Archive - Aug 2012
CUMBERLAND â€” The start of a new school year begins tomorrow with students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 9 returning to classes, followed by students in Grades 10-12 on Thursday.
Throughout the summer, the School Committee, School Superintendent Philip D. Thornton and the school administration and staff have been planning several new programs and initiatives for the upcoming year, including full-day kindergarten and a new district-wide grading policy.
Barbara M. Normandin
PAWTUCKET - Normandin, Barbara May, 83, of Roosevelt Avenue, died Monday August 27th, 2012 at Fogarty Housing in Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Ernest Normandin Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late William and Mary (Woods) Quinn. Mrs. Normandin had worked as a foreman at Hasbro.
David W. Greenwood
PAWTUCKET - David W. Greenwood, 45, of Sayles Avenue, Pawtucket died August 22, 2012.
Mr. Greenwood was born in Pawtucket, the son of William M. Greenwood and Doris (Alarie) Greenwood. He was a self employed telemarketer.
Mr. Greenwood was a longtime political activist in the City of Pawtucket. He was a staunch supporter of a fair and honest government for all the citizens in and around his beloved Pawtucket. David was a dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox and though he loved all sports the Red Sox were always his favorite team.
Eileen M. MarcAurele
Eileen M. MarcAurele, of Hughes Avenue, Pawtucket passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Gerald J. MarcAurele.
Mrs. MarcAurele was born in Cumberland, the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Perry) Bannon. She was a loving homemaker and a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
PAWTUCKET - Mariana Gomez, formerly of High Street, Pawtucket died August 25, 2012.
Mariana was born in East Providence, the daughter of the late Lawrendo and Matilda (Pina) Alves.
Ms. Gomez is survived by her son Ricardo Gomez of Providence, her nephew James Parker and his wife Pearl of Providence, her nieces Angelita Cartagena of Florida and Benita Sanchez of Massachusetts and several great nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Maria Alves Cartagena, Dulinda Alves Sanchez, Domingo and John Alves and the aunt of the late Laurendo Peters.
Ovila J. Pelland
CUMBERLAND - Ovila J. "Chick" Pelland, 85, of Little Pond County Road died Saturday, August 25, 2012 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Neil) Pelland. Mr. and Mrs. Pelland were married for 53 years.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Homer and Roseanne (Bergeron) Pelland, he had lived in Cumberland for the past 23 years.
Mr. Pelland was an engineering aide for Texas Instruments, Attleboro for 32 years before retiring in 1968.
He was a member of Assembly of God Church, South Attleboro.
CUMBERLAND -- When Ray Sikorowicz and his family drove from their Lincoln residence to Camp Ker Anna for the â€śYoâ€ť Raymond Memorial 5K early Saturday morning, the 45-year-old veteran runner had two modest goals in mind â€“ run a time that was in the low-18 minute range and compete for the top spot in his 40-49 age division.
Sikorowicz was able to accomplish both of those goals, as well as do something that in his wildest dreams he could not have envisioned â€“ win the sixth annual race.
NORTH SCITUATE -- Members of the Rhode Island State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshalâ€™s Office (Boston) and the Randolph (Mass.) Police Department arrested Hector Andrade, 24, whose last known address was in Central Falls, for several armed robberies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, according to Colonel Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Back in the mid-1990s, Brian Johnson and Chuck Rinebolt often teased each other about how long they would, or could, last playing semi-pro football.
The game, more often than not, can be thankless. They don't get paid, and â€“ at times â€“ are stuck paying for their own equipment, but they don't care. These men, most of whom work full-time, have to hustle to the practice grid two or three times a week before or after their jobs to hone their skills, speed and strength for their upcoming weekend opponent.
They're in it just for their intense love for football.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Members of the Central Falls Police Departmentâ€™s Special Investigative Unit executed a search warrant Friday at 63 Fletcher St., 2nd Floor.
The focus of the investigation was a Mildred Ramirez, 48, and her daughter, Luz Ramirez, 24.
