Archive - 2013
Robert B. Lyons
PAWTUCKET - Robert B. Lyons, of McAloon Street, Pawtucket died on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Mr. Lyons was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late John Lyons and Margaret (Murphy) Lyons. He was a card dealer at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.
Mr. Lyons is survived by his daughters, Kristin Lyons and husband Gary Contois of Seekonk Ma., and Susan Young and her husband Brian of Omaha, Nebraska. He also leaves his grandchildren, Nicole Contois, Shauna Contois, Jasmine Contois, Ryan Contois, Kaitlyn Young and Timothy Young.
Joan A. DiGregorio
CUMBERLAND - Joan A. DiGregorio, 77, formerly of Pawtucket, died Saturday. She was the wife of the late Frank G. DiGrigorio.
Born in Cranston, April 17, 1935 she was the daughter of the late Arthur H. and Alma (Belander) Dufresne. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life and had resided in Cumberland since 1978.
Helen C. Cook
CUMBERLAND - Helen C. (Wunschel) Cook, 82, of Melrose St. passed away peacefully Friday in the RI. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late James B. Cook Sr.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Popiolek) Wunschel. She had resided in Cumberland for the past 62 years.
She was employed by the former A. T. Cross Co., Lincoln for a number of years and was previously employed by the former Peterson Puritan Co., Cumberland for many years.
PAWTUCKET â The state Department of Transportation (RI DOT) will temporarily close Exit 27 (downtown) from I-95 southbound in Pawtucket for about six weeks beginning Monday.
This closure will allow for the demolition of the temporary exit ramp, as well as the transition to the permanent exit to downtown Pawtucket through the Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement Project.
Cumberland High School art students, from left, Lynn Nachampasak, Emily Feng and Lauren Riley copy a Monet painting of waterlilies onto the wall of the Art Department. Art teachers Betsy MacDonald and Lauren Scotto said they encouraged their students to do the painting as a way to promote art in the school. The three seniors are all accomplished artists and will leave a memorable work for their peers,
according to Scotto. The project has blossomed into creations of art in other areas of the school, including an Andy Warhol âAstronautâ for a wall near the Science Department.
CUMBERLAND â On Friday, March 15, students at Cumberland High School had Aydan Nyberg in their hearts â and on their sleeves.
Aydan, an eight-year-old student of the Cumberland Hill Elementary School, has been battling cancer since age 3 and has inspired the high school to show support for him in a variety of ways, including wearing orange-colored clothing â because orange is his favorite color â and holding a number of fundraising projects.
Head coach James Riel, back, holds the Div. II championship plaque as the Lincoln High School boys hockey team celebrates their sudden death overtime win over Prout 3-2 for the Division II state championship on the ice at Meehan Auditorium Saturday.
PAWTUCKET â New England Gold & Silver has centered its business around offering customers cash for their unwanted gold and silver. Now, just one year later, the success of that model has allowed for an expansion into the retail jewelry trade.
Helen M. Howarth
PAWTUCKET - Helen M. Howarth, 90 of Pawtucket died on Thursday, March 14, 2013 surrounded by her family. Mrs. Howarth was the wife of the late George E. Howarth, Jr.
She was born in Providence the daughter of the late Frank J. Barker and Helen A. Fanning. Mrs. Howarth was a longtime parishioner at St. Teresa's Church in Pawtucket. She was a past President of the St. Teresa's Senior Club, a member of the Rosary and Alter Society and a former Den Mother for Pack 11. She was a champion cook most noted for her Chocolate Chip Toll House Squares.
Edith L. Najarian
RUMFORD - Edith L. (Buckley) Najarian, 82, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur A. Najarian.
Born in Seekonk, a daughter of the late Winsor W. and Mary V. (Donnelly) Buckley, she resided in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford over fifty years ago. Edith was a payroll clerk at ITT Wire & Cable Company for forty-seven years until retiring.
She leaves two sisters, Rita Pelletier and her husband, Gilbert of Pawtucket and Shirley Ebert and her late husband, William with whom she made her home and several nieces and nephews.
PROVIDENCE â Lincoln High wasnât at its best against the Prout School on Thursday night.
Not only did the Lions go 0-for-4 on the power play for the game, but during their last man advantage with less than six minutes left, it not only failed to capitalize, but yielded the Crusaders a shorthanded goal.
But thanks largely to the play of sophomore goalie Chris Leclaire and his 28 stunning saves, the Lions survived with a 3-2 verdict over Prout in the initial game of this best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series at Brown University's Meehan Auditorium.
CENTRAL FALLS â Central Falls Mayor James Diossa has appointed long-time city resident and community leader Sonia Grace as his chief of staff.
The new post, which will help oversee department operations in the city, replaces the position of administrative assistant to the mayor at no additional cost to taxpayers, thanks to cost-saving measures implemented by Diossa, including his taking a 10-percent pay cut, removing the mayor's car allowance and finding 25 percent savings in portions of the legal budget.
PAWTUCKET â School officials say that the recent cockroach problem at the Cunningham Elementary School has been addressed and the kitchen is expected to re-open by early next week.
The kitchen at the school at 40 Baldwin Street was closed after a food service worker discovered several cockroaches present on Feb. 25. School officials said that the central administration was notified about the cockroaches and a pest control contractor was immediately called in to spray the area.
CUMBERLAND - Eugene Papa, 76, died Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Marilyn (Braga) Papa. Eugene was the son of the late Carmine and Mary (Coia) Papa. He was employed by Almac's as a deli manager.
Besides his wife he leaves four sons, Kevin and Robert Papa both of Woonsocket, Kenneth Papa of Cumberland, and Scott Papa of Rehoboth, MA, a sister, Beverly Ann Gordon of Kentucky, six grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
Ruth M. Paquet
HOLLYWOOD, FL - Ruth M. (Leach) Paquet, 84, passed away on March 11, 2013 while residing at The Bay Pointe Terrace assisted living home. Born in Pawtucket, RI and living most of her life in Lincoln, RI, she then retired in south Florida. She is the daughter of the late Charles H. and Grace (Brown) Leach, and the wife of the late Roland Paquet.
PAWTUCKET â Faced with a nearly $150 million unfunded liability in what it calls âour severely troubled police and fire (pension) plan,â the city is asking 350 public safety retirees to forego their annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the next three years.
PAWTUCKET â Using a district-wide initiative called âWrite On!â has paid off in a big way for the city's public school students, as they showed some improvements in writing and reading scores on the standardized tests administered last fall.
PAWTUCKET â Residential foreclosures dropped 11.4 percent statewide in 2012, but Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket still have some of the highest foreclosure rates in the state, a new survey says.
The HousingWorks RI survey says 37 foreclosure deeds were filed in Central Falls in 2012, 14 percent fewer than 2011. But the rate of foreclosures represented 3.1 percent of the cityâs overall housing stock, making it the stateâs top city in the state for foreclosures.
NEW YORK â As one Cincinnati make after another settled into the nets at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, the frustration level in Kadeem Batts seemed to rise by the minute.
The Bearcats, desperate for a win that would keep them in the NCAA Tournament mix, were playing loose and free.
On the flip side, Batts and his Providence College teammates were tight and resembled the unit that got off to a dreadful 2-7 start in Big East play â not the one that closed the regular season white-hot with seven wins in nine tries.
NEW YORK â For one final time, the Providence player with deep New York City roots trudged off the floor at Madison Square Garden with an empty feeling in his stomach.
Vincent Councilâs last chance at Big East Tournament glory resembled his previous three experiences at this hallowed cathedral â with the Friars serving as an all-too familiar one-and-done casualty. As a result, the senior point guard hailing from Brooklyn is left to ponder whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.