Archive - Jan 23, 2014
PROVIDENCE â With the Democratic primary race for governor looking increasingly like a run to the left, candidate Angel Taveras came out of the gate Thursday with a plan to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018.
CENTRAL FALLS â When Central Falls Mayor James Diossa took the helm of the stateâs smallest city in December 2012, he was only 27, and one of his campaign promises was to engage the cityâs youngest residents and give them an opportunity to be part of his plan to improve the cityâs image and help him lead it out of bankruptcy.
On Thursday, Diossa made good on that promise when he swore in five Central Falls High School students to the cityâs first Mayorâs Youth Council.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Friday's Times.
NapoleĂĄo L. Vicente
LINCOLN - NapoleĂĄo L. Vicente, 91, passed on January 22nd with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Adelina (Pina) Vicente. They have been married for 66 years.
Born in Brava, Cabo Verde, a son of the late Amancio and Julia (Pina) Vicente.
He had been employed by Healthtex for many years before retiring.
George J. Washburn
SEEKONK - George J. Washburn, 94, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Emily C. (Weaton) Washburn. Born in Taunton, a son of the late George E. and Almy (Bliss) Washburn, he resided in Seekonk over seventy years.
Donald R. Farrell
CUMBERLAND - Donald R. Farrell, 82, of Cumberland, passed away Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Bertha (Pellerin) Farrell, and they had been married for over 56 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late John Sousa and Ethel (Farrell) Sousa. He was a life-long Cumberland resident.
He was a United States Army, Korean War Veteran. He received the Korean War citation, three Bronze Stars, Occupational Medal of Japan, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Editor's note: Jim Baron's column, Politics As Usual, appears on Mondays in The Times. The column below was first published in The Times on Jan. 20, 2014.
Ever since Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced last September that he would not seek another term at the Statehouse, reporters have been nagging him to say what he thinks his legacy should be or what he would like it to be.
I think we got that answer last week, with Chafeeâs final State of the State address.
CUMBERLAND â Throughout the 2012-13 winter campaign, then-Cumberland High sophomore Jack Bauer improved at a rapid rate, causing older brother Andrew to continue to hassle him about registering for a USA Swimming-affiliated club program.
Andrew, a phenomenal distance freestyler in his own right, had done the same, and he reasoned that Jack would only get faster, given the more grueling workouts.
The second snowstorm of 2014 dumped about 6 inches of light, powdery snow on Pawtucket.
âIt wasnât a horrible storm, but the timing was an issue,â Pawtucket Public Works Director Lance Hill said Wednesday. âIt started just before rush hour and when you have traffic on the road packing down the snow it makes it extremely difficult to remove.â
The total snow accumulation in Pawtucket was 6 inches.
Pawtucketâs Public Works Department plows and sands more than 180 miles of roadway.
PAWTUCKET â As a father watching his son represent the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op squad last winter, Gary Leonard noticed it often didn't play as a team, a fluid unit. To him, it looked as if the players seemed more concerned with individual stats and/or glory.
âI thought the biggest issue with them was selfish team play,â he stated Tuesday afternoon. âWhen I became the head coach back in September, it was my goal to eliminate the selfishness and try to build a program based on team success.â