Archive - 2013
Gail M. McGill
PAWTUCKET - Gail M. (Russell) McGill, 76, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond H. McGill.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN (AP) â€” The University of Rhode Island is ending a lockdown and says an investigation has revealed there was no gun or active shooter at any time on its South Kingstown campus.
The school ordered students and staff to stay indoors Thursday after reports of a gunman on campus.
A student in an 11 a.m. physiology class told The Associated Press that she was sitting in the back of a large lecture hall when someone sounding scared yelled "You're a nice guy! You're a nice guy!"
The student says people then started to run and scream, and the professor told all the students to run.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket police are trying to find the suspects who shot at several homes on as many as five streets on the city's east side. No one was injured.
Officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire late Wednesday night in the areas of Englewood Avenue, Prospect Street, Division Street and Meadow Street.
Several homes and a car were hit in what authorities believe were related drive-by shootings.
Police didn't release any other information Thursday morning.
See FULL STORY in Friday;s Times.
PAWTUCKET â€” It wasn't pretty, not by any stretch of the imagination.
Still, Shea High utilized more-than-aggressive base-running and several stellar offensive performances to cruise past extremely inexperienced Central Falls, 19-9, in both squads' Division III season debut at Max Read Field on Wednesday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the wake of Rutgers University's Wednesday afternoon firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice for physically and orally abusing his players, some local â€“ and legendary â€“ high school coaches/athletic directors chose to â€śweigh inâ€ť on the subject.
Rice's dismissal came at the helm of a video that news outlets nationwide carried throughout the afternoon and evening hours. It showed numerous clips of Rice rifling basketballs at players' backs, legs, etc., grabbing them by their jerseys and shoving them; he also could be heard screaming obscenities and homosexual slurs at them.
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council has scheduled a special session Thursday night to discuss the Grebien Administration's suggested solution to the severely underfunded police and fire pension plan.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council's Office, Room 303, at Pawtucket City Hall. Council President David Moran said he called the meeting so the councilors could learn more details about the proposed Funding Improvement Plan (FIP) that Mayor Donald Grebien's administrative team has developed.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's officially time to ditch the hats and mittens...the Looff Carousel in Slater Park will be opening its doors this weekend to set the spring season in motion.
According to Cindy Medeiros of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, the historic carousel will begin its weekend hours of operation this Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From April 6 to June 30, it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. After June 30, the carousel will operate seven days a week.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Woonsocket Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt says lawmakers who insist on reducing the annualized percentage rate for payday loans down from the current 260 percent to 36 percent immediately are â€śdetrimental to the causeâ€ť of reforming an industry she sees as equivalent to â€śloan sharking.â€ť
Baldelli-Hunt has once again filed legislation that would cut the interest rate down to 130 percent, or a two-week rate of $5 for every $100 borrowed.
PAWTUCKET â€“ After ending a 28-year Governorsâ€™ Cup drought last season, the Pawtucket Red Sox will defend their title while holding true to the organizationâ€™s No. 1 creed â€” put players in a position where if an opportunity arises in Boston, theyâ€™re ready to answer the call.
PAWTUCKET --- After hitting bullets last September to help spark the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s magical run to the Governorsâ€™ Cup championship, Bryce Brentz nearly had a bullet end his 2013 season long before it began.
What started out as a routine cleaning of a handgun three months ago in his Knoxville, Tenn. home nearly resulted in tragedy for the power-hitting right fielder, who was tabbed as the No. 8 ranked prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization by Baseball America.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In his travels around the state following the 2012-13 season, whenever Ed Cooley has crossed paths Providence College basketball fans, they have met him with big smiles and thanks for providing hope for the future.
As far away as it may seem, PCâ€™s fan base canâ€™t wait for the 2013-14 season to tip off. They see the cast that is scheduled to return for the Friars â€“ fingers crossed on that front â€“along with two transfers and two incoming freshmen, and hope the mix contains the necessary ingredients to end what is a near-decade NCAA Tournament drought.
