November 21st, 2010
LINCOLN â€” With the first public unveiling of the edifice to be called only â€śThe Center,â€ť Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond and State Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith called Saturday morning a glorious moment for Lincoln.
It was easy to tell by the glow in the eyes of 89-year-old Gladys McKee that she heartily agreed.
McKee, a former Cumberland resident who now calls Lincoln home, relaxed in the main lobby of the state-of-the-art, 11,000 square-foot facility â€” following a ceremony attracting perhaps 200 â€“ and reveled in its beauty.
PAWTUCKET â€” There has been a curfew in place for the city's youth for 16 years, but do they know about it? Some who are involved with juveniles and teens say that more should be done to get the word out.
Since 1994, the city has had two ordinances on the books aimed at keeping youths off the streets during the late night or early morning hours. One calls for any juvenile under the age of 16 to be home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and the other requires that any juvenile 16 years of age or older and under the age of 18 to be home between midnight and 5 a.m.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Mo Jackson has endured only a few rebuilding years during a decade-plus tenure as the head coach of Central Falls, but youâ€™d be hard-pressed to find any of those seasons as difficult as this one.
With just four returnees and a wealth of first-year players and junior varsity call-ups at his disposal, Jackson saw his inexperienced squad battle through a lot of growing pains and wrap up its Division IV season with a 2-6 record.
Arthur Charles Laperche
CUMBERLAND - Arthur Charles "Art" Laperche, born November 6, 1928, passed away November 18, 2010 at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence at the age of 82 years old. Born in Pawtucket on Newport Ave., he lived in Cumberland most of his life. He was the son of the late Honora S. (Blanchette) Laperche-Smith, and Charles H. Laperche and stepson of the late Clarence E. Smith.
He worked for Teknor Apex in Pawtucket as a Plant Supervisor for 36 years. Arthur loved his work and his family.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Marshon Brooks had his fill of Morgan State by the time he reported to the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center on Thursday afternoon. Thatâ€™s why the Providence College senior wanted to make sure that the rest of the Friars knew that the Bears were no slouch.
â€śWe hear it from the fans, from Facebook, that Morgan State is no joke and that theyâ€™ve been to the NCAA Tournament the last two years,â€ť said Brooks. â€śIt was a different atmosphere.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” Cumberland High was officially eliminated from postseason play in Division II back on Oct. 29 when it lost to Central High at Conley Stadium.
Since that 19-6 defeat to the Knights, the Clippers have reeled off two straight victories â€“ a narrow 9-0 shutout of Coventry High and a 31-6 rout of Ponaganset High in a consolation game last Friday.
PROVIDENCE â€” Wilder Arboleda demonstrated the proper way of turning the page Thursday afternoon as Providence College routed St. Peterâ€™s of New Jersey, 6-2, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Menâ€™s Soccer Tournament.
Arboleda, a Pawtucket native and Tolman High graduate, tallied two goals as the Friars travel to face No. 16 Ohio State this Sunday afternoon in the second round.
Thereâ€™s a lot to like about Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, two of the most desired names currently dangling on the free-agent market. If you are a general manager like Theo Epstein, which all-star outfielder do you break the bank for?
Itâ€™s a question Davey Lopes is glad he doesnâ€™t have to answer. Reached earlier this week, Lopes, the East Providence native with 38 years of baseball experience at his fingertips, was asked to debate and dissect the merits of Werth and Crawford.
PAWTUCKET â€” It began over 25 years ago when Shea High School teacher Stan Lachut and outreach worker Joan Doyle would hear about some students whose families seemed to be having a hard time financially. The two co-workers would try to drum up support among their fellow staffers to donate money, canned goods, turkeys and other grocery items so they could create holiday food baskets.
WARWICK: Robert Anthony Labonte Jr, age 42, passed November 17, 2010. Born in Pawtucket, RI on April 5, 1968. He was the son of Ann-Marie LePage and Robert A. Labonte. He attended school on the west coast and later in Augusta, Georgia. Robert and his family later returned to Rhode Island. He had a love and natural gift for music at an early age and performed with several bands in New England Clubs and charitable organizations. Prior to his illness, he was employed as a machinist for Standard Mill and Mark Precision Co. Robert was challenged by many medical hardships before passing.
