Archive - Mar 2013
PAWTUCKET â If it could be talked about in human terms, everyone involved acknowledges that the city's police and fire pension fund is sick...critical, in fact. And everyone is in agreement that life-saving measures must be taken. Yet, the way to go about restoring the plan to good health is being viewed differently by the various parties involved, although at some point, a consensus will have to be reached.
PAWTUCKET â The Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op girlsâ hockey squad had just suffered a tough 5-2 decision to the combined Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth club on Thursday night, March 7, at Brown University.
That, coupled with the Lionsâ 6-5 double-overtime defeat in the first game of this-best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series, meant the second-year program hadnât captured its dream of capturing the state crown.
Robert Norman Thibeault
COVENTRY - Robert Norman Thibeault, 75, formerly of Lear Drive, passed away Friday after an illness.
He was born in Central Falls the son of the late Raymond L. and Antoinette (Tetreault) Thibeault.
Bob graduated from St. Raphael Academy, RI Hospital school of Nursing, Salve Regina University, cum laude and there he received his BSS. He was employed at RI Hospital as an associate director, administrator shift, until his illness forced his retirement. He had been recuperating at Kindred Transitional Care, Oak Hill, in Pawtucket. He leaves no immediate survivors.
Kayla Silva, of Zaccagnini's Pastry Shoppe at 546 Smithfield Ave. in Pawtucket, brings out another tray of fresh-made Zeppoles, which were selling like hot cakes on Saturday. They will be available through today â St. Joseph's Day. According to manager Rose Cabral, the store will sell 10,000 of the sweet custard treats. Zaccagnini's has another
location at 2339 Diamond Hill Rd. in Cumberland.
CUMBERLAND â The town council Wednesday will consider a resolution authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to submit to the state a funding improvement plan for the town pension system. The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.
The Rhode Island Retirement Security Act of 2011 also requires that the town create a funding plan to improve the funded percentage of its pension fund to 60 percent within the next 20 years.
PAWTUCKET â As local apartment dwellers know all too well, the cost of renting these days is not in synch with the current job market, average wages and unemployment rate. According to a report released last week from the Low Income Housing Coalition, Rhode Island has the 17th highest rental costs in the U.S., which means that many renters, particularly those at the low end of the earning spectrum, are having difficulty finding affordable apartments.
PROVIDENCE â While the immediate future of Rhode Island high school co-op teams does not appear threatened, concern appears to be mounting about the direction the practice is heading.
A portion of Mondayâs gathering of the Principalsâ Committee on Athletics focused on a myriad of topics that have to do with the validity of cooperative programs. The fact-finding mission is already underway -- a committee tasked by the Interscholastic League to weigh the pros and cons of co-ops recently sent out a three-page survey to principals and athletic directors.
PROVIDENCE â Validation that the Providence College menâs basketball program is heading in the right direction came Sunday night in the form of receiving a first-round home game in the National Invitational Tournament.
PC will welcome Charlotte to The Dunk Wednesday night for a 7:15 tip. The Friars are seeded fourth in a region while the 49ers of the Atlantic 10 are the fifth seed. Wednesdayâs winner advances to face the victor of Kentucky-Robert Morris, a contest set for Tuesday night. Second-round NIT matchups are scheduled for March 21-25.
George R. Riendeau
PAWTUCKET - George "Bud" R. Riendeau, 84, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013. Born in Providence, a son of the late George W. and Mary (Fortier) Riendeau, he resided in Pawtucket over 30 years. Bud was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran. He was employed as a pump operator for the City of Pawtucket at the Filtration Plant, Cumberland for 18 years until retiring, and was also a self employed auto mechanic.
He leaves several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was the brother of the late William R., Joseph M. and Robert C. Riendeau.
CENTRAL FALLS - Teresa Wec, 62, of High Street passed away Monday March 18, 2013 at Roger Williams Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Stanley Wec.
Born in Poland she was a daughter of the late Adam and Julia (Adamczyk) Sojka. She lived in Central Falls for the past 35 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church Holy Rosary Society.
