November 6th, 2011
Approximately 50 veterans from the Blackstone Valley gathered on Saturday for a photo session in advance of Friday's Veterans Day holiday.
Here is a roundup of Veteran's Day news and events in the Pawtucket area:
PAWTUCKET -- The city will celebrate Veterans Day on Friday with a memorial ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. All residents are invited to join Mayor Don Grebien and members of the city council at Veterans' Memorial Park, Roosevelt Ave. & Exchange St.
CRANSTON â€“ Form held true in three of the four Division I quarterfinal playoff games contested over the past three days. Top-seeded La Salle, third-seeded Shea and fourth-seeded Barrington all advanced. Only second-seed Central Falls fell by the wayside, beaten 3-2 by seventh-seeded Cumberland on Saturday afternoon.
That sets up unbeaten La Salle versus defending champion Barrington in tonightâ€™s 5 p.m. opener at Cranston Stadium followed by Shea and Cumberland at 7 p.m.
Throw out the regular-season records because in Division II, the playoffs beckon.
In a division known for staging â€śPre-Thanksgiving Madnessâ€ť due to an eight-team field, the Div. II playoffs get underway this coming weekend with four quarterfinal-round matchups. For local entries Tolman, St. Raphael and Cumberland, the mission is clear â€“ extend the season to Nov. 30, the date set aside for the semifinals.
FOSTER --- St. Raphael Academy is heading back to the Division II playoffs, but in order to earn their berth, the Saints had to survive a royal barnburner on the road with Ponaganset High on Saturday afternoon.
The Saints scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and turned up the heat defensively in the final 18 minutes of play to bus home with an exciting come-from-behind 29-23 victory that not only clinched their berth, but also snuffed out the Chieftainsâ€™ playoff hopes.
PAWTUCKET â€” Move over, Cleveland. The City of Pawtucket is going to have its own Music Hall of Fame.
From the late George M. Cohen to the Cowsills to Tavares and Duke Robillard, there are a surprising number of famous musicians and music industry professionals with ties to the Ocean State. As such, efforts are underway to create a Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame to celebrate their legacy, and it will be located at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A 79-year-old Pawtucket man, Hillario DePina, was indicted by the Providence County Grand Jury on Oct. 28 on sexual assault charges involving minors.
According to the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, DePina, of Leonard Jenard Drive, was charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of enticement of a child.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was a little over a year ago â€” Sept. 9, 2010 to be exact â€” that The Met brought the music back to Pawtucket. And despite a tough economy, veteran club owner Rich Lupo said the venue at 1005 Main St. has been a success â€” although he feels it remains somewhat undiscovered by Pawtucket residents themselves.
â€śYou're always surprised how far people will come to see a show. We've had people from a 40 to 60 mile radius depending on the artist,â€ť Lupo said. â€śYet, I wish people from Pawtucket would think of it as a close location.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Even though goals were hard to come by on Friday night when Tolman hosted Middletown in a Division II playoff game, there was no shortage of exciting action and stunning developments during the 100 minutes of soccer and the dramatic shootout that ended the evening with the Tigers advancing to the D-II semifinals.
Tolman, which saw a hard-earned 1-0 lead disappear in the final minute of regulation, won the game on the basis of shootout goals by Sebastian Estrada and Calvin DeOliveira along with four pressure saves from keeper Adam Ghazal.
Alvin L. Thurber, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Alvin L. Thurber, Jr., 80, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley A. (Mutter) Thurber. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Alvin L., Sr. and Maryann (Reek) Thurber.
Eugene Edward Gaudet M.D.
Jennie A. Bourgette
Jennie A. Bourgette, 89,of Cumberland, died Thursday at Landmark Medical Ctr. Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Alfred E. Fred Bourgette. Born in Cumberland, she was a daughter of the late John and Rose (DAgostino) Prete.
She is survived by her son Alan and his wife Darleen Bourgette of Cumberland and nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Anthony, Eugene, Andrew and Ernest Prete, Eleanor Kolenich, Caroline Harpin and Antoinette Feuti.
Elizabeth M. Ferry
PAWTUCKET - Elizabeth M. Ferry, "Betty" 95, passed November 4th at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Thomas E. and Annie M.(O'Connor) Ferry.
June Doris Grocki
MAINE - June Doris Grocki of South Portland, Maine; and West Palm Beach, Florida; passed away on Oct. 22, 2011, at the young age of 91, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her close family.
Darlene M. Brady
PAWTUCKET - Darlene "Doll" M. (Roy) Brady, 34, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of Edward Ted V. and Donna M. (Comey) Roy. Doll was a 2009 graduate of CCRI School of Nursing, and was a Registered Nurse at Riverview Healthcare Community, Coventry.
Besides her parents, she leaves three children, Chelsea M., Michael P. and Mikayla J. Brady all of Pawtucket; a sister, Sandra L. Roy of Phoenix, Arizona and many aunts and uncles.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Irene Granurzsewiez 92, formerly of Hunts Avenue passed away Thursday Nov. 3, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick T. Granurzsewiez.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Lawrence "HENRY" and Katarzyna (Ozog) Rafalski. She was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed by the former Vista Manufacturing Co. as a Seamstress. She was an avid Harmonica Player from the age of 16.
Stanley M. Podsiadlo
N. ATTLEBORO - Stanley Matthew Podsiadlo, 85, of Richards Avenue, North Attleboro, died on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the husband of Ruth M. (Paradis) Podsiadlo to whom he was married on July 4, 1953.
Born in Central Falls, Rhode Island on December 13, 1925, he was a son of the late Samuel and Katarzyna (Dziok) Podsiadlo. Raised and educated in Central Falls, Rhode Island, Mr. Podsiadlo resided in North Attleboro since his marriage 58 years ago.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High took care of business in the preliminary round of the Division II playoffs on Thursday night, rolling to a 3-1 victory over Tiverton.
The sixth-seeded Tigers advance to Mondayâ€™s 6:30 p.m. quarterfinal round matchup at Cumberland. The Clippers, who ruled Division II-North with a 12-2 record, are seeded No. 3 overall in the tournament, behind top seed Exeter/West Greenwich (14-0) and second seed Bay View (13-1).
PAWTUCKET â€” Emerson Barros, who had netted only one goal in his first two seasons of playoff action for Shea High, scored four times on Thursday as the Raiders sped past Portsmouth 5-2 in a Division I quarterfinal round match.
â€śThe one person we knew we had to mark, we didnâ€™t mark,â€ť Portsmouth coach Mike Stinton said after the match ended. â€śTheir speed is the one thing we couldnâ€™t match up with today.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee says â€śthere seems to be good momentum for comprehensive pension reformâ€ť now that a joint General Assembly committee has concluded a series of public hearings on the controversial but potentially historic pension bill he crafted with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Doris H. Johnson
LINCOLN - Doris H. Johnson, 78, of Old Jenckes Hill Road, died Wednesday, November 2, at Steere House, Providence. She was the wife of Richard C. Johnson.
Born in Gummersbach, Germany, a daughter of the late Kurt and Liddi (Blohm) Hertneck, she had lived in Lincoln since 1960.
Mrs. Johnson was a teacher at LaSalle Academy, Providence, and a member of Lime Rock Baptist Church, Lincoln.