During Tree Day at Slater Park on Dec. 1 to get ready for the opening of Winter Wonderland, Steve Koczan, background, of East Providence gets a helping hand from Larry Williams. Winter Wonderland concludes this weekend, with festivities from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photo/Butch Adams
PAWTUCKET â€“ A 20-year-old Pawtucket man suffered the loss of his left hand as he worked with a plastics manufacturing machine at Teknor Apex Co. on Thursday night, police stated Friday.
Maj. Arthur Martins stated three officers responded to the building at 505 Central Ave. shortly after 9:15 p.m. when a â€ś9-1-1â€ť call reported an industrial accident. Pawtucket Fire and Rescue personnel from the nearby Cottage Street station raced to the scene and transported Joseph Vaillencourt, of Farnum Street, to Rhode Island Hospital for surgery.
Dr. James G. Paras, Ed.D.
SMITHFIELD - Dr. James G. Paras, Ed.D., of Smith Avenue, Greenville, died Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Hospice Inpatient Center. He was the husband of Elizabeth J. (Skally) Paras.
Born in Schenectady, NY, a son of the late George and Eva (Desnakou) Paraskevakos, he lived in Smithfield previously living in North Providence.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his sister Virginia Tesseris of Pawtucket. He was the brother of the late Louis Paras.
Frances A. Plezia
FLORIDA - Frances A. Plezia 87, formerly of Lincoln passed away November 15, 2011 at her residence Ormond Beach, FL. She was the beloved wife of the late Mathew J. Plezia who passed away April 3, 1996.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Kratochwil) Klucznik. She lived in Florida for the past 23 years.
Before retiring she was employed as a Weaver for Murdock Webbing Co. Frances was the Editor of the Holiday Village Newsletter in Ormond Beach and was an avid bowler.
Jeannette Fugere Perron
PAWTUCKET - Jeannette Fugere Perron, 84, passed away on December 8th 2011 with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late Donald J. Perron Sr.
Michael R. Cipriano
PROVIDENCE - Michael R. Cipriano, 95 of Providence passed away December 7, 2011 at Roger Williams Hospital.
He was the beloved
husband of the late Theresa (Albanese). Father of Joyce Cipriano, Roberta Tomao, and the late Michael Cipriano Jr., and companion of Rita Jordan.
Mike was a strong, gentle, tender-hearted man who will be missed by all. Funeral and burial will be private.
Andrew F. McGurn Jr.
OREGON - Andrew F. McGurn Jr. age 77 of Myrtle Creek, Oregon. born 8/8/34 in Pawtucket, RI to Andrew Sr. & Mary (Orr) McGurn passed away on 11/26/11. Survived by his wife Helen (Mailly) McGurn, brother John and sister Elaine along with his 7 children, 14 grand kids and 5 great grand kids. Family contact PO Box 395 Myrtle Creek, Oregon 97457
PAWTUCKET â€” Defending state champion St. Raphael Academy toyed with Central Falls in the opening game of the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament on Thursday night, rolling to a 72-38 victory as the Saintsâ€™ 1-2 punch of Cesar Mejia (22 points) and Charles Correa (16 points) equaled the Warriorsâ€™ final scoring total all by themselves.
â€śWe have a lot of kinks to work out,â€ť SRA coach Tom Sorrentine admitted after the game ended. â€śBut we do have our 1-2 punch back. Davon Robertson is our third returning starter. We have to fill in the other spots.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” It will be Tolman and Shea battling for the Donaldson Memorial Tournament championship on Saturday night.
The host Tigers got 35 points from junior guard Juan Velez en route to a 77-51 romp over East Greenwich in the nightcap on Thursday evening.
Shea had earlier posted a 58-50 victory over Toll Gate. Jordy Brito led the Raiders with 22 points, five assists and five steals.
Shea had to battle all night against a tough opponent. The Raiders led 22-20 at halftime and held off the Titans with a strong defensive effort.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Rhode Island State Police dive team and the Pawtucket Police spent most of Wednesday searching a small pond/swamp area off the Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway for a reported murder weapon. They came up with some â€śitemsâ€ť that are being evaluated as possible evidence, according to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, although he stopped short of saying that the gun police had been looking for was found.
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.