Archive - 2014
When Rhode Islanders begin helping out the Meeting Street School with its annual telethon on WPRI Channel 12 Jan. 25, they will be funding, in part, programs for the schoolâs students that build relationships with students at other schools and the community at large.
One of those programs, Best Buddies, gained the limelight for last yearâs fundraiser, as it brought in over $809,000 in nonoperational support for Meeting Street, a sum the school hopes to top this year, according to Meeting Street spokeswoman Amanda Mullen.
For full story, see Monday's Times and Monday's Call, page A1.
CENTRAL FALLS â Head coach Jayar Santos gave Central Falls High senior Yesenia Biascochea the news prior to the start of their campaign.
Because he didnât have a true point guard, sheâd have to assume that role, not the one in which she had been accustomed â the shooting guard spot.
He also issued her a proviso; that is, if she had the open shot, then go ahead and put it up.
CENTRAL FALLS â Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, imprisoned in Maryland on a corruption charge, is being brought back to Rhode Island by a federal judge, reportedly so his case can be reviewed anew.
U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell confirmed that he signed a court order on Tuesday calling for prison officials to transport Moreau to a Providence courtroom on Jan. 29 for a status conference. He said he could not provide any additional comment beyond that.
Full story on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
PAWTUCKETâ Four years ago, a brave young man from Senegal, battling cancer that had taken a leg and was threatening his lungs, walked across the Tolman High School stage during a special graduation ceremony held just for him.
Sadly, that young man, named Mouhamadou Sylla, passed away on Jan. 6 after continuing to display amazing courage and infectious positivity despite his worsening medical condition.
For full story, see Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
Janice L. Hutchinson
EAST PROVIDENCE- Hutchinson, Janice L. (Read) passed away January 16, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Rumford where she had lived for 63 years. She follows her husband, Al, who passed away in 2010.
They were an inseparable team since their marriage in 1943. Jan was born September 28, 1922 in Pawtucket, the daughter of Franklin D. and Mildred L. (Ludgate) Read.
Walter B. Johnson, Jr.
PAWTUCKET- Walter "Wally" B. Johnson, Jr., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 after a courageous 3 year battle with throat cancer. He was the beloved husband of Pamela M. (Bora) Johnson, they would have celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in May.
Born in Cranston, he was a son of Pearl M. (Langlois) Johnson of Pawtucket and the late Walter B. Johnson, Sr.
CUMBERLAND- Piedade "Pat" Lourenco (Freitas), 95, formerly of Silva St. passed away Thursday at the Woonsocket Health Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Fernando Lourenco.
Born in New Haven, CT, she was the daughter of the late Lucas and Virginia (Santos) Freitas.
LINCOLN â Despite impending competition from both resort-style casinos and slot parlors in Massachusetts, Twin River will remain a âconvenience gamingâ facility for the foreseeable future, John Taylor, chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, told a business audience Thursday.
The newly-installed table games like blackjack and roulette âare showing a lot of strength,â Taylor said at a breakfast meeting of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce at Twin River, but he acknowledged that âthe slots business is softening a bit.â
For full story, see Page 1 of Friday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â Although the official data hasnât been released yet from the state, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke says the graduation rates at both Shea and Tolman high schools have improved dramatically under the state-imposed âtransformationâ plan.
Stephen T. Nason
CENTRAL FALLS - Stephen T. Nason, 78 passed on January 14, 2014. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Howard and Eileen (Burke) Nason.
He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Nason of Naugatuck,CT and Dawn Maghfour, six grandchildren children, Jeremy, Joshua, Emily, Jessenia, Layla and Lena, a sister Mary Allard and the brother of the late James Nason.
CENTRAL FALLS - James Nason, 73 passed on January 12, 2014. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Howard and Eileen (Burke) Nason.
He leaves behind a sister Mary Allard. He was the brother of the late Stephen T. Mason.
A service will be held Friday at 1pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited and may visit one hour prior to the service. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
PROVIDENCE â Itâs starting to happen. Bryce Cotton is staring at the probability of roughly two months remaining in his Providence College basketball career.
As time becomes the seniorâs enemy, so too does the sense that the adjectives specifically reserved to describe Cottonâs on-court playmaking abilities are seemingly stuck on repeat. Long ago, games of 20 or more points went from the exception to the rule for Cotton. When a player crosses over such a rarified threshold, in turn it becomes easy for fans to fall into a state of complacency.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are investigating the shooting of a young man who was injured while walking on Broadway at around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
Detective Capt. John Seebeck said the man had been walking near 300 Broadway when he sustained a gunshot wound to the buttock. He said the injury appeared to be non-life-threatening, and he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
Seebeck declined to provide the victim's name or other details in the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Times.
Fernando do Nascimento
PAWTUCKET - Fernando do Nascimento, 91, of Orange Park, FL and formerly of Pawtucket died Monday in Orange Park Medical Center, Orange Park, FL. He was the husband of the late Maria de Lurdes (Barata) Nascimento.
Born in SetĂșbal, Portugal, a son of the late DamiĂŁo and Ermelinda (da ConceiĂ§ĂŁo) Nascimento. He came to this country in 1973.
Mr. DoNascimento worked as a Machine Operator for the former Attleboro Dye and Finish Co. and also for Ridco Casting Co. in Pawtucket.
Editor's note: This "Politics as Usual" column was published in the Jan. 13, 2014 edition of The Times.
Anyone who thinks handicapping political races is easy should check last weekâs newspapers.
Two Republicans with aspirations for higher office â New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has his eye on becoming president of the United States, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, running to become governor of the Biggest Little State in the Union â are getting jammed up by their day jobs in their quest to climb the greasy pole of political ambition.
PROVIDENCE â State Sen. Dawson Hodgson began his bid for the attorney generalâs office Tuesday by taking the offensive, attacking incumbent Peter Kilmartin for his role in the 38 Studios debacle, the Deepwater Wind energy project, pension reform litigation, and the early release from prison of Woonsocket thrill killer Alfred Brissette.
PAWTUCKET â Just after delivering positive news about improved graduation rates, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke shook up a routine School Committee meeting Tuesday night with a bombshell announcement: that she planned to retire as of June 30.
âIt has been my privilege and pleasure to serve you,â Cylke told the members of the School Committee at the first regular meeting of the new year. She also pledged that they would have â110 percent of my effortâ between now and when she leaves at the end of the school year.
For full story, see Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academy coach Fred Saunders calls them the âbrains and heart of our team.â
They are the Gonzalez sisters â point guard Danyele and forward Rybecca. Danyele runs the show and Rybecca handles the scoring load. Along with fellow starters Seun Shittu, Felicia Baccari and Kaylee Oliver, they have turned St. Raphael Academy into an unbeaten Division II-Central squad that hopes to go deep into the playoffs this winter.
Janet E. Ames
LINCOLN - Ames, Janet E. (Wescott) of Lincoln passed away peacefully on January 12, surrounded by her loving family. Born in West Brooksville, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Stillman and Clara (Blodgett) Wescott. She was predeceased by her husband George E. and her eldest son Dr. Glenn J. as well as her siblings Helen Farrow and Gordon Wescott.