October 4th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ If everything goes according to plan, St. Raphael Academy will have a new athletic director in place by monthâ€™s end, says President-Principal Maryann Donohue-Lynch.
Such a finite timeline speaks to the confidence Donohue-Lynch has in the five-person search committee she herself handpicked. The committee will recommend candidates and advise school administrators about a successor to Bruce Gammell, whose departure in August created an opening.
CUMBERLAND â€” Longtime coaches John Menna of Lincoln and Joe Bennett of Smithfield have had their share of success over the years in their respective programs and enjoy winning just as much as anyone else.
But neither coach was concerned about beating unbeaten Cumberland on Tuesday in a Northern Division dual-meet finale at the Monastery. The primary concern for Menna and Bennett was on the competition between their two teams.
Jacqueline E. Gadziala
PAWTUCKET - Jacqueline E. Gadziala 81, of the John E. Fogarty Manor Roosevelt Avenue passed away Friday September 30, 2011 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Gadziala Sr.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Blanche (Hamel) Lanoue. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed by the former Mc Connell and Carpenter Jewelry Co. as an Accounts Payable Clerk.
Mrs. Gadziala was a member of the Fogarty Manor Tenants Association.
Madeline A. Ramos
SEEKONK - Madeline Alice Ramos, 79, of Seekonk, MA, passed away Tuesday, October 04, 2011. She was the wife of Fernando Ramos.
PAWTUCKET - Angienne Figueroa, 34, of Coyle Avenue, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday after an illness. She was born in Mayaguez, PR, a daughter of Jose Figueroa of Boston and the late Awilda Cuba. She previously lived in Central Falls.
Besides her father she leaves a son, Anthony Figueroa and a daughter Dilana Morel; she also leaves 3 sisters, Awilda Figueroa of W. Warwick, Liliana Figueroa and Leslie Figueroa of Fall River, 3 brothers Jose of Boston and Jose and Cano Figueroa both of Fall River, a Granddaughter, nieces and nephews.
Raymond W. Johnson, Jr.
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Raymond W. Johnson, Jr., 77, of North Attleboro, a leading metallurgist and business co-founder, died on Friday. Husband of Flora L. (Hoyt) Johnson.
CUMBERLAND - Bernadette Obuchon (Lagrandeur), 77, of Garden St., died Saturday at Bayberry Commons, Pascoag. She was the beloved wife of the late Roland A. Obuchon.
Born in St. Anne De La Rochelle, P.Q., Canada she was the daughter of the late Jean M. and Alberta (Casavant) Lagrandeur. She had resided in Cumberland for over 54 years.
She was employed by the Ann & Hope Co., Cumberland for many years until her retirement.
She was a communicant of St. Aidan Church,Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mondayâ€™s city championship meet at Slater Park featured an expected victory by the St. Raphael Academy boys and an end to the SRA girlsâ€™ six-year run as champions.
Tolmanâ€™s girls, coached by former Tiger star Kayla Fleming, beat the Saints 22-33 to capture the city title. Shea High finished a distant third in the meet. Tolman placed five runners among the first seven finishers.
St. Raphaelâ€™s Catherine Piper won the race in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds but Tolmanâ€™s depth and pack-running technique proved difficult to beat.
PAWTUCKET â€” Calling it â€ś a seeding of the new economy,â€ť Keith Stokes, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Council, was one of several state and local officials to tout the importance of a new $13.1 million stimulus grant awarded to small business financing programs in the state.
Americo P. Ambrosio
PAWTUCKET - Americo P. Ambrsio, 72, of McCabe Ave. died Sunday surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Aldina C. (Alves) Ambrosio.
Born in Fornos, Algodres, Portugal he was the son of the Luis and Maria J. (Lopes)Ambrosio. He came to this country in 1975 living in Cumberland for three years and moved to Pawtucket in 1978.
He was employed by the North East Cable Corp., South Attleboro for 30 years until his retirement.
