Archive - 2013
Jeanne A. Bizier
SOUTH ATTLEBORO, MA - Jeanne A.(Paquette) Bizier, 83, of S. Attleboro, MA, passed on Saturday, January 19, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Simeon C. Bizier.
Jeanne was born on March 22, 1929 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts and lived most of her life in South Attleboro.
WARWICK â€” Lincoln junior Casie Beauchemin must have ice water in her veins. With 2.3 seconds left on the clock, Beauchemin swished two free throws to give the Lions a remarkable 34-33 victory over Warwick Vets on Tuesday afternoon.
Down one point late, the Lions (4-2, Division II-North) were scrambling to make something happen when Beauchemin collided with the Hurricanesâ€™ Casey Bennett. Faced with a 1-and-1, the heroine took her time and found nothing but net on her first attempt to tie the score.
PROVIDENCE â€” In most of the games itâ€™s played this season, Bishop Keough High starts slowly, suffers from early foul issues, but then surges over the final 10-12 minutes to claim a win.
When facing Hope High in a Division III tilt on Tuesday afternoon, the opposite occurred.
The Koalas went exactly nine minutes and 13 seconds of the second half without scoring a single point, though they had built enough of a cushion to eventually snatch a 33-26 victory over the Blue Wave at its own gymnasium.
PAWTUCKET -- On January 18, the Pawtucket Police Special Squad culminated a long-term investigation into complaints about local drug activity with the arrests of 12 adults and one 16-year-old juvenile female.
The investigation concerned the illegal sale of marijuana, cocaine and heroin in the Pawtucket and Central Falls area. The Special Squad received assistance from members of the Central Falls Police as well as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
LINCOLN â€” A 91-year-old Lincoln woman died in her bed in a smokey house fire early Tuesday morning despite the reported attempts of her 90-year-old husband to alert her.
Fire officials identified the victim as Jeannette Barry. Her husband, Henry Barry, made it out of the house safely and is believed to be staying with the couple's son.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The city's streets will be getting a little darker.
In an attempt to rein in spending, more than 1,000 excess street lights are being shut off beginning this month as part of the first phase of the city's streetlight management program adopted by the East Providence Budget Commission.
As a result of a field audit commissioned by the panel last year, 1,225 excess streetlights were identified for shut off with special consideration given to keeping streetlights on at intersections, pedestrian crossings and school and park areas.
PAWTUCKET â€” A man who was planning director in the City of Newport has been hired to assist Pawtucket in its future planning and redevelopment efforts.
Mayor Donald Grebien has announced that Paige Bronk, who worked for more than a decade in a management capacity for Newport in the areas of planning, development, zoning, grants and historic preservation, has been named Pawtucket's assistant director of planning and redevelopment.
He is scheduled to begin work on Jan. 28.
WARWICK â€” On a day that saw this country honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and watch as President Obama mapped out his second-term desires, it seemed appropriate to talk leadership.
Specifically, leadership and the set of guidelines college basketball teams employ when selecting captains, along with what this honor means to those bestowed with said responsibility.
PAWTUCKET â€” Should we stay or should we go? That was the question facing Lincoln head coach Jim Riel during the offseason when the RIIL was getting ready to realign its teams for the 2012-13 campaign.
Stay in the Division I-Eccleston and the Lions would have been competitive night in and night out against the other five public schools in the division. Drop down to Division II and also face a drop in competition, but the Lions would have been one of the clear favorites in the running for a lower state championship.
Rita B. Audette
PAWTUCKET- Rita B. Audette, 88, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, January 21, 2013.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Ida (Gagnon) Audette.
Rita was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
She is survived by her sister, Yvette Lefebvre. She also leaves her nieces, Alice Dabney, Pauline Coutu, Denise Lefebvre, and Susan Boyd; her nephews, Robert and Ronald Lefebvre. She was the sister of the late Emile and Eugene Audette. She was the aunt of the late Jeannine Audette.
Antonio O. Tenreiro
PAWTUCKET- Tenreiro, Antonio O.,"Tony", age 72, of Pawtucket Ave., died January 19, 2013 at Miriam Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Ester (Felix) Tenreiro of 47 years.
Born in Portugal, he was the son of the late Albano and Maria Celeste (Morais) Tenreiro.
Tony was owner and operator of Tony's Shoe Service in Central Falls for 35 years.
Wanda H. Lemaire
SEEKONK- Wanda H. (Olearczyk) Lemaire, 87, of Seekonk, formerly of Woodhaven Rd., Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 19, 2013. She was the beloved wife of retired Pawtucket Police Detective Lt. Francis G. Lemaire for 51 years.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Mary (Woytas) Olearczyk.
Wanda worked as the Display Ad Supervisor at the Pawtucket Times for many years before retiring in 1993. She enjoyed shopping; watching movies and reading.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday announcing its 2013 inductees. The press conference took place in the RIMHOF Museum space located at Hope Artiste Village.
CUMBERLAND â€” The three-member Fire Consolidation Subcommittee will hold a workshop meeting with trustees from the town's four fire districts to discuss concerns and ideas relative to a plan to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Attending the session will be Fire Consolidation Subcommittee members Scott R. Schmitt, Arthur Lambi Jr. and William Murray, along with eight trustees â€” two from each of the four fire districts.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Wake me when itâ€™s Tuesday â€“ the day Terry Franconaâ€™s juicy and highly anticipated book is scheduled to hit the shelves.
Not a moment too soon.
Look, I understand the importance of publicizing and spreading the word to the masses that thereâ€™s something on the immediate horizon that you may want to check out. The particular PR campaign for Franconaâ€™s 368-page opus has me a tad confused, however.
Dave Goucher has been calling hockey games on the radio for much of his adult life â€“ 20 years to be exact. Naturally, the Pawtucket native and graduate of Tolman High monitored the NHLâ€™s labor saga, but as he expressed when contacted earlier this week, he reached a point where countless impasses between the owners and players became too much to digest.
WOONSOCKET --- Defense has been the name of the game for St. Raphael this year, and on Thursday night, it was the Saintsâ€™ tenacious â€˜Dâ€™ that helped fetch them their sixth Division II victory against no defeats.
Junior forwards Rybecca Gonzalez and Kelsy Lynch shared contest-high scoring honors with 18 points each and had stellar games defensively to help the Saints create the bulk of Mount St. Charlesâ€™ 32 turnovers and pave the way to a 77-36 crossover rout on the Mountiesâ€™ court.
PAWTUCKET â€” A vacant house at 171 North Bend Street has been the scene of two suspicious fires in the last six months, and Friday's blaze brought firefighters back a second time in the pre-dawn hours.
Firefighters first responded to a report of a fire in the two-story, woodframe house at around 4 p.m. According to the Pawtucket Police log, three juvenile males, two black and one white, and all approximately 15-years-old, were seen running from the scene.
PAWTUCKET â€” While family and friends of the 100 victims along with survivors of The Station nightclub fire are still waiting for a proper memorial to be erected at the West Warwick site, many went out and got their own personal memorial in the form of a tattoo.
William T. Brunelle
PAWTUCKET - William T. "Bill" Brunelle, 85, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Alice S. (Baker) Brunelle for 60 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late William H. and Catherine (Hastings) Brunelle.