Archive - Feb 2013
PROVIDENCE â€” When the North Smithfield public schools tried to raise money for interscholastic sports in 2009 by assessing participation fees, some students paid the charge willingly, but the move was met with legal challenges and dropped when booster clubs raised the necessary money to run the teams.
PROVIDENCE â€” Although attorney William Murphy tried to paint former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreauâ€™s felony as a â€śvictimless crime,â€ť U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell declared that â€śpublic corruption has many victimsâ€ť and sentenced Moreau to two years in federal prison.
Moreau was also fined $25,000, which the judge told the disgraced ex-mayor is â€śthe amount of financial gain you receivedâ€ť from the crime. He was ordered to perform 300 hours of public service once he gets out of prison and he will remain under supervision for three years after his release.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles head coach Jessica Shiel would have liked to celebrate a pair of triumphs on Tuesday night.
First, she hoped her squad would pull out a win over Division II-North foe Lincoln, then turn her attention to how much money the Mounties had raised during its first ever â€śPink-Outâ€ť contest, with all proceeds from the gate and T-shirt sales going directly to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Raymond J. Keenan
ATTLEBORO - Raymond J. Keenan 69, of County Street passed away Sunday February 10, 2013 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Judith M. (Souza) Keenan.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late George and Sarah
(Andrade) Keenan. He lived in Attleboro for the past 55 years.
Before retiring in 2012 Ray was employed as a Ring Maker for the Stearn and Leach Mfg. Co. of Attleboro for 30 years. He was an avid bowler.
William C. Perry, Jr.
PROVIDENCE - William C. Perry, Jr., 51 passed away peacefully at RIH Feb. 7, 2013 with his family by his side.
Born in North Smithfield, RI, son of late William C. Perry Sr., and survivors Joan Perry of Harrisville, RI and his sister Deborah Fortier of Harrisville, RI, daughter Kathrine Filingiere of Bristol, RI.
A private service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Heart Association, 1 State Street, Suite 200, Providence, RI, 02908
Schools in Woonsocket and Pawtucket are closed for the second straight day. In the scheme of high school athletics, one of these cities plans on playing through the elements while the other adheres to a policy that if school is canceled, so too are all after-school activities.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the wintery landscape looked like pretty as a postcard, dealing with the heavy white stuff was anything but a walk in the park for both the city's residents and its municipal workers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pope Benedict XVI caught Blackstone Valley Catholics by surprise when he announced his retirement for health reasons Monday, but most said they supported and even admired what must have been a difficult decision.
â€śI was proud of him,â€ť said the Rev. Edward St-Godard, pastor of Holy Family Parish. â€śWhen they say theyâ€™re stepping down because they can no longer function, I think itâ€™s a wonderful thing.â€ť
Arminda O. Monteiro
PROVIDENCE- Arminda O. Monteiro, 95, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on February 10th.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, the daughter of the late Olegario and Maria (Santos) Monteiro.
She had been employed by Esposito Jewelry Company of Cranston for many years.
She enjoyed gardening, sewing and was the neighborhood babysitter.
She is survived by four daughters, Margarida Fortes of New Jersey, Paulina Alves and Maria Tavares of Providence and Francisca Monteiro-Balla of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Robert E. Bourgault
SMITHFIELD - Bourgault, Robert E., 76, of Village Drive died Monday at his home. He was the husband of the late Lorraine L. (Dufresne) Bourgault.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Edward J. and Pearl (Moon) Bourgault, he had lived in Smithfield for the past 40 years. Mr. Bourgault was a security guard at Mine Safety and Ann & Hope before retiring. He was also a truck driver.
George A. Faulkner, Sr.
ATTLEBORO - George A. Faulkner, Sr., 73, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 7, 2013. He was the beloved husband of M. Suzanne (Coleman) Faulkner for 50 years.
Alan G. Theofilis
PAWTUCKET - Alan G. Theofilis, 64, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2013. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late George H. and Rena T. (Nannini) Theofilis. Alan was a draftsman for Grinnell Corporation/Anvil International, North Kingstown for over 30 years.
He leaves a son, Joshua Levin; a sister, Donna J. Valentine of Pawtucket; a niece; a nephew; two grand nieces and a grand nephew.
Cecile G. Lemieux
CUMBERLAND - Cecile G. (Provost) Lemieux, 80, of High St., passed away Friday at the home of her daughter Suzanne Depot. She was the wife of the late Richard Lemieux.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Henry and Marie R. (Vincent) Provost. She had resided in Cumberland for the past 13 years having lived in Pawtucket most of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother to her loving family.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Blackstone Valley began to dig out from the Blizzard of 2013 this weekend but not without a few complications.
The intensity of the storm, its heavy snowfall overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, and high winds all hindered public safety crews in clearing roads immediately and set the stage for long hours of plowing into Monday.
PAWTUCKET â€” The section of Interstate 95 that spans the Pawtucket River Bridge used to be so flat that it hardly seemed like a â€śbridgeâ€ť at all when one drove over it. Yet, with the new construction, southbound motorists are reporting a noticeable â€śdipâ€ť or decline as they cross the bridge on I-95 near the Comfort Inn on George Street.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials have noticed this unevenness as well, and the contractor for the project is reportedly planning to correct the issue in the spring.
CUMBERLAND â€” There are swimmers out there who belong to a USA Swimming, Inc.-affiliated club who either choose not to compete on the high school level or are told by their coaches they shouldnâ€™t.
In these parts, they make those decisions for this reason: Meets such as the New England Senior Championships or the regional Age Group equivalent, always mere days after â€śhigh school states,â€ť are deemed much more critical because itâ€™s the road most traveled to qualify for more visible national events.
Due to the anticipated severity of the blizzard overnight, there will be no delivery of the Saturday edition on Saturday. It will be delivered on Sunday. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Morris J. Leonard
CUMBERLAND - Morris "Mike" J. Leonard, 82 of West Wrentham Rd. passed away Wednesday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Lillian B. (Philbin) Leonard.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Fitzgerald) Leonard. He resided in Pawtucket most of his life and moved to Cumberland 12 years ago.
He was employed as Credit Manager for the Petroleum Heat and Power Co. (PETRO), Providence for 17 years retiring in 1994. Previously he was Credit Manager for the Beneficial Finance Co., Pawtucket for 25 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom Sorrentine closed his post-game interview this way: â€śWe've had trouble with size inside all year long, and that's got to change.â€ť
Minutes before, Sorrentine watched as Woonsocket High big men Gare Lyles and Piotr Linek tore down rebound after rebound in their Division I-North clash at Alumni Hall on Thursday night.
In the end, however, the Saints overcame that height, utilized an 11-5 surge in the span of 6:59 late in the final stanza and garnered a 57-49 victory before about 150 fans.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just a few days after Andy Yosinoff earned his 700th career victory as the head coach of the Emmanuel College women's hoop team â€“ it came Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, courtesy of a 76-49 blowout victory over Lasell at the Jean Yawkey Center â€“ he admitted the achievement was still sinking in.
â€śCan I believe it? I don't know,â€ť the 64-year-old Pawtucket native chuckled via phone from his athletic department office. â€śIf you do something long enough, I guess you can accomplish things you never thought you would. Longevity is the key.