December 8th, 2011
CUMBERLAND â€” Two townsmen were arrested Monday and charged with altering the serial numbers on guns believed to have been stolen, police said.
One of the suspects was also charged with illegal possession of cocaine and a knife with a blade longer than three inches.
At around 4:30 Monday morning, police were summoned to Birchwood Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, Sgt. John Cook located a car occupied by Corey Ridolfi, 24, and Jared Lemay, 18, each of whom has a last known address of 20 Green St., Cumberland.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is on the chopping block, Sen. Jack Reed warned Wednesday.
With winter whistling in and Congress bustling to finish its business for the year, the federal heating assistance program for low-income Americans faces what Reed calls â€śa dramatic cut.â€ť
â€śMillions of Americans are facing the prospect of literally being left out in the cold,â€ť Reed said in a conference call with colleagues Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont.
LINCOLN â€” Facilities Manager and Recycling Coordinator Dave Sale admitted he usually goes away with his wife for Thanksgiving, but they made different plans this year.
As the couple and their daughters' families sat down at the Saylesville home for a magnificent meal, â€śGrandpaâ€ť Sale looked around him and said, â€śYou know what makes me so thankful this year? I know 304 families who right now, or sometime this afternoon, will enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.
PAWTUCKET â€” Donâ€™t get Ray McGee started when it comes to ice hockey in this city.
SPC Christopher L. Mendonca
PAWTUCKET â€“ SPC Christopher L. Mendonca, 20, a beloved son of Domingas G. (DePina) Mendonca and Luis Mendonca, passed away in New York on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident while on leave from the U.S. Army. He was an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran of the United States Army, Company B, 2-8 Infantry, 2nd BCT, 4th ID, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Elizabeth Hunter Wells
ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA-Elizabeth Hunter Wells, 91, died Tuesday December 6, 2011 in Rochester, Minnesota, where she had lived for the past five years. She was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late James Whyte and Margaret Whyte. She married Lloyd Alvin Wells, and they had a 56-year marriage. She was an insurance executive, serving as vice-president of Starkweather and Shepley for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister, Jean MacLaren Young.
John James Reilly
CUMBERLAND - John James Reilly, 85, of Amherst Street, passed away Tuesday at home. He was the husband of Rosemary (Hogue) Reilly. They had recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Burns) Reilly. He resided in Cumberland for over 50 years, previously residing in Providence.
Mr. Reilly was employed as a jewelry toolmaker for the B.A. Ballou Company for 40 years, until his retirement.
CENTRAL FALLS - Wendi Torres, 37, passed December 7th. She was the wife of Rene Torres.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Daniel Hardy and the late Claire (St. Jean) Hardy.
Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 children, Jessica Gregory, and Rene Torres Jr., Jordan Torres and Edwin Torres.
Eleven siblings, Glenn, Peter, Susan, Gary, Michael, Daniel, Jennifer and Amy Laramee, Daniel and Scott Hardy and James Feley, 2 grandchildren, Alexandra and Lilliana Barboza, and many nieces and nephews.
Blanche M. Shorter
CUMBERLAND - Blanche M. (Pineau) Shorter, 79, of Kimberly Court, passed away Tuesday in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Guy S. Shorter Sr.
She resided in Cumberland for the past 45 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Shorter was employed as a quality control operator for the former Crystal Thermal Plastics Company for many years.
She loved her family, and most of all enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
CUMBERLAND - Manuel A. Luis, 61, of Forest Ave. passed away Tuesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Eva M. (Mendes) Luis.
Born in Porto de Covoes, Portugal he was the son of Maria (Odete) Luis of Cumberland and the late Manuel Dos Santos Luis. He came to this country in 1968 settling in Cumberland.
He was employed by the Stern-Leach Co., Attleboro for the past 16 years. He was previously the owner of CDS Liquors, Providence for 8 years.
PAWTUCKET - John Miguel, 53, passed unexpectedly December 6th. He was the husband of Consolacion (Loreto) Miguel.
Born in Providence, a son of Shirley (Preston) Miguel and the late Joao Miguel.
He had been employed by Key Container of Pawtucket for 34 years and also served as their Union President.
Besides his wife he is survived by 4 sons, John, James, Shawn and Charles Miguel, 2 step children, Jesse Souza and Samantha Duong, 13 grandchildren and a sister, Janice Clark.
For many high school boysâ€™ basketball teams, Thursday marks the beginning of a new season â€“ a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.
In the case of defending state champion St. Raphael Academy, maintaining the status quo will do just fine. The dawn of a fresh campaign also signifies the arrival of two Pawtucket-based high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. â€“ Lincoln High alum Anthony Joyce has earned a starting job at heavyweight for the Norwich University wrestling program.
Joyce finished fourth last weekend in the Rochester Institute of Technology tournament to continue a strong start to his sophomore season.
â€śI have a 14-10 record so far,â€ť Joyce admitted over the phone on Monday night. â€śIâ€™m a more well-rounded wrestler now than I was in high school. I hurt my hand in football in my freshman year of college and this year I decided to just focus on wrestling.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Although the timing of the event sometimes changes, the spirit is always the same at the Mayor's Holiday Dinner: to bring some nutritious food and a little extra joy to those who need it.
George T. Leonard
CENTRAL FALLS - George T. Leonard, 84, passed December 5th at home with his wife by his side. He was the husband of Jeannette Leonard. They were married for 60 years.
George attended Holy Trinity School and Central Falls Trade School. He worked for 30 years at Collyer Wire of Pawtucket and Lincoln as an electrician. George was a Navy veteran of WWII.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Leonard of Central Falls and Joanne Greene of Clearwater, FL, a cousin Helen Gilligan of Pawtucket, and nephews. He was the brother of the late Clifton Leonard.
PROVIDENCE â€” Every coach has his or her own way to get the team ready. For Ed Cooley, that means leaving no stone unturned.
Following Providenceâ€™s 80-49 runaway performance against an overmatched Brown team on Monday night, Cooley took the media inside the preparation his team goes through leading up to tip-off time. Focusing on the opponentâ€™s tendencies is one area thatâ€™s obviously stressed â€“ PC was going up against a Brown squad that prefers to play at a much slower tempo â€“ yet thereâ€™s a little thing called self-scouting that Cooley believes is just as vital to the cause.
Two years ago, a very-loaded Woonsocket High squad captured the Division I title just a year after doing the same in Div. II.
Consistently, though, it's been teams like La Salle Academy and Bay View that have ruled the state's top division for the simple reason that talented athletes often gravitate to the powerhouse parochial schools. Since the 2001-02 season, the defending champion Rams have won seven state crowns. The Bengals have only claimed one title but have been in three other finals during that 10-year span.
PAWTUCKET â€” If there is no contamination found on the property, it looks as though the middle school for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school will be established in a former manufacturing building located at 1135 Roosevelt Avenue.
PROVIDENCE â€” Monday was a big day for fighting child abuse in Rhode Island.
The Child Advocacy Center at Day One, the non-profit agency that deals with sexual assault of all kinds, earned re-accreditation from the National Childrenâ€™s Alliance, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of a special Child Abuse Unit in his office to prosecute the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Even before he took office after last yearâ€™s election, Kilmartin said he noted that â€śwe have seen a lot of child abuse and child molestation cases.â€ť
Carmen D. Ribeiro
STERLING, CT - Carmen D. Ribeiro (Gouveia) went to be with the Lord, Friday December 2nd, 2011. She was 89 years old and loved the Lord, loved life, loved her family, church family, friends, and animals. She loved music and to dance and sing, and also had won best dancer at 83 years of age, in a Sterling CT dance contest.