January 27th, 2012
Loretta A. Bessette
PAWTUCKET - Loretta A. Bessette, 80, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012 surrounded by her husband and six children. She was the beloved wife of Leo Bessette Jr. They were happily married for fifty six years.
Jeannette Rose Marie Royer
EAST GREENWICH - Jeannette Rose Marie Royer, 86, of Royal Court, entered into eternal rest Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Robert Royer.
Jeannette was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edmond and Maria (Dargie) Houle. She lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to East Greenwich, She had been employed at the former Balfour Co. as an inspector. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and formerly of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs(St. Mary's) Seekonk.
If the shaky futures of the Tolman and Woonsocket hockey teams didnâ€™t need to receive any additional bad news, they indirectly got some at Monday nightâ€™s meeting of the R.I. Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics in Providence.
Among the developments that transpired during this session was the matter of extending the periods in Division III, as well as girlsâ€™ hockey, from 12 to 15 minutes. This was put to a vote and narrowly (and surprisingly) approved by a 6-to-5 vote.
LINCOLN â€“ Head coach Tom Diiorio doesnâ€™t care too much about dual-meet records. When it comes to his Lincoln High boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ teams, his main concern is that his athletes are swimming well with a fair share of them qualifying for next monthâ€™s state championships.
Both those objectives are being met this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” The police department is looking for information about a stabbing that claimed the life of a 28-year-old city man on Wednesday night.
The victim has been identified as Richard C. Cruz, of Pleasant Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police were notified at around 8 p.m. of a male who had collapsed on the corner of Main Street and School Street. A passerby had noticed the man and made the call.
PAWTUCKET â€” The issue of some Fire Department employees continuing to take home city vehicles despite the overturning of an arbitrator's ruling has fueled a small stand-off between the mayor and the City Council.
Howell J. Smith Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Howell J. Smith Jr., of Pawtucket, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He was the husband of Janet Cosimini Smith for 62 years. Howell was born in Central Falls the son of the late Howell and Margaret (Little) Smith, Sr.
As a founder of Howell Smith Druggist, he has been serving the Pawtucket community since it opened in 1938 by his father. In 1966, Howell and his wife, Janet, modernized the pharmacy to what it is today, and his son, Howell Smith III, will carry on the family business.
Albert A. Montminy, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Albert A. Montminy, Sr. of Pawtucket died January 25, 2012 at home after a long illness. He was the husband of Dorothy D. (Mahoney) Montminy. They had been married for over 30 years.
He was a member of the United States Marine Corps., serving in the Korean War.
Mr. Montminy was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Abraham and Rose Montminy. He was employed by Broudere Windows for many years before he retired in 1991.
Arnie J. Carello
PAWTUCKET - Arnie J. Carello of Pawtucket died January 23, 2012 at his home. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the Anthony J. and Alice (Soares) Carello. He was employed for many years as a chef in Florida at the Marriott. Most recently, he was employed at Shaw's Market in East Providence, RI.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ In a very-competitive Division III this season, North Smithfield and Shea are among a crowded bunch that will be fighting for the four playoff spots.
Even though the postseason is still more than a month away, there was a playoff-type atmosphere taking place on Wednesday night when the two teams collided at Lovett Gymnasium.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Det. Capt. Richard Frazier admitted it may have been one of the dumber crimes he's seen in his lengthy career.
Police have arrested Jeremy Schmidt, 20, of Newman Avenue, Rumford and two juveniles after they forced a Chinese food delivery man to the ground and stole $100 cash, his cellphone and car keys, not to mention the food, on Jan. 19.
According to Frazier, Schmidt is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution on felony charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Former Rhode Island Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy has died.
His son, John Garrahy, confirmed through an assistant at his Providence law firm Wednesday that the former governor had died. He was 81.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Garrahy, a Democrat, served as governor from 1977 to 1985. He was lieutenant governor before that.
SEE Thursday's edition of The Times for complete coverage.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Every game is important for head coach Gary Reedy and his Cumberland High squad, but Tuesdayâ€™s Division II crossover matchup with host Barrington could have been listed under the must-win category.
The Clippers and Eagles each went into the contest with matching 6-3 league marks, putting them just two victories away from a berth in the open state tournament in March. For Cumberland, it also has the strongest part of its schedule the remaining eight games so a win would certainly give it some added momentum.
PROVIDENCE â€” Realigning the stateâ€™s high school football landscape wasnâ€™t the only matter discussed at Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics (PCOA). Below are a handful of noteworthy developments that came about during the 90-minute open session.
â€“ In boysâ€™ soccer, the PCOA unanimously approved an alignment for the 2012 and 2013 seasons that results in Tolman and Woonsocket moving up to Division I. The Villa Novans competed in Division I as recent as 2009, while the Tigers have predominantly resided in Division II.
WEST WARWICK â€“ We hear the phrase â€śforce to be reckoned withâ€ť from those involved in athletics so often that sometimes the exact meaning gets lost in the wash.
Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II showdown against Shea High saw West Warwick High clarify matters. Save for the late scare the Raiders provided, the Wizards provided concrete examples why they figure to be a tough out when the time comes for the open state tournament. With usual suspects John Morrison and Ryan Lawton directing the attack, West Warwick scored a 78-68 win to improve to 10-0 in II-South.
CUMBERLAND â€” Rusted and battered by years of exposure to the elements, the Cumberland High School clipper ship, the official high school mascot that has hung for years on the brick exterior of the school building, may be in line for a long overdue makeover.
At its meeting tomorrow, the School Committee will be asked to consider resolutions calling for the restoration and re-painting of the metal clipper ship.
The committee meets at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland High School Cafetorium, 2602 Mendon Road.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” After officially becoming a member of President Barack Obamaâ€™s cabinet just last Friday, SBA Administrator Karen Mills visited Rhode Island Monday for a series of meetings in the Blackstone Valley.
Mills and her host, Rep. David Cicilline started the day at Tolman High School, meeting with local mayors and town administrators from Cicillineâ€™s 1st Congressional district to tell them how her agency works with local cities and towns to strengthen their business community.
Lucene G. Hennick (nee Jones)
Alexander H. Messier
PAWTUCKET - Alexander H. Messier, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012. He was the husband of Geraldine (Moseley) Messier. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Alexander and Emily (Garreau) Messier. Mr. Messier was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. He was a navy veteran of World War II.
He was a sales representative for Ford Aluminum Products for many years, retiring in 1991. He later worked as a starter at Stone E. Lea Golf Course for over twenty years.
George A. Robichaud, Jr.
CHEPACHET - George A. Robichaud, Jr., 56, of Chepachet passed away Monday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the beloved husband of Kate M. (McIlmail) Robichaud for 33 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late George A. and Rita G. (Martel) Robichaud.
George was a Quality Control Manager for New England Paper Tube Co. in Pawtucket for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had a great sense of humor and a generous heart.