Archive - 2013
LINCOLN â€” In the days leading up to his main event fight on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s â€śPride & Powerâ€ť card, Peter Manfredo Jr. referred to himself as a boxer who was â€śpast his primeâ€ť and dearly hoped to bring back â€śthe Peter Manfredo Jr. of oldâ€ť one more time.
Not only was Manfredo facing a very tough super middleweight in Lincolnâ€™s Rich Gingras, but he also dedicated his fight to one of his good friends, Cranstonâ€™s Gary Balletto, the former EBA and IBU lightweight champion who was paralyzed from the waist down following an accident at his home in July.
There was nearly an oversight committed as Cumberland and Woonsocket looked to stay the course in the high school football playoff arms race.
Now that the postseason sabers have officially been placed in the Villa Novansâ€™ closet and off to the side for the time being for the Clippers, itâ€™s officially time to talk turkey â€“ as in the annual Thanksgiving Day contest involving these two longtime Blackstone Valley rivals. The latest chapter takes place this Thursday morning with a scheduled 10:30 a.m. kickoff at Woonsocketâ€™s Barry Field.
CUMBERLAND -- Courtesy of a fierce and furious ground attack, Cumberland High not only claimed a thrilling 49-35 victory over St. Raphael Academy in a R.I. Division II semifinal at Tucker Field on Friday night, but also snagged its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
Can another title be far behind?
If ever there was a career night posted by a Clipper, junior Mike Stock would own it. While bulling his way to 144 yards and four touchdowns on 29 handles, he added a fifth on an 11-yard scoring toss from classmate and quarterback Tyler Calabro.
PAWTUCKETâ€”It's time to break out the Christmas sweaters and velvet dresses because Santa Claus is coming to town! â€śSanta to the Starsâ€ť Brady White is making his annual appearance for Photos with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Apex, 100 Main St., Pawtucket.
Paul N. Gingras
PAWTUCKET - Paul N. Gingras, 85, died Wednesday, November 21, 2013 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. He was the beloved husband of the late Genevieve (Losiewicz) Gingras for 44 years until her death in 2000. Paul was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley; born in Pawtucket the son of the late Joseph and Lena (Baron) Gingras. He was a painting subcontractor until his retirement in 1993.
Lynn M. Simmons
LINCOLN - Simmons, Lynn M (Savastano), 85, formerly of Lincoln Manor, Lincoln, died October 29, 2013 at Charlesgate Nursing Center.
She leaves her son Andrew Acciaioli and his wife Kathleen of Warwick; two sisters, Dorothy Nimmo and Dina Phaneuf and four grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Pearl Romano, Nella D'Agnenica, Blanche Nero and Louis, Leno, Albino and Ernest Savastano.
A private memorial service is planned.
PAWTUCKET â€” The saying goes that you can't look ahead without fully understanding where you've been â€“ and why.
Both Cumberland High chief Chris Skurka and St. Raphael Academy mentor Mike Sassi are utilizing that philosophy as they prepare their clubs for a monumental R.I. Division II semifinal, slated for Tucker Field at 7 p.m., Friday.
LINCOLN â€” Ask any professional boxer what the toughest part of their craft is and the answer is pretty much unanimous.
Itâ€™s not the fights themselves, nor is it the months of training and sparring they devote prior to those bouts.
Rather, itâ€™s the 24-48 hours before they have to weigh in on the day before their fights, and if you needed any proof of that, all you had to do was check out Thursday afternoonâ€™s final weigh-in and press conference at the Wicked Good Bar & Grillâ€™s back room at Twin River.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A man with known ties to organized crime and notoriously known as â€śThe Coinâ€ť for masterfully producing counterfeit slot machine tokens has now been arrested on drug charges by Pawtucket Police.
Louis Colavecchio, 71, of 172 Argol St., was taken into custody on Wednesday after members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad executed a search warrant of his apartment. Police say the investigation was the result of neighborhood complaints and other sources of information.
