Archive - Oct 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” Maybe itâ€™s the concerns about global warming. Or just nostalgia for shady lanes. Whatever the reason, residents have responded positively to an offer from the city to have trees planted along sidewalks, free of charge.
SMITHFIELD â€“ More than anything, Cumberland High sophomore Amy Laverty wanted to team with her harrier friends and upset fellow powerhouse Smithfield to claim a most elusive Northern Division championship.
The Sentinels, however, provided too much depth in this â€śBattle of Unbeatens,â€ť and closed the season with a perfect 11-0 mark after edging the gutsy Clippers, 24-34, at Deerfield Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Jane S. Barlow
PAWTUCKET - Jane S. Barlow, 78, died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island surrounded by her loved ones. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard G. Barlow. Jane was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Theodore and Elizabeth (Brown) Durand and lived her entire life in Pawtucket. She was a proud homemaker and was devoted to her children and her grandchildren. She enjoyed doing crafts and loved fishing.
Leona A. Berard
SARASOTA - Leona A. Berard, 98, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Tidewell Hospice House of Sarasota with her daughter Denise at her side. She was the devoted wife for 55 years to the late Eugene H. Berard.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Dolor and Leonile (Baris) Dery.
Marie A. Lagesse
PROVIDENCE - Marie A. (Sangiovanni) Lagesse, 64 died Friday, October 4th at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Steven Lagesse and they were married for 40 years. Born in Providence she was the daughter of Anna (Pesce) Sangiovanni and the late Peter Sangiovanni.
Prior to her retirement in 2005, Marie worked as a school teacher for the North Providence School Department.
Kathleen M. SanBento
SOUTH KINGSTON - Kathleen Mary SanBento, 59, of Kingston, died Monday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Thomas J. SanBento for 33 years.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of Mary (Barry) Pearson of Lincoln and the late William Murphy, and stepdaughter of Ronald Pearson of Lincoln.
Most recently, Mrs. SanBento had been working with autistic children at the Olean Center, in particular, Kale. She loved music, dancing, swimming in the ocean, cooking, and doing yoga with her friends.
PAWTUCKET â€” A man and woman who police say maintained two residences in the city where drugs and related paraphernalia were found were arrested Friday following an investigation by the Police Department's Special Squad.
According to Police Major Arthur Martins, on Oct. 4, members of the Special Squad executed two search warrants for two addresses, 10 George St., apartment 24 and 18 Dudley St., apartment 3. He said that evidence police recovered indicated that the couple had maintained tenancy at both apartments.
PAWTUCKET â€” A little over a month after the much-talked-about merger with the Care New England Health System, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island on Thursday laid off seven employees in a cost-cutting move.
Susan McDonald, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed the seven job reductions, but said that one of the individuals, a senior vice president, had retired. She said the layoffs had included another senior vice president, two employees who had worked in Memorial Hospital's print shop, and three in facilities management.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thereâ€™s cause for optimism regarding the boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ cross-country programs at Tolman High.
With both squads fielding extremely young squads this fall, meets like the one on Monday afternoon at Slater Park will serve as stepping stones for future seasons. The Tolman boys posted a 22-32 victory over Moses Brown, though dropped a 22-33 decision to East Providence.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The idea got people clucking when it was first introduced in March: a proposal for ordinance changes allowing residents to raise chickens, honeybees and outdoor fish.
Now, city officials are working to draft an ordinance that would allow for this type of limited urban farming, along with fish raising through aquaponics, that will be put to the City Council for consideration.
Anna L. Gamache
PAWTUCKET - Anna L. Gamache, 99, of Pawtucket died on Sunday, October 6, 2013. She was the wife of the late Oscar Gamache and Dr. M. Curtis Silva.
Mrs. Gamache was a bookkeeper at the farmer's Market in Providence and then assisted her husband as a receptionist and bookkeeper.
She is survived by her son Richard C. Silva and his wife Jacqueline of Pawtucket. She also leaves her four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
The funeral and burial will be private. For online condolences please visit
Frank J. McKenna
NEW LONDON - Frank J. McKenna, 82, of 341 Shewville Road, Ledyard died Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
Mr. McKenna was born June 19, 1931, in Pawtucket, RI, the oldest son of the late Francis and Evelyn (McLellan) McKenna. He had lived in Rhode Island for most of his life. Mr. McKenna had served in the U.S. Army Reserves, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree and was a retired Supervisor from Carol Cable.
Arlene Frances St. Jacques
ATTLEBORO - Arlene Frances (Noonan) St. Jacques, 73, a resident of the Sandcastle Adult Community in Attleboro for the past 8 years, passed away on Sunday, October 6th. She was the devoted wife of the late Richard J. St. Jacques, to whom she was married for 43 years.
Douglas S. Frizzell
CUMBERLAND - Douglas S. Frizzell, 60, of High Street died Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Frank W. and Ruth (Darlington) Frizzell, he had lived in Cumberland all of his life.
Mr. Frizzell was a screw machine set-up man for Read Machine Company, Lincoln before retiring in 2005. He was a 1970 graduate of Cumberland High School.
He was a self-taught artist, guitarist, and an avid reader. He was a huge Boston Red Sox fan.
Albert L. Bessette
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Albert L. Bessette, 90, of North Providence and Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, October 4, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Claire A. (Cayer) Bessette. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late George H. and Margaret L. (Thurber) Bessette.
Gloria B. Nahas
PAWTUCKET - Gloria B. (Macksoud) Nahas, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Leo Nahas. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Habib and Lila (Siber) Macksoud. Gloria was the manager of Eden Park Cleansers, Providence until retiring.
She leaves a brother, James Macksoud and his wife, Ann of Pawtucket and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mathilda Ameen, Nellie Lemire, Fred and Edmund Macksoud.
Regina M. Filipek
PAWTUCKET - Regina M. Filipek, 94, formerly of Ordway Street passed away Friday October 4, 2013 at Harris Health Center North in Central Falls. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph P. Filipek.
Born in Attleboro she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Sophia (Wieraizka) Narkiewicz.. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śThis is one of those games you guys will remember for the rest of your lives,â€ť Cumberland High coach Chris Skurka told his players after they rallied for a stunning 24-17 victory over St. Raphael Academy on Saturday night before approximately 400 fans at Max Read Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her â€ścorn crop dress.â€ť The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakleyâ€™s great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her motherâ€™s family after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Coakley is happy to report that the heirloom dress officially stood the test of time at her Aug. 31 nuptials to Pawtucket native Robert M. Bedard on Cape Cod, and she provided the wedding photos to prove it.