PAWTUCKET: Manuel Teixeira, 58, passed away November 17, 2010 at home with his loving family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Shirley Teixeira.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, a son of the late Manuel Cunha and Aurora Teixeira.
He was the proprietor and head chef of Cantina di Marco Restaurant of Cumberland.
Coaches canâ€™t look past their next opponent. Sports writers shouldnâ€™t, either. But sometimes the temptation to look down the road is just too enticing.
When it comes to local high school football, whatâ€™s next is a two-day slate of Thanksgiving contests, which are â€śrivalryâ€ť games with not much at stake â€¦ except for East Providenceâ€™s game against La Salle on Thanksgiving morning. E.P. is already in the Division I playoff field. La Salle needs a win to gain the fourth and final playoff berth over Barrington.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Division II semifinal playoff game between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy will be played at Max Read Field, Tigersâ€™ athletic director John Scanlon revealed on Wednesday.
â€śPariseau Field is pretty chewed up,â€ť Scanlon said, talking about the original site of the Nov. 30 contest. Pariseau is the home field for both Tolman and St. Raphael during the regular season. The Darlington Bravesâ€™ youth football program also uses the facility.
Alice L. Haworth
Pawtucket- Alice L. (Santos) Haworth, 79, died Tuesday at the Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Richard Haworth Sr. Born in Portsmouth, RI, she was the daughter of the late Antone and Louise (Perry) Santos.
Mrs. Haworth was a communicant of St. Teresa church and had worked for the former Seekonk Lace of Pawtucket and later as a Lunch-aide at the Veteran's Memorial Elementary School in Central Falls.
Lucille A. Cardosa
LINCOLN - Lucille A. Cardosa, 90, died Saturday at The Holiday Retirement Center. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Philias A. and RoseAlma (Bellerose) Robert. She had been employed as a classified telemarketer for the Pawtucket Times prior to her retirement.
Her sons, John Cardosa of Atlanta, GA, Robert Cardosa of Cumberland and Thomas Cardosa of Warwick, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews survive her. She was the sister of the late Edmond Robert and Claire Oakley.
PAWTUCKET. Maria "Julia" Gomes, passed away on Monday after an illness. She was the wife of Joaquim Gomes.
Born in Guarda, Portugal and migrated to the United States in 1970.
She had been employed at Murdock Webbing for several years.
Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Maria Barbosa and a son Manuel Gomes both of Pawtucket and Antonio Gomes of No. Providence; a sister Lucinda DosAnjos and a brother Francisco Martins both of Pawtucket and 6 Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Louis H. Paquin
CENTRAL FALLS - Louis H. Paquin, 91 of Central Falls, died on Sunday, November 14th at Home & Hospice Care of RI. He was the son of the late Omer J. and Victoria (Goderre) Paquin. He was the beloved husband of Eva (Brule) Paquin to whom he was married in 1947 and who died in 2004.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” How Rhea Levesque came to the conclusion she needed to lose some excess pounds, she admitted, adds up to a rather humorous story.
In early October 1991, her daughter, Yvette, called and asked her to pick up her 10-year-old twin sons, Nick and Neil St. Jean, from Nathanael Greene Elementary School on Smithfield Avenue. Yvette explained she and then-husband Kenny had tickets to a Boston Red Sox game, and they wanted to get a jumpstart on the trek to Fenway Park.
Naturally, Levesque acquiesced, as she and her husband Norman adored the Sox.
PAWTUCKET â€” Long known for dispensing good cheer, sage advice, and the occasional hug, â€śMama Amaâ€ť has wrapped her loving arms around a new cause: to help the residents of Woodlawn embrace healthier eating habits.
Ama Amponsah, who owns and operates Ama's Variety Store with her husband, Isaac, is excited to announce they are taking part in the â€śHealthy Corner Store Initiative.â€ť The HCSI is a community campaign to add healthy options and variety to the food that is available at small urban markets to make it easier for families to find and cook healthier meals.