PROVIDENCE - Toka Kahn-Clary supplied the speed and Diego Pereira provided the power, and because of that, both Pawtucket fighters were able to score crowd-pleasing, second-round TKOs on this past weekendâ€™s Big Six Entertainment â€śTakeoverâ€ť show at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Kahn-Clary, the former National Golden Gloves champion who was making his much-anticipated pro debut in front of his local fans, family members, and friends, didnâ€™t disappoint anyone as the junior lightweight put an end to Jonathan Cabanâ€™s night with 11 seconds left in the second round.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, has appointed Daniel J. Richard, a longtime high school teacher and retired Air Force Pilot and Officer, as principal of St. Raphael Academy, a Pawtucket Catholic High School that provides a college preparatory education for hundreds of students.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police will be out in force from now until the end of summer, intensifying the enforcement of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, due in part by funding secured from a Federal Justice Assistance Grant.
Juveniles found in violation of Chapter 42 of the Revised Ordinance of the City of Central Falls, pertaining to the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, will be first issued a written warning by police whereby their parent or guardian will be contacted and turned over to their custody.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following Wednesday's declaration deadline for political hopefuls, the Democratic City Committee held a meeting at the LeFoyer restaurant to endorse local candidates in the 2012 election.
The Democratic City Committee threw its full support this year behind incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien, who is being challenged in his re-election bid by independent candidate Michael W. Cooper.
In 2010, Grebien, as a mayoral candidate, had been snubbed by the committee when it endorsed his opponent, fellow Democrat Henry Kinch Jr. Yet, Grebien went on to beat Kinch.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Justin Germano knows a decision lies ahead. Come Saturday night, the right-hander and de facto ace of Pawtucketâ€™s pitching staff will take the mound in Lehigh Valley.
The following day, Germano will choose whether to stick with the PawSox for the rest of the season or seek employment with another club. If itâ€™s the latter, Germano â€“ named to the International League All-Star team earlier in the week â€“ would have no shortage of suitors.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held its annual commencement exercises Friday morning at St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Fifty-seven students received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) through BVCAP this year.
Lammis J. Vargis, from the Office of Mayor Donald Grebien, attended as the mayor's representative because he had a last-minute scheduling conflict. The RSVP Seniors for Jazz Band performed.
The 2012 graduates are:
LINCOLN â€“ A gasoline explosion is believed to have caused injuries suffered by a 62-year-old Central Falls man and damaged a home at 22 Arch St. Thursday evening.
Patrolman Jason Bolduc found the victim, Harold Trazi, being assisted to by members of Rescue 4 when he arrived at the scene. Trazi suffered burns to his chest, arms and face from a fire believed to have started in the garage of the dwelling, Bolduc reported.
PASCOAG - Gladys A. Mulligan, 87, of Rock Ave. and formerly of Cumberland died Thursday in the Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pascoag. She was the wife of the late Edward Mulligan.
Born in Rehoboth she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Hazel (Brown)
Gribbin. She resided in Cumberland many years before moving to Pascoag.
She was employed for many years by the former Harris Printing Co., Pawtucket until her retirement in 1962.
PAWTUCKET - Hills, Thomas M., 59, of Wheeler Street, Pawtucket died on June 29, 2012. He was born in Central Falls, the son of Theresa E.(Fugere) of Pawtucket, and the late William H. Hills.
Thomas worked as a Digital Technician at Hirsh International.
Mr. Hills is survived by his longtime loving companion Joanne Lopatka of Pawtucket, a daughter, Kimberly Hills from Virginia, a brother Kenneth H. Hills of Florida and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother William G. Hills.
FRANKLIN, NH - Mrs. Jean M. Tetreault, 81, formerly of Franklin, NH, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2012 at Concord (NH) Hospital.
She was born in Providence, RI and lived in Pawtucket, RI until 1973.
She worked several years as a nurse's aide at Miriam Hospital in Providence and was active in Darlington Congregational Church in Pawtucket.
She is survived by four children.
CUMBERLAND - Linda Lee (Costa) Devonis, 59, of Geldard St. passed away surrounded by her family at home on Thursday. She was the beloved wife of William Devonis.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late George Costa Sr. retired Commander, Cumberland Police Department and the late Olinda P.(Lourenco) Costa. Linda Lee was a life long Cumberland resident.
She was employed by the Memorial Hospital of RI for the past 11 years and was previously employed by Blue Cross, Blue Shield of RI, Providence for 21 years.
SOMERSET, MA - Darlene E. Rea, 54, died Tuesday, June 26th at Tobey Hospital, Wareham, MA after an illness. Miss Rea was born in Fall River, MA, the daughter of Kenneth L. and Yvette (Raymond) Rea. Miss Rea was employed at Macy's for several years prior to her illness.
In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother Kenneth D. (Julie) Rea of Pawtucket and a nephew Kenneth J. Rea.
PAWTUCKET â€” Memorial Hospital may be absorbed by the Care New England hospital network.
In a joint statement, the two entities announced Thursday they had entered â€śpartnership discussionsâ€ť because they are â€śencouraged by the possibility of complementary services, enhanced patient care and the opportunity for strong growth in the future.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Can municipal public works services such as trash pick-up and recycling, pothole filling, snowplowing, and vehicle repair be done on a regionalized basis to save money? The governor and the top government leaders of Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence think so.
CUMBERLAND â€” Not quite a year ago, Bruce Stanford and his son, Jordan, video-recorded the first game of the Cumberland American Little League Major Division All-Starsâ€™ first foray into the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
He did so because he wanted to â€śdo it right.â€ť
Stanford and son had placed a big screen in the backyard of his Arnold Mills neighborhood home, waited for dusk and projected the taped version for family and friends.
PAWTUCKET â€” For Scott Podsednik, the left groin strain he suffered 11 days ago couldnâ€™t have come at a worse time.
Podsednik, who had returned to the big leagues after a yearâ€™s absence, was batting .387 in 19 games with the Boston Red Sox and giving them a much- needed boost in the outfield after they lost the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross, and Ryan Sweeney to injuries.
CRANSTON â€” In many ways, the tenor of these Governorâ€™s Cup clashes, pitting the top high school football seniors in Rhode Island and Connecticut, resembles that of a typical â€śbig brother, little brotherâ€ť exchange.
PAWTUCKET â€” The newest member of the Pawtucket Red Sox played a major role in snapping the teamâ€™s third-longest losing streak in club history on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.
Starting pitcher Zach Stewart, who was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in Sundayâ€™s trade with the Chicago White Sox for Kevin Youkilis, turned in a splendid outing to help the PawSox defeat the Charlotte Knights, 5-1, and grab their first victory after nine straight losses.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mauro Gomez earned a spot on the International League all-star team last season, the third straight year he earned a midseason honor.
Ryan Lavarnway was a Carolina League all-star in 2010, and Pedro Ciriaco picked up his last minor-league all-star honor three years ago in the Southern League.
That being said, when was the last time Justin Germano, the fourth member of the Pawtucket Red Sox named to the I.L.â€™s all-star team early Wednesday afternoon, selected to a squad?
â€ś(The) 2002 (season) was my one and only,â€ť he said with a smile. â€śItâ€™s been a while.â€ť
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.