November 16th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ Demonstrating vigilance against what they fear might be â€śeleventh-hour, last minute shenanigansâ€ť 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 canâ€™t live without, itâ€™s so-called importance ranking up there with the Macyâ€™s 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 scorerâ€™s table resided a group of players that Cooley was instrumental in recruiting, among them Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders.
PAWTUCKET --- Fights donâ€™t get any bigger or significant than the one Peter Manfredo Jr. has on Saturday night.
If the Manfredoâ€™s Gym middleweight beats undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at Houstonâ€™s Reliant Arena, he will take home Chavezâ€™s 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.
Jennie T. Tripp
CUMBERLAND - Jennie T. Tripp, 81, of Middle St, passed November 9th.
She was the wife of the late Harry J. Walsh.
Jennie was the daughter of the late George R. and Elizabeth (Beckwith) Webster.
Walter E. Arnold Jr
CENTRAL FALLS -Walter E. Arnold Jr, 72, passed November 10th.
Born in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Walter and Helen (Carpenter) Arnold Sr.
Betty Jane Fewster
LEESBURG, Fla. - Betty Jane Fewster, 74, of Lakeview Drive in Leesburg, Fla. Died on Nov. 10, 2011 in Waterman Hospital, Tavares. She was the wife of Carl Fewster.
The daughter of the late Paul and Helen (Bowes) Eve, Mrs. Fewster was an LPN who had worked in various Rhode Island hospitals prior to her retirement 10 years ago.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” While plans for a full-fledged museum have soured, supporters are hoping to raise money for a riverfront park dedicated to the cityâ€™s history in chocolate making.
FAIRFIELD, Ct. â€“ Through all the ups and downs, the good times and the hardships, the smile still comes naturally.
The widespread grin of Rakim Sanders has come to embody his innocence and easygoing temperament. Scratch beneath the surface and youâ€™ll find a compassionate young man, someone who possesses the necessary zeal and resolve which made sure he didnâ€™t become symbolic of the Pawtucket housing project of his youth.
PAWTUCKET â€“ We hear the phrase â€śmaking playsâ€ť from athletes and coaches so often that sometimes the exact meaning of the phrase gets lost in its overuse.
Cumberland coach Chris Skurka used the term to describe how his underdog Clippers sneaked past favored Tolman by a 13-9 margin on Saturday night in a Division II quarterfinal playoff game.
â€śThatâ€™s what this team does,â€ť Skurka said. â€śWe make plays.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ â€śShea is probably the most technical (skilled) team in the state,â€ť La Salle coach Mario Pereira was saying on Saturday afternoon, â€śbut I told my kids I think we are the better team.â€ť
The Rams, who had the best record in Division I during the regular season, proved their coach right by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the Raiders in the Division I state title contest.
Shea won the coin toss and elected to play into the wind during the first half and quickly fell behind, 3-0.
PROVIDENCE --- With a combined 17 goals allowed between them this season, it was clear that scoring was going to be at a minimum in the Division II state finals between second-seeded Lincoln High and unbeaten No. 1 seed Exeter/West Greenwich.
That held true on Sunday afternoon at the Rhode Island College complex. But after a tight contest for 60 minutes, the Scarlet Knights broke through with two goals in a seven-minute span to pave the way for their second straight state crown with a 3-1 victory over the Lions in a rematch of last year's championship contest.