April 2nd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Sometime overnight on Saturday, vandals pushed headstones off the bases of some 18 monuments at the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Pawtucket Police said.
The vandalism was discovered on Sunday morning and reported by Edward Ayoud, a caretaker for the section of the cemetery that is leased by the St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket. Ayoud said he learned of the damage from a parishioner who had been visiting a relative's grave that morning and then mentioned it to him at a church service.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite an effective date of April 1, the Grebien Administration showed it wasn't fooling when it came to instituting key changes in the Pawtucket Fire Department that are designed to cut down on overtime costs.
According to city officials, members of the firefighters' union received a letter several months ago notifying them that beginning April 1 and running through June 30, there is a new plan to redeploy staffing, based on more than three called-in absences on a given shift, from the mandatory contractual minimum of 31 firefighters down to 28.
Daniel R. Duarte
PAWTUCKET- Daniel R. Duarte, age 59, the owner of Dan's Auto Body Shop, died March 30, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of Claudia (Cabral) Duarte, father of Julie Moitoso, Laura Fontaine, and Paul Duarte.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours Wednesday from 6-8PM in the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence. Funeral Services are private.
Helen A. Bielecki
PAWTUCKET- Helen A. Bielecki 85, passed away Sunday April 1, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank C. Bielecki Sr.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Albert and Alice (Olender) Orlinski.
She lived in Pawtucket for the past 50 years and was formerly of Central Falls. Before retiring she and her late husband co-owned the former Franks Market of Central Falls.
PAWTUCKET- Our Beloved Isabel DaLomba, 47 passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 31, 2012 after a heroic battle with breast cancer.
Born in Brava Cape Verde Island, Isabel came to United States with her Family in 1989 where she reside in Pawtucket, RI and worked for Providence Metalizing for 10 years and Another 11 Years with Hallmark Sweet in Attleboro Mass.
Lt. Richard A.
PAWTUCKET - Lt. Richard "Dick" A. Campbell, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Philomena "Millie" M. (Borek) Campbell for 62 and one half years.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late John J. and Catherine T. (Hughes) Campbell. Dick was a communicant of St. Teresa Church and was a former Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Past-president of the Parents Club (St. Teresa School 1977-78).
CENTRAL FALLS: James J. Cunningham Jr, 68, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Claire (Gaynor) Cunningham. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on February 24th.He was a former Lions Coach.
Besides his wife he is survived by five daughters, Deborah Cunningham, Dorn Dougan, Jean Bourgault, Kathleen Flynn and Lori Tavares, a son James J. Cunningham, 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Stacia A. Sobodacha
CENTRAL FALLS- Stacia A. Sobodacha 89, of High Street passed away Friday March 30, 2012 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late John J. and Anna ( Sielicki ) Sobodacha. She was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring Stacia was employed as a Billing Clerk for 25 years at the former Elizabeth Webbing Co. retiring in 1985.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church Holy Rosary Society and the former Senior group, as well as the former Orchard Lake Schools Ladies Auxiliary.
Pauline J. Taylor
PAWTUCKET- Pauline J. Taylor, 88, of Dover Street, Pawtucket died March 31, 2012
She was the wife of the late John T. Taylor.
Mrs. Taylor was born in Woonsocket the daughter of the late Edmund and Eugenie (Guay) Brunelle.
She lived in Pawtucket most of her life. Her house and yard were always the place of gathering for her many friends and family.
You often hear the expression â€śwhat a difference a year makes,â€ť particularly when referencing the turnover rate in high school sports. In the case of the respective boysâ€™ volleyball outfits at Tolman and Mount St. Charles, if the shoe fits, wear it.
To say the past two weeks have been hectic for area baseball teams would be like saying thereâ€™s no such thing as rush hour traffic in this state. Ever try to squeeze in tryouts followed by roster decisions followed by several scrimmages into a tightly confined window of time? Thatâ€™s a lot to digest!
Ready or not, like or not, the regular season beckons. Are some skippers wishing they had more time to iron out items of importance like rounding out the pitching staff or settling on a lineup? No doubt, but as those same coaches are already well aware, itâ€™s go time.
Dust off those rods and reels and break out the tackle box.
The 2012 trout and general freshwater fishing season begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day.
Approximately 80,000 hatchery raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds have been stocked by Division staff in more than 100 ponds and streams for opening day.
CUMBERLAND â€” Chris Payson had just given some of his older, faster swimmers a grueling set of four 800-yard individual medleys â€“ for those who may not understand, each consisted of 200 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
He told them he'd give them a break on the time allotted for each 800: 15 minutes.
Naturally, there were a few audible groans, but these members of the Shamrock Swim Club nevertheless set out on their first.
SEEKONK -- Athletic Director Ray Grant claimed elation at Seekonk High Schoolâ€™s hiring of a new varsity football head coach.
Principal Marcia McGovern took Grantâ€™s recommendation and chose Vernon Crawford, a former New England Patriots linebacker/special teams player, to be the mentor, she announced Friday morning.
PAWTUCKETâ€”While there are those who look forward to retiring and â€śdoing nothing,â€ť there are many who feel like this is the time in their lives to give back. On Friday, the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held a breakfast to recognize the contributions of the many individuals who participate in its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In each of the last three years, Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth sponsored legislation that would require doctors to offer to show and explain fetal ultrasound images to women seeking abortions. The bills died with little media or public fanfare.
MacBeth has introduced the bill again, but this year pre-abortion ultrasounds have become a red-hot button nationwide controversy as state legislatures across the country have passed or are considering a variety of bills mandating the procedure in various forms
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Last winter, Kevin Robinson, his wife, Robin, and numerous others came together to organize the first-ever Ride With KROB/Family Fun Festival. They did so to raise money for the pro BMX tricksterâ€™s KROB Foundation, one that strives to provide East Providence youths with the opportunity to take part in sports they covet.
The foundation collected approximately $20,000, and with that money helped needy children afford registration and equipment for a variety of athletics, including football, baseball, soccer, even karate.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Legendary BMX professional and multi-X Games medalist Kevin Robinson considers it a phenomenal gift from his sponsor, Target Inc.
Back in November, Robinson had flown to Minneapolis to take care of some business at Target headquarters, and thatâ€™s when officials approached him, requesting he find a group of 15 children, those who revel in the sports of BMX and skateboarding.
Florence Dora Young
LINCOLN- FLORENCE DORA (SEXTON) YOUNG, 93, went to be with her Savior, Lord and Friend, Jesus Christ from her home in Lincoln, R.I. on March 30, 2012. She was the wife of the late William Sexton Jr. and, later in life, the wife of Charles Young, also deceased.
Born in Niagra, Falls, New York, on October 12, 1918, a daughter of Robert and Mary (Beswick) Pope.
A little of this, a little of that as the spring season for high school sports draws near â€¦
Spring is a time devoted to rebirth, renewal and revitalization. At Lincoln High School, the ushering in of the season immediately on the heels of winterâ€™s wicked and sometimes disruptive nature has been greeted by winds of wholesale change.