May 26th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” The public had its say Wednesday night on Mayor Donald Grebienâ€™s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it was a mixed bag of messages that was sent to the City Council.
Grebien himself addressed the City Council prior to the start of the public hearing to lobby support for his proposed spending plan and to reiterate the need to take decisive actions that will stave off bankruptcy. The mayorâ€™s $198 million budget contains no property tax increases but does depend on the city lowering its current motor vehicle tax exemption from $3,400 to $500 as one of its key pieces.
â€śCompassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. According to Webster's Dictionary, compassion means a feeling of sympathy for another's misfortune. My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading and showing mercy for others. I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.â€ť
â€” Rachel Joy Scott's words in a term paper she entitled, â€śMy Ethics, My Codes of Lifeâ€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Theo Murray was ready to talk suicide squeeze with Brandon Gagne. It didnâ€™t take long for Murray to recalibrate his expectations for the Tolman High junior after Gagne voiced he was in no mood to lay down a bunt.
Swing away then, insisted Murray. With the onus now on Gagne to deliver the goods on his confident promise, the leadoff hitter came through with arguably the biggest hit of the season for the Tigers.
LINCOLN â€“ Cranston East sure didnâ€™t play like a No. 14 seed, nor did Lincoln High look the part of a state title contender.
So while Wednesdayâ€™s result at Chet Nichols Field could certainly be described as unexpected, it wasnâ€™t exactly a shock.
Fresh off a 14-4 regular season that produced a Division I-North crown and the third overall seed in the 16-team, double-elimination state tournament, Lincoln endured a collective struggle in dropping a 4-2 decision to Cranston East, an 8-10 team out of Division I-Central.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The banner to the left of the scoreboard at the Donaldson Gymnasium signifies the last time that Tolman High has earned a state title in Division II volleyball. It was 2003, a mere three years after it captured its first in the program history.
Longtime head coach Neil Nachbar isnâ€™t predicting his Tigers will be able to add another year to that banner, but itâ€™s certainly possible.
Alice E. Goryl
CUMBERLAND - Alice E. Goryl, 90 formerly of 1 Mendon Road, passed away Monday in Elmhurst Extended Care, Providence.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Wenek) Goryl. She was a lifelong resident of Cumberland.
She was formerly a Supervisor for the former Owens Corning Fiberglass, Cumberland retiring in 1972.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews; great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Joseph Gorrall; Ben Goryl; Theodore Goryl; Anita Goryl and Stella Soscia.
Theresa H. Casey
SEEKONK - Theresa H. (Boucher) Casey, 85, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 23, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late George W. Casey.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Donalda (Lemire) Boucher, she resided in Seekonk since 1952. Theresa was a square dancer and a member of the Pearl Promenaders for many years.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Kristen Rodrigues spun a complete game four-hitter as Mount St. Charles climbed back over the .500 mark courtesy of Tuesdayâ€™s 4-1 win over La Salle Academy.
The Mounties improve to 9-8 in Division I-North with one game remaining, Saturday at home against Smithfield.
Rodrigues collected four strikeouts while walking no one. Taylor Messier finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Emily Hendricks went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Hannah Gardella delivered a RBI double in the second inning.
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The high school baseball outfits hailing from Lincoln, Tolman and Woonsocket find themselves in an enviable position â€“ at home, serving as the higher seed in the opening round of the double elimination, regional playoffs, which cuts four ways with four teams comprising each group.
The real key as baseballâ€™s second season gets under way is not specifically tied to home-field advantage. In the case of a double-elimination format, itâ€™s about starting out on the right foot. Win on Wednesday and wait until Friday before resuming the March to McCoy Stadium. Thatâ€™s called the easy road.
Steve Hyder, the radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox, left, joins Call/Times sports writer Brendan McGair after McGair received the Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year for 2010 from the National Sports writers and Sportcasters Association at the 2011 Awards ceremony in Salisbury, North Carolina on May, 16, 2011. Hyder was named the Co-Sportscaster of the year along with Steve McDonald, the voice of URI football and men's basketball. A 2003 graduate of Providence College, McGair started working at the Pawtucket Times in Jan. 2005.
