February 17th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€” Another ceiling collapse, this time in an unused room at Slater Middle School, has prompted an emergency meeting of the School Committee to be held Monday night.
Interim Schools Supt. Patti DiCenso said the room, across from the assistant principalâ€™s office, had been closed off for occupancy due to concerns about the stability of the ceiling during an inspection of the cityâ€™s older school buildings last summer. The inspection had been called after a drop ceiling in a basement classroom at the Potter-Burns Elementary School gave way last fall.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was an invitation that four young men could have done without.
Pawtucket Police say five people were arrested Sunday after allegedly pistol-whipping and robbing four men who had been lured to an after-hours party in the basement of a house at 85 Daniels St.
Leo D. Hervieux
LINCOLN - Leo D. Hervieux, 87, passed away Monday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Jeanne (Lefebvre) Hervieux, and they had been married for 62 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Victor and Amanda (Messier) Hervieux. He resided in Lincoln since 1968, previously residing in Central Falls.
Mr. Hervieux was a United States Army Air Corps, World War II veteran, serving in Japan.
Leo was employed by the Lawson Hemphill Company for 29 years until his retirement.
PAWTUCKET - Edward Niedzwiadek, 88, of Owen Avenue, passed away Sunday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of the late Julia (Rogala) Niedzwiadek.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Koziol) Niedzwiadek. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 35 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Niedzwiadek was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during World War II.
He was employed as a Machine Operator for the Texas Instruments Inc., for 20 years, retiring in 1986.
PAWTUCKET - Angelina Michalopoulos of Auburn Street, Pawtucket died on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
Angelina was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late George and Anna (Capethos) Michalopoulos. She worked in the textile industry in Pawtucket for many years.
Miss Michalopoulos was a lifetime member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, a member of the choir there and a member of the St. Barbara Ladies Club.
Robert F. Thurber
PAWTUCKET - Robert F. Thurber, 78, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Catherine (Masse) Thurber. They were happily married for 58 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Clifford and Mary (Waldron) Thurber.
LINCOLN â€“ Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond will propose a revised plan to construct an addition to the police headquarters wing of the municipal complex when he presents his fiscal 2015 budget to the Budget Board on Wednesday.
The project to add a two-story addition and renovate the existing police department space had been proposed as a two-phase project last year, with the initial phase of approximately $1.9 million being appropriated for the new construction.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Fridayâ€™s Division II crossover at â€śThe Cage.â€ť
The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion â€“ by calmly making their free throws.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A complex and intricate proposed settlement of the lawsuits challenging the watershed 2011 pension reform law provides minor sweeteners in benefits to state and municipal employees and retirees while preserving the lionâ€™s share of the savings to state and local taxpayers.
PAWTUCKET â€” In an apparent case of pet hoarding that has spiraled out of control, city officials on Friday condemned a house at 403 Liverpool St. and removed 17 animals that resided there.
Natalie L. Brodeur
WAKEFIELD - Natalie L. Brodeur, 87, of 681 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at home. She was the former wife of Henry J. Brodeur. Born in Mansfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Agnes (Lynds) Titus.
Mrs. Brodeur was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Kingston, a member and past president of VFW Ladies Auxillary Gatchel Post, Pawtucket, and The Faternal Order of Eagles, 29 Palms, CA. She was always lending a helping hand in a caring manner with a smile and generous concern.
Felix E. Sandoval
CENTRAL FALLS - Felix E. Sandoval, of Earle Street, passed into eternal life on Tuesday after being stricken. He was the husband of Ana D. Sandoval. Born in San Manuel Chapparon Jalapa, Guatemala, a son of the late Jeronimo Maria Sadoval and Santos Maria Sandoval He has lived in Central Falls since 1984.
PAWTUCKET - Mary Lamka, 93, passed away Tuesday February 11, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Care Center in Providence.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Pizio) Lamka. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 60 years and was formerly of New York City.
Before retiring Mary was employed by ITT Royal Electric of Pawtucket in the Quality Control Department. She had a strong passion for gardening. Mary was a kind gentle spirit who loved animals and music.
Irene J. Dupre
CUMBERLAND - Irene J. Dupre, 84, passed on Friday, February 14th after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Gerard M. Dupre.
She was the daughter of the late Albert O. and Ida (Brouillette) Benoit.
She was employed by Senior Companions of RI for the past 10 years.
William J. Walsh
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - William J. Walsh of South Attleboro, Massachusetts died on February 13, 2014.
He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Arthur Walsh and Madeline (Dooley) Walsh. Mr. Walsh owned and operated Walsh's Auto Clinic in North Attleboro for many years.
Mr. Walsh is survived by his sons, Stephen Walsh and his wife Julie of South Attleboro Ma., and Kenneth J. Walsh of Moosup Ct. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Stephen, Jessica and Brendan.
PAWTUCKET - Maria Helena Rosa Monteiro, born on the island of Brava, Cape Verde on January 1940, Maria migrated to the US in 1981 along with her husband of 51 years, Manuel Monteiro, her sons, Osvaldo, Carlos, and Roberto as well as her daughters, Carmen Vieira-Monteiro, Cesarina Elias, Ivonilda Burgess, and her late daughter Fatima Monteiro.
The change from heavy snow to rain as another storm battered the area Thursday afternoon had area highway department officials crossing their fingers that it might also mean a reprieve in the use of rock salt for the storm.
Rock salt is mixed with the sand highway departments lay down on roads as part of their storm cleanup efforts and has been in short supply this season due to the wide reach of winter weather across the country.
PAWTUCKET â€” Their ranks might be small in number, but the Pawtucket Republicans are a unified group who are still meet regularly and maintain a voice in their party's statewide organization.
PROVIDENCE â€“ With Colorado and Washington State having legalized the possession and sale of recreational marijuana earlier this year, and a poll of Rhode Island voters showing 53 percent of Rhode Islanders favoring the legalization, regulation and taxing of the drug for sale to adults, legislation to do just that has been introduced in the General Assembly.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Due to declining enrollment and financial deficits, the Square Mile City is losing its only Catholic school.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy, located at 909 Lonsdale Ave., will close at the end of the school year, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. The news was announced to faculty, staff and parents by letter on Tuesday, and an informational meeting for parents was scheduled for Wednesday night at the school.