September 23rd, 2011
CENTRAL FALLS â Less than two months after Central Falls filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Gov. Lincoln Chafee and state-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders have put forward a five-year financial plan that, if approved by the Bankruptcy Court and creditors, would allow the city to continue to exist on its own, without being taken over by Pawtucket or carved up with the pieces parceled out among its neighbors.
LINCOLN â A record number of people came out to the Twin River Event Center on Thursday night to honor the author of a book on a record-setting baseball game, a Central Falls native who heads up the prestigious Wal-Mart Foundation and other special guests at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's 26th Annual Awards Dinner.
Despite the panic that currently grips Red Sox fans, odds remain in Bostonâs favor when it comes to securing a wild-card playoff berth. Two-game lead with six to play? Just win three of six and youâre in. The Angels and Rays arenât going to run the table. Whatâs the big deal?
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Staring at a scoreless tie after the first half of Thursdayâs Division II-North matchup with North Smithfield, Jillian DeSimone wasnât nervous. But the Lincoln senior knew something had to be done differently if the Lions were going to escape the Northmen Athletic Complex with a âWâ.
âI think in the first half we were just too relaxed,â she said. âI think thatâs one of our problems. At the beginning of the game we were just too relaxed. We just needed to pick up the intensity.â
Lillian I. LaRose
CENTRAL FALLS - Lillian I. (Hayden) LaRose, 95, of High Street, died Tuesday, September 20, at Pawtucket Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Leo W. LaRose.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Richard J. and Bridget A. (Keough)Hayden.
Mrs. LaRose was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Cumberland.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mary Renaud, Edna Marks, Anna Fanning, Florence Grimes, Margaret M. Renaud, Rita T. Laliberte, and John F. Hayden.
EAST PROVIDENCE â In his two-plus decades working on the East Providence police force, Sgt. John Andrews has heard all kinds of excuses from people as to why they don't wear their seat belts.
He received the same ol' song and dance Wednesday morning, when he and several other officers conducted a âClick It or Ticketâ campaign enforcement zone at the R.I. Public Transportation Authority's âPark & Rideâ lot on Taunton Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â Parks Commission Chair Terry Mercer conducted an emergency meeting Wednesday night to request further information as to the fall season permitting process for school athletic and recreational field usage.
PAWTUCKET â Shea High coach Pierre Ridore compares his team to a luxury car. The Raiders are fast, they look good on an open course, and they make heads turn with the beauty of their engine running at full speed.
East Providence coach Tony Vieira found other words to describe the Raiders after his team dropped a 5-0 decision to Shea on Wednesday afternoon.
Barry Field promises to be a packed house with plenty of energetic fans on Saturday afternoon when two-time Division II champion Woonsocket High entertains Tolman High in a Division II-B clash and a spirited rematch of last seasonâs Super Bowl.
And while the fans from both teams hope to see a battle thatâs as thrilling and competitive as last yearâs 6-0 regular-season victory by the Tigers and 28-14 Super Bowl triumph by the Novans, both head coaches, Tolmanâs Dave Caito and Woonsocketâs Carnell Henderson, hope to see their respective teams play a lot better than they did a week ago.
Amelia V. Kent
CUMBERLAND - Amelia V. "Molly" Kent, 91, of 1 Mendon Rd. passed away Tuesday in the St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the beloved wife of the late John I. Kent.
Born in Cumberland she was the daughter of the late John and Eleanor (Taraska) Kolodziej. She was a life long Cumberland resident.
She was employed by the Ann & Hope, Cumberland for 30 years before retiring.
Winifred T. Macksoud
LINCOLN - Winifred T. Macksoud, 77, formerly of Lancers Lane passed away Wednesday in St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Carlyle C. Macksoud.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Mary A. (Conroy)Horan. She resided in Lincoln for over 40 years.
Mrs. Macksoud was a volunteer at the Memorial Hospital of RI, Pawtucket for many years.
Dolores A. Birtwell
PAWTUCKET - Dolores A. Birtwell, passed away Tuesday, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Leopold and Jeanette Dube. She lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
She leaves a daughter, Cheryl Ann Laibe of Binghamton, NY, 4 sons, John M. Birtwell of Seekonk, Joseph W. Birtwell of Pawtucket, James A. Birtwell III of CA and Kevin Birtwell of Lincoln; 3 sisters, Karen Gule of Falmouth, Ma, Laura Thibeault of CA. and Claire Pitts in RI. She also leaves 8 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Earl J. Allen
PAWTUCKET - Earl J. Allen Jr, 50, passed September 19th. Born in Pawtucket, son of the late Earl J. Allen Sr. and Doris (Allard) Allen.
He had been previously employed by Peir Cleaners and Turcotte Tool and Dye.
He is survived by three daughters, Kerrie Allen, Brenda Dankwa and Tara Nagy, 2 brothers, Steven Allen and David Allen and 9 grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Saturday from 5 to 7pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
PAWTUCKET â As interim athletic director for St. Raphael Academy, Fred Saunders is being called upon to guide the department while the search to replace Bruce Gammell takes place. The void was created following Gammellâs resignation late last month.
Gammellâs decision to relocate to Florida was viewed in some corners as curious, given that fall high school sports were set to start. For his last official act before leaving, Gammell, who also taught at St. Raphael, recommended to the administration that Saunders be hired in the meantime.
PAWTUCKET â A loose pit bull caused chaos Monday afternoon when he ran into the yard of St. Cecelia's School and jumped at and bit three children waiting to go inside.
According to Animal Control Director John Holmes, the children's injuries consisted of minor bites and scratches. The adult pit bull and a pit bull puppy belonging to the same owner have both been taken to the Animal Shelter in Slater Park. The adult dog will be held at the shelter for a 10-day quarantine as required by state law, Holmes said. The state Department of Health was also notified.
PAWTUCKET â Proposed changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown area more business-friendly will be the topic of a public hearing at tonight's City Council meeting. The hearing will start at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall.
Stephen F. Stojek
PAWTUCKET - Stephen F. Stojek, 51, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011 unexpectedly, at home. He was the loving husband of Joanne (Plociak) Stojek and loving father of Kyle Stephen Stojek. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Peter J. Sr. and Virginia M. (Prew) Stojek. Stephen enjoyed going to the beach, fishing, clamming, off roading, riding motorcycles and working on cars, but mostly loved being with his friends, family and spending time with his son. He worked in the Auto Industry for many years before retiring four years ago.
CUMBERLAND â Winning another Northern Division title would be nice, but thatâs not the No. 1 priority for head coach Tom Kenwood and his Cumberland High squad this fall.
With a talented team with plenty of depth, the Clippers are hoping to place among the top six at the state meet in early November and earn a ticket to the New England Championship. The last time thatâs been done was the 2005-06 season when the Cumberland placed third behind team champion Bishop Hendricken.
PAWTUCKET â Based on information he has gleaned from recent seminars, Pawtucket School Committeeman David Coughlin has written a letter to the Central Falls receiver asking if a consolidation of School Department services should be explored between Pawtucket and Central Falls.