July 19th, 2012
CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize â€“ the Eastern Regional championship â€“ when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Following an investigation of a complaint, a local man has been arrested on numerous sexual assault charges involving three young female family members, Pawtucket Police said.
Jose A. DaCruz, 55, of Waterman Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Major Arthur Martins. Police began an investigation after a complaint was made on July 9. The incidents, which took place in Pawtucket, involve three victims who are all under the age of 14 and who are related to DaCruz, Martins said.
LINCOLN â€“ The School Committee and the Lincoln Teachers' Association have reached an agreement on a three-year pact covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 after a series of negotiating sessions that included both sides' attorneys and the assistance of a mediator.
The agreement will give teachers 2-percent pay raises in each of the latter two years of the pact.
Superintendent of Schools Georgia Fortunato noted that the sessions lasted well past midnight and into the next morning to reach the settlement ratified by the parties this past week.
PAWTUCKET - Louise A. McCaffrey, 79, of Pawtucket died Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Miss McCaffrey was born in Lincoln, the daughter of the late Henry and Annette (Larocque) McCaffrey. She was a controller for the Quill Pen Corporation for many years. Louise enjoyed reading and her visits to the library, was an avid gardener and a New England Patriots fan.
CUMBERLAND - Eugenia "Jean" A. (Niedbala) Hucal, 92, of the Chimney Hill Apartments, formerly of Cadoret Drive, Cumberland passed away Wednesday at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Michael Hucal.
Born in Fall River, MA she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Agnes (Kokoszka) Niedbala. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life.
Jean was employed by the Hindley Manufacturing Company, Cumberland for many years until her retirement in 1982.
SEEKONK â€” Having Sister Gertrude involved can only be a plus. Greg Esmay says his goal is to be able to have his Old Grist Mill Tavern open next year in time for the nun and other Little Sisters of the Poor to hold their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner that benefits the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Accusing his opponent of â€śserial hypocrisy,â€ť Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley blasted Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for leaving the Senate floor after promising to debate his DISCLOSE Act â€ślong into the night,â€ť to attend a fundraiser held by a group Hinckley claims would be exempt from that proposed law.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Landmark Medical Center is asking a Superior Court judge for permission to move forward with a lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving the hospital into insolvency with unfairly low reimbursements.
Itâ€™s the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between Landmark and BCBSRI that Landmark President Richard Charest says now jeopardizes the sale â€“ and survival â€“ of the hospital.
LINCOLN â€” The last time local fight fans saw Thomas Falowo in action, they were in an uproar over the split decision victory awarded to his opponent, Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas.
In that middleweight fight back on May 24 at Twin River, Falowo not only ruled four of the six rounds, but he also delivered a first-round knockdown.
And while Clarkson ended the night looking like heâ€™d tussled in a 12-round slugfest, Falowo had barely a scratch on him.
PAWTUCKET â€” The sight of Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares engaging in playful banter in their native tongue often leads to one or both players breaking out into mischievous smiles. Usually the exchange is often loud enough that everyone in the PawSox clubhouse is aware that Iglesias and Linares are up to their old tricks.
Then again, not everyone can understand what is actually being discussed, so itâ€™s like Iglesias and Linares are the only ones in the room, operating in a universe that only a select few have the privilege of completely understanding.
RUMFORD - Colman S. Green Jr. of Rumford Towers, 90, passed away on Sunday July 15, 2012 at the Lynn Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Florence A. Green.
He leaves behind a daughter Beatrice M. Rescigno, four grandchildren and two great grandsons.
There will be no calling hours.
NORTH KINGSTON - Beaven, Helen J. (Diehl, Whitaker), 95, a resident of Pojac Point, North Kingstown, for 66 years, passed away on July 14th at Westview Health Care Center, West Warwick, after a brief illness.
She was born to the late John Frederick and Annie (Monahan) Diehl in Pawtucket, RI. After her mother's death in the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, she was adopted and raised by her maternal aunt and uncle, the late Eva (Monahan) and Silas Whitaker, whom she regarded as her parents.
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth J. Brown, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Sandra E. (Blue) Brown.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Ralph and Mary (Smith) Brown. He enjoyed playing cards and bingo. Ken also gave the generous gift of life through organ donation at the New England Organ Bank.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Now that Mauro Gomez has acquired a taste of life as a big-league third baseman, the real work can begin.
First things first, though, as Gomez plans to acquire a glove thatâ€™s tailor made for someone entrusted with patrolling the hot corner. After that, the next step will entail the 27-year-old working specifically on his footwork with throwing across the diamond serving as the final hurdle.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police have arrested a second young man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.
According to Pawtucket Police, on Monday, 18-year-old Davhon Shelton, of Woodbine Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in at Pawtucket Police headquarters. Shelton had an outstanding warrant for conspiracy to commit murder that was obtained by police following an investigation into the homicide involving Burgo that occurred in the pre-dawn hours of July 6.
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PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s not every day that a politician keeps a campaign promise, so RI GAP (Government Appointments Project) held a Statehouse event Tuesday to thank Gov. Lincoln Chafee for doubling the number of female appointees, not just to boards and commissions, but to top positions in his administration.
PAWTUCKET - Robert "Bobby" Pizzo, 49, passed unexpectedly July 14th at home.
Born in Pawtucket a son of Laura (Viveiros) Pizzo and the late Joseph Pizzo.
He had been employed by Karen's Kitchen of Smithfield.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To help people keep cool and safe in the latest wave of high temperatures, the city announced it has designated several sites as â€ścooling centersâ€ť where they can escape the heat.
The following sites will be available Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18. Availability of the cooling centers will be extended if conditions warrant.
The following sites have been designated as â€ścooling centersâ€ť and are posted with appropriate signage:
Â· The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Â· The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CNBC, the business news cable channel, doesnâ€™t think much of Rhode Island.
For the second year in a row, CNBC has ranked the Ocean State dead last â€” 50th out of the 50 states â€” as a good place to operate a business.
In his report on the 2012 version of the annual study, CNBC senior correspondent Scott Cohn said Rhode Island has â€śthe worst infrastructure, one of the worst economies, and the least-friendly regulatory climate.â€ť He added: â€śThey did catch a 12-pound lobster there a while back, but that doesnâ€™t help.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” A 1991 city double murder will be recalled in an upcoming Discovery Channel networks crime program after a production crew wrapped up work on the project at The Call on Monday.
Call reporter Russ Olivo was interviewed by the Sirens Media crew for an upcoming segment of â€śNightmare Next Door,â€ť an investigative true crime documentary program on the Investigation Discovery Channel.