Archive - 2013
EAST PROVIDENCE - Laura Richard, 87, died peacefully at the Cherry Hill Manor, Johnston on Thursday, December 12, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Cyril Richard. Laura was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Anthony and Stephania (Klimuzki) Kozlowski. She was the owner/operator of Laura's Beauty Shop in East Providence for 35 years, retiring in 1987.
Gregory N. Trojanov
PAWTUCKET - Gregory N. Trojanov, 86, of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Irene (Stanley) Trojanov.
Mr. Trojanov lived most of his life in Pawtucket. He retired after 42 years of employment with the Leviton Corporation. In his younger years, enjoyed singing, dancing, and playing table tennis, and was a well liked man.
PAWTUCKET â€” From breakfast and lunch to dinner and late-night dancing, La Vaca Flaca has it all.
The new, family-owned restaurant at 139 Broad St. has an ambitious plan to be many things to many people, with its first priority being to serve fine quality Mexican and Guatemalan food.
La Vaca Flaca means â€śThe Skinny Cow,â€ť and Isai Diaz, one of the three owners, said he got the inspiration for the name from an American menu. Working as a long-distance truck driver, he said he had stopped at a restaurant in a little town in the middle of the mountains somewhere in Tennessee.
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PAWTUCKET â€” Tom Sienkiewicz has been bringing his Providence Country Day basketball team to the Dennis M. Lynch Jr. Memorial Tournament for seven years without a championship â€“ until Saturday night, that is.
â€śWe finally got lucky,â€ť the former Villanova University guard from the early 1980s joked after his Knights rolled to a 68-48 victory over Central Falls in the championship game, ending St. Raphael Academyâ€™s three-year reign as tourney champ.
PAWTUCKET â€” Marine Lance Corporal Charles Bradley joined the military with the best of intentions and served in Iraq as a helicopter mechanic. Yet, when he was honorably discharged five years later, he was a nervous and depressed single father who found himself suddenly unemployable.
In 2007, Bradley eventually found love again, marrying and presiding over a family of four. Yet, problems with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues have dogged him since, and contributed to the familyâ€™s financial struggles.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High opened its season with a performance that both revealed the potential and the vulnerability of what appears to be a talented squad.
The Tigers roared to a 65-43 victory over Central Falls in a Division II crossover contest. The Tigers played a physical game, took the ball to the basket, looked for the fast break, and turned the ball over 22 times in their eagerness to push the ball up-court. They missed 16 of their 31 free throws.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the Red Sox are expressing confidence that the search to find the next PawSox manager will be wrapped up by Christmas, donâ€™t 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 â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine had heard whispers that PCD was pretty good, which in turn had the veteran St. Raphael mentor quite concerned heading into Thursdayâ€™s 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 Dunnâ€™s high school coach noted, â€śYou really have to feel for the young man.â€ť
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.