February 8th, 2011
LINCOLN â€“ Twin River opened a new campaign to win full casino operations Tuesday night with a state-of-business address by the chairman of its Board of Directors, John E. Taylor, during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual dinner at the redeveloped former greyhound park facility.
Taylor gave his pitch for a statewide referendum on Twin Riverâ€™s expansion to full casino gaming after Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke briefly to the gathering and said he was â€ślooking forwardâ€ť to working with Taylor in the future â€śto make sure this facility stays viable.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ In her freshman year of high school swimming last winter for Cumberland High, all Courtney Kent did was win a state title. Kent shocked the field by capturing the 500-yard freestyle with an impressive time of 5 minutes, 6.45 seconds at the Tootel Aquatic Center at URI.
What does the tenth-grader expect to do for the encore?
How about cop two individual titles at the Feb. 19 state championship and possibly break a state record by a certain U.S. Olympian, who makes Rhode Island her home.
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It was nice to see North Smithfieldâ€™s Corinne Coia gain some local recognition for her productive basketball career at Lincoln School. The 6-foot-4 senior, who has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Rhode Island, scored 25 points on Monday night and now has 1,019 points in her career. She passed 1,000 career rebounds earlier this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” By definition a turning point is a critical juncture marked by a very significant change.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Relay for Life of Cumberland Wednesday will hold its kick-off celebration to what event co-chairwoman Amy Moor likes to describe as â€śan 18-hour carnival.â€ť
Relay for Life is a nationwide effort in which teams of people spend an evening walking around a track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Wednesday's kick-off celebration, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Hill Ski Lodge, 4097 Diamond Hill Road, is the official start of Relay for Life 2011, which will culminate with the 3rd Annual Relay for Life of Cumberland event to be held June 10-11 at Tucker Field.
Charles A. Kazarian
PAWTUCKET - Charles A. Kazarian, 76, Korean War Veteran, of Pawtucket, died on Monday, February 07, 2011. He leaves his loyal companion, Margaret Almeida; his son, Alan Kazarian; his daughter, Sharon Morris and two grandsons, Tyler and Justin Morris. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements by COSTIGAN-O'NEILL Funeral Home, Pawtucket. For online condolences www.rifuneral.com
Frank A. Clemente
PAWTUCKET - Frank A. Clemente, 90, of 214 Roosevelt Avenue, Fogarty Housing, Pawtucket died Tuesday, February 7, 2011. He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Grimes) Clemente.
Mr. Clemente was born in North Providence the son of the late Gennara and Madeline(DePiro) Clemente. He was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII serving on the USS Cook Destroyer. He was a supervisor at the Ward Baking Company in Providence for many years.
George L. Fontaine
NORTH SMITHFIELD - George L. Fontaine, 81, of Smithfield Rd., died Monday, February 7, 2011 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Claudette M. (Methot) Fontaine whom were married April 11, 1953.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late George J. and Blanche (Bilodeau) Fontaine.
Mr. Fontaine worked as a General Contractor for E.R. Roy General Contractors, retiring in 1998. A WWII Navy Veteran, he was an avid woodworker and reader.
John S. Reid
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - John S. Reid, 90, of Colvin Street, South Attleboro, died on Monday, January 31, 2011 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center in Providence. He was the devoted husband of the late Evelyn Jessie (Richmond) Reid to whom he was married for 58 cherished years prior to her passing.
Born in Scotland on December 7, 1920, Mr. Reid was a son of the late Joseph and Martha (Stewart) Reid. He was a resident of Pawtucket prior to moving to South Attleboro in 1980.
JoAnn M. Lamontagne (NO PHOTO)
PAWTUCKET - JoAnn M. Lamontagne,of Cove Street, Pawtucket died February 5, 2011, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Roger H. Lamontagne. They had been married 49 years.
Mrs. Lamontagne was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Salvatore and Concetta(Vicari) Cappello.
She was a clerk for the former Rojacks Supermarket and then Stop and Shop.
Besides her husband JoAnne leaves her son Alan Lamontagne and his wife Kimberly Lamontagne. She is also survived by her granddaughter Rebecca Lynn.
Clarence R. Ouellette
CENTRAL FALLS - Clarence R. "Larry" Ouellette. 84, passed February 5, 2011. He was the husband of Bertha T. (Pakuc) Ouellette. They have been married for 56 years.
Born in Pawtucket, RI the son of the late Francis A. and Arline (Charron) Ouellette.
He was a printer for Universal Press, The Sun Chronicle, and The Providence Visitor. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Pawtucket, and was an avid fan of his children's sports programs. He served in the US Navy during WWII.
LINCOLN â€” The Police Department has a new friend to aid in their pursuit of service, integrity and justice, the qualities named on every officer's badge.
It's called a UTV, or utility terrain vehicle, and the department purchased it recently courtesy of a federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant â€” one available through the U.S. Department of Justice â€” worth $13,784. Chief Brian Sullivan indicated the all-electric side-by-side Transport Pro Police UTV would be used to trek to areas ordinary cruisers can't.
Some high school hoop-related tidbits to pass along â€¦
You could say the three divisional tournaments in boysâ€™ basketball are suffering from the same symptoms normally associated with middle child syndrome. Blame such thinking on our minds being somewhere else, the focus instead on the chaos and suspense hovering over the squeeze-everything-in gauntlet needed to complete the regular season. Thereâ€™s also a great deal of buzz in the air surrounding the open state tournament, the new frontier that will lead to the crowning of one champion.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Jimmy Brennan graduated from St. Raphael Academy in 1936 at the height of the Depression. Four years later, as Hitlerâ€™s army overran much of Europe, the United States revived its military draft.
â€śI was going to beat the draft,â€ť Brennan, now 91 years old, said last week. â€śI enlisted in December of 1940. The way the draft worked in those days, if they drafted you, you could end up in the army for 10 years, either active or in the reserves. So I enlisted in the army for three years.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Voters would get to decide whether homosexuals should be allowed to marry in Rhode Island if legislation that Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien filed this past Thursday passes.
Brien wants a referendum question on the 2012 ballot asking voters to approve or reject a constitutional amendment specifying that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in the State of Rhode Island."
A self-proclaimed conservative Democrat, Brien says he believes the issue of what constitutes a marriage is very important because marriage "serves as a societal cornerstone."
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island ACLU has asked a federal judge to rule as unconstitutional â€”and therefore without need for a trial -- the city's alleged longstanding practice of giving preferential treatment to parochial schools over public schools when granting permits for the use of city athletic fields, as a lawsuit contends.
PAWTUCKET â€” Councilor-at-large Albert Vitali Jr. responded on Friday to questions that were raised by a local TV station about his involvement in an Armistice Boulevard spa that is alleged to have been offering illicit sexual acts to customers along with massages.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Austin Silva scored two baskets in the closing 20 seconds as Shea High rallied for a dramatic 51-50 victory over Lincoln on Friday night.
â€śWe were down three points with 20 seconds left,â€ť Shea coach Matt Pita said. â€śAustin hit a two-point basket and we put a full-court press on. Lincoln turned the ball over with 13 seconds left. With 1.1 seconds left, Austin drove the lane and hit a layup for the winning basket.â€ť
Silva finished the game with 21 points. Guard Malik Moody added 14 for the Raiders, who are now 10-5 in Division II action.