Archive - Feb 2014
PROVIDENCE â€“ Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau walked into Courtroom 3 at the federal courthouse Friday morning wearing dark blue prison garb with his hands cuffed behind his back and his feet in chains.
About three hours later he walked out into the cold noonday sunshine wearing a brown suit and yellow tie, a free man, albeit with a felony conviction and three years of supervised probation hanging over his head.
â€śI wish you well with your new-found freedom,â€ť U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell told Moreau as he closed the brief hearing.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Despite Cumberland Highâ€™s amazing run so far this season, North Smithfield refused to be intimidated in a huge Division II-North clash on Friday night.
Head coach Paul Nadeauâ€™s Northmen skated with authority, played with heart and desire for a full 45 minutes and gave the unbeaten Clippers a scare.
In the end, however, junior winger and tri-captain Greg Wellington by his lonesome found the net more often than the hosts as Cumberland strolled out of Levy Arena with a 3-1 triumph.
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CENTRAL FALLS â€” The last time Central Falls and Cumberland met on a basketball court, just nine days ago, the Clippers upset the Warriors on their home court on a late hoop by freshman Brandon Kolek.
When the two teams met again Friday night on the same court in a Division II playoff opener, the Warriors made sure there would be no late heroics by Cumberland. Central Falls held a 49-44 lead with nine minutes left before going on a 7-0 run that put the game away.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Rhode Island State Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks, including a Criminal Investigation Unit and Collision Reconstruction Unit, are investigating the circumstances behind the fatal wrong-way crash that occurred on Interstate 95 in Pawtucket early Friday morning.
NAPLES, FL. - Loretta (Beaulieu) Richard, 90, of Naples, FL passed away on February 25, 2014. Born in Pawtucket, on June 9, 1923, she was the daughter of Rosalma and Arthur Beaulieu. Happily married for to James C. Richard for 39 years, Loretta had spent the past 13 years of retirement enjoying life in Naples. While in Rhode Island, Loretta was actively involved in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. She enjoyed her crossword puzzles and time with family and friends.
Rhode Islandâ€™s nation-worst unemployment rate, its lagging economy and projected out-year budget deficits in the hundreds of millions makes being governor a difficult job.
Allan Fung, a Republican running to be the next governor, says that is exactly what makes the position attractive to him.
â€śI want those challenges, I want those responsibilities; I really do,â€ť the three-term Cranston mayor said in an interview on Wednesday with The Times. â€śItâ€™s not about a title. Itâ€™s about the challenges this state is going to face and whoever is going to be governor, he has to be ready for it.
The definition of an undercard is a boxing event before the main match.
In Rhode Island high school boysâ€™ basketball, the three divisional tournaments that tip off Friday night are seen as warm-up acts to a bigger and better event â€“ a 16-team open tournament. Before arriving at the process where the crowing of one champion takes place, however, the order of business is pitting familiar foes against each other.
Frances E. Morgan
CENTRAL FALLS - Frances E. Morgan of Central Falls died on February 26, 2014. She was the wife of Edward I. Morgan.
Mrs. Morgan was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Charles Sistakavskas and Mary (Zadonis) Sistakavskas. She worked in the textile industry in Central Falls for many years.
CENTRAL FALLS - Zygmunt Jedrzejczyk, 57, passed away Tuesday February 25, 2014 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Halina (Wojsznis) Jedrzejczyk.
Born in Poland he was a son of the late Jan and Maria (Jarocka) Jedrzejczyk.
He was employed as a Machine Operator for Hi-Tech Metal Inc. of Bellingham, MA.
Besides his wife he leaves three daughters, Agnieszka Kuzminska, Justyna Janas and Katarzyna Chrostek all of Poland. He also leaves five grandchildren. He was one of fifteen children.
Maria C. Martins
PAWTUCKET - Maria C. Martins (Mello) 64, of Pawtucket died February 25, 2014. She was the wife of Francisco L. Martins. Mrs. Martins was born in Terceira, Azores. Daughter of the late Francisco C. and Evangelina (Ramos) Mello.
