June 23rd, 2011
PAWTUCKET -Walter Gravello, 87, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Avis P. (Nicholson) Gravello for sixty-three years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Alex and Rose (Fostyk) Gravello.
PAWTUCKET â Due to some further spending cuts, including a reduction in staffing at the administrative levelâand an optimistic gamble in the amount needed for medical reserves in the coming yearâschool administrators managed to achieve a balanced budget for fiscal year 2012.
The School Committee voted to approve the $91.3 million spending plan at its June 14 meeting. By state statute, the School Department is required to have a balanced budget in place by June 30, which is the start of the new fiscal year.
PROVIDENCE â Twelve years ago, Joanne Quinn sat in a parking lot, arguing over the telephone with her insurance company, which had just told her that her then-4-year-old son, Patrick, diagnosed a week earlier with autism, was eligible to be covered for just six weeks of speech and language training.
Quinn, of the RI Autism Project, choked up at a lectern in the RI House of Representatives Lounge Wednesday as she and others celebrated passage of a bill that requires autism spectrum disorders to be covered by health insurance and other medical plans.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The 50th annual Northeast Amateur got off to a rousing start on Wednesday when University of Illinois standout Luke Guthrie broke the tournament scoring record for 18 holes with an opening round of 61 that vaulted the Big Ten champion into a five-shot lead after one rainy day of action.
PAWTUCKET â Josh Gilkenson is not what you consider a pessimist, but three years ago he kind of knew his fate the first time he ever placed his racing flats in a set of starting blocks.
After already showing promise as a freshman for the football team at the Moses Brown School, the Pawtucket native competed in the 45-meter dash in his inaugural track meet for the Quakers just a few short weeks later against rival Barrington High at the CCRI-Lincoln Fieldhouse.
âIâve seen the old videos from the parades (when the Boston Bruins won titles in â70 & â72) back when they were held at City Hall Plaza. You definitely donât want to put the horse before the cart, but you canât help but think what the celebration would entail. They would have to break out the duck boats.â
â Dave Goucher, May 2009
Florence L. Cooke
PAWTUCKET - Florence L. (PAULL) "Shorty" Cooke, 86 died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Married to Joseph D. Cooke, they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 6. Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late John and Elva (Bassette) Paull.
BARRINGTON â Paired in the final group with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, defending champion J.B. Holmes (and playing partner Ricky Barnes) got a bird's eye view of the overall leaders during the final round of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Tuesday.
âIt's almost boring watching those guys play,â Holmes said. âThey hit it right down the fairway and get it on the green. They hit the wedges really good and they putted really good. They made a lot of 10- and 12-footers. They are great players and it was fun to watch.â
PROVIDENCE â A new wrinkle has been added at the last minute to a bill that would allow Lincoln's Twin River to operate casino table games. The facility wants the authorization to conduct online gambling, if the federal government passes a law to allow it.
That is one of several changes to a bill introduced by Pawtucket Rep. William San Bento that the House Finance Committee held for further study on Tuesday but which committee Chairman Helio Melo of East Providence suggested could become part of the 2012 budget the House plans to pass on Friday.
PAWTUCKET â In a tough economic climate and with a deficit to cut down, city leaders are leaving no stones unturned in trying to find more cash. One of the line items that appeared to be flush with cash was a perpetual care fund for city cemeteries containing about $503,000.
Nicholas R. Magnuski
PAWTUCKET - Nicholas R. Magnuski, of Broad Street, Pawtucket died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at home.
Mr. Magnuski was born in Newport, the son of Raymond J. Magnuski Sr. and Josephine (Pasquale) Magnuski, both of Pawtucket. He was a self employed in the telephone marketing business for many years.
Besides his parents, Mr. Magnuski is survived by his brother, Raymond J. Magnuski Jr. of Pawtucket.
Catherine Hunt Dube
GLENMOORE, PA - Catherine Hunt Dube, 92, of Glenmoore, PA, formerly of Cumberland, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2011 at St. Martha Manor in Downingtown, PA.
She was the beloved wife of the late A. Maurice Dube, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage at the time of his passing in 1986.
Born in Central Falls, Catherine was the daughter of the late Michael and Honora (nee Hunt) Hunt. She lived in Cumberland for 46 years before moving to PA to live with her daughter Cathy and her family.
BARRINGTON â Matt Kuchar admitted he felt a little beat up after finishing in a five-way tie for 14th at the U.S. Open this past weekend.
But the 33-year-old PGA veteran still had plenty left in the tank to team with playing partner Zach Johnson to manufacture enough good shots to take the first-round lead at CVS/Caremark Charity Classic on Monday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â This weekâs 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational, which begins Wednesday morning at Wannamoisett Country Club, boasts one of its strongest fields in recent years, according to tournament director Dennis Glass.
Oklahoma Stateâs Peter Uihlein, the No. 1 amateur in the world, heads the field. However, the tournament took a slight hit on Saturday afternoon when second-ranked amateur Russell Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, made the cut at the U.S. Open.
CUMBERLAND â It was a class that endured bomb threats, evacuation drills, a school construction renovation project and the wrath of Hurricane Earl.
But through it all, the Class of 2011 stuck together through the good times and the bad. It was a class described by Senior Class President Ylva T. Duke as a group of graduates bound for certain success in their future endeavors.
FOXBORO â Asked how the National Football League lockout might impact his restaurant, Jeff Senior had a simple response.
âIn todayâs economy, I think any time sales are down itâs significant â whether itâs small or large,â said Senior, owner of Skipjackâs Seafood Emporium at Patriot Place. âA lot of potential guests wonât be coming.â
Anthony J. Peluso, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Anthony J. Peluso, Jr., 78, died Saturday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He is the husband of Joyce (Rasmussem) Peluso. Born in North Providence, Anthony is the son of the late Anthonio J. and Lillian (DiGuileo) Peluso. Prior to moving to Pawtucket 11 years ago, he was a resident of Seekonk, MA for 40 years.
Anthony is a Korean War Veteran and prior to his retirement he was a self-employed tile and marble setter.
Glenna Lorena Carr
Glenna Lorena (Wilkinson) Carr, 80, of Freight St. died Saturday at Memorial Hospital of RI. She was the wife of the late Joseph L. Carr.
Born in Londonderry, NH, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Eunice (Brown) Wilkinson and was a resident of Pawtucket since 1943. She was a Laundress for over 17 years retiring in 1996.
Jennie "Jean" Holmes
PAWTUCKET - Jennie "JEAN" Holmes 100, formerly of School Street passed away Sunday June 12, 2011 at the Pawtucket Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Allan R. Holmes.
Born in Kingston, PA she was a daughter of the late John and Josephine (Osmulska) Krevosky. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 75 years.
Before retiring she was employed at the former H & B Machine Shop for 30 years and prior to that she was employed as a Textile Worker and Cook.
PAWTUCKET â Protecting pitchers from injury is a major part of Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyelerâs job. It isnât something he can control. Competition and the need to succeed push some pitchers to keep throwing, even when their body sends them hints that something is wrong.
On Sunday, PawSox starter Kyle Weiland âfelt a twingeâ while warming up for the sixth inning. He quickly motioned to the dugout and Beyeler went to his bullpen.