Carol L. Choches-O'Brien
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A MEMORIAL RECEPTION "Carol's Smile" was held Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the South Kingstown Land Trust, Wakefield, RI for Carol L. Choches-O'Brien who passed away August 25 at home.
Born August 24, 1954 and raised in Pawtucket, a cherished daughter of Lillian M. and the late Walter S. Choches. She was the beloved wife of 36 years to Stephen B. O'Brien.
Louisa A. Goncalves
CENTRAL FALLS - Louisa A. Goncalves, 85, of Blackstone Falls passed away Saturday after an illness. She was the wife of the late Alvaro Goncalves.
She was born in the Medeira Islands, Portugal a daughter of the late Joa and Olinda(Teixeira) Agrela. She has lived in the US for the last 45 years. She had been employed at the former Conrad-Jarvis Co. for several years.
John F. Wall Jr.
CUMBERLAND - John F. Wall Jr., 87, of Cumberland Street passed away Friday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center,Providence, surrounded by his loving family. Happily married for 62 years, he was the husband of Estelle (LaRose) Wall.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late John F. Wall Sr. and Margaret V. (Burns) Wall. He was a life-long Cumberland resident.
He was a United States Army Air Corps, World War II veteran. He was an active member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard from 1958 to 1961.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph Brunelle, 76, of Cumberland, died Friday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of the late Ann M. (Corrigan) Brunelle and the son of the late Amos V. and Marie (Melia) Brunelle. He was employed by the Town of Cumberland for 20 years as a Director of the Finance Dept. until his retirement in 1996.
He was an Army veteran.
John Edward Harrison
LINCOLN - John Edward Harrison, 97, of Lower River Road, Lincoln passed away Friday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Margaret (Gormley) Harrison, they had been married for 67 years.
Born in North Smithfield, he was the son of the late John T. and Selma (Simoneau)Harrison. He resided in Lincoln for the past 50 years, previously residing in North Providence and Burrilville.
St. Raphael Academy has enough big-play weapons on offense to stick with the more potent teams in Division II this season.
Head coach Mike Sassi is most comfortable running a Wing-T offense. This yearâ€™s team has the personnel to make that formation work cohesively. It begins with quarterback Julian Diaz, an efficient playmaker who can throw the ball on the run and downfield when needed.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” When the city's state-appointed receiver decided not to fund the programs and operations of the Adams Memorial Library back in April, Carol Basile's heart broke.
Hers wasn't the only one.
â€śI felt terribly,â€ť she said. â€śThe children were disappointed and disgusted, and the parents were, too. The Children's Room is downstairs, and they came not just to be read to but read themselves. They had other things to do; they'd play with blocks or puzzles, and the older ones would go on the computers. Their moms would sit on the couch so they could keep an eye on their children.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” By being able to piggy-back on the Pawtucket Water Supply Board's water main replacement project, 14 local roads have been newly repaved at no cost to the city.
Central Falls DPW Director Joseph Nield said that the Pawtucket Water Supply Board (PWSB) earlier this year embarked on a program to replace water mains and pipes in the water district that were 25 years old or beyond. The replacement project involved sections of 14 roads that were dug up and fitted with new pipes and mains.
PAWTUCKET â€” Based on complaints about suspicious behavior, Pawtucket Police made two significant drug arrests on Tuesday that involved alleged dealing, one outside of a local elementary school on Newport Avenue.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. Pawtucket Police said they received a call that there was a man parked in the teacherâ€™s lot at Potter-Burns Elementary School attempting to sell pills. The caller reported that the man was in a blue colored vehicle.
CRANSTON â€“ First Lady Michelle Obama stopped in Rhode Island Friday to help raise money for her husbandâ€™s re-election campaign next year.
Mrs. Obama attended a pricy function at the East Side home of former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino. Tickets for the function ranged from $1,000 to attend the event, $5,000 to get a photo taken with Mrs. Obama to $35,800 for a private reception and photo opportunity. Among those expected to attend was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned Independent who served in the Senate with the president.