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June 30th, 2011

John W. Motyka

June 30, 2011

John W. Motyka
CENTRAL FALLS - John W. Motyka 80, of George Street passed away Tuesday June 28, 2011 at the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille G. (Hardy) Motyka who passed away Saturday May 28, 2011.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late Walter and Anna (Sokoloski) Motyka. He was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring he was employed as a Truck Driver for the Olin Hunt Chemical Co. Prior to that he worked for the Pawtucket Screw Co.

June 29th

Chafee pardons man executed in 1845

June 29, 2011

PROVIDENCE — With the state embroiled in a modern-day struggle with the federal government over the death penalty, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a pardon Wednesday for the last man executed in Rhode Island, John Gordon, who was hanged in 1845 after a trial marked by witness mis-identifications and anti-Irish Catholic bigotry among the Yankee ruling class of the time.
Chafee signed the pardon at the historic Old State House on Benefit Street, in the room where Gordon's trial was conducted.

Mayor puts house up for sale

June 29, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS — Amidst the gloomy financial market and recent cutbacks in library and social services in Central Falls, the city's mayor has put his house on the market.
The house at 141 Jenks Ave., owned by Mayor Charles Moreau and his wife, Kristen, is up for sale. According to the on-line statewide Multiple Listing Service, the three-bedroom ranch-style house is currently being offered at a “short sale” for $119,900—a scenario where a lending institution agrees to consider offers less than the balance owned on the property's loan for a limited period.

PawSox unveil Mondor Gardens

June 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- The Pawtucket Red Sox proudly unveiled the latest addition to McCoy Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, as Mondor Gardens was open to the public behind the left-field fence near the McCoy Stadium ticket office.
The handicap-accessible area, which is a tribute to late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, who passed away last October, is landscaped with paved walkways, granite steps, six park benches, and a collection of trees, plants, and flowers.
The area also contains six miniature bronze statues of young children playing baseball that Mondor purchased two years ago in Florida.

Weiland fans 12 in PawSox triumph

June 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- Kyle Weiland brought out his best on Wednesday night, and the Rochester Red Wings had no answers for the rookie righthander.
Weiland struck out 12 batters and threw spectacular one-hit ball through eight innings, and the Pawtucket Red Sox rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to help produce a 4-1 victory over their I.L. North foes at McCoy Stadium.
Weiland, who was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the ’08 MLB Draft, improved his record to 7-6 and the PawSox’s mark to 42-36 with unquestionably his finest outing of the year.

Collette Vacations cooled off by Navigant Credit Union

June 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Navigant Credit Union Post 85 found a way to cool off red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79.
The Woonsocket-based club seems to have caught a little fire, too.
Navigant went to work early against its Pawtucket foe on Wednesday night, scoring three runs in the top of the first. The bats kept going from there as Post 85 left Max Read Field with an 8-1 victory over Collette in Senior American Legion action.

Lucia Tamanian

June 29, 2011

Lucia Tamamian
PROVIDENCE - Lucia (Hoogasian) Tamamian 104, of Providence and formally of Pawtucket died Tuesday at Roger Williams Hospital. She was the wife of the late Harry Tamamian. Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Elia and Akabe (Hekimian) Hoogasian and Mother of the late Armen Tamamian.

Margaret M. Olbrych

June 29, 2011

Margaret M. Olbrych
PAWTUCKET - Margaret M. (Crowley) Olbrych, R.N., 85, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Olbrych.
Born in Providence, the daughter of the late Daniel J. and Margaret A. (Greenwood) Crowley, she resided in Pawtucket since 1931. Mrs. Olbrych was a 1947 graduate of the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse at Notre Dame Hospital, Central Falls for six years until retiring in 1987, and was previously a Registered Nurse at Memorial Hospital for many years.

Wanda F. MacTavish

June 29, 2011

Wanda F. MacTavish
PAWTUCKET - Wanda F.(Korsak) MacTavish, 88, formerly of Rosemont Ave., Pawtucket, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Orchard View Manor, East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred MacTavish. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late John and Michalina (Stecewicz) Korsak. Wanda was a hostess at the Turks Head Club, Providence for twenty-two years before retiring in 1991, and was previously a hostess at the Colstone Pancake House, North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Richard Dorion, Sr.

