Archive - Feb 2014
PAWTUCKET â While saying they donât agree with all of the school renovation plans as outlined, the City Council on Wednesday approved the first phase of the School Departmentâs Facilities Master Plan that will upgrade Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene Elementary Schools.
The council gave its approval to Phase 1 of the proposed master plan, with a price tag not to exceed $32 million. Phase 1 calls for a system-wide upgrade of the districtâs technology infrastructure and renovations to the Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are trying a new tactic, the âRhode Island Most Wantedâ network, to track down a man accused of committing fraud against a local funeral home.
Pawtucket Police have posted on the online website that they are looking for Martin âMartyâ Szuch, 72, who has addresses in Providence, North Providence and Cranston. Szuch is wanted on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses in a case that dates back to 2010. He has also allegedly committed similar crimes in the past, police said.
CUMBERLAND â Perhaps two minutes after Cumberland High had sustained a 49-12 dual-meet loss to rival Hendricken in a match to clinch the Division I title, veteran mentor Steve Gordon managed to keep his sense of humor.
When a reporter approached him for a few thoughts Thursday night, he immediately said, âNot right now. Wait a second!â
He approached his wife, Judy, gave her a kiss, handled a couple of other minor details, then relented to an interview.
His first response, with a wide grin: âSorry. Youâve gotta know whatâs truly important!â
LINCOLN â Itâs a 45-minute drive from Pawtucket to Manfredoâs Boxing & Fitness in Narragansett for Toka Kahn-Clary and Thomas Falowo, and because of the 72 miles they have to travel roundtrip to work out with their trainer, Peter Manfredo Sr., the two often carpool back and forth each night.
But tonight, they wonât have to share a ride. Instead, they will make a short trip to the Twin River Event Center and appear in separate six-round bouts on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âHome Sweet Homeâ card.
Irene V. Broadmeadow
PAWTUCKET - Irene T. Broadmeadow, 87, passed away peacefully Wednesday February 19, 2014 surrounded by her devoted family. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward T. Broadmeadow Jr.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Maciej and Victoria (Bomba) Majka. She was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Mrs. Broadmeadow was an Elementary School Teacher for 38 years in the Central Falls school system.
WARWICK - Dureault, Raymond, "Ray Dee" 94, of Warwick, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014. He was the beloved friend of the late Marie "Loretta" Gruslin. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Alfred and Celina (St. Gelais) Dureault. Mr. Dureault was a navy veteran of World War II. He was a steel worker at the former Newman Crosby Inc. of Pawtucket for 26 years before retiring.
CENTRAL FALLS â Convicted contractor Michael Bouthillette, the owner of Certified Disaster Restoration Corp. and a friend and supporter of former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, is still trying to collect over $30,000 from the city for work done in late 2006 and early 2007 at the Adams Memorial Library.
Robert Hemond Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Robert Hemond Sr., 77, of Curran Road, passed away Monday at the Memorial Hospital of RI, Pawtucket. He was the husband of Barbara (Bessette) Hemond.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Germaine (Lavallee) Hemond. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life.
Mr. Hemond was employed as a Materials Handler for Osram - Sylvania of Central Falls for 14 years until his retirement. He was previously employed in the construction industry for many years.
Mr. Hemond was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Broad Street, Cumberland.
Betty J. Lees
LINCOLN - Betty J. Lees, 93, of Sayles Hill Road, died Tuesday, February 18 at the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the beloved wife of the late George H. Lees.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late William E. and Myrtis (Weaver) Martin, she had lived in Lincoln for many years.
Mrs. Lees was a schoolteacher at the Lonsdale School in Lincoln for twenty-six years, retiring in 1986.
She was a graduate of Pawtucket High School, Class of 1939, and R.I. State College, Class of 1943, where she was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.
Marion F. Schofield
BURRILLVILLE - Marion F. Schofield, 90, of Pascoag, died Monday, February 17, at the Pine Grove Health Center, Pascoag. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond T. Schofield.
Born in Valley Falls, a daughter of the late Campbell R. and Addie F. (Rafuse) Ewart, she had lived in Lincoln before moving to Pascoag twenty years ago.
Jean V. Hicks
CENTRAL FALLS - Jean V. Hicks, 94, passed away Wednesday after an illness. Born in Salem, MA a daugther of the late John and Helen Spaniak.
She has lived in Central Falls many years and had been employed as a nurse's aid.
She leaves a son James Hicks of Cumberland, 2 sisters, Helen Spaniak of Pawtucket and Sr. Mary Inocencia of CT also 7 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren
A Private Funeral Service will be held Friday in the CHARLES COELHO Funeral Home, 151 Cross St. Central Falls, burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery.
Gabrielle M. Marcotte
LINCOLN - Gabrielle M. Marcotte, 87, of Lincoln, died Tuesday. She was the wife of the late Rosaire A. Marcotte and the mother of Charles L. Marcotte, Susan J. Famiglietti, Lisa M. Costa, Lori A. Longtin and Beth A. McLoughlin.
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Edith V. Courchene
PORT RICHEY, FL - Edith V. (Whitmarsh) Courchene, 76, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ronald Courchene. Born and raised in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late William G. and Selma (Maiwald) Whitmarsh. Edith had resided in Marlborough, MA before retiring to Florida in 1985.
PAWTUCKET - Guckin, Elizabeth-Ann D. (Doyle) "Betty-Ann" 77, of Pawtucket passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Doyle.
Betty-Ann worked as an RN in the pediatric unit at Rhode Island Hospital then continued on to the VNA of Pawtucket, where she retired.
She was the loving mother of Jeffrey Guckin, sister to Douglas Doyle, and grandmother to Erica Szostek and Eli Guckin.
Editor's note: This column first appeared in The Times on Feb. 17. Read Jim Baron's column every Monday in The Times and The Call.
In the end, despite all their bravado and bluffing, neither the unions nor the state officials battling over the 2011 pension reform law wanted to take their chances on how the five wise souls of the RI Supreme Court would rule on the constitutional issue at stake: Can the General Assembly make legislative changes to employee pensions after the workers and retirees have spent their careers paying into the system?
PAWTUCKETâAn intoxicated man accused a Pawtucket Police officer of striking him with his cruiser outside of a Walgreens pharmacy early Monday evening and then threatened a group of witnesses at knifepoint who sided with the officer, Pawtucket Police said.
PAWTUCKET â In a nod to the current economy, the city and Pawtucket firefighters' union have agreed to a new, three-year contract that offers more in the way of job stability than pay increases. The City Council will be considering the pact for approval at Wednesday night's council meeting.
PROVIDENCE â The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.
For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams â and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girlsâ basketball squads â Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowleyâs transition to the Massachusetts girlsâ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.
Helen M. Campbell
CUMBERLAND- Helen M. (Gontarski) Campbell, 76, formerly of East Barrows Street, passed away Monday at the Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Joseph "Soupy" Campbell.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Josephine (Wyzga) Gontarski.
She resided in Harrisville for the past 10 years, previously residing in Cumberland
Mrs. Campbell was employed as a welder for Texas Instruments Inc. for over 30 years until her retirement.