Archive - 2014
PAWTUCKET â With this being âSenior Night,â and prior to a monumental Division II-Central clash against unbeaten West Warwick, Tolman High mentor Mike Kayata took a few minutes to describe to the crowd the qualities of his three soon-to-be graduates.
In closing, he told the 250-plus fans on hand, âNow let's play some basketball.â
He seemed a bit nervous at the time, but â turns out â there was little reason. Man, did his Tigers deliver!
CUMBERLAND â When Paul H. Rose was a young boy growing up in East Providence, his mother was always leery about what little woodland critter she might find hiding underneath his bed.
Snakes, frogs, grasshoppers, it didnât matter. If he could catch it, he brought it home.
âIâve loved animals ever since I was a little boy,â he says, âMy mother was always afraid of what she might find in the basement on any given day.â
Nearly 60 years later, Rose is still fascinated by the animal kingdom, and has devoted most of his life to looking after the welfare of creatures great and small.
PAWTUCKET â With more snow, such as has been the case this winter, comes more requests for shoveling assistance for the cityâs elderly residents. Hoping to boost volunteer participation in a program that works to shovel sidewalks for seniors, Mayor Donald Grebien held a press conference on Friday to enlist more volunteers.
Thomas J. McCarthy Sr
LINCOLN - Thomas J. McCarthy Sr., 65, of Betty St. passed away Thursday at home surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Deborah A. (Palin) McCarthy.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Charles and Marion (Gallager) McCarthy Sr. He resided in Lincoln for the past 38 years.
Thomas was employed by the R.I. State Police and had worked out of the Wickford Barracks for 18 1/2 years until his retirement in 2012.
He was a communicant of St. Jude Church, Lincoln and was a member of the Laborers International Local 808.
Joseph F. Palana
SEEKONK - Joseph F. Palana, 92, of Newman Ave., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy M. (Taipe) Palana for 32 years. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late John and Mary (Donato) Palana, he resided in Seekonk since 1954.
Joe was a World War II U.S. Coast Guard veteran; member of the Armistice Post American Legion and the Attleboro Lodge of Elks. He was a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Seekonk, (formerly St. Mary Parish) and a member of the OLQM Senior Saints.
Stephanie C. Snee
PAWTUCKET - Stephanie C. (Marek) Snee, 89, of Pawtucket, died Thursday. She was the wife of the late
Francis X. Snee and the mother of Gerald P. Snee CRNA of Rehoboth, Joseph F. Snee of Seekonk and Robert M. Snee Esq. of Portland, OR.
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Theresa M. Brunelle
CUMBERLAND - Theresa M. Brunelle, 89, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014. She was the wife of the late Alfred J. Brunelle, Sr. Born in Canada, she was the daughter of the late Telesphore and Emma (Fortin) Landry.
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.