Archive - 2013
A large crowd turns out for the 31st annual St. Patrick's Day parade, which stepped off from McCoy Stadium at noon, and made its way through the streets of Pawtucket to the reviewing stand in front of City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue Saturday. A colorful crowd of all ages lined the streets to see marching bands, floats, police color guards, local dignitaries and many others take part in the popular Pawtucket tradition honoring the feast of St. Patrick's Day and hosted by Mayor Donald Grebien.
Bruce Sawyer and Kathy Martin-Menard, both personal friends of the late Ralph Holden, hold one of the many Irish-themed gift baskets that were among the numerous items raffled during the 16th annual Irish celebration fundraiser at Club Madeirense in Central Falls Friday night to benefit the Ralph J. Holden Memorial Scholship Fund .
PROVIDENCE â Two East Providence police officers and another from Pawtucket were among 17 law enforcement officers and federal prosecutors honored Friday with a top U.S. Department of Justice award for curbing narcotics trafficking on the stateâs âHeroin Highway,â the U.S. Attorneyâs office announced.
The notorious stretch of I-195 from Providence to Cape Cod has been used for many years to transport heroin to street-level drug dealers and drug users, federal prosecutors say.
EAST PROVIDENCE â The state-appointed Budget Commiss-ion that has been overseeing the cityâs finances for the past 15 months has been abolished and will end its tenure on March 28.
Taking over the Budget Commission's duties beginning March 29 will be a municipal administration and finance officer or AFO, who will be responsible for the overall budgetary and financial administration of East Providence going forward.
The exiting plan was announced and outlined at the Budget Commission's meeting on Thursday.
WOONSOCKET -- Jaryd Dulieu couldnât have picked a perfect time to score the biggest goal of his high school career.
The senior co-captain lit the lamp on a pass from Jake Salisbury 3:51 into overtime to lift the Clippers to a 3-2 triumph over the Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill co-op squad on Friday night in the opening contest of their best-of-three Division II quarterfinal-round series at Adelard Arena.
PAWTUCKET â In a free-wheeling contest that saw a total of 15 penalties called for a whopping 30 minutes, Tolman High recorded a 4-1 triumph over Cranston East in the first game of a best-of-three R.I. Division III Tournament quarterfinal series at Lynch Arena on Friday night.
Junior Jared Pedro, who had been nursing a dislocated shoulder, closed with a pair of goals, despite playing as a defenseman to keep the injury out of harm's way. Elder brother and senior tri-captain Ryan Pedro manufactured a goal and two assists.
PROVIDENCE â As if on cue, God Shammgod started talking about Ricky Ledoâs situation.
Mind you, there wasnât a lead-in question posed to Shammgod with the intent of correlating his two-year playing stint at Providence College to the same temptations of leaving school prematurely that Ledo will deal with soon enough. Sitting in Alumni Hallâs cafeteria the other day, the conversation with the now 36-year-old Shammgod began with how much heâs enjoyed being back on PCâs campus as an undergrad student and a member of Ed Cooleyâs basketball staff.
Lawrence F. Kelly, Jr.
JONESTOWN, PA - Lawrence F. Kelly, Jr., 74, of Jonestown, PA passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at his home. He was the husband of Gisele G. Lapointe Kelly.
Born in Boston, on September 20, 1938, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Mary Schiller Kelly. He had a prosperous career in textile spending over 25 years with Health-Tex in RI before eventually retiring as supervisor at Everite Knitting Mills in Lebanon PA. Lawrence was a member of the Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Jonestown, PA. He was a life-long auto racing fan, and train enthusiast.
Joan Cecilia Trahan
LEWES, DE - Joan Cecilia Trahan, of Lewes, DE, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, DE. She was 80.
Joan was born, January 6, 1933 in Cumberland, Rhode Island, to the Late- William & Cecilia (McKee) Kelleher. She had been employed as the manager for Zayre's Department Store, which later became Ames, for many years, in Attleboro, MA. Later in life Joan had served as a secretary for the Fellowship House, in Reston, VA. She enjoyed playing cards, especially the game Canasta.