READ THE FULL STORY IN FRIDAY'S TIMES.
BRISTOL- Ruth Alice McDermott, 91, of Bristol, died Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Franklin Court Assisted Living, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Edwin B. McDermott.
Born in Attleboro, MA, a daughter of the late George F. and Katherine (Montague) Lovely.
PAWTUCKET â€” The stage in the Central Falls High School auditorium has seen a lot of productions over the years, but perhaps none so formal as a session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
CUMBERLAND â€“ You knew long before the question was posed how uncomfortable Tom Kenwood was.
Now in his 40th year as the Cumberland High boysâ€™ indoor and outdoor track & field mentor, the soft-spoken Kenwood always has dodged â€“ still does â€“ any queries about his impact on the consistent successes of his teams; heâ€™ll talk about his athletesâ€™ intense work ethic and drive, competitive nature, etc., as the reason.
In fact, during this particular â€śsit downâ€ť with Kenwood in the Wellness Centerâ€™s Room 103, surrounded by free weights, Kenwood seemed a bit fidgety.
Dorothy G. Lessa
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy G. Lessa, passed into eternal life on Saturday after an illness. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Shirley A. (Freman) Lessa-Jackson and the late Albert N. Lessa.
Dottie had lived most of her life in Pawtucket and had been employed in the jewelry industry for many years before illness forced her retirement.
Ina A. Vendituoli
PAWTUCKET - Ina A. Vendituoli, 86, passed on November 16, 2013 with her loving family beside her. She was the wife of the late Frank Vendituoli, and the daughter of the late Eskel and Signe (Strom) Frick.
LINCOLN â€” Two years ago, a main event between Peter Manfredo Jr. and Rich Gingras would have been very unlikely and one of the last pairings any matchmaker could have imagined.
Two years ago, Manfredo was one of the top middleweight fighters in the world, battling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC championship, while Gingras, who fought as a cruiserweight and light heavyweight from 2006-2009, was 26 months removed from his last fight, electing to devote the bulk of his time getting his new gym, Fight 2 Fitness in Pawtucket, off the ground and running smoothly.
Arlene B. Smith
CENTRAL FALLS - Arlene B. Smith, 73, died Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Grandview Manor, Cumberland. A lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley, she was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Margaret (Dalton) Smith.
Arlene was employed by Shove Insurance Company for many years and also worked at Ann and Hope, Cumberland. She was a member of the Leon Mathieu Center, Pawtucket; she was an avid reader.
She leaves a cousin, Ann Bordeau of Uncasville, CT.
Mary A. McCaughey
PROVIDENCE - Mary A. (Gaudet) McCaughey died on November 18 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. A life long resident of Pawtucket, she was predeceased by her husband Bernard J., her daughter Adele and her siblings, Dr. Albert Gaudet, Walter Gaudet, Eleanor Lucey, Frances Galvin, Dr. Eugene Gaudet, and Grace Robinson.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A former teacher, coach and public school activist says she objects to a proposal to have a Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at Shea and Tolman High Schools and wants the School Committee to reconsider its previous vote of support.
Maggi Rogers, a longtime city resident and the mother of two Tolman graduates, says she was â€śgravely concernedâ€ť after learning of the School Committee's vote last week to support a memorandum of understanding for a Marine CorpsJROTC to be implemented at two out of the three city high schools.
PAWTUCKET -- The City of Pawtucket is experiencing problems with its main telephone
number, 401-728-0500, due to technical issues with a service provider. The issue is
actively being worked on and is expected to be resolved soon.
A temporary line has been set up to accept all incoming calls and operate as
normally. That number is 401-616-2235.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for their patience.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The cause of the Nov. 5 explosion that prompted a devastating fire at a triple-decker at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave. has been determined to be â€śaccidentalâ€ť according to state and local fire officials.
The explosion tore the front walls off of the 133-year-old house and sparked a blaze which injured a young father and his 9-month-old daughter. The extensive damage to all three apartments left that family, a second floor tenant and another young family on the first floor homeless.