January 17th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” A fast-moving fire in a multi-family house at 20-22 Greene St. on Tuesday morning caused heavy damage and left five people homeless.
According to a Pawtucket Fire Department official, the tenant who lived in the third-floor apartment where the blaze is believed to have originated is Jennifer Poulin, the sister of the late Massachusetts National Guard Spc. Dennis C. Poulin, who died last year in Afghanistan. Poulin lost her cat in the blaze, along with most of her belongings.
PAWTUCKET â€” Animal Control Supervisor John Holmes is not usually fearful of snakes, but he said he never encountered so many of the potentially lethal variety as he did Monday in a house on Rosemont Avenue.
Responding to an anonymous complaint, Holmes went out to the single-family home on Monday afternoon to investigate. He found plastic bins containing numerous exotic snakes, many of a type that he couldn't identify, along with a skunk that had been â€śde-scented.â€ť
PAWTUCKET - Olive (Caldwell) Stewart, 93, of Francis Avenue went home to the Lord on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. She was the wife of the late Andrew Stewart, who died January 9, 2001. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were married 59 years.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late James and Louisa (Simpson) Caldwell, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life.
Mrs. Stewart was a secretary at Lorraine Mills, Pawtucket and later was a server for the Rhode Island School Lunch Program for over 20 years before retiring.
Maria C. Furtado
LINCOLN - Maria C. Furtado, 88 of Lincoln died Sunday at the Miriam Hospital in Providence. She was the wife of the late Antonio F. Furtado. Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Medeiros) deSousa. Maria came to the US in 1973 and settled in Pawtucket. She has been a Lincoln resident since 1995. Prior to her retirement in 1986, she worked as a set up binder at M.F. Case Company in Pawtucket for 13 years.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City of Pawtucket has issued rules for a snow ban parking advisory that will take effect in the event of a snowstorm, including a list of public parking locations where residents may leave their vehicles while on-street parking bans remain in effect.
CUMBERLAND â€” East Providence came out on fire and pushed Cumberland to the brink of dual-meet defeat for the first time in three years on Monday morning before the Clippers turned the tables for an exciting 40-32 conquest of the Townies.
â€śWe came out lazy in the Warwick tournament on Saturday,â€ť said Towniesâ€™ leader Joao Vicente. â€śCoach (Tom Galligan) warned us we couldnâ€™t do that against Cumberland. Today, we came out very warm.â€ť
The Townies won five of the first six matches to build a 23-6 advantage.
PROVIDENCE â€” The state championships for track and field will be held in about a month. Itâ€™s getting closer to realizing who will be the contenders and who will be the pretenders.
From a local standpoint, a few of those possible contenders for the girlsâ€™ competition were inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house Monday afternoon for their respective divisional meets.
PAWTUCKET â€” Facing an unexpected deficit of $2.3 million that is sure to be compounded by a recent judge's decision regarding health benefits of retired school employees, Mayor Donald Grebien announced Friday that he has reinstituted a freeze on all city spending.
Grebien issued an announcement late Friday afternoon saying that he will require prior approval on a case-by-case basis before any city money can be spent.
Athanasios G. Dafulas
ATTLEBORO - Athanasios G. Dafulas, 75 of Emory Street Attleboro, died Sunday at the Miriam Hospital in Providence.
He was the husband of Elaine (Papavasiliou) Dafulas.
He was born in Malakasi, Greece, a son of the late George & Haido ( Papalexiou) Dafulas.
He was a veteran of the US Army serving as a Corporal.
Mr. Dafulas was a Toolmaker and Machinist for the L.G. Balfour Company for over 45 years, before he retired 10 years ago.
Mr. Dafulas has lived in Attleboro for over 55 years coming from Greece.
Lucille M. MassĂ©
PAWTUCKET: Lucille M. (Lussier) MassĂ©, 80, died peacefully January 13, 2012 at Brentwood Nursing Home in Warwick, RI. Formerly of Hunts Avenue in Pawtucket, she was the beloved wife of the late Bertrand G. Mass to whom she was married for fifty years. Born March 24, 1931 in Central Falls, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Lussier and Bernadette Lussier (Duplessie).
William G. Bebeau
NORTH PROVIDENCE - William "Bill" G. Bebeau, 52, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of Dorothy M. (Audette) Poole and her husband, Norman of Pawtucket and the late Edward W. Bebeau. Bill resided in Pawtucket until moving to North Providence in 1999.
He had been a supervisor for Nordson EFD for many years and enjoyed mountain biking.
Pedro M. Cano
PROVIDENCE - Pedro M. Cano, 92, passed on January 14th at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Carlina Cano.
Born in Bolivar Antioquia, Colombia, a son of the late Antonio and Adelina (Sanchez) Cano.
CUMBERLAND â€” A study group assembled to perform an in-depth review of the feasibility of all-day kindergarten in Cumberland public schools is expected to report its findings by the end of the month.
The district has been talking about instituting full-day kindergarten since the fall and the arrival at that time of new School Superintendent Philip Thornton, a supporter of full-day kindergarten. Thornton made a formal public presentation on the merits of an all-day program at the School Committee's meeting Dec. 8.
CUMBERLAND â€” When it came time to wrestle the finals of Saturday nightâ€™s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at Cumberland High, two chairs at matside were occupied by coaches from Bishop Hendricken (Kevin Hennessey) and Warwick Veterans (George Schmeider).
â€śTheyâ€™re just wrestling junkies,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said with a laugh on Sunday morning, after his balanced team had captured the team title despite crowning only one individual champion (Tom LaCroix at 195). â€śKevin and George probably just wanted to see our boys wrestle. Theyâ€™re scouting, of course, checking us out.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 22-year-old city man wanted as a suspect in a gas station robbery last month was arrested Wednesday after he turned himself in to Pawtucket Police detectives.
According to Pawtucket Police, on Dec. 17, a robbery occurred at the Sunoco gas station located at 35 Cedar St. in Pawtucket. The suspect presented a note to the clerk demanding cash. The clerk opened the register and gave cash to the suspect.
PROVIDENCE â€” Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI), the group that fought for a same-sex marriage law last year, but had to accept the compromise of civil unions, is coming back again in the new legislative year.
It's top priority is once again a same-sex marriage law, but the group will also be looking to make changes to the civil unions law, including seeking the repeal of an amendment included last year that they say is discriminatory and unfair.
PAWTUCKET â€” Based on a complaint brought by a former School Committee member, the Attorney General's Office found the Pawtucket School Committee to be in violation of the Open Meetings Act when it failed to report the outcome of an April 12, 2011 executive session vote on the teachers' contract.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s often viewed as the last frontier for young hitters to conquer, that of strike-zone recognition. In Alex Hassanâ€™s case, the promising Red Sox outfield prospect is well ahead of the curve, so much so that some of his peers could stand to benefit from his calculated attack.
PAWTUCKET --- Alex Wilson knows all about the rags-to-riches tale of Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams quarterback and NFL MVP, who just a few years prior to his breakout â€™99 season, had worked part-time as a stockboy at a supermarket during his climb to stardom.
Thatâ€™s because from October to December, the Boston Red Sox prospect had spent his weekday mornings making a few extra bucks by stocking shelves at a Loweâ€™s home improvement store near his Hurricane, W.V. residence.