April 26th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite some ongoing protests from residents, city officials are moving forward with plans to privatize the city's waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue.
At a special meeting last week, the City Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract with Waste Haulers (WHM Holdings, LLC) to operate the Blackstone Valley Regional Transfer Station. Under the terms of the contract, the company will lease the city-owned facility for $10,000 a month and also make payments to the city based on tonnage.
PROVIDENCE â€” Putting Central Fallsâ€™ Wyatt Detention Facility up for sale to a private owner is one of the recommendations in the final report of a Joint Legislative Commission headed by Sen. Elizabeth Crowley.
The commission was formed last year to address the federal jailâ€™s financial woes, which because it stopped making scheduled payments of more than $500,000 annually to the host community, aggravated Central Fallsâ€™ already rickety financial condition and contributed to its slide into bankruptcy. It finished its work Wednesday when members endorsed the final report.
Irene Marie Battersby
CUMBERLAND- Irene Marie (Laplante) Battersby, 88, of Kent Street, passed away Thursday at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Herbert J. Battersby.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late George and Aurore (Richard) Laplante. She resided in Cumberland since 1960, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Battersby was employed by the Hasbro Inc., of Pawtucket for many years until her retirement.
She leaves her sister, Rachel McKnight of North Attleboro, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
PAWTUCKET- Elaine Delaney, 77, of Ellenton, Florida and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Senator William and Marion (Sullivan) McCaughey.
PAWTUCKET â€“ If recent history is any sort of indication regarding the Red Soxâ€™s handling of minor league players with opt-out clauses written into their contracts, then expect pitcher Aaron Cook to head up to Boston next week.
PAWTUCKET â€” Leave it to the Yankees to spoil what would have been history-in-the-making for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Standing just three outs away from extending their winning streak to a franchise-best 10 consecutive games, the PawSox watched as reliever Garrett Mock melted down in an 8-6 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday afternoon at McCoy Stadium.
LINCOLN -- Cumberland High head coach Scott Carpenter couldnâ€™t believe his good fortune when, back on March 19, two new girls claiming to be goalies showed up at to his first practice at Tucker Field.
â€śI was grinning ear-to-ear, and I know the girls were wondering why,â€ť Carpenter chuckled. â€śWe had two kids who had never played lacrosse before; they were (senior Kara Gorman and (freshman) Julia Eaton. From Day One, you could definitely see both had huge potential.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” While saying that he didnâ€™t believe the accounts from either party were â€ś100-percent accurateâ€ť and that the incident itself might have been sparked by â€śroad rage,â€ť a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal magistrate on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Pawtucket Police Department and sustained charges of refusal to submit to a chemical test and a roadway violation that had been brought against Jarred Lynch stemming from his 2011 collision with a Pawtucket Police sergeant.
WOONSOCKET â€” Citing allegations of sexual misconduct that happened nearly 30 years ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has defrocked a priest assigned to Precious Blood parish and ordered him to move out of the rectory.
Melissa J. Morrison
WARWICK- Melissa J. Morrison, 51, of Vancouver Ave. passed away Sunday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence.
Born in Woonsocket she was the daughter of Paul Morrison of Burrillville and Joan (Cooney) Brown of Cumberland. She resided in Warwick for the past eight years previously residing in Cumberland.
Besides her mother she leaves a companion, George Hopkins and a daughter Stasia Davis of Cumberland. Melissa also leaves two brothers, Paul Morrison Jr. of Seekonk; Frank Morrison of Woodstock, CT and a sister Kathleen Bonner of Cumberland.
Teresa H. Greene
INDIALANTIC, FL- Teresa H. (Adamonis) Greene, 75, of Pawtucket and Indialantic, Florida, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Melbourne, FL. She was the beloved wife of Donald F. Greene for 54 years.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Wrona) Adamonis.
