June 12th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śThere are at least 10 great things about golf,â€ť Frank Rampone was saying last Thursday while sitting in the shade next to the first tee at Pawtucket Country Club, â€śand your score is about 10th on the list. Playing and socializing with your friends is right there at the top. And then there is the beauty of the golf course, being able to take a walk outdoors on a beautiful day.â€ť
Rampone, who is 82 years young, recently shot a round of 73 at Pawtucket. A modest man like so many members of his generation, Rampone is a little short on details.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Concern over Lars Andersonâ€™s sparse home run production isnâ€™t solely limited to fans and beat writers. Thatâ€™s why PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler purposely went out of his way to defuse any qualms/concerns regarding his first baseman by offering up this statement a few weeks back: â€śYou talk to scouts and what they see in young players is as they get older and learn about their swing a little bit more, they are then able to start turning on balls. Usually thereâ€™s more power and production later on down the road.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Kevin Millwood has now made three starts with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Itâ€™s still uncertain what the veteran pitcher can provide, if anything, to the big-league team.
Take Sundayâ€™s outing against Charlotte, a mixed bag if there ever was one. Millwood was able to make the necessary adjustments to last five innings, retiring the final 12 batters he faced in Pawtucketâ€™s 2-1 win. Getting on a roll was made possible after Millwood started to unleash more and more off-speed pitches, which in turn made his early-game struggles a distant memory.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Class of 2011's Alyssa Alzate and Alex Collette offered different philosophies as they prepared for St. Raphael Academy's 84th Commencement in the basement hall of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on Sunday afternoon.
â€śI'm just thinking 'Don't fall!' That's one of my biggest fears,'â€ť laughed Central Falls resident Alzate, who will attend Wheelock College in Boston this fall to study social work. â€śLook, my palms are sweating, I'm so nervous! Everyone down here has been saying how weird this feels, that it doesn't seem real.
PAWTUCKET â€” Michael P. Davolio, the city's new Planning Director, has traded in the peaceful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound for a more industrialized urban landscape that surrounds the Blackstone River. Yet for the Shrewsbury, Mass., native, taking a job in Pawtucket provides a homecoming as well as a challenge that he says he's excited to be taking on.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the philanthropic efforts of the founder of The American Girls Collection, Pawtucket school children will be learning to read with â€śSuperkids.â€ť
The Pawtucket School Department has been awarded a grant worth more than $650,000 to purchase the nationally acclaimed Superkids reading program for students in kindergarten through grade 2. The grant was made possible through the Rowland Reading Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by American Girls Collection creator Pleasant Rowland that is dedicated to improving early reading.
LINCOLN â€“ You don't have to make a splash to make it big in life. Some of the most important people get hardly any attention at all.
And with that pithy message, Lincoln High School's Valedictorian Michael Reeves bade his classmates farewell last night.
Yes, said Reeves, the teachers, coaches and mentors of LHS have played key roles in their academic lives, but so did the bus drivers, the custodians and the â€ścafeteria ladies.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council, mostly through attacking overtime, a few vacant positions and some cultural â€śnicetiesâ€ť that are considered to be expendable in these lean financial times, passed an amended fiscal year 2012 operating budget Wednesday night that chops $876,193 from what Mayor Donald Grebien had originally proposed.
PROVIDENCE â€” Legislation billed as another police tool to prevent and pursue Internet child pornography, but that privacy and civil liberties advocates worry will cast too wide a net for less serious crimes, passed the House of Representatives 62-6 on Thursday.
The bill would allow the attorney general, local police chiefs, and other designated law enforcement officials to issue an â€śadministrative subpoenaâ€ť that would require an Internet service provider to disclose the name and address associated with a subscriber of that provider.
NORTH CAROLINA - Mrs. Jeanne Annette LeBeau Wainwright, age 70, of Tom Huffman Road, Purlear died Thursday, June 9, 2011 at her home.
Services will be held in Greenville, NC at a later date.
