Archive - 2012
LINCOLN â€” The holiday season has officially arrived and Richard DiMasse and Dave Sale are hoping it will help local efforts to preserve a local one-room schoolhouse with purchases of this yearâ€™s Lincoln collectible ornament.
The tradition of creating a holiday ornament of a local landmark was started by the Lincoln Citizens Celebration Committee 17 years ago as a part of the townâ€™s observances for its 125th anniversary.
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Blouin of Pawtucket, a member of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery, Rhode Island Army National Guard, acknowledges the crowd during a standing ovation while being honored for his services to his country during a first half timeout during the PC/Fairfield University basketball game at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center in Providence Friday night.
PROVIDENCE â€” Thereâ€™s a burden placed on Providenceâ€™s Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton thatâ€™s almost unrivaled in terms of their value to the team.
With point guard Vincent Council sidelined, the pressure falls squarely on Cotton and Henton to carry the load. Neither one can afford the luxury of an off night, particularly since there arenâ€™t too many proven scoring options behind them.
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley estimates that his coaching responsibilities account for â€ś20 percentâ€ť of his duties at Providence College.
Ask him just how much that small slice in an otherwise demanding pie means to him and Cooley will tell you pointblank that coaching supplies a jolt that by and large remains unmatched. The time he spends on the basketball floor alongside his assistants and players or in the video room breaking down tape is pure nirvana â€“ not to mention a prime chance to reinforce what his primary job entails.
For the three area football squads fortunate enough to land a spot on the â€śTuesday Night Lightsâ€ť dance card, it was back to work on Friday in preparation for their respective semifinal-round contests.
It goes without saying that the limited window between the Thanksgiving contests and a game filled with Super Bowl aspirations represents a busy stretch where mental preparation supersedes the physical aspect.
LINCOLN â€“ The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store â€śmapsâ€ť to help customers find what they were looking for.
PAWTUCKET â€” Citing the large number of complaints from residents about problems on election day, Mayor Donald Grebien has asked the Board of Canvassers to provide a detailed report of what went wrong and how to prevent such issues in the future.
In a letter sent three days after the Nov. 6 election to Board of Canvassers Chairperson Charlotte Tavares, Grebien began by highly commending the hard work done by her and the rest of the board, registrar Ken McGill, and the poll workers under their supervision.
Richard J. Herchel
PAWTUCKET - Richard J. Herchel 74, passed away November 17, 2012.
He leaves one brother Zygmunt "ZEKE" Herchel and his wife Sophie of Cumberland, he also leaves five nieces, Elaine Devonis of Cumberland, Barbara Holt and her husband Thomas and Linda Sherman and her husband Jay of Lincoln, Mary Ann Murray of Warren, Kathleen Biagioni and her husband Jim of Foster, also nephews Michael Devonis and his wife Sharon of Orlando, FL and Mitchell Krzyzek and his wife Denise of Middletown.
John L. Stapleton
PAWTUCKET - Stapleton, John L., 85, passed peacefully Monday at the Pawtucket Nursing Home. Born in Providence, a son of the late John and Abbie (Duffy) Stapleton and was married to Lorraine "Rusty" (Dussault) Stapleton for 61 years.
ATTLEBORO, MA - Sue-Ann Gaouette, 85, died November 18th at home, in Attleboro. She was the wife of Allen Gaouette. Born in Buffalo, New York, a daughter of the late James and Ann (Hamilton) Leckie, she was a longtime resident of the Attleboro area. She was an organist and a volunteer in the care of the elderly.
Donald D. Griswold
PAWTUCKET - Donald D. Griswold, 98, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, 2012. He was beloved husband of the late Dorothy H. (Weber) Griswold for 75 years.
Born in Oswego, NY, he was a son of the late Clyde and Minnie (Hall) Griswold. Mr. Griswold was a devoted and loving father and grandfather.
He leaves his two children, William W. Griswold and Janet S. Elderkin and several grand and great-grandchildren. He was the father of the late Donald R. Griswold.
LINCOLN â€” It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Pawtucket and Cumberland are two of the six Rhode Island communities who missed the deadline to submit a plan to the state for shoring up their underfunded pension plans.
CUMBERLAND â€” A Big Blue tidal wave washed ashore Thanksgiving morning, a powerful force that proved to swallow Woonsocket High whole.
Cumberland High put on a holiday clinic in how to lick the plate clean, as the Clippers took it to the Novans, 32-0, in the 49th installment of this Turkey Day series. The two teams will now look toward next Tuesday and the Division II semifinals. Cumberland returns to Tucker Field against West Warwick while Woonsocket welcomes Central to Barry Field.
LINCOLN â€” In the third chapter of the budding Thanksgiving rivalry between neighboring municipalities, Central Falls High snagged a 27-22 non-league victory over Lincoln before 300 fans at Ferguson Field on Wednesday night.
Following this most entertaining game, Warriors' coach Mo Jackson â€“ in his grid coaching finale â€“ addressed the players from both squads at midfield, and awarded a new tradition, the Game MVP trophy in the shape of a mini-Heisman, to Lions' junior running back Cory Gaskell.
PAWTUCKET â€” For Tolman running back Mamour Samb, it was the most satisfying six-yard run of his high school career.
With the Tigers looking at a potential game-clinching third-and-five at their own 15-yard line â€“ opponent Shea had burned its final timeout with 2:57 flashing on the Max Read Field scoreboard â€“ the cunning Samb burst through the fray and covered the necessary yardage, and then some. Sambâ€™s timely jaunt wound up being the final play of consequence as Tolman secured a 12-7 â€śThanksgiving Eveâ€ť verdict against crosstown rival Shea.
Take a good look at that bird youâ€™re about to slice today.
Maybe not. But it should.
In the race for top billing among Americaâ€™s most-consumed meat and poultry products, the venerable turkey still trots far behind chicken, beef and pork.
But turkeyâ€™s made some great strides in recent years, and itâ€™s no thanks to Thanksgiving Day.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Pawtucket Police are investigating two shooting incidents that occurred in two days on the same street. Yet, they say the incidents do not appear to be related at this time.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the first incident occurred on Nov. 19 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Witnesses told officers that the occupant or occupants of a small vehicle had shot at the occupants of a sport utility vehicle in the vicinity of Merrick Street near Main Street.
Albert J. Lamarre Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Albert J. Lamarre Jr., 85, of Pawtucket, passed away at home on Saturday, November 17, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Marilyn (Arthur) Lamarre and the late Doris (Deslongchamps) Lamarre.
Bertrand T. Dickey
CUMBERLAND - Bertrand T. Dickey, who celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 11th, died Monday at Grandview Health Center, Cumberland. He was the husband of the late Beatrice B. (Pinault) Dickey. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Thomas W. and Sarah (Morgan) Dickey. Mr. Dickey lived in Cumberland most of his life.
He was employed for Standard Nut & Bolt Com for 12 years until his retirement. He had previously been employed for 25 years as a driver for Gorman's Bakery.
Mr. Dickey was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Teamster's Union.