Archive - Nov 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Barbie and John Cena are two names that â€śSanta to the Starsâ€ť Brady White heard repeatedly Monday night as he spoke to children at The Times â€śPhotos with Santaâ€ť event. The enduring fashion doll and merchandise related to live wrestling superstar John Cena topped holiday wish lists this year which also included requests for new and classic toys, the latest technological gizmos and a few real life pets.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There really is something to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Taking a page out of the playbook that treated predecessors Ron Johnson and Torey Lovullo quite well, Tuesday saw Arnie Beyeler parlay his successful two-year run as Pawtucketâ€™s skipper into a big-league coaching gig. More good news as Beyeler will jump from Pawtucket to Boston, where the 48-year-old will serve as the first-base coach on new manager John Farrellâ€™s staff.
On May 6, 2012, Norma Charest stood at the start line of the Cox Rhode Racesâ€™ Marathon, near the State House in Providence, and trembled with fear, her stomach doing triple somersaults.
Charest, then 45, worried if she was too old, too unaccomplished, to attempt to complete a 26.2-mile trek around the city and its suburbs. She had finished more than a few half marathons, but this was twice the length.
â€śWill I cramp?â€ť she thought. â€śCan I last?â€ť
When the gun sounded, the Pawtucket resident took off, but doesnâ€™t recall much about what was for her not a race but a quest.
CUMBERLAND â€” Labeling the Thanksgiving game between Division II playoff participants Woonsocket and Cumberland as meaningless is utter blasphemy â€“ at least in the eyes of the two head coaches.
Yes, there is the bigger picture to consider, stemming mainly from what awaits each squad upon the conclusion of Thursdayâ€™s contest at Tucker Field. Come the following Tuesday, the Villa Novans and Clippers will engage in a game of high importance â€“ a semifinal-round clash that will take place at the respective home fields and determine the field for the Division II Super Bowl.
Rita L. Rousseau-Davignon
PAWTUCKET - Rita L. (Vincelette)Rousseau-Davignon, 89, passed away peacefully on November 11th after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was the beloved wife of the late Ernest Rousseau and the late Maurice Davignon. She was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Esdras and Ida (Gagnon) Vincelette and was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
She was a homemaker and volunteer at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for many years.
Raymond Joseph Glode, Sr.
Retired Jewelry Employee
PAWTUCKET - Raymond Joseph Glode, Sr., 86, of Chaplin Street, Pawtucket, died on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Facility in Providence. He was the husband of Alice G. (Jerauld) Glode to whom he was married on April 14, 1951.
Born in Pawtucket on April 1, 1926, he was a son of the late Alexander and Augustine (Langlois) Glode.
Mr. Glode was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean War era.
PROVIDENCE â€” Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, who headed up a political machine that ruled that tiny, poverty ridden community for nearly a decade, pled guilty Monday to corruptly accepting free work on two homes he owns from a longtime friend and political ally who was in turn awarded a lucrative deal to board up the many foreclosed homes that pockmark nearly every street in the city.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses and members of the community, over 350 Pawtucket families will have a more bountiful and nutritious Thanksgiving.
PROVIDENCE â€” Changes in membership and divisional alignment are in store for Division I softball come the next two seasons.
At Mondayâ€™s Principals' Committee on Athletics meeting, the R.I. Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s governing body approved unanimously (10-0) to form one Division I softball league featuring 17 teams. Two of those 17 teams include newcomers Tolman and Woonsocket, both of whom have competed in Division II in recent seasons.
Walter V. Sanita, Jr.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Walter V. Sanita, Jr. 68 of Sterling Street died Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Miriam Hospital.
Born in Providence he was a son of the late Walter V. and Angelina (Zarra) Sanita. Walter was a devoted Catholic.
He leaves three nieces, Nicole Babcock, Jennifer Silva and Kimberly Silva; one great niece, Adrianna Silva; one great nephew, Henry Girard and one brother in law, William Silva. He was the brother of the late Ann Silva.
Elaine S. Barbary
PAWTUCKET - Elaine S. Barbary, 84, of Chandler Ave. Pawtucket died November 17, 2012. She was born in Philadelphia, PA. Daughter of the late Joezeph Bosak, Laura (Kempchinsky) Ribeiro and step father Frank Ribeiro. Elaine was an avid gardener, amateur photographer and "mayor of Chandler Avenue".
NORTH SCITUATE - David Bradbury, 60, entered into eternal life on Friday, November 16, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Karen A. (O'Brien) Bradbury for 37 years.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The Ten Mile River Bridges in East Providence reopened to traffic Friday, a year ahead of schedule.
Originally scheduled to reopen in late 2013, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) was able to work with the contractor to reduce the closure to less than one year, RIDOT officials said yesterday.
If the end game was to create a specific website that shines light on Rhode Island high school athletics, then Tommy Dâ€™Angelo succeeded.
Wish to know which school has captured the most championships in R.I. Interscholastic League history? Dâ€™Angeloâ€™s vision and ultimate creation â€“ www.rihssports.com â€“ contains the answer along with the exact amount. The tally extends to every school thatâ€™s ever won a title.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a perfect world, Peter Manfredo Jr.â€™s No. 1 reasons for returning to boxing after a full yearâ€™s retirement would be to satisfy his longing to win another world championship or to simply rekindle his love for the sport, which he has spent roughly four-fifths of his life competing on the amateur and professional levels.
Instead, Manfredoâ€™s No. 1 reason for returning to boxing is simple and to the point. Itâ€™s the reason why he wants to keep putting food on the table and providing a roof over his familyâ€™s heads.
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In the eyes of George Nasuti and Carnell Henderson, the Woonsocket High football team has earned the right to compete under the lights at Barry Field.
The Novansâ€™ designation as prime-time players is twofold. By virtue of last weekendâ€™s heart stopping 29-28 overtime quarterfinal triumph against St. Raphael coupled with Central upsetting Johnston, Woonsocket qualified to host a Division II semifinal-round contest on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” In his wildest dreams, Mo Jackson couldn't have scripted a better, more fitting end to his career as the Central Falls High grid mentor.
OK, so his 13-year tenure isn't quite over, as his Warriors still have a Thanksgiving Eve battle against host Lincoln. But what happened Tuesday night, in his final home tilt ever, left the retiring Jackson fighting back his emotions with every fiber of his being.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ As an endorsement of the steps toward fiscal solvency taken by state receivers and the cityâ€™s plan to emerge from bankruptcy, the Standard & Poorâ€™s rating agency has upgrade Central Fallsâ€™ bond rating to BB with a â€śstableâ€ť outlook.
The city had previously had a C rating with a â€śdevelopingâ€ť outlook. On the day after the city officially emerged from bankruptcy last month, Moodyâ€™s Investors Service upgraded the cityâ€™s bond ratings from Caa1 to B2 and changed its outlook to â€śpositive.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” A city man has been arrested on 12 counts of second-degree child molestation based on a complaint from a 7-year-old and two other individuals, now adults, who came forward to say he had abused them in the same manner, police said.
The suspect, Samuel Cooper, 41, of Boyce Avenue, was arrested on Wednesday after turning himself in to police. A warrant had been issued for his arrest following an investigation.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite the recent closing of one downtown restaurant and some less-than-rosy assessments by other Main Street business owners, the proprietor of Plouffe's Cup N' Saucer says he has been open for three years now at his location and is optimistic about the future.