November 29th, 2010
CENTRAL FALLS - John Kopec 96, of Hunt Street passed away Thursday November 25, 2010 at Harris Health Care North.
Born in New Bedford, MA he was a son of the late Antoni and Zophia (Sztaba) Kopic. He lived in Central Falls for the past 40 years and was formerly of the Valley Falls section of Cumberland.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machine Operator for Standard Nut & Bolt Manufacturing Co. of Cumberland for many years.
He was a WWII Army Veteran serving in the Southern Philippines with the 226th Field Artillery Battalion Battery C.
Doris R. Gervais
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Doris R. "Mema" (Lavallee) Gervais, 77, a retired hairdresser, passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 27, 2010. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph E. "Pe-Paâ Gervais, Sr.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Alexander and Rose (Lemire) Lavallee, she resided in South Attleboro for over fifty years.
Robert L. Palmer
PAWTUCKET - Robert L. Palmer, 76, passed away Saturday, November 27, 2010. He was the beloved husband of the late Doris L. (Dubois) Palmer. Born in Central Falls, the son of the late Leo F. and Albertine I. (Begin) Palmer, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life.
Bob served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed boating. He leaves a son, Loren R. Palmer and his wife Laurie of Johnston and four granddaughters.
Aurora M. Teixeira
PAWTUCKET - Aurora M. Teixeira , age 80,of Reservoir Ave., died November 25, 2010 at Memorial Hospital,surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Fogo, Cape Verde Island,she was the daughter of the late Antonio Barbosa and Agda Teixeira.
Aurora worked as an assembler for Providence Metalizing for several years.
Gearing up for Tuesdayâs push to the Super Bowl âŠ
Making fundamental changes to a football teamâs strategy this late in the season is a radical move. Tweaking is the preferred action of coaches, applying a new wrinkle or two depending on the next opponent. Generally what has worked up until this point is going to continue â unless something unforeseen happens.
LINCOLN â Don't believe everything you read.
That was no flat-screen TV in the box, like the label said. That was Alex Camperone's trophy.
It was his prize for spending most of a drizzly and raw, post-Thanksgiving night waiting outside the Target store at Lincoln Mall.
Those other folks in a line of customers that snaked halfway around the mall, waiting, along with Camperone, for the store to open â they were Camperone's rivals in a hungry quest for doorbuster bargains.
At this time of the year, many college and high school football teams compete against traditional Thanksgiving opponents. We call them rivalry games, contests that are played for âbragging rightsâ and even, in rare cases, for league championships.
The advent of playoffs has diminished these games over the years. In college ball, radical reformers want to take it one step farther, creating a national championship for Division I teams that would completely dilute the meaning of bowl games while also extending the season deep into January or even into the first weekend of February.
Marilyn R. O'Connor
PAWTUCKET - Marilyn R.O'Connor, of Orient Ave, Pawtucket died Thursday, November 25, 2010.She was the daughter of the late James and Inez (Steadman) O'Connor.
Miss O'Connor was born in Providence on July 4, 1926, she lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Miss O'Connor was a teacher for thirty nine years in the Pawtucket School System.
She taught at the former Baldwin St. School, Cottage St, School, now Curvin McCabe and the Curtis School. For one year she lived in Bad Nauhein, Germany, where she taught for the American Government at a United States Army Post.
Ellen Howard Briden
EAST PROVIDENCE - Ellen Howard (Smith) Briden, 92, died peacefully on November 24, 2010 at her home at the Linn Health Care Center, East Providence. She was the wife of the late Earl H. Briden, her husband of 58 years.
Born in Pawtucket, March 22, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Agnes (Howard) Smith. Prior to moving to East Providence a few years ago, she had lived on Birchland Avenue in Pawtucket for about 50 years.
PAWTUCKET â Julie Nolan is happy again, and it's because she can leave her Harcourt Avenue home for a walk. She can place her three young grandchildren in her lap and read them a Berenstein Bears book, make them laugh. She can move freely.
She now revels in the fact â at 5â 5â â her body matches her height, as she weighs a svelte 118 pounds. Her penchant for overeating has ended, though also calls it a lifelong journey.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Itâs hard to boil down four quarters of action into two calls that werenât on the side of Sandy Gorham and his East Providence Townies. Listen to Gorham, however, and it became clear that the two judgment calls by the officiating crew played a big part in La Salle Academy waltzing out of Pierce Stadium with a 14-6 win on Thursday morning before an estimated crowd of 3,000.
PROVIDENCE â You probably thought you would never again see one of those old-fashioned voting machines with the little metal levers next to candidatesâ names and the curtain that opened and closed behind voters for privacy.
But if you want to, you can.
PAWTUCKET â When she had finished eating, Shirley Bergeron bundled herself back up and began walking toward the St. Joseph's Church basement exit when someone asked if she enjoyed her meal.
âAre you kidding? I'm stuffed!â gushed Bergeron, a 54-year-old Pawtucketer who took part in the first of two seatings at the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's annual Thanksgiving Feast, held Wednesday afternoon at the Walcott Street parish.
PAWTUCKET â There was no quit in Freddy Gobewole.
On a night in which his heart was his biggest ally, Gobewole willed his way to a 16-yard score with 46.7 seconds remaining. That snapped a 7-7 game and gave Shea an eventual 14-7 triumph over semifinal-bound Tolman Wednesday night at student-dominated crowd at Max Read Field. The Raiders lead the holiday series by a 5-4 count.
PAWTUCKET -- This wasnât a three-hour barnburner, nor was it as high-scoring as their memorable Division II quarterfinal-round playoff game that transpired 11 days ago.
Instead, the inaugural Thanksgiving Eve showdown between St. Raphael Academy and Johnston High turned into a letdown by the Saints, who turned in a lackluster showing in a 30-6 loss to the Panthers at McCoy Stadium.
Sharon M. Introini
MANSFIELD, MA - Sharon M. (McCarthy) Introini, 56 of Mansfield formerly of Pawtucket passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday November 21, 2010 at home. She was the beloved wife of Robert G. Introini, with whom she shared 29 years of marriage.
Born in Pawtucket, RI on February 17, 1954, she was daughter of the late Lawrence P., Jr. and Joan E. (Butler)McCarthy.
PAWTUCKET: Manny Neves, 46, passed unexpectedly on November 22nd, 2010.
Born in Central Falls, the son of Manuel T. and Sally (Seau) Neves of Pawtucket.
Manny was an 8th degree Black Belt World Champion in Muay Thai at the age of 42 and still holds the light - heavy weight title.
Since 1985, he has been a Martial Arts school proprietor and currently the owner of Elite Martial Arts of Lincoln.
He trained with his uncle Bert Neves for many years.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Sandy Gorham has the sentiment of the holiday season down pat â from a football perspective, of course. The veteran East Providence High head coach is thankful that his Townies donât have the playoffs-at-stake drama thatâs hovering over La Salle Academy heading into Thursdayâs renewal of the longest running holiday sports rivalry between any two Rhode Island high schools.
Thereâs no need to panic over the Red Sox losing Victor Martinez to Detroit in a free agent signing on Tuesday. The Red Sox will find a catcher somewhere. It would be better if they could develop one through their farm system but their best prospect is at least two years away from competing for a big league job.