Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ A convicted sex offender from Wisconsin who is facing new sex charges in the state courts was slapped with a 46-month jail term in federal prison for failing to register when he moved here in 2011.
Gilberto Morales, 30, of Pawtucket appeared for sentencing Wednesday before U.S. District Judge John J. McConnell Jr., who also ordered Morales to serve 10 years supervised release upon the completion of his jail term.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Cumberland Land Trust holds title to 18 properties throughout the town and has helped protect 350 acres of land acquired through purchase, donation and conservation easements.
On Monday, the Trust announced its latest acquisition: 7.4 acres of land in northern Cumberland located within the watershed of the Diamond Hill drinking water supply reservoir operated by the Pawtucket Water Supply Board.
PAWTUCKET â€” Over 300 of the city's 11th graders are in big trouble. These are the students enrolled at the city's three high schools who face the prospect of not being able to graduate in June, 2014 due to their low performance on last October's New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests.
Nevertheless school officials say they are optimistic about several plans to reach these at-risk juniors and help them to improve their NECAP scores on next year's tests.
WARWICK â€” Six days away from basketball did very little to slow down St. Raphael on Wednesday afternoon.
The Saints maintained its hold on the top spot in the Division II-Central standings with an easy victory on the road over two-win Pilgrim. Senior Lauren Gaj and sophomore Kaylee Oliver led the way offensively in a 60-31 triumph that was said and done by halftime.
Hazel J. Lamarre-Demers
ATTLEBORO - Hazel J. (Horridge) Lamarre-Demers, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 10, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Demers and the late Roger Pat Lamarre.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late James and Madeline (Bailey) Horridge. Hazel worked for Fuller Box Co., North Attleboro and as a waitress at several area diners over the years until retiring many years ago. She was an avid fan of the Wheel of Fortune game show.
Paul A. Begin
PAWTUCKET - Paul A. Begin, 92 of Pawtucket died Thursday at Hopkins Manor in North Providence. He was the husband of Lillian (Bourassa) Begin. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Edward O. and Clara (Groulx) Begin.
Beside his wife, Paul is survived by a daughter, Ann-Marie Wallick of North Providence, a brother, Victor Begin of California; two grandchildren, Christopher Wallick of California and Samantha Wallick of North Providence; and a great grand daughter, Deni Wallick of California.
John M. Rodrigues
ATTLEBORO - John M. "Manny" Rodrigues, 57 passed away Friday in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Barbara (Blake) Rodrigues.
Born in Insua, Portugal, he was the son of the late Jose and Albertina (DeJesus) Rodrigues.
He is survived by; one daughter Jennifer Ann Rodrigues of Easton, MA; two sons; John and Matthew Rodrigues of Attleboro. Five sisters Maria Nogueria; Gloria Walker; Madelina Principi; Carmen Rodrigues and Olivia Bousquet. One brother Joe Rodrigues. One grandson Nevan Michael Bregnard and several nieces and nephews.
CENTRAL FALLS - Josephine Dyl 93, of 1485 High Street Central Falls passed away Saturday February 9, 2013 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late John Dyl.
Born in Warwick she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Kurzawa) Karcz. She lived in Central Falls for the past 8 years and was formerly of High Street Cumberland.
Before retiring she was employed as a Textile Inspector in the Blackstone Valley.
Deirdre M. Fisher
PAWTUCKET - Fisher, Deirdre M., 79, of Brookdale Boulevard, Pawtucket, died February 13, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of the late Mark Fisher III.
Mrs. Fisher was born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Asa and Vera (Decker) Pond. She worked in the Emergency Room of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket for many years. Deirdre sang with the Rhode Island Civic Choral and Philharmonic for over twenty years.
PROVIDENCE â€” When the North Smithfield public schools tried to raise money for interscholastic sports in 2009 by assessing participation fees, some students paid the charge willingly, but the move was met with legal challenges and dropped when booster clubs raised the necessary money to run the teams.
PROVIDENCE â€” Although attorney William Murphy tried to paint former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreauâ€™s felony as a â€śvictimless crime,â€ť U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell declared that â€śpublic corruption has many victimsâ€ť and sentenced Moreau to two years in federal prison.
Moreau was also fined $25,000, which the judge told the disgraced ex-mayor is â€śthe amount of financial gain you receivedâ€ť from the crime. He was ordered to perform 300 hours of public service once he gets out of prison and he will remain under supervision for three years after his release.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles head coach Jessica Shiel would have liked to celebrate a pair of triumphs on Tuesday night.
First, she hoped her squad would pull out a win over Division II-North foe Lincoln, then turn her attention to how much money the Mounties had raised during its first ever â€śPink-Outâ€ť contest, with all proceeds from the gate and T-shirt sales going directly to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Raymond J. Keenan
ATTLEBORO - Raymond J. Keenan 69, of County Street passed away Sunday February 10, 2013 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Judith M. (Souza) Keenan.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late George and Sarah
(Andrade) Keenan. He lived in Attleboro for the past 55 years.
Before retiring in 2012 Ray was employed as a Ring Maker for the Stearn and Leach Mfg. Co. of Attleboro for 30 years. He was an avid bowler.
William C. Perry, Jr.
PROVIDENCE - William C. Perry, Jr., 51 passed away peacefully at RIH Feb. 7, 2013 with his family by his side.
Born in North Smithfield, RI, son of late William C. Perry Sr., and survivors Joan Perry of Harrisville, RI and his sister Deborah Fortier of Harrisville, RI, daughter Kathrine Filingiere of Bristol, RI.
A private service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Heart Association, 1 State Street, Suite 200, Providence, RI, 02908
Schools in Woonsocket and Pawtucket are closed for the second straight day. In the scheme of high school athletics, one of these cities plans on playing through the elements while the other adheres to a policy that if school is canceled, so too are all after-school activities.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the wintery landscape looked like pretty as a postcard, dealing with the heavy white stuff was anything but a walk in the park for both the city's residents and its municipal workers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pope Benedict XVI caught Blackstone Valley Catholics by surprise when he announced his retirement for health reasons Monday, but most said they supported and even admired what must have been a difficult decision.
â€śI was proud of him,â€ť said the Rev. Edward St-Godard, pastor of Holy Family Parish. â€śWhen they say theyâ€™re stepping down because they can no longer function, I think itâ€™s a wonderful thing.â€ť
Arminda O. Monteiro
PROVIDENCE- Arminda O. Monteiro, 95, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on February 10th.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, the daughter of the late Olegario and Maria (Santos) Monteiro.
She had been employed by Esposito Jewelry Company of Cranston for many years.
She enjoyed gardening, sewing and was the neighborhood babysitter.
She is survived by four daughters, Margarida Fortes of New Jersey, Paulina Alves and Maria Tavares of Providence and Francisca Monteiro-Balla of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Robert E. Bourgault
SMITHFIELD - Bourgault, Robert E., 76, of Village Drive died Monday at his home. He was the husband of the late Lorraine L. (Dufresne) Bourgault.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Edward J. and Pearl (Moon) Bourgault, he had lived in Smithfield for the past 40 years. Mr. Bourgault was a security guard at Mine Safety and Ann & Hope before retiring. He was also a truck driver.