May 17th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€” Just before Cumberland High hosted St. Raphael Academy in a critical Division I-North tilt on Thursday afternoon, the two squads stood on their respective baselines and watched Sue Lanctot, a Cumberland resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch.
The touching moment drew a hefty round of applause, and for good reason: The contest had been set up weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society. Both players and coaches had purchased special, blue-and-white â€śStrike Out Cancerâ€ť caps to wear, at $15 each.
PAWTUCKET â€” Over the last year, they've tackled gun-toting suspects, entered burning buildings, located runaways, intervened in violent domestic disputes, talked people out killing themselves, and caught drug dealers. And, as Pawtucket Police Lt. Roberto DaSilva pointed out, this was â€śjust a samplingâ€ť of what Pawtucket Police officers have to deal with on a regular basis.
CRANSTON - Bistransky, Joseph M, 44 of Griswold Avenue, Cranston, died on May 12, 2012.
He was the son of Francis and the late Katherine (Herbert) Daigneault. For the full obituary please visit www.manningheffern.com.
CENTRAL FALLS. Aurelio Tovar, 84, passed away Monday at RI Hospital after being stricken at home. He was the husband of Iada (Ojeda) Tovar. He was born in Barranquilla, Colombia a son of the late Juan and Adriana (Blanco) Tovar. Mr. Tovar migrated to the US in 1967. He had been employed in the Textile Industry for many years in Colombia and in the Blackstone Valley before retiring.
PAWTUCKET â€” Now that the waste transfer station has been leased to a private company, the city is exploring the possibility of privatizing its trash collection and recycling services as well in a plan that could involve two other communities.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Laureen Dâ€™Ambra, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Rhode Islandâ€™s 138-year-old St. Mary Academy-Bay View, has announced the appointment of Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis as the school's new incoming president.
Pacifico-DeBenedictis, who will assume her new role on July 1, succeeds the first president of the academy, Elizabeth A. McAuliffe, who has held the position for the past 18 years.
CENTRAL FALLS: Theresa C. Laporte, 84, passed May 16, 2012. She was the wife of the late Henry Laporte.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Alcide and Rose A. (Lacroise) Laliberte. Theresa was a lifelong resident of Central Falls and had been employed for over 30 years by Blackstone Catering.
ATTLEBORO - Leroy E. Emory, 90, of Newport, North Carolina and formerly of South Attleboro passed away at home on Monday, May 14, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Parsigian) Emory.
Born in Durham, North Carolina, a son of the late Dee Irving and Ella (Tilley) Emory, he resided in South Attleboro most of his life before returning to North Carolina 6 years ago.
PAWTUCKET - Robert R. Hanson, 52, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late William P. and Doris (Paulhus) Hanson.
He is survived by his sister, Diane Grennell, and his two brothers, Bill and Bruce Hanson.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mayor Donald R. Grebien will put on his bicycle helmet and get aboard a two-wheeler to take part with dozens of other bicycling enthusiasts when the first ever â€śPawtucket Bike to Work Dayâ€ť is held today.
Bicyclists taking part in the event, which is open to everyone, will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans Amphitheatre, at Roosevelt and Exchange streets in downtown Pawtucket, for a show of two-wheel strength and a bit of rest before completing the ride to their workplace. Light refreshments will be provided to participants.
CUMBERLAND â€” The last time Cumberland enjoyed a season as magical as the one the Clippers have put together so far this spring, its current members were learning the sport in middle school, and its head coach, Scott Carpenter, was savoring his retirement from coaching after a long, successful run as the Clippersâ€™ hockey coach.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was about lunchtime Tuesday when Tolman High senior Andrew Larson sat in his English class, discussing with teacher Kevin Kavanaugh the â€śins and outsâ€ť of preparing for portfolio reviews.
â€śWe were talking about the interview process, being interviewed by people who judge our portfolios, which we need to graduate, and he brought up the newspaper,â€ť Larson explained. â€śHe also brought up sports in general, and what we'd say to a reporter, like, after a win. He told me to remain calm, listen to every question carefully and try to respond â€¦ well, intelligently.â€ť
SMITHFIELD - Sophie V. Drezek (Szczoczarz), 94, of Douglas Pike and formerly of Pawtucket passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Drezek.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late George and Veronica (Matisewski) Szczoczarz. She was a resident of the Heritage Hills Nursing Center for the past 4 years previously having lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Generally, Tim Wakefieldâ€™s 19-year MLB odyssey is broken down into two separate and distinctive parts. There was the Wakefield of Pittsburgh Pirates fame, the hotshot knuckleball specialist who helped guide the franchise to the brink of the 1992 World Series.
Weâ€™re just past the quarter mark of the PawSoxâ€™s season. Such a distinction comes with a few observations that have made an impression upon this particular observer â€¦
If the Red Sox knew a month ago what they know at the present time, perhaps they wouldnâ€™t have been so quick to move Alex Wilson from the rotation to the bullpen.
CUMBERLAND â€” If thereâ€™s any good news for Cumberland High, it will return to Division I-North action beginning Wednesday afternoon, when head coach Marty Crowleyâ€™s crew hosts La Salle Academy at 3:45.
The bad: The Clippers closed their D-I crossover slate Monday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to North Kingstown at Tucker Field, as Skippersâ€™ junior righty Taylor Butler yielded just five hits and two walks while whiffing eight in her complete-game outing.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Monday was a day for gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders to whoop and cheer.
They were cheering for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who signed an executive order requiring the state to officially recognize the same-sex unions of couples who were married elsewhere but live here.
At several points during his announcement, Chafee made it clear that he wants his action to be one step toward allowing full gay marriage rights in Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to a new computer program, people can report minor crimes, incidents and even anonymous tips to the Pawtucket Police from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
At a Monday morning press conference, the Pawtucket Police officially launched an online reporting system that is believed to be the first of its kind in the state. Called the Citizens Online Police Reporting System, police say it is an effective tool that offers convenience for the public as well as a faster way to report data that police can then act upon.
CRANSTON - Ann Mitson, 79, passed May 11th.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late George and Eliza (Burns) Mitson.
After graduating from St. Xavier's Academy, she had been employed by New England Telephone then Amica Insurance Company.
She is survived by several cousins including her caregivers, Helen M. Shields of Johnston and Martha LaBrosse of Lincoln.
CUMBERLAND - Catherine V. (Quinn) Vaughn, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late James M. Vaughn, Jr.
Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Francis James and Mary Ellen (Nolan) Quinn. Catherine was a communicant of the Church of St. Leo the Great.