January 20th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” For police scanner junkies, neighborhood newshounds or citizens who simply want to stay informed, the Pawtucket Police Department has a new on-line website that tracks local crimes.
On Friday, city officials held a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center on Armistice Boulevard to unveil a public crime-mapping website called RAIDS Online. The website can be accessed at www.raidsonline.com. Representatives from several neighborhood associations and community groups attended the meeting to learn more about the program.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Combining legislators, activists and womenâ€™s rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sundayâ€™s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.
Raymond J. Ambrose
PAWTUCKET - Raymond J. Ambrose, 79, of Pawtucket, died Tuesday evening, January 17, 2012 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket. He was the husband of the late Eileen R. (Maguire) Ambrose.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph C. and Stella (Koziusko)Ambrose.
Raymond was a construction and maintenance electrician at Texas Instruments, Inc., in Attleboro, Massachusetts, for thirty-two years, retiring in 1997.
Albert C. Wingate
PAWTUCKET - Albert C. Wingate, 71, of East Avenue, died Thursday, January 19, at the Philip Hulitar In-Patient Center, Providence.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Henry R. and Mary L. (Miller) Wingate, he was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mr. Wingate was a Department Manager for Almacs Supermarkets for many years. He was a veteran of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.
Mary K. Gray
PAWTUCKET - Mary K. (Kenny) Gray, 100, formally of London Avenue, Pawtucket died peacefully on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. She was the wife of the late Harold P. Gray. Mrs. Gray was born in Clagnagh, Ballyhaunnis, Ireland and came to the United States in 1930.
Sister Stephen Marie de Ste. Gertrude, LSP
PAWTUCKET - Sister Stephen Marie de Ste. Gertrude, LSP, a Religious Sister of The Little Sisters of the Poor, Saint Jeanne Jugan Residence, Pawtucket, died Friday, January 20, 2012 at The Residence. Born Kathleen Frances Cronin in Saugus, MA, on December 3, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Gertrude V. (Dugan) Cronin.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Less than two weeks after having to fight a parking ban, City Falls residents had another reason to protest: the potential closure of the city's only post office.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain â€śvery, very painful cuts â€¦ deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.â€ť
But, he added, â€śwe canâ€™t do it all on cuts. We have to come to the â€¦ as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.â€ť Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of â€śreform before revenue.â€ť
Life, weâ€™re often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following oneâ€™s heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards oneâ€™s wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, itâ€™s the journey within the journey.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s been no secret that the numbers game hasnâ€™t been too kind to Tolman this season, and that was evident two Friday nights ago when the Tigers suffered a 4-2 loss to Mount Hope at Lynch Arena.
While the Huskies dressed a full complement of players, the Tigers were only able to suit up 11, including a backup goaltender.
That number of players was the lowest of any team (boys or girls) in the state that took the ice for a game this year, but since that night, a couple of positive things took place that promise to make the Tigersâ€™ future a little bit brighter.
Elizabeth M. Quigley
WESTERLY - Elizabeth M. Quigley, 89 formerly of Lonsdale passed away Tuesday January 10th in Westerly Health Center.
She was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Burke) Quigley.
She was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of St. Patrick Church, Cumberland. She attended St. Patrick School and Cumberland High School.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ They are each defending state champions, leaders in the wrestling room, athletes who walk around with an aura of confidence instilled in them by years of practice and ensuing success on the mat, one on one, against the best that can be found in Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â€” In an effort to cut down on crime and vandalism in the city's parking garage, the downtown, Slater Park and other municipal properties, the city is seeking proposals from vendors to install security cameras at various locations.
According to a request for proposals that went out last month, the city is seeking a company to design and install a video surveillance camera system at key sites throughout the city.
CUMBERLAND â€” Representatives of Cops For Kids With Cancer Wednesday presented a $5,000 donation to the parents of Maya Spadano, a 3Â˝-year-old Cumberland girl who has been battling leukemia.
Robert Faherty, chairman of the charityâ€™s Board of Directors, along with Director John McManus, officially presented the check to the Spadano family at the Cumberland police station.
Cops For Kids With Cancer, a small non-profit organization made of law enforcement incur when their children are diagnosed with cancer.
Martin H. O'Brien Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Martin H "Marty" O'Brien Jr., 70, of Grand Avenue, Pawtucket died Monday, January 16, 2012 after a fifteen year battle with cancer. Marty was the husband of Carol (Roberge) O'Brien.
Mr. O'Brien was born in Providence, the son of the late Martin H O'Brien Sr and Cecilia A. (Coyne) O'Brien. He was a salesman for the Rumford Supply Company for many years.
Marty truly enjoyed sitting in his yard and tending to his flowers and the birds they encouraged to visit.
PAWTUCKET - Ronald J. Davis, "Ron" 51, passed unexpected on January 17th. He was the husband of Denise A. (Plouff) Davis.
Born in Central Falls a son of Beatrice (Cartwright) Davis of Pawtucket and the late Alfred Davis.
Ron had been employed as a truck driver for many years.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Rebecca "Bekki" Davis and Samantha Davis, both of Pawtucket, a grandson, Joseph, 2 brothers, Alfred and Clifford Davis, 2 sisters, Cathy Rodriguez and Judy Massey and many nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â€” Shea High played dictator during Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II romp over Narragansett. The Raiders dictated how the game would be played and the Mariners followed along, usually a step too slow to keep up with the talented and speedy home team.
Sparked by Eli Itkinâ€™s career-high 24 points, and a virtuoso performance by point guard Jordy Brito (18 points, 8 assists), the Raiders romped to a 71-48 victory that improved them to 6-2 in Division II-Central.
SMITHFIELD â€” Tuesday night proved to be a valuable learning experience for St. Raphael Academy, particularly for the second unit.
With Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and the rest of the first teamers resting comfortably on the bench, Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine turned to Kaseem Sams, Jordan Peguero, Zach and Nick Mays and Darshaun Vargas. The sight of seeing Correa and Mejia sporting warmups and sipping Gatorade must have been heaven to Smithfield, which trailed 59-41 when Sorrentine called off the hounds.
PAWTUCKET â€” A fast-moving fire in a multi-family house at 20-22 Greene St. on Tuesday morning caused heavy damage and left five people homeless.
According to a Pawtucket Fire Department official, the tenant who lived in the third-floor apartment where the blaze is believed to have originated is Jennifer Poulin, the sister of the late Massachusetts National Guard Spc. Dennis C. Poulin, who died last year in Afghanistan. Poulin lost her cat in the blaze, along with most of her belongings.
PAWTUCKET â€” Animal Control Supervisor John Holmes is not usually fearful of snakes, but he said he never encountered so many of the potentially lethal variety as he did Monday in a house on Rosemont Avenue.
Responding to an anonymous complaint, Holmes went out to the single-family home on Monday afternoon to investigate. He found plastic bins containing numerous exotic snakes, many of a type that he couldn't identify, along with a skunk that had been â€śde-scented.â€ť