February 16th, 2012
LINCOLN â€” Thereâ€™s no room for confusion or interpretation when youâ€™re that sure about something. Make no mistake: Nick Zammarelliâ€™s mind is already made up regarding where he wants to play college baseball.
A junior at Lincoln High, Zammarelli recently announced his intention to attend Division I Elon University, located in North Carolina. To issue a verbal that signifies the acceptance of an athletic scholarship package long before Zammarelli is even eligible to sign a national letter of intent speaks volumes of just how comfortable the player is with the school and vice versa.
PAWTUCKET â€” The leaking City Hall tower is being studied by an architectural firm in an effort to root out the source of the problem and find ways to remedy it.
City Public Works Director Lance Hill said the Providence-based firm of Robinson Green Beretta Corp., has been hired as a consultant to inspect the tower and make recommendations and cost estimates on how to fix the leaking. He said he expects the study to be completed within the next couple of weeks.
PAWTUCKET â€” For a team thatâ€™s been somewhat sidetracked in its pursuit of a high playoff berth, St. Raphael picked the perfect time to have one of its finest games of the season.
Junior Lauren Gaj and sophomore Rybecca Gonzalez teamed up to score 30 points and help the Saints give a strong showing on the boards that paved the way for a key 52-44 triumph over red-hot Lincoln on Wednesday night at the Saintsâ€™ Alumni Hall.
WARWICK â€“ Things were not looking good for Cumberland High three matches into its regular season finale against defending state team tourney champion Warwick Veterans on Wednesday evening.
The Clippers, seeking their 57th consecutive dual-meet victory and third straight unbeaten season, trailed Warwick Vets 15-0. Cumberland needed to make something happen in a hurry and Nick Tribelli answered the call with a stunning pin at 126 pounds.
â€śOnce we got that win from Nick, I knew we had a shot,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said after his Clippers rallied for a 44-29 triumph.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city employees' largest union, Council 94, AFSCME Local 1012 has won two jobs back through arbitration that had been lost last year through lay-offs. However, a broader attempt to have the city rescind 18 lay-offs and provide back pay and benefits to the affected employees was not supported by the arbitrator.
Natalia J. Zeferino
PAWTUCKET- Natalia J. Zeferino, "J" 42, passed February 12th.
Born in Praia, Cape Verde, on Christmas Day, a daughter of Verissimo Zeferino and the late Zulmira Fontes.
She been previously been employed as a Dry Cleaner and for Interpack Fabricators for several years.
She is survived by a son, Manuel DeBurgo and a daughter, Sandy DeBurgo,
Five brothers, Tony, John, Jose, Carlos and Libertino Zeferino, two sisters, Lucinda Witt and Elisa Zeferino and 4 grandchildren, Lavon, Jayvon, Camron and Caralyse DeBurgo.
Alice B. Kulig
CENTRAL FALLS- Alice B. Kulig, 92, of Cross Street, passed away on Tuesday at Hopkins Manor in No. Providence after an illness. She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Kulig.
Alice was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Walter and Sophie (Dzialozska) Bobola and lived most of her life in Central Falls. She had been employed as a weaver in the local textile industry for many years.
PAWTUCKET: Isabelle Pouliot, 86, of Buffum St, passed February 13th. She was the wife of the late Gerard J. Pouliot Sr.
She is survived by 3 sons, Gerard Pouliot Jr, Donald and Joseph Pouliot, 5 daughters, Theresa Jordan, Linda Keough, Diane Melanson, Kathleen Pedro and Lori-Ann Pouliot, 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Pearl Martin.
LINCOLN â€“ You want to keep fighting the good fight, but sometimes thatâ€™s not nearly enough.
A season littered with frustrating moments continues for Kent Crooks and his Lincoln High squad. The Lions dressed just six players for Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II-Central contest against Shea, the Raiders taking full advantage in a 66-37 runaway performance at The Lionsâ€™ Den.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman Highâ€™s â€śsleeping giantâ€ť of a basketball team is still sleeping.
The Tigers slumbered through the opening eight minutes of Tuesday nightâ€™s clash with Division II-Central leader North Providence, falling behind 27-8 before essentially playing the Cougars even for the rest of the game, finally losing by an 87-72 margin.
North Providence saw a 15-point halftime lead shrink to 10 with 10:30 left in the game. The Cougars hardly blinked. They just took the ball to the basket and got fouled, making 24 of 31 free throws in the game.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Two Republican lawmakers, Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura and Portsmouth Rep. Dan Gordon, attacked the 49-state settlement agreement with the nationâ€™s five largest mortgage service providers that Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin signed onto last week, calling the $25 billion the financial institutions agreed to pay â€śa drop in the bucket.â€ť
â€śWhat an insult to the American people,â€ť Gordon declared at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. â€śWhat an insult to the people of Rhode Island. The people should be inflamed.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has found that a proposal by the Grebien Administration to solicit private donations to fund the salary of the new economic development director would be against the Code of Ethics.
A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sundayâ€™s 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.
Bertha T. Cooper
PAWTUCKET- Bertha T. (Zukowski) Cooper, 91, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond C. Cooper, Sr. (Retired Pawtucket Police Dept.)
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Winsenty and Mechalena (Nechveroviz) Zukowski.
Anita E. Bergeron
PAWTUCKET- Anita E. (Paquin) Bergeron, 94, formerly of Cameron St., passed away Monday, February 13, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Roland J. Bergeron.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Alfred and Ida (Bourgeault) Paquin, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life. Anita was a seamstress at Vogue Industries for ten years until retiring in 1979. She was a former member of St. Cecilia and St. Matthew Seniors.
Pauline I. Adam
CUMBERLAND- Pauline I. Adam (Tanguay), 72, of Cumberland, passed away Monday, February 13, 2012 after a long battle with emphysema at Oakland Grove Health Care Center.
She was the wife of Peter Adam. They were happily married for 51 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Lucien and Lea (Fafard) Tanguay.
Pauline worked at Health-Tex for twenty nine years and at A. T. Cross for twelve years before retiring in 2002.
CUMBERLAND â€” Roger Savini may have been boasting when he said he could drive a golf ball into Massachusetts from his Woonsocket restaurant, but the hyperbole made a point.
His restaurant is so close to both Bellingham and Blackstone that diners â€” and especially his lucrative banquet business â€” could easily bypass his Rathbun Street business to avoid the extra 2 percent tax Gov. Lincoln Chafee wants to tack onto restaurant meals and beverages.
The last full week of the high school basketball season is upon us, meaning teams are in full spin mode in relation to securing playoff berths or jostling for seeding positions.
Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti feels a common bond with his colleagues at other city schools in Rhode Island, in places like Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. He knows the budget restraints that ADs in those cities deal with, and can easily relate to the student-athletes and the economic realities many of them face during the school year.
John N. Furtado
SOMERSET, MA- John N. Furtado "Coach Jack Furtado", 73, of Somerset passed away on Wednesday February 8, 2012 at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. He was the husband of forty-eight years to Marjorie (Audette) Furtado.
John was born in Fall River the son of the late John S. and Josephine (Simons) Furtado.