Archive - Oct 2011
My favorite working moment of 2011 came back in late May when The Military Page asked area veterans to show up for photo shoots in Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
I had my doubts about how many vets would attend, figuring they had many other things to do on a sunny Saturday in May, but those doubts vanished when the vets came walking up to the assigned meeting place, many of them with their wives or children, sometimes even grandchildren, mingling with other veterans and clearly enjoying the chance to have their picture taken with fellow veterans.
PAWTUCKET â Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a retired 20-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department, noted that he was just a young patrolman when the Conant Street Railroad Bridge was closed due to structural deterioration. However, after 22 years of delays, the bridge is finally slated to be replaced, and the reopening of Conant Street to through traffic will greatly improve police and fire response time to that neighborhood as well as the economic development of the city as a whole, he added.
SMITHFIELD â There is nothing stopping mayors and city councils from passing an ordinance right away that stops COLAs (Cost of Living Adjustments) on municipal employee pensions, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told a business forum Friday morning.
PAWTUCKET --- Toll Gate High marched into Pariseau Field on Friday determined to spoil St. Raphael Academyâs âHomecoming Nightâ and bus home with an upset win that would have lifted them off the schneid in the Division II-B standings.
And for an entire quarter, the Titans appeared to be on the verge of stunning their hosts, as they controlled the clock for all but 1:19 of the period, held a 6-0 lead, and appeared to be headed for another score at the start of the second quarter.
LINCOLN â On paper, thereâs not much that separates the top two teams in Division II-North â Lincoln High and Mount St. Charles Academy.
On the field Friday afternoon, the numbers didnât lie.
The first-place Lions scored all of the offense it would need and then held off a very-determined Mount squad in the second half to post a 3-1 win at Manville Park.
With three games left on its schedule, the victory improved Lincolnâs league record to 14-1-0 and all but secured it the II-North crown. The second-place Mounties dropped to 10-2-0 with still six games remaining.
PAWTUCKET - Alice Coyle-Chagnon, 90, passed October 21, 2011.
She was the wife of the late Harry J. Chagnon.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Henry P. and Christina (McKenna) Coyle. She lived most of her life in Darlington and has also resided in North Carolina and Florida before returning to Pawtucket 6 years ago.
PAWTUCKET - Francisco Saraiva, 87, passed away Friday, October 21, 2011 at home. He was the beloved husband of Maria L. (Soares) Saraiva for 62 years. Born in Portugal, a son of the late Julio and Gloria (Jesus) Saraiva, he came to the US in 1969 and settled in Cumberland before moving to Pawtucket over 30 years ago. Francisco was employed by Health-Tex, Inc. for many years until retiring. He enjoyed gardening, making homemade wine, and was a member of the Lusitania Club, Cumberland.
FLORIDA - Ilse Kubiak, 90, of Lake Worth passed away on October 20, 2011 under the care of Hospice of Palm Beach County in Atlantis. She was born and raised in Seekonk, Massachusetts moving to this area in 1985 from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Ilse was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Lake Worth. where she was a member of the Women of Our Savior. She was preceded in death by her husband Leon J. Kubiak, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Aline Cloutier 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on October 18, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul A. Cloutier.
She is survived by her son David E. Cloutier and his wife Connie formerly of Seekonk, granddaughter Dina Cloutier, grandson David P. Cloutier and his wife Alyssa and great-grandson Cameron.
Her funeral was held Friday October 21, 2011.
Dan Wheeler wonât have long to wait regarding whether or not he fits into the Red Soxâs plans for the 2012 season. The veteran relief pitcher and Warwick native has a club option worth $3 million that Boston must render a decision on âwithin three to five daysâ upon completion of the World Series.
âThey will have to notify me whether theyâre picking it up or not,â said Wheeler earlier this week from his Florida homestead.
When Bruce and Sheri Foster said âI doâ eight years ago, they probably never thought they would one day decide to do something as wild and crazy as the competition they entered two weekends ago.
The Lincoln couple was one of 47 that participated in the Sunday River Ski Resortâs 12th annual North American Wife Carrying Championships in Newry, Maine. They toured the challenging 283-yard obstacle course in a 1:27.37 time that placed them 27th and just eight seconds shy of a top-20 finish.
PAWTUCKET â As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, thereâs a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncosâ game, which was made plenty clear as the Saints were grounded, 4-0, at the McKinnon-Alves Complex. The shutout is No. 11 for Burrillville, which hasnât allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.
PAWTUCKET â The participants make no bones about itâŠthe dog park in Slater Park is the newest place to meet and mingle, for both canines and their owners.
The City Council on Wednesday voted 8 to 0 to approve a resolution ending the trial status of the dog park and making it an official attraction in Slater Park. The Recreation Committee made the resolution asking for the change, citing the success of the dog park since it opened last summer. Parks and Recreation Director John Blais also issued a letter of support for making the dog park permanent.
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin developed a case of laryngitis earlier this week during the hectic two days that preceded his induction into the New York Jetsâ Ring of Honor on Monday night.
At the end of November, these could be potential semifinal-round playoff contests, but this weekend, they are merely two regular-season games that highlight the Blackstone Valleyâs high school schedule.
In what may arguably be the game of the weekend in the entire state, East Providence heads to Warwick on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown of 3-1 squads with defending Division I champ Bishop Hendricken at the Hawksâ Hayden Field. Both teams are in a three-way tie for second place with Cranston West (3-1) and right behind La Salle (4-0).
PAWTUCKET â As the unresponsive five-year-old male lay motionless on a table at the Memorial Hospital, a team of doctors attached an oxygen mask and performed CPR, their eyes anxiously watching the monitors. Not liking what they were seeing, they then decided to try a defibrillator. After a few moments, the boy's eyes fluttered open and he murmured âWhat happened?â as the doctors looked at each other in relief.
Dr. Steven Sefla
LINCOLN - Dr. Steven Sefla, 91, of Lincoln, died Tuesday at home. He was the loving husband of Rita (Bequir) Sefla. They had been married 55 years.
Born in Korca Albania, he was a son of the late Abraham and Elka (Kocibelli) Sefla. He attended Convite de National Italy, University of Bologna Italy School of Medicine, University of Vienna Austria School of Medicine, as well as the New York Chiropractic Institute. Dr. Sefla practiced in private practice until his retirement in 1993.
Emilia J. Botelho
LINCOLN - Emilia J. (Prata) Botelho, 81, of Linda Street died Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Jack Botelho.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Manuel and Julia (Tavares) Prata, she had lived in Lincoln for the past 30 years.
Mrs. Botelho was a sales representative for Sears, Roebuck & Company in Providence. She had also worked at Korb's Bakery, Pawtucket and as a cashier in the cafeteria for the Lincoln School Department and St Raphael's Academy, Pawtucket.
Honorato Cruz Santos
CUMBERLAND - Honorato Cruz Santos, 84, of Titus Street, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011 in the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Lucinda (Matias) Santos.
Born in Poutena, Portugal, he was the son of the late David and Aurora (dosSantos) Cruz. He came to this country in 1961, settling in Cumberland.
Mr. Santos was employed as a construction worker for JH Lynch Company for 10 years, and previously Cruz Construction Company for 25 years, retiring in 1986.