June 16th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ Ophelia Soe wanted to succeed in her new home after coming to Providence from Liberia but needed a little help to do so.
Enter the staff at the Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning program. They helped Soe, a Providence resident, to get the support in completing English, reading and math courses she needed to get into a college program at the Community College of Rhode Island in the fall.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The state-appointed Budget Commission approved a pair of resolutions Friday designed to raise more than $12 million to smooth out cash flow problems, either in the form of an advance in state education aid or a short-term bank loan.
On the recommendation of Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce, the commission unanimously approved both measures, but he said it still remains to be seen which mechanism would be used to raise the cash.
WOONSOCKET â€” Pawtucket City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. has no problem nurturing the cityâ€™s artistic community and supporting budding young artists, but he draws the line at spray-painted phallic symbols, curse words and other graffiti he says is plaguing city walls.
Vitali says heâ€™s noticing an increased amount of graffiti across Pawtucket and itâ€™s not just city walls, storefronts and local businesses splattered with paint.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Xander Bogaerts wasted little time in making himself feel quite at home in his new surroundings.
All the 20-year-old did in his PawSox debut was a little bit of everything, his efforts going a long way in Pawtucket grabbing both ends of Fridayâ€™s doubleheader against Buffalo. The home team won the first game in dramatic 1-0 fashion as Alex Hassan delivered a walk-off hit with two down in the seventh inning.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Xander Bogaerts reached Triple-A Pawtucket as a 20-year-old and with 290 Double-A at-bats in 79 games to his credit.
Just to provide an idea of how unique his situation is, below is a list of former and current PawSox position players and where they stood at-bat and age-wise upon leaving Portland:
â€“ Dustin Pedroia (256 at-bats in 66 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â€“ Will Middlebrooks (37 at-bats in 96 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â€“ Jacoby Ellsbury (271 at-bats in 67 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 23).
Woonsocket High School graduates shout and applaud as they celebrate during the end of commencement exercises on Friday night. The school handed out 295 diplomas.
Reputed Boston mob boss James â€śWhiteyâ€ť Bulger is an 83-year-old man federal prosecutors say was responsible for 19 murders before he went on the lam in 1994.
Jodi Arias is a 32-year-old ex-waitress from Arizona whoâ€™s facing the death penalty in the grisly killing of her lover, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face.
As criminal types, they have about as much in common as rocks and birds. But hereâ€™s something that may help them both: In the age of social media, itâ€™s easier than ever for the jurors sitting in their cases to screw up.
Leona C. Lariviere
WOONSOCKET- Leona C. (Dumas) Lariviere 81, of Privilege St. died Thursday at Landmark Medical Center. She was a daughter of the late William and Edna (Gouin) Dumas.
In her youth Lee worked for the family restaurant, Quality Lunch for many years. She was an inspector for the former Uni-Royal Co. for twenty years until their closing, and then waitressed at Kay's Restaurant for fifteen years.
E. Richard Durfee
NARRAGANSETT- E. Richard Durfee, 71, owner and operator of George's of Galilee, of Narragansett passed away on June 11 at home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 46 years of Angela T. (McGeough) Durfee.
Born in Providence, October 12, 1941, he was the son of the late Norman Durfee and Edna (Jones) Durfee.
Armand Tedeschi Jr.
BOCA RATON, FL- Armand "Ted" Tedeschi Jr., 77, of Boca Raton, FL, a longtime resident of Woonsocket, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 after a brief illness surrounded by family.
Born in Blackstone, MA, he was the beloved husband of Judith (Rice) Tedeschi. They were high school sweethearts who married Thanksgiving Day in 1960.