RIVERSIDE - Michelle Kent, 44, of Bristol Avenue, Riverside, passed away on February 27, 2013. Michelle was born in Pawtucket, daughter of Frederick Kent, Jr. and Patricia (Bonneau) Kent of Pawtucket.
Besides her parents, Michelle is survived by her son Shane N. Kent of Riverside, her brothers, Todd E. Kent and his wife Janine of North Providence and Michael A. Kent of Norfolk, VA. She also leaves a sister, Joyce A. Malo of East Providence and nieces and nephews, Brett, Jason, Carissa and Taylor.
PAWTUCKET - Despa Martino, 85, of Pawtucket passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Frank Martino. They had been married 59 years.
Mrs. Martino was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Stephen Theohares and Polexeni (Markazini) Theohares. She was employed by the Tax Department for the City of Pawtucket for over 20 years before she retired in 1989.
PROVIDENCE â Gun control laws that legislators may want to pass in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre in December âare only going to impact law-abiding gun ownersâ and not criminals already inclined to break laws, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association lobbyist told more than a dozen state lawmakers Wednesday.
PAWTUCKET â With its prime location along the banks of the Seekonk River and visibility from the new Pawtucket River Bridge, a 23-acre land parcel known as Tidewater has often been mentioned positively as part of the city's riverfront development plans. Yet, while some unsightly gas storage tanks have been removed from the property, and a total clean-up of the industrial site is planned, it appears that any possible re-use of the land is still several years away.
LINCOLN â On the day the state learned that its adjusted unemployment rate for last December had dropped to 9.9 percent â the first time it fell below 10 percent in 47 months â an upbeat Gov. Lincoln Chafee told a roomful of businessmen and women that âbetter days are ahead.â
The governor told a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues Breakfast Thursday that with sales and income tax revenues rising, and employment going down, all the metrics are headed in the right direction. That is an indication, Chafee said, âthat we are managing the state well.â
Peter Wildenhain, 75, of Central falls died on February 24, 2013.
Peter was the husband of the late Georgia (Steele) Wildenhain.
He was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Magdelon (McGuirk) Wildenhain and Bartholomew Wildenhain
Peter is survived by his sons, Peter, Edward, Christopher, and Craig Wildenhain. He also leaves his brother David Wildenhain and his sister Sister Anne Marie Wildenhain S.S.J. of Worcester Ma.
He was the brother of the late John, Bartholomew, and Paul Wildenhain and Mary Grace and Donald Wildenhain.
Beatrice M. Brierly Dillon
RICHMOND - Beatrice M. (Vanasse) Brierly Dillon, 82, of Carolina, RI passed away Monday, February 25, 2013. She was the wife of Harold D. Dillon and the late Kenneth N. Brierly, Sr. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Henry L. and Rose E. (LaPerche) Vanasse.
PAWTUCKET - Julia LaBarre, 92, formerly of Pawtucket and N. Providence, died Wednesday at Hopkins Manor. She was the wife of the late Laurence LaBarre. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Isaic and Agnes (Howard) Smith.
Mrs. LaBarre had been employed as an assembler by the former Loraine Mills and International Pkg. Co.
Her son Edward L. and his wife Pam LaBarre of N. Smithfield, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren survive her. She was the sister of the late William and Emmanuel Smith, Agnes Coon, Alice Davey and Ellen Briden.
PROVIDENCE â The recent parole granted to convicted âthrill killerâ Alfred Brissette Jr. of Woonsocket â which shocked the populace and angered law enforcement and correctional officers â is generating proposed legislation to shake up the membership of the state Parole Board and to prevent such early releases in the future.
PAWTUCKET â A local man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of being in possession of an unregistered machine gun and ammunition, federal prosecutors said.
Isaiah Gasperini, 30, was also ordered to serve an additional year and a day for violating the terms of his release following a lengthy prison sentence on a previous firearms conviction.
Gasperini was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi in Providence, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements Jr. announced in a joint statement.