November 21st, 2013
LINCOLN â€” Ask any professional boxer what the toughest part of their craft is and the answer is pretty much unanimous.
Itâ€™s not the fights themselves, nor is it the months of training and sparring they devote prior to those bouts.
Rather, itâ€™s the 24-48 hours before they have to weigh in on the day before their fights, and if you needed any proof of that, all you had to do was check out Thursday afternoonâ€™s final weigh-in and press conference at the Wicked Good Bar & Grillâ€™s back room at Twin River.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A man with known ties to organized crime and notoriously known as â€śThe Coinâ€ť for masterfully producing counterfeit slot machine tokens has now been arrested on drug charges by Pawtucket Police.
Louis Colavecchio, 71, of 172 Argol St., was taken into custody on Wednesday after members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad executed a search warrant of his apartment. Police say the investigation was the result of neighborhood complaints and other sources of information.
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BRISTOL- Ruth Alice McDermott, 91, of Bristol, died Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Franklin Court Assisted Living, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Edwin B. McDermott.
Born in Attleboro, MA, a daughter of the late George F. and Katherine (Montague) Lovely.
PAWTUCKET â€” The stage in the Central Falls High School auditorium has seen a lot of productions over the years, but perhaps none so formal as a session of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
CUMBERLAND â€“ You knew long before the question was posed how uncomfortable Tom Kenwood was.
Now in his 40th year as the Cumberland High boysâ€™ indoor and outdoor track & field mentor, the soft-spoken Kenwood always has dodged â€“ still does â€“ any queries about his impact on the consistent successes of his teams; heâ€™ll talk about his athletesâ€™ intense work ethic and drive, competitive nature, etc., as the reason.
In fact, during this particular â€śsit downâ€ť with Kenwood in the Wellness Centerâ€™s Room 103, surrounded by free weights, Kenwood seemed a bit fidgety.
Dorothy G. Lessa
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy G. Lessa, passed into eternal life on Saturday after an illness. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Shirley A. (Freman) Lessa-Jackson and the late Albert N. Lessa.
Dottie had lived most of her life in Pawtucket and had been employed in the jewelry industry for many years before illness forced her retirement.
Ina A. Vendituoli
PAWTUCKET - Ina A. Vendituoli, 86, passed on November 16, 2013 with her loving family beside her. She was the wife of the late Frank Vendituoli, and the daughter of the late Eskel and Signe (Strom) Frick.
LINCOLN â€” Two years ago, a main event between Peter Manfredo Jr. and Rich Gingras would have been very unlikely and one of the last pairings any matchmaker could have imagined.
Two years ago, Manfredo was one of the top middleweight fighters in the world, battling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC championship, while Gingras, who fought as a cruiserweight and light heavyweight from 2006-2009, was 26 months removed from his last fight, electing to devote the bulk of his time getting his new gym, Fight 2 Fitness in Pawtucket, off the ground and running smoothly.
Arlene B. Smith
CENTRAL FALLS - Arlene B. Smith, 73, died Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Grandview Manor, Cumberland. A lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley, she was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Margaret (Dalton) Smith.
Arlene was employed by Shove Insurance Company for many years and also worked at Ann and Hope, Cumberland. She was a member of the Leon Mathieu Center, Pawtucket; she was an avid reader.
She leaves a cousin, Ann Bordeau of Uncasville, CT.
Mary A. McCaughey
PROVIDENCE - Mary A. (Gaudet) McCaughey died on November 18 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. A life long resident of Pawtucket, she was predeceased by her husband Bernard J., her daughter Adele and her siblings, Dr. Albert Gaudet, Walter Gaudet, Eleanor Lucey, Frances Galvin, Dr. Eugene Gaudet, and Grace Robinson.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A former teacher, coach and public school activist says she objects to a proposal to have a Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at Shea and Tolman High Schools and wants the School Committee to reconsider its previous vote of support.
Maggi Rogers, a longtime city resident and the mother of two Tolman graduates, says she was â€śgravely concernedâ€ť after learning of the School Committee's vote last week to support a memorandum of understanding for a Marine CorpsJROTC to be implemented at two out of the three city high schools.
PAWTUCKET -- The City of Pawtucket is experiencing problems with its main telephone
number, 401-728-0500, due to technical issues with a service provider. The issue is
actively being worked on and is expected to be resolved soon.
A temporary line has been set up to accept all incoming calls and operate as
normally. That number is 401-616-2235.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for their patience.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The cause of the Nov. 5 explosion that prompted a devastating fire at a triple-decker at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave. has been determined to be â€śaccidentalâ€ť according to state and local fire officials.
The explosion tore the front walls off of the 133-year-old house and sparked a blaze which injured a young father and his 9-month-old daughter. The extensive damage to all three apartments left that family, a second floor tenant and another young family on the first floor homeless.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A Pawtucket man and noted youth basketball coach, accused of possessing child pornography, is out on bail after being arrested by the Rhode Island State Police on Friday.
PAWTUCKET - Davinia Monteiro, 62, passed November 17th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Amancio Rodrigues. She was born in Brava, Cabo Verde, a daughter of the late Antonio Tavares DePina and Carlota Monteiro. She worked for Conrad-Jarvis manufacturing for 27 years.
Kathleen V. Fonseca
CENTRAL FALLS - Kathleen V. Fonseca, 67, passed November 18th with her family by her side. She was the wife of Amadeu F. Fonseca; they have been married for 49 years.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph F. and Rose E. (Barry) Shottek.
She had been employed as an LPN for many years.
Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Anthony J. Fonseca and David J. Fonseca, a daughter, Kristen M. Baker, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Kathleen was the oldest of seven siblings. She was the mother of the late John J. Fonseca.
Chief Chester W. Segers
INVERNESS, FL - Chief Chester W. Segers, U.S. Navy (Ret), 86, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Phyllis M. (Walsh) Segers. Born in Blount County, Alabama, a son of the late Clayton and Cotha Mae (McDonald) Segers, he resided in Pawtucket before moving to Florida in 1992.
Sarah E. Pendlebury
PAWTUCKET - Sarah E. (Ward) Pendlebury, 96, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Major General William B. Pendlebury, U.S. Army (Ret). Born in New Bedford, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth M. (Heatley) Ward. Sarah resided in Pawtucket most of her life before moving to Rumford in 1996 and then to Bristol in 2001. She was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and served as Choir Mother.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just as one tiny snowflake can turn into something much bigger, so too has the Winter Wonderland festival grown. The annual event held in Slater Park is celebrating its 15th year, and its success appears to be ensured for many more years to come.
PAWTUCKET â€” Moments after St. Raphael Academy had claimed a controversial, down-to-the-wire, stunning 15-14 triumph over Woonsocket High on Saturday afternoon, head coach Mike Sassi stood at Barry Field with his youngest daughter in his arms speaking with media types.