Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” It's a sad sign of the times when students tell their teachers that they don't get enough to eat on the weekends and other days that school isn't in session.
It's a problem that school officials have been aware of for years. However, when recent statistics showed that the city's average poverty level had increased substantially, the School Committee's Wellness Subcommittee decided to take action by launching a â€śBackpacks to Fight Hungerâ€ť initiative.
LINCOLN â€” Troop 711 Albion Scouts Gian DiCostanzo, Bryan Guilbert and Matthew LaButti were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout at a High Court of Honor on Dec. 29 at St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
It was the 11th Eagle Court of Honor for Troop 711, which was founded in 2005.
DiCostanzo, Guilbert and LaButti represent the 17th, 18th and 19th Eagle Scouts for Troop 711.
DiCostanzo, the son of of Kim DiCostanzo and the late John DiCostanzo of North Smithfield, is a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket.
Mildred E. Godfrey
LINCOLN - Mildred E. (Bush) Godfrey, 96, of Front Street died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Mount St. Rita's Health Centre, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Melvin J. Godfrey.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, a daughter of the late George S. and Rosina (Norris) Bush, she had lived in Lincoln for the past 40 years.
Mrs. Godfrey was an executive secretary in the insurance industry before retiring.
Cheryl E. Wallace
PAWTUCKET - Cheryl E. (Cass) Wallace, 60, of Gill Avenue died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Pawtucket Institute of Health, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Robert W. Wallace.
Born in Lynn, MA, a daughter of the late Richard and Charlotte (Holbrook) Cass, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life.
She was an active member and Past Worthy Matron of Queen Esther Chapter #2, Order of the Eastern Star, Pawtucket. She was an active member of Pawtucket Chapter of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, and Bethany Baptist Church, Pawtucket.
David G. Maine, Jr.
COVENTRY - David G. Maine, Jr., 64, of Cantaberry Lane died at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 27, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Patricia J. (Silva) Maine.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late David G. and Alice T. (Cardosi) Maine, Sr., he moved to Coventry in 1977. He served during the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force.
Antero M. Borges
CUMBERLAND - Antero M. Borges, 84, died peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2013 after an illness.
He is survived by his children Ann Marie Miguel, Christina Borges, Manuel Borges and Michael Borges and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was the father of the late Joseph Borges. He was the former husband of Frances (Dugal) Borges.
Sheila M. Smith
CUMBERLAND - Sheila M. Smith, 85, of Ronald Ave., passed away Sunday at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph L. Smith.
Born in Cumberland she was the daughter of the late Margaret Brannigan. She was a life long Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Smith and her late husband we communicants of St. John Vianney Church and had been very active at the church form many years.
Cora M. Duquette
PAWTUCKET - Cora M. (Choiniere) Duquette, 91, passed away Saturday, February 26, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Lucien "Duke" Duquette.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Albert J. and Orilda
(Mayer) Choiniere, she resided in Central Falls before returning to Pawtucket many years ago. Cora was employed by Ann & Hope, Cumberland for twenty years until retiring.
Edward F. Philbin
CUMBERLAND - Edward F. Philbin, 85, of Albion Court, Lincoln and formerly of Cumberland passed away Friday surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth A. (Bailey) Philbin.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Edward J. and Mabel (Johnson) Philbin. He lived in Cumberland most of his life.
Serafim E. Machado
PAWTUCKET - Serafim E. Machado, 80, passed at home on January 25th. He was the husband of Valdemira (Cota) Machado. They have been married for 53 years.
Born in Terceira, Azores, a son of the late Jose and Maria Machado.
He had been employed by Electric Boat of Quonset Point as a sheet metal mechanic for 18 years. He was a member of the Friends of Terceira.
PAWTUCKET â€” The last time East Providence High faced Division III rival Tolman, way back on Dec. 21, head coach Kevin Croke's crew held a 3-1 cushion in the final three minutes of regulation.
The Townies, however, allowed two late goals, and had to settle for a 3-3 overtime stalemate with its foe.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Tax season has arrived and with it an opportunity for low income working families and individuals to tap the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITA) program for some extra money in their pocketbooks.
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joined state and local officials and community partners at the Museum of Work and Culture on Friday to kick off this yearâ€™s awareness effort aimed at increasing participation in the federal and state tax assistance program.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a concerted effort to improve efficiencies within and between city departments and to ultimately serve the public better, city department heads recently took part in a three-hour â€śLean Officeâ€ť training session based on proven management principles used globally for many years across a number of top businesses and industries.
PAWTUCKET -- Allen Webster remembers the first time he heard his name come up in last Augustâ€™s blockbuster trade between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers that sent him to New England.
â€śI was in the clubhouse,â€ť said Webster, who at the time, was playing for the Dodgersâ€™ Double-A team in Chattanooga, Tenn. â€śI saw my name go across the bottom of the screen on ESPN. (The trade) wasnâ€™t 100 percent, but thatâ€™s when I kind of knew.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Jackie Bradley Jr. is a 22-year-old center fielder so polished and poised that your first inclination is to check his driverâ€™s license just to verify his age.
Currently touted as one of the top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, he said playing under the spotlight of the College World Series helped him prepare for the attention heâ€™ll soon be receiving as a professional.
PROVIDENCE â€” Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin Friday announced that convicted murderer Victor Arciliares, 24, was found guilty by a Providence County Superior Court jury of one count of first degree murder, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, assault with intent to commit murder and using a firearm while committing a crime of violence.
The jury delivered the guilty verdict after deliberating two-and-one-half days following a five-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Central Falls Rep. Gus Silva has once again introduced legislation that would restrict the authority of receivers, budget commissions and overseers appointed to cities and towns by the state to fiscal matters only and not to any other aspect of municipal government.
Under the legislation, receivers or other state interveners would not be allowed to relegate any elected body to an advisory capacity, as the receiver did to the City Council in Central Falls, or to abolish any board or commission of a city or town.
PAWTUCKET â€” On the surface, a city with a vibrant river running through it should be able to boast about â€ślocation, location, location.â€ť Yet, because the Blackstone River was long used and abused for the purpose of industry, the riverfront property in Pawtucket and neighboring Central Falls is far from anyone's idea of â€śhigh-endâ€ť real estate.
PAWTUCKET- Mabel (Davis) Powers, 86, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Ambrose W. Powers.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Louis A. and Mary E. (Barsey) Davis, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Mabel was employed by the former Home Laundry and the former Kings Laundry, Pawtucket for many years until retiring. She enjoyed playing High-Low-Jack on Tuesdays with her friends.
PAWTUCKET- Adrienne F. (Genereux) McNaughton, 77, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Donald David McNaughton, the couple would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in April.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Mary A. (McCarthy) Genereux.