Robert B. Lyons
PAWTUCKET - Robert B. Lyons, of McAloon Street, Pawtucket died on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Mr. Lyons was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late John Lyons and Margaret (Murphy) Lyons. He was a card dealer at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.
Mr. Lyons is survived by his daughters, Kristin Lyons and husband Gary Contois of Seekonk Ma., and Susan Young and her husband Brian of Omaha, Nebraska. He also leaves his grandchildren, Nicole Contois, Shauna Contois, Jasmine Contois, Ryan Contois, Kaitlyn Young and Timothy Young.
Joan A. DiGregorio
CUMBERLAND - Joan A. DiGregorio, 77, formerly of Pawtucket, died Saturday. She was the wife of the late Frank G. DiGrigorio.
Born in Cranston, April 17, 1935 she was the daughter of the late Arthur H. and Alma (Belander) Dufresne. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life and had resided in Cumberland since 1978.
Helen C. Cook
CUMBERLAND - Helen C. (Wunschel) Cook, 82, of Melrose St. passed away peacefully Friday in the RI. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late James B. Cook Sr.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Popiolek) Wunschel. She had resided in Cumberland for the past 62 years.
She was employed by the former A. T. Cross Co., Lincoln for a number of years and was previously employed by the former Peterson Puritan Co., Cumberland for many years.
PAWTUCKET â The state Department of Transportation (RI DOT) will temporarily close Exit 27 (downtown) from I-95 southbound in Pawtucket for about six weeks beginning Monday.
This closure will allow for the demolition of the temporary exit ramp, as well as the transition to the permanent exit to downtown Pawtucket through the Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement Project.
Cumberland High School art students, from left, Lynn Nachampasak, Emily Feng and Lauren Riley copy a Monet painting of waterlilies onto the wall of the Art Department. Art teachers Betsy MacDonald and Lauren Scotto said they encouraged their students to do the painting as a way to promote art in the school. The three seniors are all accomplished artists and will leave a memorable work for their peers,
according to Scotto. The project has blossomed into creations of art in other areas of the school, including an Andy Warhol âAstronautâ for a wall near the Science Department.
CUMBERLAND â On Friday, March 15, students at Cumberland High School had Aydan Nyberg in their hearts â and on their sleeves.
Aydan, an eight-year-old student of the Cumberland Hill Elementary School, has been battling cancer since age 3 and has inspired the high school to show support for him in a variety of ways, including wearing orange-colored clothing â because orange is his favorite color â and holding a number of fundraising projects.
Head coach James Riel, back, holds the Div. II championship plaque as the Lincoln High School boys hockey team celebrates their sudden death overtime win over Prout 3-2 for the Division II state championship on the ice at Meehan Auditorium Saturday.
PAWTUCKET â New England Gold & Silver has centered its business around offering customers cash for their unwanted gold and silver. Now, just one year later, the success of that model has allowed for an expansion into the retail jewelry trade.
Helen M. Howarth
PAWTUCKET - Helen M. Howarth, 90 of Pawtucket died on Thursday, March 14, 2013 surrounded by her family. Mrs. Howarth was the wife of the late George E. Howarth, Jr.
She was born in Providence the daughter of the late Frank J. Barker and Helen A. Fanning. Mrs. Howarth was a longtime parishioner at St. Teresa's Church in Pawtucket. She was a past President of the St. Teresa's Senior Club, a member of the Rosary and Alter Society and a former Den Mother for Pack 11. She was a champion cook most noted for her Chocolate Chip Toll House Squares.
Edith L. Najarian
RUMFORD - Edith L. (Buckley) Najarian, 82, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur A. Najarian.
Born in Seekonk, a daughter of the late Winsor W. and Mary V. (Donnelly) Buckley, she resided in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford over fifty years ago. Edith was a payroll clerk at ITT Wire & Cable Company for forty-seven years until retiring.
She leaves two sisters, Rita Pelletier and her husband, Gilbert of Pawtucket and Shirley Ebert and her late husband, William with whom she made her home and several nieces and nephews.