Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words âtenaciousâ and âpugnaciousâ often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A public hearing will be held Oct. 1 on the cityâs proposed $167.8 million budget for fiscal 2014, which calls for a 1 percent tax rate increase.
The hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.
According to City Manager Peter Graczykowski, the proposed budget comports with the cityâs policies and addresses the cityâs budget plan as related to the five-year fiscal stability plan constraints adopted by the East Providence Budget Board.
PAWTUCKET â By Thanksgiving, young thespians, singers and musicians at St. Raphael Academy should have a new stage on which to ply their arts. The private, coeducational Catholic high school has begun a major renovation of its former gymnasium to create a state-of-the-art theater.
A blessing and groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the renovation project will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. The theater will occupy a building that was formerly known as the Lynch Gymnasium at the corner of Maynard and Walcott streets.
CUMBERLAND â The story Tuesday afternoon at the Monastery wasnât so much whether host Cumberland High would sweep its Northern Division tri-meet against other local foes.
They did, and then some.
Instead, it revolved around a rivalry that began last year. That is, how would Clipper sophomore Amy Laverty perform against junior Betsy Dumais, one of Burrillvilleâs top harriers over the past decade or more.
Laverty captured this particular outing, outhustling Dumais to the finish line with a stellar 3.1-mile clocking of 19:50. She edged the runner-up Bronco by a mere four ticks.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, a 30-year-veteran who has been accused of stealing gasoline from the city, has retired.
Provost was charged with misdemeanor larceny last month for allegedly stealing more than $700 worth of gasoline from municipal gas pumps. He pleaded not guilty and is due back in Sixth District Court in Providence today for a hearing.
BOSTON â Gary DiSarcina and Rich Sauveur thought they were positioned well out of harmâs way. Perched in a far corner inside the champagne-soaked, music-blaring, jolly-good-time party scene that was the Red Soxâ clubhouse following last Fridayâs division clincher, the two Pawtucket Red Sox coaches were more than content to be innocent bystanders.
But what soon followed was a moment that could very well summarize the impact that DiSarcina, Sauveur and the rest of the 2013 PawSox had on the newly minted American League East champs.
PAWTUCKETâA 21-year-old Providence man was arrested after biting off the ear off of a 43-year-old Pawtucket man he was acquainted with during an altercation outside of The Met nightclub, 1005 Main St., on Saturday night, police said.
Police Maj. Arthur Martins said that the two men, Nicholas Parlee and Jeremy Hilton, who he described as friends, had been at The Met and were leaving at around 11:30 p.m. when they got into a dispute. During the fight, Parlee grabbed Hilton's head and bit his ear completely off, Martins said.
L. Allen Strong
N. PROVIDENCE - L. Allen Strong, 76, died on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Golden Crest Nursing Center in N. Providence.
Born in N. Attleboro, MA, he was a son of the late Lester W. and Helen L. (King) Strong.
Mr. Strong graduated from Swansea High School and was a volunteer firefighter for the Lonsdale Fire Department in the late 1950s. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local #64 and delivered products for Nissen, Table Talk and Country Kitchen Bakeries.
CUMBERLAND - Robert Hinchcliffe, 84, of Harriet Lane passed away peacefully Sunday, September 22, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth S. "Libby" (Wild) Hinchcliffe.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Fred and Annie (Harcus) Hinchcliffe, he had lived in Cumberland for the past 37 years.
Mr. Hinchcliffe was a machinist at Cumberland Engineering for many years before retiring.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in peacetime and was a member of American Legion Post #273.
Even on the phone, the unbridled enthusiasm in Tyrone Naredâs voice was readily apparent.
A new basketball season on foreign soil beckons for this Woonsocket native, and judging by the synopsis Nared provided mere hours before embarking on a near 15-hour flight that would take him to his roundball address for the next several months, the outlook appears bright.
CENTRAL FALLS - Carolyn Rabbitt, "Carol" 80, passed suddenly on September 20, 2013. She was the wife of Joseph Rabbitt. They have been married for 56 years.
She was a member of the Wilfred Manor Association and previously resided 42 years on Shawmut Ave.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Catherine (Redmond) Moon.
Peter A. Spaziano Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Peter A. Spaziano Sr., 95 of Summit Road, passed away Friday at home. He was the husband of the late Jeanette (LaChance) Spaziano and Violet (Dupuis) Spaziano
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Anthony P. and Maria (Adamo) Spaziano. He resided in Cumberland for the past 20 years, previously residing in Pawtucket. He was employed by the former Corning Glass Co., of Central Falls for many years until his retirement.
He was a WW II US Army Veteran.
Donald Dooley, Jr.
ATTLEBORO - Donald Dooley, Jr., 60, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 21, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Deborahlynn (Macreading) Dooley. Born in Attleboro, he was a son of Donald, Sr. and Barbara (Gaff) Dooley of South Attleboro.
Don was a member of the Oakland Beach Yacht Club for many years and was an avid boater who loved spending time on the ocean. He was also a fan of NASCAR and a devoted supporter of the ASPCA.
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.
âWe only return three starters on each side of the ball from last yearâs team,â 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 Brownâs 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 Highâs 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 weekendâs 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 ânewâ â season, a.k.a. the playoffs.