Archive - 2013
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.
George A. Faulkner, Sr.
ATTLEBORO - George A. Faulkner, Sr., 73, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 7, 2013. He was the beloved husband of M. Suzanne (Coleman) Faulkner for 50 years.
Alan G. Theofilis
PAWTUCKET - Alan G. Theofilis, 64, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2013. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late George H. and Rena T. (Nannini) Theofilis. Alan was a draftsman for Grinnell Corporation/Anvil International, North Kingstown for over 30 years.
He leaves a son, Joshua Levin; a sister, Donna J. Valentine of Pawtucket; a niece; a nephew; two grand nieces and a grand nephew.
Cecile G. Lemieux
CUMBERLAND - Cecile G. (Provost) Lemieux, 80, of High St., passed away Friday at the home of her daughter Suzanne Depot. She was the wife of the late Richard Lemieux.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Henry and Marie R. (Vincent) Provost. She had resided in Cumberland for the past 13 years having lived in Pawtucket most of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother to her loving family.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Blackstone Valley began to dig out from the Blizzard of 2013 this weekend but not without a few complications.
The intensity of the storm, its heavy snowfall overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, and high winds all hindered public safety crews in clearing roads immediately and set the stage for long hours of plowing into Monday.
PAWTUCKET â€” The section of Interstate 95 that spans the Pawtucket River Bridge used to be so flat that it hardly seemed like a â€śbridgeâ€ť at all when one drove over it. Yet, with the new construction, southbound motorists are reporting a noticeable â€śdipâ€ť or decline as they cross the bridge on I-95 near the Comfort Inn on George Street.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials have noticed this unevenness as well, and the contractor for the project is reportedly planning to correct the issue in the spring.
CUMBERLAND â€” There are swimmers out there who belong to a USA Swimming, Inc.-affiliated club who either choose not to compete on the high school level or are told by their coaches they shouldnâ€™t.
In these parts, they make those decisions for this reason: Meets such as the New England Senior Championships or the regional Age Group equivalent, always mere days after â€śhigh school states,â€ť are deemed much more critical because itâ€™s the road most traveled to qualify for more visible national events.
Due to the anticipated severity of the blizzard overnight, there will be no delivery of the Saturday edition on Saturday. It will be delivered on Sunday. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Morris J. Leonard
CUMBERLAND - Morris "Mike" J. Leonard, 82 of West Wrentham Rd. passed away Wednesday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Lillian B. (Philbin) Leonard.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Fitzgerald) Leonard. He resided in Pawtucket most of his life and moved to Cumberland 12 years ago.
He was employed as Credit Manager for the Petroleum Heat and Power Co. (PETRO), Providence for 17 years retiring in 1994. Previously he was Credit Manager for the Beneficial Finance Co., Pawtucket for 25 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom Sorrentine closed his post-game interview this way: â€śWe've had trouble with size inside all year long, and that's got to change.â€ť
Minutes before, Sorrentine watched as Woonsocket High big men Gare Lyles and Piotr Linek tore down rebound after rebound in their Division I-North clash at Alumni Hall on Thursday night.
In the end, however, the Saints overcame that height, utilized an 11-5 surge in the span of 6:59 late in the final stanza and garnered a 57-49 victory before about 150 fans.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just a few days after Andy Yosinoff earned his 700th career victory as the head coach of the Emmanuel College women's hoop team â€“ it came Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, courtesy of a 76-49 blowout victory over Lasell at the Jean Yawkey Center â€“ he admitted the achievement was still sinking in.
â€śCan I believe it? I don't know,â€ť the 64-year-old Pawtucket native chuckled via phone from his athletic department office. â€śIf you do something long enough, I guess you can accomplish things you never thought you would. Longevity is the key.
CHANGED OBITUARY OF FAT IP
The funeral for Fat Ip will now be held MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 10 A.M. in the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island, 333 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket. Burial will be in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. CALLING HOURS ARE NOW RESPECTFULLY OMITTED. For Directions and Guest Book, please visit
www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements by BELLOWS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 160 River Road, Lincoln.
PAWTUCKET - Robert Plante, 83 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. He was t husband of the late Elizabeth T. (Kennedy) Plante.
Mr. Plante was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Archibald and Mary E. (Hayes) Plante.
He is survived by his four children, Robert Plante, Christopher Plante and his wife Susan, David Plante, and Mary Hanlon and her husband Brian. Mr. Plante also leaves his grandchildren Marian, Allison, Andrew, Ryan, and Daisy. He was the brother of the late Doris Plante.
Roland L. Woodcock
EAST PROVIDENCE - Roland "Rollie" L. Woodcock, 70, of Rumford, passed away at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence on Thursday, February 7, 2013 surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with stomach cancer for the past 10 months. He was the husband of Muriel A. (Carosi) Woodcock for 44 years.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Thomas F. and Bertha (Kraigenow) Woodcock. Rollie was the owner of Rollies Skate Shop, Rumford for 36 years.
CUMBERLAND â€” Mitchell Baxter had a perfectly good reason to step inside Cumberland Highâ€™s main office at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
With his heart and mind firmly made up about joining the Bryant University football family, Baxter faxed in his National Letter of Intent to the NCAA Division I FCS member. A senior who played a key role in the Clippers capturing the Division II Super Bowl this past fall, Baxter had also considered Assumption (Mass.) College, Southern Connecticut State, West Virginiaâ€™s Fairmont State University and Plymouth (N.H.) State.
LINCOLN â€” If Davies plans to win its first regular-season division championship in nine years, then the Patriots are going to have to survive a gauntlet of tough games over these final 10 days.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Patriots passed their first test by winning a tight game with Bishop Keough. Thanks to its strong performances on the boards and on defense, Davies was able to secure a 49-45 victory that gave the hosts their eighth win in their last nine games.
LINCOLN â€” If ever there was a time for St. Raphael Academy to find the wherewithal to overcome adversity and regain momentum, Wednesday night's Division II crossover clash with Lincoln High was it.
The Lions proved to be more-than-gritty foes, forcing the Saints into 18 turnovers and more fouls than head coach Fred Saunders had desired.
In the end, however, senior co-captain Lauren Gaj collected 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks while junior swing Becca Gonzalez added another 15 points, 10 boards and three assists as St. Raphael posted a tough 49-37 triumph at the Lions' Den.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Making small amounts of marijuana legal, Pawtucket Sen. Donna Nesselbush said Wednesday, â€świll rob drug dealers of one of their reasons for being.â€ť
That is one of the reasons she gave for introducing the Marijuana Control, Regulation and Taxation Act, which would allow marijuana to be grown legally by wholesalers and sold to retailers who would in turn be allowed to sell up to one ounce to anyone 21 years of age or older.
The second-term Democrat set out her argument for the bill in a series of questions.