PAWTUCKET â€” Some things never change. Feelings of jealousy, rage, heartbreak and entrapment are just as much a part of people's lives today as they were centuries ago when William Shakespeare penned his famous tragedy, â€śHamlet.â€ť
Robert E. Belanger, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Robert E. Belanger, Jr., 44 of Pawtucket died Sunday in Providence. He was the husband of Angela (Collins) Belanger. Born in Providence he was the son of Betty (Johnson) Belanger and the late Robert E. Belanger, Sr.
Besides his wife and mother, Robert is survived by a daughter, Torrie April Belanger of West Virginia; a son Justin Belanger of Texas; two brothers, Mark Belanger of Pawtucket and Edward Belanger of Florida; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Robert was the brother of the late April Belanger Hayden.
Ernest H. Pfanstiehl
CRANSTON - Ernest H. Pfanstiehl, 79, of Cranston died peacefully Monday, 12/12/11 with his family by his side. He was the husband of Louise (Davis) Pfanstiehl. Born in Providence, a son of the late Louis J.M. and Nellie (James) Pfanstiehl, he was a retired teamster, retiring in 1987. He worked for Mitchell Transport for 26 years. He was an Army Korean War veteran and he was a steward at the Pawtuxet Athletic Club and a member of the Gaspee Committee.
John Anthony Matta Jr.
CUMBERLAND -John Anthony Matta Jr., 51, of England Street, passed away Monday at home. He was the husband of Colleen (McVey) Matta.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of John A. Matta Sr. and Anna (Salus) Matta of Cumberland. He resided in Cumberland for 30 years, previously residing in Central Falls.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, John A. Matta III, and Brian A. Matta, both of Cumberland; one daughter, Rebecca A. Matta of Cumberland. He also leaves one sister Leslie Tordoff of Cumberland, and several nieces and nephews.
REHOBOTH - Myles Alper, a longtime resident of Rehoboth, MA died Saturday, December 10, after a short illness. He was 88.
Born in Providence, Alper attended Hope High. He graduated from Peekskill Military Academy and Boston University before enlisting in the U. S. Air Corps during World War II. He lived in Rehoboth, MA since 1948 when he first settled there with wife Alma. They built a home on their beloved Juniper Farms and raised seven children.
Hereâ€™s a look at the early state of affairs in hockeyâ€™s three divisions â€¦
For most teams, a 1-2 start to a season usually doesnâ€™t mean much. For Mount St. Charles fans, MSCâ€™s 1-2 start has some of them reaching for the panic button, especially since the four-time defending champions havenâ€™t began a Division I campaign with that mark since the mid-1970s.
Of course, two of their defeats have come to La Salle, which so far, looks like the team to beat. The Rams are 4-0, have outscored their opponents 27-4, and boast the divisionâ€™s top three scorers.
â€śEveryone has to be ready. Everyone is in the same boat.â€ť
Those words, echoed by East Providence head coach Alex Butler, shall serve as the equivalent to ringing the opening bell on Wall Street. Tonight will see the curtain raised on league play, which with the expansion of the open tournament and the doing away (at least for this season) of the division tournaments, has taken on even greater emphasis.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a written decision handed down on Wednesday, Pawtucket Police officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted earlier this year on a charge of indecent exposure during an off-duty driving incident, won the right to keep his job from a Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights hearing panel.
Yet, city officials say they will appeal the decision, which they are attributing to a procedural error in filing by another city police officer.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Trumpeting the success of the sometimes difficult and tumultuous transformation of Central Falls High School that began in 2010 with the threat to fire all the teachers, Superintendent Frances Gallo told a group of educators Tuesday that â€śfrom the depths of despair and resentment, our school has arrived.â€ť
As a result, Gallo said as she addressed the 2011 High School Transformation Summit, â€śfamilies, parents, students and teachers, that core family, can truly dream big because everyone is committed to reaching those big dreams.
David J. Bosse
CENTRAL FALLS - David J. Bosse passed unexpectedly on December 11th. He was the husband of Shirley (Daley) Carroll- Bosse.
