April 23rd, 2012
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Cory Garabedian had exciting plans for his return to college this fall, that after years as a military police officer in the U.S. Army.
Back in September, he had talked with Kashif Montgomery, a dear childhood friend and teammate at Central Falls High School in 2005-06. Montgomery, fresh off playing a season of football at Virginia University of Lynchburg, told him he missed the gridiron â€śsomething fierce,â€ť and reignited in him the desire to play football again.
CUMBERLAND- Mary Elizabeth Bessette , 90, of Cumberland died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, April 20, 2012.
Mary was born on June 17, 1921 in Providence, RI, daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Golden) Cunningham.
She was the loving sister of the late Joseph, James, and Agnes Murray.
After graduating from Hope High School in 1939, she worked at Federal Products for ten years. Having raised her 5 strapping boys she rejoined the workforce as a Secretary at Digitronics until she retired in 1975.
ATTLEBORO- Czeslaw Malek 64, passed away at his residence Sunday April 22, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Kozera) Malek.
Born in Wroclaw, Poland he was a son of the late Jozef and Weronika (Ciecko) Malek. He lived in South Attleboro for the past 13 years and was formerly of Pawtucket and Pennsylvania.
Before retiring he owned and operated Malek Commercial Cleaning Co. for 12 years and prior to that he worked for the former LLV Grumman Co. of PA as an Assembler for 10 years. Mr. Malek was an avid Historian.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Granted, itâ€™s only April, but when a player increases his batting average by 170 points in less than two weeks, curious minds want to know why.
Is the player seeing the ball better? Or is the spike the result of some sort of mechanical adjustment, such as closing the stance or shortening the stride? Are all those extra sessions in the batting cage finally paying off?
In the case of Jose Iglesias, the recent rise in his offensive production can be traced to the adjustments the shortstop prospect looked to make before the first pitch of the 2012 season was even thrown.
In a span of seven days, Michael Bowden went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.
Allâ€™s well that ends well, it seems, as the ex-Red Sox relief pitcher now gets a chance to start anew with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps just as important, the 25-year-old now has a legit shot to find a niche on a big-league roster â€“ something that proved quite elusive during his seven-year tenure with Boston.
PAWTUCKET â€” RI Governor Lincoln Chafee and RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin helped welcome 430 guests at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center to honor local community leaders for The Pawtucket Foundation Ninth Annual Awards Celebration.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” The daughter of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. was found dead Friday morning of an apparent overdose, police said.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death of 38-year-old Nicole Cianci, police Cmdr. Thomas Oates III said.
Authorities responded to a residence in the city's Federal Hill neighborhood for a report of an overdose and found Nicole Cianci, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Oates said. He said she was with a male roommate, whom she had been living with for the last few weeks.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Two men were arrested by the Pawtucket Police Special Response Team following an almost five-hour standoff on Grotto Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at around 3:15 p.m., police were called to a second floor apartment at 24 Grotto Ave. for a reported disturbance. Additional information that was received indicated to police that one or more suspects may be armed with some type of gun. Initial reports suggested that the incident was a domestic violence situation, but this was later proven to be false, he said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Yes, most of the excitement and suspense of the presidential primary process has fizzled out now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee to challenge Democratic President Obama in November. But Rhode Island is going ahead with its primary on Tuesday.
President Obama is unopposed on the Democratic side, but there is a column for uncommitted delegates.
WOONSOCKET â€” As soon as senior Zack Viveiros grounded out to third to end the top of the sixth inning, Tolman High skipper Theo Murray huddled his troops in front of their first-base dugout early Friday afternoon and implored them to exhibit outstanding defense.
â€śThis is it,â€ť he told them, referring to the Tigersâ€™ 2-1 cushion. â€śTheyâ€™ve got 9-1-2 (the ninth, first and second batters) coming up! Weâ€™ve got to get out of this inning!â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” On paper, there appears a surefire remedy to put struggling reliever Mark Melancon â€“ viewed as one the key moves Ben Cherington made during his first offseason as Bostonâ€™s general manager â€“ back together.
