Archive - 2013
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
You could say there was a heavy presence of local talent on this fallâ€™s menâ€™s soccer program at Rhode Island College.
The roster featured three players from Pawtucket â€“ Camilo Estrada, Anderson Monteiro and Chuck Oddih â€“ and two from Lincoln â€“ Emmanuel Asiedu and Alexander LaBreche. Estrada and Asiedu learned earlier this week that their efforts and contributions did not go unnoticed by their contemporaries. Both were named to the Second Team All-Little East Conference.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Thereâ€™s so much notoriety surrounding major college sports today that sometimes, we lose sight that the central figures are mere babes in the woods in terms of life experience.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The firing last week of City Manager Peter Graczykowski has prompted a renewed call for the city to consider switching to an elected mayor form of government, a proposal the sitting City Council wants to open up for debate at its next meeting on Nov. 19.
Part of that debate will be whether or not the council should put a strong mayor form of government question on the ballot next year.
Beatrice L. Weiss
LINCOLN - Beatrice L. Weiss, of Lincoln, died Monday at Landmark Medical Ctr. She was the wife of the late Marcel J. Weiss. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Rene P. and Florence (Laporte) Tougas.
She was a graduate of the former Notre Dame High School. She lived in Attleboro, MA and worked for many years at Texas Instrument before moving to Woonsocket where she made her home for 45 years. She was a retiree of AT Cross Mfg. Co. of Lincoln.
Annette Y. Dussault
CUMBERLAND - Annette Y. Dussault, 89 of One Mendon Road, passed away Tuesday in Riverview Healthcare Center, Coventry. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Dussault.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Eserest & Ida Vincellette. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life.
She was communicant of St. Aidan Church, Cumberland.
Kent C. Smith
PAWTUCKET - Kent "Kenny" C. Smith, 53, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 10, 2013, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Woods) Smith and the son of Alice Shirley (Jamieson) Smith of Lincoln and the late Justin Francis Smith.
Kenny resided in Lincoln before moving to Pawtucket twenty-seven years ago. He was employed as a form roller at Umicore, Attleboro and had previously been employed by EMS, Attleboro.
Lily Belle St. Onge
PAWTUCKET - Lily Belle St. Onge, 16 days old, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Lily was born in Providence on October 22, 2013, the beloved daughter of Christopher E. St. Onge, Jr. and Danielle R. (Greene) St. Onge of Pawtucket.
Last year, Woonsocket and St. Raphael staged a thrilling Division II quarterfinal-round playoff contest. A touchdown produced in the waning seconds of regulation enabled the Saints to force overtime, this after the Novans held a 21-13 advantage with just 90 seconds remaining.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After exactly 100 minutes of regulation and overtime play, Lincoln High found itself in an eerily similar position in the R.I. Division II championship game against Toll Gate late Saturday afternoon.
Back on Nov. 2, the Lions played ninth-seeded East Greenwich to a 1-1 quarterfinal stalemate before eventually claiming a 2-1 shootout victory; that came via a 4-3 penalty-kick count.
Against third-ranked Toll Gate, Lincoln seemed to have some confidence built in following that previous third OT triumph, but one swing of the leg turned the tide.
CUMBERLAND -- Cumberland needed to bring out its best football against a formidable opponent on Friday night if it wanted to repeat as Division II-B champions and earn the leagueâ€™s top seed in the upcoming playoffs.
But instead of bringing out their best, the Clippers did the complete opposite against West Warwick and paid the price.
PAWTUCKET â€” The busy holiday season is approaching, and with it comes more worries for those who are struggling to make ends meet. As it has for the past 31 years, The Times is trying to help by raising money through its annual Merry Christmas Fund that benefits The Salvation Army of Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ As he watched one Providence player after another foul out, Ed Cooley took a hard and long look at the available options on the bench.
What the head coach saw was his sophomore point guard in a finely tailored suit sitting alongside a collection of reserves that suddenly found themselves in the eye of the storm. With his options at a premium, Cooley motioned in the direction of Lee Goldsbrough and Ted Bancroft, hoping beyond belief that somehow, PC could survive this overtime session against Boston College.
Thomas P. O'Brien
NARRAGANSETT - Thomas P. O'Brien passed away on October 29, 2013. Born in Pawtucket, he was the beloved son of Norman F. and Jane M. O'Brien. Tom was a graduate of William M. Davies High School.
Besides his parents, Tom is survived by his brothers William O'Brien of Boston, Michael O'Brien of South Kingstown, Joseph O'Brien of Rehoboth and 1 niece and 5 nephews.
CUMBERLAND - Bertrand Thibault, "Bert" 83, passed at home on November 7th. He was the husband of the late Louisette Thibault.
Born in Coleraine, Canada, He was a son of the late George and Merilda (Jean) Thibault.
Bert had been employed as a Master Plumber and Pipe Fitter for over 50 years and was the former Plumbing Inspector for the City of Central Falls and a member of Local 51.
PAWTUCKET - Antonio LaRotonda "Anthony" 84 passed November 7th. He was the companion of Janet Carpenter. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Oscar and Lena (Nassi) LaRotonda.
Besides his companion he is survived by six children, Rose Marie Kadiuraus, Anthony LaRotonda Jr, Michael LaRotonda, Gail Tipple, Greg LaRotonda and Brandi Mangual, two sisters, Margaret McElroy, and Norma Ricci, a brother George Vose, and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Antonio was the brother of the late Amelia LaRotonda.
Agnes A. Pendergrass
LINCOLN - Agnes A. Pendergrass, 82, of Lincoln, died Thursday at Trinity Health Ctr. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Pendergrass and the daughter of the late Herman and Alice (Smith) Davy. Agnes was the oldest of their 7 daughters.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lonsdale for many years.
She is survived by her daughters Jean Costa of Lincoln, Carol Robillard of Woonsocket; her son Wayne Pendergrass of Lincoln and 2 sons of Central Falls; 18 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren.
Normand Leo Lejeune
SUCCASUNNA, NJ - Normand Leo Lejeune, 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 4, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Viviane (Joyal) Lejeune for 58 years, together they resided in Succasunna, NJ for 32 years after moving from Rehoboth, MA. Born in Central Falls, RI, he was a son of the late Alfred and Yvonne (Bessette) Lejeune.
PAWTUCKET â€“ General Treasurer Gina Raimondo still isnâ€™t making any commitments to run for governor next year, but she told the Pawtucket Rotary Club Thursday that, if she does run her top priority would be to create job opportunities for Rhode Island.
Noting that the statistic quoted for unemployment in Rhode Island is above 9 percent (9.1), Raimondo told the Rotarians that if you count people with part-time jobs who want full-time employment, the rate is actually closer to 17 percent.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Before looking ahead to what could result in an unusual five-way tie for first place in the Division II-B ranks once the regular season ends this weekend, itâ€™s time to take a history lesson and look back to the last (and only other) time this happened in the state.
In 2008, Tolman, Woonsocket, West Warwick, Warwick Vets, and Westerly found themselves tied for first place in the Division II-A standings with 5-2 records and scratching their heads over which were going to be the four that would play in the following weekendâ€™s opening round of the playoffs.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In his wildest dreams, Ed Cooley could probably not have imagined that he would have to deal with several criseis regarding player personnel on the eve of a new season for the Providence College Friars.