September 26th, 2012
SEEKONK â Guitar teacher Greg Hodde was amused when the mother of one of his teenage male students told him she didn't mind paying for lessons because it was âcheaper than counseling.â Yet, the self-taught musician and teacher can relate to that sentiment, as he is a true believer in the power of music and its role in one's journey toward self-discovery.
PAWTUCKET â With the next year's budget process underway as well as contract negotiations, two recent moves in the Pawtucket Police Department that the chief and city officials say are necessary have caused grumbling among the rank and file.
Last week, a low-key promotion ceremony was held at City Hall for two Pawtucket Police officers. Detective Capt. Paul Catarina was elevated to major of administration, a position that had been vacant, and Lt. Tina Goncalves was promoted to captain.
PAWTUCKET - Stanley Loniak, 82, of Fogarty Manor, Roosevelt Avenue passed away Sunday September 16, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI.
Born in Newark, NJ, he was a son of the late Steven and Pauline (Chicoracki) Loniak. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 13 years and was formerly of Warwick, RI and New Jersey.
Before retiring he was employed as a Manager in a Jewelry Manufacturing Co. He was an Art Exhibitor for 59 years and was a past member of the Pawtucket Art Collaborative Board Of Directors and a member of the Leon Mathieu Senior Center of Pawtucket.
Jeone M. LaRose
PAWTUCKET - Jeone M. (Meadow) LaRose, 103, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Lionel LaRose.
Born in Millbury, MA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Delima Meadow. Mrs. LaRose was a seamstress at the Lincoln Dress Company for many years. She was a member of the Notre Dame and St. Matthew Seniors Club, and enjoyed reading, crocheting and Bingo.
Mary B. Dolan
PAWTUCKET - Mary B. Dolan, 83,died peacefully on Monday surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Mansour and Wadiyah Berouty.
She is survived by her loving husband Irving of 63 years. She was the loving mother of Nancy Buss and husband Joseph
of Lincoln, and William Dolan and wife Grace of Oakland Maine. She was a devoted grandmother to Jenny and Katie Buss,
and Emily and Jamie Dolan. She is also survived by her sister Sally Wyllie of Lincoln. She was predeceased by her brother
Samuel Berouty of Long Beach California.
PAWTUCKET â After practice on Monday, and before his contest against Shea High late Tuesday afternoon, Tolman High head coach Jack Couto explained to his players why they should be more than pumped up about facing their archrival, especially after the Tigers' move to Division I this past off-season.
âI told them I've been here five years now, and we've never beaten them,â Couto stated. âI know we've had them in Injury Fund games, non-leaguers, even scrimmages, and they've always dominated. They were much better than we were, and that was it. Facts are facts.
PAWTUCKET â Aside from exclusively fighting before a few thousand fans at the Twin River Event Center during the past couple of years, Todd Chattelle and Keith Jeffrey had spent the early years of their pro careers mostly fighting in front of hundreds of spectators and sometimes in some strange locations.
They both fought on the stateâs first MMA show on Oct. 31, 2010 at the R.I. Convention Center, but that show has very few quality fights on it and less than a thousand fans filled the 7,500-seat venue.
PROVIDENCE â The penalties and turnovers hurt. So did an off-night by the offense.
But if there was one thing that really hindered Sheaâs hopes of beating Central on Friday night, it was two long plays in the final quarter by the Knights that resulted in the gameâs touchdowns and the hostsâ first Division II-B victory of the season.
Cumberland resident Tyler Cardoso picks Cortland apples at Phantom Farms in Cumberland on a beautiful fall Tuesday. There are plenty of apples available as well as plump pumpkins for all your fall baking and decorating needs.
PAWTUCKET â A city man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple counts of child molestation involving three boys between the ages of four and nine.
Jorge Jacinto Masariego, 33, of 27 Mavis St., pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation in the first degree and five counts in the second-degree.
Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel sentenced Masariego to 40 years, with 20 to serve, followed by lifetime sex-offender registration with GPS monitoring upon release.
CENTRAL FALLS â Standing outside the elementary school he once attended, James Diossa spoke of his love and gratitude for Central Falls and why he thinks he should be the city's next mayor.
The 27-year-old Diossa, who also serves on the City Council, formally announced his campaign plans on Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in front of a group of cheering supporters. He was introduced by state Senator Elizabeth Crowley and retired Central Falls Police Lieutenant John Laboissionere, who both cited his youthful energy as a symbol of the city's future.
Mary E. Gravel
SEEKONK - Mary E. (Nolan) Gravel, 76, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert C. Gravel, Sr.
Thomas A. Lee Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Lee, Thomas A., Sr. Archie, 89, of Pawtucket, RI, died Tuesday, September 18 at Oak Hill Nursing Home. He was the husband of Maria (Pena) Lee and the late Eva Elizabeth (Gaumond) Lee.
Born in Providence, RI, a son of the late Anthony F. Lee and the late Marie Rose (Contois) Lee-Jodat.
Lillian M. Tancrede
RUMFORD - Lillian M. (Messier) Tancrede, 84, of Rumford passed away on September 24, 2012 at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Theodore Tancrede. Lillian was born in Pawtucket, Alphege and Rosalie (Charpentier) Messier.
Paulina B. Pereira
PAWTUCKET - Paulina B. Pereira, 56, passed September 25th.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde Island, a daughter of the late Joao lomba Brito and Maria (Pina) Brito.
She had been employed by Cathedral Art for many years.
She is survived by two sons, Marcelino de Pina and Rui J. de Pina, both of Providence
four brothers, Carlos Lomba of Lincoln, Marcelino Brito of Virginia, Jose da Rosa and Balarmino da Rosa, both of Pawtucket, two sisters, Candida Lomba and Julia Macedo both of Pawtucket and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Caledio da Lomba.
CENTRAL FALLS â When Thomas Lazieh was elected mayor in 1990, the city was embroiled in a different kind of economic turmoilâan inherited budget deficit of a then-staggering $2.7 million. With the school system still under the city's control, Lazieh maintains that the budget deficit was actually worseâpercentage wiseâthan it was two years ago when the decision was made to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Yet, with some belt tightening and economic development measures, âwe were able to turn the city around,â he noted. More importantly, he thinks the 2010 bankruptcy could have been avoided.
PAWTUCKET â A fire caused by a candle in a bathroom led to the displacement of the occupants of a three-family house at 145 Garden St. on Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the blaze at around 3:30 p.m. that began in a second-floor bathroom. About a dozen tenants were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal, said that while the fire damage was contained to the bathroom, there was water damage to the first and second floor apartments.
David R. Grady
CUMBERLAND - David R. Grady, "Dinger Dave", 63, died September 22nd peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Carolyn (Kryla) Grady.
They were married for forty-one years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Thomas F. Grady Sr. and Muriel (Achorn) Grady.
Dave was a Mechanic for many years and a custodian for the Cumberland School Department. Mr. Grady was also a member of the Albion Social Club for many years.
PAWTUCKET - Hilda Najjar, 104 of Pawtucket, passed away at home with her loving family Saturday, September 22, 2012. She was the wife of the late Samuel Najjar. Born in Damascus, Syria, she was the daughter of the late John and Sadie Macharra. Hilda was a member of Saint Ann Sodality, Saint Basil the Great Church.
WEST WARWICK â Football is looked upon as the ultimate team sport. You canât do your job correctly unless the person lined up next to you does his. Everyone must be on the same page.
Sometimes, though, there are individuals that are so crucial to a teamâs vitality, their influence so great, that you start recalibrating expectations â if Player X isnât his usual spectacular self, chances are the team will find itself running in quicksand. After all, thereâs a reason why heâs viewed as the straw that stirs the drink.