Archive - 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” As 2012 winds down, five new police officers were added to the Pawtucket Police Department to fill vacancies that have occurred through attrition.
In a quiet ceremony at Pawtucket City Hall on Wednesday, the five officer candidates, who all graduated earlier that day from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy, were sworn in by Director of Administration/Public Safety Director Antonio Pires. Pires explained that Mayor Donald Grebien, could not attend due to an illness.
LINCOLN â€” Local deer could soon be the targets of hunters following a 3-2 Town Council vote allowing archery hunting as a way to reduce the townâ€™s growing deer population.
The hunting season measure worked out by the Councilâ€™s ordinance committee came up before the five-member full panel for action without a recommendation but was approved with Council President Keith Macksoud, and council members Kenneth Pichette and Arthur Russo in favor and members James Jahnz and John Flynn opposed.
Nancy M. Vine
Retired Local Real Estate Agent
REHOBOTH - Nancy Marion (Hartley) Vine, 70, of Hillside Avenue, Rehoboth, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Saturday, December 15, 2012. She was the former wife of Donald V. Vine of North Dighton.
Born in Central Falls, Rhode Island on December 8, 1942, she was a daughter of the late David and Mildred C. (Gould) Hartley. Raised and educated in Pawtucket, Ms. Vine was a 1960 graduate of the former Pawtucket West High School.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Now that the fog has dispersed and Providence College along with the rest of its Catholic school brethren have succeeded in making a clean break from the Big East, now seems as good a time as any to raise the question of just how appealing a basketball-centric conference is in the eyes of potential recruits.
To that end, PC head coach Ed Cooley feels that the Catholic Seven and the still-to-be-determined additional schools have an excellent shot to thrive and prosper due to basketball serving as the main draw at every institution.
PAWTUCKETâ€” Unfortunately, 'tis the season for robberies of package deliveries.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Police arrested a city man for committing such a crime â€”the second incident in five days.
According to Major Arthur Martins, on Tuesday at approximately 1:15 p.m., Pawtucket Police received a call from a resident who noticed a male removing a box from the porch of a house on Grand Avenue. The witness provided police with a description of the suspect and of the box he was carrying. Several officers arrived in the Grand Avenue area and a suspect was found on London Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â€” With both she and her husband being of Polish heritage, it was always natural for Jean Babiec to celebrate Christmas Eve with a â€śWigiliaâ€ť meatless menu. She made sure to purchase the â€śoplatekâ€ť and always set the dinner table with a pure white tablecloth and one extra place setting, with some pieces of hay placed under it.
PROVIDENCE â€” Call it a solid first step for Ed Cooley and his new-look Providence Friars.
On a night that saw freshman Kris Dunn make an immediate impact, Providence overwhelmed Colgate, 79-45, before 6,033 at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. A point guard who on Tuesday night displayed an uncanny knack in finding his teammates, Dunn tossed 13 assists on his way to becoming the first PC player to reach double figures in said category in his first game with the program.
PAWTUCKET â€” Victims of two straight Division II-Central overtime losses, Shea High's players paid particularly close attention to head coach Matt Pita before facing league rival Tolman on Tuesday night.
â€śI just told the kids I wanted them to play hard â€¦ the basketball gods hadn't been really kind to us,â€ť Pita said. â€śOur goal was to take care of the basketball; we've been averaging over 25-plus turnovers a game, and we wanted to keep it under 20 while executing to our ability and controlling the tempo.â€ť
PAWTUCKET - Christo Gannites, 80,of Pawtucket, passed away on December 17, 2012. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Nicholas and Athena (Eledos) Gannites who were originally from Greece. He was the husband of the late Bertha (Ryan) Gannites who passed away in 1992.
After serving his country in the Army during the Korean War, he worked for 30 years for the Pawtucket Fire Department as a mechanic before retiring in 1994.
Manuel A.S. Pereira
PAWTUCKET - Manuel A.S. Pereira, 95 of Liverpool Avenue died Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Waterview Villa Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Maria Ascencao (Gois) Pereira.
He was born in Vila das Velas, Sao Jorge, Azores a son of the late Manuel S. and Rosa Conceicao Pereira. Mr. Pereira was a machine operator for the Mono Die Cutting Company for 15 years before retiring.
