October 26th, 2011
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The city of Central Falls' bankruptcy situation and closure of the Ralph J. Holden Community Center affected numerous social services, but one of the most painful losses was the Central Falls Food Pantry.
However, two months later, the Central Falls Food Pantry has found a new home and a new beginning at Progreso Latino at 626 Broad St. A grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday morning in the renovated pantry, which is located on the second floor of Progreso Latino.
Frances D. Pisarek
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Frances D. (Hodgkins) Pisarek, 86, of Urban Ave., passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2011. She was the wife of the late Alfred Pisarek. Born in Keene, New Hampshire, a daughter of the late Ernest and Louise (Austin) Hodgkins, she resided in Pawtucket before moving to North Providence 26 years ago. Frances was a member of The Devine Mercy at the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Paul L. Gamache
SEEKONK - Paul L. Gamache, 52 of Marlaine Drive Seekonk, died Wednesday at the Home and Hospice Care of RI.
He was the husband of Kathryn "Kasey" ( Rogers ) Gamache.
He was born in Central Falls, RI a son of Roland & Therese (Jarest) Gamache of Seekonk MA.
Paul was a Creative Director for over 25 years, for the Pharma International Company.
He was a graduate of RI College Class of 1981 with a B.S. in Communication.
He has lived most of his life in Seekonk, also living in Syracuse, NY, as well as various other states before moving back to Seekonk.
James L. Cleghorn, Ph.D.
PAWTUCKET - James L. Cleghorn, Ph.D., 75, formerly of Lawton Street and a resident of Desert Hot Springs, CA for the past eleven years, died October 17, 2011.
He was the son of the late William M. and Josephine (Czekanski) Cleghorn. A graduate of Brown University, Harvard University and the University of Vienna, he worked as a biochemist in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
He is survived by a son, several cousins and his long-time friend Domenica Colmore.
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley knew he was in store for some rough sledding the moment he signed up at Providence College last March.
The task is great, but even Cooley had shake his head in disbelief based on what went down prior to the Friars hitting the floor for their first exhibition game on Tuesday night. A thin roster was stretched even thinner as Cooley had just eight scholarship players available for his teamâ€™s tuneup against Assumption College.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There are two unbeaten varsity boys sports teams at Tolman High this month â€“ football and soccer.
The football team (5-0 in Division II) gets most of the hype but the soccer squad is carving out an amazing season of its own, one that will reach a feverish pitch tonight when the Tigers visit Smithfield with the Division II-North regular season title on the line.
â€śI donâ€™t want to overhype this game to the kids,â€ť Tolman coach Jack Couto. â€śWeâ€™ve already clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs. This game is for the regular season title, thatâ€™s all.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” When Brown University employee Norman Morse arrived at home following his 3:30 a.m.-noon shift at about 12:25 p.m., Tuesday, he expected to find his Vincent Street neighborhood serene as usual.
Instead, he found several police cruisers surrounding the residence at 94 Hazard Avenue, the site of an apparent murder-suicide.
CUMBERLAND - Deolinda Costa, 96, of Eddy Street passed away peacefully Tuesday in the Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Jose Antonio DaCosta.
Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of Jose Miguel DosSantos and Maria Augusta Ribeiro. She resided in Cumberland for the past 20 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Costa was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland. She loved to reflect in prayer, sing, cook, but most of all she was a friend to all.
Jeannette D. Vecoli
PAWTUCKET - Jeannette D. (Demers) Vecoli, entered into eternal life on Monday, October 24, 2011 at her home on Cute Street in Pawtucket, RI surrounded by family. Jeannette succumbed to complications from Lewy Body and Alzheimer's Diseases.
Born in Central Falls, RI on May 19, 1929 to William and Laura (Vandal) Demers, she is survived by two sisters: Rose McKenna of Swansea, MA, and Laura (Pat) Aylsworth of Attleboro, MA and two brothers: William (Bill) Demers of Deland, FL and John (Jack) Demers of Cumberland, RI.
Russell F. Bears Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Russell F. Bears Jr., 55 of Prince Street, passed away Saturday at Miriam Hospital, Providence. He died unexpectedly after complications with pneumonia.
He was the loving husband of 19 wonderful years to Nelia Aguiar-Bears, and father of Adrian Aguiar-Ray of Pawtucket and two daughters.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Russell F. Bears and Elsie M. Baker.
PAWTUCKET â€” A classroom at the Winters Elementary School where a sign taped to a window warned â€śDo not Open. Window will fall out!â€ť was chosen as the backdrop for a press conference on Friday morning where union officials, including Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Healthcare Professionals Frank Flynn and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, lobbied for passage of the American Jobs Acts bill.
PROVIDENCE â€” Like any other commodity, sex would not be sold if there was no one to buy it.
Thatâ€™s why the RI Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RICAHT) is pointing an accusatory finger at men who patronize prostitutes as the real source of suffering and degradation.
Some quick-hitting observations/notes to pass along â€¦
It almost never fails. Every time a major sporting event fails to reel in the viewing public, thereâ€™s some sort of announcement bemoaning how interest is down.
PAWTUCKET - Horacio Almeida, 73, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Rosa (Cabral) Almeida for 42 years. Born in Portugal, a son of the late Joaquim and Maria (Patrocino) Almeida, he resided in Pawtucket for 33 years. Horacio was employed by American Insulated Wire Company. He enjoyed hunting game and rabbit.
FLORIDA - Shirley A. Herbert 75, beloved wife and mother, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 in Asheville, NC from a recurrence of a rare form of cancer. Shirley was born on July 23, 1936 in Pawtucket, RI and is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Coderre and Victoria Spano Coderre and sister, Barbara Robertson, all of Pawtucket, RI. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Louis P. Herbert of Summerfield, FL; son, Walter "Scott" Herbert and his wife, Karen of Tavares, FL; grand-children, Jonathan Herbert and Jessica Herbert; and great-grandson, Logan Herbert.
Thomas F. Pryor
CUMBERLAND - Thomas F. Pryor, 76, of England Street, passed away Sunday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of the late Maralyn (Duprey) Pryor.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elsie (McKee) Pryor. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Pryor was the owner and operator of Pryor's Super Service Gas Station Garage (formerly McKee's Super Service) for over 15 years, and later was a Custodian for the Cumberland School Department for 13 years until his retirement in 1996.
Pauline R. Panciotti
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Pauline R. Panciotti, 72, of North Providence, died on Thursday at the South Shore Hospital in S. Weymouth, MA. She was the wife of the late Henry J. Panciotti.
Michael P. Lefrancois III
CUMBERLAND - Michael P. Lefrancois III, four months old, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Born June 9, 2011, he was the son of Michael and Michelle (Altongy)Lefrancois.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Dr. Gilbert and Mimi Altongy; his paternal grandparents, Michae l Lefrancois and Deborah Jackson and her husband Archie.
William "Bill" Theodore Goyette
NORTH ATTLEBORO - William "Bill" Theodore Goyette, 80, of Mount Hope Street, North Attleboro, died unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday, October 22, 2011. He was the husband of the late Mary M. (Sabatini) Goyette who died on September 18, 2007.
Born in Mansfield, Massachusetts on November 1, 1930, he was one of twelve children born to the late Ovila I. and Emma R. (Arns) Goyette. He was raised and educated in North Attleboro and remained a resident of the community for most of his life.
Navigant Credit Union, the R.I. Young Professionals, and Central Falls Councilman James Diossa (Ward 4) recently sponsored the Central Falls 1st Networking Event, held at the Navigant branch in Central Falls. In this photo, Diossa ensures those in attendance that Central Falls has a bright future.