August 20th, 2012
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď He‚Äôs a city native famous the world over, and now he‚Äôs the honored guest at this year‚Äôs installment of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council‚Äôs annual awards dinner.
He‚Äôs none other than Mr. Potato Head, the Hasbro toy that‚Äôs celebrating its 60th birthday this year.
BVTC‚Äôs 27th annual awards dinner takes place at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln on Sept. 27.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A change in the downtown traffic pattern to provide greater accessibility and ease of travel will take effect this morning when the portion of East Avenue from Main Street to Park Place will become a two-way thoroughfare for the first time in decades.
PAWTUCKET (AP) ‚ÄĒ Rhode Island is closing its career center in Pawtucket because of a decrease in federal funding.
The state Department of Labor and Training said Monday that the netWORKri career center on Main Street will close Sept. 6.
Agency director Charles Fogarty says the decision to close was difficult but reductions in federal funds means there's no longer enough money to operate the center.
Mary B. Teixeira
CUMBERLAND - Mary Brilhantina Teixeira, 96, of High St. passed away Monday in the Crestwood Nursing Home, Warren. She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Teixeira.
Born in Insua, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria (Vinagre) Rebelo. She resided in Cumberland for over 70 years.
She was employed by the former Elizabeth Webbing Co., Central Falls for many years until her retirement.
Mrs. Teixeira was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland, she was also a long time member of the Clube Juventude Lusitana, Cumberland.
Vincent L. Curry
PROVIDENCE - Curry,Vincent L., 85, passed away on August 20, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence, surrounded by his loving family. Vincent was the husband of the late Jeannine B. (Brunelle) Curry. He was born in Providence to the late John J. and Helen (Garrity) Curry.
After serving his country in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Vincent settled in Pawtucket and worked for 42 years at the Premier Tread Company in Central Falls retiring as a Foreman.
Raymond F. Milos
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Raymond F. Milos, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 18, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Marion (Hebert) Milos for 53 years.
Born in Cumberland, he was a son of the late Michael and Frances (Cebula) Milos. Ray was a self employed barber and proprietor of Hillside Barber Shop, Cumberland for many years. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed photography, bowling and playing tennis.
SEEKONK ‚ÄĒ Andrew Randall was chosen from artists around the world to have two of his paintings included in the new book ‚ÄúThe Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions‚ÄĚ By Debra Hosseini. The book is a compilation of work from 77 visual artists and poets who are on the Autism Spectrum.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ If the Washington Nationals‚Äô decision to pose an innings limit on ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was debated and haggled over in a court of law, it‚Äôs quite possible the rendering would be a hung jury.
Such a case involving a high-profile player and a playoff-starved franchise that has October baseball in its sights poses a provoking conundrum that can be argued and debated from both sides of the equation.
On one hand, Washington can be viewed as looking to protect the investment they have in Strasburg, a star at age 24 who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly two years ago.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Daniel Bard admits there‚Äôs somewhat of a weight of his shoulders, knowing that regardless of how he‚Äôs fared with the Pawtucket Red Sox ‚Äď 7.45 ERA in 28 appearances ‚Äď he remains very much on Boston‚Äôs radar.
Asked to respond to an item in Sunday‚Äôs Boston Herald in which an anonymous Red Sox source clarified that he will pitch again for the big-league team in 2012, Bard took the occasion to explain how he can use the remaining few weeks in Pawtucket‚Äôs season to his advantage.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Who better to clarify any myths regarding the perceived toxic environment that is the Red Sox clubhouse than a player who spent a hearty amount of time inside the ropes?
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Darnell McDonald, the former part-time Boston outfielder whose access to the team was short-circuited upon getting designated for assignment in late June. Fortunately for this particular exercise, McDonald is seen as the perfect go-to guy to set the record straight in a Red Sox season that has taken on the tenor of a soap opera in terms of firestorms and drama.
Taylor Soukas, Meagan St. Germain and Melina Panichas, from left, members of "Greek Pride," a dance troupe from Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, kick up their heels before a packed house Friday night at the 85th annual Greek Festival. The church is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The fun continues Saturday and Sunday with plenty of traditional Greek food, pastries, drink and more dancing.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Brittany Leigh Gomes has had an affinity ‚ÄĒ and eye ‚ÄĒ for photography since she was just a young girl growing up in Pawtucket.
‚ÄúI have loved photography for as long as I can remember,‚ÄĚ said the 26-year-old Gomes. ‚ÄúMy first camera was a Fisher-Price camera when I was a toddler and I have been upgrading ever since.
‚ÄúIt wasn't until I attended a wedding in 2007 that I fell in love with wedding photography.‚ÄĚ
Gomes started a photography business in 2009 and has been slowly and steadily been building it ever since.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ For the past 15 years, Bill Greenwood has been tracking the nation's debt on his own version of the national debt clock that is posted on the front of his Sayles Avenue home. Now, with the figure about to hit the $16 trillion mark, Greenwood is once again calling for a change in the way government operates, and the local Republican candidate for City Council has joined his cause.
Patricia G. Dion
PAWTUCKET- Patricia G. (Trahan) Dion, 77 of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, August 17, 2012. She was the wife of the late Henry Dion.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Helen (Violette) Trahan.
She she is survived by one daughter, Helene Dion; four sons, Stephen, Russell, Keith, and James Dion; five grandchildren; one sister, Gloria Ledoux; one brother, Larry Trahan and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Paulette Valois and Conrad Trahan.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď At this point, you have to feel for Daniel Bard.
The Red Sox can point to the fact that Bard was not touched for an earned run in his inning of work Thursday night, but make no mistake: it was another tough night at the office for the struggling reliever. In case you‚Äôre just joining us, Bard‚Äôs latest attempt to get back on track provided a nice, tucked-in capsule of what has plagued the reliever during his two-plus month stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ If Daisuke Matsuzaka made what he dubbed a ‚Äúsmall mechanical adjustment‚ÄĚ prior to taking the mound for the fifth inning Wednesday night, it‚Äôs news to both PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur and catcher Dan Butler.
‚ÄúWhatever tweak he made, he made on his own,‚ÄĚ stated Sauveur on Thursday, one day after Matsuzaka delivered what could be coined a mixed bag of an outing.
There was good Matsuzaka ‚Äď four scoreless innings in which he retired 12 of 13 Scranton batters ‚Äď following by bad Matsuzaka, the damage pertaining to the five runs (four earned) he yielded in the fifth.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Barbara Dixon will never forget the first-ever Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge, held in late September of 2001.
In fact, she and other organizers questioned whether they'd be able to take care of the logistics in time.
‚ÄúThis is how bizarre it was that first year,‚ÄĚ noted Dixon, who works closely with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, located at the old train station near Main Street.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Pawtucket Police are investigating a report of a violent home invasion and robbery that occurred in an apartment on Ivy Street early Thursday morning.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Just as unpopular vegetables can be disguised as tasty treats to make kids want to eat them, so, too, can ‚Äúsummer school‚ÄĚ be made to look enjoyable. The Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket has managed to do just that with its Food FUNdamentals program.
PAWTUCKET - Priscilla "Pat" Sylvestre, 91 of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012. She was the wife of the late Leo G. Sylvestre.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Gabriela (Andre) Gomes. Priscilla was a life-long member of Saint Leo's where she was a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Spirited Seniors. She loved gardening and she was always with her Yorkie companions, Oliver and Charlie.