Archive - Dec 2012
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ City Councilman James Diossa keeps racking up big-name Democratic endorsement for his mayoral campaign.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien added their names to those supporting Diossa, who won 59 percent of the vote in a five-person primary on Nov. 6. He faces the second top vote-getter, former Police Chief Joseph Moran, who garnered 18 percent of the primary vote, in a run-off election next Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET â€” It ain't over 'til it's over...yet the clock is ticking on the opportunity for municipal union workers to convince the city administration that they are can handle trash and recycling services better than a private vendor.
PROVIDENCE - Mary (Stewart) Johnston, 96, of East Street and formerly of Cumberland died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. She was the wife of the late Thomas Charles "Chick" Johnston.
Born in Paisley, Scotland, a daughter of the late Robert and Agnes (Giffen) Stewart, she had lived in Pawtucket for 35 years before moving to Cumberland in 1980. She has lived in Providence for the past several years.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's a sign of the economic times: an employee being asked to do another job in addition to his own. At Pawtucket City Hall, three director-level workers are doing their own job plus that of another department head, and earning an extra $200 a week for their efforts.
PAWTUCKET â€” All was merry and bright at the Grupo Amigos De Terceira on Saturday night as the community came together for The Times' â€śJingle Mingleâ€ť dinner dance.
Decorated in its Christmas finery, the Community Center at 55 Memorial Dr. provided an elegantly festive backdrop for the Jingle Mingle, held to benefit The Times' â€śMerry Christmas Fund.â€ť Grupo Amigos De Terceira, Inc. joined The Times in hosting the event, which raised $2,700 for the fund.
At the end of day, high school sports are not based on which teams are successful and which ones arenâ€™t. Their very existence is predicated on providing teenagers with a level playing field rooted in fair competition.
If winning a championship happens to accompany what should be an enriching experience, thatâ€™s pure gravy. If not, the question that needs asking is whether the experience provided was rewarding from a â€śfair fightâ€ť standpoint.
CUMBERLAND â€” Steve Gordon canâ€™t help but smile when recalling the images of his Cumberland High matmen celebrating their second title in three years at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships last Feb. 25.
They did so on the stellar moves of then-senior captain Tom Lacroix, who represented the Clippers in the 195-pound weight class at the event finals, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School field house.
Wanda R. Lass
LINCOLN/CUMBERLAND - Wanda R. Lass, 92 formerly of Lincoln and Cumberland, died Sunday at Greenwood Care Center, Warwick. She was the wife of the late Leo J. Lass.
Born in Fall River, MA, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Rozalia (Labecki) Kulacz.
Her son Walter "Skipp" Lass of Warwick and his wife Christine; her sister Leora Kulacz of Cranston, granddaughters Elizabeth Lass of Santa Cruz, CA and Erika Lass of Warwick survive her.
She was the sister of the late Julian, John and Raymond Kulacz, Angelina Wojick, Mary Chabot and Stacia Kulacz.
Rita F. Stebenne
CENTRAL FALLS, RI - Rita "Chick" F. (Robidou) Stebenne, 91, of Central Falls passed away unexpectedly Saturday December 1, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. She was the devoted wife of the late Charles J. Stebenne. Rita was born in Central Falls the daughter of the late Charles and Robertine (Vincent) Robidou.
Gerald P. Brodeur
CUMBERLAND - Gerald P. Brodeur of Owen drive, Cumberland died December 1, 2012 at his daughters home in Cumberland surrounded by his family. Mr. Brodeur was the husband of the late Edna (Ferguson) Brodeur.
He was born in Central Falls the son of the late Paul and Laura (Tetreault) Brodeur. He was a heavy equipment operator for Walsh Contracting for many years, retiring in 1990.
Mr. Brodeur was in the United States Army, serving in Germany from 1950-1953. Mr. Brodeur was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 10.
Joyce L. Desjardins
CUMBERLAND - Joyce L. Desjardins (Case), 72, of Mendon Rd. passed away Sunday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Russell Desjardins.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Ivan W. and Mary L. (Donahue) Case. She was a life long Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Desjardins was employed in the Medical Records Department at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for 8 years until her retirement. Previously she and her husband operated the former Pete's Market on High Street.
PAWTUCKET - Josephine Sabbagh, 95, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Farrah) Sabbagh. Josephine was a garment inspector for Health-Tex.
She is survived by one sister, Margaret Hanna, one brother, Samuel Sabbagh, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Rose Domaney and Nedeh Kanakry.
Yolanda V. Foley
PAWTUCKET - Yolanda V. Foley, 91, originally of Pawtucket passed away peacefully on December 1, 2012 at the Steere House in Providence, RI. She was the beloved wife of the late William A. Foley, retired Lieutenant, Pawtucket Fire Department.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Kelley, Frances, 77, of North Smithfield and formerly of Newport and Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Kathleen (Ward) Kelley. She had lived most of her life in Pawtucket before moving to Newport in 1998. She graduated from Elmhurst Convent of the Sacred Heart, Providence and Emmanuel College, Boston. Frances was a School Teacher in the Providence School Department for thirty years before retiring.
Nora J. Laliberte
PAWTUCKET - Nora J. Laliberte, 85, passed on November 30, 2012. She was the wife of Ted J. Laliberte.
She was the daughter of the late John and Maria (Brigliapori) Molinari.
Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter, Joni Payne and her husband Peter of Seekonk, MA.
Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to the American Lung Association of RI, 260 West Exchange Street #102B, Providence, RI 02903. Services were private. For online condolences visit
EAST GREENWICH â€” Erik Travers gulped down a pre-game meal of eggs, bacon and toast on Sunday morning, he knew from the feeling in his stomach that he was about to play the most important game of his life.
â€śMy nerves were going full blast,â€ť said the Cumberland High senior running back. â€śI thought I was going to throw up. I still don't know how I kept it down.â€ť
EAST GREENWICH â€“ It was a great day for fathers and sons in general â€“ but specifically for fathers who coach college football and sons who were instrumental in Cumberland High capturing the Division II Super Bowl in runaway fashion.
Clippers head coach Chris Skurka gets a surprise ice bath by key players Tommy Lazarus (4) and game MVP Erik Travers, right, after defeating Woonsocket 49-0 for the Div. II Super Bowl crown at Carcieri Field Sunday.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Not quite 20 hours after Cumberland High had crushed West Warwick, 48-14, in a R.I. Division II grid semifinal, head coach Chris Skurka and his staff sat in a classroom far above the Wellness Center gym floor on Thursday afternoon planning for their next â€“ and final â€“ opponent of 2012.
That will be Woonsocket, which â€“ with a 27-0 pasting of Central, also Wednesday night â€“ earned the right to face the top-seeded Clippers in the D-II Super Bowl at East Greenwich Highâ€™s Nick Carcieri Field at noon Sunday.
TE â€“ Kyle Lizotte, junior, No. 88
LG â€“ Nick Fernandes, sophomore, No. 51
LT â€“ Brian Cahill, senior, No. 50
C â€“ Andrew Gaulin, junior, No. 74
RG â€“ Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
RT â€“ Levi Walker, senior, No. 79
WR â€“ John Poirier, senior, No. 1
QB â€“ Brett Bouchard, senior, No. 14
RB â€“ Jalen Evans, senior, No. 28
RB â€“ Will Andino, junior, No. 2
WR â€“ Kyle Mulvey, senior, No. 21
DE â€“ Brian Cahill, senior No. 50.
DT â€“ Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
DT â€“ Ryan Lagasse, senior, No. 54
DE â€“ Seydou Niang, senior, No. 55