June 27th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Staffing reductions in several municipal departments could occasionally result in some slower response times or limitations on city services, announced Mayor Donald Grebien.
The mayor said that several recent retirements, including those of some longtime department heads and clerks in the City Clerk's office, coupled with the need for the administration to keep a tight rein on expenses are the primary reasons for the staffing shortage. It is also the season when employees are taking more vacations, which is compounding the problem of some departments being left short-handed.
Kevin Dubois of Lincoln, a Marine Corps veteran wounded in Afghanistan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Tuesday night during the 33rd annual Armed Services Night, prior to the game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Charlotte Knights.
Pawtucket - Dolores E. "Dee" (Bogdan) Buba, 80, formerly of Pawtucket passed away peacefully at a hospital in Virginia. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Richard, whom she met in the seventh grade. She was born and raised in Pawtucket and was the daughter of the late Adol Bogdan and Stacia (Mroz) Hillman. She is also survived by her sister, E. Carolyn Bogdan of Onset, MA.
She graduated from East High School and was employed at Joy Chemical Co. in Pawtucket attaining the position of Operations Manager.
PAWTUCKET â€” Perhaps the only good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night was this: Catcher Ryan Lavarnway extended his consecutive-game hit streak to eight with a bloop single to left in the fifth.
After that? There wasnâ€™t much for the 6,009 in attendance to get excited about, as the Pawtucket Red Sox dropped a dismal 8-0 decision to the Charlotte Knights.
In the process, Pawtucketâ€™s losing streak increased to nine straight games, and itâ€™s now dangerously close to eclipsing its second-longest skid in club history; that came between Aug. 12-20, 2009.
PAWTUCKET â€” New PawSox acquisition Zach Stewart admitted the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind of emotion.
After discovering he and Chicago White Sox teammate Brent Lillibridge had been traded for Boston third baseman/first baseman Kevin Youkilis on Saturday night, he took care of some family business, and didnâ€™t arrive at his new McCoy Stadium digs.
He didnâ€™t arrive at the park until about 4:30 p.m., met with manager Arnie Beyeler and pitching coach Rich Sauveur, exchanged pleasantries with some teammates and walked out onto the turf for some stretching and long tosses.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald Grebien, most incumbent members of the City Council and about half of the sitting School Committee have stated their intentions to run again while a few new names have surfaced as challengers as the deadline to declare for candidacy looms.
Enid Pappas, widow of Turning Point co-founder Michael Pappas, left, and co-founder Nicolas Retsinas, unveil a plaque recognizing the founders during a dedication ceremony in Pawtucket Saturday morning. The plaque is dedicated by members of the Board of Directors as an everlasting token of appreciation to deceased co-founders Dr. Gary P. Paparo and Michael Pappas as well as Nicolas P. Retsinas. Turning Point, a group home for boys, was originally started in 1973 as the Pawtucket Boys Club Group Home, and is currently located at 5 Kids Way in Pawtucket.
SEEKONK - Mary S. Pierce, 93, died Sunday, June 24th at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro after an illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Vernon Pierce.
She was born in Lowell, MA the daughter of the late John and Mary (Silva) Ferreira. She grew up in Central Falls and lived much of her life in Pawtucket and Seekonk before moving to Attleboro.
She and her husband owned and operated Northeast Insulation Inc., for thirty years before retiring in 1986.
She leaves no immediate survivors but considered her many employees and caregivers as her family.
LINCOLN â€“ A bolt of lightning from a front of storms passing through the area Monday morning is believed to have sparked a fire in the roof of a home at 1809 Old Louisquisset Pike and left a family of three temporarily homeless.
Mark Rodrigues said he son, Austin, 17, was home at the time of 10:50 a.m. strike and immediately called the fire department.
â€śThe Fire Department said they heard a heavy bang in the area and then got the call,â€ť Rodrigues said while looking over the aftermath of the fire at his home on Monday.
PAWTUCKET â€” A strange thing happened to Toka Kahn-Clary on his way to making his pro debut earlier this month.
The Pawtucket junior lightweight was ready to debut in style â€” on the June 8 undercard of the marquee Kelly Pavlik-Scott Sigmon super middleweight fight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He put in a strong training camp at Manfredoâ€™s Gym. He and his opponent, Ivan Castellanos, easily made their weight. His fight was going to air live on ESPN2â€™s â€śFriday Night Fightsâ€ť and a lot of his family members and friends back in Rhode Island were going to get to view it.
PAWTUCKET - Edith E. (Hey) Brennan, 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 24, 2012. She was the former wife of the late James E. Brennan.
Born in Cumberland, she was a daughter of the late John and Lucinda(Cowdell) Hey.
Edith was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Pawtucket F.O.P. Lodge # 4, and enjoyed sewing and knitting.
LINCOLN - Ina R. Sanville, 80, of Franklin St, passed on June 24th with her loving daughter by her side. She was the wife of the late Wallace Sanville.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Loretta (Dyke) Trottier.
CENTRAL FALLS - Anna T. Malec, 94, passed away Friday June 22, 2012 at the Grandview Center in Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony F. Malec.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Wincenty K. and Rozalia (Karolczuk) Bialkowska-Nasal. She was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring Anna was employed as a Billing Clerk for the former Sidney Blumenthal Textile Co. and later was a co-owner, Secretary and Treasurer of the former Town and Country Gardens and Landscaping Co.
NO. PROVIDENCE Amada R. Espinal, 85, formerly of No. Providence and Central Falls, entered into eternal rest Saturday, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Carlos E. Espinal.
She was born in Medellin, Colombia, a daughter of the late Jesus Giraldo and Julia Sabala and had migrated to the United States in 1979 and had lived in Central Falls, Pawtucket and No. Providence. She had been employed at the former Healthtex Mfg. and also was a childcare provider.
PAWTUCKET: Theresa "Terry" Allard, 84, passed June 24th at home with her loving daughter by her side. She was the wife of the late Maurice Allard. She was a longtime Pawtucket resident before moving to Blackstone Falls 12 years ago
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Aurore (Chartier) Desorcy.
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Seekonk Fire Chief Alan Jack, left, and Captain Mike Healy survey the remains of the landmark Old Grist Mill Tavern, which was gutted by fire in Seekonk early Sunday morning. Built in 1745, the historic building is considered a total loss.
PAWTUCKET â€” A zoning change that will allow for the re-use of the American Insulated Wire complex for residential apartments and commercial enterprises was given first passage by the City Council at Wednesday night's meeting.
The amendment to the city's zoning map will be done by an overlay pertaining only to the 6-acre parcel of land at 413 Central Ave. that is the site of the former American Insulated Wire company. A developer wants to turn the mill buildings on the property into one- and two-bedroom rental units, while the ground floor will be leased to commercial tenants.
Madeleine Mondor, far left, wife of the late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, stands with PawSox president Mike Tamburro and sculptor Tayo Heuser after a 6-foot bronze statue of late PawSox owner and patriarch was unveiled during a ceremony in Mondor Gardens at McCoy Stadium Friday.
See SPORTS for complete story and photos in Saturday's print edition.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) â€” Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno's heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts.