Archive - 2013
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Throughout practice sessions last week, North Providence High head coach Glenn Williams quietly worried about how facing a Division II-B squad such as Shea could hurt it.
Not emotionally, of course, but physically. After all, the competition â€“ not to mention the overall size, strength and speed of a D-II club â€“ is better two leagues up, as many coaches out there would heartily agree.
â€śWe came into this with the attitude 'Let's get through this without any injuries, and let's learn something from it,'â€ť stated Williams, also the school's athletic director.
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CENTRAL FALLS â€” Defense ruled the night as Hope High held on for a 14-6 victory over Central Falls on Friday evening at the Higginson Avenue gridiron.
The visitors led 8-0 at halftime, only to see Central Falls climb to within two points when Carlos Hernandez picked up a botched snap from center by Hope on an attempted punt and returned the ball 45 yards for a touchdown.
It was the only time Central Falls would score all night.
WOONSOCKET â€” Minutes following Mount St. Charlesâ€™ 1-0 loss to fellow Division II stalwart Lincoln High on Friday afternoon, head coach Paul Jacques worried not so much about the verdict but the health of junior keeper Ben Weiss.
With 17:30 remaining in the opening half, Lionsâ€™ senior tri-captain Alex Dâ€™Aloisio fired a pass from the deep left corner toward Weiss as he guarded the net. The liner got through the defense, and Weiss deflected the ball away, but went down in a heap.
CENTRAL FALLS - Virginia (Gouveia) LeDoux, 89, died Friday, October 18, at Sunny View Nursing Home, Warwick.
Born in Lincoln, a daughter of the late Anthony and Theresa (Texiera) Gouveia, she was a lifelong resident of Central Falls.
She worked as a saleswoman for Terrace Shop, Pawtucket. and was a member of the YWCA. She was a communicant of the former St. Matthew's Church, now Holy Spirit Parish, Central Falls.
Itâ€™s hard to believe, but the midway point of the high school season is this weekend.
And in this state, the third weekend of October usually means two things -- a heavy dose of non-league games for Division II teams, and some interesting matchups in the other three divisions.
Two teams holding onto their playoff hopes are included in these divisional matchups, North Smithfield and Central Falls, and there will be plenty of interest in their respective â€śmust-winâ€ť contests.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” A Fall River woman has pled guilty to embezzling more than $437,000 from a Columbus Credit Union branch office in East Providence where she was employed as a supervisor.
Crystal Ferreira, 27, of Fall River, now faces up to 30 years in federal prison when she is sentenced in January, according to U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, who announced the guilty plea Thursday along with East Providence Police Chief Joseph H. Tavares and Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.
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.