March 12th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â With the dramatic way the front end of the van was embedded into the cement wall of a North Bend Street building, it was hard to believe that someone could have fled the scene. But flee they did, and Pawtucket Police are searching for the mystery driver who was involved in the two-car crash that took place at the intersection of Cottage Street and Central Avenue on Sunday at around 10:30 p.m.
Joe Gardnerâs return to the super middleweight ranks was a triumphant one.
The Woonsocket Boxing Club veteran, who went 0-3 as a light heavyweight a year ago, returned to the win column in his old weight class this past weekend on Big Six Entertainmentâs âWhoâs Next?â card at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence.
Gardner seized an all-Blackstone Valley showdown with Pawtucketâs Rameil Shelton by claiming a four-round unanimous-decision victory by scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37.
You read and hear the names of highly visible, sought-after recruits only to see later in the same sentence that Ed Cooley is right there in the trenches, making inroads with the Jakarr Sampsons of the world.
WARWICK â Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders extolled the virtues of municipal bankruptcy Saturday, telling the RI Statewide Coalition that it âis not a horrible thing; it is a thing we ought to be doing.â
On a Friday evening these days, just a handful of members belonging to the Alphonse Yelle Post No. 9 of the American Legion get together at the Post Home at 20 Railroad St.
The reasons they gather together haven't really changed since the post was founded by Manville soldiers returning home from World War I, but it does seem fewer of today's returning warriors have the time or willingness to maintain lasting friendships at a post.
CUMBERLAND â Now that he's decided where he will attend college, Cumberland High senior pitcher Justin Patrick â a 6-5, 205-pound righty â just wants to focus on the next task at hand: Helping the Clippers to an outstanding Division I-North campaign and securing a playoff berth later this spring.
âI personally think we can get to states this year,â Patrick stated Thursday afternoon as he relaxed inside the school's Wellness Center. âThe last couple of years, we played OK as a team, but I don't feel we reached our potential.
CUMBERLAND â The firm hired by the town last year to consult on a fire department merger study revealed some of its findings to the Town Council Wednesday as well as a glimpse of what it plans to eventually recommend when it submits its final report to the council in the fall.
Donald I. Jacobs, of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services, gave the council a 30-minute update on the progress of a comprehensive feasibility planning assessment for the purpose of consolidating the town's fire services as either an independent, municipal or regional department.
WOONSOCKET â Last week, when Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials asked East Providence High head coach Kevin Croke where he wanted to play his home games in the Division III playoffs, he selected Adelard Arena, the home of Mount St. Charles Academy.
âWe donât practice at Lynch Arena (in Pawtucket), and we only had five games there this season,â Croke reasoned. âTolman practices there, so we figured, âWhy give them home ice (for all three semifinal tilts)? Thatâs why we wanted it up here.â
PAWTUCKET â A Broad Street liquor store owner has been fined and his business temporarily closed for selling alcohol to a minor in what is his fifth such violation in 11 years.
Following a hearing on Wednesday at the City Council's Board of License Commissioners, the board voted to order Gee's Liquors at 400 Broadway to remain closed effective March 11 through March 30. The store is allowed to re-open on March 31.
PROVIDENCE â In California, a sure harbinger of spring is the return of swallows to Capistrano. In Rhode Island it is unions and school and municipal officials returning to the House Labor Committee to fight about binding arbitration.
ATTLEBORO, MA- Hazeldean Cheetham, 83, of Fairway Drive died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, MA. She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Cheetham.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Albert and Doris (Wilson) Hill, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Attleboro 22 years ago.
Mrs. Cheetham was a secretary in the Pawtucket School Department before retiring.
Florence M. Dumais
PAWTUCKET- Florence M. Dumais 1912-2012, died peacefully, in her 100th year, at the Grandview Nursing Home on March 5, 2012.
She was the daughter of the late Emilio and Laetitia (Baker) Dumais and the sister of the late William and Louis.
Florence worked at the Concordia Mfg. Co. for 45 years as bookkeeper and Asst. Treasurer before retirement in 1974.
PAWTUCKET -- They donât share the same practice facility anymore, but that doesnât mean the rivalry between Tolman and East Providence has lost any luster this season.
Their two regular-season meetings â a 3-0 Tolman win on New Yearâs Eve and a 4-1 E.P. victory on Jan. 28 â were hard-fought, physical battles that saw a lot of penalties and hard feelings between the two Blackstone Valley rivals.
That being said, expect another royal slugfest this weekend when the teams renew acquaintances in the best-of-three Division III semifinals.
When Courtney Kent took to the starting blocks for the R.I. Interscholastic Girls Swimming Championships at the University of Rhode Islandâs Tootell Natatorium back on Feb. 25, she desperately wanted to defend her titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.
Naturally, it had something to do with her desire to achieve personal-best times â not to mention proving to herself she still was the Ocean State's fastest â but much more so to show her father, Michael, how much she had improved over the years.
PROVIDENCE â Instead of the âyear of the cities and townsâ that Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for in his State of the State speech, restaurateur Robert Burke said 2012 should be âthe year of the long-suffering Rhode Island taxpayer.â
PAWTUCKET â After lengthy debate that spanned two meetings, the City Council on Wednesday approved an amended resolution that will increase the membership of the Pawtucket Housing Authority from five to seven commissioners.
PAWTUCKET â City officials are looking to privatize the operation of the solid waste transfer station at 240 Grotto Avenue in a move they say will substantially cut costs, increase efficiency and possibly generate additional revenue through expanding capacity.
Veda M. Butler
PAWTUCKET: Veda M. Butler, 80, passed March 4th 2012. She was born in Charles Town West Virginia and resided in Pawtucket, RI.
She is survived by a daughter, Jeanette Butler of Boston, 2 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. She was mother of the late Miguel Butler and Danett M. Butler.
Services will be held in Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln, RI at 3pm Saturday. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
Wayne F. Johnson
PAWTUCKET- Wayne F. Johnson, 57, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012. He was the husband of Donna M. (Gill) Johnson.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of Loretta G. (Gaouette) Johnson of Pawtucket and the late Howard D. Johnson.
Wayne was a Vietnam Era U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was employed as a supervisor in the Housekeeping Department at the VA Medical Center, Providence, for over ten years until retiring last year.
Mary A. Nolin
LINCOLN- Mary A. "Aunt Mary" Nolin, 97, died March 2, 2012 after a short illness.
Born and raised in Lincoln, she was a beloved daughter of the late Charles and Mary (McGuinniss) Nolin.
Miss Nolin enjoyed her family and work. She was the secretary and treasurer of the former Lumb Motors of Pawtucket retiring in 1984. Mary devoted herself to her family and St. Jude's Church of Lincoln.
She was a graduate of Holy Trinity School and graduated from high school at age 15 from St. Xavier Academy.
She was an inspiration to all who were blessed to know and love her.