May 20th, 2012
In the short time Rakim Sanders has spent as an NBA hopeful, the Pawtucket native has learned an invaluable lesson ‚Äď when opportunity knocks, it‚Äôs best to jump all in.
Fresh off spending the weekend at a draft combine in East Rutherford, N.J., at which representatives from all 30 teams were in attendance, Sanders now embarks on a vagabond tour of NBA cities scattered across the country.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Nine-year-old Andrew Smyth of East Greenwich stared down at X Games' nine-time BMX medalist Kevin Robinson autographing his white T-shirt in heavy blue ink. When the elder had finished, he flashed a grin at his mom, Stacey.
The boy had never before met Robinson, and couldn't believe his good fortune when the 40-year-old athlete and East Providence native posed with him for a photo.
Robinson immediately hugged Stacey and thanked her for attending his second annual ‚ÄúRide with K-Rob/Family Fun Festival,‚ÄĚ held at Rose Larisa Park on Riverside's tip Sunday afternoon.
Diane Sweet, center, joins members of Odaiko New England Drummers during a performance at the Chocolate Mill Overlook Park dedication ceremony Saturday. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nation of Japan's donation of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C., cherry blossom saplings are donated and planted in Pawtucket and Central Falls during this year's Cherry Blossom Festival in deep appreciation for the aid and assistance given to Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A 31-year-old city man employed as a union carpenter was arrested after telephoning members of the City Council and threatening to harm them over issues related to the Pawtucket Fire Department and contract negotiations with the firefighters' union.
David F. Bollwage, of John Street, was arrested on Thursday following an investigation of the complaints by Pawtucket Police detectives. He was arraigned in District Court on Friday on five felony counts of threats to public officials.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ As 60-something parents of a 24-year-old daughter with severe developmental disabilities, Richard Godfrey said that he and his wife worry a lot about her future. He noted that while the young woman, who needs near-constant care, is currently in a good day care situation, she will one day be alone.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The regional and national tournaments are all a thing of the past. So is the points scoring system that he‚Äôs had to worry about every time he‚Äôs fought, as well as the headgear that he‚Äôs had to strap on for 130 amateur fights, 119 of which he won.
The next time Toka Kahn-Clary steps in the ring, the Manfredo‚Äôs Gym fighter will do so as a professional. His name and his pro fights will be etched forever on boxrec.com, and yes, he will be fattening his wallet with some extra greens.
LINCOLN --- With a 5-0 shutout against the Smithfield Sentinels Friday, the Lincoln Lions improved their record to 14-0 and clinched the Northern Division.
Including yesterday‚Äôs game, the Lions have only played in five games that were decided by five or fewer runs, one of which came against Smithfield on April 4. During that game, Lincoln came away with a 3-2 win.
Coach Dick Ryan thought that the grit his squad showed against a Smithfield team that always gives Lincoln a close match was a good sign.
WOONSOCKET --- These past two weeks have certainly belonged to Cumberland, and that was evident on Friday afternoon in its Division I-North showdown against Mount St. Charles.
The Clippers took over second place and grabbed their fifth win in their last seven outings with a solid performance that saw the visitors claim the early momentum with five runs in the first two innings, play steady defense, and ride the solid pitching of Caylin Legare to a 6-3 victory that put a damper on the Mounties‚Äô ‚ÄėSenior Day‚Äô festivities.
WARREN - Darrell E. Daugherty, 51, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 from injuries sustained after being struck by a motor vehicle.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, he was a son of the late Arley & Muriel (Andrews) Daugherty. Darrell worked at the East Side Market Place.
He leaves a son, Matthew J. Gilbert of Pawtucket; a daughter, Erin K. Gilbert of Pawtucket; a sister-in-law, Kym M. Gilbert of Providence; two grandchildren, Jaiden Gilbert and Julianna Marks; two brothers, John and Jesse Lea and sister, Paula Lea. He was brother of the late Penny Daugherty.
Lincoln - Arnold, Edgar "Ed" T. 80 died Friday May 18, 2012 at home. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn L. (Jarvis) Arnold. They were married sixty-one years.
Born in Pawtucket a son of the late Kenneth H. and Isabelle (Taylor) Arnold. He has lived in Lincoln for thirty-five years.
Mr. Arnold was Vice-President of Sales and Engineering,
at Wardwell Braiding Machine Company for forty-three years retiring 1991.
He was an avid golfer and a member of Melody Hills Golf Course.
PAWTUCKET - M. Agnes (Menagh) Gomes, 94, a resident of The St. Jeanne Jugan Residence, passed away Thursday at Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Howard R. Gomes.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late William J. and Agnes C. (Johnson) Menagh.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ This did not resemble your typical second-place vs. third-place battle.
In fact, Thursday afternoon‚Äôs Division III showdown between Davies and Shea resembled a mismatch between a team battling for the division lead and a team saddled with a losing record and no hopes of grabbing a playoff spot.
The Patriots collected 12 hits and took full advantage of a season-high 12 walks and eight errors by the Raiders, and the end result was a stunning 15-1 rout before a large gathering at Max Read Field that was halted after five innings by the mercy rule.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ Just before Cumberland High hosted St. Raphael Academy in a critical Division I-North tilt on Thursday afternoon, the two squads stood on their respective baselines and watched Sue Lanctot, a Cumberland resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch.
The touching moment drew a hefty round of applause, and for good reason: The contest had been set up weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society. Both players and coaches had purchased special, blue-and-white ‚ÄúStrike Out Cancer‚ÄĚ caps to wear, at $15 each.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Over the last year, they've tackled gun-toting suspects, entered burning buildings, located runaways, intervened in violent domestic disputes, talked people out killing themselves, and caught drug dealers. And, as Pawtucket Police Lt. Roberto DaSilva pointed out, this was ‚Äújust a sampling‚ÄĚ of what Pawtucket Police officers have to deal with on a regular basis.
CRANSTON - Bistransky, Joseph M, 44 of Griswold Avenue, Cranston, died on May 12, 2012.
He was the son of Francis and the late Katherine (Herbert) Daigneault. For the full obituary please visit www.manningheffern.com.
CENTRAL FALLS. Aurelio Tovar, 84, passed away Monday at RI Hospital after being stricken at home. He was the husband of Iada (Ojeda) Tovar. He was born in Barranquilla, Colombia a son of the late Juan and Adriana (Blanco) Tovar. Mr. Tovar migrated to the US in 1967. He had been employed in the Textile Industry for many years in Colombia and in the Blackstone Valley before retiring.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Now that the waste transfer station has been leased to a private company, the city is exploring the possibility of privatizing its trash collection and recycling services as well in a plan that could involve two other communities.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Laureen D‚ÄôAmbra, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Rhode Island‚Äôs 138-year-old St. Mary Academy-Bay View, has announced the appointment of Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis as the school's new incoming president.
Pacifico-DeBenedictis, who will assume her new role on July 1, succeeds the first president of the academy, Elizabeth A. McAuliffe, who has held the position for the past 18 years.
CENTRAL FALLS: Theresa C. Laporte, 84, passed May 16, 2012. She was the wife of the late Henry Laporte.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Alcide and Rose A. (Lacroise) Laliberte. Theresa was a lifelong resident of Central Falls and had been employed for over 30 years by Blackstone Catering.
ATTLEBORO - Leroy E. Emory, 90, of Newport, North Carolina and formerly of South Attleboro passed away at home on Monday, May 14, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Parsigian) Emory.
Born in Durham, North Carolina, a son of the late Dee Irving and Ella (Tilley) Emory, he resided in South Attleboro most of his life before returning to North Carolina 6 years ago.