January 12th, 2012
By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. Itâs the month that follows the hustle and bustle of the player acquisition crunch and the month prior to spring training with the backdrop of warm, picturesque conditions in Florida and Arizona.
PAWTUCKET --- United, they stand. Divided, who knows if the St. Raphael Academy hockey team and the Providence Country Day/Wheeler School co-op squad would have fallen from existence after last season?
For the Saints, they struggled mightily with numbers a season ago, as only 14 players (three of them goaltenders) made up their roster.
Because of their lack of depth, they staggered to a 3-15 mark that included a handful of losses that saw them fizzle from fatigue during the last period and watch leads slip away from them.
PAWTUCKET â Saying that he knows the topic is controversial, Councilor Christopher O'Neill on Wednesday called for the formation of an ad hoc committee to continue looking into installing cameras at heavily traveled intersections to improve public safety, despite a letter from the city's police chief recommending that such action be held off in order to try out a new computer program designed to reduce accidents.
PAWTUCKET â Once heralded as the city's âbridge to prosperity,â the new I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge is turning out to be anything but. Citing a litany of frustrations and concerns related to the $81 million highway project, the City Council voted 7 to 0 on Wednesday to explore taking legal action against either the state or the federal government as a way of recouping financial losses to Pawtucket.
CUMBERLAND --- Steve Gordonâs Cumberland High wrestling program has reached the enviable point where the Clippers donât have to rebuild âŠ they just reload.
After losing two multiple state champions (the Lariviere twins) to graduation last June, Cumberland might have expected a slight regression this season. There is no regression to be found, at least not yet. (The season still hasnât reached the halfway point.)
Cumberland improved to 7-0 in Division I with a 56-24 rout of South Kingstown on Wednesday night. The Rebels are one of those good programs that does have to reload.
PROVIDENCE â Minutes after prosecuting and defense attorneys had issued their closing remarks regarding suspended Lincoln Patrolman Edward M. Krawetz' trial Wednesday morning, Superior Court Justice Edward C. Clifton informed those in Courtroom 7 he would issue a ruling on Monday, Jan. 23.
Clifton asked both Assistant Attorney General and prosecutor Stephen Regine and defense lawyer John Harwood if they could re-schedule from the previously-set date of Jan. 17, and both indicated they would.
PAWTUCKET â The new year could mean a more beautiful and vibrant downtown, thanks to an infusion of $50,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.
The money for the streetscape enhancement project involves the design, purchase and installation of planters and other containers for flowers and plants, bike racks, trashcan enclosures and banners for Main Street between Dexter Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Supporters say the project will benefit downtown merchants and residents by making the area more appealing to live in and visit for shopping, eating, and conducting business.
Orise St. Pierre
CUMBERLAND - Orise(Grenier) St. Pierre 96, of Angell Road, Cumberland, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012, at St. Antoine Residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Leo J. B. St. Pierre. They were married for forty-six years.
Cheryl A. Morin
PAWTUCKET - Cheryl A. Morin, 51, of Pawtucket died Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
Cheryl was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Robert J. Morin and Bella A (Correia) Morin. Cheryl was a gifted artist; she enjoyed weaving, painting and sculpting. A strong willed woman, Cheryl was always advocating for others and herself. She loved people and truly enjoyed interacting. Cheryl grew up on a farm where she developed a love of all animals, particularly horses.
PAWTUCKET - Daniel daSilveira, 74 of Pawtucket died Tuesday at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Matilda "Tillie" (Albuquerque) daSilveira and they had been married for 50 years. Born in Fial-Cedros, Azores he was the son of the late Antonio and Ana (Mendonca) Silveira. Daniel came to the US in 1958 and settled in Pawtucket.
Daniel was a member of the Holy Ghost Brotherhood of Charity in East Providence, the Portuguese Continental Union, Lodge 49, Pawtucket and a communicant of St. Mary's Church.
David P. Fernandes
PAWTUCKET - David P. Fernandes, 46, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Born in Pawtucket he was a son of Robert J., Sr. and Maureen C. (Welsh) Fernandes.
