May 17th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” In his budget for the coming fiscal year, Mayor Donald Grebien is proposing to eliminate all funding for health insurance and dental benefits for members of the City Council. He would also like to see this benefit eliminated for the School Committee.
While a few members appear to be on board with this already, a majority say they think the benefit is deserved for the long hours and amount of work involved and do not like to see the option taken away.
PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman High senior Alyssa Browning didn't know what shocked her more â€” the fact she had been selected as one of 68 recipients of the 2011 Lt. Governor's Leadership Awards, or that her mom Cindy didn't peruse the letter informing her.
â€śShe has a tough time keeping her hands off my mail, so it took everything she had not to open it,â€ť Browning giggled before the ceremony, held at the Rhode Island Department of Administration's atrium on Capitol Hill Monday afternoon.
Marguerite P. Platt
PAWTUCKET - Marguerite P. "Maggie" (Dyer) Platt, 84, of Nancy Street died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Pawtucket Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pawtucket.
Born in Cranston, a daughter of the late William and Anna (Fisher) Dyer, she had lived in Pawtucket for over 50 years.
A member of Park Place Congregational Church, Pawtucket, Maggie served as the sexton of the Church for 20 years, retiring in 1988. She was also a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the Church.
Rose B. Kahla
PAWTUCKET - Rose B. Kahla, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Moses and Jennie (Zammat) Kahla.
Rose was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. She was a proud member of St. Basil the Great parish since 1934 and held various positions, she also was a member of the altar sodality, the senior citizens, the prayer line, and the English choir at the church.
She is survived by her brother, George Kahla, seven nieces, four nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mary Koussa and Charles Kahla.
PAWTUCKET -- Tolman High scored its biggest win of the season on Monday, handling Division II-South leader Middletown its first loss.
The Tigers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out the win. The game was tied after seven innings to both teams began their at-bats in the eighth with a runner on second base. Middletown plated its runner to take an 11-10 lead, setting the stage for Tolmanâ€™s final comeback of the day.
Ashley Hessler put down a bunt single for Tolman to get things started. Jordan Klemanchuck then singled in both runners to win the game.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High dealt a crushing blow to Shea Highâ€™s playoff chances on Monday.
The Tigers rolled to a 15-5 victory over the Raiders in a Division II contest shortened to six innings by rain at McConnon Field.
Tolman improved to 10-6 with the win while Shea fell to 6-10.
â€śItâ€™s kind of a bittersweet win for us,â€ť Tolman coach Theo Murray said, â€śbecause Shea needed to win two of three games this week to be playoff-eligible. Now they have to win their last two games, and they play two tough teams, Wheeler and Juanita Sanchez.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” In an attempt to escape from a burning three-story tenement house early Monday morning, a man leaped from a third-floor window and suffered serious injuries, Manville Fire Chief Pete Adam stated.
â€śHe didn't suffer any burns, but I believe he broke both his legs,â€ť Adam said later Monday. â€śLincoln Rescue (personnel) transported him to Rhode Island Hospital â€¦ This was one of the worst fires I've seen (in this village) in quite a while.â€ť
Norma L. Dingley
RUMFORD - Norma L. Dingley, 88, of Rumford Towers, Rumford died Monday, May 16, 2011. She was the wife of the late Earle R. Dingley.
Mrs. Dingley was born in Attleboro MA, the daughter of the late Chester J. and Gladys E. (Perkins) Greenwood. She graduated from the Sturdy Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and was a longtime member of their Alumni Association. Mrs. Dingley was a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket for over eleven years.
Ruth E. Dubuc
WALPOLE, MA - Ruth E. (Lawrence) Dubuc age 98 years died in the Harrington House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Walpole, Massachusetts on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Born in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont on April 24, 1913; she was the daughter of the late George and Sarah (Burchill) Lawrence. She has been a resident of Walpole, Massachusetts for the past 16 years moving there from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
She worked in the business office of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket for 20 years, and after her retirement, she continued to volunteer at the hospital.
Dominick J. Dewick
PROVIDENCE - Dominick J. Dewick, 8, of Providence, died Saturday at the Tavares Pediatric Center where he resided. He was the son of Krystal (Dewick) Sullivan.
Avelino A. Lopes
PAWTUCKET - Avelino A. Lopes, 79 died on Saturday (May 14) after a brief illness. He was the husband of Lucille (Gevry) Lopes. Born in Pawtucket and a lifelong resident of the city, he was the son of the late Joaquim and Virginia (Costa) Lopes.
