April 6th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” What a difference a few months makes. After being rescued out of receivership by a private developer, the historic Pawtucket Armory building is being given a second lease on life as an arts and entertainment venue as well as commercial loft/office space.
The castle-like, brick and stone building that sits majestically at the top of Exchange Street was purchased last fall by Brian Thibeault, the owner of Joseph Properties, a New Hampshire-based development firm. Thibeault paid a reported $561,000 for the 48,000-square foot property at auction.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Sometimes painted as the Molly Hatchet of the Rhode Island medical marijuana movement, putting the axe to the stateâ€™s three proposed compassion centers before they had a chance to open, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says he just wants to make sure everyone knows where his office stands on the issue so there will be â€śno surprisesâ€ť when, and if, a dispensary opens up.
PAWTUCKET- Catherine Mary (Strzepka) O'Brien, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the home of her son in Dayton, Ohio. She was the beloved wife of the late John F. O'Brien.
Born in Central Falls, the eldest daughter of the late Simon and Mary (Zmuda) Strzepka, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Joseph A. Belch
WARWICK - Joseph A. Belch 68, of Creekwood Drive passed away Wednesday April 4, 2012 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Carole A. (Thurber) Belch.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Joseph and Stella A. (Rogala) Belch. He lived in Warwick for the past 31 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring he was employed as a Printer at United Printing for 31 years. He was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard during the Vietnam War for 6 years. Joe was a softball coach for 20 years for former Surkonts Cafe.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the city of Providence has a significantly larger pension fund problem to deal with than Pawtucket, the city's ad hoc Committee on City Pensions and OPEB Obligations heard details about how the state capital has been handling such matters at its meeting on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
The Pawtucket Red Sox kept up their end of bargain, scoring a 4-2 triumph over Buffalo Thursday night before 8,872 shivering fans. Leadoff hitter Pedro Ciriaco led the victors with four hits in five trips. The second baseman showed off his wheels as three of his base knocks did not get past the infield.
PAWTUCKET â€” Aaron Cook joined forces with the Red Sox over the winter after spending every single one of his 10 major-league seasons with the Colorado Rockies. Situated in Pawtucket as the 2012 season gets underway, the 33-year-old comes to McCoy Stadium with the reputation as someone who focuses primarily on pitching to contact and letting the defense take care of the rest.
PROVIDENCE â€” New Brown University athletic director Jack Hayes had just wrapped up his short introductory speech when an inquiring mind asked how he plans to address a personnel matter that figures to be high up on his to-do list.
â€śYou want the job?â€ť replied a smiling Hayes upon being broached about offering some insight surrounding the schoolâ€™s menâ€™s basketball head coaching position, a spot currently operating on an interim basis under the guiding hand of Pawtucket native T.J. Sorrentine.
WOONSOCKET â€” Before Mount St. Charles Academy faced Lincoln High in a Division II-North battle on Thursday afternoon, head coach Doug Allen asked his squad to be aggressive from the start, especially offensively, to set the tone.
It was something the Mounties had failed to do in a 9-7 loss to Providence Country Day only 48 hours earlier.
â€śWe fell behind, 3-0, right away, and we had to work hard to battle back,â€ť Allen stated. â€śWe have a fast-break, running kind of team, and when we get a lead and we unleash the horses, weâ€™re all set. If we donâ€™t, then weâ€™re usually in for a tough game.â€ť
James T. Corcoran
PAWTUCKET- James T. Corcoran, 69, of Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket died April 1, 2012.
Mr. Corcoran was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Peter J. Corcoran and Rose Irene (Johnson) Corcoran.
He was a United States Marine Corp Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Mr. Corcoran served as Chaplain for the American Legion Post #25 and a life member of the VFW Post #1271.
Jean M. Douglas
PAWTUCKET- Jean M. Douglas, 75, of Naushon Road, Pawtucket died at home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of James N. Douglas.
Jean was born in Providence the daughter of Felix and Lillian (Monahan) Reilly.
PAWTUCKET â€” An architecture engineering firm hired to study the leaking Pawtucket City Hall tower has come up with four solutions and is recommending one â€” a masonry restoration of $1.1 million â€” as the best fix.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Speaking with a straight face, Jose Iglesias called his spring training experience under the direction of new Boston manager Bobby Valentine â€śawesome.â€ť Expounding further, the shortstop prospect provided evidence designed to illustrate the change in culture surrounding the way the Red Sox conduct business between the white lines.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arnie Beyeler has been one of the few baseball constants in Jose Iglesiasâ€™ life since the Cuban defector joined the Red Sox organization three years ago, so when the second-year Pawtucket Red Sox manager expresses strong desire regarding what he thinks is in store for Iglesias in 2012, itâ€™s best to take notice.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police say that a 44-year-old city man was arrested after being seen kicking over headstones in the Walnut Hill Cemetery early Tuesday morning, and later admitted to committing a rash of vandalism at the historic graveyard over the weekend.
Kevin N. Domingos was arrested by a patrol officer at around 7:30 a.m. following a report from a concerned citizen who observed him doing the damage and called police, said Capt. John Seebeck. He added that the caller stayed on the phone with police and helped provide identifying details that led to Domingos' arrest.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” It's official. The Fuller and Rumford branches of the East Providence Public Library will close their doors for good on Friday, April 27.
The closing of the two libraries is part of the East Providence Budget Commission's change to the library system, which will see consolidation of operations into the main Weaver Memorial Library on Grove Avenue and the Riverside branch Library on Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside.
Normand J. Boulais
PAWTUCKET- Normand J. Boulais, 80, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket died Monday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He is the husband of the late Cecile (Gingras) Boulais.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Albert T. and Christina A. (Duffy) Boulais.
Normand was self-employed for A. Boulais & Sons for 17 years. In 1961 he worked for Ferland as Forman of laborers in field for 15 years. In 1975 he went to the Boy's Club where he worked as a Building Superintendent until his retirement.
PAWTUCKET- Geraldine LeBlanc, 67, of Bucklin Street, Pawtucket died Sunday, April 1, 2012. She was the wife of Louis R. LeBlanc. They were married 47 years.
Mrs. LeBlanc was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Marty and Elizabeth Egan.
She was a nurses aid at the Memorial Hospital for many years.
LINCOLN -- It looks like the five scrimmages Mount St. Charles head coach Tom Seaver scheduled during the pre-season has paid dividends.
Then again, one in particular, he stated, was directly responsible for the Mountiesâ€™ ability to post a 4-3 Division I-North victory over Lincoln High in both teamsâ€™ season opener at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
With the All-American Championship behind him and an appearance in the Jordan Brand Classic on tap for April 14, Ricky Ledoâ€™s days of competing against fellow high schoolers are dwindling to a precious few.
Naturally, the hot button topic surrounding Ledo is whether the acclaimed prospect and Providence native will face eligibility issues in his quest to suit up for Providence College next season. Such concerns largely stem from the number of high schools (a total of four) heâ€™s enrolled at since the fall of 2007, when Ledo attended Bishop Hendricken.