April 17th, 2014
While most New Yearâs Eve revelers were wearily trudging out of Boston on the morning of Jan. 1, Lindsay Amherst and a few friends were strolling into the stateâs capitol.
The 30-year-old Pawtucket native, along with a few members of the Tuesday Night Turtles running club, ran the entire Boston Marathon route, beginning in Hopkinton at 6 a.m. and arriving in Boston less than four hours later.
PAWTUCKETâFacing what would have been a third trial in the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend in 2008, a Pawtucket man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Juan L. Diaz, 30, entered the plea before Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel to second degree murder in the shooting death of Mayra Cruz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.
Joan Claudia Walsh
KNOXVILLE, TN - Joan Claudia (Carr) Walsh, age 84, of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, passed away Tuesday, April 15th in Oak Ridge, TN.
Joseph F. Cassidy Sr.
SANDWICH, MA - Joseph F. Cassidy Sr., 92, of Sandwich, MA, formerly of Rehobeth, MA, Harwichport, MA and Pawtucket, RI, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, April 15th following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Gertrude (Murtha) Cassidy for 55 years until her death in 2000.
WOONSOCKET â For Lincoln High junior Mason Palmieri, it doesnât get much better these days.
On Monday, Palmieri verbally committed to join the Bryant University â9â beginning in the fall of 2015. On Wednesday, the pitcher with the towering mound presence tossed a complete-game five-hitter in Lincolnâs 4-2 victory over Woonsocket at Renaud Field.
PAWTUCKET â The right shoulder tenderness that grounded Matt Barnes for the majority of spring training has subsided to the point where the Red Sox pitching prospect believes itâs only a matter of time before he departs Fort Myers.
When Barnes will be officially granted exile so that he can take the mound for the PawSox âŠ letâs just say thereâs a cloak and dagger element in play.
âI donât know when Iâm leaving, but all I know is that I feel real good right now,â said Barnes from Florida earlier this week. âIâll let the people who are in charge make the important decisions.â
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â Itâs still April and high school baseball teams continue to search for their identity while Mother Nature struggles to find her own winning form.
On a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park field, a flock of geese looked for food in the barren outfield as Cumberland and St. Raphael Academy squared off, each seeking a badly-needed victory.
PAWTUCKETâWhile acknowledging it will undergo changes in the coming months, the School Committee unanimously approved a new School Department budget of approximately $107 million for the upcoming fiscal year at its committee meeting on Tuesday.
LINCOLN â Avid readers of this newspaper may remember the graphic photo tucked into the upper left corner of the front page back on Nov. 10, 2013.
Photographer Ernest A. Brown captured the shot of Lincoln High goalie Jack Bacon laying in front of his own net, obviously pained at the devastating occurrence seconds before.
There on the Rhode Island College soccer field in the championship tilt of the R.I. Division II Tournament, the Lions and Toll Gate High were involved in a dramatic shootout, and â with it knotted at 3-3 â it was up to Bacon to stop Zach Bromage's final attempt.
PAWTUCKETâNow that he's done watching the weather forecasts for snowstorms, it's heavy rain that DPW Director Lance Hill is keeping an uneasy eye on.
As has happened in recent weeks, rain water leaked into the City Hall tower and caused the main elevator to malfunction. The elevator is once again operational, but the years-old leakage problem in the Art Deco-style tower that contains it is a recurring one with no easy (or cheap) solution in sight.
PAWTUCKETâFour men from the Boston area, two of whom are brothers, were arrested for fighting after a brawl erupted outside of Di Nos Restaurant, 908 Main St., on Sunday night.
CUMBERLAND â The keys to the Clippersâ football program have been handed to a 27-year-old first-time varsity head coach.
The lack of experience when it comes to leading young men, or his age, should not yield shrugs of disbelief. Thereâs plenty of pigskin knowledge tucked inside the mind of Josh Lima, the choice to replace departed Cumberland mentor Chris Skurka, who in January accepted a coaching position that specifically entails overseeing the linebackers and special teams at Dean College.
Ana T. Brasileiro
CUMBERLAND - Ana T. Brasileiro, 89, of Broad Street, passed away Friday at home. She was the wife of the late Antonio G. Brasileiro.
Born in Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Jose E. Rosa (Esteves) Tibeiro. She came to the United States in February 7, 1971 and settle in Cumberland.
She was employed as an assembler for Hasbro Industries for 12 years until her retirement in 1982.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
David R. Robitaille
ATTLEBORO - David R. Robitaille, 61, of Union Street, passed away Friday at home. He was the loving husband of Barbara A. (Clavin) Robitaille. They were married for 34 years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Reynolds Robitaille and Jane (McKenna) Robitaille-Torres. David resided in Attleboro for the past 21 years previously residing in Pawtucket.
He was employed as a laborer for the Teknor Apex, Pawtucket for over 20 years.
Leo H. Lennon
CUMBERLAND - LTC Leo H. Lennon, retired U.S. Army, of Cumberland passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014. He was the husband of the late Claire (Rankowitz) Lennon.
Ann L. Bejma
PAWTUCKET - Ann L. (Pelen) Bejma, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Bejma and the late Albert W. Johnson.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of the late Paul W. and Mary I. (Davis) Pelen, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life.
Mrs. Bejma was the International Traffic Manager for Teknor-Apex, Pawtucket for many years before retiring.
Claire G. Fournier
LAS VEGAS, NV - Claire G. Fournier, 94, passed in Las Vegas, she was the wife of the late Henry G. Fournier.
Born in New Market, NH, a daughter of the late Arthur and Eva (Goupille) Gadbois.
Claire was employed by Hasbro for many years and lived most of her life in Central Falls.
Dominga Da Lomba
PAWTUCKET - Dominga (Nunes) Da Lomba, 70, passed on April 13th. She was the wife of Samuel DaLomba.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, a daughter of the late Domingos Nunes and Laura Silva Costa.
She had been employed by Vitrus for over 20 years.
PAWTUCKET â Just as a gently used item can be ânewâ to someone else, taking a fresh look at familiar places â especially those steeped in history â can yield pleasant surprises. Along those lines, this yearâs kickoff event celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week on Saturday, May 3, features the Blackstone Valley, and Pawtucket in particular, in two of nine tours.
PAWTUCKET -- A bright new era has begun for Tolman Highâs fast-pitch softball program. The Tigers, who finished 3-13 in Division I last year, have advanced to contender status this season, thanks to an infusion of freshman players who honed their skills in the Darlington Girls League and on travel teams.