November 27th, 2010
LINCOLN â€“ Don't believe everything you read.
That was no flat-screen TV in the box, like the label said. That was Alex Camperone's trophy.
It was his prize for spending most of a drizzly and raw, post-Thanksgiving night waiting outside the Target store at Lincoln Mall.
Those other folks in a line of customers that snaked halfway around the mall, waiting, along with Camperone, for the store to open â€“ they were Camperone's rivals in a hungry quest for doorbuster bargains.
At this time of the year, many college and high school football teams compete against traditional Thanksgiving opponents. We call them rivalry games, contests that are played for â€śbragging rightsâ€ť and even, in rare cases, for league championships.
The advent of playoffs has diminished these games over the years. In college ball, radical reformers want to take it one step farther, creating a national championship for Division I teams that would completely dilute the meaning of bowl games while also extending the season deep into January or even into the first weekend of February.
Marilyn R. O'Connor
PAWTUCKET - Marilyn R.O'Connor, of Orient Ave, Pawtucket died Thursday, November 25, 2010.She was the daughter of the late James and Inez (Steadman) O'Connor.
Miss O'Connor was born in Providence on July 4, 1926, she lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Miss O'Connor was a teacher for thirty nine years in the Pawtucket School System.
She taught at the former Baldwin St. School, Cottage St, School, now Curvin McCabe and the Curtis School. For one year she lived in Bad Nauhein, Germany, where she taught for the American Government at a United States Army Post.
Ellen Howard Briden
EAST PROVIDENCE - Ellen Howard (Smith) Briden, 92, died peacefully on November 24, 2010 at her home at the Linn Health Care Center, East Providence. She was the wife of the late Earl H. Briden, her husband of 58 years.
Born in Pawtucket, March 22, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Agnes (Howard) Smith. Prior to moving to East Providence a few years ago, she had lived on Birchland Avenue in Pawtucket for about 50 years.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Julie Nolan is happy again, and it's because she can leave her Harcourt Avenue home for a walk. She can place her three young grandchildren in her lap and read them a Berenstein Bears book, make them laugh. She can move freely.
She now revels in the fact â€“ at 5â€™ 5â€ť â€“ her body matches her height, as she weighs a svelte 118 pounds. Her penchant for overeating has ended, though also calls it a lifelong journey.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Itâ€™s hard to boil down four quarters of action into two calls that werenâ€™t on the side of Sandy Gorham and his East Providence Townies. Listen to Gorham, however, and it became clear that the two judgment calls by the officiating crew played a big part in La Salle Academy waltzing out of Pierce Stadium with a 14-6 win on Thursday morning before an estimated crowd of 3,000.
PROVIDENCE â€“ You probably thought you would never again see one of those old-fashioned voting machines with the little metal levers next to candidatesâ€™ names and the curtain that opened and closed behind voters for privacy.
But if you want to, you can.
PAWTUCKET â€“ When she had finished eating, Shirley Bergeron bundled herself back up and began walking toward the St. Joseph's Church basement exit when someone asked if she enjoyed her meal.
â€śAre you kidding? I'm stuffed!â€ť gushed Bergeron, a 54-year-old Pawtucketer who took part in the first of two seatings at the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen's annual Thanksgiving Feast, held Wednesday afternoon at the Walcott Street parish.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There was no quit in Freddy Gobewole.
On a night in which his heart was his biggest ally, Gobewole willed his way to a 16-yard score with 46.7 seconds remaining. That snapped a 7-7 game and gave Shea an eventual 14-7 triumph over semifinal-bound Tolman Wednesday night at student-dominated crowd at Max Read Field. The Raiders lead the holiday series by a 5-4 count.
PAWTUCKET -- This wasnâ€™t a three-hour barnburner, nor was it as high-scoring as their memorable Division II quarterfinal-round playoff game that transpired 11 days ago.
Instead, the inaugural Thanksgiving Eve showdown between St. Raphael Academy and Johnston High turned into a letdown by the Saints, who turned in a lackluster showing in a 30-6 loss to the Panthers at McCoy Stadium.
Sharon M. Introini
MANSFIELD, MA - Sharon M. (McCarthy) Introini, 56 of Mansfield formerly of Pawtucket passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday November 21, 2010 at home. She was the beloved wife of Robert G. Introini, with whom she shared 29 years of marriage.
Born in Pawtucket, RI on February 17, 1954, she was daughter of the late Lawrence P., Jr. and Joan E. (Butler)McCarthy.
PAWTUCKET: Manny Neves, 46, passed unexpectedly on November 22nd, 2010.
Born in Central Falls, the son of Manuel T. and Sally (Seau) Neves of Pawtucket.
Manny was an 8th degree Black Belt World Champion in Muay Thai at the age of 42 and still holds the light - heavy weight title.
Since 1985, he has been a Martial Arts school proprietor and currently the owner of Elite Martial Arts of Lincoln.
He trained with his uncle Bert Neves for many years.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Sandy Gorham has the sentiment of the holiday season down pat â€“ from a football perspective, of course. The veteran East Providence High head coach is thankful that his Townies donâ€™t have the playoffs-at-stake drama thatâ€™s hovering over La Salle Academy heading into Thursdayâ€™s renewal of the longest running holiday sports rivalry between any two Rhode Island high schools.
Thereâ€™s no need to panic over the Red Sox losing Victor Martinez to Detroit in a free agent signing on Tuesday. The Red Sox will find a catcher somewhere. It would be better if they could develop one through their farm system but their best prospect is at least two years away from competing for a big league job.
PROVIDENCE, RI â€“ Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin announced the creation of his transition committee, which will help maintain and recruit the top legal talent at the Office of Attorney General while providing policy recommendations.
PAWTUCKET â€” Continuing an exchange program that began last year, a group of 11 Shea High School students is bound for China this April.
Shea High School Principal Chris Lord announced that the second annual two-week visit to Heng Shui High School in the Hebei Province of China will be taking place and that fundraising efforts have begun. The exchange program that began last year was initiated by former Schools Supt. Hans Dellith, who visited China with a group of other Rhode Island educators as part of an exchange initiative.
Viola T. Wilson
PAWTUCKET - Viola T. Wilson, formerly of Lockbridge St, Pawtucket died Monday, November 22, 2010. She was the wife of the late Richard M. Wilson Sr.
Mrs. Wilson was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred(Thompson) Broadmeadow. She was a supervisor at Hasbro in Pawtucket for many years.
Ann J. Dalton
SEEKONK - Ann J.(Cahalan) Dalton 93 a long time resident of Seekonk, MA died Sunday. She was the loving wife of the late Sterling A. Dalton for over 60 years.
She was a dedicated volunteer to her church and community.
She is survived by her children Richard Dalton, Barbara Ridings, Patricia Dalton and Elizabeth Camerlin, two grandchildren Christopher Ridings and Dalton Paget and two great granddaughters.
Jeanne M. Martin
ALBION - Jeanne M. Martin, 89, formerly of School St. Albion, died Sunday at Mt. St. Francis Health Care Center in Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Louis P. Martin.
Born in Albion she was a daughter of the late Napoleon and Clara (Lusignan) Robidoux. She was a lifelong resident of Albion.
Mrs. Martin worked as a supervisor for American Tourister and also at Berkshire Hathaway before retiring.