Archive - Feb 2014
Joseph E. Packer Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph E. Packer Sr., 57, passed away Saturday at the Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Brighton, MA. He was the beloved husband of Colleen R. (Moran) Packer, and they had been married for 18 years.
Born in Central Falls, RI, he was the son of the late Stephen and Bernadette (Stauff) Packer. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Packer was a United States Navy Veteran.
Joe was employed as manager for the City Packing, Boston for 37 years until his brief illness.
Jared Zampini of West Warwick was never really into G.I. Joes as a kid. He liked monsters instead and Joe hardly ever tangled with one of those.
When Zampini, 31, was growing up in the 1980s, the popular G.I. Joe action figure had morphed into characters like âDuke,â âRoadblock,â âGung-Ho,â and other fictional anti-terror fighters from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic books and cartoon series.
This year, G.I. Joe turns 50 and even though heâs half-a century old and a bit long in the tooth, he can still kick butt.
PAWTUCKET â The news about a rise in heroin overdoses in Rhode Island, coupled with the national coverage of the apparent heroin-related death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, has thrust the centuries-old opioid in the spotlight. Yet, while itâs acknowledged by police and medical professionals that a âbad batchâ of heroin is making the rounds â one that is laced with the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl â the problem of a seeming resurgence of the hippie-era drug is complex and delves into areas of accessibility and affordability.
WARWICK â Twenty years ago, Tom Hanksâ silver-screen portrayal of the slow-witted Forrest Gump earned the acclaimed actor an Academy Award and a huge payday. The 1994 release is remembered for the lead characterâs array of quirky and quick-to-the-point quotes, some of which still hold merit today.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â Playing a rare Saturday afternoon home game, St. Raphael Academy pushed first-place La Salle Academy to the limit before the Ramsâ superiority finally manifested itself in the final minute.
The Saints, who had a chance to tie the game with 25 seconds left, came up short in the end, 64-61, as the Rams made their final six points from the free throw line.
PAWTUCKET â It's a sweet tradition that dates back to the 1930s: Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scouts of the USA has declared Feb. 7-8 âNational Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.â Girl Scouts nationwide are asking their communities to celebrate by purchasing cookies to help girls reach their goals.
Sports editor emeritus
CENTRAL FALLS â In a pulsating finish to a great high school basketball game, Julian Soares netted the final 13 Central Falls points while carrying the Warriors to a 73-68 victory over Tolman on Friday evening.
Soares, who finished with a game-high 27 points, matched big plays with Tolmanâs stellar shooting guard Steve Otis. The senior hit a trio of three-pointers in the final three minutes as the Tigers roared back from a 48-35 deficit to take a 67-66 lead with 30 seconds left when Otis swished a three from the top of the key.
Otis finished with 25 points.
Rita G. Caron
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Rita G. Caron, 81, of North Smithfield, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Albina (Durand) Caron.
Rita was a beautician who owned and operated Caron's Coiffures in Central Falls before retiring in 1995.
She is survived by two sisters, Monique Perreault, and Yvette Caron, a niece, Pamela Carstens, and two nephews, Kevin and Michael Perreault.
PROVIDENCE â Local talk radio hosts are having no end of fun with a Florida TV stationâs identification of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin as a âSarasota resident,â and now state Sen. Dawson Hodgson, a Republican candidate for attorney general, is adding questions of his own.
Kilmartin, whose full-time residence is in Pawtucket, has a vacation home in Sarasota where he stayed during a recent January vacation. While there, he and his wife, Kristine, visited the Sarasota Arts Festival, and he was buttonholed by a local TV reporter for a comment on the event.
CENTRAL FALLS â The body of the person found inside a car that had been submerged in the Blackstone River has been identified as Angela Rivera, a 62-year-old Pawtucket woman who had been reported missing in March 2011.
The car, a light blue Toyota Camry, had been spotted underwater on Tuesday morning by state employees who had been doing work on a barge in and around the underside of the bridge near 1420 Broad St. When the vehicle was towed from the water, it was determined that a body was inside.
Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times.
Lillian M. Weygand
EAST PROVIDENCE - Lillian M. (Kingsley) Weygand, 97, formerly of Pawtucket and Ft. Myers, Fl. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Home. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Weygand, Sr. They had been married fifty-five years.
Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Frederick T. and Rose F. (Boyle) Kingsley. Mrs. Weygand worked in the business office at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for twelve years before she retired in 1978.
PAWTUCKET â An accurate weather service forecast, a parking ban and a âno schoolâ call helped the cityâs Department of Public Works to get a good handle on Wednesdayâs snowstorm.
By mid-morning, most of Pawtucketâs roads were very passable and by lunchtime, many were down to the pavement, as temperatures warmed up and the snow tapered off.
CUMBERLAND â The opportunity for a father to coach his son in a college setting does not come around very often.
For Cumberland High senior Joe Fine, you can officially swap out âopportunityâ and replace it with âreality.â
Beginning this fall, there will be two Fines on the football sideline occupied by Bryant University. Head coach Marty Fine listed son Joe as part of the programâs latest recruiting effort on Wednesday. The Bulldogsâ 22-player class includes players from 10 different states with 11 being from New England.
LINCOLN â Oseh-Lie Saine is officially a member of Boston Collegeâs football program. In the eyes of the 2013 Lincoln High graduate who signed a pretty important document Wednesday, itâs a significant step that runs the gamut of emotions.
âIt feels really, really good,â a clearly jubilant Saine expressed when reached later the same day. âItâs a day Iâve been waiting for a long time and for it to finally come, it hit me (Tuesday night) and I was just like, âwow.â Signing that paper just felt great. Itâs real and I think Iâm still on cloud nine.â
LINCOLN â Although she didn't want to, Lauren Hervieux did a lot of watching from the sidelines as her Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op teammates competed.
Naturally, the premier senior defenseman would've preferred to take the ice with them and help in her usual ways â battling in the corners, stealing pucks, squelching 2-on-1 breakaways.
She couldn't, of course, after dislocating and fracturing her kneecap at a Lincoln varsity soccer practice back on Nov. 7, the afternoon before a pivotal state tournament semifinal.
LINCOLN- Dennis P. Pacheco Sr, 90, of Lincoln Manor, passed away Tuesday at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Beatrice (Levesque) Pacheco, and they had been married 66 years.
Born in East Providence, he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria (Botelho) Pacheco. He resided on Webster Street in Lincoln for 28 years, moving to California for 10 years, and returning to Lincoln in 1992.
Mr. Pacheco was a United States Navy, World War II and Korean War Veteran.
Ovidio J. Garzoli
PAWTUCKET- Ovidio J. Garzoli- "Charlie" of Brewster Street Pawtucket died on February 4, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Virginia (King) Garzoli.
Mr. Garzoli was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Dominick and Assunta (Bonini) Garzoli. He worked at New England Linen for many years.
Charlie served in the United States Army as a constable in Germany after WWII. He was a longtime member of Holy Family Parish in Pawtucket.
Naseem A. Ayoub
SEEKONK- Naseem "Nas" A. Ayoub, 75, formerly of Seekonk, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Naples, FL with his beloved wife of 46 years, Ann M. (Davignon) Ayoub, by his side.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Assad and Mary (Moussab) Ayoub.
LINCOLN âNational Signing Day 2014 in college football circles is well underway this morning and we have some news concerning a local prospect to pass along.
Oseh-Lie Saine, a 2013 graduate of Lincoln High School, has officially joined the Boston College football team. The news was announced via Twitter under @BCFootballNews: âOsei-Lie Saine joins the BC football team! The DL earned all-Rhode Island 1st-team honors at Lincoln HS.â
BC lists Saine as a defensive end who measures out at 6-foot-4, 265 pounds. He played a post-graduate year at Worcester Academy this past autumn.