Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” It was a big day for 11-year-old Alec Mustafayev of Providence. He focused all of his karate training and on the second try, broke a board in half with his bare hands while onlookers clapped loudly. It was all part of the various techniques on display at the first Pawtucket Martial Arts Festival held Saturday morning at the Pawtucket YMCA.
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PAWTUCKET â€” St. Raphael Academy is fielding a young football team this season that needs to minimize mistakes to reach its full potential.
â€śWe only return three starters on each side of the ball from last yearâ€™s team,â€ť head coach Mike Sassi was saying after the Saints lost a very winnable game against Rogers High of Newport on Saturday afternoon at Pariseau Field.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The good vibrations that have surrounded Dave Waycott and his Lincoln High squad the past few weeks came to a screeching halt Saturday afternoon.
Moses Brownâ€™s campus was a house of horrors for the Lions, who were roughed up to the tune of 46-7 by the Quakers in the Division III opener for both teams.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Approximately 10 months ago, on a cold night at East Greenwich Highâ€™s Carcieri Field, Cumberland High played its collective heart out before suffering a 2-1 triple-overtime semifinal loss to eventual Division II state champion Burrillville.
The two Division II-North rivals went at it again in a tilt at Tucker Field on sun-splashed Friday afternoon, and Clippersâ€™ head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello decided beforehand to remind her upperclassmen of that defeat.
Helen E. Verduchi
CUMBERLAND - Helen E. Verduchi, 92, of Cumberland, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Carl S. Verduchi.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mary (Tierney) Rourke. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life, previously residing in Central Falls.
She loved to go out dancing with her friends.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A 15-count superseding federal indictment returned by a Providence grand jury on Wednesday names eight individuals, including three from Central Falls and three from Pawtucket in a contraband cigarette trafficking scheme.
Tolman High head coach Dave Caito calls it the start of a new season. In many ways, this weekendâ€™s Rhode Island high school football schedule is just that for the local teams.
The time has come to put what has amounted to nearly five weeks of preseason camp in the rearview mirror. The 2013 campaign begins in earnest Friday night with the opening of league play, a time where teams battle it out for division championships and jockey for position in league standings, all fighting toward a common goal: to make it to that next â€“ and final â€“ â€śnewâ€ť â€“ season, a.k.a. the playoffs.
William E. Martin
CUMBERLAND - William E. Martin, 72, of Clark Street. passed away Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Lora G. (Parker) Martin.
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Joseph D. Reynolds III
PROVIDENCE - Joseph D. Reynolds III, 44, passed unexpectedly on September 17th.
He was the son of Joseph D. Reynolds Jr. and Rosemary (Horton) Guindon.
He had been employed as a Machinist for Invensys of Foxboro for 25 years.
Besides his parents he is survived by three brothers, Timothy M. Reynolds and his wife Marissa of Coventry, Douglas M. Reynolds and his wife Shaira of Barrington, Raymond P. Gagnon, a sister, Melissa Gagnon of Pawtucket, and seven nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High head coach Bel Pereira had hoped his squad would sew up what would've been a stellar 2-1 triumph over Division III-A rival St. Raphael Academy on Wednesday evening, but that wish fell by the wayside with one simple boot.
With 10 minutes left in regulation, and after a Tiger defender had been whistled for an infraction just outside her own zone's penalty box, officials awarded talented senior co-captain Kyanna Ivey-Jones an indirect kick from about 22 yards out.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A 20-ton recycling truck driving the wrong way down a one-way street is a liability waiting to happen, says City Councilor Terry Mercer. As such, he and others on the City Council want to see changes made by the city's trash disposal vendor so this action does keep recurring.
CENTRAL FALLS - Rollande Michaud, 82, formerly a longtime Seekonk resident, passed on September 17th with her son by her side. She was the wife of the late Lawrence A. Michaud.
Born in Central Falls, Rollande was a daughter of the late Dorilas and Albertine (Berard) Bergeron.
She had been employed by Apex of Pawtucket for over 30 years and was a former member of the Wilfred Manor Association.
Bernard P. Devlin
PAWTUCKET - Devlin, Bernard P., 82, of Burgess Avenue, Pawtucket passed away on September 17, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Patricia (Regan) Devlin. Bernard was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Patrick and Lydia (Masse) Devlin.
Mr. Devlin graduated from St. Raphael Academy in 1949 and went on to the Rhode Island School of Design for drafting. He worked as a draftsman in the Fram Corporation Engineering Department. Bernard also served his country in the Army during the Korean War.
Gertraud "Traudie" Campbell
LINCOLN - Campbell, Gertraud "Traudie" (Machalett) died September 15, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Center in Providence. Traudie was the wife of James Campbell. She was born September 24, 1928 and was the daughter of the late Walter & Elsa Machalett.
William J. Vaudrain
PAWTUCKET - William J. Vaudrain, 81, died unexpectedly at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford on Monday, September 16, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Auger) Vaudrain for 58 years. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Noel and Leda (Ouellette) Vaudrain and was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” A 27-year-old Central Falls man received two yearsâ€™ probation after admitting he practiced dentistry illegally from his Clay Street apartment.
Ray Guillen, of 77 Clay St., Apt. 2, pleaded no contest Monday before Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Lanphear to practicing without a license. As part of the plea agreement, a drug possession count was amended to one of maintaining a public nuisance, and two remaining charges were dismissed, according to the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office.
PAWTUCKET â€” A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a vacant two-family house at 6 Bloomingdale Ave., near the intersection with Dix Avenue, late Monday night is under investigation by city and state fire officials.
Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the cityâ€™s fire marshal, said firefighters were called to the wood-frame dwelling at around 10:30 p.m. They extinguished the fire, but had to return several hours later, at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, when a â€śhot spotâ€ť ignited a second blaze underneath the ceiling on the first floor.
CUMBERLAND â€” The same olâ€™ affliction keeps raring itâ€™s ugly head for Cumberland High.
Thatâ€™s why head coach Anthony Silva promised moments after a 0-0 Division I stalemate with Barrington on the Tucker Field Annex turf on Tuesday afternoon that his primary focus at todayâ€™s practice session would be creating more offense.
â€śI thought we played well overall,â€ť he sighed following the bittersweet tie, one that left the Clippers at 1-2-1 overall and in league action. â€śWeâ€™ve been lacking offense, and â€“ sometimes â€“ thatâ€™s just the way the game of soccer goes.
Exilda M. Doucette
PAWTUCKET - Exilda M. Doucette, 91, died unexpectedly on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Facility. She was the beloved wife of Roland G. Doucette to whom she was married for 73 years.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Louis and Dorina (Paquette) Morin and was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. Mrs. Doucette was a sales associate in the former Apex Department store retiring after 32 years of exceptional customer service.
She was a former member of the Central Falls Community Center.
Jose Figueroa Jr.
CHELSEA, MA. - Jose Figueroa Jr., formerly of Central Falls, passed away September 13, 2013.
He was the husband of Ashanti (Fernandes) Figueroa. Born in New Bedford, a son of Jose Figueroa of Boston and the late Awilda Cuba. He was also the step-son of Enrique Porto of Central Falls. He had lived in Central Falls several years before moving to Chelsea.