January 3rd, 2014
PAWTUCKET- Michael Gomes, 42, of Pawtucket died December 17, 2013.
He was born in Pawtucket.
He was the son of Donald F. Gomes and the late Claire E. (Muncey) Gomes.
He was employed by RI Hospital as a unit assistant for 15 years.
Besides his father, he is survived by his son Derrin Michael Quinn; his siblings, Nancy McKenna, William Gomes, Donna White St. Germain and Michele Gomes; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Donald Gomes Jr.
PROVIDENCE -- If you measure progress by wins, the Rhode Island men's basketball team has certainly made progress in coach Dan Hurley's second season.
After winning just eight games last season, the Rams picked matched last season's win total Wednesday night against Brown.
Senior guard Xavier Munford had his most efficient day night of the season with 25 points on just 18 shots and freshman E.C. Matthews scored 21 points to earn the Rams their first road win of the season with a 75-68 victory over the Bears at the Pizzitola Center.
WOONSOCKET â If the recent past is any indication, Lincoln High should be able to withstand the onslaught Cumberland will bring when the two archrivals meet in a key Division II-North matchup at 7:30 tonight at Adelard Arena.
A year ago, the Lions posted a rather easy win in their first regular-season clash, though the Clippers forged a thrilling 3-3 stalemate on this same ice last February; that became the lone blemish on a slate that included an eventual 23-0-1 mark, not to mention the capture of the R.I. Division II Tournament championship.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Christmas is over and itâs time to discard that dried-out tree standing in the corner of your living room.
The East Providence Department of Public Works and Parks Division has set up 10 drop-off locations around the city to provide a convenient way for city residents to recycle their needle-dropping trees.
Full story appears on page 1 of Friday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â The death of 10-year-old Aleida DePina was the cityâs most horrific abuse case in recent years, and now the girlâs father, Jorge DePina, has been indicted by a grand jury in her murder.
On Thursday, the Providence County Grand Jury reported out an indictment charging the 32-year-old DePina, of 48 Knowles St., Pawtucket, with one count of murder. It is alleged that DePina killed his daughter on or about July 3, 2013.
Full story appears on page 1 in Friday's Times.
Things have a tendency to move pretty quickly around here â almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired. On a day-to-day basis, we concern ourselves with concrete items such as wins or losses, how many points a team puts up, or whether the season culminates in championship glory. So sometimes itâs easy to overlook the small, but significant individual moments.
Ice melt, rock salt and snow shovels were flying off the shelves at local hardware stores Wednesday as folks prepared for the first major snowstorm of the year â a long-duration storm that began pre-dawn today and will continue into Friday with 8 to 10 inches of dry, powdery snow predicted for most of Rhode Island, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket.
The storm will be followed by some of the coldest air of the season. Temperatures could be near zero by Saturday morning.
December 31st, 2013
Each year, the Blackstone Valley boasts its share of amateur championship teams (from the high school ranks to the summer amateur leagues) and tremendous individual performances that rank among the very best in Rhode Island.
But itâs been quite some time since this region has seen an outpouring of success such as the events that transpired during 2013.
Yole M. Fairman
PAWTUCKET - Fairman, Yole M. "Nonnie" 94, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 30, 2013. She was the wife of the late Donald R. Fairman, Jr.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Olga (Bottai) Marini.
She worked as a lace inspector at the former Seekonk Lace Company for 40 years before retiring.
Loretta I. Valentine
SCOTTSBORO, ALABAMA - Loretta Irene (O'Brien) Valentine, 95, of Scottsboro, Alabama and formerly of Ridgewood Road, Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 30, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert F. Valentine, Sr. Born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late John J. and Loretta F. (McKenna) O'Brien, she resided in Pawtucket for sixty-one years before moving to Scottsboro five years ago.
Madeline M. McConnon
PAWTUCKET - Madeline M. McConnon, of Pawtucket, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Valley Falls, the daughter of the late John J. and Lena B. (Tracy) Callahan. She was the wife of the late Michael F. McConnon.
Madeline leaves her son-in-law, Donald LeBlanc, grandsons Brendan and J. Bradford LeBlanc all of Pawtucket. She is predeceased by her daughter, Eileen (McConnon) LeBlanc, brother John J. Callahan.
Devin J. Abbott
PAWTUCKET - Devin J. Abbott, "DJ", 15, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 27, 2013. He was a beloved son of Jennifer L. (LaDuke) Abbott and Joseph H. Abbott of Pawtucket.
Devin was a student at Tolman High School and had attended Davies Career and Technical High School, Lincoln. He attended Park Place Congregational Church where he was active in the fellowship. He was a member of the Tolman Swim Team and enjoyed skateboarding; making people laugh; visiting nursing homes and the elderly.
Dorothy M. Bascombe
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. (Vose) Bascombe, 92, of Old West Wrentham Road died Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
She was the wife of the late Willard E. Bascombe.
A lifelong resident of Cumberland, she was a daughter of the late Ornando F. and Madeline (Slocum) Vose.
She was employed by Tanury Brothers Jewelry Manufacturers of Lincoln for many years before retiring in 1965.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â âGood game, eh?â veteran official Frank Iannetta said with a smile as he stood in front of the scorerâs table with one minute left in Monday nightâs Division I contest between St. Raphael Academy and South Kingstown.
The Saints were clinging to a 47-46 lead at the time in one of those typically competitive high school games that seem to regularly occur at the Dennis Lynch Jr. Memorial Court. As Iannetta joked with the scorerâs table personnel, Saints coach Tom Sorrentine spoke to his team, trying to draw up a play for his best shooter, Graham Lynch.
PAWTUCKET â A Pawtucket man has been arrested by Warwick and Cumberland police and charged with a series of house breaks in Warwick.
George Bouffard, 56, of 49 Sumner St., Pawtucket, was arrested Friday at 11 a.m. in Cumberland by Warwick detectives and charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering. The police say the motive for the break-ins was "narcotics dependency."
CENTRAL FALLS - Frank Lukaszewski, 84, passed away Friday December 27, 2013 at Miriam Hospital. He was the husband of Hazel M. (LaCroix) Lukaszewski.
Born in Central Falls Frank was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Drzymalska) Lukaszewski. He was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring Frank was employed as a Baker for the former National Bakery of Central Falls for many years.
Gail A. Rondeau
PAWTUCKET - Gail "Gee Are" A. Rondeau, 70, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 30, 2013. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Robert A. and Elizabeth F. (Thibodeau) Rondeau. "Gee Are" served in the United States Air Force and then worked at Pawtucket City Hall in the Zoning Department for 44 years until retiring three years ago. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her beloved cat, Mama. "Gee Are" loved animals and gave generously of herself to local animal shelters, particularly the Attleboro Animal Shelter.
PAWTUCKET - Angelo Squadrito, 97, of Pawtucket died on December 28, 2013.
He was the husband of Wanda (Brzozowski) Squadrito. They had been married over seventy years.
Mr. Squadrito was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Domenic and Carmella (Calabro) Squadrito.
Mr. Squadrito was a machinist at the Industrial Machine Corporation for many years.
The Pawtucket Fire Departmentâs newest recruits, in front row, from left, Christopher Gabriele, Thomas Glaser, William Hughes, Raymond Johnston and Christopher McCluskie, and in back row, from left, James Melia, Sean Morgan, Ryan Saber, Keith Williams and Francesco Zabatta, watch a presentation of a video during the 2013 Recruit Class Graduation held at the Le Foyer Club in Pawtucket on Saturday.