Dennis J. Brooks
CENTRAL FALLS- Dennis J. Brooks, 57, passed unexpectedly at home on April 21st.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Herbert E. and Mary R. (Donovan) Brooks.
He had been employed by Martin Painting and Restoration for 25 years. He was a member of the Mathewson St. Church.
He is survived by a daughter, Melissa Brooks of Central Falls, a sister, Patricia E. Brooks Carrier of Fall River, two nieces and three nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert E. Brooks and Carol A. Randall. Dennis was the longtime companion of the late Paula Tierney.
CUMBERLAND â€” Despite Cumberland Town Council President James T. Higgins' best efforts to drum up unanimous support, the council last week ended up voting 6 to 1 to adopt a resolution in support of Governor Lincoln Chafee's municipal reform and relief legislative package.
The vote came one week after Chafee personally urged the council to support his municipal rescue package, saying support of the proposals will ease the financial burden on cities and towns and help stave off more local bankruptcies.
Carolyn L. MacLure
NORTH PROVIDENCE- Carolyn L. (Sherman) MacLure, 51, of North Providence passed away at home on Saturday, April 21, 2012. She was the wife of Norman MacLure of North Providence.
Born in Cranston she was the daughter of the late Louis G. and Helen M. (Fountaine) Sherman, Jr.
She was self-employed as a graphic designer, as well as being a talented painter and writer. She was also a dedicated wife and mother always fighting for what was best for her family.
PAWTUCKET --- A few pitchers who could find themselves with the Boston Red Sox in the very near future stated their cases for a promotion on Monday night in the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s doubleheader with the Durham Bulls.
In the opener, starting pitcher Justin Germano and rehabbing Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller teamed up to blank Durham on three singles, and run-scoring singles by Mike Rivera and Tony Thomas provided all the offense in a 2-0 victory.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Cory Garabedian had exciting plans for his return to college this fall, that after years as a military police officer in the U.S. Army.
Back in September, he had talked with Kashif Montgomery, a dear childhood friend and teammate at Central Falls High School in 2005-06. Montgomery, fresh off playing a season of football at Virginia University of Lynchburg, told him he missed the gridiron â€śsomething fierce,â€ť and reignited in him the desire to play football again.
CUMBERLAND- Mary Elizabeth Bessette , 90, of Cumberland died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, April 20, 2012.
Mary was born on June 17, 1921 in Providence, RI, daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Golden) Cunningham.
She was the loving sister of the late Joseph, James, and Agnes Murray.
After graduating from Hope High School in 1939, she worked at Federal Products for ten years. Having raised her 5 strapping boys she rejoined the workforce as a Secretary at Digitronics until she retired in 1975.
ATTLEBORO- Czeslaw Malek 64, passed away at his residence Sunday April 22, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Kozera) Malek.
Born in Wroclaw, Poland he was a son of the late Jozef and Weronika (Ciecko) Malek. He lived in South Attleboro for the past 13 years and was formerly of Pawtucket and Pennsylvania.
Before retiring he owned and operated Malek Commercial Cleaning Co. for 12 years and prior to that he worked for the former LLV Grumman Co. of PA as an Assembler for 10 years. Mr. Malek was an avid Historian.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Granted, itâ€™s only April, but when a player increases his batting average by 170 points in less than two weeks, curious minds want to know why.
Is the player seeing the ball better? Or is the spike the result of some sort of mechanical adjustment, such as closing the stance or shortening the stride? Are all those extra sessions in the batting cage finally paying off?
In the case of Jose Iglesias, the recent rise in his offensive production can be traced to the adjustments the shortstop prospect looked to make before the first pitch of the 2012 season was even thrown.
In a span of seven days, Michael Bowden went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.
Allâ€™s well that ends well, it seems, as the ex-Red Sox relief pitcher now gets a chance to start anew with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps just as important, the 25-year-old now has a legit shot to find a niche on a big-league roster â€“ something that proved quite elusive during his seven-year tenure with Boston.