Blanche J. (Champagne) LaPerche
ATTLEBORO - Blanche Jeannette (Champagne) LaPerche, 101, of Christopher Heights, South Main Street, Attleboro; formerly of F. J. Kelley Boulevard, North Attleboro, died peacefully surrounded by loving family members and the auspices of hospice at her residence on Monday, April 1, 2013. She was the wife of the late Aurele H. LaPerche who died in 1974.
Born in Lincoln, Rhode Island on October 20, 1911, she was a daughter of the late Oscar A. and Delia (Couture) Champagne.
She was a 1929 graduate of the former Pawtucket High School.
Maria Conceicao Albuquerque
PAWTUCKET - Maria "Connie" Conceicao Albuquerque, 94, a retired seamstress, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Mario Albuquerque. Born in Portugal, a daughter of the late Felismino and Deolinda (Quinteiro) Caetano, she came to the United States at the age of thirteen years and settled in Pawtucket. Connie was a member of the Portuguese Clubs of Pawtucket.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. - Raymond Collette of St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Cumberland died March 17, 2013.
Raymond leaves 3 sons, 1 brother and 9 sisters. He was preceded in death by one son.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church, 195 Walcott Street, Pawtucket, RI.
Thomas Francis McNeil
RAYMOND, NH - Thomas Francis McNeil, 65, died unexpectedly on April 1, 2013 at his home In Raymond, NH. He was born January 2, 1948 in Providence, R.I., son of the late Thomas John McNeil and Eunice Jean (Hardman) McNeil.
Tom grew up in R.I. and MA. He was an United States Navy veteran from 1965-1968, serving some time in Africa and Prudence Island, R.I., during the Vietnam War. In Rhode Island, Tom was proud to own and operate for 10 years, Action Rooter. He had resided in Raymond, NH for the past 17 years.
Kenneth G. Berg
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth G. Berg, of Lauder Avenue, Pawtucket died on April 2, 2013. He was the husband of the late Jean M. (Russell) Berg.
Mr. Berg was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Axel G. Berg and Winifred I. (Austin) Berg. He was a lace weaver at the former Seekonk Lace for many years.
Mr. Berg is survived by his children, Gary A. Berg, Larry K. Berg and his wife Beverly, Cheryl Curti, and Susan Allison all of Pawtucket. He also leaves his sisters Eleanor Weissman and Frances Tvenstrvp, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Sallie Ann Mulhern
PAWTUCKET- Mulhern, Sallie Ann (Gately) 75, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, in Providence. She was the loving wife of John F. Mulhern. They were married for 46 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Martin F and Sallie E. (Dunne) Gately.
She was a retail clerk for the former Sears & Roebuck; Ann & Hope, and Building 19 department stores for 35 years until her retirement.
Sallie was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
CUMBERLAND â€“ He was known as â€śButchâ€ť by his friends and neighbors at Victorian Court, a small, tight-knit condominium complex on Nate Whipple Highway where neighbors often gather outside on a Sunday morning to share small talk over coffee.
On Monday, many of those same neighbors were expressing shock and disbelief after Butch, 73, and his 70-year-old wife were found dead in what police say was a murder-suicide while their daughter and grandchildren were in the coupleâ€™s 301 Nate Whipple Highway home on Easter Sunday.
Spend time in the company of Andrew Veiga and youâ€™ll discover why this young man possesses such a keen sense of direction. The course he mapped out is so precise, with every last detail accounted for, that itâ€™s easy to confuse him for a cartographer rather than a high school student-athlete whose forte is baseball.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Steakem, Hilda, age 82, of Kenton Ave., died March 31, 2013 at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late James J. Steakem. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late John and Gloria (Raposa) Carreira.
Hilda worked as a secretary for ITT Royal for over 40 years before retiring.
She is survived by her sister Elaine Callender of N. Providence and 7 nieces and nephews.