Archive - Dec 2013
PAWTUCKET â While the Red Sox are expressing confidence that the search to find the next PawSox manager will be wrapped up by Christmas, donât be surprised if official word filters out before the holidays.
Why the organization has nothing to announce at this time is likely two-fold. While all signs point to current Double-A skipper Kevin Boles moving to the front lines of the minor-league system, the 38-year-old is presently coaching a winter league team in Venezuela, Bravos de Margarita.
S. Benjamin Pino
CUMBERLAND - S. Benjamin "Benny" Pino, 86, formerly of Meadowcrest Drive, passed away peacefully Friday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Alzira "Elsie" (Coelho) Pino, and they had been married for the past 67 years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Rosario and Angelina (Torre) Pino. He resided in Cranston for the past nine years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Pino was the owner of Benjamins III of Central Falls for over 30 years until his retirement in 1987.
Felicidade F. Cruz
CUMBERLAND - Felicidade F. (Fonseca) Cruz, 100 of High Street, passed away Friday at the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Belmiro "Bill" S. Cruz.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Laura (Augusta) Fonseca. She resided in Cumberland for over 87 years. Mrs. Cruz was employed as a factory worker for the former Sydney Blumenthal Company for many years. She later practiced as a hairdresser for many years until her retirement.
Donald A. Billington
KILLINGWORTH - Donald A. Billington, 77, of Killingworth and formerly of South Windham, passed away peacefully Friday (December 6, 2013) at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Pawtucket, RI, he was the son of the late Celia E. (Forgette) Billington and Francis R. Billington. He recently moved to Killingworth, previously having resided in South Windham for close to 40 years.
PAWTUCKET â Citing the benefit of starting with a clean slate, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a deficit reduction plan for the School Department that involves an appropriation of $621,383 from the city.
PAWTUCKET â Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine had heard whispers that PCD was pretty good, which in turn had the veteran St. Raphael mentor quite concerned heading into Thursdayâs opening semifinal of the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament.
PAWTUCKET - Lucille (Masse) Borelli, 90, passed on December 11th. She was the wife of the late Anthony A. Borelli.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Yvonne (Gravel) Masse. She had been employed by the Little Sisters of the Poor for over 25 years.
Lucille was the beloved mother of two daughters, Jane Loomis and her husband Dennis of Chepachet and Lisa Giovanni of Jackson, NH, and a son, Victor Borelli; she was the proud grandmother of 4 grandchildren and a great grandson.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are seeking the male driver of a black Jeep that struck a toddler near the intersection of Main and Harrison streets on Tuesday evening and then drove off.
Ready or not, a new Rhode Island high school boysâ basketball season beckons.
For several area squads, Thursday serves as the grand unveiling â a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.
PROVIDENCE â As Kris Dunnâs high school coach noted, âYou really have to feel for the young man.â
You feel for the youngster because all roads pointed to the 2013-14 season as one that held much promise. The 19-year-old point guard from nearby New London, Conn. was healthy and ready to serve as the conductor of the Friarsâ offense.
Yet in a chilling reminder that even the best-laid plans can vanish in a cloud of smoke, one nasty spill in a preseason game ended up changing the fortune and expectations of both Dunn and the Providence team.
Justin K. Laquerre
PAWTUCKET - Justin Kyle Laquerre, 25, died Friday, December 6, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the beloved fiance of Tiffany Diosa. Justin was born in Providence, the son of Denise Laquerre of Providence, and John Pierson of East Providence. He was the production manager of the Saver's Store in Attleboro for the past two years.
He was a talented basketball player in the St. Pius Church League, Providence. Justin was an avid fan of the Yankees and Dolphins.
Noella D. Salisbury
CENTRAL FALLS - Noella D. Salisbury entered into eternal life on Friday December 6, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late John E. Salisbury Jr.
She was born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Oscar P. and Virginia (Soucy) Choiniere and lived most of her life in the city. She had been employed for nearly 20 years as the assistant Purchasing Agent for the former Corning Glass Works, then GTE and now Osram Sylvania. Mrs. Salisbury had also lived in No. Kingstown for 15 years.
Manuel A. Clemente
CUMBERLAND - Manuel A. Clemente, 87, of Sumner Brown Rd. passed away Tuesday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Maria A. (Farias) Clemente.
Born in Prados, Portugal he was the son of the late Francisco and Maria J. (Arela) Clemente. He came to this country in 1977 settling in Cumberland.
He was employed by the former Peterson Puritan Corp., Cumberland for 20 years until his retirement. Mr. Clemente was also a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â When Ray Mathieu first began serving food at his East Side Checker Club restaurant, a full-course steak dinner was $7.95. Sixty-five years later, food prices have gone up, but a quality meal, complete with soup and salad, could always be counted on at the Benefit Street eatery.
Deb Engels seemed remarkably upbeat as she readied her Cumberland High girls' hoop team for a two-plus hour practice at the Wellness Center on Monday afternoon.
You'd figure her mind-set instead would border on concern, given the fact she'll return only one starter â her daughter Kate â from a team that closed last year's Division I-North campaign with a dismal 4-14 mark.
The league should be highly-competitive once more, but Engels expects this season's crop to be more than capable of doing some damage.
Mary D. Silva
CUMBERLAND - Mary D. Silva (Mendes), of Sonny Dr., passed away Monday in the R.I. Hospital Providence. She was the beloved wife of Basilio M. Silva.
Born in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Maria (Gomes) Mendes. She had resided in Cumberland for over 40 years.
She and her husband owned and operated Mendon Liquors Mendon Rd., Cumberland for 23 years retiring 9 years ago. She was also a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
John J. Daily
PAWTUCKET - John J. "Butch" Daily of Pawtucket died on December 10, 2013 in Providence. He was the husband of the late Muriel (Dolan) Daily
Mr. Daily was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Anna (Warren) Daily.
He was a self employed house painter for many years.
PAWTUCKET â The ongoing issue of how to solve a lingering, multi-year school deficit and whether surplus money from the last fiscal year should be applied, will be at the forefront of tonightâs School Committee meeting. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Jenks/JMW School Complex.
PAWTUCKET â Back on June 28, in Miami, the cityâs own Stacie (Wildenhain) Venagro wanted desperately to capture the Miss Fitness Universe Pro Division crown, but admittedly felt disappointed when judges deemed Anca Bucur of Romania the champion.
She lost that competition by a final score of 147.65-145.35, or a mere total of 2.30 points.
So perturbed by her runner-up finish, the 28-year-old Venagro boosted her training regimen 10-fold â or more.
âI knew I had to pick it up a couple of notches,â she stated. âI wanted to be the best of the best because I compete in the pro division.â
Eleanor T. LePage
SEEKONK - Eleanor "Ellie" T. (Webster) LePage, R.N., 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 1, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Russell F. LePage for sixty-five years. Born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late John and Emily (Tyas) Webster, she resided in Seekonk since 1954.