Archive - Oct 2013
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”While it houses a lot of local history, the Lysander Flagg Museum and Cultural Center, located next to the Central Falls Public Library on Central Street, has been deemed too costly to operate.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”An early morning fire damaged the interior of an apartment and left four people homeless in a three-family house on High Street on Thursday.
Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley said the report of the fire came in shortly after 7 a.m. He said it was a relatively small fire that was contained to one room and its contents, and was extinguished quickly.
However, the blaze caused enough damage to force the tenants to have to find alternative lodging. The Red Cross was called to provide assistance, he said.
In terms of playoff ramifications, the significance of Fridayâ€™s 7 p.m. Division II-B contest pitting St. Raphael at Shea cannot be underscored.
The stakes are pretty high when you consider the 2-2 Saints and the 2-2 Raiders presently share the subdivisionâ€™s fourth and final playoff spot. Sprinkle in a West Warwick squad thatâ€™s also two up and two down in league play and it makes perfect sense to label tonightâ€™s Pawtucket-centric matchup as one of critical significance.
LINCOLN â€” Head coach Brenda Sylvester really couldn't recall what she told her Lincoln High troops prior to facing Bay View in both teams' Division I-North season finale on Thursday afternoon.
â€śI guess I just told them to go out and play as well as they know they can,â€ť stated Sylvester, who attended the contest despite being on maternity leave, giving assistant Lea Miguel the opportunity to serve as interim chief. â€śI just said, 'Go out and play your game.'â€ť
BOSTON â€“ For much of his tenure with the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia has been a mainstay at the No. 2 spot in the batting order.
What used to serve as a foregone conclusion for Boston received a noticeable jolt this season. On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, Pedroia found himself hitting in front of cleanup â€śbangerâ€ť David Ortiz while newcomer Shane Victorino assumed the spot in the lineup that used to have the second basemanâ€™s name written all over it.
PAWTUCKET - Mary Batista, 93, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Mansion Nursing and Rehabilitative Home, Central Falls. She was the beloved wife of the late James Batista and the late Lewis L. Soares Sr. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, the daughter of the late Jose and Clementina (Silva) Costa. She came to America at the age of 10. She had worked at the former Standard Romper, Central Falls and Lawrence Fashions, Pawtucket, until her retirement. She was also a member of the ILGW.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In a move General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said started back in December after the deadly shootings at Connecticutâ€™s Sandy Hook Elementary School, the State Investment Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to divest all of the stake the state pension fund has in a gun distributor.
LINCOLN â€“ As a former high school and college athlete, Mike Bedrossian knows what it takes to prepare for games, especially those critical to his teams' success.
He did time and again at Seekonk High, as well as the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, where he starred in basketball and baseball.
Joseph M. Larence
CUMBERLAND - Joseph M. 'Pete' Larence, 96, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice (Gobeil) Larence for 59 years. He was born in Central Falls, the son of the late Ernest and Alida (Laliberte) Larence and he was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley.
Michael P. Sherlock
CUMBERLAND - Michael P. Sherlock, passed away October 17, 2013 after a long illness. He was born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Emmett and Mary (Gula) Sherlock and lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to Cumberland. He had been employed as a fork-lift operator at the former Ann & Hope for more than 40 years and also worked at Stop & Shop in Seekonk for more than 6 years, retiring in 2010 due to illness. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
This is one of those times when getting it straight from the horseâ€™s mouth just seems right. In Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes, you have someone who meets the criteria of gleaning insight into what exactly makes the Red Sox and Cardinals tick.
Lopesâ€™ credentials are unparalleled when it comes to weighing in/opining on the two World Series combatants. The East Providence native and La Salle Academy alumnus was part of a Los Angeles organization that recently got pushed aside by St. Louis in the National League Championship Series.
LINCOLN â€“ If you missed the first 30 seconds of Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II girlsâ€™ soccer clash between Lincoln and Warwick Vets, you missed a lot.
Electing to establish tempo on the gameâ€™s initial touch, the Lions quickly penetrated deep into the Hurricanesâ€™ zone before one of their scoring stars took over. Senior Hailee Jarry succeeded in turning the corner and getting past a Warwick Vets defender before rifling a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that goalie Katelen Pick had little chance of stopping.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Plans for constructing a new Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy elementary building at the townâ€™s Currier Park are moving forward even though some local officials continue to question the siteâ€™s suitability for the project.
Town Councilman Manuel DaCosta joined state Rep.James McLaughlin (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) last week in calling for additional research on the possible impact an old Valley Falls coal mining operation could have on the school project.
Marguerite E. St. Pierre
LINCOLN - Marguerite E. St. Pierre, 85, passed at the Philip Hulitar Center on October 21st with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Henri J. St. Pierre.
Born in Central Falls, Marguerite was a daughter of the late Odias and Virginia Fortier.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A city man faced a judge on Monday after police allege he attacked the mother of his children over the weekend and then fled with the children to Providence.
The young mother is recovering and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Barrolle Z. Shar of 442 Mineral Spring Ave. is in the ACI.
Shar was arrested by Rhode Island State Police on Saturday and arraigned before a bail commissioner.
He appeared in 6th District Court in Providence on Monday, where he was charged with domestic strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping/domestic.
CUMBERLAND - Marjorie (Almeida) Blanchette, 76, of Cumberland, passed away Friday, October 18, 2103. She was the beloved wife of Robert Blanchette. They were happily married for 59 years. Born in Attleboro, Ma she the daugther of the late Pauline (Mederios) Silva and Venanzio Almeida.
Mrs. Blanchette lived most of her life in Cumberland. She was employed at Health Tex for many years as a shipper and also worked as a school bus monitor before retiring.
Raymond J. Palin Sr.
CUMBERALND - Raymond J. Palin Sr., 87, of Rosemont Ave., passed away Thursday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Yvette R. (Boucher) Palin.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Arthur and Florence (Beauchamp) Palin. He resided in Cumberland for the past 66 years.
Mr. Palin was a steamfitter working out of Local 476, Cranston and later in Providence until his retirement in 1987.
PAWTUCKET â€” Working in the world of European fashion design, Tina Melo-Kufner knows all about the importance of predicting trends. Yet, many artists can be so engrossed in their respective craft that they donâ€™t pay attention to what consumers, and particularly the fashionistas, are clamoring for. Putting those two worlds together is the philosophy behind Melo-Kufnerâ€™s latest business venture, Melo International.
LINCOLN â€” Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond has begun working on projections for the coming fiscal year, and for now at least it appears the town will not be seeing a decline in its Twin River revenues.
In fact, the creation of Twin Riverâ€™s live table gaming venue at the casino has apparently generated some additional interest in the video lottery terminals (electronic games) from which Lincoln receives a share of the revenues, he noted.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Throughout practice sessions last week, North Providence High head coach Glenn Williams quietly worried about how facing a Division II-B squad such as Shea could hurt it.
Not emotionally, of course, but physically. After all, the competition â€“ not to mention the overall size, strength and speed of a D-II club â€“ is better two leagues up, as many coaches out there would heartily agree.
â€śWe came into this with the attitude 'Let's get through this without any injuries, and let's learn something from it,'â€ť stated Williams, also the school's athletic director.