November 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â The General Assembly culminated an historic special fall session by overwhelmingly approving a radical overhaul of the public employee's pension system designed to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over time and preserve the integrity of the pension funds going forward.
Only in New England can you be sitting in an audience, watching a great presentation of Hamlet by the Gamm Theatre acting company of Pawtucket, when during intermission a man turns around in his seat and asks: âWhoâs going to be the next manager of the Red Sox?â
The interrogator was Bobby Fields, a former Pawtucket West student-athlete. He probably wonât recognize the rest of this but Shakespeare might.
Manuel V. Cardoza Jr.
CENTRAL FALLS- Manuel V. "VOOVOO" Cardoza Jr. 86, of Clay Street passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Lucinda (Catarina) Cardoza.
Born in Madeira, Portugal he was a son of the late Manuel V. and Maria (Teixeira) Cardoza Sr. He lived in Central Falls for most of his life.
Before retiring he was employed by the Washburn Wire and Cable Co. of East Providence for many years
Manny was a WWII Army Veteran serving in Europe as a Truck Driver with the 1286th Engineer Combat Battalion.
At this time last year, fighting for a championship was the furthest thing from Todd Chattelleâs mind.
The Pawtucket fighter was a few weeks removed from the worst defeat of his pro career -- a knockout loss to undefeated Derek Brunson that saw Chattelle hit the canvas just 14 seconds into the fight. Chattelle was hoping to keep his record above .500 with a hard-fought win, but instead, he slipped to 6-6.
LINCOLN â Sophomore Isaiah Narvaez often has told his family and friends that he someday wants to be an electrical engineer.
That may have changed a bit on Tuesday afternoon, after he watched and listened to Jim Moulton, a lead training and support manager for iRobot Corp. out of Bedford, Mass., describe the dozens of uses of the â310 SUGV,â an acronym for Small, Unmanned Ground Vehicle.
Ronald J. Hanley
PAWTUCKET - Ronald J. Hanley, 77, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011. Born in Providence, the son of the late Lester and Catherine (Carroll) Hanley, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life. Ron was a Korean War Air Force veteran. He was employed by the Carol Cable Company for many years until its closing. Ron was an avid sports fan, he especially loved the St. Louis Cardinals.
He leaves a daughter, Sheryl J. Pandolfi; two sons, Steven R. Hanley and Christopher M. Hanley; his former wife, Susan Y. (Amaral) Vachon and three grandchildren all of Pawtucket.
Yolande M. Lepine
PAWTUCKET - Yolande M. Lepine, "Betty", 86, of Pawtucket, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011. She was the former wife of the late Alfred Lepine. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Josephat and Victoria(Robitaille) Laramee. Mrs. Lepine was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. Yolande was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church in Pawtucket and attended school there as well. She served as a parish Den mother and Boy Scout leader for many years.
PROVIDENCE â Demonstrating vigilance against what they fear might be âeleventh-hour, last minute shenanigansâ pulled by the General Assembly on the pension reform legislation scheduled for a final vote on Thursday, three government watchdog groups held a Statehouse press conference to urge that the bill be passed in its current form.
For Rhode Island high school football teams, playing on Thanksgiving is hailed as one of those holiday traditions you canât live without, itâs so-called importance ranking up there with the Macyâs Day Parade, awkward dinner-time conversations and endless turkey leftovers.
BRIDGEPORT, Ct. â Believe it or not, Providence College and Fairfield actually played a basketball game on Monday night.
Such an important detail can get easily lost in the wash considering the pregame circumstances. On one side of the court stood Ed Cooley, the new PC coach whose previous port of call was Fairfield. On the opposite side of the scorerâs table resided a group of players that Cooley was instrumental in recruiting, among them Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders.
PAWTUCKET --- Fights donât get any bigger or significant than the one Peter Manfredo Jr. has on Saturday night.
If the Manfredoâs Gym middleweight beats undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at Houstonâs Reliant Arena, he will take home Chavezâs WBC (World Boxing Council) championship belt and be in line for a huge payday in the form of an expected title defense against former WBC champion Sergio Martinez.
LINCOLN â Route 116 South, near the intersection to Blackstone Valley Place proved to be quite the scene on Monday morning.
Two elderly women had been traveling southbound at about 9:30 a.m. when a deer leaped in front of their 2002 Buick Century and crashed through its windshield and roof, ripping a massive hole. In the process, the animal struck a 75-year-old passenger from Central Falls, and the woman suffered injuries to her head and face, stated Police Capt. Raymond Bousquet.
Rose E. Bonacorsi
PAWTUCKET - Rose E. Bonacorsi, 93, of Dover Street, Pawtucket died Sunday, November 13, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Alfred Bonacorsi.
Mrs. Bonacorsi was born in Pawtucket the daughter of Julio and Maria (Vanni)Scarpetti. She worked in a supervisory role at Rhode Island Textiles for many years.
She is survived by her daughter, Rosemarie "Sis" Emond, with whom she made her home, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a son, Richard Bonacorsi.
Margaret L. Blake
LOS ANGELES - Margaret L. Blake, 96, passed away on November 10, 2011. Margaret was born on December 19, 1914 in Central Falls R.I. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Mary (Clavin) Blake, her sister Mary Hainey, and her brothers Charles, Raymond, Joseph, and Richard Blake. She was the beloved baby sister of the Blake family.
CUMBERLAND - Maria Andrews, 86, of 55 Hunter Drive, passed away Saturday at Home and Hospice Care of RI, Providence. She was the wife of the late Albert F. Andrews.
Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Aguiar) Costa.
Mrs. Andrews resided in Cumberland for over 40 years, previously residing in Pawtucket. She was a communicant of St. Aidan Church.
E. Claire Roy Beaucage
PAWTUCKET - E. Claire Roy Beaucage, formerly of Benjamin Street, Pawtucket died Friday, November 11, 2011. She was the wife of the late Edward A. Beaucage.
Mrs. Beaucage was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Arthur and Emma (Shabbott) Roy. She was an Executive Secretary for the Pawtucket Mutual Insurance Company for over 40 years before she retired in 1987.
She is survived by her cousin, Connie Randall of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET - Joaquim Gomes, 84, passed away Thursday at Home & Hospice Inpatient Center in Providence after an illness. He was the husband of the late Maria "Julia" Gomes.
He was born Guarda, Portugal and migrated to the US 41 years ago. He had been employed at Slater Dye Works for more than 30 years.
He leaves a daughter, Maria Barbosa of Pawtucket, 2 sons, Manuel Gomes of Pawtucket and Antonio Gomes of No. Providence and 6 Grandchildren. He was the father of the late Joseph Gomes.
Yvonne R. Turgeon
LINCOLN - Yvonne R. Turgeon, 91, of Lincoln, formerly of Attleboro and Cumberland, died Saturday at The Holiday Retirement Center. She was the wife of the late Leo Z. (Jack) Turgeon. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Noel and Mary Ann (Brouillette) Benoit.
CUMBERLAND - Benjamin Deregla, 35, passed away Wednesday at the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Benjamin Deregla and Eileen(McDermott) Haney of Cumberland. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Ben was a Cumberland High School Class of 1994 Graduate.