October 9th, 2013
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Itâ€™s a new concept: using social media to reach out to investors to fund private and government projects. Recently, the city of Central Falls decided to try the method, known as â€ścrowdfunding,â€ť to pay for five new steel trash/recycling bins for Jenks Park. To date, the city is about a tenth of the way there, but those involved are voicing optimism about the potential to reach the goal.
PAWTUCKET â€” While the City Council is typically granted the information it asks for, the need to protect the anonymity of undercover police officers trumped a request for details about the purchases of vehicles made by the city administration outside of normal purchasing procedures.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High enhanced its playoff hopes on Wednesday with a solid 2-0 upset victory over Hope High on Wednesday evening at McKinnon-Alves Field.
Ibrahima Male and Sebastian Estrada netted first-half goals for the Tigers and goalie Adam Ghazal took care of the rest, making 16 saves, several of the spectacular variety, to keep Hope (now 5-3-1) off the scoreboard.
â€śAdam is the best goalie Iâ€™ve seen so far this season,â€ť Tolman coach Jack Couto admitted after the match ended. â€śIf not for Adam, Hope probably would have had four goals.â€ť
Thomas F.P. Kerr
PAWTUCKET - Thomas F.P. Kerr, 78, passed on October 8th, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Susan J. (Putnam) Kerr.
Thomas was the manager of Walpole Recycling/Stop & Shop for 15 years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by many loving children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET - Zona, Patricia, 69, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Paul Zona. They were happily married for 32 years. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Helen (Morrone) Falso.
Patricia was the service director for various car dealerships in Rhode Island. She enjoyed spending time playing golf and gardening.
PROVIDENCE â€” Citing changed circumstances, the state Ethics Commission says Cumberland Town Councilman Scott Schmitt may participate and vote after all in matters where attorney Scott Partington, a former council president, represents clients.
Last February, the commission issued the opposite opinion, saying Schmitt must recuse himself in matters involving Partington because Partingtonâ€™s law office rents space in a building that was owned at the time by ARS Holdings, a company owned by Schmitt and his wife.
PAWTUCKET â€” Maybe itâ€™s the concerns about global warming. Or just nostalgia for shady lanes. Whatever the reason, residents have responded positively to an offer from the city to have trees planted along sidewalks, free of charge.
SMITHFIELD â€“ More than anything, Cumberland High sophomore Amy Laverty wanted to team with her harrier friends and upset fellow powerhouse Smithfield to claim a most elusive Northern Division championship.
The Sentinels, however, provided too much depth in this â€śBattle of Unbeatens,â€ť and closed the season with a perfect 11-0 mark after edging the gutsy Clippers, 24-34, at Deerfield Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Jane S. Barlow
PAWTUCKET - Jane S. Barlow, 78, died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island surrounded by her loved ones. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard G. Barlow. Jane was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Theodore and Elizabeth (Brown) Durand and lived her entire life in Pawtucket. She was a proud homemaker and was devoted to her children and her grandchildren. She enjoyed doing crafts and loved fishing.
Leona A. Berard
SARASOTA - Leona A. Berard, 98, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Tidewell Hospice House of Sarasota with her daughter Denise at her side. She was the devoted wife for 55 years to the late Eugene H. Berard.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Dolor and Leonile (Baris) Dery.
Marie A. Lagesse
PROVIDENCE - Marie A. (Sangiovanni) Lagesse, 64 died Friday, October 4th at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Steven Lagesse and they were married for 40 years. Born in Providence she was the daughter of Anna (Pesce) Sangiovanni and the late Peter Sangiovanni.
Prior to her retirement in 2005, Marie worked as a school teacher for the North Providence School Department.
Kathleen M. SanBento
SOUTH KINGSTON - Kathleen Mary SanBento, 59, of Kingston, died Monday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Thomas J. SanBento for 33 years.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of Mary (Barry) Pearson of Lincoln and the late William Murphy, and stepdaughter of Ronald Pearson of Lincoln.
Most recently, Mrs. SanBento had been working with autistic children at the Olean Center, in particular, Kale. She loved music, dancing, swimming in the ocean, cooking, and doing yoga with her friends.
PAWTUCKET â€” A man and woman who police say maintained two residences in the city where drugs and related paraphernalia were found were arrested Friday following an investigation by the Police Department's Special Squad.
According to Police Major Arthur Martins, on Oct. 4, members of the Special Squad executed two search warrants for two addresses, 10 George St., apartment 24 and 18 Dudley St., apartment 3. He said that evidence police recovered indicated that the couple had maintained tenancy at both apartments.
PAWTUCKET â€” A little over a month after the much-talked-about merger with the Care New England Health System, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island on Thursday laid off seven employees in a cost-cutting move.
Susan McDonald, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed the seven job reductions, but said that one of the individuals, a senior vice president, had retired. She said the layoffs had included another senior vice president, two employees who had worked in Memorial Hospital's print shop, and three in facilities management.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thereâ€™s cause for optimism regarding the boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ cross-country programs at Tolman High.
With both squads fielding extremely young squads this fall, meets like the one on Monday afternoon at Slater Park will serve as stepping stones for future seasons. The Tolman boys posted a 22-32 victory over Moses Brown, though dropped a 22-33 decision to East Providence.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The idea got people clucking when it was first introduced in March: a proposal for ordinance changes allowing residents to raise chickens, honeybees and outdoor fish.
Now, city officials are working to draft an ordinance that would allow for this type of limited urban farming, along with fish raising through aquaponics, that will be put to the City Council for consideration.
Anna L. Gamache
PAWTUCKET - Anna L. Gamache, 99, of Pawtucket died on Sunday, October 6, 2013. She was the wife of the late Oscar Gamache and Dr. M. Curtis Silva.
Mrs. Gamache was a bookkeeper at the farmer's Market in Providence and then assisted her husband as a receptionist and bookkeeper.
She is survived by her son Richard C. Silva and his wife Jacqueline of Pawtucket. She also leaves her four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
The funeral and burial will be private. For online condolences please visit
Frank J. McKenna
NEW LONDON - Frank J. McKenna, 82, of 341 Shewville Road, Ledyard died Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
Mr. McKenna was born June 19, 1931, in Pawtucket, RI, the oldest son of the late Francis and Evelyn (McLellan) McKenna. He had lived in Rhode Island for most of his life. Mr. McKenna had served in the U.S. Army Reserves, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree and was a retired Supervisor from Carol Cable.
Arlene Frances St. Jacques
ATTLEBORO - Arlene Frances (Noonan) St. Jacques, 73, a resident of the Sandcastle Adult Community in Attleboro for the past 8 years, passed away on Sunday, October 6th. She was the devoted wife of the late Richard J. St. Jacques, to whom she was married for 43 years.