October 2nd, 2013
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.
Rufus C. Aldridge
PAWUCKET- Rufus C. Aldridge, 82, died peacefully Monday, September 30, 2013 surrounded by his loved ones. He was the beloved husband of Laurel A. (Kenney) Aldridge for 36 years.
He was born in Gainesville, Texas. He was the son of the late
Stanley J. Remiesiewicz
PAWTUCKET - Stanley J. Remiesiewicz, 91, died Monday, September 30, 2013 at Orchard View Manor, East Providence. He was the beloved husband of the late Marie-Therese (Reinartz) Remiesiewicz and the late Lydia (Beben) Remiesiewicz.
SNOWMASS, COLORADO - Thomas Duffin, 44, formerly of Pawtucket passed away at his residence in Colorado on Saturday September 28, 2013.
Born in Pawtucket he was a beloved son of Janice G. (Pellegrini) Duffin of Pawtucket and the late John P. Duffin Jr. He lived in Colorado for the past 25 years where he was employed as a Waiter.
Besides his mother he leaves two devoted brothers, John P. Duffin III and his wife Marie and Craig Duffin and his wife Belinda all of Pawtucket. He also leaves two loving nieces and one nephew.
PAWTUCKET â With the winners of its annual Photo Contest announced on Sunday, the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival wrapped up another successful year, said event chairman John Baxter.
âFor the third year in a row, we were blessed with extraordinary weather, and it contributed to record crowds,â Baxter stated. âThe Arts Festival seems to grow incrementally every year.â
PROVIDENCE â A 20-year-old man with the nickname of âDamageâ pleaded guilty Tuesday before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second-degree murder for the July 6, 2012, murder of Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.
A stalemate in Congress that caused a government shutdown Tuesday for the first time in 17 years came as no surprise for Woonsocket auto mechanic Paul Morin.
âI stayed up and watched the entire thing and, personally, Iâm with the Republicans on this one because I believe Obamacare will hurt the country,â Morin says. âOf course Iâm upset that we have the first government shutdown in nearly two decades, but Iâm more upset the Democrats didnât do more to negotiate with the Republicans to avert this.â
PROVIDENCE â Ask New London High head basketball coach Craig Parker about the summertime impression made by former player Kris Dunn and you will elicit a response that figures to warm the hearts of Providence College followers.
âA few things stood out to me. He was definitely stronger and his attitude was really upbeat about the upcoming season,â Parker expressed when reached Tuesday. âI think going into this season relatively injury-free as opposed to last year, heâs washed his hands of that so he can be the point guard up at Providence.â
CUMBERLAND â The chief worry wasnât the 3.1-mile Monastery course, nor was it the competitors who lined up at the starting line.
Given the Indian Summer-like conditions that blanketed the region Tuesday, there was no question that the weather stood to register the greatest impact during this Northern Division tri-meet for both area males and females.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â When Central Falls and Shea square off on a soccer field, goals are usually hard to come by.
âWe can score goals with anyone in the state,â C.F. coach Carl Africo was saying on Tuesday afternoon, minutes after his Warriors scored a 1-0 victory over the Raiders, âbut when we play Shea, I know itâs going to be a low-scoring game. They fight for every inch of the field.â
Brian L. Ellsworth
PAWTUCKET - Brian L. Ellsworth, 60, of Pinecrest Drive died unexpectedly Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket. He was the husband of the late Elaine F. (Morrison) Ellsworth.
Born in Attleboro, MA., a son of the late Edgar and Helen (Lewis) Ellsworth, he had lived in Pawtucket for over 40 years.
Mr. Ellsworth worked in the Boston Shipyard before retiring.
He coached baseball in the Pineview Little League, and coached for Mayor's Cup in basketball.
Jennie M. Barry
CUMBERLAND - Jennie M. Barry, 93, formerly of Abbott Run Valley Road, passed away Sunday in Cape Cod at home, where she resided with her daughter Cynthia. She was the wife of the late Anthony D. Barry.
Born in Massachusetts, she resided in Massachusetts for a short time, previously residing for 12 years in Old Saybrook, CT, and most of her life in Cumberland.
She was a Communicant of the St. Joan of Arc Church, a former communicant of the St. John Church, Old Saybrook, CT, and was also an active member in the various senior centers in which she lived.
Gerard D. Lafond
CUMBERLAND - Gerard D. Lafond, 62, of 480 Metacom Ave., Bristol and formerly of Cumberland passed away Monday in the R. I. Veterans Home, Bristol.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of Bernadette (Lemoine) Lafond of Cumberland, and the late Donat Lafond.
Alice P. Champagne
PAWTUCKET - Alice P. Champagne, 83, passed peacefully September 30th with her loving family by her side. Born in Central Falls, she was the wife of the late Leo Champagne.
She dedicated her life to her children, family and friends. She also worked at the family business, Central Falls Glass.
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academy head coach Linley Pullem's post-game synopsis of her squad's overall performance was very simply put.
The Saints had just sustained a 3-0 Division III-North loss to Johnston High at the Alumni & Wellness Center late Monday afternoon, and she admitted she saw flashes of brilliance coupled with moments of complete disarray.
âWe just need to be more consistent,â she stated.
On this day, SRA squandered three-point cushions in each of the three games, but watched them evaporate due to the Panthers' superior serving.
John R. McKinley
PAWTUCKET - John R. McKinley, 69, passed on September 30th with his son by his side.
Marilyn E. Lefaivre
SEEKONK - Marilyn Edith (Chestnut) Lefaivre, 73, of Seekonk, died unexpectedly at Sturdy Memorial Hospital on September 17, 2013. Born in Attleboro on February 24, 1940, she was the daughter of the late George Edmund Chestnut and Edith Virginia (Claflin) Chestnut and lived almost her entire life in Seekonk. She was the former wife of Allen D. Lefaivre of Pawtucket, RI.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Police have made two arrests in connection with Sundayâs
shooting at Onna Moniz John Park, but are not releasing the names of the
suspects until later this afternoon pending further investigation,
according to police Lt. Michael David.
âWe have two individuals in custody,â David said. "The quick arrests in
this are a direct result of police officers being familiar with the
community in which they work and inter agency cooperation."
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old victim in the shooting was being listed today