Archive - Jan 2013
CUMBERLAND â The three-member Fire Consolidation Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting with trustees from the town's four fire districts to discuss concerns and ideas relative to a plan to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Attending the session will be Fire Consolidation Subcommittee members Scott R. Schmitt, Arthur Lambi Jr. and William Murray, along with eight trustees â two from each of the four fire districts.
A little of this, a little of that âŠ
Wake me when itâs Tuesday â the day Terry Franconaâs juicy and highly anticipated book is scheduled to hit the shelves.
Not a moment too soon.
Look, I understand the importance of publicizing and spreading the word to the masses that thereâs something on the immediate horizon that you may want to check out. The particular PR campaign for Franconaâs 368-page opus has me a tad confused, however.
Dave Goucher has been calling hockey games on the radio for much of his adult life â 20 years to be exact. Naturally, the Pawtucket native and graduate of Tolman High monitored the NHLâs labor saga, but as he expressed when contacted earlier this week, he reached a point where countless impasses between the owners and players became too much to digest.
WOONSOCKET --- Defense has been the name of the game for St. Raphael this year, and on Thursday night, it was the Saintsâ tenacious âDâ that helped fetch them their sixth Division II victory against no defeats.
Junior forwards Rybecca Gonzalez and Kelsy Lynch shared contest-high scoring honors with 18 points each and had stellar games defensively to help the Saints create the bulk of Mount St. Charlesâ 32 turnovers and pave the way to a 77-36 crossover rout on the Mountiesâ court.
PAWTUCKET â A vacant house at 171 North Bend Street has been the scene of two suspicious fires in the last six months, and Friday's blaze brought firefighters back a second time in the pre-dawn hours.
Firefighters first responded to a report of a fire in the two-story, woodframe house at around 4 p.m. According to the Pawtucket Police log, three juvenile males, two black and one white, and all approximately 15-years-old, were seen running from the scene.
PAWTUCKET â While family and friends of the 100 victims along with survivors of The Station nightclub fire are still waiting for a proper memorial to be erected at the West Warwick site, many went out and got their own personal memorial in the form of a tattoo.
William T. Brunelle
PAWTUCKET - William T. "Bill" Brunelle, 85, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Alice S. (Baker) Brunelle for 60 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late William H. and Catherine (Hastings) Brunelle.
CUMBERLAND - Natividade Lopes, 100, of Broad St., passed away Wednesday in the Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket. She was the beloved wife of the late Joao Lopes.
Born in Insua, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria deJesus (Vinagre) Rebelo. She came to this country at the age of 15 first living in Fall River then Central Falls and settling in Cumberland for the past 70 years.
Therese M. Landry
CUMBERLAND - Therese M. Landry, 91, died peacefully Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert E. Landry for 59 years until his death in 2000.
PROVIDENCE â When it comes to flying the friendly skies, Red Sox manager John Farrell has mapped out a travel schedule that will certainly make the time pass by a little quicker â not mention rack up frequent flyer miles.
Following his appearance at Thursdayâs Red Sox-themed âTown Hall Meetingâ at La Salle Academy, Farrell will hop on a plane Friday morning and head to Dallas for some face-to-face time with pitcher John Lackey. Farrell then plans to shoot over to Fort Myers on Saturday to see pitchers Felix Doubront and Franklin Morales, both of who have already reported to JetBlue Park.
PAWTUCKET â Capt. Robert F. Thurber, Jr., a 25-year veteran of the Pawtucket Fire Department, has been named the city's fire marshal, announced Fire Chief William Sisson.
Thurber, who was formerly captain of Engine 2 at the downtown fire station, began his new position on Monday. He replaces the city's former fire marshal, Capt. Steven Parent, who recently retired.
Thurber is the Pawtucket Fire Department's training officer and has coordinated the last five fire schools for the department.
He is also an education instructor/coordinator for the Rhode Island Fire Academy.
PAWTUCKET â With a theme of economic optimism for the year ahead, The Pawtucket Foundation hosted over 100 business and elected leaders at its 12th Annual Meeting at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Tuesday evening.
Additionally, the Foundation announced that its new executive director would be Aaron M. Hertzberg, who has served in the position for the past three months in an interim capacity. Hired in 2008, Hertzberg previously worked as the organization's program director. He succeeds Thomas Mann, who resigned to take a new job opportunity.
CHICAGO --- Cumberland High cross country star Trevor Crawley added another accolade to his accomplishments on Thursday with his selection as the 2012-13 Gatorade Rhode Island Boysâ Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The award not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellent, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to report that their radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith has earned a job in the Major Leagues. The Seattle Mariners announced today that Goldsmith, the lead radio voice for the PawSox in 2012, has been hired to join their radio team for the 2013 season. Aaron will work with veteran Mariners voice Rick Rizzs to broadcast all Seattle games during the upcoming season.
COVENTRY â In East Providence Highâs disappointing 50-47 loss to Rogers last Thursday, senior Mary Monagle proved to be one of the bright spots, knocking down six three-pointers to close with a season-high 20 points.
During another key Division II crossover battle against host Coventry on Wednesday night, head coach Mike Solitro drew upon that previous knowledge to help inspire his troops to a 45-38 triumph at the C. Arthur Flori Gymnasium.
PAWTUCKET â It was one of those nights where you simply tip your cap and commend your opponent for a job well done.
Westerly High left no doubt who the better team was Tuesday at âThe Cage,â the Bulldogs fashioning an impressive 80-61 triumph against Shea High. No matter what defensive alignment or lineup combination Shea head coach Matt Pita utilized in desperate hope of knocking Westerly off kilter, nothing seemed to work against a Bulldogsâ outfit that owned both sides of the court.
PROVIDENCE â Boasting a âBack to Basicsâ budget that contains no increase in taxes â and even a 2 percent reduction in the corporate tax rate over three years â Gov. Lincoln Chafee submitted an $8.1 billion tax and spending plan for 2014 to the General Assembly on Wednesday.
Of the budget total, $3.4 billion will come from state taxes and other revenues, with the rest provided by the federal government.
Juan J. Otero
PAWTUCKET- Juan J. Otero, 37, passed unexpectedly on January 13th.
Born in Puerto Rico, a son of the late Juan A. and Ramona (Lopez) Otero.
He had been employed as a bus driver by RIPTA for many years.
Robert E. Fontaine
ATTLEBORO- Robert E. Fontaine, 77 of South Attleboro, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 after a long battle with ALS. He spent his final days surrounded by his loving family; a testament to the love he shared his entire life. He was the beloved husband of Lucille J. (Major) Fontaine for 55 years.
Born in Pawtucket, RI and a longtime resident of Seekonk, MA, he was a son of the late Leo and Ida (Dorais) Fontaine.
PAWTUCKET- Mary (Martin) Morra, of Spring Street, Pawtucket Passed away on January 13, 2013.
Mary was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of Florence J. (Jadach) Martin of Pawtucket and the late Horace F. Martin.
Besides her mother Mary is survived by her daughter Amanda Leigh Morra of Pawtucket, her brothers, Michael Martin, and Paul Martin of Pawtucket, Peter Martin of Framingham MA and John Martin of North Kingston. She also leave her sisters Kathleen Marsella of Lincoln and Susan Bourque of Plainville Ma. and 15 nieces and nephews.