April 29th, 2012
The checklist of what to keep tabs on during college basketballâ€™s offseason used to be simple and straightforward. You would look at the pool of underclassmen declaring to take their game to the next level by applying for the NBA Draft, which in turn sparks debate as to whether the decision made is foolhardy or correct.
WEST WARWICK â€” Tolman High passed its latest test with flying colors.
After West Warwick had rallied for three runs in the last of the sixth inning to knot Saturdayâ€™s Division II crossover contest at 5-all, Tolman responded by pushing across the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh in an eventual 6-5 Tiger victory. Tolman improves to 8-0 in II-Central while W.W. falls to 4-2 in II-Central.
EAST PROVIDENCE -- Immediately after the loss, and the post-game handshakes, head coach Rob Traverse followed his East Providence High squadron out to right field and spent at least 10 minutes talking with them.
Once finished, he not only described how he felt about his Towniesâ€™ suffering a 10-0 Division I crossover defeat to still-unbeaten Lincoln High at Pierce Field on blustery Friday afternoon, but also gave his take on Lindsay Mayer, the Lionsâ€™ premier junior righthander.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police arrested one city man this week on several drug charges and are looking for his roommate for the same charges, plus additional infractions.
Members of the Central Falls Police Departmentâ€™s Special Investigative Unit executed a search warrant late Wednesday afternoon at 681 Pine St. â€”a first-floor apartment. The focus of the investigation was on Pajuan D. Draper, 23, who rents the apartment, and his roommate Dwayne E. Harley, 22, according to police.
PAWTUCKET â€” While questions linger about how some of the money will be found in the local budget to pay for part of the state-approved Transformation Plan for Shea and Tolman high schools, the School Committee on Thursday voted to approve the plan as well as the fiscal year 2013 budget proposal.
EAST PROVIDENCE- Elisa Baptista, 49, passed April 27th.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, a daughter of Virgilio Duarte and Amelia Baptista. She was the loving mom of Maiza B. DaGraca and Devin Baptista.
She is also survived by four sisters, Lucy Silva, Lucilia Silva, Maria Pendlebury "Paluca" and Maria Almeida, two brothers, Napoleao Almeida and Benjamin Duarte and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Arlindo, Joel and Irma Baptista.
Angelo G. Michalopoulos
PAWTUCKET- Michalopoulos, Angelo G., 81, of Auburn St., Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012.
He was born in Pawtucket, the son of George and Anna (Capetas) Michalopoulos.
Angelo was a self employed barber and a long time church sextant at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET- Jeannette Savard, 101, of Woonsocket and formerly of Pawtucket, entered into eternal peace, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. She was the wife of the late Amedee Savard.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Nellie (LaFontaine) St. Jean.
Mrs. Savard lived most of her life in Pawtucket before moving to Woonsocket in 1999. She was a woman of great faith, a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt to her many nieces and nephews and friend, she will be greatly missed by all.
CUMBERLAND- Donald Sankey, 75, of Broadview Avenue, passed away Wednesday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Priscilla (Butler) Sankey.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Albert and Helen (Dunford) Sankey. He resided in Cumberland for the past 49 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Before retirement, he was employed by the Cumberland School Department for 10 years, and previously worked as a carpenter. He was the former owner of Central Avenue Liquors of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET- Vincent H. Cavanaugh, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 26, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Medora G. (Charland) Cavanaugh.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late James L. and Ellen J. (Kenney) Cavanaugh.
He was a World War II, US Army veteran. Vincent worked as the superintendant of the Lebanon Knitting Mill, Pawtucket; he later worked at Carol Cable, Lincoln for 10 years, until his retirement.
PAWTUCKET â€” St. Raphael Academy had just committed seven sloppy errors en route to a 6-2 loss to North Kingstown High at Vets Park on drizzly Thursday, but veteran mentor Tom Sorrentine remained remarkably upbeat afterward.
â€śDefensively, we just didn't make the plays, but â€“ honestly â€“ I think we're getting better as a team,â€ť he confessed. â€śYeah, we made a lot of errors, but we're improving. I think we're getting better as we move along in the season.
LINCOLN â€” Euphoria quickly gave way to frustration Thursday afternoon at rainy Chet Nichols Field.
Lincoln, which rallied for three runs in the home portion of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 against visiting Toll Gate, watched as the Titans pushed across an unearned run in the top of the eighth to secure a 4-3 verdict.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite some ongoing protests from residents, city officials are moving forward with plans to privatize the city's waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue.
At a special meeting last week, the City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract with Waste Haulers (WHM Holdings, LLC) to operate the Blackstone Valley Regional Transfer Station. Under the terms of the contract, the company will lease the city-owned facility for $10,000 a month and also make payments to the city based on tonnage.
PROVIDENCE â€” Putting Central Fallsâ€™ Wyatt Detention Facility up for sale to a private owner is one of the recommendations in the final report of a Joint Legislative Commission headed by Sen. Elizabeth Crowley.
The commission was formed last year to address the federal jailâ€™s financial woes, which because it stopped making scheduled payments of more than $500,000 annually to the host community, aggravated Central Fallsâ€™ already rickety financial condition and contributed to its slide into bankruptcy. It finished its work Wednesday when members endorsed the final report.
Irene Marie Battersby
CUMBERLAND- Irene Marie (Laplante) Battersby, 88, of Kent Street, passed away Thursday at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Herbert J. Battersby.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late George and Aurore (Richard) Laplante. She resided in Cumberland since 1960, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Battersby was employed by the Hasbro Inc., of Pawtucket for many years until her retirement.
She leaves her sister, Rachel McKnight of North Attleboro, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
PAWTUCKET- Elaine Delaney, 77, of Ellenton, Florida and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Senator William and Marion (Sullivan) McCaughey.
PAWTUCKET â€“ If recent history is any sort of indication regarding the Red Soxâ€™s handling of minor league players with opt-out clauses written into their contracts, then expect pitcher Aaron Cook to head up to Boston next week.
PAWTUCKET â€” Leave it to the Yankees to spoil what would have been history-in-the-making for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Standing just three outs away from extending their winning streak to a franchise-best 10 consecutive games, the PawSox watched as reliever Garrett Mock melted down in an 8-6 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday afternoon at McCoy Stadium.
LINCOLN -- Cumberland High head coach Scott Carpenter couldnâ€™t believe his good fortune when, back on March 19, two new girls claiming to be goalies showed up at to his first practice at Tucker Field.
â€śI was grinning ear-to-ear, and I know the girls were wondering why,â€ť Carpenter chuckled. â€śWe had two kids who had never played lacrosse before; they were (senior Kara Gorman and (freshman) Julia Eaton. From Day One, you could definitely see both had huge potential.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” While saying that he didnâ€™t believe the accounts from either party were â€ś100-percent accurateâ€ť and that the incident itself might have been sparked by â€śroad rage,â€ť a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal magistrate on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Pawtucket Police Department and sustained charges of refusal to submit to a chemical test and a roadway violation that had been brought against Jarred Lynch stemming from his 2011 collision with a Pawtucket Police sergeant.