She came to this country forty four years ago settling in Pawtucket. Mrs. Martins was a member of St. Anthony's Church and Groupo Amigos Da Terceira.
David C. Mann
PAWTUCKET - Mann, David, C. 79, husband of Judith (Baird) Mann.
Funeral Monday in St. Theresa's Church Newport Ave. at 10 AM for more information go to
Editor's note: This column was first published on Feb. 24, 2014 in The Times and The Call.
One of the selling points General Treasurer Gina Raimondo employed in
pushing for the pension settlement you may have seen something about in the news lately is that it brings "certainty" and "finality" in that it puts an end not only to the slew of lawsuits challenging the 2011 law, but also the court challenges to the 2009 and 2010 pension reform efforts.
And so it does. Until the next time.
North Smithfield Rep. Brian Newberry, the House Republican leader, has
PAWTUCKET â€” In promoting the ambitious renovations and construction of school buildings as outlined in a Facilities Master Plan, school officials have been counting on receiving about 80 percent reimbursement on the project costs. But can they take that figure to the bank?
The answer appears to be yes, but not without a few variables.
LINCOLN â€” After rolling to six straight triumphs, Lincoln High sustained a crushing 38-37 Division II-North loss to Moses Brown School on Feb. 12, and that sent it into a dismal tailspin.
On Valentine's Night, they dropped a 57-34 verdict to II Central-leading and unbeaten St. Raphael, 57-34, before getting exploited by Scituate (69-49) and Johnston (42-29) in two more league clashes.
PROVIDENCE â€” A former mayor whose corruption conviction was thrown into question by an appeals court struck a deal that would allow him to be freed from prison after serving half his two-year sentence.
Charles Moreau, former mayor of the financially troubled city of Central Falls, agreed in a deal filed on Wednesday to plead guilty to a new charge of accepting a bribe. As part of the deal, federal prosecutors recommended Moreau be sentenced to time served.
Moreau could be released as soon as Friday, when a hearing on his case is scheduled before U.S. District Judge John McConnell.
Joseph A. Cravino
PAWTUCKET - Joseph A. Cravino, 62, of Pawtucket, died February 22, 2014. Mr. Cravino was born in Pawtucket. Beloved son of Laura A. Burgo. He was employed by Gillette Stadium as a security guard for eight years. He was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his cousins Anne Brent of Rockville, MD and Laura Burgo and family of Los Angeles, CA. Nieces, Theresa Edmonds and family, Dominique Robertson and family and Christina Robertson and family all of Rockville, MD. Many family and friends.
Joseph L. Chartier
CENTRAL FALLS - Joseph L. Chartier, 92, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Carmen (Beauregard) Chartier to whom to he was married for 55 years until her death in 2002. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Vitalien and Georgeanna (Allard) Chartier and was a resident of the Blackstone Valley his entire life. He was an expert air conditioner and boiler technician for 38 years retiring in 1984.
Stella E. Callahan
CUMBERLAND - Stella E. Callahan, 89, of Bryant Street passed away Monday February 24, 2014 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. She was the beloved wife of Lawrence L. Callahan.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Kaplan Sr. She was a life long resident of Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations, families and individuals (including many Times readers), The Times was able to donate $9,201 to the Salvation Army of Pawtucket from the annual Merry Christmas Fund.
Kathleen Needham, controller of The Times/The Call newspapers, presented a check in that amount to Salvation Army Capts. Glenys and Juan Urbaez on Tuesday at the monthly board meeting held at the Salvation Army headquarters on High Street.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s that dreaded time of year when teachers, typically the newer ones, get a â€śpink slipâ€ť from the school district they have been working so hard to impress. It all has to do with budgetary projections and state law, which requires that any teachers facing a potential job cut in September must be notified by March 1.
Yet, for the first time in many years, the number of teachers pink-slipped this year has been cut by more than half, due to a collaborative effort between school administrators and the teachers union.