Archive - 2013
CUMBERLAND â Heidi Josephson is well aware her Cumberland High squads have little to no chance to compete for state crowns at the R.I. Interscholastic Swimming Championships, slated for the new Brown University natatorium on Saturday at 2 p.m. (for girls) and Sunday at 1 (boys).
That doesn't mean the veteran coach isn't truly excited about what could happen when the starter's gun sounds for the first event.
NORTH PROVIDENCE --- In a contest full of high energy and emotion, not to mention a chance to earn sole possession of the Division II-North regular-season championship, Cumberland did the unthinkable on Wednesday night and went a full six minutes without producing a point early in the second half of its showdown against North Providence.
The Clippersâ cold spell enabled the host Cougars to erase a two-point deficit and rattle off 14 straight points, and that enabled them to keep Cumberland within an armâs length of them the rest of the way and come away with a hard-fought 66-58 victory.
PAWTUCKET -- The arrival of R & D Manufacturing Company in Pawtucket is a homecoming, of sorts, in several meaningful ways.
For one thing, the jewelry maker, formerly of Attleboro and Seekonk, Mass., brings some 50 jobs to the area in industry segmentsâjewelry and manufacturing--where both Pawtucket and Rhode Island as a whole have suffered major declines.
Allyn G. Jackson
CUMBERLAND - Allyn "Jigger" G. Jackson, 94, of Rosemont Avenue, passed away Tuesday at the Home and Hospice Care of RI, Providence. He was the husband of Edith M. (Angell) Jackson.
Born in Ashton, he was the son of the late Frederick and Sarah (Greene) Jackson. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Dorothy M. Madsen
REHOBOTH - Dorothy M. Madsen, of Winthrop Street, Rehoboth Massachusetts and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Mrs. Madsen was the wife of the late Ola Madsen.
Mrs. Madsen was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Watson Wild and Edith (Taylor) Wild.
She is survived by her daughter Donna Benoit of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and a son Dr. Ola Madsen of Southern California. She also leaves her sister Evelyn Matteo of Cumberland. She was the sister of the late William Wild and Edith Wild.
Michael Patrick Mahoney
BROOKLINE, MA - Michael Patrick Mahoney, 64 of Brookline, MA and formerly of
Providence and Seekonk, MA, died on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. He was the husband of Sandra Smith.
Mr. Mahoney was born in Pawtucket, RI, the son of the late William R. and Mary F. (Mullin) Mahoney.
He was a manager for the former Premier Thread Co. of Lincoln and Bristol, RI. for many years. He also was a mortgage broker in RI for several years until his retirement.
Mr. Mahoney graduated from St. Raphael Academy and Dean College. He attended Bentley College.
Thomas G. Michalopoulos
PAWTUCKET - Michalopoulos, Thomas G., "Arthur", of Pawtucket, RI, died February 13, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Center in Providence.
Mr. Michalopoulos was born in Pawtucket, a son of the late George and Anna (Carpethos) Michalopoulos. After serving his country in the US Navy, he was a self-employed carpenter and painter. Arthur also was a member of the American Legion, AHEPA and a past Parish Council member for the Greek Orthodox Assumption Church.
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 Moreauâs felony as a âvictimless crime,â U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell declared that âpublic corruption has many victimsâ and sentenced Moreau to two years in federal prison.
Moreau was also fined $25,000, which the judge told the disgraced ex-mayor is âthe amount of financial gain you receivedâ 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 âPink-Outâ contest, with all proceeds from the gate and T-shirt sales going directly to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.