January 27th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Is the city's manufacturing past coming back to life? Two companies that used to produce goods elsewhere in the state have recently purchased buildings and relocated to Pawtucket, bringing with them a combined total of about 50 jobs.
Philip Machine Co., a manufacturer of wire formed and stamped metal products, moved into a 21,000-square-foot building at 190 York Ave. in October and has been operating in its new location.
Jeremy Schupp of Pawtucket smokes a cigarette after his Atlas Van Lines tractor trailer crashed into the front of Louâ€™s Cafe on Summer Street in Manville shortly after noon Wednesday. Schupp said he lost control on the steep, slippery, unsanded hill while heading down to Railroad Street on his way to pick up a load on Flat Street. No injuries were reported, and only minor damage to the front of Louâ€™s Cafe.
PROVIDENCE â€“ For Ricky Ledo, itâ€™s games like Providence Collegeâ€™s 83-68 vanquishing of No. 8 Villanova on Wednesday night that has the Providence native convinced he made the right call.
WOONSOCKET â€” If anything, the announcement that Rocco Baldelli is retiring after a seven-year pro career and eight months shy of his 30th birthday should be viewed as an outpouring of relief for the Woonsocket native.
What was Baldelli? A good player, who showed flashes of talent that bordered on the greatness, the modern day answer to Napoleon Lajoie and Gabby Hartnett, two Hall of Famers with firm ties to the Blackstone Valley.
This is truly the winter of our discontent when it comes to weather and high school sports schedules. The seemingly weekly snowstorms in Rhode Island have created a backlog of makeup games in all sports, none more so than in boysâ€™ basketball, where a compressed schedule this season necessitated a natural three-game week even before Mother Nature threatened to turn the month of February into an NBA-like marathon for high school student/athletes.
It may not be the Running Capital of Rhode Island, but Pawtucket is sure going to seem that way in the coming months.
Just a couple of months after an expected 3,000 participants invade the historic city for the inaugural Irish 5K on March 5, throngs of runners and walkers are predicted to be back on the downtown streets for another first-time event, the Cherry Tree Running Festival on May 21.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Fouad Shammo, 68 of North Providence died on Tuesday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence. He was the husband of Diana (Doumato) Shammo.
Born in Lebanon, a son of the late Ilbrahim and Nahiba (Salibi) Shammo, he had resided in North Providence for 17 years. Prior to retirement about 2001, he had been employed as a machinist at Electric Boat Yard. He was a member of the Masons, enjoyed cooking and was completely devoted to his family. He was a communicant of St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Church.
Denise M. DeRoche
PAWTUCKET - Denise M. DeRoche, 53, of Everett Street, Pawtucket died Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the Memorial Hospital of RI in Pawtucket. She was the longtime companion of the late Richard Howarth.
Denise was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Murray) DeRoche. She is survived by her son Richard DeRoche, her brothers Edward and Michael DeRoche and her sisters Catherine Auclair and Betty Jane Carlier, all of Pawtucket.
Owen J. Regan
CENTRAL FALLS - Owen J. Regan, 78, of Belmont Street, passed away Saturday in the Oak Hill Nursing Home, Pawtucket.
Born in Scotland, he was the son of the late John and Rose (Greer) Regan. He moved to this country at age 19, settling in Central Falls and later Warwick.
Mr. Regan was employed in the Maintenance Department of the Lincoln School for Girls of Providence for 20 years, retiring in 2003. He was also an avid gardener.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a game of runs, it was Shea High that had the big one at the end, and with it, a hard-fought Division II crossover victory.
The Raiders rattled off 11 straight points to ignite a 21-8 run in the final 7:48 of their duel with Cumberland High on Tuesday night and come away with a 73-62 win on their home floor that gave them their fifth victory in their last six games.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Newport Avenue Mediterranean bakery that currently sells pizza and gyros is looking to drum up business in two new ways: by selling liquor and offering flavorful puffs from a waterpipe.
The owner of Amy's Mediterranean Pizzeria & Cafe at 842 Newport Ave. has applied for a full liquor license from the city. The application, filed under the name of Nasser Enterprises Inc., will be considered at a public hearing of the Pawtucket Board of License Commissioners at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6:45 p.m.
Mary T. Koussa
CUMBERLAND - Mary T. (Kahla) Koussa, 90, of Cumberland and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011. She was the wife of the late Michael Koussa Sr. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Moses and Jennie (Zammat) Kahla.
PAWTUCKET - Marguerite "Marge" Kelleher, 74, of Pawtucket, passed away January 24, 2011 at home. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Alcide and Jeanne (St. Pierre) Choquette. Mrs. Kelleher worked in the Jewelry Industry for many years before retiring.
She is survived by two sons, Scott Kelleher of North Carolina and Mark Kelleher of Providence. She was also the sister of the late Jeannette Grenier, Rita Lawson and Arthur Choquette.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There were coaches from North Kingstown and Bishop Hendricken sitting in the stands to view Mondayâ€™s Division I crossover between Woonsocket and St. Raphael. No doubt they came to see Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and Trevor Vasey and the rest of SRAâ€™s starting five, but the coaches were probably just as likely to jot down notes pertaining to Jordan Peguero, Ben Pillsbury and Franklin Batista.
LINCOLN â€” Brian McKinnon readily admits it's a strange way to discover a child's talent for vocals, but that's just what happened in the family's bathroom one night back in January 2003.
He decided to give his then-two-year-old daughter, Alexis Clare, a bath one night, and â€“ as always â€“ he turned on the radio to amuse her, maybe keep her mind off soap in her eyes.
For many years weâ€™ve witnessed this perception vs. reality debate hovering over the basketball program at Providence College. Call it a man vs. wild struggle in which one side tries to impose its will over the other in the name of shedding light on what the expectations should entail.
Ione A. Kinder
Lincoln - Ione A. (Mack) Kinder, 91, of Angell Road died Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late William F. Kinder.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Hugh and Edith (Harrison) Mack, she had lived most of her life in Pawtucket before moving to Lincoln.
Mrs. Kinder was a racker for Providence Metalizing before retiring.
She was a member of the American Red Cross during World War II and for many years following the war.
Louis R. Russell
PAWTUCKET - Louis R. Russell, 71, of Pawtucket died on January 23, 2011. He was born in Providence. Son of the late Ralph and Julia (Taraborelli) Russell. He is survived by 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Services will be private.
Jennifer A. Charpentier
PAWTUCKET - Jennifer A. Charpentier, 37, of Anthony Ave., Pawtucket, died Thursday, January 20, 2011 at home. Born in Woonsocket, she is survived by two sons, Andrew and Kyle and her former spouse, Todd Charpentier, all of North Smithfield. She was the daughter of Carol A. (Leclair) and Craig Cook and Gerard Lachance and his wife Joyce, all of Woonsocket. She is also survived by her brother, Douglas M. Lachance and his wife Mary of Providence.
Margaret M. Bruno
PAWTUCKET - Margaret M. "Peg" (Lanigan) Bruno, 90, of King Philip Road died Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Rocco Bruno, M.D.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary(O'Donnell) Lanigan.
Mrs. Bruno was a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket and also worked in her husband's office in Cumberland. She was a member of the Memorial Hospital Alumnae Association.
She was a communicant of St. Teresa's Church, Pawtucket.