Archive - 2013
CENTRAL FALLS â€” An early morning car fire that spread and caused minor damage to two nearby houses is being investigated by the state Fire Marshalâ€™s office.
Fire Chief Robert Bradley said the fire in a vehicle was reported just before 4 a.m. on Thursday at 137 Sylvian St. He said the blaze started in one car that was parked in the double driveway and spread to a second car. The heat and flames melted the exterior siding on the two apartment houses that flanked each side of the driveway, he said.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islandâ€™s much-vaunted pension reform law amounts to a â€śWall Street wealth transfer schemeâ€ť that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo knowingly participated in, according to the author of a report commissioned by the stateâ€™s largest public employee union and written by an acknowledged foe of hedge funds who has feuded with Raimondo for much of this year.
Olympia M. Teixeira
CUMBERLAND - Olympia M. Teixeira, 85, of Mill St. passed away Tuesday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket.
Olympia Teixeira grew up in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland and lived with her mother Sabina, father Antonio, brother Ernest Teixeira and sister Zulmira Edes.
Olympia did many community activities with her friends and coworkers. She graduated from Cumberland High School and then worked at Corning Glass Co., Sydney Blumenthal and Peterson Puritan where she worked for over thirty years and helped many Portuguese people get their first jobs.
CUMBERLAND â€” Visiting Tiverton tried to pull off a magical comeback and an upset victory over Cumberland on Wednesday night at the Clippersâ€™ Wellness Center, but the Clippers were able to win a 3-2 thriller that raised their Division II-North record to 12-2.
The Clippers cruised to 25-9 and 25-15 victories in the first two games, but the Tigers (6-8) came back to win the next two games, 25-20 and 25-16, and take the Clippers the distance in the fifth set before falling 16-14.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police are beefing up their presence at Onna Moniz John-Central Avenue Playground and meeting with concerned neighborhood residents in the wake of a broad-daylight shooting that injured a 22-year-old man at the park last month.
In a report to the City Council Wednesday, Police Chief Joseph Tavares said the department has increased patrols at the park and is considering additional crime prevention measures. In addition, the first in a series of community meetings was held Oct. 10 between city officials and neighboring residents to discuss concerns about the parkâ€™s safety.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ A pregnant developmentally disabled woman, missing since last Wednesday, has been located safe and sound.
Luisa Pena, 21, was located by Central Falls police yesterday on the Central Falls-Pawtucket line, a week after she was reported missing by her family. Pena is three months pregnant, has a profound speech impediment and doesn't drive.
According to police, Pena was reunited with her family and friends yesterday, two days after her family â€“ worried that she had been abducted â€“ made a public appeal for help at Central Falls High School, where Pena attended.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” During about a 10-minute span, a maintenance worker came up to Paul Landry with a broken section of pipe and inquired about a certain bushing, a young mother pushing a stroller collected paint color samples for her baby's room, and two carpenters debated the best product to use on a ceiling repair. It was a small slice of a typical day at J.A. Landry Hardware on Broad Street.
Yet, after 110 years, the mainstay for factory mechanics, laborers and do-it-your-selfers alike is closing its doors, primarily due to the local economy.
Stephen P. Garrity
EAST PROVIDENCE - Stephen P. Garrity, 56, of Rumford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Born in Providence, he was a son of Virginia A. (Gagner) Garrity of Riverside and the late Leo V. Garrity. Stephen worked as a union painter; officer; trustee and instructor of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. He was a lifelong sports fan; an avid fan of football and loved animals.
Paul E. Robin, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Paul E. Robin, Sr., 92 of Pawtucket died Tuesday at the Holiday Retirement Home in Manville, RI. He was the husband of the late Margaret M. (McVeigh) Robin. Born in Waterloo, Canada he was the son of the late Napoleon and Josephine (Bissonette) Robin. He came to the United States in 1932 and settled in Pawtucket.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The Town Council will consider a resolution adopting an updated master plan for Diamond Hill Park tonight.
The 375-acre Diamond Hill Park on Diamond Hill Road is a multi-use facility that includes several athletic fields, a band shell overlooking a pond and numerous picnic spots and hiking trails. For the past 10 years or so, the town has been trying to come up with ways to improve the park.
Dorothy P. Gauthier
PAWTUCKET - Gauthier, Dorothy P. (Newsham) 90, formerly of Cumberland and Pawtucket passed away peacefully, Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. For 64 years, she was the beloved wife of the late Leo A. Gauthier who predeceased her in 2010.
Marie T. LaMountain
PROVIDENCE - LaMountain, Marie T., "Terry", 77, of Enfield Avenue, died peacefully Monday October 14, 2013, at EPOCH Senior Living Center. She was the former wife of Russell W. LaMountain.
Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Lucien and Rose (Coulombe) Vaillancourt.
Terry was a secretary for Allendale Insurance Company for many years before retiring in 2001.
Kathleen M. Zwolenski
PAWTUCKET - Kathleen M. Zwolenski, 63, passed on October 11th. She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Zwolenski. Kathy lived in Pawtucket all her life and summered at Matunuck Beach.
PAWTUCKET â€” While change is always unsettling, the merger of the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island with the Care New England Healthcare System looks promising--both for the residents of the city that has been its home for over a century as well as the rest of Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and even beyond.
PROVIDENCE â€” Right from the onset, Bob Driscoll expressed a strong desire to inject new life into the athletic facilities utilized by Providence College coaches and student-athletes.
â€śI remember speaking with a reporter in one of my first interviews for an article about what was possible,â€ť said Driscoll, now less than a month away from the 12th anniversary of his hiring date as the schoolâ€™s athletic director. â€śIâ€™m a pretty big dreamer, but even for my dreams, itâ€™s exceeded that.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” First the simple facts:
So far this season, the Lincoln High girls' soccer squad has racked up a stellar 8-0-2 record (9-0-2 overall) against its Division II counterparts, and remains the only unbeaten team in that league, even though Burrillville â€“ with its 9-2-0 mark â€“ sits atop D-II with 27 points.
Still, the Lions (as of Monday) have played one less tilt and are a mere point back in second.
LINCOLN â€“ Massachusetts may be moving forward on adding three casinos and a separate slot parlor as new gambling competition in New England, but that doesnâ€™t have the Twin River casino, off Twin River Road, feeling the pinch of that competition just yet.
In fact, Twin River is well into the process of adding another 14 live game tables to its 66-table-game operation on the first floor of the redesigned former greyhound racing park.
CENTRAL FALLS -- Despite all the things that went wrong for Central Falls on Friday night â€“ from its high number of penalties to its turnovers and poor tackling â€“ the Warriors still had their share of opportunities to defeat a vastly-improved Scituate team.
And while the Spartans endured their share of struggles as well, they were able to pull out of Perez Field with a 20-18 victory and raise their young Division IV record to 2-0.
PROVIDENCE â€“ St. Raphael Academy had trouble protecting leads and finishing games in its two league losses this season.
On Friday night at City Stadium, the Saints corrected those problems, grabbing a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and rolling to a 33-0 victory over Central that evened SRAâ€™s Division II-B record at 2-2.