Emily D. Gonzalez
PAWTUCKET - Emily D.Gonzalez, 72, of Baldwin Street, Pawtucket died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joaquin Vieira and Aida (Ferreira) Vieira.
Mrs. Gonzalez was an assembler for the Fram Corporation for many years.
LINCOLN â€“ Superinten-dent of Schools Georgia Fortunato informed the School Committee at its regular meeting Monday night that 12 teachers and guidance counselors have chosen to submit their plans for retirement come June, while another will retire in January.
The committee, with three members absent â€” including Julie Zito, Mary Varr and Tracey Cavanaugh â€” voted unanimously (4-0) to accept those retirements.
PAWTUCKET â€” Call it a healthy version of the â€śOscars.â€ť Five individuals who have worked to steer children and teens away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco products and toward making good lifestyle choices were honored recently by the Pawtucket Prevention Coalition.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Short jumpers, three-pointers, lay-ups. It didnâ€™t matter. No matter what North Smithfield tossed up in its Division III matchup with host Shea on Tuesday night, nothing seemed to fall.
When you are inside the small and always-boisterous confines of â€śThe Cageâ€ť against a Raider defense that always seems to play their opponents tough, victories are hard to come by when youâ€™re having an off-night from the field.
Chris Iannettaâ€™s â€śGet Out of Jail Freeâ€ť card arrived two weeks ago when the St. Raphael Academy alumnus was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels to be their everyday catcher.
Relocating from the Rocky Mountains that adorn Colorado to sun-splashed Southern California has already reaped one major benefit for the 28-year-old. Keep in mind that Iannetta has yet to suit up for his new manager, but that didnâ€™t stop Mike Scioscia from lavishing praise upon his new catcher during last weekâ€™s winter meetings.
Lawrence S. Iacovone
PAWTUCKET - Lawrence S. Iacovone, Jr., 54 of Pawtucket died Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Memorial Hospital. Lawrence was the beloved husband of Barbara Iacovone.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Lawrence S. and Beatrice (Hargreaves) Iacovone, Sr. Lawrence attended Bryant College and was a graduate of Roger Williams University.
Claire B. Leeds
NEW JERSEY - Claire B. Leeds (nee Beaulac), Age 92. Haddon Twp., NJ on Dec. 10, 2011 formerly of Allendale, NJ & New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Beloved wife of 60 years to the late Joseph Barron Leeds; beloved mother of Dr. Kathryn (John) Meininger, Ellen (Cameron) Zebrun and Barron (Casey) Leeds; devoted grandmother of Jennifer, Michelle, Cory, Kristen, Emily & Heather; and great grandmother of Kayleigh & Max.
Raised in Pawtucket, RI, Claire was awarded BA in English & French from Brown University in 1941.
PAWTUCKET - Marie L. "Bertha" Robitaille 95, died on Saturday at her home in Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Joseph H. Robitaille. Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Alcidas and Emilia (LaRose) Girard, she had been a resident of Pawtucket for several years. Prior to retirement in 1978 she had been employed as a textile worker with the former Bonin Spinning Company. She was an avid bowler with the Walnut Hill Bowling group and a devoted Red Sox fan.
Richard S. Cormier
LAS VEGAS, NV - Richard S. Cormier 73, formerly of River Road, Lincoln, passed into eternal life December 7, 2011 in Las Vegas after a 5 year battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Dolores (Garcia) Cormier and has lived in Las Vegas for the last 12 years.
He was born in Central Falls, a son of the late Wilfred and Estelle (Giroux) Cormier. Richard worked in the family business, Cormier Sand & Gravel for several years and later with Baccala Corp. at a Ready Mixed Concrete plant as a foreman. He also was a truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Union.
Esther P. Barber
PAWTUCKET - Esther P. (Roderick) Barber, 83 of Pawtucket, died Sunday after a short illness. She was the wife of the late George Barber. She is survived by her sons, Richard and his wife Darlene, George and Rodney Barber and daughter-in-law Janet Viano-Vessella. She was also the mother of the late Calvin Barber.
She leaves 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM in St. Martha's Church Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence.