September 27th, 2013
Ruth J. Microulis
PAWTUCKET - Ruth J. (Pinsoneault) Microulis, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 26, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter Microulis. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Garland) Pinsoneault.
Ruth was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary's of both St. Leo the Great Parish and St. Raphael Academy.
Richard W. Robbins
PROVIDENCE - Richard W. Robbins died Monday, September 23, 2013 in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. He was the husband of Nancy Martin Robbins.
He was born in May 21, 1927 in Riverton, NJ. Recently living in the Elmwood section of Providence, but for many years he made his home across from the historic Dexter Training Grounds in Providence. He found a great sense of community in this area of the city which he fondly referred to as Armory Village.
LINCOLN â€” YWCA Rhode Island Thursday honored 12 â€śWomen of Achievement,â€ť including Woonsocketâ€™s Jacqueline L. Dowdy, Sally Ann Hay of Lincoln, and Central Falls native Anna Cano-Morales at its ninth annual awards luncheon at Kirkbrae Country Club.
Among the honorees was Quota International in Woonsocket and Pawtucket/Central Falls, which was recognized as Organization of the Year.
PAWTUCKET â€” Enjoy a feast for the senses, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival continues through Sunday with its lineup of creative films, live music, refreshments and food.
All of the films are shown at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. The standard admission fee is $10 per day, and that price includes a free T-shirt from Mirror Image, music, food, drinks, short films and features.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Ten Mile River Greenway, a paved two-mile bike path that connects Slater Park in Pawtucket to the Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence, is a boon to local walkers, bicyclists and inline skaters. But one City Council member is expressing concerns about the safety of a new crosswalk on Armistice Boulevard that utilizes a solar-powered traffic signal.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Ed McVeigh served 18 years as a business teacher and coach at Central Falls High School, and â€“ in that latter category â€“ mentored his Warriorsâ€™ boysâ€™ basketball teams to six divisional titles and one state title, that during the 1986-87 campaign, his first.
As a result, and because of his ability to teach the game and train not just athletes but young men, he unanimously became the only coach enshrined in the CFHSâ€™ Athletic Hall of Fame last Oct. 11.
CUMBERLAND â€” A summer-long project to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with state-of-the-art synthetic turf is nearly complete, but whether or not it will be ready in time for the first home game of the season on Oct. 4 is still up in the air.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Samuel Slater Junior High School will be closed for two days on Monday and Tuesday while workers remove a section of ceiling containing asbestos from the Mineral Spring Avenue facility.
According to school officials, workers demolishing a ceiling in the boysâ€™ locker room found a second ceiling underneath that tested positive for asbestos.
â€śWhen they ripped the ceiling down there was an older ceiling underneath that had some asbestos,â€ť said Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€“ Shea High often takes its sweet old time getting into gear on offense, an early-season trait coach Danielle Bishop hopes to correct in a hurry.
â€śIt will hurt us against the better teams,â€ť Bishop admitted on Wednesday after her Raiders rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to dump Davies 3-1 in a Division III-B matchup.
Albert A. Shakan Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Albert A. Shakan Sr., 86, of Mendon Rd. passed away Tuesday at home peacefully surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Breault) Shakan.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late George and Samia Shakan. He resided in Cumberland for the past 54 years previously living in Central Falls.
PAWTUCKET â€” Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words â€śtenaciousâ€ť and â€śpugnaciousâ€ť often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A public hearing will be held Oct. 1 on the cityâ€™s proposed $167.8 million budget for fiscal 2014, which calls for a 1 percent tax rate increase.
The hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.
According to City Manager Peter Graczykowski, the proposed budget comports with the cityâ€™s policies and addresses the cityâ€™s budget plan as related to the five-year fiscal stability plan constraints adopted by the East Providence Budget Board.
PAWTUCKET â€” By Thanksgiving, young thespians, singers and musicians at St. Raphael Academy should have a new stage on which to ply their arts. The private, coeducational Catholic high school has begun a major renovation of its former gymnasium to create a state-of-the-art theater.
A blessing and groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the renovation project will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. The theater will occupy a building that was formerly known as the Lynch Gymnasium at the corner of Maynard and Walcott streets.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The story Tuesday afternoon at the Monastery wasnâ€™t so much whether host Cumberland High would sweep its Northern Division tri-meet against other local foes.
They did, and then some.
Instead, it revolved around a rivalry that began last year. That is, how would Clipper sophomore Amy Laverty perform against junior Betsy Dumais, one of Burrillvilleâ€™s top harriers over the past decade or more.
Laverty captured this particular outing, outhustling Dumais to the finish line with a stellar 3.1-mile clocking of 19:50. She edged the runner-up Bronco by a mere four ticks.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, a 30-year-veteran who has been accused of stealing gasoline from the city, has retired.
Provost was charged with misdemeanor larceny last month for allegedly stealing more than $700 worth of gasoline from municipal gas pumps. He pleaded not guilty and is due back in Sixth District Court in Providence today for a hearing.
BOSTON â€“ Gary DiSarcina and Rich Sauveur thought they were positioned well out of harmâ€™s way. Perched in a far corner inside the champagne-soaked, music-blaring, jolly-good-time party scene that was the Red Soxâ€™ clubhouse following last Fridayâ€™s division clincher, the two Pawtucket Red Sox coaches were more than content to be innocent bystanders.
But what soon followed was a moment that could very well summarize the impact that DiSarcina, Sauveur and the rest of the 2013 PawSox had on the newly minted American League East champs.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A 21-year-old Providence man was arrested after biting off the ear off of a 43-year-old Pawtucket man he was acquainted with during an altercation outside of The Met nightclub, 1005 Main St., on Saturday night, police said.
Police Maj. Arthur Martins said that the two men, Nicholas Parlee and Jeremy Hilton, who he described as friends, had been at The Met and were leaving at around 11:30 p.m. when they got into a dispute. During the fight, Parlee grabbed Hilton's head and bit his ear completely off, Martins said.
L. Allen Strong
N. PROVIDENCE - L. Allen Strong, 76, died on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Golden Crest Nursing Center in N. Providence.
Born in N. Attleboro, MA, he was a son of the late Lester W. and Helen L. (King) Strong.
Mr. Strong graduated from Swansea High School and was a volunteer firefighter for the Lonsdale Fire Department in the late 1950s. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local #64 and delivered products for Nissen, Table Talk and Country Kitchen Bakeries.
CUMBERLAND - Robert Hinchcliffe, 84, of Harriet Lane passed away peacefully Sunday, September 22, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth S. "Libby" (Wild) Hinchcliffe.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Fred and Annie (Harcus) Hinchcliffe, he had lived in Cumberland for the past 37 years.
Mr. Hinchcliffe was a machinist at Cumberland Engineering for many years before retiring.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in peacetime and was a member of American Legion Post #273.
Even on the phone, the unbridled enthusiasm in Tyrone Naredâ€™s voice was readily apparent.
A new basketball season on foreign soil beckons for this Woonsocket native, and judging by the synopsis Nared provided mere hours before embarking on a near 15-hour flight that would take him to his roundball address for the next several months, the outlook appears bright.