Mrs. Wainwright was born July 15, 1940 in Central Falls, RI to Arthur and Bertha Bouvier LeBeau. She was retired from Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Cobb Wainwright; a daughter; Debbie Davis; a son, Billy Gouras; four brothers, Theodore LeBeau, Alford LeBeau, Arthur LeBeau and Robert LeBeau.
Mary Catherine Cuddy
ATTLEBORO - Mary Catherine Cuddy, 89, of Canterbury Woods passed away on Tuesday evening, June 7, 2011 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Arthur Cuddy, previous owner of Wholesale Tire in Cranson, who died in 1973 after 26 years of marriage.
Born June 21, 1921 in Providence, she was a daughter of the late James J. and Madeline (Martin) Deery.
Mary graduated from St. Xavier High School in Providence and Bryant College before working for the former Diocesan newspaper, The Providence Visitor.
Rita M. Nadeau
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. Nadeau, 84, passed on June 10, 2011. She was the wife of the late Marcel L. Nadeau.
Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Rodolphe and Edda (Tanguay) Beaudoin.
She had been employed by ITT Royal Electric for many years and had resided on John St for 70 years
She is survived by a son, Robert L. Nadeau and his wife Cheryl of Pawtucket, two grandchildren, Brian and Kevin Nadeau and four great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Albert Nadeau.
Services will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
CENTRAL FALLS - Ronald Brousseau, 58, of Central Falls, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of the late Lorraine F. (Therrien) Brousseau. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of Florence (Bourassa) Brousseau and the late Edmond Brousseau. Mr. Brousseau was employed by General Cable Co. of Lincoln for 37 years prior to his retirement. His sons, Robert J. Brousseau of Pell City, AL, and Jason A. Raymond of Carrollton, GA, his daughter Lisa A. Archambeault of Woonsocket, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 brothers and 2 sisters survive him.
PAWTUCKET - Aurora Silva, 81 of Cleveland Street, Pawtucket died Wednesday at Miriam Hospital in Providence. She is the wife of Renato Silva and they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October of this year. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aurora is the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria (Gomes) DosSantos.
Aurora attended school in Portugal and immigrated to the United States in 1962 and settled in Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE --- Itâ€™s been said time and time again that itâ€™s tough to beat a team three times in a season, and on Wednesday night, Lincoln High realized how difficult a task that is in its Division I losersâ€™ bracket final with longtime nemesis Cumberland High.
After getting swept in their regular-season series with the Lions, the Clippers made sure their third time playing their rivals was indeed the charm.
PROVIDENCE â€” Antonio Pires, a special fiscal advisor to Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, returned to his old stomping ground, the House Finance Committee hearing room, Tuesday seeking permission for the city to dip into its fire prevention and cemetery perpetual care accounts to help shore up a looming $6.5 million deficit.
Pires, a former state representative from Pawtucket, was a longtime chairman of the House Finance Committee.
SEEKONK â€” When Ashley Richards began her freshman year at Seekonk High School in September 2007, she set her academic goals with only success in mind.
â€śIt wasn't that I tried hard to be the valedictorian; I just studied hard for myself because I wanted to do well and get into a great school,â€ť explained Richards, who finished her scholastic career with a superb 4.0 unweighted grade-point average (4.5 weighted with Advanced Placement courses and the like.
â€śI worked so hard, and made a lot of sacrifices,â€ť she added. â€śBeing the valedictorian means a lot to me.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” The rising column of black smoke over Fairmount Street Tuesday evening told a well known story for city residents. Another of the city's historic mills was burning.
The column of roiling smoke led to the old U.S. Rubber Co. plant at 85 Fairmount St., more recently known as Tech Industries, and flames were quickly destroying the four-story brick and wood structure.
The fire initially erupted out third and fourth-floor windows near one of the mill's two distinctive bell towers around 7:45 p.m. and quickly spread across the affected floors.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Just call it â€śgirl power.â€ť The two young women who have earned the honor of representing Central Falls High School's graduating class as the valedictorian and salutatorian said they were inspired by the fact that these positions were held by young men last year.