Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKETâGary Gaudreau, found guilty in September of burning down the Physique Company, the gym that he owned on York Avenue, was sentenced Monday before Judge Nettie Vogel.
Gaudreau, 76, of Hutchinson Street, Pawtucket, received a sentence of 25 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions, with nine years to serve, and the balance suspended with probation, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. He was also ordered to have no contact with the owner of the property. READ THE FULL STORY IN TUESDAY'S TIMES.
The mystery surrounding where the Division II Super Bowl will take place is no more.
Monday saw the Rhode Island Interscholastic League confirm the bowl sites and times for all four divisions. To date, the only division with a confirmed matchup is Division II, with defending champion Cumberland squaring off against West Warwick.
The Clippers and Wizards will meet Sunday, Dec. 8 at Cranston Stadium. The kickoff is 3 p.m. and will be preceded by the Division I contest, which gets underway at high noon.
Jesuina Barbosa Gomes
CENTRAL FALLS - Jesuina Barbosa Gomes, 74, entered into eternal peace on Friday, November 22, 2013. Mrs. Gomes was born in Ribeira Ilheu, Mosteiros, Fogo, Cabo Verde. She was the wife of the late Tito Pires Gomes. She was the daughter of the late Casimiro Barbosa Amado and Maria Barbosa Amado. She immigrated to the United States in 1983 and resided Pawtucket, RI.
Lucien V. Plamondon
CENTRAL FALLS - Lucien V. Plamondon, 80, passed on November 23rd with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Margaret (Tougas) Plamondon. They have been married for 53 years.
Born in Vermont, he was a son of the late Emile and Exilia (Lambert) Plamondon.
Lucien had been employed by Starline Structures for 28 years and then for The Fair in Cumberland retiring in 2002. He served in the US Army.
Ethel M. Capineri
Ethel Margaret (Pierce) Capineri, born on September 30, 1928, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Nov. 23, 2013. She is survived by her husband of sixty years, Joseph A. Capineri, Esq. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Isa (Hadfield) Pierce of Coventry, RI. She was a registered nurse and a graduate of the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
ATTLEBORO â A Christmas tradition for thousands of families for well over half a century, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro will flip the switch on its Christmas Festival of Lights Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28.
But this yearâs 60th annual festival, which features more than 350,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres, will incorporate a whopping 800,000 LED lights â twice as many as last year â making the shrine a leader in energy efficiency.
A third of the lights were made possible thanks to donations.
LINCOLN â In the days leading up to his main event fight on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âPride & Powerâ card, Peter Manfredo Jr. referred to himself as a boxer who was âpast his primeâ and dearly hoped to bring back âthe Peter Manfredo Jr. of oldâ one more time.
Not only was Manfredo facing a very tough super middleweight in Lincolnâs Rich Gingras, but he also dedicated his fight to one of his good friends, Cranstonâs Gary Balletto, the former EBA and IBU lightweight champion who was paralyzed from the waist down following an accident at his home in July.
There was nearly an oversight committed as Cumberland and Woonsocket looked to stay the course in the high school football playoff arms race.
Now that the postseason sabers have officially been placed in the Villa Novansâ closet and off to the side for the time being for the Clippers, itâs officially time to talk turkey â as in the annual Thanksgiving Day contest involving these two longtime Blackstone Valley rivals. The latest chapter takes place this Thursday morning with a scheduled 10:30 a.m. kickoff at Woonsocketâs Barry Field.
CUMBERLAND -- Courtesy of a fierce and furious ground attack, Cumberland High not only claimed a thrilling 49-35 victory over St. Raphael Academy in a R.I. Division II semifinal at Tucker Field on Friday night, but also snagged its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
Can another title be far behind?
If ever there was a career night posted by a Clipper, junior Mike Stock would own it. While bulling his way to 144 yards and four touchdowns on 29 handles, he added a fifth on an 11-yard scoring toss from classmate and quarterback Tyler Calabro.
PAWTUCKETâIt's time to break out the Christmas sweaters and velvet dresses because Santa Claus is coming to town! âSanta to the Starsâ Brady White is making his annual appearance for Photos with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Apex, 100 Main St., Pawtucket.
Paul N. Gingras
PAWTUCKET - Paul N. Gingras, 85, died Wednesday, November 21, 2013 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. He was the beloved husband of the late Genevieve (Losiewicz) Gingras for 44 years until her death in 2000. Paul was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley; born in Pawtucket the son of the late Joseph and Lena (Baron) Gingras. He was a painting subcontractor until his retirement in 1993.
Lynn M. Simmons
LINCOLN - Simmons, Lynn M (Savastano), 85, formerly of Lincoln Manor, Lincoln, died October 29, 2013 at Charlesgate Nursing Center.
She leaves her son Andrew Acciaioli and his wife Kathleen of Warwick; two sisters, Dorothy Nimmo and Dina Phaneuf and four grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Pearl Romano, Nella D'Agnenica, Blanche Nero and Louis, Leno, Albino and Ernest Savastano.
A private memorial service is planned.
PAWTUCKET â The saying goes that you can't look ahead without fully understanding where you've been â and why.
Both Cumberland High chief Chris Skurka and St. Raphael Academy mentor Mike Sassi are utilizing that philosophy as they prepare their clubs for a monumental R.I. Division II semifinal, slated for Tucker Field at 7 p.m., Friday.
LINCOLN â Ask any professional boxer what the toughest part of their craft is and the answer is pretty much unanimous.
Itâs not the fights themselves, nor is it the months of training and sparring they devote prior to those bouts.
Rather, itâs the 24-48 hours before they have to weigh in on the day before their fights, and if you needed any proof of that, all you had to do was check out Thursday afternoonâs final weigh-in and press conference at the Wicked Good Bar & Grillâs back room at Twin River.
PAWTUCKETâA man with known ties to organized crime and notoriously known as âThe Coinâ for masterfully producing counterfeit slot machine tokens has now been arrested on drug charges by Pawtucket Police.
Louis Colavecchio, 71, of 172 Argol St., was taken into custody on Wednesday after members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad executed a search warrant of his apartment. Police say the investigation was the result of neighborhood complaints and other sources of information.
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BRISTOL- Ruth Alice McDermott, 91, of Bristol, died Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Franklin Court Assisted Living, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Edwin B. McDermott.
Born in Attleboro, MA, a daughter of the late George F. and Katherine (Montague) Lovely.
PAWTUCKET â The stage in the Central Falls High School auditorium has seen a lot of productions over the years, but perhaps none so formal as a session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
CUMBERLAND â You knew long before the question was posed how uncomfortable Tom Kenwood was.
Now in his 40th year as the Cumberland High boysâ indoor and outdoor track & field mentor, the soft-spoken Kenwood always has dodged â still does â any queries about his impact on the consistent successes of his teams; heâll talk about his athletesâ intense work ethic and drive, competitive nature, etc., as the reason.
In fact, during this particular âsit downâ with Kenwood in the Wellness Centerâs Room 103, surrounded by free weights, Kenwood seemed a bit fidgety.
Dorothy G. Lessa
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy G. Lessa, passed into eternal life on Saturday after an illness. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Shirley A. (Freman) Lessa-Jackson and the late Albert N. Lessa.
Dottie had lived most of her life in Pawtucket and had been employed in the jewelry industry for many years before illness forced her retirement.
Ina A. Vendituoli
PAWTUCKET - Ina A. Vendituoli, 86, passed on November 16, 2013 with her loving family beside her. She was the wife of the late Frank Vendituoli, and the daughter of the late Eskel and Signe (Strom) Frick.