June 29th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â With the state embroiled in a modern-day struggle with the federal government over the death penalty, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a pardon Wednesday for the last man executed in Rhode Island, John Gordon, who was hanged in 1845 after a trial marked by witness mis-identifications and anti-Irish Catholic bigotry among the Yankee ruling class of the time.
Chafee signed the pardon at the historic Old State House on Benefit Street, in the room where Gordon's trial was conducted.
PAWTUCKET -- The Pawtucket Red Sox proudly unveiled the latest addition to McCoy Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, as Mondor Gardens was open to the public behind the left-field fence near the McCoy Stadium ticket office.
The handicap-accessible area, which is a tribute to late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, who passed away last October, is landscaped with paved walkways, granite steps, six park benches, and a collection of trees, plants, and flowers.
The area also contains six miniature bronze statues of young children playing baseball that Mondor purchased two years ago in Florida.
PAWTUCKET â Navigant Credit Union Post 85 found a way to cool off red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79.
The Woonsocket-based club seems to have caught a little fire, too.
Navigant went to work early against its Pawtucket foe on Wednesday night, scoring three runs in the top of the first. The bats kept going from there as Post 85 left Max Read Field with an 8-1 victory over Collette in Senior American Legion action.
PAWTUCKET -- Tommy Hottovy knew that this summer was going to be one of the most memorable times of his life.
He just didnât expect that his summer would have included 24 days in June as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
The 29-year-old southpaw reliever, whose wife is expecting the coupleâs first child next month, also received a âfirstâ earlier this month, when after pitching for nearly eight years in the minor leagues, he finally got the call only a select few players receive in their careers -- a promotion to the big leagues.
Normand O. Lavoie
WOONSOCKET- Normand O. Lavoie 84, of Bourassa Ave., died Tuesday at home. He was the husband of the late Carolina (Pasquino) Lavoie.
Born in Woonsocket he was a son of the late Gedeon and Lumina (L'Abbee) Lavoie.
Mr. Lavoie was an automobile technician for MAC Buick for forty four years. He enjoyed cars, boating and traveling.
CUMBERLAND â The School Committee voted Tuesday night to select North Kingstown School Superintendent Phillip Thornton for its vacant superintendent position.
Thornton will be offered a salary of $150,000, nearly $3,000 more than his current salary.
When asked for comment following Tuesday evening's North Kingstown School Committee meeting, Thornton told the North Kingstown Standard Times he needed more time to process the news and talk it over with his family before he could comment, one way or another, on when he might be ready to make a decision.
WOONSOCKET â It used to take a trip to New Hampshire or some other state if a Rhode Islander wanted to legally buy fireworks for the Fourth of July.
Thanks to the stateâs approval of a fireworks sales law last year, you donât have to go any farther than the Diamond Hill Road business district to pick up legal Fourth of July firework display products.
CUMBERLAND â There was a lot of talk last year that the upcoming Cumberland American All-Star team had potential to be something special this season, especially after the latest batch captured the state title for 11-year-olds.
Two games into the District 4 Major Division Tournament, Cumberland American is proving it just may have what it takes to advance far this summer.
CUMBERLAND- Gracia Constantineau, 84, of Mendon Rd. Cumberland, died Monday evening at Oakland Grove Health Care Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Marie (Dumas) Fournier. She was raised in Manville and resided in Woonsocket for many years before moving to Cumberland in 1993.
Mrs. Constantineau was employed at Texas Instruments in Attleboro for over 37 years before retiring in 1993.
Jill Ann Considine
BLACKSTONE- Jill Ann Considine, 38, formerly of Blackstone, MA passed away Sunday at home in Candia, NH.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of James and Kathleen (Madge) Considine of Candia, NH. She resided in Candia for the past 3 years, previously residing in California and Tennessee.
She was a graduate of the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, Cass of 1991, and graduated from the Berkley College of Music.