February 10th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€” A multifamily house on Sisson Street that was shot at on Jan. 24 was sprayed with several bullets again late Sunday night, Pawtucket Police said.
Just before midnight, police received a call that someone had fired shots at the window of a house at 182 Sisson St. Police found the remains of a spent round of ammunition between two panes of glass, but no one was injured.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After more than a year of haggling cloaked in the secrecy of a Superior Court judgeâ€™s gag order, lawyers for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and several state and municipal employee unions appear to have reached a settlement in the unionsâ€™ challenge to the landmark 2011 pension reform law, called the R.I. Retirement Security Act.
But no deal can be consummated until it is, in effect, ratified by the General Assembly, which would have to vote to approve any changes to the law they passed in a special legislative session more than two years ago.
Robert G. Fournier
CENTRAL FALLS - Robert G. Fournier, 78, of High Street died Monday, February 10, 2014 at Woonsocket Health Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Carol A. (Gouveia) Fournier.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late George and Evelyn (Carpenter) Fournier, he had lived in Pawtucket before moving to Lincoln for 10 years and has lived in Central Falls for the past 6 years.
Mr. Fournier was a self-employed brick mason for many years before retiring. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.
Catarina A. Fernandes
PAWTUCKET - Catarina A. Fernandes, 96, of Collins Ave., passed away Sunday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of Herminio A. Fernandes.
Born in Rio de Janeiro she was the daughter of the late Joaquim and Silvana (Salustio) Loureiro. She came to this country from Portugal 63 years ago and had resided in Cumberland and had lived in Pawtucket for the past 37 years.
Benita R. Mooney
CUMBERLAND - Benita R. (Noga) Mooney, 83, passed away Saturday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Edward T. Mooney, and they had been married for 63 years.
Born in Dudley, MA, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Stella (Augustynski) Noga. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life.
Mrs. Mooney was employed as an Associate at Ann & Hope Inc. for over 30 years until her retirement.
Eveline T. Engelhardt
PAWTUCKET - Eveline T. (Swistak) Engelhardt, 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Paul E. Engelhardt, together they would have celebrated 57 years of marriage this June. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late John S. and Jeannette L. (Cote) Swistak.
Joseph E. Packer Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph E. Packer Sr., 57, passed away Saturday at the Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Brighton, MA. He was the beloved husband of Colleen R. (Moran) Packer, and they had been married for 18 years.
Born in Central Falls, RI, he was the son of the late Stephen and Bernadette (Stauff) Packer. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Packer was a United States Navy Veteran.
Joe was employed as manager for the City Packing, Boston for 37 years until his brief illness.
Jared Zampini of West Warwick was never really into G.I. Joes as a kid. He liked monsters instead and Joe hardly ever tangled with one of those.
When Zampini, 31, was growing up in the 1980s, the popular G.I. Joe action figure had morphed into characters like â€śDuke,â€ť â€śRoadblock,â€ť â€śGung-Ho,â€ť and other fictional anti-terror fighters from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic books and cartoon series.
This year, G.I. Joe turns 50 and even though heâ€™s half-a century old and a bit long in the tooth, he can still kick butt.
PAWTUCKET â€” The news about a rise in heroin overdoses in Rhode Island, coupled with the national coverage of the apparent heroin-related death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, has thrust the centuries-old opioid in the spotlight. Yet, while itâ€™s acknowledged by police and medical professionals that a â€śbad batchâ€ť of heroin is making the rounds â€” one that is laced with the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl â€” the problem of a seeming resurgence of the hippie-era drug is complex and delves into areas of accessibility and affordability.
WARWICK â€” Twenty years ago, Tom Hanksâ€™ silver-screen portrayal of the slow-witted Forrest Gump earned the acclaimed actor an Academy Award and a huge payday. The 1994 release is remembered for the lead characterâ€™s array of quirky and quick-to-the-point quotes, some of which still hold merit today.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€” Playing a rare Saturday afternoon home game, St. Raphael Academy pushed first-place La Salle Academy to the limit before the Ramsâ€™ superiority finally manifested itself in the final minute.
The Saints, who had a chance to tie the game with 25 seconds left, came up short in the end, 64-61, as the Rams made their final six points from the free throw line.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It's a sweet tradition that dates back to the 1930s: Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scouts of the USA has declared Feb. 7-8 â€śNational Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.â€ť Girl Scouts nationwide are asking their communities to celebrate by purchasing cookies to help girls reach their goals.
Sports editor emeritus
CENTRAL FALLS â€” In a pulsating finish to a great high school basketball game, Julian Soares netted the final 13 Central Falls points while carrying the Warriors to a 73-68 victory over Tolman on Friday evening.
Soares, who finished with a game-high 27 points, matched big plays with Tolmanâ€™s stellar shooting guard Steve Otis. The senior hit a trio of three-pointers in the final three minutes as the Tigers roared back from a 48-35 deficit to take a 67-66 lead with 30 seconds left when Otis swished a three from the top of the key.
Otis finished with 25 points.
Rita G. Caron
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Rita G. Caron, 81, of North Smithfield, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Albina (Durand) Caron.
Rita was a beautician who owned and operated Caron's Coiffures in Central Falls before retiring in 1995.
She is survived by two sisters, Monique Perreault, and Yvette Caron, a niece, Pamela Carstens, and two nephews, Kevin and Michael Perreault.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Local talk radio hosts are having no end of fun with a Florida TV stationâ€™s identification of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin as a â€śSarasota resident,â€ť and now state Sen. Dawson Hodgson, a Republican candidate for attorney general, is adding questions of his own.
Kilmartin, whose full-time residence is in Pawtucket, has a vacation home in Sarasota where he stayed during a recent January vacation. While there, he and his wife, Kristine, visited the Sarasota Arts Festival, and he was buttonholed by a local TV reporter for a comment on the event.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The body of the person found inside a car that had been submerged in the Blackstone River has been identified as Angela Rivera, a 62-year-old Pawtucket woman who had been reported missing in March 2011.
The car, a light blue Toyota Camry, had been spotted underwater on Tuesday morning by state employees who had been doing work on a barge in and around the underside of the bridge near 1420 Broad St. When the vehicle was towed from the water, it was determined that a body was inside.
Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times.
Lillian M. Weygand
EAST PROVIDENCE - Lillian M. (Kingsley) Weygand, 97, formerly of Pawtucket and Ft. Myers, Fl. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Home. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Weygand, Sr. They had been married fifty-five years.
Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Frederick T. and Rose F. (Boyle) Kingsley. Mrs. Weygand worked in the business office at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for twelve years before she retired in 1978.
PAWTUCKET â€“ An accurate weather service forecast, a parking ban and a â€śno schoolâ€ť call helped the cityâ€™s Department of Public Works to get a good handle on Wednesdayâ€™s snowstorm.
By mid-morning, most of Pawtucketâ€™s roads were very passable and by lunchtime, many were down to the pavement, as temperatures warmed up and the snow tapered off.
CUMBERLAND â€” The opportunity for a father to coach his son in a college setting does not come around very often.
For Cumberland High senior Joe Fine, you can officially swap out â€śopportunityâ€ť and replace it with â€śreality.â€ť
Beginning this fall, there will be two Fines on the football sideline occupied by Bryant University. Head coach Marty Fine listed son Joe as part of the programâ€™s latest recruiting effort on Wednesday. The Bulldogsâ€™ 22-player class includes players from 10 different states with 11 being from New England.