November 3rd, 2014
Rhode Island has been stagnating for too long now, mired in the morass of a failing economy that threatens to suck us all under like quicksand.
We still have not fully recovered from the Great Recession that hit in 2008, and that extended period of weakness and fiscal frailty makes it all the more difficult to pull ourselves out of the hole.
Our state desperately needs a leader to step forward, one who has the courage to confront difficult problems and the wisdom and judgment find the best way to solve them.
Gina Raimondo is that leader.
Robert G. LaFleur
WARWICK - Robert G. LaFleur, 90, passed on October 31st. He was the husband of the late Claire (Donaldson) LaFleur.
He was the son of the late Francis W. and Florida LaFleur.
Bob had been employed at various companies as a machinist and toolmaker for 40 years. He was an Army Veteran of WWII.
Thelma E. Brett
PAWTUCKET - Thelma E. Brett, 86, of Cumberland and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully with her entire family by her side Saturday, November 01, 2014. She was the wife of the late William J. Brett Jr. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Frank Winfield Carr and Ruth (Clark) Carr.
Carol J. DeGrafft
PAWTUCKET - Carol J. DeGrafft, 74, of Pawtucket died on October 31, 2014. Carol was the wife of Alan DeGrafft. They had been married thirty six years.
Mrs. DeGrafft was born in Cumberland, the daughter of the late Joseph Desnoyers and Edith (Bordeau) Desnoyers.
Besides her husband Alan, Carol is survived by her sons, John Viveiros of Providence and Alan DeGrafft of Pawtucket. She was the mother of the late John Viveiros.
Talk to area football coaches and they’ll likely spout the familiar phrases of how their team must adhere to the following rudimentary creeds:
-- Take it one game at a time.
-- Never take any opponent for granted.
-- Avoid looking ahead.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Voters in the city will take to the polls Tuesday to decide three state House races, two challenges for state Senate, and a contest for School Committee seats.
Additionally, voters will cast ballots in uncontested races for four district House seats, two district Senate seats, mayor, and City Council.
In the race for House District 58, Democrat Carlos Tobon will challenge independent candidate Jonathan Vallecilla. The winner will take the seat previously held by longtime Rep. William San Bento Jr., who is stepping down.
WOONSOCKET -- Momodou Mbaye and his Shea High teammates were in a festive mood after dominating Woonsocket, 20-6, Saturday at cold and rain-swept Barry Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Central Falls man was arrested Thursday night and charged in three separate incidents in which he assaulted women at the Prospect Heights housing complex, authorities said.
Joseph A. Sibilia, 29, was apprehended by police around 8:15 p.m. Thursday when officers went to Prospect Heights in search of him, after developing information that he was in the area. Sibilia was seen hiding behind a Dumpster, police Detective Capt. John Seebeck said.
Betty V. Maliandi
GLEN RIDGE, NJ - Betty Maliandi (nee Betty Virginia Piggott) died October 13, 2014 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She was born on May 6, 1925 in Pawtucket Rhode Island, the third child of George Owen and Carrie Elizabeth Piggott. She is predeceased by her siblings Carolyn Rose, Thomas Alton, Edith Claire and Burton King Piggott, and her beloved husband, Joseph Maliandi.
WARWICK – St. Raphael wrapped up an outright Division II-B title on Thursday night, doing so in convincing fashion.
EAST GREENWICH – Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello didn’t have to give her contingent a history lesson prior to its R.I. Division II Tournament contest with Chariho Regional on Thursday evening, but chose to anyway.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Soaring high into the sky, the golden dome of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church is a recognizable landmark that has been visible to many since its construction in the 1960s.
However, decades of wear and tear have caused numerous cracks to the dome with water leaking into the church leading to thousands of dollars in damage.
To assuage concerns about the dome, a fund raising endeavor has been launched with the goal of raising $100,000 to repair the church and its venerable dome.
PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy had its hands full with a fired-up Tiverton squad in the opening round of the Division III playoffs on Wednesday night at the McKinnon-Alves sports complex.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local man was charged with assaulting a police officer after a fracas involving members of the Police Department in the parking lot of an India Street bar early Saturday morning, police officials said.
Carl Albert Rodrigues, 25, was arguing with patrons and bar staff outside
PAWTUCKET â€“ A fire that significantly damaged the rear of a three-story multifamily home on Magill Street Sunday afternoon was deemed to have been started by a 10 year-old boy who lit a mattress leaning against the house, fire officials said.
The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the three-story wood-frame home at 176 Magill St., Fire Marshal Capt. Robert F. Thurber Jr. said.
Eight of the 14 residents were at home at the time of the fire, and all escaped safely prior to firefighters' arrival. Nobody was injured in the fire, Thurber added.
LINCOLN -- The euphoria that surrounded Oseh Lie-Saine signing a National Letter of Intent with Boston College’s football program last February eventually gave way to the understanding that some unfinished business remained.
The former Lincoln High standout needed to bump up his SAT score in order to meet the necessary NCAA eligibility requirements to suit up for the Eagles. Though he proved unable to reach the desired test figure before the start of the 2014 college football season, Saine never gave up hope.
Patricia A. Gomes
PAWTUCKET - Patricia A. Gomes, 61, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 25, 2014. She was the loving companion of Miguel Londono. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Frances Walker. Patricia was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.
PROVIDENCE – Brian Blaney isn’t afraid to speak the truth when it comes to the underlying reason why the Providence Friars have upped the ante with regard to their non-conference schedule.
PAWTUCKET â€“ City voters on Nov. 4 will be tasked with determining whether to approve a $32 million bond that will provide health and safety upgrades for city schools, as well as updating the interior of the Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien on Thursday explained that the Pawtucket School Department previously hired a consultant who analyzed each city school and came up with $250 million in renovation investment costs.
â€śThat is for health, safety â€¦ all the general repairs,â€ť Grebien detailed.
NORTH SCITUATE– Nichole Barger, Amy Laverty and Meaghan Scullin all finished in the top 20 overall to pace the Clippers to a third-place team finish at the R.I. Class A Championships.
Barger, a senior, came in ninth overall, running the 3.1-mile course in 19:43.50. Laverty and Scullin took 13th and 16th, with times of 19:58.67 and 20:04.06, respectively. Rounding out Cumberland’s top five were Julia Dempsey (22nd) and Colleen Enestvedt (27th).