Archive - 2013
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.
âI remember speaking with a reporter in one of my first interviews for an article about what was possible,â said Driscoll, now less than a month away from the 12th anniversary of his hiring date as the schoolâs athletic director. âIâm a pretty big dreamer, but even for my dreams, itâs exceeded that.â
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 doesnât 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 SRAâs Division II-B record at 2-2.
PAWTUCKET â It hasnât been a happy time at Halloweenland. Last weekendâs debut of the carved pumpkin- and Halloween-themed exhibit at Slater Park was delayed due to rain, and this week, it was spoiled by something truly sinister: vandals who snipped electrical wires, broke displays and pumpkins, and apparently tried to start some fires.
Dennis T. Golda
PAWTUCKET - Dennis T. Golda, 90, of Columbine Avenue passed away Friday October 11, 2013 at the Oakhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pawtucket. He was the beloved husband of the late Sophie M. (Szumilo) Golda.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Stanley and Wanda (Ciolkosz) Golda. He was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Dennis was a Television Repairman for Lutz Television of Pawtucket for 40 years.
CENTRAL FALLS - Erminalda Fonseca, "Minai", 62, passed on October 9th. She was the wife of the late Emanuel Baptista Fonseca.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, she was the daughter of the late Hipolito V. Fontes and Lucilia (DaLomba) Fontes of Pawtucket. She had been employed by Hasbro Industries for over 20 years.
PAWTUCKET â Theyâre usually next to the cash register. Packages that look like they contain incense or potpourri and are labeled âBliss,â âFake Weed,â âLunar Wave,â âWhite Lightningâ or other colorful names. Yet, police say these are synthetic stimulants that are not only harmful, but are now illegal to sell in Rhode Island.
Pawtucket Police have just sent out a letter to all local retailers notifying them of a new state law that makes it illegal to manufacture, sell or use certain synthetic narcotics. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the law (RIGL, Statute 21-28-2.08) into effect on July 17.
PAWTUCKET â The audience was small â about a dozen residents, but they kept the questions coming for Mayor Donald Grebien and his key department heads at Fallon Memorial Elementary School Thursday night.
The meeting was one of a series of community meetings that began this month, and which Grebien has held regularly throughout the three years since he was elected. âI get to give you some of the highlights as well as the downside of government. Iâll talk about where we are and where we came from, and then Iâll take your questions,â the mayor said.