June 29, 2011

Richard W. Doiron, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Richard W. Doiron, Sr., 69, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 26, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Glender C. (Burdick) Doiron. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Roger Doiron and Palma (Caro) DeStefanis. Richard was a US Army, Vietnam War veteran. He had worked for the City of Pawtucket prior to working as a mosquito control specialist for the State of Florida.

June 28th

Governor tours downtown Pawtucket

June 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Where better to gather information for one's “Main Street Initiative” than on Main Street itself? Governor Lincoln Chafee joined Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and a group of state and local economic development and planning officials on Tuesday for a walking tour of the city's downtown.

Cumberland names school chief

June 28, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The School Committee voted Tuesday night to select North Kingstown School Superintendent Phillip Thornton for its vacant superintendent position.
Thornton will be offered a salary of $150,000, nearly $3,000 more than his current salary.
When asked for comment following Tuesday evening's North Kingstown School Committee meeting, Thornton told the North Kingstown Standard Times he needed more time to process the news and talk it over with his family before he could comment, one way or another, on when he might be ready to make a decision.

PawSox's Williams sees hike in velocity, at age 35

June 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Randy Williams is a bit of late bloomer. In his case, that’s meant to serve as a compliment.
Normally you don’t associate a 35-year-old with a mid 90s fastball, but you do with Williams. Add to that the fact that the Texas native throws left-handed and suddenly there’s intrigue – the kind that suggests a return trip to the major leagues is closer than it appeared at the start of the season.
“A lefty who throws 95? I would,” said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur when asked if Williams is someone who falls in the “worth watching” category. “He’s got power stuff.”

Cumberland American blasts Cumberland National

June 28, 2011

CUMBERLAND — There was a lot of talk last year that the upcoming Cumberland American All-Star team had potential to be something special this season, especially after the latest batch captured the state title for 11-year-olds.
Two games into the District 4 Major Division Tournament, Cumberland American is proving it just may have what it takes to advance far this summer.

Joseph R. Morris, III

June 28, 2011

Joseph R. Morris, III
GLOUCESTER - Joseph R. Morris, III, 43, of Chestnut Oak Rd., Chepachet, passed away Saturday June 25, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Kristin E. (Phillips) Morris. Born in Central Falls, a son of Joseph R. Morris, Jr. of Jamestown and the late Sheila A. (Parker) Morris, as well as a loving step mother, Carol A. Morris of Jamestown.
Joe was the co-owner and Vice President of Morris Roofing Solutions, Inc.

Gertrude Macsoud

June 28, 2011

Gertrude Macksoud
N. SMITHFIELD - Gertrude Macksoud, 100, formerly of Pawtucket, died Tuesday at St. Antoine Residence, N. Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Joseph C. Macksoud and a daughter of the late George and Hermenegile (Allard) Marceau. She was employed by Robertson Rayon Mfg. Co. for 30 years prior to her retirement in 1978.

Leo F. Sullivan

June 28, 2011

Nicholas L. DiFonzo

Nicholas L. DiFonzo

June 28, 2011

Nicholas L. DiFonzo

June 27th

Central Falls to see layoffs, library closure

June 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Alicia Petrarca used to smile when her 9-year-old daughter, Lataysia, would demonstrate a yoga pose such as the “downward dog” that she had learned in an after-school class at Cunningham Elementary School.
Now the young mother, in substance abuse recovery, is practicing yoga moves alongside her child and says the ancient art is helping greatly with her healing process.

Yoga helps with recovery

June 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Alicia Petrarca used to smile when her 9-year-old daughter, Lataysia, would demonstrate a yoga pose such as the “downward dog” that she had learned in an after-school class at Cunningham Elementary School.
Now the young mother, in substance abuse recovery, is practicing yoga moves alongside her child and says the ancient art is helping greatly with her healing process.

 

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