January 23rd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Having found her own path to a rewarding career in social work since immigrating from her native Colombia, Gloria Cardenas is now focusing on helping those less fortunate in her adopted hometown of Pawtucket.
With that in mind, Cardenas, along with family members and their friends, will be hosting a â€śWinter Clothing and Snackâ€ť event on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Crown Collision Center, 180 Broadway, Pawtucket.
Anyone in need of winter clothing or shoes is invited to come by. Coffee, biscuits and other snack items will be available.
Francis M. White, Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Francis M. White, Sr., 67, of Mendon Rd., Cumberland, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at home. He was the beloved husband for 39 years of Florence A. "Flo" (Chase) White. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Lester and Adeline (Whitman) White.
Francis worked in the food industry for many years before retiring.
Eduino S. Escobar
PAWTUCKET - Eduino S. Escobar, 87, passed away January 22nd. He was the husband of the late Adelina (Pires) Escobar. Born in Cedros, Fayal, Azores, he came to the United States in 1969 and was employed as a maintenance man at Elizabeth Webbing Company. He was the son of the late Jose Silveira de Escobar and Filomena Emilia de Lacerda.
PAWTUCKET - Joseph Medeiros, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away on January 21, 2012 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Jeanne (Debooserie) Medeiros and daughter Jo Anne Medeiros of Pawtucket, sons Michael and wife Kim Medeiros of Cumberland, Paul Medeiros of Cranston, Jon Medeiros of Exeter and James Medeiros of New York. He leaves two grandchildren, Alyssa and Matthew Medeiros of Cumberland, as well as niece Kathy Pattison and nephew Joseph Medeiros.
Lucien J. Lanctot
PAWTUCKET - Lucien J. Lanctot, 83, passed away on January 23rd. He was the husband of Lillian (Lepage) Lanctot.
Born in Lincoln, he was a son of the late Louis and Clarinda (Gagnon) Lanctot.
Lucien had been employed by Haskall Manufacturing for 20 years.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, a life member of the DAV and VFW and also was a member of the Royal Travelers for 20 years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by 3 sisters, Louise, Doris and Claire, 5 brothers, Edward, Francis, Aldor, Joseph and Raymond Lanctot. He was the brother of the late Romeo and Leon Lanctot.
William R. Whitmarsh
PAWTUCKET - William R. Whitmarsh, 77, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late William G. and Selma â€śSalâ€ť C. (Maiwald) Whitmarsh.
Bill served in the RI Army National Guard. He was a cloth printer at Duro Printers, Fall River until retiring and was previously employed at Cranston Print Works. Bill was a drummer in his own three piece band many years ago.
He leaves his sister, Edith V. Courchene of Port Richey, Florida; his brother, Earl F. Whitmarsh of Hudson, Florida and four nephews.
Henry J. Dumas
KANSAS - Henry J. "Hank" Dumas, 85, of Hutchinson, Kansas, died January 20, 2012 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born November 9, 1926 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the son of Joseph Y. & Roseanna Theroux Dumas. He attended school and graduated from high school in Pawtucket in 1944. He joined the U.S. Navy right out of school and served for 20 years.
Claire A. Tetreault
ATTLEBORO - Claire A. Tetreault, 72, of Attleboro, surrounded by her family, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Norwood Hospital. Born in Central Falls, Rhode Island on May 29, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Pearl (Eliott) Marcotte of Central Falls, RI.
She attended Notre Dame Academy in Rhode Island and recently attended her 50th reunion in 2010. She was an active member of St. Stephen's Church and later Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, where she was proud to serve as a Eucharistic Minister and prayer chain member.
Jose G. Dutra
PAWTUCKET. Jose G. Dutra, of Oakland Avenue, passed away Saturday, after an illness. He was the husband of Armanda (Oliveira) Dutra.
He was born in Faial, Azores, a son of the late Jose Garcia and Maria Augusta (Dias) Dutra. Mr. Dutra has lived in Pawtucket for the last 29 years.
