That was the latest announcement Thursday from town public works officials who said work conducted at the site yesterday is helping the situation, which is not nearly as dire as it was a few days ago when officials reported that the water level was about six feet lower than normal.
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LINCOLN â€” A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot thatâ€™s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners â€“ Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, thereâ€™s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.
LINCOLN â€” Thomas Falowo didnâ€™t give the judges a chance to decide this fight. The Manfredoâ€™s Gym middleweight rocked his opponent from the opening bell to the end of the fourth round, and for his efforts, he was rewarded with a fourth-round TKO.
The Pawtucket fighter returned to his winning ways on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center by battering Rahman Yusubov of Dallas, Texas in their six-round fight on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s â€śBuilt to Lastâ€ť show at the Twin River Event Center.
PAWTUCKET - Dean D. Turmel, passed July 14th at the age of 45.
He was the son of the late Donald W. and Alice (Robichaud) Turmel.
Dean was a lifelong Pawtucket resident and had been employed in the construction and asphalt industry for many years.
He is survived by 6 sisters, Donna Johnson of Florida, Diane Metivier of North Providence, Deborah Martins of Attleboro, Doreen DeLuca of North Providence, Deanna Perron of Johnston and Dodi Marehand of PA, a brother, Donald W. Turmel Jr, of Providence. He also leaves 24 nieces and nephews and a lifetime of wonderful memories.
LINCOLN - James R. McGinness, 73, of Lincoln, died Thursday. He was the husband of Muriel S. (Sweeney) McGinness. They had been married 50 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late William and Yvonne (Erno) McGinness and a step-son of the late Doris (Descelles) McGinness.
Mr. McGinness was employed as a supervisor for Hasbro Manufacturing Co. for 44 years. He retired in 1997. He served with the US Army. He was an avid fisherman and card player.
PAWTUCKET - Shirley Blechinger, 79, passed July 19th at home. She was the wife of the late Robert Blechinger.
Born in New Bedford, Ma, a daughter of the late Walter and Rose (Corriea) Rogers.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Leyland and her partner, Dawn Olsen of Pawtucket, a son, Wayne Lima of Freetown, MA, six grandchildren, Sarah, Christine, Brian, Robin, Jeannine, and Jamie. She was the dedicated master of Chico.
CENTRAL FALLS - James F. Lenihan Jr, 72, passed July 20th with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Noreen (Davy) Lenihan, they would have been married for 51 years this September.
James had been employed by Sani Kani for many years and then worked at Warner- Sullivan & Nilsson as a parts delivery driver. James life revolved around his family and fishing
LINCOLN - Tillie Hicks, 71, of School St., Albion passed away Thursday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the long time companion of Carl Faria.
Born in Somerset, MA she was the daughter of the late William and Maude (Stanley) Hicks. She had resided in Albion for the past 10 years, previously living in Cumberland for most of her life.
Tillie was employed by the Amica Insurance Co. for 36 years retiring in 1997.
CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize â€“ the Eastern Regional championship â€“ when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Following an investigation of a complaint, a local man has been arrested on numerous sexual assault charges involving three young female family members, Pawtucket Police said.
Jose A. DaCruz, 55, of Waterman Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Major Arthur Martins. Police began an investigation after a complaint was made on July 9. The incidents, which took place in Pawtucket, involve three victims who are all under the age of 14 and who are related to DaCruz, Martins said.
LINCOLN â€“ The School Committee and the Lincoln Teachers' Association have reached an agreement on a three-year pact covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 after a series of negotiating sessions that included both sides' attorneys and the assistance of a mediator.
The agreement will give teachers 2-percent pay raises in each of the latter two years of the pact.
Superintendent of Schools Georgia Fortunato noted that the sessions lasted well past midnight and into the next morning to reach the settlement ratified by the parties this past week.
PAWTUCKET - Louise A. McCaffrey, 79, of Pawtucket died Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Miss McCaffrey was born in Lincoln, the daughter of the late Henry and Annette (Larocque) McCaffrey. She was a controller for the Quill Pen Corporation for many years. Louise enjoyed reading and her visits to the library, was an avid gardener and a New England Patriots fan.
CUMBERLAND - Eugenia "Jean" A. (Niedbala) Hucal, 92, of the Chimney Hill Apartments, formerly of Cadoret Drive, Cumberland passed away Wednesday at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Michael Hucal.
Born in Fall River, MA she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Agnes (Kokoszka) Niedbala. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life.
Jean was employed by the Hindley Manufacturing Company, Cumberland for many years until her retirement in 1982.
SEEKONK â€” Having Sister Gertrude involved can only be a plus. Greg Esmay says his goal is to be able to have his Old Grist Mill Tavern open next year in time for the nun and other Little Sisters of the Poor to hold their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner that benefits the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Accusing his opponent of â€śserial hypocrisy,â€ť Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley blasted Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for leaving the Senate floor after promising to debate his DISCLOSE Act â€ślong into the night,â€ť to attend a fundraiser held by a group Hinckley claims would be exempt from that proposed law.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Landmark Medical Center is asking a Superior Court judge for permission to move forward with a lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving the hospital into insolvency with unfairly low reimbursements.
Itâ€™s the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between Landmark and BCBSRI that Landmark President Richard Charest says now jeopardizes the sale â€“ and survival â€“ of the hospital.