Ernesto Xavier DePina
CENTRAL FALLS - Ernesto "Ernie" Xavier DePina, 25, died September 29, 2012, at Rhode Island Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
He was born on May 10, 1987, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the son of Jose Olimpio DePina and Margarida Xavier-DePina. He was the second eldest son of three boys and one girl.
He is survived by his parents, Jose Olimpio DePina and Margarida Xavier-DePina, his sister, Dilce Lawson, his brothers, Joseph and Danny DePina and his loving grand parents, aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.
Elsie E. Conner
JOHNSTON - Elsie E. Conner, 93, died on September 30, 2012 at Morgan Health Center. She was born in Central Falls, RI. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Eva (Major) Conner. She worked at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital in the Maternity ward for 50 years until her retirement in 1999 where she was affectionately known as Red. She was a member of Smithfield Ave. Congregational Church.
She is survived by 1 nephew David Bardsley of New York, 1 niece Nancy O'Brien of Johnston, 1 great-niece, 1 great-great-niece and 1 great-great-nephew.
John F. Fanning
CUMBERLAND - John F. Fanning, 64, of Eddy Street, passed away Thursday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Francis J. and Madeline A. (Hunt) Fanning. He was a resident of Cumberland, and Craftsbury, VT.
John was a retired steamfitter for over 40 years, working out of Local 51, previously Local 476 of Rhode Island. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.
He was a member of the Cumberland Beagle Club.
PAWTUCKET â Get out your red and green party wear and shine up those dancing shoes. The Times, in conjunction with Grupo Amigos Da Terceira, is hosting a âJingle Mingleâ to benefit the Times âMerry Christmas Fund.â
The holiday dance event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Community Center Grupo Amigos Da Terceira, Inc. at 55 Memorial Drive in Pawtucket. Music will be provided by Mega's DJ Music Productions., and the ticket price includes a buffet. A cash bar will also be available.
LINCOLN â There was a time in Rhode Island when parents of school age children needed to tune in radio personality Salty Brine for word on whether there would be school on wintery morning.
Those days are over and High School Principal Kevin J. McNamara now has a number of ways to get the word out about school events and weather including his school's Listserv option of directly emailing parents timely school updates.
PAWTUCKET â On a night that saw his team score at will against previously undefeated West Warwick, Shea head coach Dino Campopiano decided to throw a little love in the direction of the group that paved the way for the Raider skill players to glide up and down Max Read Field.
PAWTUCKET â In the eyes of team president Mike Tamburro, the PawSoxâ championship season is a feat that should be shared and celebrated with the public.
Though plans are still being finalized, Tamburro, gave the green light to announce that the Governorsâ Cup trophy will be making the rounds this offseason. Right now the target is to bring the silver hardware to each and every Rhode Island city and town along with neighboring Massachusetts communities.
CENTRAL FALLS â Six people--three familiar names in local politics and and three political newcomersâhave declared their intent to run for mayor of Central Falls in a special election to replace embattled former Mayor Charles Moreau.
The Rhode Island Board of Elections has set the date for a primary on November 6, the same day as the general election. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will then face off in a special election scheduled for December 11.
Louis Yip, left, pictured with his wife, and Sonny Ng and his wife, owners of Tai-O Corporation of Pawtucket, are honored during the 27th annual Blackstone Valley Tourism Council awards held at Twin River Casino Thursday night in Lincoln. The dinner also celebrated the 60th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, created by Pawtucket's own Hasbro Inc., which was honored with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts, Business and Design Award. Yip and Ng, inducted into the Rev.
Olivia S. Medeiros
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Olivia S. Medeiros of the St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield died Thursday at the residence. She was the wife of the late James Medeiros.
Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, a daughter of the late Antonio and Virginia (Sousa) Moniz. She came to the US in 1944 and settled in Bristol and Central Falls, RI and has been a Pawtucket resident since 1960.
Mrs. Medeiros was a Communicant of St. Anthony Church, Pawtucket and was a member of its Holy Ghost Society.
James F. Griffin, Jr.
EAST PROVIDENCE - James "Jimmy" F. Griffin, Jr., 88, of Elmwood Ave., Rumford, formerly of East Ave., Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late James F., Sr. and Mary E. (Kelley) Griffin.
Gilbert R. Ponton Sr.
CENTRAL FALLS - Gilbert R. Ponton Sr, "Pepere" 78, passed September 26th. He was the husband of the late Beatrice M. (Stay) Ponton.
He was the son of the late Gilbert R. and Bernadette C. (Larocque) Ponton.
He had been employed by Metalor Refining of North Attleboro and Alumaline Anodizing for many years.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia can look at Ryan Lavarnwayâs quest to become a fulltime catcher and say that not much time has elapsed since the former was in the latterâs shoes.
A coordinatorâs duties seem to be the attention grabber on a rĂ©sumĂ©, the kind that allows a deserving candidate to push to the top of the list whenever head coaching opportunities surface.
PAWTUCKET â With questions still lingering about some election procedures in the House District 58 race, the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union has picked up the fight on behalf of candidate Carlos Tobon, who lost to incumbent Representative William San Bento by one vote.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are investigating a shooting of a city man that occurred during a robbery attempt early Thursday morning on Baldwin Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of 43 Baldwin St. in response to a shooting. Police discovered that the victim had driven himself to the Memorial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his hip. His injury is not considered to be life-threatening.
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Marjorie A. Nashawaty
PAWTUCKET - Marjorie A. Nashawaty, a retired educator, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 27, 2012.
Linda L. Perron
CENTRAL FALLS - Linda L. (Duphily) Perron, 51, passed September 27th.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Marcel and Ella (Parker) Duphily.
After graduating Shea High School in 1979 she then was employed by the corporate office of CVS as an auditor for many years and had also tended bar.
She is survived by two sons, Michael R. Perron and his wife Amy and Daniel R. Perron, two brothers, Ronald and Thomas Duphily, two sisters, Roxanne Bertrand and Debra Archetto, two grandchildren, Brayden and Aidan and many nieces and nephews.
CUMBERLAND â Central Falls High head coach Carl Africo doesn't ask former mentor Bobby Marchand to help him out with scouting, but â if he's going to offer â the former isn't about to argue.
Prior to the Warriors' Division I tilt against Cumberland on Wednesday night, Marchand told Africo he had seen the Clippers play at Barrington earlier in the week, and told him that junior striker Kyle Courtney had the speed and ball skills to be a thorn in CF's defensive side.
WOONSOCKET â In a game featuring two of the Division III-Aâs youngest teams, it was a group of veteran players that helped St. Raphael pick up its first league victory of the season on Wednesday afternoon.
Junior striker Kyanna Ivey-Jones netted a pair of goals, her fifth and sixth of the season, and senior co-captain Lauren Gaj added a goal and an assist to help the Saints post a 3-1 victory over Woonsocket at Barry Field.