Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The heartfelt initiative of Tolman High baseball coach Theo Murray coupled with the open-arms approach of PawSox president Mike Tamburro has helped lay the groundwork for a special event scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at McCoy Stadium.
A high school baseball game will take place that day with first pitch set for 11:30 a.m. This non-league, seven-inning affair will produce a winner and a defeated party, but the outcome will be a footnote in a symphony composed in fellowship, compassion and healing.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď St. Raphael was confronted with a harsh reality following Saturday‚Äôs 55-52 buzzer-beating loss to Bishop Hendricken.
Not only do the Saints have to win out, but they also find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to rely on other teams in hopes of cracking the Division I tournament. Bids are extended to the top 10 finishers. At the moment, SRA‚Äôs 5-10 mark is good for 11th best, meaning hope was not completely lost when Hendricken‚Äôs Kazre Cummings came down and nailed a 3-pointer on the left wing as time expired.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ State Rep. Mia A. Ackerman (D-Dist. 45 Cumberland, Lincoln) is in talks with officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) after learning that the Manville Hill Road Bridge on the Cumberland-Lincoln line will have to remain closed until the end of April.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The state Department of Labor and Training (DLT), which closed its NetWORKri office in Pawtucket last September, is providing specially-formatted computers to organizations in or near the city to help improve access to its Unemployment Insurance claims filing system and its EmployRI.org virtual career center.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Amid the humming and clanking of dozens of machines twirling scores of spools of various textiles at the North East Knitting Company, an old red-brick factory on Conant Street, 1st District Rep. David Cicilline unveiled another version of his Make it in America Manufacturing Act.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ For the past 20 years, small- or medium-sized business owners, either in Pawtucket or looking to relocate here, have had a helping hand to turn to for some of their financing needs. It has come by way of a non-profit, quasi-city entity called the Pawtucket Business Development Corporation, and it's still very much a viable resource for providing low-interest lending even in this current difficult economy.
Gertrude R. Ritchotte
CUMBERLAND - Gertrude R. Ritchotte, 78, of Chimney Hill Apartments, passed away Tuesday in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the wife of Henry "Hank" L. Ritchotte and they had been married for 57 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Leonel Tanguay and Graziella Chagnon. She resided in Cumberland for the past 8 years, previously residing on Aiken Street, Pawtucket for over 40 years.
WOONSOCKET - Leona Thibault, 94, of Woonsocket, formerly of Lewiston, Maine died Thursday morning at Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Laurier Thibault.
Born and raised in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Evelyn (Boulanger) Patenaude. Following her marriage she resided in Lewiston, ME for over 60 years prior to relocating to the Woonsocket area several years ago.
Mrs. Thibault was employed at Hillcrest Poultry Company and Raytheon Corporation prior to her retirement.
Bonnie L. Aldana
CENTRAL FALLS - Bonnie L. (McCartin) Aldana, 49, of Hedly Avenue died Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Providence, a daughter of James E. McCartin of Pawtucket and the late Marilyn (Truesdale) McCartin, she had lived in Central Falls for the past 14 years.
Bonnie was a certified nurse's assistant at the Mansion Nursing Home, Central Falls for 12 years and had also worked at Fuller Packaging Company.
Oceano M. DaLomba
PAWTUCKET: Oceano "Dumar" M. DaLomba, 83, passed at home on January 30, 2013. He was the husband of the late Maria (Fidalga) DaLomba.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, a son of the late Joao and Emilia (Moniz) DaLomba.
He had been employed by the former Carol Cable of Pawtucket for over 20 years.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Whether he runs as an Independent or a Democrat, and no matter which opponents he runs against, it looks like Gov. Lincoln Chafee is going to have a hard time keeping his job after the 2014 election.
Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic-leaning national polling organization that surveyed Rhode Islanders last week, stated it starkly when they released their polling results Thursday: ‚ÄúLincoln Chafee's prospects for a second term as governor of Rhode Island are looking pretty dim.‚ÄĚ
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Pending the results of air quality tests scheduled to be taken Saturday in the wake of a water pipe break early Thursday morning at East Providence High School, interim School Superintendent John DeGoes said he anticipates the school will reopen on Monday as scheduled.
A water pipe in the new wing of the high school burst at around 8 a.m. Thursday, spewing enough water to flood 20 classrooms on two floors of the wing.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Think the time has come for a modern take on the classic fairytale ‚ÄúCinderella?‚ÄĚ One which follows the story of a handicapped young woman dealing with life and her unkind step-sisters in a gritty, urban setting (until, of course, she meets her ‚ÄúPrince Charming‚ÄĚ)? Then it's time to join the ‚ÄúKickstarter‚ÄĚ campaign.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ It certainly looked as if improved Tolman High, which rolled into Cumberland‚Äôs Wellness Center late Wednesday afternoon with five victories in its previous seven tilts, would make it six-of-eight.
The Tigers also seemed destined to eke out a two- or three-point triumph over the Clippers, but head coach Gary Reedy‚Äôs crew had other plans.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ It's not every day that an actor in a cameo gets a compliment in front of his peers from the legendary movie director Steven Spielberg. It's even rarer when that actor with the impressive voice hails from Pawtucket.
WAKEFIELD - Gina M. Kuphal, passed away January 26. She was the wife of Wayne R. Kuphal. For complete obituary visit, www.coelhofuneralhome.net
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ For a ballclub hoping to be one of the deserving 16 teams in the state‚Äôs Open Tournament at the end of February, Shea‚Äôs been doing its part these days by turning in some excellent basketball.
On Tuesday night, the Raiders put together another splendid outing to sew up their fourth straight victory, this one coming at ‚ÄúThe Cage‚ÄĚ against neighboring Division II crossover foe Lincoln.
Junior guard Chris Mainville‚Äôs contest-high 21 points and nine assists and senior forward Alvin Semedo‚Äôs double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds led the way for the Raiders in their 63-48 triumph.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Jessica Olarte wants to be a registered nurse and midwife. Khadijah Moody's goal is to be a pediatrician. Kahila Leigh is interested in the challenges of psychiatric nursing while Ayowole Tom-Jones desires to work in pediatrics. All of these young people with ‚Äúhealing hands‚ÄĚ attend the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School, a new high school located in downtown Providence.
PAWTUCKET - Albertino Lourenco, 88, of Pawtucket passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Lourenco was the loving husband of Irene (Domingos) Lourenco. They had been married for 66 years. Mr. Lourenco was born in Cumberland, the son of the late Fernando Lourenco and Maria deCarvalho Albuquerque. He was a United States Army Air Corp Veteran in WWII.
Jeanne Madeline Dube
PORTSMOUTH - Jeanne Madeline (Bessette) Dube, 88, of Portsmouth died at home on Sunday, January 27, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
She was the wife of the late Lt. Cdr. Robert A. Dube, Sr.
Born on April 6, 1924 in Central Falls, RI, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Yvonne (Laliberte) Bessette.