Archive - 2013
LINCOLN â€“ Twin River officials have received state approval to increase the number of table games at the 100 Twin River Road, state-supervised casino, and may be unveiling a new expansion plan even as casino plans move forward in nearby Massachusetts.
Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle confirmed on Tuesday that the casino received permission from the state Lottery Commission last Friday to increase the number of live gaming tables from 66 to 80, but noted a specific plan for an expansion has not yet been finalized.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Tolman High had just dropped the first game of an important, early-season, Division II-North clash against North Smithfield when head coach Roger Tow huddled his girls for a talk.
It consisted of several statements, the lowlights being the Tigersâ€™ committing too many unforced errors, missing serves, not playing their positions and a failure to communicate.
â€śThey listened; theyâ€™re a very coachable group,â€ť Tow said.
PROVIDENCE â€” The margin for error in Divi-sion II looks pretty slim so far this season.
Lincoln High, which lost in the D-II playoff semifinals last year, edged Moses Brown by a 1-0 margin on Tuesday afternoon in a contest that featured a total of two shots on goal, one for each side.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Carrying on a tradition that they started in 2001, members of the United Veterans Council of Woonsocket and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a remembrance ceremony today marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.
SEEKONK - Stanley Kogut 62, passed away Tuesday September 10, 2013 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Sheryl A. (Minasian) Kogut.
Born in Poland he was a son of Waleria (Wegiel) Kogut and the late Pawel Kogut. He lived in Seekonk for the past year and was formerly of Central Falls and Pawtucket.
Stanley was employed in the job of his dreams for the past 12 years as a Grounds Keeper for Pawtucket Country Club. Prior to that he was employed as a Jewelry Polisher for 30 years.
Robert A. Booth
PAWTUCKET - Robert "Bob" Arthur Booth, 66, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Saturday, September 7, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Mary T. (Sullivan) Booth. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Benjamin Franklin Booth and the late Clara (Curiczak) Booth.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Local police say they arrested nearly twice as many people for drunken driving in 2012 as they did the previous year.
Sixty people were arrested for driving under the influence last year, a whopping 94 percent increase over the 31 DUI arrests that were made in 2011, Police Chief John R. Desmarais noted in the Cumberland Police Departmentâ€™s annual report, which was presented to the Town Council last Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just because the Pawtucket Red Sox are three wins away from clinching yet another Governorsâ€™ Cup championship, it doesnâ€™t mean the roster is untouchable.
Even amidst playoff competition, the Triple-A outfit remains at the beck and call of the parent club. The regular-season practice of providing reinforcements on a need basis does not get a reprieve just because of what teams like the PawSox have lined up over the next several days.
CUMBERLAND â€” With exactly 13:24 left in regulation, Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello called a timeout to express her dismay at her troops failing to heed her halftime advice.
â€śGirls, we just talked about this!â€ť she stated to the huddle around her. â€śWe need to improve, or weâ€™re not getting anyway. Youâ€™re still swinging at the ball instead of passing it. Now letâ€™s do a better job!â€ť
O. Muriel Labrie
KEENE, NH - O. Muriel Labrie, 92, formerly of Surry Hill Road, Keene, NH died at the Keene Center-Genesis Eldercare on Friday afternoon, September 6, 2013 with her dear friends by her side.
She was born in Pawtucket, RI on December 24, 1920 the daughter of Alfred J. and Olivine (Gagner) Labrie.
Walter C. Littlefield
BLOCK ISLAND - Walter Clifford Littlefield, 83, a past resident of Block Island, Rhode Island and Seekonk, Massachusetts died Friday, August 30, 2013 at Elmhurst Extended Care in Providence, after a long battle with Parkinsons Disease.
He was the cherished husband of the late Priscilla J. (Macomber) Littlefield, father of Christina D. Littlefield, brother of the late Marilyn Littlefield Rose, uncle to Bernice Rose Dangelas and the late Clifford M. Rose.
John P. Asermely
PAWTUCKET - John P. Asermely, 81, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully at home, Saturday, September 7, 2013. He was the husband of the late Victorine (Nassaney) Asermely. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Elias and Jamelia (Monsour) Asermely.
John was a navy veteran of the Korean War and was active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, branch of Damascus. He, along with his brothers, owned Asermely Brothers Service Station. He also owned and operated the former Asermely's Market. He later was a bus driver for RIPTA for 16 years, retiring in 1996.
Virginia L. Kosteer
SMITHFIELD - Kosteer, Virginia L.,88, of Greenville, died Friday. She was the widow of Alfred Kosteer, mother of Daniel Kosteer and his wife, Rita and Deborah Adler and her husband, Bruce, grandmother of Nick and Neil Adler and Jennifer and Kimberly Kosteer and sister of George Gibney of South Attleboro. She was the sister of the late Gloria Gibney.
She had worked at JP Coates, the State of Rhode Island and Edward Gatta Associates before retiring. She enjoyed sewing and was an amateur artist.
Jean M. Caron
PAWTUCKET - Jean M. (Smith) Caron, 75, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 8, 2013 surrounded by her family at the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice Center, Providence, A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Arthur J., Sr. and Mona H. (Casey) Smith.
Jean was a homemaker and former member of the Pawtucket Country Club; the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Junior Womens Club. Above all she was a devoted and loving mother; grandmother and great-grandmother. Jean also cared for and loved her cat, Daisy.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Seven years ago, the Eugene T. Lefebvre Post at 414 Hunt St. was sold to the Central Falls Housing Authority. Once a bustling social hub and gathering spot for countless local war veterans and their spouses, the post had fallen on hard times in recent years due to declining membership and an aging infrastructure.
PAWTUCKET â€“ An amazed Alan Ket sits on a bench above the steep bank of the Blackstone River as three colorful dragon boats glide over the choppy surface of the brackish river, drum beats pounding and the sounds of oars slicing through the water.
â€śThis is so cool,â€ť says Ket, who lives in New York City and has never seen a dragon boat up close.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Even though he was the winning pitcher in the decisive game, Charlie Haeger wished to have the spotlight redirected elsewhere.
â€śThe real hero you guys should be talking to is standing over there,â€ť said Haeger while pointing in the direction of Chris Martinâ€™s locker.
It's a beautiful late summer evening along the banks of the Pawtucket River, accentuated by the brilliant colors emanating from the new bridge structure at twilight. Mayor Donald Grebien begins the countdown shortly after seven o'clock...10-9-8 and before you know it, several hundred spectators are bedazzled by the bridge's new high tech lighting system.
PAWTUCKET â€” Phil Frodio makes no bones about it. Heâ€™s here to do some serious eating, and for a 77-year-old foodie like Frodio, there was no better place to be Friday night than the Blackstone River Party and Taste of the Valley in and around Slater Mill on Roosevelt Avenue.
â€śIâ€™m probably going to go home sick tonight,â€ť Frodio says over his second bowl of pasta and sausage.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Hear Matt Barnes talk about recently-arrived catcher Christian Vazquez and itâ€™s clear that whoever takes the mound on a given day is in good hands.