March 20th, 2011
â€śI remember in seventh grade, at the beginning of the day, there was a boy named Roger standing in the hallway, and I adored him. He never gave up, even though he had a challenge, Down Syndrome â€¦ There was a girl named Nadia who would shake her hips and twirl her curls; she thought she was all that. I was walking to class, and I saw her and (others) throwing dirt (from a plant) in Roger's eyes, and he was smiling. He smiled because he thought these kids finally wanted to play with him, spend time with him.
PAWTUCKET â€” As a dozen or so unemployed Rhode Islanders sat at computer work stations polishing their resumes, Gov. Lincoln Chafee took a walk through the netWORKri Career Center at 175 Main St. Friday morning to see what services are being offered.
PROVIDENCE â€” After battling a stiff headwind for the first mile of the St. Patâ€™s 5K, Stephen Pretak knew his goal of running close to 15 minutes would not happen Saturday morning.
But the less-than-favorable conditions in the Providence race didnâ€™t stop him from breaking the tape a winner.
The 26-year-old Connecticut native captured the final stage of the inaugural Tour de Patrick, finishing the out-and-back course with a time of 15:31.7. Pretak held off defending titlist Eric Lonergan of North Kingstown, who claimed the runner-up spot at 15:35.4.
CUMBERLAND - The Town Council will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss the town's legislative agenda, which will include hot button issues such as acceleration of the school funding formula phase-in, vehicle excise tax, and state housing aid.
The meeting gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the Cumberland Public Library's Hayden Center meeting room, 1464 Diamond Hill Road.
Each year, the council develops an agenda that both supports and opposes legislation based on whether or not the bills help the town achieve its goals or detracts from those objectives.
The Times is running low on its photos of veterans for the April 4 Military Page. That means this is a good week to send in a photo of your favorite military hero, whether active, deceased or just an aging veteran.
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Gloria Vignone admits to feeling â€śbittersweetâ€ť about her tour as a nurse in Iraq back in 2006-07.
â€śSometimes when you are here, you want to be there, and vice versa,â€ť the Franklin, Ma. native was saying earlier this month. â€śThe camaraderie with your fellow soldiers is unbelievable. All we saw were trauma cases over there, a lot of blood and amputated limbs. We had one soldier who lost 60 units of blood and he lived. His buddies came in and donated blood to save his life. To know that you helped save a soldierâ€™s life is a feeling you never forget.â€ť
There were seven boys from the Mikula family who grew up on Dorr Street in Lonsdale and served in the military during World War II.
Peter, Stanley, Edwin, John, Andrew, Frank and Edward are pictured above. The first four brothers are in the top row (left to right) of this photo sent in by Maureen Mikula Dowd, daughter of Peter Mikula. The final three are in the front row, left to right. They were the sons of Maciej and Maryanna Mikula.
CENTRAL FALLS - Miriam Soto, 60, formerly of Central Falls, passed into eternal rest in Orlando Florida on March 14. She was the wife of Jose Soto.
Besides her husband she leaves 4 sons, Jose and Raul Soto of Pawtucket and Juan and Alberto Soto of Central Falls and a daughter, Evelyn Soto of Florida, 18 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. She also leaves 11 other siblings, mostly in Puerto Rico.
Reverend Joseph P. Heaney
CRANSTON - Reverend Joseph P. Heaney, 90, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mark Church in Cranston, Rhode Island, died on March 17, 2011.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Joseph A. and Mary (Nealin) Heaney, he attended Central Avenue Grammar School, Goff Junior High School and Pawtucket East High School in Pawtucket.
Jeannette E. Raymond
CENTRAL FALLS: Jeannette E. Raymond 81, formerly of Liberty St, passed March 18th with her loving husband Bernard by her side; they have been married for 58 years.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Aurelle and Jean
LaPierre. She was a lifelong Central Falls resident and longtime Communicant of Holy Spirit Parish (St Matthew Church).
She had been employed by Hord Tool and Dye as a production manager for many years retiring in 1992.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph Bradley, 72, of Cumberland, died Thursday at Oakland Grove Health & Rehabilitation Ctr., Woonsocket. Born in Cumberland, he was a son of the late John C. and Flora A. (Diparthy) Bradley.
Mr. Bradley was a farmer at Bradley Farm in Cumberland all of his life. He is survived by his sister Eileen Couturier of Cumberland and nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late George and John Bradley, Margaret Peggy Vanasse and Rosemarie Kieffer. A graveside interment service will be held on Saturday (today) at 2:00 pm at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cumberland.
PROVIDENCE -- Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announces a guilty verdict in the trial of Antone Williams.
Williams, formerly of Pawtucket, was found guilty Thursday by a Providence County Superior Court jury of assault with a dangerous weapon, commission of a crime of violence with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a license and firing into a crowded area. The juryâ€™s verdict concluded a three-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
LINCOLN â€“ For a little over an hour Wednesday night, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist fielded queries from parents, teachers, Town Council and School Committee members and others about the status of education in town and beyond.
Before that, however, she spent approximately 30 minutes discussing how the Lincoln School District stacked up against others statewide, and how Rhode Island's test scores relate to those nationally and internationally.
Josephine C. Warzycha
CUMBERLAND - Josephine C. Warzycha 86, of Mendon Road passed away Wednesday March 16, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Warzycha Sr.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Catherine (Bobola) Bernat. She lived in Cumberland for the past 5 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed as a Bookkeeper for the Warzycha Construction Co. of Pawtucket and the Paper Scene of Attleboro. She also worked for the former Franklin Supply Co. as a Bookkeeper.
PAWTUCKET - Phyllis Tumidajski 83, of Fortin Avenue passed away Wednesday March 16, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Tumidajski.
Born in Taunton, MA she was a daughter of the late Walenty and Josephine (Salek) Majkut. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Before retiring she was employed as a Seamstress in the Pawtucket area.
Phyllis was an avid Polka Dancer.
Janet C. Riendeau
PAWTUCKET: Janet C. Riendeau 55, passed March 16th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Ronald Riendeau.
She was the daughter of the late George W. and Blanche (Peloquin) McConnell.
Besides her husband she is survived by her loving children, Corey, Meghan, and Courtney Seebeck, Ronald and Rebecca Riendeau and Rosa Silva, a sister, Susan Sampers, 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Bernice A. Adams
CENTRAL FALLS - Bernice A. (Brown) Adams, 89, formerly of Washington St., passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald P. Adams. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Nile and Louise (DeLong) Brown, she resided in Central Falls over fifty-five years.
The seasons come and the seasons go.
Another winter of high school sports in our region has come to an end (except for Mount St. Charles hockey, both the boys and the girls).
It wasnâ€™t a particularly great campaign for teams from the Blackstone Valley. St. Raphael Academy did win the boysâ€™ basketball open tournament. That was no small achievement, especially after the Saints limped to the finish line during the regular season and made a quick exit from the division playoffs.
Life is about second chances and the Saints made the most of their opportunity.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's just a study at this point, but an educational building consultant hired to evaluate the conditions of the city's schools told the School Committee Tuesday night that all of them need to be either revamped or replaced to the tune of almost $153 million.
PAWTUCKET â€” Cumberland resident Jocelynn White will never forget one of her first assemblies as a â€śBooks Are Wingsâ€ť volunteer.
Two years ago, she and President Monique Renaud â€” also White's aunt â€” decided to bring in a professional storyteller to read to children during a â€śBAWâ€ť Book Party at the city's Fallon Elementary School.
After the duet had given to students the books of their choice, she was stunned at her observation.