PAWTUCKET â€” With tough times requiring some acknowledged tough choices, a public hearing on the proposed operating budget scheduled for tonight is likely to draw a crowd.
The public hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall (6:45 p.m. for public input), is the residents' chance to comment on the spending plan submitted by Mayor Donald Grebien for the upcoming fiscal year.
The $198 million fiscal year 2012 budget is $7.1 million higher than the FY11 budget of $191 million, representing an increase of 3.74 percent.
Caroline L. Tucker
LINCOLN - Caroline L. (Campbell) Tucker, 96, of Lincoln, died Friday, May 20, 2011 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Richard Tucker. Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Neill) Campbell.
Mrs. Tucker worked as an Office Manager for several local companies and she also played professional softball.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother John Campbell and her sister Elizabeth Newsom.
John J. Connly
CUMBERLAND - John J. "Jack" Connly, 77 passed away Monday in R.I. Hospital Providence, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Lorraine M. (Biron) Connly.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Ambrose W. and Margaret J. (McManus) Connly. He resided in Cumberland for the past two years previously residing in Providence.
He was employed as a Computer Operator Supervisor for the State of Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training for 35 years, retiring in 1985.
Ruth L. Gannites
LINCOLN - Ruth L. Gannites, 83, of Lincoln, died Friday at RI Hospital. She was the wife of George Gannites (former Chief of the Limerock Fire Dept.) Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Mildred (Brady) Noelte. Mrs. Gannites had been employed by the Town of Lincoln School Lunch program prior to her retirement in 1975.
Edmond M. Metivier
HUDSON, FL - Edmond M. Metivier, 82, of Hudson, Florida, and formerly of Pawtucket died Friday, May 20, 2011 in Florida. He was the husband of the late Josephine (Castro) Metivier.
Mr. Metivier was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Henry and Marie Louise(Salois) Metivier. He was a Veteran in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War and then served as a Fireman in the City of Pawtucket for over 25 years.
Mr. Metivier is survived by a brother, Paul Metivier in Narragansett. He also leaves a niece, Joanne Needham of Pawtucket.
Kenneth E. Joseph
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth E. "Ken" Joseph, 79, passed away peacefully, May 22, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Joan M. (Whitman) Joseph. Born in Northbridge, MA, he was the son of the late Edward and Albertina (Girouard) Joseph. Ken was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was the proprietor of the Attleboro Bowlerdrome. He also worked security at Hasbro in Pawtucket for 20 years. Ken was a member of the Attleboro Elks Lodge.
Mary Carolyn Hart-Zipser
PAWTUCKET- Mary Carolyn (Coutu) Hart-Zipser, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Donat and Frances (Murray) Coutu.
Mary was an educator, entrepreneur, actress and writer.
MERRITT ISLAND, FL - Frank Iwuc, 89, passed away Monday May 23, 2011 in Merritt Island. He was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Frank moved to Merritt Island in 1967.
He worked with the Space Program. Frank was a Navy Veteran of WWII. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Stasia K. Iwuc, parents Bronislaw and Adolfina Iwuc, sister Lottie Byrnes, brother Joseph Iwuc, sisters Jane Zielinski, Jessie Jendzejec, and brother Edward Iwuc.
LINCOLN â€“ Jillian DeSimone stood anxiously on the rain-soaked Ferguson Field sidelines, her teamâ€™s perfect season hanging in the balance.
If ever there was a time for Lincoln High to prove it was more than a one-player show, this was it.
Playing without DeSimone for most of the second half after the stateâ€™s leading goal scorer picked up her yellow card of the game, the Lions rode Ashley Moreauâ€™s five goals and Nina Fournierâ€™s goalkeeping to a 12-9 victory over Cumberland High School on Monday.
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It didnâ€™t take long for the Boston Red Sox to climb out of that impossible hole all the doomsayers had put them in after they started the season with two wins in their first 12 games. After Sunday nightâ€™s win over the Cubs, Bostonâ€™s record stood at 25-21 and the Sox were just one-half game out of first place in the American League East.