March 17th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” While schoolyard scuffles are nothing new, some parents of elementary-age students have complained that more supervision is needed outside the buildings prior to the start of the school day and at dismissal time. On Wednesday night, a majority of the School Committee agreed, and approved the quick implementation of a plan that will add 20 minutes of outdoor staff supervision in the morning and 20 minutes after school lets out.
Kathy DeWolfe, of Pawtucket, buys bouquets of flowers for family members for St. Patrick's Day at Uncle Ronnieâ€™s Florist on Mendon Road in Cumberland Friday. Proprietor Ronnie Heffernan, pictured at right, who has been in business for the past 40 years, said sales were brisk all day in honor of the Irish holiday. He also stated that "we're Irish here all year round."
LINCOLN â€” Fielding phone calls, requests and inquiries from collegiate softball coaches are nothing new to Mark and Marie Mayer, the parents of Lindsay Mayer, Lincoln High's magnificent junior shortstop.
They actually started during her eighth-grade year; that's when University of South Florida head coach Ken Erikson asked Mark and Marie if they would bring their daughter to the Tampa campus so they could meet.
CUMBERLAND- Thelma (Sidebotham) Chadwick, 89, of Boardman Avenue died Friday, March 16, 2012 at Greenwood Care and Rehabilitation Center, Warwick. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick L. Chadwick to whom she was married for 49 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Herbert and Ethel (Worthington) Sidebotham, she had lived in Pawtucket before moving to Cumberland 54 years ago. She was the sister of the late Calvin Sidebotham.
PAWTUCKET- Mary Kania 95, formerly of Capital Street passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Grandview Center in Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Kania.
Born in Suffield, Ct she was a daughter of the late Albert and Bertha (Godek) Wolowicz. She lived in Pawtucket for 60 years and was formerly of Central Falls.
Before retiring Mrs. Kania was employed as a Winder at the former Sidney Blumenthal Textile Co. for many years and later worked for Owens-Corning Fiberglass and Fram Corp. as an Assembler.
PROVIDENCE --- Kevin Hallâ€™s second goal of the game, a shorthanded tally with 5:54 to play, lifted East Providence to a 4-3 victory over Mount Hope on Thursday night in the opening game of their best-of-three Division III championship series at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena.
The Townies (17-4) will seek their first state title since 2005 tonight at 8:30 p.m. when the series resumes at Schneider. A third and deciding game will be held on Sunday at a time to be announced if the Huskies win this game.
CRANSTON --- After losing his last three fights over the past 24 months as a lightweight fighter, can a change in weight class result in a change of fortunes for Eddie Soto?
The Pawtucket fighter and his camp at 401 Boxing in Cranston certainly think so.
Soto, who spent the first seven years of his pro career fighting at 135 pounds, is moving up two classes to the 145-pound welterweight circuit and making his debut in this division next Thursday night on the â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, presented by Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sports, at the Twin River Event Center.
PAWTUCKET â€” Standing in the City Hall of one of the â€śhighly distressed communitiesâ€ť that he is hoping to aid, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee unveiled his proposal of a legislative package aimed at reforming municipal pension plans run by the State and by cities and towns and providing other types of financial relief from state mandates.
BILLERICA, MA- Maureen (Bonaventure) Rahill. A Loving Wife, Mother, Daughter and Sister passed away at home on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, surrounded by her loving family after her courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Paul Rahill.
Maureen was a daughter of John and Rose (Rafferty) Bonaventure and lived in Pawtucket before moving to Billerica, MA in 1994. She was a graduate of Tolman High School Class of 1981 and a graduate of Rhode Island College.
PAWTUCKET- Dennis McGettigan, 75, passed March 13th at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Marjorie A. (Pelrine) McGettigan.
Born in April 7, 1936 in Quincy, MA he was a son of the late Dennis James and Isabell "Ella" (Douglas) McGettigan.
He had been employed by Motorola for over 20 years and then worked several years for Mallinckrodt.
Dennis was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.
STOUGHTON, MA- Victor Dino, 76, retired owner of Dino Buick in Stoughton, MA, died Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Stoughton after a period of failing health. He was the husband of the late Patricia Lee (Audette) Dino.
Born and raised in Central Falls, he was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lincoln.
Ernest O. Menard
PAWTUCKET- Ernest O. Menard, 85, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
He was the beloved husband of Doloris P. (Rattey) Menard for 63 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Oscar and Alice (Bergeron) Menard. Ernest was a World War II, US Navy veteran. He worked at the Washburn Wire Co., over 26 years until his retirement.
Even her simplest of motions had become a tall order. No matter that she was gingerly pressing her feet against the hardwood â€“ Brooke Coderreâ€™s â€śdogsâ€ť were barking loudly and incessantly, begging her not to continue.
PAWTUCKET â€” You can't help but laugh when Gil Dolman explains how he came to enlist in the U.S. Navy at age 17. He does so in such a Pawtucket way.
â€śI joined up to get away from all the creeps, the bullies,â€ť the 59-year-old lifetime city resident offered. â€śI had been living in Prospect Heights, and I was always in fights. I didn't start them, of course; there were just kids in the heights in the 1960s and '70s who wanted to beat me up. They'd do that because they wanted to take my lunch money, or because I was hanging out with a girl, whatever.
PAWTUCKET â€” While noting there are a lot of variables â€” chief among them being the governor's proposed meals tax increase â€” School Department officials are expressing a cautious optimism about the school budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
PAWTUCKET â€” A male suspect who crashed a party on March 4 and then threw a beer bottle through a window, seriously injuring a man sitting nearby, was arrested by Pawtucket Police on Monday and charged with felony assault.
Adilson Fernandes, 30, of Mansfield Street, Providence, was identified by Pawtucket Police as the suspect in the incident, said Major Arthur Martins. Fernandes was arraigned Monday in District Court on the charges and surety bail was set at $2,500.
PAWTUCKET â€” Of all the people she's wanted to tell about her participation in an elite NASA-sponsored educational program, 37-year-old Jodi Perron wishes she could relay the news to her former guidance counselor at Cumberland High School.
That woman, now deceased, had grounded Perron's freshman dreams of pursuing a course of study that could have lead her to become a rocket scientist at the famed U.S. space center.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Rumford, is among five preliminary candidates selected to stand for election as the 13th Bishop of Rhode Island, officials with the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island announced Monday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ask Jessica McLaughlin her highlight as a Tolman High cheerleader in the early 2000s, and she answers immediately.
â€śWe went to the AmeriCheer National Championships at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. my senior year (2003), and we actually made it to the finals,â€ť the still-perky McLaughlin explained. â€śWe ended up fifth in the country out of 18 teams, and I still think about it. I remember the pressure of making it to the final round, and the feeling of accomplishment that came with it.
Margot E. Lavender
PAWTUCKET- Lavender, Margot E. 68 died Monday March 12, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late John Lavender.
Born in Providence a daughter of the late John and Blanche (Pechie) Mistowski. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 10years and prior to that lived most of her life in Smithfield.
Mrs. Lavender was a C.N.A. for many years.
She leaves three sons Seann L. Jackson of West Warwick, Ryan L. Jackson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Cory L. Jackson of Cranston, two grandchildren.