Fans will undoubtedly cringe when they hold Melanconâ€™s cover-your-eyes 49.50 ERA up to the light, knowing full well the 27-year-oldâ€™s inability to get anyone out played a huge part in the big-league club demoting the struggling pitcher to Pawtucket. Yet what gets lost in shuffle is that Melancon was not pitching on a regular basis.
Flora St. George
CUMBERLAND- Flora St. George, 101, died Wednesday at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Pacific Alfred St. George.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late William and Clara (Precourt) Berthiaume.
Flora is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Hector, Corinne and Bernadette Berthiaume, Lucy Dufresne and Stella Flores.
William A. Elliott
HARRISVILLE- William A. Elliott, 85, passed away Friday April 6, 2012. He was the husband of Theresa D. (Paquette) Elliott and was the son of William and Margaret (Walker) Elliott.
He was a member of the Pawtucket Police Department for 20 years.
Lorraine Lois Frechette
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA- Lorraine Lois Frechette. Born on April 13, 1934, passed away on April 12, 2012 after a courageous 12 year battle with cancer. A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, resident of Citrus Heights, California since 1980. Lorraine was a wonderful Homemaker and loved collecting antiques and researching the family tree.
Survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Walter; Her sister, Sandie; sons, Bryan and Brad(Sheri); daughter, Brenda Blakesley (Robert); Granddaughters, Corinne and Brittany and Great Granddaughters, Ariana and Kaylee.
PAWTUCKET â€” Everyone agrees that on the night of Oct. 13, 2011, a Hummer driven by Pawtucket Police Sgt. Yuri Wozny rear-ended an Audi operated by Jarred Lynch near the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. But the series of events after that, which led to Lynch being arrested and charged with refusing to submit to a chemical test for alcohol, remain a matter of â€śhe said/he saidâ€ť which a judge will now have to decide.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Plastic bags of litter dangle neatly from the branches of trees. Scavenged bits of furniture are arranged into makeshift outdoor dining nooks, beside the tents. Nearby, a green-necked duck splashes down in the Blackstone River, looking for the expected handout.
â€śWe have our animal friends,â€ť says Ray Greeno. â€śWeâ€™re happy here.â€ť
A Vietnam veteran whoâ€™s been homeless for months, Greeno, 57, has been living in a tent on the banks of the Blackstone River since the beginning of the month, when the overnight shelter at Harvest Church closed for the season.
PAWTUCKET â€” This game went from a pitchersâ€™ duel to another lopsided Tolman victory in a hurry.
Deadlocked at 1-1 after 4Â˝ innings of a tough Division II crossover duel with Pilgrim, the Tigers scratched out three runs in the home half of the fifth inning before erupting for six more in the sixth and ending up with a 10-3 triumph at Slater Park that kept them unbeaten.
Wanda V. Villeneuve
PAWTUCKET- Wanda V. Villeneuve (Strybuc) of Kenyon Avenue, Pawtucket died April 18, 2012.
Mrs. Villeneuve was the loving wife of Alfred Villeneuve. They had been married 58 years.
Mrs. Villeneuve was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late John Bobola and Jennie Strybuc-Bobola. She was a chef at Texas Instrument in Attleboro MA. For many years.
William T. Nahas
NAHAS, William T., age 83, died peacefully on Friday, February 24th, at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Care Center. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy Page Nahas for 60 years.
He was the cherished father of Chrystine Nahas Caffrey & Billy Nahas and the dear grandfather of Elizabeth and Alexandra Caffrey, Hannah and Noah Nahas.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Toofik Nahas and Nora Gosen Nahas. He was the brother of George, Frederick, and Richard Nahas and the late Leo Nahas.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Department of Education awarded grants of nearly $700,000 to help improve the cityâ€™s two high schools yesterday.
Charles E. Shea Senior High School and William E. Tolman Senior High School will receive $349,297 each in federal School Improvement Grants, RIDE said.