October 23rd, 2013
PROVIDENCE â€“ In a move General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said started back in December after the deadly shootings at Connecticutâ€™s Sandy Hook Elementary School, the State Investment Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to divest all of the stake the state pension fund has in a gun distributor.
LINCOLN â€“ As a former high school and college athlete, Mike Bedrossian knows what it takes to prepare for games, especially those critical to his teams' success.
He did time and again at Seekonk High, as well as the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, where he starred in basketball and baseball.
Joseph M. Larence
CUMBERLAND - Joseph M. 'Pete' Larence, 96, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice (Gobeil) Larence for 59 years. He was born in Central Falls, the son of the late Ernest and Alida (Laliberte) Larence and he was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley.
Michael P. Sherlock
CUMBERLAND - Michael P. Sherlock, passed away October 17, 2013 after a long illness. He was born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Emmett and Mary (Gula) Sherlock and lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to Cumberland. He had been employed as a fork-lift operator at the former Ann & Hope for more than 40 years and also worked at Stop & Shop in Seekonk for more than 6 years, retiring in 2010 due to illness. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
This is one of those times when getting it straight from the horseâ€™s mouth just seems right. In Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes, you have someone who meets the criteria of gleaning insight into what exactly makes the Red Sox and Cardinals tick.
Lopesâ€™ credentials are unparalleled when it comes to weighing in/opining on the two World Series combatants. The East Providence native and La Salle Academy alumnus was part of a Los Angeles organization that recently got pushed aside by St. Louis in the National League Championship Series.
LINCOLN â€“ If you missed the first 30 seconds of Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II girlsâ€™ soccer clash between Lincoln and Warwick Vets, you missed a lot.
Electing to establish tempo on the gameâ€™s initial touch, the Lions quickly penetrated deep into the Hurricanesâ€™ zone before one of their scoring stars took over. Senior Hailee Jarry succeeded in turning the corner and getting past a Warwick Vets defender before rifling a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that goalie Katelen Pick had little chance of stopping.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Plans for constructing a new Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy elementary building at the townâ€™s Currier Park are moving forward even though some local officials continue to question the siteâ€™s suitability for the project.
Town Councilman Manuel DaCosta joined state Rep.James McLaughlin (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) last week in calling for additional research on the possible impact an old Valley Falls coal mining operation could have on the school project.
Marguerite E. St. Pierre
LINCOLN - Marguerite E. St. Pierre, 85, passed at the Philip Hulitar Center on October 21st with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Henri J. St. Pierre.
Born in Central Falls, Marguerite was a daughter of the late Odias and Virginia Fortier.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A city man faced a judge on Monday after police allege he attacked the mother of his children over the weekend and then fled with the children to Providence.
The young mother is recovering and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Barrolle Z. Shar of 442 Mineral Spring Ave. is in the ACI.
Shar was arrested by Rhode Island State Police on Saturday and arraigned before a bail commissioner.
He appeared in 6th District Court in Providence on Monday, where he was charged with domestic strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping/domestic.
CUMBERLAND - Marjorie (Almeida) Blanchette, 76, of Cumberland, passed away Friday, October 18, 2103. She was the beloved wife of Robert Blanchette. They were happily married for 59 years. Born in Attleboro, Ma she the daugther of the late Pauline (Mederios) Silva and Venanzio Almeida.
Mrs. Blanchette lived most of her life in Cumberland. She was employed at Health Tex for many years as a shipper and also worked as a school bus monitor before retiring.
Raymond J. Palin Sr.
CUMBERALND - Raymond J. Palin Sr., 87, of Rosemont Ave., passed away Thursday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Yvette R. (Boucher) Palin.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Arthur and Florence (Beauchamp) Palin. He resided in Cumberland for the past 66 years.
Mr. Palin was a steamfitter working out of Local 476, Cranston and later in Providence until his retirement in 1987.
PAWTUCKET â€” Working in the world of European fashion design, Tina Melo-Kufner knows all about the importance of predicting trends. Yet, many artists can be so engrossed in their respective craft that they donâ€™t pay attention to what consumers, and particularly the fashionistas, are clamoring for. Putting those two worlds together is the philosophy behind Melo-Kufnerâ€™s latest business venture, Melo International.
LINCOLN â€” Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond has begun working on projections for the coming fiscal year, and for now at least it appears the town will not be seeing a decline in its Twin River revenues.
In fact, the creation of Twin Riverâ€™s live table gaming venue at the casino has apparently generated some additional interest in the video lottery terminals (electronic games) from which Lincoln receives a share of the revenues, he noted.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Throughout practice sessions last week, North Providence High head coach Glenn Williams quietly worried about how facing a Division II-B squad such as Shea could hurt it.
Not emotionally, of course, but physically. After all, the competition â€“ not to mention the overall size, strength and speed of a D-II club â€“ is better two leagues up, as many coaches out there would heartily agree.
â€śWe came into this with the attitude 'Let's get through this without any injuries, and let's learn something from it,'â€ť stated Williams, also the school's athletic director.
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CENTRAL FALLS â€” Defense ruled the night as Hope High held on for a 14-6 victory over Central Falls on Friday evening at the Higginson Avenue gridiron.
The visitors led 8-0 at halftime, only to see Central Falls climb to within two points when Carlos Hernandez picked up a botched snap from center by Hope on an attempted punt and returned the ball 45 yards for a touchdown.
It was the only time Central Falls would score all night.
WOONSOCKET â€” Minutes following Mount St. Charlesâ€™ 1-0 loss to fellow Division II stalwart Lincoln High on Friday afternoon, head coach Paul Jacques worried not so much about the verdict but the health of junior keeper Ben Weiss.
With 17:30 remaining in the opening half, Lionsâ€™ senior tri-captain Alex Dâ€™Aloisio fired a pass from the deep left corner toward Weiss as he guarded the net. The liner got through the defense, and Weiss deflected the ball away, but went down in a heap.
CENTRAL FALLS - Virginia (Gouveia) LeDoux, 89, died Friday, October 18, at Sunny View Nursing Home, Warwick.
Born in Lincoln, a daughter of the late Anthony and Theresa (Texiera) Gouveia, she was a lifelong resident of Central Falls.
She worked as a saleswoman for Terrace Shop, Pawtucket. and was a member of the YWCA. She was a communicant of the former St. Matthew's Church, now Holy Spirit Parish, Central Falls.
Itâ€™s hard to believe, but the midway point of the high school season is this weekend.
And in this state, the third weekend of October usually means two things -- a heavy dose of non-league games for Division II teams, and some interesting matchups in the other three divisions.
Two teams holding onto their playoff hopes are included in these divisional matchups, North Smithfield and Central Falls, and there will be plenty of interest in their respective â€śmust-winâ€ť contests.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” A Fall River woman has pled guilty to embezzling more than $437,000 from a Columbus Credit Union branch office in East Providence where she was employed as a supervisor.
Crystal Ferreira, 27, of Fall River, now faces up to 30 years in federal prison when she is sentenced in January, according to U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, who announced the guilty plea Thursday along with East Providence Police Chief Joseph H. Tavares and Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” An early morning car fire that spread and caused minor damage to two nearby houses is being investigated by the state Fire Marshalâ€™s office.
Fire Chief Robert Bradley said the fire in a vehicle was reported just before 4 a.m. on Thursday at 137 Sylvian St. He said the blaze started in one car that was parked in the double driveway and spread to a second car. The heat and flames melted the exterior siding on the two apartment houses that flanked each side of the driveway, he said.