Archive - 2014
PROVIDENCE â Call it the definition of a Friar full circle.
The Providence College menâs basketball contest that took place March 2, 2004 isnât referenced in the sections of the media guide devoted to noteworthy dates and games in program history, and with good reason: On that night, nothing went right. Pittsburgh waltzed into the Dunkinâ Donuts Center and laid a major hurt on the Ryan Gomes-led and Tim Welsh-coached Friars, rolling to a stunningly easy 88-61 victory.
âI remember,â said PC Athletic Director Bob Driscoll when reached Monday.
LINCOLN --- The official announcement came during the second week of January, but Dick Ryan didnât realize that he received one of high schoolâs most prestigious coaching honors until late last week during his first visit of the year to Lincoln High.
âWe had our spring coaches meeting,â recalled the Lionsâ softball coach. âI stopped into (athletic director Brian Finebergâs) office and he told me, âHey, congratulations.â I said, âFor what?â and he said, âYou didnât get this?â and he showed me a copy of a letter that was in my mailbox at the school.â
PAWTUCKET â Thanks in part to some incident-mapping software and new ideas that help police assess where to best employ resources, the city has seen a more than 10 percent reduction in crime from last year.
Statistics compiled by the Pawtucket Police Department and reviewed by the R.I. State Police for inclusion in the national FBI crime database show an overall drop in crime in the city of about 10.3 percent for 2013, including significant declines in several major categories.
A. Dorothy Jacobs
PAWTUCKET - A. Dorothy (Berlinsky) Jacobs, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Napoleon Leon Albert Jacobs and the late Albert E. Hamel. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Sidney S. Berlinsky and Mary (Winters) Tierney.
Dorothy worked at McConnell & Carpenter, Pawtucket, for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed listening to music and reading; spending time at home with her family, and participating in various activities with the seniors group at Rumford Towers.
Gladys D. Jaworski
PAWTUCKET Gladys D. Jaworski, 90, passed away Sunday March 2, 2014. She was the beloved and devoted wife of the late Dr. Rudolf A. Jaworski Sr.
Born in Ludlow, MA she was a daughter of the late Jan and Josephine (Chlastawa) Duda. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 65 years.
A graduate of St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Gladys was a registered Nurse. She was a supporting citizen of the Polish American Community being an active Member of the Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation for many years. She was an parishioner of St. Joseph's Church of Central Falls.
Allan G. Battersby
CENTRAL FALLS - Allan G. Battersby, 73, passed peacefully at home on March 2nd. He was the husband of Joyce (Mocogni) Battersby. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past May. He was the son of the late Arthur and Jeanette (Bechard) Battersby.
Allan proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard; he was a hardworking man, a dedicated father, a loving grandfather and an avid fisherman.
Edith F. Lima
PAWTUCKET - Edith F. Lima, 82, passed peacefully on March 2nd at home with her family by her side.
Born in Sao Antao, Cabo Verde, a daughter of the late Augusto and Aurora Lima.
Alfred J. Menard, III
SOUTH YARMOUTH - Alfred J. ("Fred"/"AJ") Menard, III, 80, passed away at home on Friday, February 28, 2014.
Born in Manville, he was the son of the late Rhode Island House Speaker, Alfred U. Menard, II and Flora (Lessard) Menard. He was the husband of Roxanne L. (Masson) Menard, RN, formerly of Shawinigan Falls, SUD, P.Q. Canada, and was a resident of South Yarmouth, MA.
Kevin J. Lessa
CENTRAL FALLS - Kevin J. Lessa, 53, formerly of Washington St. and he also lived on Japonica St. in Pawtucket, passed into eternal rest on Monday at the Home & Hospice Care of RI, after an illness. He was born in Pawtucket, a son of Shirley A. Jackson and the late Albert N. Lessa.
Kevin had been employed at B & E Chrome Plating for 30 years until he was stricken with a stroke.
Doris L. Slavin
LINCOLN - Doris L. (Sherman) Slavin, 96, formerly of Lincoln, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Lydia Taft House, Uxbridge, MA. She was the wife of the late D. Howard Slavin.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late S. Eber and Jennie P. (Hammond) Sherman, she had lived in Lincoln for over 50 years. She was a direct descendant of seven families, including John Alden, which came over on the Mayflower.
Agnes A. Colvin
PAWTUCKET - Agnes A. (O'Neill) Colvin, 101, of Pawtucket passed away on March 1, 2014.
She was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Colvin.
Born in Darwen Lancaster, England, the daughter of the late James and Agnes (Bolton) O'Neill. She was the secretary to the President of the former Metals and Controls and then worked in medical transcription at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for many years.
Edward J Kelly Sr.
DIGHTON, MA - Edward J Kelly Sr. of Dighton Ma passed away Tuesday 2/25. Ed, better known as "Buck" was born on June 24, 1930.
Predeceased by his oldest daughter, both Buck and Karen Allen will be lovingly
remembered by his daughter Karlene and her husband Richard Bourque, his son Ed and his wife Louise, his youngest daughter Rhonda and her husband Michael Thomas, and his son in law Steve Allen.
His stories will be missed by his grandchildren Jennifer, Stephany, Ashlee, Justine, Tracie, Taylor and Kathleen.
CENTRAL FALLSâSince emigrating to the United States 14 years ago, Filomena Montiero had nurtured a couple of dreams: becoming a nurse and owning her own home. Thanks to the Central Falls Housing Authority's Family Self-Sufficiency program,â she is part of the way there on both goals.
Montiero recently graduated from the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, an initiative that seeks to improve the lives of parents receiving Central Falls Section 8 housing assistance.
PROVIDENCE â When Lincoln High senior Alex D'Aloisio awoke on Saturday morning, he didn't feel that well. He figured it was probably just nerves, as he was about to attempt to claim a second-straight title at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships.
âOnce I got here (to the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house), I started to feel it in my gut; I was kind out of it,â he confessed.
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PAWTUCKET â This is what great sports rivalries are all about: Anything Lincoln can do, Cumberland wants to do it better. Even if the difference between these two outstanding hockey teams is nearly negligible, the Clippers want to outdo their neighborhood rivals on the ice.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucketâs Brendan Doyle topped a field of 784 runners to win the fourth annual Irish 5K this past weekend, as Doyle posted a winning time of 17:44 to top the runner-up finisher, Chris Fox of Rumford, by 28 seconds.
On the womenâs side, Greenvilleâs Trish Hillery became a two-time winner of the race by placing sixth overall in 18:55. Karen Gately of North Grafton, Mass. was the next female to cross the finish line, as she was 13th overall in 19:34.6.
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.
âI wish you well with your new-found freedom,â U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell told Moreau as he closed the brief hearing.
BURRILLVILLE â Despite Cumberland Highâs 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 Nadeauâs 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.
PAWTUCKETâRhode 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.