Archive - 2013
CUMBERLAND â Mitchell Baxter had a perfectly good reason to step inside Cumberland Highâs 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 Virginiaâs 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, âwill rob drug dealers of one of their reasons for being.â
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.
PAWTUCKET â The City Council lobbed a few questions at the administration and the Public Works director Wednesday night, but it appears clear that the privatization of city trash services will move along as the mayor and his administration have planned.
Wednesdayâs City Council meeting was presented as the councilâs chance to review the final draft contract for city sanitation services MTG Disposal. Yet, in his letter to the council accompanying the contract, Mayor Donald Grebien advised that it is his goal to have the final contract agreement signed on February 15.
With just about everyone clamoring these days to make Rhode Island more business friendly, two local lawmakers are aiming to do just that.
Lincoln Rep. Gregory Costantino submitted a bill to give commercial customers some of the same protections against utility shut-offs â and similar abilities to get shut-off utilities restored â as are now granted to residential customers.
Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin has introduced legislation to cut in half the $500 minimum corporate tax for the first three years a business is in operation.
BURRILLVILLE â As Lucille S. Guilbault remembers the Blizzard of â78 with lots of other local folks today, she will be thinking more about birthday candles than the stormâs incredible depths and drifts of snow.
In addition to today being the 35th anniversary of the big storm, itâs also the 35th birthday of Guilbaultâs daughter, Rebecca.
As the stormâs heaviest snows started to blanket the area in the early afternoon of Feb. 6, 1978, Guilbault began going into labor and was soon worrying about how she would get to the delivery room at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â With the topic of gun violence on everyone's minds, two city councilors have come up with a targeted plan to reduce the amount of firearms on Pawtucket's streets. It involves holding a gun âbuy-back,â a concept that has proven successful in other communities.
CUMBERLAND â When the game got down to crunchtime, Tom Lazaras, Ben Bradley and the rest of the Cumberland High squad put on a clinic on how to close games out.
Protecting a 60-54 lead with 3:11 remaining, Cumberland put down the clamps defensively to secure a well-earned 71-57 triumph against Shea High on Tuesday night at Wellness Center. The Raiders had managed to within striking for much of this Division II contest featuring two division leaders. Then came the gameâs most important stretch, which saw the Raiders miss 11 consecutive field-goal attempts and 13-of-14.
Arthur H. Heroux
LINCOLN - Arthur H. Heroux, 78, of Lincoln, died Sunday at Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Ctr. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Oliveira) Heroux and the son of the late Varctume and Dulme (Laprade) Heroux.
Mr. Heroux had been employed by Carol Cable Company and Walmart Stores. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
His son Michael Heroux of Tennessee; brother Raymond Heroux sisters Alma Gendron and Helen Iannuzzi,; two grandsons Michael and Matthew Heroux and several nieces and nephews survive him.
CUMBERLAND - Luzia Franco, 67, passed at home on February 4th. She was the wife of Antonio Franco. Born in Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Joaquim and Virginia (DaLuz) Pedro.
She had been employed as a Chef by the Madeira and Estrela do Mar Restaurants and at the St. Antoine Residence.
PAWTUCKET - Fat Ip, 94, of Roosevelt Avenue died Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Ho Wong Ip.
Born in Hong Kong, he was the founder of the China Inn in Pawtucket with his son, Louis Yip and son in law, Tsi Lee. He was a member of the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2012 Governorsâ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.
After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring â a glittery reminder of what was achieved â with PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. For the purpose of this exercise, we thought it would be appropriate to touch upon several key subject plots that were taken into consideration during the âhas a nice ring to itâ process.
Finding the right designer
PAWTUCKET â After watching his team handily win its first nine Division II games of the season by double figures, seven by more than 17 points, St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders got what he longed to see on Monday night â a competitive, down-to-the-wire duel against a formidable opponent.
But while he got a tight battle in his teamâs crossover game against Johnston, he and his players didnât get the final result they wanted.
Ratha Dasi Heyda
NORTH CAROLINA - Ratha Dasi Heyda, also known as Rasa, 41, died peacefully at her family's home in North Carolina surrounded by loved ones on 24 Dec 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. She had most recently worked as a triple board resident (pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry) at Brown University while living in Pawtucket.
Pauline Mary Hanley
JUPITER, FL. - Pauline Mary Hanley, age 93, of Jupiter, FL passed away on January 30, 2013. She was born in Cumberland, RI and lived in Pawtucket and Little Compton, RI until moving to Jupiter over 20 years ago. Pauline was a social worker for the State of Rhode Island.
CENTRAL FALLS - Anita (Levasseur) Gaudreau, 97, passed February 3rd. She was the wife of the late Maurice H. Gaudreau.
Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Hermilina (Bedard) Levasseur. She had been employed as a seamstress for many years.
Charles A. Vaslet
CUMBERLAND - Charles A. Vaslet, 93, of Chambers Street and formerly of Reservoir Avenue, Lincoln died Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Grandview Center, Cumberland. He was the husband of the late Corinne M. (Goyette) Vaslet.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late George J. and Carrie M. (Corrigan) Vaslet, he had lived in Lincoln for 59 years before moving to Cumberland 4 years ago.
Mr. Vaslet was a machinist at Hope Webbing and Pawtucket Fastener for many years before retiring in 1984.
He was a graduate of Attleboro High School and was a World War II Army veteran.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Planning Director Jeanne M. Boyle is slated to deliver some positive economic development news to the Town Council tonight, including reports that the developer of the Metacomet Office Park in East Providence is moving ahead with a proposal to construct a 430-unit multi-family development at Kettle Point.
A formal application has been submitted to the Waterfront Commission by real estate developer Churchill and Banks, which is proposing to begin construction on the new project later this year.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to some convincing grant writing and aided by congressional support, Pawtucket will be receiving over $4 million in federal funds to hire 21 new firefighters.