October 25th, 2011
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” When Brown University employee Norman Morse arrived at home following his 3:30 a.m.-noon shift at about 12:25 p.m., Tuesday, he expected to find his Vincent Street neighborhood serene as usual.
Instead, he found several police cruisers surrounding the residence at 94 Hazard Avenue, the site of an apparent murder-suicide.
CUMBERLAND - Deolinda Costa, 96, of Eddy Street passed away peacefully Tuesday in the Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Jose Antonio DaCosta.
Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of Jose Miguel DosSantos and Maria Augusta Ribeiro. She resided in Cumberland for the past 20 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Costa was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland. She loved to reflect in prayer, sing, cook, but most of all she was a friend to all.
Jeannette D. Vecoli
PAWTUCKET - Jeannette D. (Demers) Vecoli, entered into eternal life on Monday, October 24, 2011 at her home on Cute Street in Pawtucket, RI surrounded by family. Jeannette succumbed to complications from Lewy Body and Alzheimer's Diseases.
Born in Central Falls, RI on May 19, 1929 to William and Laura (Vandal) Demers, she is survived by two sisters: Rose McKenna of Swansea, MA, and Laura (Pat) Aylsworth of Attleboro, MA and two brothers: William (Bill) Demers of Deland, FL and John (Jack) Demers of Cumberland, RI.
Russell F. Bears Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Russell F. Bears Jr., 55 of Prince Street, passed away Saturday at Miriam Hospital, Providence. He died unexpectedly after complications with pneumonia.
He was the loving husband of 19 wonderful years to Nelia Aguiar-Bears, and father of Adrian Aguiar-Ray of Pawtucket and two daughters.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Russell F. Bears and Elsie M. Baker.
PAWTUCKET â€” A classroom at the Winters Elementary School where a sign taped to a window warned â€śDo not Open. Window will fall out!â€ť was chosen as the backdrop for a press conference on Friday morning where union officials, including Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Healthcare Professionals Frank Flynn and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, lobbied for passage of the American Jobs Acts bill.
PROVIDENCE â€” Like any other commodity, sex would not be sold if there was no one to buy it.
Thatâ€™s why the RI Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RICAHT) is pointing an accusatory finger at men who patronize prostitutes as the real source of suffering and degradation.
Some quick-hitting observations/notes to pass along â€¦
It almost never fails. Every time a major sporting event fails to reel in the viewing public, thereâ€™s some sort of announcement bemoaning how interest is down.
PAWTUCKET - Horacio Almeida, 73, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Rosa (Cabral) Almeida for 42 years. Born in Portugal, a son of the late Joaquim and Maria (Patrocino) Almeida, he resided in Pawtucket for 33 years. Horacio was employed by American Insulated Wire Company. He enjoyed hunting game and rabbit.
FLORIDA - Shirley A. Herbert 75, beloved wife and mother, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 in Asheville, NC from a recurrence of a rare form of cancer. Shirley was born on July 23, 1936 in Pawtucket, RI and is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Coderre and Victoria Spano Coderre and sister, Barbara Robertson, all of Pawtucket, RI. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Louis P. Herbert of Summerfield, FL; son, Walter "Scott" Herbert and his wife, Karen of Tavares, FL; grand-children, Jonathan Herbert and Jessica Herbert; and great-grandson, Logan Herbert.
Thomas F. Pryor
CUMBERLAND - Thomas F. Pryor, 76, of England Street, passed away Sunday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of the late Maralyn (Duprey) Pryor.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elsie (McKee) Pryor. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Pryor was the owner and operator of Pryor's Super Service Gas Station Garage (formerly McKee's Super Service) for over 15 years, and later was a Custodian for the Cumberland School Department for 13 years until his retirement in 1996.
Pauline R. Panciotti
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Pauline R. Panciotti, 72, of North Providence, died on Thursday at the South Shore Hospital in S. Weymouth, MA. She was the wife of the late Henry J. Panciotti.
Michael P. Lefrancois III
CUMBERLAND - Michael P. Lefrancois III, four months old, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Born June 9, 2011, he was the son of Michael and Michelle (Altongy)Lefrancois.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Dr. Gilbert and Mimi Altongy; his paternal grandparents, Michae l Lefrancois and Deborah Jackson and her husband Archie.
William "Bill" Theodore Goyette
NORTH ATTLEBORO - William "Bill" Theodore Goyette, 80, of Mount Hope Street, North Attleboro, died unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday, October 22, 2011. He was the husband of the late Mary M. (Sabatini) Goyette who died on September 18, 2007.
Born in Mansfield, Massachusetts on November 1, 1930, he was one of twelve children born to the late Ovila I. and Emma R. (Arns) Goyette. He was raised and educated in North Attleboro and remained a resident of the community for most of his life.
Navigant Credit Union, the R.I. Young Professionals, and Central Falls Councilman James Diossa (Ward 4) recently sponsored the Central Falls 1st Networking Event, held at the Navigant branch in Central Falls. In this photo, Diossa ensures those in attendance that Central Falls has a bright future.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald R. Grebien will begin a â€śride-alongâ€ť program where he will ride along on city vehicles from various departments to better learn about their daily operations and challenges on a first-hand basis. The program will begin this Thursday, Oct. 27, with a ride-along on city sanitation trucks. Later ride-alongs will include with police and fire vehicles.
FOSTER â€” It was the type of game that allowed Dave Caito and his coaching staff to stretch beyond the normal extremities and learn a little bit more about the 2011 Tolman Tigers.
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was an epic little war of a soccer game played on Saturday at La Salle Academy. Pawtucketâ€™s Shea High, a totally ethnic squad of skilled players from several countries, took on an equally skilled La Salle squad, coached by one of the giants, Mario Pereira, in a match witnessed by perhaps 300 soccer aficionados.
My favorite working moment of 2011 came back in late May when The Military Page asked area veterans to show up for photo shoots in Pawtucket and Woonsocket.
I had my doubts about how many vets would attend, figuring they had many other things to do on a sunny Saturday in May, but those doubts vanished when the vets came walking up to the assigned meeting place, many of them with their wives or children, sometimes even grandchildren, mingling with other veterans and clearly enjoying the chance to have their picture taken with fellow veterans.
PAWTUCKET â€” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a retired 20-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department, noted that he was just a young patrolman when the Conant Street Railroad Bridge was closed due to structural deterioration. However, after 22 years of delays, the bridge is finally slated to be replaced, and the reopening of Conant Street to through traffic will greatly improve police and fire response time to that neighborhood as well as the economic development of the city as a whole, he added.
SMITHFIELD â€” There is nothing stopping mayors and city councils from passing an ordinance right away that stops COLAs (Cost of Living Adjustments) on municipal employee pensions, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told a business forum Friday morning.