He was the Vice President of Vinyl Packaging and Plastic Development. During the Korean War, he served in the US Army attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of the Portuguese Social Club and of the Uniao Portuguesa Beneficente, both of Pawtucket. He was an avid bowler and gardener.
PAWTUCKET - Nancy O'Neill, 80, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Crane) O'Neill. She was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Nancy graduated from Bay View Academy and later from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She had worked for many years at Notre Dame Hospital as the Continuing Care Coordinator. She later worked at Memorial Hospital as the Utilization Coordinator until her retirement in 1994.
PAWTUCKET â€” After losing five straight games, including a 10-2 trouncing Saturday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Pawtucket Red Sox had fallen back to .500 and needed a victory badly.
They got one on Sunday, a 9-3 drubbing of the Yankees that put Pawtucket back over .500 and just 2Â˝ games out of first place with their modest 19-18 record.
Veteran pitcher Matt Fox, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2004, beat Scranton for the second time in 10 days on Sunday, striking out seven in five innings while allowing all three runs.
PAWTUCKET â€” Baseball scouts usually sit in the best seats minor league stadiums have to offer, a few rows behind home plate. They come armed with the tools of their trade â€“ radar guns, stopwatches and â€ścheat sheetsâ€ť that record the data of players down on the field.
â€śThe radar gun is mainly used to measure the speed of pitches,â€ť Chicago White Sox scout Gary Pellant was saying on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. â€śIâ€™ve seen some scouts use them on infielders, to see how strong their arms are. Amateur scouts do that because they watch a lot of high school players who change positions.â€ť
EAST GREENWICH â€” The diagnoses were dire and the prescriptions painful for addressing Rhode Islandâ€™s economic woes at an Operation Clean Government forum on Saturday.
The event featured the brief return of the always colorful and often combative Steven Laffey to Rhode Islandâ€™s fiscal and political fray. Laffey, the former mayor of Cranston and 2006 U.S. Senate candidate who has since decamped to a ranch in Fort Collins, Colo., apparently hasnâ€™t learned to mince his words since moving out west.
LINCOLN â€” It's been a long time coming, but old friends Ed Fox and Joe Buss finally have a date for the presentation of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial monument. It's something in which the duo have dreamed for the town for at least four decades.
On Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., the two Lincolnites will unveil the granite memorial â€“ which now stands covered by a black nylon, Prisoner of War flag-like material knitted by Fox' wife, Patty â€“ during a ceremony outside The Center (for seniors) on Jenckes Hill Road.
PAWTUCKET â€” Neighborhood teens looking for something to do on a Sunday night can find Oreos and Mountain Dew, games of Nerf basketball and â€śApple-to-Apple,â€ť and general comradery â€” with a dollop of prayer and worship mixed in â€” at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Lonsdale Avenue.
They will also find the friendly face and understanding soul of Brad Lavoie, the church's new youth director. Lavoie, usually accompanied by his equally friendly and understanding wife, Amanda, leads the Catalyst youth group meetings, for those ages 13 through 18, every Sunday night at the church hall from 7 to 9 p.m.
WOONSOCKET (AP) â€” Patrick Kennedy retired from Congress in January, but on a recent evening in a veteran's hall here, he sounded like he was still running for office as he spoke about the plight of troops traumatized by war.
"A lot of these veterans come home now and they're prisoners of their war injuries," he told a small group of veterans who nodded in assent. "That's not the American way. We don't leave our people behind."
PAWTUCKET â€“ If the Red Sox were in need of a starting pitcher and turned to Pawtucket to fill the void, which PawSox hurler would get the call?
If your answer is Brandon Duckworth, congratulations. From the first day of the season Duckworth has been the most consistent and dependable arm at Pawtucketâ€™s disposal. The 35-year-old strengthened his resume Friday night, holding first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to one run in seven innings in what amounted to a 2-1 loss by the PawSox before 4,512 at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The rave reviews keep on pouring in for Jose Iglesias. The latest person to throw bouquets of adoration at the promising shortstopâ€™s feet is Frank Menechino, the former big league infielder and current coach for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Menechino first laid eyes upon Iglesias last year while serving as the hitting coach for Double-A Trenton. Iglesias was busy cutting his teeth in Portland, but Menechino could already tell the Cuban defector was a special talent.