Archive - 2014
PAWTUCKETâ€”The Chief Coutu Memorial Walk/5K Road Race will be held in Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket, on Sunday, March 30. A two-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the fully sanctioned 5K race at 10 a.m.
Proceeds will be used to create a park dedicated to the memory of Central Falls Fire Chief Robert A. Coutu and his son, Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu. The park will be located at the corner of Lewis and Hunt streets in Central Falls. It will be dedicated on International Firefighters Day, May 4, at noon.
Charles A. Abdelahad
PAWTUCKET - Charles A. Abdelahad, 95, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on Friday, March 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Nora (Amir) Abdelahad for 65 years. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late Assad and Ramza (Bargoot) Abdelahad.
Robert M. Porrello
PAWTUCKET - Robert M. Porrello, 63 formerly of Pawtucket died Wednesday in his home in Providence.
He was the son of the late Diane Lussier and brother of the late Daniel P. Porrello and the late Richard Lussier.
He leaves his long term companion Diane Dorvilier. He also leaves his brothers John Lussier and Dean Lussier and a sister Anita Lussier.
He worked the majority of his life as an exceptional auto mechanic.
Calling hours are Monday, 10 -11 a.m. with a service following at Bell Funeral Home, Providence RI.
Mary S. Moran
PAWTUCKET - Mary S. (Keenan) Moran, 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 27, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Paul R. Moran, Sr. for 56 years. Born in Cranston, she was a daughter of the late James and Mary "May" (Dion) Keenan. Mary was the Vice President of Rhode Island Lithograph Co., Pawtucket for 45 years until her retirement several years ago. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and spending time together in Florida.
As always before each practice session, head coach Lisa Bessette addressed her Pawtucket Pacers on Tuesday night, detailing what four groups of athletes would be doing for the next 75 minutes to prepare for the upcoming Special Olympics Rhode Island's Northern Area Games, those slated for Saturday, May 3 at Bryant University.
She stood in the middle of the Francis J. Varieur Elementary School's cafeteria/gymnasium, laying down the groundwork not only for that competition but also the SORI's State Games at the University of Rhode Island beginning May 30.
Editor's note: This column was first published on March 24, 2014
When House Speaker Gordon Fox banged the gavel to close last Thursdayâ€™s session of the House of Representatives, he had no idea he was performing that function for the last time.
In one whirlwind weekend, the State Police and federal agents raided Foxâ€™s home and his Statehouse offices, Fox resigned the speakership, and that touched off palace intrigue and plots to take the crown in political huddles in different parts of the state.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A Slater Junior High School teacher was charged Thursday with assaulting a 13-year-old student in an incident that allegedly occurred at the school on March 18.
The teacher has been identified as Richard C. Koster, 49, of 142 Warren Ave., Cranston.
Kathleen B. Messier
PAWTUCKET - Kathleen B. Messier of Pawtucket died on March 26, 2014 from complications associated with Alzheimers Disease. She was the wife of George Messier. They had been married 58 years.
Mrs. Messier was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (McCabe) Regan.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Up until the final four-plus minutes, it had been a tight contest between two fierce combatants, each hustling up and down the court to muster a victory.
No one wanted that â€śWâ€ť more than Central Falls High senior Yeire Cepeda. Honestly, it couldn't have been more obvious.
During the course of this hoop contest against Mount Pleasant inside the Warriors' jam-packed gym on Wednesday afternoon, Cepeda looked disgruntled at times with several turnovers, failures to snatch a critical rebound or inability to drop a necessary basket.
2 firefighters dead in Boston brownstone fire
BOSTON (AP) â€” A Boston city councilor says two firefighters have died in a fire that ripped through a brownstone.
The fire started Wednesday afternoon in the four-story building in the densely populated Back Bay neighborhood. Smoke and flames fanned by strong winds poured from the roof and windows for hours.
Councilor Josh Zakim represents the area and confirms the firefighters' deaths.
SOUTH ATTLEBORO â€” With its sleek styling, gleaming shelving and floors, and modern check-out stations that can be seen through the front doors, the new Market Basket on Newport Avenue sure looks ready to be filled with food items and customers.
Yet, the 2013 holiday season originally targeted for the Market Basket's debut has come and gone, and three months later, there is still no word on when the supermarket, a 78,500-square-foot anchor store in the Bristol Place Shopping Center just over the Pawtucket line, will open its doors.
Claire N. Partridge
EAST PROVIDENCE - Partridge, Claire, N., 86, died Sunday at home. She was the wife of the late James Partridge, EPFD ret. Born in Providence a daughter of the late John V. and Alice M. (Clark) Corcoran, She was a Rumford resident most of her life.
William F. Himan
PAWTUCKET - William F. Himan, 68, of Pawtucket died March 23, 2014. Mr. Himan was born in Pawtucket. Son of the late Edward and Bertha (Jadach) Himan. He was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, attended Renselear Polytech and graduated from URI and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He worked for Village Missions for twenty years planting churches across America reaching people for his beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a longterm math substitute teacher for four years. He enjoyed playing the guitar, singing and performing for others.
Mary R. Tougas
WEST HAVEN, CT - Mary R. Tougas, 100, of West Haven and formerly of Cumberland passed away Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Marie Mancini and her husband Edward where she had resided for the past 5 years. She had also previously resided in Cumberland for 18 years and Pawtucket for 50 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert A. Tougas.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Vicenzo and Mary E. (McElroy) Robbio.
LINCOLN - Ellen Faulkner, 79, died Tuesday on her birthday. She was the wife of the late Raymond W. Faulkner, Jr. Born in Derry Carrowbehy Roscommon Ireland, she was a daughter of the late James and Ellen (Toolan) Conroy.
PAWTUCKET â€” Immediately after the Tolman High girlsâ€™ squad had finished its routine at these New England Regional Competitive Cheerleading Championships, held as always at Lawrence (Mass.) High on Saturday afternoon, head coach Jessica MacLaughlinâ€™s crew seemed rather subdued.
At least thatâ€™s the way she viewed it.
â€śThe girls already seemed, like, deflated,â€ť she recalled. â€śThey thought there was no way they would place in the top five, that it was over and done with, and they had failed. They were just sitting there, waiting to see who had won.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ When push came to shove, most of the House of Representatives fell in line to elect Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello as speaker by a landslide; only six stood by challenger Rep. Michael Marcello of Scituate, while six others abstained.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A Providence County Grand Jury has indicted Andrew Jett of East Providence in the 2012 murder of his then girlfriend Michelle Busby.
Jett, 54, of 71 Metacomet Ave., was indicted on one count of murder and is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on April 16.
Busby, 50, was found murdered inside the home she shared with Jett at 71 Metacomet Ave. Police say Busby was killed on Aug. 24, 2012 by Jett, who left the state in Busbyâ€™s Jeep Commander. Both vanished a few days before Busby's body was found.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello has emerged as the front runner in the momentous vote to pick a new Speaker of the House of Representatives scheduled for later today, but challenger Michael Marcello says he has enough votes to make a fight of it.
Mattiello said on Monday that he has at least 48 votes. Marcello claims to have 33 votes. One of them has to be wrong, because there are only 75 members of the House of Representatives. It takes 38 votes to win the Speakerâ€™s gavel and both Democrats and Republicans get to cast a ballot.
PROVIDENCE â€” Based on Mondayâ€™s discussion amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee, there appears to be growing concern with regard to fan behavior at boysâ€™ high school hockey games.
â€śWe feel that weâ€™ve seen and heard of more issues happening at the rink. Not really players, but parents and students in the stands,â€ť expressed Tom Mezzanotte, RIIL executive director.