Archive - Jan 2014
PAWTUCKET â Craft beer aficionados will have much to celebrate today when the second annual Rhode Island Brew Fest Winter opens its doors at the Pawtucket Armory on Exchange Street.
Starting at 1 p.m., hundreds of craft beer fans will gather to sample brews from more than 40 breweries and meet the people behind the kegs and casks of some of the Ocean Stateâs most popular microbreweries.
Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times and today's Call.
PAWTUCKET â The latest round of scores on the stateâs high-stakes standardized tests are in, and they show that both Pawtucket and the Central Falls school districts have made strides in reading, particularly at the secondary school level.
However, there is still much work to be done in mathematics, as in a majority of school districts across the state, where the test scores were flat when it came to showing improvement or downright disappointing.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Saturday's Times.
Madeleine R. Duval
LINCOLN - Madeleine R. (Collette) Duval, 85, of Lincoln passed away Friday at the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Joseph Alfred Duval.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Paul and Eva (Tougas) Collette.
Mrs. Duval was a communicant of St. Aidan Church for many years.
Madeline loved music, shopping, attending plays, but most of all enjoyed time spent with her sisters.
Carole J. Benabio
PAWTUCKET - Carole J. Benabio, 72, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 at home. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Amelio and Mary (Rubinacci) Benabio.
Carole is survived by her son, Harold Farrell, and a grandson.
Her funeral and burial were private. Arrangements by Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home. www.rifuneral.com
Edmond J. Benoit
CLAREMONT, FL - Edmond J. Benoit, of Claremont, passed away May 7, 2013. Born in Central Falls, RI in 1938.
He is survived by his two brothers, Raymond and Dennis, 6 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
He was a retired Major in the US Army with two tours of the Vietnam War and will be inurned at the Bushnell National Cemetery.
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PROVIDENCE â Two Pawtucket lawmakers want to require schools to give age-appropriate education in the prevention of child abduction, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse.
The bill, with other laws and proposals like it in other states, is called âErinâs Law,â after Erin Merryn, a young girl in Schaumburg, Ill., who, starting at the age of 6, was repeatedly raped for two-and-a-half years by a neighbor and then, when she was 11, she was molested by a teenaged cousin.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Friday's Times and Call.
PROVIDENCE â There was no word on any decision regarding the case of former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau following a status conference held on Thursday in U.S. District Court.
A status conference concerning Moreauâs corruption case, for which he was convicted on a federal fraud charge, was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. before Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. Reporters were not allowed into the chambers where the conference was held.
LINCOLN â High junior Nicole Moneghan had one desire before she and her teammates faced defending state champion South Kingstown in a Division II dual-meet clash on Thursday afternoon.
âI was hoping we wouldnât get absolutely crushed,â she admitted. âThey have a lot of talented girls over there. We were trying not to worry about what they were doing, but just dive in and swim the best we could.â
As expected, the undefeated Rebels did push their unbeaten streak to 7-0 with a 54-40 victory over the steadfast Lions, but the latter went down battling.
Janet M. Frechette
NO. SMITHFIELD- Janet M. Frechette, 72, passed into eternal life on January 24, 2014 after an illness.
She was born in Central Falls a daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Charpentier) Blake.
Janet had been employed as a 1st class textile mechanic for several years at Wardwell Braid Co. before retiring 11 years ago.
Editor's note: This column was published in The Times on Jan. 27, 2014:
It looks like Democrats in the 2014 gubernatorial primary are about to be vexed by the same Catch-22 that confounds Republican candidates for president: What they have to do and say to win their partyâs nomination in the primary could spell doom in the general election.
If the nascent Democratic primary race for governor next year has showed us anything so far, it is that being liberal is becoming cool again.
WOONSOCKET â For the first time in a long while, Cumberland High actually defeated archrival Lincoln.
It happened on Wednesday night at Adelard Arena, with the still-undefeated Clippers edging the previously-unbeaten Lions, 2-1, in a Division II-North showdown.
Sophomore Jake Salisbury notched the game winner with 3:58 remaining in regulation. After a scoreless initial stanza, Cumberland took a 1-0 advantage on Salisburyâs unassisted tally just 1:01 into the second.
Lincoln, however, knotted it at 1-1 when senior Mike Enos converted Aaron Fiskeâs feed at 9:44.
PROVIDENCE â If you are applying for a job, should your prospective employer be able to demand the password to your Facebook or other social media account? Should schools and colleges be able to require students or applicants to allow access to restricted portions of their social media profiles?
With sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Meetup gaining popularity, and new sites finding their way onto the Internet with increasing frequency, two state legislators say employees and students should not be forced to share their online lives with people at work or school.
Alfreda H. Oziemblewski
PAWTUCKET - Alfreda H. Oziemblewski (Gromkiewicz) 93, of Hatfield Street, Pawtucket, a lifelong resident of Central Falls and Pawtucket, died Tuesday January 28, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, after a short illness. She was the widow of Boleslaw E. Oziemblewski.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Henry and Helen (Gabis) Gromkiewicz.
Before retiring 1982, she was a production supervisor for the former Fram Corp. of East Providence.
PAWTUCKET â There were concerns, to be sure. There always are whenever youâre dealing with a tense situation akin to the high school football episode that has resulted in the reclassification of expectations for Tolman in 2014.
PAWTUCKET âAttorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has filed a notice in Superior Court that his office will seek life without the possibility for parole in the case against Jorge DePina, who is charged with the murder of his 10-year old daughter last summer. Full story in Wednesday's Times.
Rose Marie Baxter
CENTRAL FALLS - Rose Marie Baxter of Central Falls died on Monday, January 27, 2014. She was the loving wife of Scott C. Baxter.
Mrs. Baxter was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Theodore and Marie (Pageau) Renchan. She was a certified nursing assistant for Jewish Family Service for many years.
Alfred E. Deschenes
LINCOLN - Alfred E. Deschenes, 84 of Lincoln, died Monday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. He was the husband of Anita J. (Labare) Deschenes. Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late George and Leda (Lague) Deschenes. He was a Lincoln resident for 52 years.
Prior to his retirement Alfred worked as a Machine Operator for Texas Instruments in Attleboro, MA.
PAWTUCKET Maria Tokarz, 91, passed away Sunday January 26, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Tokarz.
Born in Luslawice, Poland she was a daughter of the late Jan and Ludwika (Duda) Jurek. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 61 years.
Before retiring She was employed as a Weaver in the Blackstone Valley area for many years.
She was member of St. Joseph's Church Holy Rosary Society and a member of the Polish National Alliance Lodge 677.
PAWTUCKET â There will be no playoffs for the Tolman High football team in 2014.
On Monday, Tolman High Principal Christopher Savastano went before the Rhode Island Principalsâ Committee on Athletics in hopes of getting the group to repel the decision of banning the Tigers from postseason play for one season.
On Tuesday, Interscholastic League Executive Director Tom Mezzanotte informed Savastano that the punishment would indeed stand.
CENTRAL FALLSâThe federal court hearing for former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, related to a review of his case that could possibly lead to an early release from prison, has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 a.m.
Moreau, imprisoned in Maryland on a corruption charge, will appear for a status conference before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell.