Sports editor emeritus
CENTRAL FALLS â€” On the surface, Saturdayâ€™s Lincoln-Central Falls football game seemed like a battle between two teams finishing off losing seasons. Dig a little deeper, though, and the truth becomes evident. These two teams played with passion and love for the game that went beyond their win-loss records and to the core of why youngsters play football.
â€śPlaying on a frozen field is never fun,â€ť Lincoln senior Giovanni Gray said after his Lions rolled to a 47-8 victory. â€śBut when the sun came out and the field turned to mud, now that was fun!â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ It outraged them that someone would be putting on a fundraiser to support Jorge DePinaâ€™s legal defense of charges he caused the injuries leading to his daughter Aleida DePinaâ€™s death on July 3 at Miriam Hospital.
And so, a group of moms from the area banded together and called attention to the planned event at the Tropical Restaurant at 855 Broad St. on Black Friday, winning its cancellation by Tropical owner Eugenio Gibau.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€” Things were looking pretty bleak for Tolman Highâ€™s football squad at halftime of Friday morningâ€™s holiday clash with Shea inside McCoy Stadium. The Tigers trailed 18-0 on the scoreboard. They were missing five starters due to injuries or academic issues, including quarterback/kicker Corey Hughes, one of the Tigersâ€™ co-captains.
PROVIDENCE -- Ed Cooley and his Providence College Friars ended up playing eight games in November. It nevertheless seemed that all took a backseat to the reoccurring storylines and hot topics that remain just as fervent as the calendar flips to the second month of the college basketball season.
Bruce R. Bergeron
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Bruce R. Bergeron, 58, of South Attleboro, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. A lifelong resident of Attleboro, he was the beloved son of Barbara A. (Pitas) Bergeron of South Attleboro and the late Rodolphe S. Bergeron.
Camalle F. Almeida
CUMBERLAND - Camalle F. "Cammie" (Howell) Almeida, 37, of Stella Dr. passed away Thursday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Marco Almeida.
Born in Bartleville, OK she was the daughter of Bradley G. and Mildred (Brunn) Howell of Grand Prairie, TX. She had resided in Cumberland since 2008.
She was employed by the Merrill Lynch Corp., Lincoln office for the past nine years. She was also a U. S. Air Force veteran.
Pointing to a R.I. Community Food Bank report showing that 66,500 Rhode Island households do not have the money to purchase adequate food, Sen. Jack Reed is calling for increased funding to soup kitchens, food banks and emergency shelters nationwide.
WOONSOCKET â€” With the Division II Super Bowl looming a week from Sunday, Cumberland High veteran mentor Chris Skurka took a somewhat conservative approach to the annual Thanksgiving morning clash with Woonsocket on chilly, gusty Thursday.
In an effort not to â€śbreakâ€ť any key spokes in his wheel, he chose not to start senior tailback Mike Stock; he wanted him to get some rest after he rushed for four touchdowns and 145 yards (with one catch for another paydirt) in his Clippers' 49-35 semifinal triumph over St. Raphael last Friday night.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It doesn't matter who you talk to â€“ Tolman High head coach Dave Caito or Shea High mentor Dino Campopiano.
The dear friends and former backfield mates at Johnston High had hoped to muster solid campaigns in their respective leagues, for the Tigers the top tier and the Raiders Division II-B; both, however, suffered from different issues en route.
PROVIDENCE -- St. Raphael Academy head coach Mike Sassi had stated on the evening before his squadâ€™s rather new holiday rivalry game against Moses Brown that â€“ despite the upcoming inclement weather forecast â€“ the two foes would play.
Evidently, the Providence private school didnâ€™t want to go to combat on Thanksgiving Day; perhaps a primary reason being it would have slightly less rest to prepare for a Division III semifinal tilt this coming Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to a mix of state and federal grant funding, the city is hoping to usher in a new era of recreational facilities designed to please everyone from high school athletes and fishing enthusiasts to a new type of â€śgolfer.â€ť
LINCOLN â€“ The hope was to blend in as the new kid in a new high school.
But that wasnâ€™t a luxury afforded to Thaddeus Moss, and it didnâ€™t take this precocious young football player long to realize that he wasnâ€™t in Kentucky or West Virginia any more.
Moss arrived at Lincoln High School in March, and the schoolâ€™s lights seemingly became more luminous the moment he was spotted in the hallways. He was commanding nonstop attention, though in an entirely different fashion as what he was accustomed to on the gridiron.
LINCOLN â€“ A 48-year-old Cumberland woman was charged with felony possession of cocaine after she allegedly purchased a quantity of the drug from a male subject at the Twin River casino on Thursday.
Michael P. Andrews
PAWTUCKET - Michael P. Andrews, 60, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Providence VA Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Bruzzi) Andrews. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Anthony A. Andrews and the late Gloria (Pepin) Andrews Grimley.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Gary Gaudreau, found guilty in September of burning down the Physique Company, the gym that he owned on York Avenue, was sentenced Monday before Judge Nettie Vogel.
Gaudreau, 76, of Hutchinson Street, Pawtucket, received a sentence of 25 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions, with nine years to serve, and the balance suspended with probation, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. He was also ordered to have no contact with the owner of the property. READ THE FULL STORY IN TUESDAY'S TIMES.
The mystery surrounding where the Division II Super Bowl will take place is no more.
Monday saw the Rhode Island Interscholastic League confirm the bowl sites and times for all four divisions. To date, the only division with a confirmed matchup is Division II, with defending champion Cumberland squaring off against West Warwick.
The Clippers and Wizards will meet Sunday, Dec. 8 at Cranston Stadium. The kickoff is 3 p.m. and will be preceded by the Division I contest, which gets underway at high noon.
Jesuina Barbosa Gomes
CENTRAL FALLS - Jesuina Barbosa Gomes, 74, entered into eternal peace on Friday, November 22, 2013. Mrs. Gomes was born in Ribeira Ilheu, Mosteiros, Fogo, Cabo Verde. She was the wife of the late Tito Pires Gomes. She was the daughter of the late Casimiro Barbosa Amado and Maria Barbosa Amado. She immigrated to the United States in 1983 and resided Pawtucket, RI.
Lucien V. Plamondon
CENTRAL FALLS - Lucien V. Plamondon, 80, passed on November 23rd with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Margaret (Tougas) Plamondon. They have been married for 53 years.
Born in Vermont, he was a son of the late Emile and Exilia (Lambert) Plamondon.
Lucien had been employed by Starline Structures for 28 years and then for The Fair in Cumberland retiring in 2002. He served in the US Army.
Ethel M. Capineri
Ethel Margaret (Pierce) Capineri, born on September 30, 1928, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Nov. 23, 2013. She is survived by her husband of sixty years, Joseph A. Capineri, Esq. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Isa (Hadfield) Pierce of Coventry, RI. She was a registered nurse and a graduate of the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.