July 4th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€“ Add the ages of the second- and third-place finishers together and you would get 39, the age of the winner of the 44th edition of the Arnold Mills Road Race.
As 23-year-old Scott Twardowski and Colin Tierney, 16, learned on Fourth of July Wednesday, thereâ€™s still plenty of life left in the feet of Chris Magill, now a six-time champion of the holiday running event. The individual title â€“ achieved in 21:06, which was 13 seconds better than Rehobothâ€™s Twardowski and 21 seconds quicker than East Greenwichâ€™s Tierney â€“ represents the first for Magill since 2006.
Enjoying a Fourth of July pizza party before the start of the annual fireworks display at Tucker Field in Cumberland Tuesday night, Kersten Brothers, 14, Timothy Brothers, 12, and Makenzie Brothers, 10, of Cumberland, with Danielle Cournoyer, 11, of Woonsocket, from left, relax before the celebration begins.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Portola Packaging, Inc. will shut down its Portola Tech International cosmetics container division by the end of August, releasing all of its employees and liquidating manufacturing equipment.
The division is based at Portola Techâ€™s Martin Street plant and at another manufacturing facility in Nanhai, China, which employ a combined 225 workers, including 51 locally, a spokeswoman for human resources said.
Workers were apparently caught off-guard when they learned they were being let go several days ago.
â€śItâ€™s shocking,â€ť the spokeswoman said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ About a week ago, Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller went out for dinner in Boston. Sure, it was a prime opportunity for two good and longtime friends to catch up, yet the time spent between these two former University of North Carolina teammates boiled down to one particular subject matter.
WOONSOCKET -- While a few East Woonsocket Little League officials re-manicured Hartnett Field after the late Monday afternoon downpour, Lincoln All-Starsâ€™ head coach Frank Kelly quietly told a parent, â€śIâ€™ll be happy just to get out of here with a win.â€ť
His players more than obliged. Behind a stellar starting pitching performance by righty Joe Voccola, not to mention a pair of pinch-hit home runs, Lincoln posted a 6-4 triumph over East Woonsocketâ€™s best in a R.I. District IV Tournament Pool A playoff tilt.
WOONSOCKET â€” After receiving a quarter of its state aid nine months earlier than it normally would have, the Woonsocket Education Department will pay off more than $11 million in overdue vendor bills by the end of the week.
The state-appointed Budget Commission approved the first payout of $2.5 million to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island last week, and on Monday authorized another payment of more than $2.3 million to 11 more vendors. The recipients got first dibs on the cash because they were owed at least $100,000 longer than 90 days, said Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan.
WOONSOCKET â€” Police discovered an intoxicated motorist in the midst a violent argument with his girlfriend after a routine traffic stop on Diamond Hill Road early Saturday.
Antonio Pedro Fontes, 30, of 839 Social St., is facing eight infractions, including drunken driving, domestic assault, domestic kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance, the prescription painkiller oxycodone.
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WOONSOCKET - Summer J. Leavitt, 10, of Mendon Road, died on Tuesday, June 26th in Landmark Medical Center. Summer was the daughter of Donna Desrosiers. She was born on October 15, 2001 in Providence, RI.
Summer had attended Globe Park School. She is remembered as a happy girl and was a Special Olympian. Summer was also an organ donor.
In addition to her mother, Summer is survived by her birth mom, Carol Leavitt and Summer's siblings, Kenneth Leavitt, Eric Desrosiers, Sam Desrosiers, Kelly Melville and Kerry Saltvman, and her maternal grandmother, Bella St.Laurent of Blackstone.
PLATTSBURGH, NY - Maria F. (Tkacz) Cummings, 90, of the Vilas Home and formerly of Manville died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the CPVH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, NY.
Born in Manville on February 4, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Jan and Franciska (Gerula) Tkacz.
Maria graduated in 1941 from Bryant College. She worked for A.J. Vanasse Insurance Agency in Woonsocket for many years retiring in 1984.
Maria was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in West Chazy, NY and formerly of St. James Church, Manville.
She enjoyed reading and loved time spent with her family.
WOONSOCKET - Vincent J. Vito, 100, of Bailey St., died July 2, 2012 in The Holiday Nursing Home, Lincoln. He was the husband of Eva D. (Gianco) Vito. Born in Providence, Vincent was the son of the late Carmine and Philomena (Calce) Vito.
He worked as an inspector of nurseries and woodlands for the Department of Environmental Management. Mr. Vito was a WWII Army Veteran.