He had been employed in the maintenance department of the former Elizabeth Webbing Co. for several years before retiring.
Claire J. Dyson
PAWTUCKET - Claire J. Dyson, 87, of Benefit St. passed away Saturday at Pawtucket Health & Rehabilitation Center after an illness. She was the wife of the late David A. Dyson.
She was born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Albert J. and Blanche H. (Chenail) Diggett. She had lived most of her life in Pawtucket. She had been employed in housekeeping at the former Carties Health Center.
James W. McLaughlin Sr.
CENTRAL FALLS - James W. McLaughlin Sr, "Jim" 77, passed January 21st. He was the husband of the late Dolores (LaPlume) McLaughlin.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Alfred and Margaret (Grant) McLaughlin.
Jim had been employed by varies textile companies in the Blackstone Valley area and then worked of St. Vincent de Paul for ten years before retiring.
PAWTUCKET â€” If youâ€™ve attended either a Tolman or Shea game this winter, chances are youâ€™ve noticed a young man sitting on the bench of each team dressed in street clothes. Starting this week, the wondering will cease and answers pertaining to whom these hoopsters-in-question are will be revealed.
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council and the Finance Committee will meet tonight to discuss the city administrationâ€™s request for $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANs) in order to meet a cash flow crisis. The Finance Committee meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special session of the City Council scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, was the greatest coach Iâ€™ve ever been around. He was a really good human being too, a man who loved his wife, his kids, his 17 grandchildren, more than anything in the world, including his job as head football coach at Penn State.
The first time I ever met Joe, back in my reporting days at The Daily Collegian (Penn Stateâ€™s student newspaper), he called me into his office after we had published an article he found somewhat damaging to the schoolâ€™s reputation.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Baltimore Ravens arenâ€™t the only tough-as-nails outfit to invade Downtown Providence this weekend.
Saturday night saw a Marquette team that has built its reputation as a take-no-prisoners beast basically body slam Providence to the canvas. The punishment took its toll on the Friars, particularly in the second half when Ed Cooleyâ€™s club could not perform the simple act of putting the ball into the hoop.
Itâ€™s taken a while, but winter appears to have finally arrived here in New England with the recent snow that has blanked our region.
The weather has been a little different for recent Cumberland High grad and talented golfer Jamison Randall, a freshman at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
â€śItâ€™s better than New England,â€ť said Randall, via the phone on Saturday morning. â€śItâ€™s much warmer. In fact, Iâ€™m playing golf (today).â€ť
WOONSOCKET --- Michael Kinchâ€™s 17th goal of the season, a power-play score with 3:48 to play in the game, helped the Cumberland High hockey team battle the St. Raphael Academy/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team to a 3-3 tie on Friday night in their Division II-North affair at Adelard Arena.
Brendan Kelahanâ€™s goal off a pass from Mark Long with 5:21 left in the game actually gave the co-op team a 3-2 lead before Kinch struck for the equalizer.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As good as St. Raphael Academy is, very little comes easy for the defending state champions against the other elite teams in Division I.
After scoring a pair of three-point wins over Central and Classical in the past 10 days, the unbeaten Saints welcomed talented Mount Pleasant to Alumni Hall on Friday night.
The Kilties field their usual fast and athletic group of players. They came out in a box-and-one defense and then a 1-3-1 that focused on limiting the shot opportunities for SRA scoring leaders Charles Correa and Cesar Mejia.
PAWTUCKET â€” For police scanner junkies, neighborhood newshounds or citizens who simply want to stay informed, the Pawtucket Police Department has a new on-line website that tracks local crimes.
On Friday, city officials held a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center on Armistice Boulevard to unveil a public crime-mapping website called RAIDS Online. The website can be accessed at www.raidsonline.com. Representatives from several neighborhood associations and community groups attended the meeting to learn more about the program.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Combining legislators, activists and womenâ€™s rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sundayâ€™s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.