February 12th, 2014
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.
Joseph G. Brule
CUMBERLAND - Joseph G. Brule, 96, husband of the late Anita (Nadeau) Brule, passed into eternal life at home on Monday. He was born in Canada, a son of the late William and Blanche Brule. Mr. Brule lived in Central Falls many years until moving to Cumberland in 1994. He had been employed as a foreman for the Bird & Son Company for several years and also was a house painter for many years.
Milagros Vargas Castro
PAWTUCKET - Milagros Vargas Castro, 65, passed into eternal rest at home on Tuesday.
She was born in Barahona, the Dominican Republic, a daughter of the late Manuel Vargas and Irenes Castro. Milagros was a home-maker.
She leaves 3 sons, Wilfredo Matos with whom she lived, Rafael Matos also of Pawtucket and Wendy Matos of the Dominican Republic, a daughter, Delinea Chapman of Pawtucket and 15 grandchildren.
Maurice J. Jarest
WOONSOCKET - Maurice J. Jarest, 82, formerly of Ocala, Fl. passed away Tuesday after an illness. He was born in Central Falls a son of the late Dominique and Josephine (Gaboriault) Jarest. He had been employed at the former Collyer Wire Co. as a wire drawer and also worked as a house painter. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.
LINCOLN - Nancy (Saliba) Tajra, 103, formerly of Carriage Drive, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at North Bay Manor, Smithfield. She was the wife of the late William G. Tajra.
Born in Canada, a daughter of the late Said and Nazira (Daoud) Saliba, she had lived in Lincoln for over 40 years.
Mrs. Tajra was a bookkeeper before retiring.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Lincoln, a member of the Lincoln Garden Club, and a member of the Social Order of Beauceants.
PAWTUCKET â€“ St. Raphael Academy is running out of time when it comes to making the playoffs.
Needing to spring an upset victory over visiting Smithfield on Tuesday night, the Saints fell victim to a dazzling shooting display by the Sentinels, who hit eight three-point field goals in the first half en route to a decisive 64-56 victory.
The Saints got 25 points from Alcino Aviles-Soares, who was no match for the balanced offensive talents of a youthful Smithfield squad that improved to 11-3 in Division I-North with the victory.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Lloyd E. Mumford, Sr. admits he wasn't there when Pawtucket Police arrested his son on a domestic violence warrant on January 30, but he says he doesn't like what he sees in a video taken by someone who was.
It almost never fails.
Every now again, the budgetary scalpel cuts off funding for sports at the middle school and high school levels.
Naturally, such slicing prompts strong reaction from everyone in town â€“ concerned parents to coaches to the real victims affected by this slashing of essential monetary support, the adolescent student-athletes.
Robert J. Carnie
PAWTUCKET - Robert J. Carnie, 81, passed away on February 11, 2014. Born in Mt. Desert, Maine, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Marcia (Robinson) Carnie.
Robert leaves his sister, Ruth C. Carnie of Pawtucket.
Services are private. Flowers are omitted, memorial gifts to Gentiva Hospice, 2374 Post Rd., Suite 206, Warwick, RI 02886 will be appreciated. Arrangements are with William W. Tripp Funeral Home, Pawtucket.
Evaristo Pimentel Carreiro
PROVIDENCE - Evaristo Pimentel Carreiro, of Fariview St., died Feb. 10, 2014.
Calling hours Thursday from 5pm to 8pm in the Rebello Funeral Home and Crematory, 901 Broadway, East Providence. Visit www.rebellofuneralhome.com for complete obituary.
Sports editor emeritus
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The Prout School didnâ€™t back off from the challenge of playing a tough road game against Central Falls on Monday night.
The Crusaders came into the game with a 9-2 record in Division II-South. Central Falls stood on top of the North with a 9-3 record following Friday nightâ€™s 73-68 victory over Tolman. The Warriors hoped to continue their momentum against the disciplined visitors.
PAWTUCKET â€” A multifamily house on Sisson Street that was shot at on Jan. 24 was sprayed with several bullets again late Sunday night, Pawtucket Police said.
Just before midnight, police received a call that someone had fired shots at the window of a house at 182 Sisson St. Police found the remains of a spent round of ammunition between two panes of glass, but no one was injured.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After more than a year of haggling cloaked in the secrecy of a Superior Court judgeâ€™s gag order, lawyers for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and several state and municipal employee unions appear to have reached a settlement in the unionsâ€™ challenge to the landmark 2011 pension reform law, called the R.I. Retirement Security Act.
But no deal can be consummated until it is, in effect, ratified by the General Assembly, which would have to vote to approve any changes to the law they passed in a special legislative session more than two years ago.
Robert G. Fournier
CENTRAL FALLS - Robert G. Fournier, 78, of High Street died Monday, February 10, 2014 at Woonsocket Health Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Carol A. (Gouveia) Fournier.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late George and Evelyn (Carpenter) Fournier, he had lived in Pawtucket before moving to Lincoln for 10 years and has lived in Central Falls for the past 6 years.
Mr. Fournier was a self-employed brick mason for many years before retiring. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.
Catarina A. Fernandes
PAWTUCKET - Catarina A. Fernandes, 96, of Collins Ave., passed away Sunday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of Herminio A. Fernandes.
Born in Rio de Janeiro she was the daughter of the late Joaquim and Silvana (Salustio) Loureiro. She came to this country from Portugal 63 years ago and had resided in Cumberland and had lived in Pawtucket for the past 37 years.
Benita R. Mooney
CUMBERLAND - Benita R. (Noga) Mooney, 83, passed away Saturday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Edward T. Mooney, and they had been married for 63 years.
Born in Dudley, MA, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Stella (Augustynski) Noga. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life.
Mrs. Mooney was employed as an Associate at Ann & Hope Inc. for over 30 years until her retirement.
Eveline T. Engelhardt
PAWTUCKET - Eveline T. (Swistak) Engelhardt, 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Paul E. Engelhardt, together they would have celebrated 57 years of marriage this June. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late John S. and Jeannette L. (Cote) Swistak.
Joseph E. Packer Sr.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph E. Packer Sr., 57, passed away Saturday at the Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Brighton, MA. He was the beloved husband of Colleen R. (Moran) Packer, and they had been married for 18 years.
Born in Central Falls, RI, he was the son of the late Stephen and Bernadette (Stauff) Packer. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Packer was a United States Navy Veteran.
Joe was employed as manager for the City Packing, Boston for 37 years until his brief illness.
Jared Zampini of West Warwick was never really into G.I. Joes as a kid. He liked monsters instead and Joe hardly ever tangled with one of those.
When Zampini, 31, was growing up in the 1980s, the popular G.I. Joe action figure had morphed into characters like â€śDuke,â€ť â€śRoadblock,â€ť â€śGung-Ho,â€ť and other fictional anti-terror fighters from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic books and cartoon series.
This year, G.I. Joe turns 50 and even though heâ€™s half-a century old and a bit long in the tooth, he can still kick butt.