Besides his parents he leaves a daughter, Justine D. Fernandes of Pawtucket. Brother of Leslie A. Jones of Swansea and Robert J. Fernandes, Jr. of Rehoboth.
Visitation will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by Services at 12 p.m. at CHEETHAM FUNERAL HOME, 1012 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. Interment will be private. For online condolences visit: www.CheethamFuneralHome.com
PROVIDENCE â Mount St. Charles, Cumberland and Lincoln swept their opponents on Monday night in a Northern Division meet.
Mount swept Shea and St. Raphael while Cumberland rolled over Ponaganset and Woonsocket. Lincoln topped Central Falls and Tolman.
Several of the usual suspects stood out with strong performances. Woonsocketâs Jalen Evans swept the 55-meter dash (6.6 seconds) and 300-meter race (38.0). Tolmanâs Homlin Taylor won his sprint in 6.7 seconds.
WOONSOCKET â On a night the offense struggled mightily, East Providenceâs defense rose to the occasion, especially at the end of the opening half, and fetched the Townies an important Division I-North victory over Woonsocket on Tuesday night.
The Towniesâ âDâ forced the Novans to commit the bulk of their 20 turnovers and played a big role in an 18-point run in the first half by keeping their hosts scoreless for eight-plus minutes, and in the process, helping produce a 54-39 triumph.
PAWTUCKET â With the game and an undefeated league record hanging in the balance, the Saints of St. Raphael Academy rose to the occasion, playing like the state champions they are.
Locked in a serious tussle with a determined and feisty bunch from Central High, St. Raphael made enough winning plays down the stretch to waltz out of the Wellness Center with a hard-fought and most satisfying 57-54 verdict. The Saints now own the distinction as the last remaining unbeaten team in Division I at 6-0 while the Knights suffer their first league loss at 5-1.
PROVIDENCE â On a day when Lincoln Patrolman Edward M. Krawetz took the stand and claimed his kick to the head of a sitting, handcuffed woman was made in self-defense, both his lawyer and the prosecutor told Superior Court Judge Edward C. Clifton they would be ready for closing arguments this morning.
Attorney John Harwood had made a motion after the defense rested Tuesday afternoon to dismiss the case, but Assistant Attorney General Stephen Regine explained to the judge he saw no reason why it should be. Those arguments will be included in their closing remarks.
PAWTUCKET â The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has required the contractors to rework a portion of the newly constructed Pawtucket River Bridge after an inspection late last month turned up a structural problem.
Felix A. Lima
CUMBERLAND - Felix A. Lima (87), of Cumberland, was born in Pawtucket, RI, the eldest of four children of Jose and Maria (Luiz) Lima. He was the loving husband of Delia (Rego) Lima for sixty-six years.
LINCOLN - Jeannette Beauchemin, (Paquette), 87, passed away January 10th peacefully at Grand View Center.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Alseme and Rena (Caplette) Paquette. She had been the wife of the late Joseph Leo Beauchemin.
She was the beloved mother of Jeanine McNeill and husband Larry, Paulette Pino and husband Frank, Dennis L. Beauchemin, Michele Kocon and husband John and David A. Beauchemin and wife Karen; cherished grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 4.
Mrs. Beauchemin retired from the State of RI School Lunch Program.
Norman J. Lemieux, Jr.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Norman J. Lemieux, Jr. 57 of North Smithfield died on January 6, 2012 in Pawtucket. He was the son of Norman J. Lemieux, Sr. and Claire (Bonin) Lemieux and was born on January 3, 1955. He had been employed as a Business Development Coordinator at the Shamrock Financial Corporation in Rumford for the past three years.
CENTRAL FALLS â What started out as a merely raucous City Council meeting on the controversial winter parking rules imposed by the receiverâs office last month deteriorated into a free-for-all Monday.
Residents inside were frantic about where they are going to find places to park their cars, how safe the vehicles would be in remote lots blocks away from their homes as well as their own safety walking to and from the lots.
They were also resentful about the unilateral â and, many said, high-handed -- way the new parking rules were proscribed.