October 7th, 2013
Albert L. Bessette
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Albert L. Bessette, 90, of North Providence and Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, October 4, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Claire A. (Cayer) Bessette. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late George H. and Margaret L. (Thurber) Bessette.
Gloria B. Nahas
PAWTUCKET - Gloria B. (Macksoud) Nahas, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Leo Nahas. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Habib and Lila (Siber) Macksoud. Gloria was the manager of Eden Park Cleansers, Providence until retiring.
She leaves a brother, James Macksoud and his wife, Ann of Pawtucket and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mathilda Ameen, Nellie Lemire, Fred and Edmund Macksoud.
Regina M. Filipek
PAWTUCKET - Regina M. Filipek, 94, formerly of Ordway Street passed away Friday October 4, 2013 at Harris Health Center North in Central Falls. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph P. Filipek.
Born in Attleboro she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Sophia (Wieraizka) Narkiewicz.. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â âThis is one of those games you guys will remember for the rest of your lives,â Cumberland High coach Chris Skurka told his players after they rallied for a stunning 24-17 victory over St. Raphael Academy on Saturday night before approximately 400 fans at Max Read Field.
PAWTUCKET â Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her âcorn crop dress.â The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakleyâs great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her motherâs family after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Coakley is happy to report that the heirloom dress officially stood the test of time at her Aug. 31 nuptials to Pawtucket native Robert M. Bedard on Cape Cod, and she provided the wedding photos to prove it.
BOSTON â The sight of Jonny Gomes taking swings in the same batting-practice group as Ryan Lavarnway before Game Two of the American League Division Series provided some easy dots to connect.
As if the lines of symmetry werenât clearly marked already, John McDonald jumped in the cage immediately after Gomes, Lavarnway and the rest of their pregame swing partners cleared out.
CUMBERLAND â For those who love coffee, sometimes there just isnât time to go out to a coffee house for that beloved cup of joe.
Michael Houle and his wife, Linda, have a solution to that quandary with their Coffee Breaks single-serving coffee and accessories store at 2275 Diamond Hill Road, near the Route 295 interchange.
The Houles stock over 200 flavors of one-cup coffee, tea and juice packets for Keurig-style coffee makers, as well as a line of whole bean coffee from the Mills Coffee Roasters Co., on Broad Street in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â Recently retired Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, accused of stealing gasoline from the city for his own use, pleaded no contest to the charges in 6th District Court on Friday.
Provost, 56, of 303 Woodward Ave., Seekonk, was charged with misdemeanor larceny in August for allegedly stealing more than 200 gallons of gasoline from the cityâs Department of Public Works garage. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment.
CUMBERLAND â Saturday nightâs Division II-B football contest between Cumberland and St. Raphael is still scheduled to kick off at 7 oâclock.
The location, however, has changed.
Thanks to Fridayâs rainstorm shutting down operations on the track surface at Tucker Field, Cumberland officials found themselves in a precarious position, that of scrambling to find a last-minute venue that would still allow the game to take place on its rescheduled night. Their wishes didnât go unanswered for long, as Pawtucketâs Max Read Field will now serve as the Clippersâ âhome fieldâ against the Saints.
PROVIDENCE â Shea High veteran mentor Pierre Ridore explained how irritated he had been back on Tuesday afternoon after his squad, playing with little emotion or care, had surrendered a 1-0 defeat to struggling Central Falls.
âIt was our first loss to Central Falls dating back to 2003; it was our Blackstone Valley Invitational (Tournament) game,â he stated. âWe hadn't lost to them in over a decade, and I told the kids that it shouldn't have happened, that they were playing too lazy.â
CUMBERLAND - Aida Delgado, 78 of Mill Street, passed away Thursday in R. I. Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Joao Delgado.
Born in Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Sebastio and Maria (de Jesus) Antonio. Mrs. Delgado moved to the United States in 1960 settling in Cumberland.
She worked as a machine operator for Hindley Manufacturing, Cumberland for many years until her retirement in 1997 and previously worked for the former Atlas Braid Co., of Cumberland.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Gilberto DaSilva, 90 died Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Evergreen House Health Center. He was the husband of the late Alice D. (Oliveira) DaSilva.
He was born in Feteira, Faial, Azores a son of the late Manuel and Lucrecia (DaGloria) DaCosta.
Mr. DaSilva worked at the Pawtucket Elks Lodge, where he was also a member, before retiring. He was inducted into the New Bedford Whaling Museum Wall of Fame on June 13, 2013.
CUMBERLAND â One more day â at least thatâs the hope that the Cumberland High football team will be allowed to hit its home turf for an intriguing Division II-B contest against St. Raphael Academy.
With the track portion of Tucker Field still in the final phase of completion, school officials decided to push the Cumberland-SRA matchup ahead a day, moving it from Friday night to Saturday night. Kickoff remains at 7 p.m.
LINCOLN â Raise your hand if you can name the two winningest fighters in the three-year history of Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ mixed martial arts division.
If you can name Pawtucket middleweight Todd Chattelle and Woonsocket bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath, you can go to the head to the class.
Both fighters, who train out of Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket, have won a record five times under the CES colors, and they will look to continue their winning ways tonight at the Twin River Event Center.
PAWTUCKET â A state Health Department disciplinary board has suspended a local dentistâs authority to prescribe controlled substances after providing himself and others with drugs that have nothing to do with pulling teeth.
In one incident, Demetrius James Photopoulos, D.D.S., prescribed the growth hormone omnitrope to a three-year-old in 2012, said the Board of Examiners in Dentistry. The child was given the drug for five months.
CUMBERLAND â An elderly woman was killed Thursday morning after she was
struck by a dairy truck while crossing Dexter Street at the intersection
of Dexter and High Street, police said.
According to police, the woman, whoâs name and age were not being released pending notification of next of kin, was struck around 6 a.m. while she was attempting to cross Dexter Street and was struck by the truck, which was traveling west on High Street, according to police.
Thereâs no doubt that the college football gods were smiling down on Jean-Daniel Roussel this past Saturday when the Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy alumnus tied a Sacred Heart record with three interceptions in one game.
The feat, coming in the Pioneersâ 16-0 non-league victory over Bucknell, helped Roussel garner plenty of recognition. He was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week, with College Football Performance Awards bestowing their National Defensive Back Performer of the Week honor upon him.
PAWTUCKET â Whether you like your Halloween fun to be scary or âilluminating,â there are activities in Slater Park this weekend that fits both bills.
Beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Slater Park will host âFright Night in the Park.â Halloween events will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings only, through Oct. 26 (with the exception of inclement weather).
EAST PROVIDENCE â In recognition of the cityâs improving financial performance, Standard & Poorâs Ratings Services Tuesday raised East Providenceâs general obligation bond rating five notches to âAâ from âBB+â.
âThe higher rating is based on our recently released local general obligation criteria, as well as the cityâs improving financial performance and liquidity position and lower long-term pension liabilities,â said Standard & Poorâs credit analyst Victor Medeiros.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to some tireless lobbying on the part of city officials and local legislators, Pawtucket won approval to have a second neighborhood designated as a state-designated âEnterprise Zoneâ offering tax incentives to new or expanding businesses.