Archive - Oct 2012
CUMBERLAND - Grace "Gracinda" Afonso (Lopes), 71, of Ralco Way passed away Wednesday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Alfredo Afonso.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Joao M. and Clementina (Albuquerque) Lopes. She was a lifelong Cumberland resident.
She was employed by the International Packing Co., Pawtucket for 42 years until her retirement.
Mrs. Afonso was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â An Internal Affairs officerâs mistake of missing a procedural deadline by one day continues to be the undoing of the cityâs attempts to fire convicted Police officer Nichalas Laprade.
On Wednesday, a Superior Court judge ruled against the cityâs appeal of a police officersâ disciplinary committeeâs decision that allowed Laprade to keep his job despite his indecent exposure conviction.
PROVIDENCE â As one longtime newspaper scribe pointed out, âthis is something thatâs been a long time coming.â
In an effort to better coordinate with members of the working press â be their classification entail print, photo, television or the Internet â the Rhode Island Interscholastic League held a âMedia Dayâ forum Wednesday afternoon at its headquarters, located on the Rhode Island College campus.
LINCOLN â A 57-year-old woman was surprised by a man breaking into her Tall Wood Drive home Wednesday morning and quickly fled the dwelling, according to police.
âWe believe the suspect was not aware that the homeowner was at home,â Police Chief Brian Sullivan said later of the 9:30 a.m. incident.
The woman fled away from Tall Wood in the direction of nearby Route 295 south and called police regarding the break, Sullivan said.
With fall foliage at peak color at Slater Park, the weather was perfect Tuesday morning for a brisk walk along Slater Pond. Even the geese seemed to enjoy the crisp fall morning.
PAWTUCKET â The debate rages on over efforts by the Grebien Administration to privatize the city-run trash and recycling program while the City Council demands more information and the union readies a last-ditch plea to keep the services in-house.
PROVIDENCE â Shea High head coach Pierre Ridore admitted afterward he was just glad to escape the Hope High pitch with a triumph.
For most of the final stanza, his Raiders guarded a 1-0 cushion with aplomb, but it seemed it all would go for naught after officials whistled a Shea defender for a foul against senior Brayan Sucuqui in his own penalty box with only five minutes to play in regulation.
For that infraction, they awarded Sucuqui a penalty kick.
PORTLAND, Maine â Patrons of a pizza parlor near the epicenter of an earthquake in southern Maine may not have known what was happening. But the shaking building was enough to send all 20 of them skedaddling outside.
"It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type," said Jessica Hill, owner of Waterboro House of Pizza. "The back door and door to the basement blew open," she said.
PAWTUCKET - Mary Lopes, 96, of Pawtucket, went home to be with the Lord, October 16, 2012. She was the wife of the late Mariano Lopes.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late George and Ida (Zammat) Osso. Mary was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. She was a member of St. Basil's altar sodality.
She is survived by her twin daughters, Dolores Spencer and her husband Harold, and Marion Johnson and her husband Karl, two grandchildren, Scott and Randy Spencer, and four great grandchildren.
SEEKONK â Seekonk Police responded to a reported bank robbery at the Citizens Bank, 125 Highland Ave., on Friday at about 11:22 a.m. This bank is housed in the Stop & Shop grocery store.
Responding officers confirmed that a robbery had occurred. The suspect was described as being a white male in his 30s or 40s, approximately 5â7â tall, with a thin build and light beard. He was wearing a camouflage long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, thick-rimmed eye glasses, and a Virginia Tech âHokiesâ baseball cap along with a brown wig.
PAWTUCKET â Two cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at the Henry J. Winters Elementary School, and state health officials and Pawtucket School officials say they have been actively managing the situation.
Catherine R. Athaide
PROVIDENCE - Athaide, Catherine R. (Chevalier), "Kitty" 87, died October 15, 2012.
She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Paquette and the late Gerald Athaide; mother of Catherine M. (Philip) Kaminski and Raymond F. (Gail) Paquette; stepmother of Janice M. Gray, Gary G. (Christine) Athaide and Glenn A. (Kristina) Athaide; sister of Mary Jane M. Kapinos, the late Frank Chevalier and Ruth Letender. Also survived by nine grandchildren.
Charlotte A. Hull
PAWTUCKET - Charlotte A. Hull, 87, of Central Avenue passed away Sunday October 14, 2012 at Chestnut Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Aloysius S. Hull Sr.
Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Joseph L. and Mary F. (Cronan) McCall. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 52 years.
Before retiring she and her husband owned and operated the former Merry Go Round Caf and the former General Von Stubens Lounge both of Providence.
Anita E. Wims
PAWTUCKET - Anita E. (Kelly) Wims, 90, a loving wife and devoted mother, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 12, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis Mickey J. Wims.
Elaine A. Basque
ATTLEBORO - Elaine A. Basque, 64, died October 12, 2012 in Boston. She was the wife of James "Jimmy" Basque for over 31 years.
Born February 18, 1948 in Attleboro, she lived in Attleboro & North Attleboro all her life.
Elaine worked as an assistant buyer and administrative assistant at Englehard in Plainville which became Wolverine Joining Technology in Warwick where she celebrated 46 years with the company in June.
She is also survived by many devoted family & friends.
LINCOLN â You bought an E-Book reader, a Kindle or an iPad, and now youâre wondering where to find something to read.
Yes, there are plenty of e-book websites to visit and buy the latest hot read for your device, but did you know there are also ways to download a book similar to checking one out from your local library?
Nancy Ross, assistant director of the Lincoln Public Library, says an increasing number of library patrons are taking advantage of the library's e-book lending program and she sees that interest as only increasing in the future as more people learn how to use the service.
LINCOLN â The final installment of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âThursday Night Fightsâ series at the Twin River Event Center is this week, and for local fight fans, this will be an excellent chance to see a good group of Blackstone Valley fighters in action before 2012 comes to a close.
From left: Blackstone Selectman Vice-Chair Margo Bik, Ranger Barbara Dixson, Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation's Ed Lambert, Mass. State Sen. Richard Moore, Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan Jr., U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Mass. State Rep. George Peterson, and Donna Williams, chairwoman of the John Chafee Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor Coalition, break ground Thursday on Segment 1 of the Blackstone River Greenway Project in Blackstone.
PAWTUCKET â In a legal case that has dragged on for years, a Superior Court jury on Wednesday finally dished up portions of a financial pie to the owner of the legendary Silver Top Diner and the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency.
Yet, a decision on who gets to keep the historic diner, built in 1937 by the Kullman Diner Company of New Jersey, awaits a ruling. Superior Court Justice Kristin Rodgers is scheduled to take this matter up on Oct. 26.
Henry T. Pado
CUMBERLAND - Henry T. Pado, 81, formerly of 1 Mendon Road passed away Thursday October 4, 2012 at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Theodore A. and Mary (Jamros) Pado. He lived in Cumberland for most of his life.
Before retiring he was employed as a Traffic Manager for Watt Brothers Terminal of Lincoln for 20 years.
Mr. Pado was a Army Veteran of the Korean War serving as a Tech Sergeant with the 32nd Engineering Construction Co. He was a member of American Legion Post #14 of Cumberland.