He leaves one son, Filomeno A. Pereira and his wife Telma of Seekonk. He was the brother of the late Laura Freitas, Maria Alice Luis, Alberto S. and Antonio S. Pereira.
As a somber procession of funerals began in shell-shocked Newtown, Conn., local educators on Monday said the nationâ€™s deadliest massacre at an elementary school should trigger a broad discussion about how to make schools safer than they are already.
Pawtucket Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke said she experienced some of what the Sandy Hook Elementary School parents had gone through herself several years ago while working as an assistant superintendent in her former school district in Nevada.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Call it a case of allâ€™s well that ends well.
Three days after putting their collective foot down, the fall sportsâ€™ coaches at East Providence High School received payment for their services on Monday morning. Townie athletic director Paul Amaral received confirmation from interim superintendant Dr. John DeGoes that the checks were available for pick up and distribution.
â€śPaul handed me my check, and that was that,â€ť stated Alex Butler, the head coach for boysâ€™ basketball and girlsâ€™ volleyball at East Providence.
PROVIDENCE â€” There are games against more noteworthy opponents on the horizon, yet itâ€™s probably a safe bet to assume that Providence College basketball fans have been eyeing Tuesdayâ€™s game against Colgate for quite some time.
The night will feature the long-anticipated debuts of two Friars. In freshman Kris Dunn, PC is hitching its wagon to a point guard, a critical position that suffered a major hit when Vincent Council went down in a heap in the season opener. In sophomore Sidiki Johnson, the Friars are receiving a rugged 6-foot-10 sort whoâ€™s expected shore up the low post.
Duarte M. Santos
CENTRAL FALLS - Duarte M. Santos, 81 of Central Falls died Sunday at the Philip Hulitar Impatient Center surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Maria A. (DaSilva) Santos. Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, he was the son of the late Antonio and Rosa (Pacheco) dosSantos. Duarte came to the US in 1970 and settled in Cambridge. He has been a Central Falls resident since 1973.
Prior to his retirement in 1993 he was a kitchen worker at Providence College for 12 years.
PAWTUCKET - James Kacharo, 78, a retired Pawtucket Police Officer, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 16, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Ann Marie (Corr) Kacharo for forty-five years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Denno and Adrienne (Tsatacos) Kacharo.
Walter T. Stadnicki
ATTLEBORO - Walter T. Stadnicki 98, of Canterbury Woods and formerly of Hastings Avenue Pawtucket passed away Thursday December 13, 2012 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of the late Genevieve A. (Poholek) Stadnicki. They were married for 70 years and wintered in Florida for 30 years.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Charles and Apolonia (Blecharczyk) Stadnicki.
Before retiring Walter owned and operated Stad Distributing of Pawtucket for 50 years.
PAWTUCKET - Anthony Zeromski 87, passed away Friday December 14, 2012 at Evergreen House in East Providence.
Born in Attleboro he was a son of the late Victor and Michalina (Majzuk) Zuromski.
Before retiring he was employed as an Inspector of Fine Metals.
Anthony was a WWII Army Veteran and a member of the Fierlit-Korzen A.L. Post 79 of Central Falls.
He leaves one brother Chester Zuromski and his wife Dorothy of Riverside, nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Stanley Zeromski and Charles Zuromski.
Eleanor M. Lapierre
PAWTUCKET - Eleanor M. (Roach) Lapierre, 97, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 15, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond W. Lapierre. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Kelly) Roach. Eleanor was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan as well as an avid golfer at Stone-E-Lea Golf Course, Attleboro.
Ana C. Ferreira
PAWTUCKET - Ana C. Ferreira, 92, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother died peacefully in her home in Pawtucket, December 13, 2012. She is predeceased by; her parents, Fernando Castelo and Margarida Forte, her brother Mauricio Castelo all of Alvendre, Portugal, and her brother Belmiro Castelo of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After many years of work in the garment workers Industry, Ana retired and became an avid gardener. Her roses and Dahlias ere renowned for their beauty. Ana's flowers made the world a prettier place.