May 8th, 2011
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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High earned one of its biggest victories of the season Friday afternoon, knocking of Division II-Central leader Central with a 5-1 decision at McCoy Stadium.
Trailing by a score of 1-0, Justin Otis keyed a two-run fifth inning with an RBI double. The Tigers tacked on three more runs in the sixth, highlighted by a run-scoring single from Zach Vivieros. Andrew Larson was effective on the mound, hurling a five-hitter with five strikeouts.
â€śIt was a very good win,â€ť said Tolman coach Theo Murray.
CUMBERLAND - Earl Bertenshaw, Jr., 87, of Academy Drive and formerly of Lincoln died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Betty (Rattray) Bertenshaw.
Born in Cumberland, a son of the late Earl and Grace H. (Entwistle) Bertenshaw, he had lived in Lincoln all of his life before moving to Cumberland a year ago.
Mr. Bertenshaw was a self-employed home improvement contractor.
Leon J. Valentine
EAST PROVIDENCE - Leon J. Valentine, 76, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine M. (Cloutier) Valentine for 49 years. Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Wallace and Elsie (Gath) Valentine, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life before moving to East Providence over 8 years ago. Leon served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by Peterson Puritan, Inc., Cumberland until retiring.
Besides his wife he leaves a daughter, Lori Lancellotti and her husband Dean of Seekonk and two grandsons, Nick and Andrew Lancellotti.
Joseph F. Bodell
PAWTUCKET - Joseph F. Bodell, 76, of Pawtucket, died at home surrounded by his loving family on May 3rd. He was the husband of Joan M. (Kelley) Bodell. They were married for 55 years.
Mr. Bodell was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Leo A. and Elizabeth F. (Devlin) Bodell.He owned and operated Bodell Plumbing and Heating for many years.
PAWTUCKET â€” When Tolman Highâ€™s golf team gathered at Pawtucket Country Club on Thursday afternoon for a dual-meet with North Providence, the Tigers represented a varsity sports program whose success is not based on its win-loss record.
â€śIn the case of golf, our first goal is to just expose the kids to the game,â€ť Tolman athletic director John Scanlon admitted. â€śA large number of kids (at Tolman) have not played golf. Weâ€™ve always felt golf is a lifetime activity.â€ť
The sport is among the least expensive to fund in the schoolâ€™s athletic budget, Scanlon admitted.
WOONSOCKET --- Winning close games hasnâ€™t been a strong point for Mount St. Charles Academy this year, but on Thursday afternoon, the Mounties found a way to take a tight battle with St. Raphael Academy.
The Mounties broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and received a strong outing from senior pitcher Collins Uttermann to down the Saints, 5-2, in their Division I-North meeting.
The victory was a much-needed one for the host Mounties, who raised their record to 5-7 and came into the contest with losses in four of their last six games.
PAWTUCKET â€” Your friendly neighborhood letter carrier is hoping to find some canned goods left by the mailbox to deliver back to a national food drive that takes place on Saturday, May 14.
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and James E. Langlois, president of Branch No. 55 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, kicked off the 19th annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive on Thursday morning at a press conference at City Hall.
PROVIDENCE â€” Medical marijuana patients say they did all the right things.
They went to the General Assembly to get medical marijuana made legal, they testified at hearings. First they got a law allowing the use of marijuana for chronically ill patients, then they went through the legislative process all over again, testifying at even more hearings, to get a law creating compassion centers where they could get their medicine legally, safely and regularly without having to grow it themselves or have someone do it for them.
Robert H. Grenon
LINCOLN - Robert H. Grenon, "Bob", 56, died May 4th at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was the beloved husband of Diane M. (Fregeau) Grenon to whom he was married to for 34 years.
Born in Attleboro, MA, he was the son of the late Roger H. and Annette T. (Gingras) Grenon. He was raised in Pawtucket and was a 1973 graduate of Our Lady of Providence High School. He also attended Bryant College.
He was a communicant of Saint Jude's Catholic Church in Lincoln.
Norma G. Licker
PAWTUCKET - Norma G. Licker of Pawtucket died Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
She was born in Providence the daughter of the late Mary (Carr) Boylan.
Norma was a kind, gentle, loving, caring and generous person. She was a talented artist with a love for nature, especially bunnies. Her heart was filled with the joy and love her two boys gave her. She was a mother beyond compare. Norma will truly be missed.
James Martin Bowen
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - James Martin Bowen, a long time resident of South Attleboro, joined the angels in heaven on May 1, 2011.
Richard G. Cartier
SEEKONK - Richard G. Cartier, 69 of Seekonk died Tuesday at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. He was the husband of Pearl (Bailey) Cartier. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late George H. and Jeannette (DesForges) Cartier.
Richard was a Foreman at the Narragansett Wire Company of Pawtucket for 22 years and worked at Chardonay's Restaurant on Route 44 in Seekonk for 10 years.
LINCOLN --â€“ Lacrosse is a game where goals are often scored in large numbers and multiple tallies by any one individual is not uncommon.
But for Lincoln High junior Jillian DeSimone this spring, it just may be bordering on the ridiculous.
DeSimone has averaged more than eight goals per outing in nine league games for the Lions in Division II. On Wednesday, it was status quo for the high-scoring attack as she netted 10 scores â€“ all coming in the first half â€“ to lift the unbeaten Lions to a rather routine 22-13 decision over North Providence at Ferguson Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald R. Grebien said the city will appeal a one-notch downgrade of the Fire Department's fire suppression rating including by supplying additional information he said should have been submitted to an independent insurance agency when it was evaluating the Fire Department back in 2009.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” As he watched five of the world's best in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMXers show off X Games-like tricks on a half-pipe placed in a parking lot near the Dr. Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex, North Smithfield High sophomore Paris Correia marveled at what he was witnessing.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The in-game injuries keep piling up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Promising player Yamaico Navarro became the latest casualty Tuesday afternoon, joining an ever-expanding list of PawSox bitten by the injury bug.
Navarro immediately grabbed his left side after a bunt single in the first inning, giving off the vibe that something wasnâ€™t quite right. Those suspicions were confirmed when Nate Spears replaced Navarro in right field in the top of the second.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Red Sox are exercising supreme caution with Felix Doubront. After missing most of spring training with elbow tightness in his pitching elbow and beginning the season pitching exclusively out of Bostonâ€™s bullpen, the promising left-hander finds himself in the midst of building up his pitch count.
The process continued Tuesday as Doubront threw 64 pitches, which represents a 14-pitch improvement over his previous start. The alarming sign is that Doubront was only able to provide 3 1/3 innings in Pawtucketâ€™s 7-2 matinee loss to Toledo.