May 10th, 2011
LINCOLN â€” Town Council member John Flynn, who represents Lonsdale, forecast a rather tame Financial Town Meeting as he sat in the Lincoln High School auditorium on Monday night.
Turned out, he was right.
Taxpayers unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2011-12 combined operating budget of approximately $70.1 million to allow for the continuation of programs and services already provided. As for the breakdown supplied by the Budget Board, about $17.4 million will be allotted to the municipal side, and $47.8 million to education.
Daniel F. Harrold
LINCOLN - Daniel F. Harrold, 78, of Lincoln, died Saturday at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Arlene M. (Cunningham) Harrold. They had been married 50 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Hugh B. and Anna (Mitchell) Harrold. He was a retired correctional officer (RIBCO) at maximum security. Mr. Harrold was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Edmond H. Belair Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Edmond H. Belair Jr., 90, of Cumberland, died Monday at home. He was the husband of Doris (Lacroix) Belair. They had been married 64 years. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Edmond H. and Hermine (Brodeur) Belair.
Sydney R. Bibby, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Sydney R. Bibby, Sr., 90 of Pawtucket died Sunday at home. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Mark and Alice (Buckman) Bibby.
Sydney lived in Pawtucket most of his life and was a WWII Naval Veteran. He served on the NTS Newport, R.I, USS Bristol, USS Greene and the USS Shoshone. He received the WWII Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 2 bronze stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon Point System.
After his retirement, Sydney worked as a painter for his two sons up until 5 years ago.
Is it too early to start printing Governorsâ€™ Cup tickets? Yes, it probably is, but winning sure does change a personâ€™s outlook, doesnâ€™t it?
Forget for a moment that itâ€™s the second week of May and thereâ€™s plenty of baseball on the docket between now and Labor Day. Your PawSox kicked off an eight-game homestand Monday night sitting just one-half game behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the top team in the I.L. North. Itâ€™s also the same Scranton/WB outfit that Pawtucket won three of four games against over Motherâ€™s Day weekend.
PAWTUCKET â€” Citing a strategic decision rooted more in viewer feedback rather than budgetary constraints, Cox Communications has opted to dramatically scale back its television coverage of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PAWTUCKET â€” Since the proposed budget for the coming year was announced on Friday afternoon, municipal department heads and employees are digesting what it means in terms of impact and the news that it involves the elimination of 54 city jobs.
PAWTUCKET - Matilda Dunphy, 97, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011. She was the wife of the late Michael Dunphy. Born in County Leitram, Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Bridget (Deignan) Guckian. Mrs. Dunphy worked as a housekeeper in Pawtucket and Providence for many years before retiring.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Agostinho DeMello, 81 died Thursday at Orchard View Manor in East Providence. He was the husband of the late Maria (Fransica) DaSilva. Born in St. Michael, Azores, he was the son of Joseph and Cordalina (Machado) DeMello. Agostinho came to the United States 44 years ago and settled in Pawtucket.
After his retirement in1992 Agostinho worked in Maintenance at M&F Case in Pawtucket.
Jennifer M. Gabriel
PAWTUCKET - Jennifer M. Gabriel, 29, of Ballston Avenue died unexpectedly Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was the daughter of Karen (Cummings) Edington of Pawtucket and Eugene Gabriel of Manchester, NH and she was the stepdaughter of Howard Edington of Pawtucket and Bethe Gabriel of Manchester, NH.
She was a mental health specialist at Arbor Fuller Hospital, Attleboro, MA. She was a graduate of the Sawyer School, Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET - Joseph Donahue, 65, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Vincent and Mary (Bodell) Donahue.
Mr. Donahue was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. He was an avid Red Sox and Friars Fan. He had lived at the Burns House and enjoyed his time there for the last fifteen years.
He is survived by a brother, Patrick Donahue, and a sister, Catherine Donahue. He was the brother of the late Robert and William Donahue.
Edith C. Smiley
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Edith C. (Jones) Smiley, 79, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of Philip B. Smiley. Mr. and Mrs. Smiley were married for 57 years.
Born in Cleveland, OH, a daughter of the late William and Ella V. (Snyder) Jones, she had lived in Lincoln for 50 years before moving to North Providence over 5 years ago.
Weâ€™ve been publishing the Military Page since Jan. 31. I didnâ€™t know how it would play with our readers, figuring maybe we could get some early interest before things waned. After three months, the pictures of veterans keep coming in. Family members are dropping off treasured photos each week, often including a note telling us how much pride they take in the service of their siblings, most of whom are deceased but still very alive in the memories of the family they left behind.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” It was last October when Robin Robinson, wife of five-time X Games' BMX gold medalist and Riverside native Kevin Robinson, received a phone call from Carousel Park Commission representative Tracy Johnson.
When Johnson explained she wanted to donate all proceeds from a two-hour block of carousel rides to the K-ROB Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises money to help East Providence youngsters remain active in sports, the Robinson family was floored â€” and thrilled.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ What is the PawSoxâ€™ response to all the injuries and call-ups currently sweeping through the clubhouse? In the immortal words of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, â€śjust win baby.â€ť
On a day that saw the promotion of shortstop phenom Jose Iglesias to Boston, the PawSox maintained their winning edge, besting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 5-4, at PNC Field. The victory allows second-place Pawtucket (17-13) to move within a half-game of Scranton, the top team in the I.L. North. The PawSox wound up taking the four-game series, 3-1.
WOONSOCKET â€“ No regrets. No bitterness. No remorse.
Pride and a sense of accomplishment can remain intact even if the ultimate goal is never reached. No matter if he didnâ€™t reach the sportâ€™s ultimate holy grail after toiling for nine years in the minor leagues. Karl Allaire does not have a sense that something is missing, that somehow his career should have â€śincompleteâ€ť rubberstamped on it because he never reached the majors. The Woonsocket native can look back in earnest and take comfort that he put his best foot forward, that he gave it his best shot.
LINCOLN --- It was six years ago today when Mike Monteleone, a 14-year-old freshman on the Lincoln High junior varsity baseball team, tragically died of cardiac arrest during his teamâ€™s afternoon practice.
Monteleoneâ€™s untimely passing not only affected the community and the high school, it also hit home at Lincoln Middle School, where Monteleoneâ€™s sister, Jenna, was a sixth-grade student.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â€“ Back in February Central Falls coach Brian Palazzo remarked that junior Steven Vazquez, â€śhas a motor that doesnâ€™t stop.â€ť Palazzo also added that he expected Vazquez to flourish during the outdoor season, given that Vazquez would not be divvying up his time between basketball and high jumping, which is the case during the winter months.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A bill that would require polling places across the state to close at 8 p.m., one hour earlier than the current 9 p.m. shut-off, won passage in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
The bill, introduced by Republican Sen. David Bates also calls for polls in Lincoln, North Smithfield and Woonsocket to open at 7 a.m. instead of the current 8 a.m. It passed out of the committee with only two negative votes.
An identical bill authored by Pawtucket Rep. J. Patrick Oâ€™Neill has been heard by the House Judiciary Committee and is being studied.
PAWTUCKET â€” Declaring it necessary in â€śsaving Pawtucket from bankruptcy,â€ť Mayor Donald R. Grebien has proposed a budget for the new fiscal year that won't involve an increase in property taxes but will instead derive needed revenue from motor vehicle taxes.
At a press conference held on Friday at City Hall, Grebien outlined the highlights of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 that he has submitted to the City Council for consideration. The $198 million budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.