Archive - 2012
Theresa B. LaPlante
CENTRAL FALLS: Theresa B. LaPlante, 91, formerly a longtime Aetna St. resident passed peacefully on December 14th. She was the wife of the late Gerard P. LaPlante.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Marie-Reine (Tessier) Beaudoin.
Theresa had been employed by the former Coats and Clark and then worked for Texas Instruments of Attleboro for 15 years before retiring in 1975.
For those in the sportsâ€™ media business, thereâ€™s no beating around the bush â€“ reporting Rhode Island high school hockey is always a game of catch-up.
Translation: Game takes place late Friday night; game doesnâ€™t hit the newspaper pages until Sunday. Such a cycle repeats Saturday with Mondayâ€™s edition representing the earliest chance to get something on the record.
PAWTUCKET â€” Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal for the past two years, submitted his retirement on Friday, announced Douglas Hadden, director of constituent services and communications for Mayor Donald Grebien.
Parent is retiring just a few weeks shy of his 25th year of service with the city's Fire Department. His retirement became effective as of Friday, Hadden said.
Itâ€™s no secret that the art of communication is key to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox. Naturally the interaction with the players is a high priority, yet thereâ€™s also touching base with the major-league coaching staff or the front office, or with someone from the player development sector or even the Double-A manager.
No wonder why several of Gary DiSarcinaâ€™s predecessors made sure to have their cell phones close by while batting practice took place. Itâ€™s a 24/7 lifestyle wherein the PawSox manager must be on standby at all times and ready to field inquires from all walks of baseball life.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On the same day Gary DiSarcina was formally introduced as the 15th manager in Pawtucket Red Sox history, we thought it would be appropriate to engage in an â€śgetting to know you betterâ€ť exercise â€“ an opportunity to view through the lens of those who have engaged in past dealings with the new skipper in town.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ As of Friday afternoon, winter sports at East Providence High School are on ice. Time will tell if any sort of thawing-out action occurs.
In response to the fall sports coaches not receiving their pay, the winter sports coaches at E.P. have decided to cease all responsibilities and duties. The decision to take a hard line was started by boysâ€™ basketball head coach Alex Butler, who also coaches the Towniesâ€™ girlsâ€™ volleyball program.
PAWTUCKET â€” Raymond A. â€śChipâ€ť Hoyas, well known in city politics and a former top state Senate aide, will be punished with home confinement and the loss of his ability to collect a state pension for his involvement in a check-cashing scheme involving Senate pages.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Responding to a recent rash of robberies in the city, Pawtucket Police have made a series of arrests including some suspects believed to be involved in multiple incidents.
â€śAs our crime-mapping tools sharpened the patterns our investigations were turning up, we were better able to target our resources to make arrests that we believe will put a major dent in this recent illegal activity and make the community safer,â€ť Police Chief Paul King said.
Caren M. Moroney
PAWTUCKET - Caren M. (O'Brien) Moroney, 71, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012. She was the beloved wife of James W. Moroney, Sr. The couple would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 16, 2013. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Edith (Clarke) O'Brien. Caren was the founder of Friends of Slater of Pawtucket.
Angela D. Wilkinson
CENTRAL FALLS - Angela D. Wilkinson, passed away Friday at Memorial Hospital after an illness. She was the mother of Keith Wilkinson. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Everett Wilkinson of Pawtucket and the late Cecilia Adams.
Besides her son and father she leaves a brother Kenneth Wilkinson of TN and a sister Michaela Wilkinson of Central Falls. She was the sister of the late Cynthia Duval and John Johnson.
VISITATION at the CHARLES COELHO Funeral Home Monday, 6-8PM.
Roberta C. Maziarz
ST.LOUIS, MO - Roberta C. Maziarz, 65, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary I. (Flynn) Maziarz, she resided in Cumberland before moving to St. Louis over thirty years ago. Roberta was an avid photographer and a 1969 graduate of Regis College, Weston, MA. She had been a designer for the Imperial Knife Company, Providence, and was most recently an editor for Maritz, St. Louis, MO.
WOONSOCKET â€” It wasnâ€™t pretty, not by any means, but Cumberland High head coach Deb Engels didnâ€™t care.
For the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, the Clippers had manufactured a regular-season triumph, this one a sloppy 38-22 affair against Division I-North rival Woonsocket on Thursday night.
EAST PROVIDENCE - After sweating out back-to-back nailbiters that werenâ€™t decided until the final seconds, East Providence was able to relax a bit on Thursday night and enjoy a blowout victory.
Sparked by a game-high 17 points from Mary Monagle and 14 points and as many rebounds by Taylor Wiggins, the Townies, who are back in Division II after a two-year stint in Division I, ran their young league record to 2-0 by rolling to a 58-38 crossover victory over Burrillville on their home floor.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police say the man suspected in a car-jacking that took place in front of the Pawtucket Post Office on Monday afternoon has been caught.
The female victim told Pawtucket Police that she had been sitting in her parked car in front of the Post Office at 40 Montgomery Street at around 4:35 p.m. when a white male opened the door and pulled her out of the vehicle. The male then entered her vehicle and drove away. The victim reported that her purse had been left in the vehicle which contained cash, personal papers, credit cards and her cell phone.
PAWTUCKET â€” Local poet and performance artist Jay Chattelle is known for exploring the spirituality and symbolism in everyday life. So, having his son born on â€ś12-12-12â€ť was especially meaningful.
â€śHis birthday will be on a magical date. They said this isn't going to happen again for another 100 years,â€ť said the proud father.
James L. Reilly, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - James L. Reilly, Sr., 64, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 13, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Frances M. (McKenna) Reilly for 38 years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of Madge (Lawton) Renex of Pawtucket and the late James B. Reilly. Jim was a US Navy and US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed by American Automatic Door and was the Saturday daytime bartender at the Polish-American Club on Annie St., Pawtucket.
Armando A. Sousa
CENTRAL FALLS - Armando A. Sousa, 76 of Central Falls died Sunday at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. He is the husband of Paulina (Mendes) Sousa. He is the son of the late Maximino and Serafina (Rodrigues) Sousa. Born in the Azores, he came to the United States in 1971 and settled in Pawtucket. Armando moved to Central Falls in 2007.
Prior to his retirement, Armando worked as a butcher at Portion Meats in Providence, RI.
PAWTUCKET â€” While city officials were hoping for an upgrade, lingering concerns about the city's ability to eliminate its past school budget deficits and its unfunded municipal pension and other post-employment benefits led to the Fitch Ratings service affirming Pawtucket's bond rating at a â€śBBB-; Outlook Stableâ€ť rating.
Before an honor guard of Supreme and Superior Court judges and other members of the Rhode Island Judiciary, bearers carry the casket of Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger out of St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church in Riverside after a concelebrated mass of Christian Burial there Wednesday morning. Principal Celebrant was the Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, former Bishop of Providence. Attendees included Governor Lincoln Chafee, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and other state and local dignitaries. Weisberger died Friday at age 92.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Having emerged from bankruptcy, ready to shake off the one-man rule of state receivership and the nearly decade-long administration of a disgraced mayor who is headed to jail on a corruption charge, this tiny, poverty-ridden city signaled it is ready for a new beginning Tuesday by electing its first Latino mayor, native son James Diossa, who defeated Joseph Moran, the popular former police chief, 62 to 38 percent in a special election.