During a month-long investigation, it was learned that Ramirez and her daughter were manufacturing and distributing cocaine throughout the city of Central Falls. Investigators also discovered that both females had criminal histories involving the distribution of narcotics and were currently on probation for those offenses.
LINCOLN â€“ Calling it Northern Rhode Islandâ€™s "premier" health and fitness center, the man described by associates as the driving force and creative genius behind MacColl YMCAâ€™s new $13 million, 52,000-square-foot family fitness center said the state-of-the-art facility will be at the forefront of helping families and communities maintain healthy lifestyles.
PAWTUCKET - Mae Jacob, 94, formerly of Woodside Ave., passed away peacefully on Friday, August 24, 2012.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Eli and Marie (Muttar) Jacob. Mae leaves several cousins. She was the sister of the late Melvina and Jennie Jacob.
Jeanne M. Trahan
PAWTUCKET - Jeanne M. (Lefebvre) Trahan, 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Roger A. Trahan for 49 years.
Born in Blackstone, MA, she was a daughter of Beatrice (Champagne) Lefebvre of Blackstone, MA and the late Constant Lefebvre. Jeanne worked in the accounting department of the RI Textile Co., Pawtucket, for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed crocheting, crafting artificial floral arrangements and making her own scented hand lotions.
COVENTRY - Kareemo, Sidney 85 passed away August 20, 2012. He was the husband of the late Marie D. (Carreiro) Kareemo. Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Anthony and Margaret (Slabo) Kareemo.
Mr. Kareemo was a US Navy WWII veteran.
Sidney will always be remembered by his family for his endless love and guidance.
He is survived by a daughter Gail Wilson, siblings; Mary Hermiz and James Kareemo, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Barbara Del Vicaro.
His funeral and burial will be private.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The man who will oversee the fiscal activities of both the city and the School Department will begin his new duties in the upcoming weeks, City Manager Peter Graczykowski told the City Council this week.
Malcolm A. Moore, hired for the position of consolidated finance director, comes to East Providence from West Warwick where he was finance director and interim town manager.
Moore was hired to fill a void after resignations left both the city and the schools without permanent finance officer positions.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â€” A grand jury has decided not to bring charges against two Pawtucket police officers who shot to death a Massachusetts man who pulled a gun during a traffic stop in May.
The Rhode Island attorney general's office said on Thursday that the Providence County Grand Jury found the shooting was legally justified.
The officers said 37-year-old Jamie Coyle got out of the car with a gun, and they opened fire to protect themselves. Police pulled him over because he appeared to match the description of a suspect wanted in Massachusetts for an assault with a firearm earlier that day.
Starting Thursday, a series of chess matches will break out on high school football fields across the state.
By definition, scrimmages are akin to shifting pieces around on a square board. Some moves work while others produce less-than-desirable results. Regardless of what transpires during these low-pressure yet highly valuable tussles on the gridiron, coaches understand that the time has come to embark on the next phase of preseason camp following a period of steadily bringing the unit along.
PAWTUCKET â€” The great debate over whether to fix or remove the problematic City Hall tower has been thrown another curve with a new proposal to consolidate all city and school department administrative offices into a large commercial building at 100 Freight Street.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Councilor Mark Wildenhain brought up the plan and requested that a feasibility study be conducted. The council approved his request that a letter be sent to Antonio Pires, director of administration for Mayor Donald Grebien, to explore the matter.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Central Falls Police are looking for a subject wanted in connection with the violation of court ordered placement in a Gateway Healthcare Facility.
The suspect, identified as Marvin G. Reynolds, 31, was reported missing by Gateway Healthcare, Inc. on Saturday and a warrant was subsequently sought due to the volition of his parole conditions set forth under terms of his release from prison.
PROVIDENCE â€” Painting a lurid picture of what he says is extensive and ongoing voter fraud â€” people being paid to vote multiple times at different polling places; votes cast in the names of dead people or those who said they would not vote in a given election; mail ballots being â€śboughtâ€ť â€” Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Gemma pointed the finger of accusation directly at his primary opponent, Rep. David Cicilline.