February 1st, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” If you liked yesterdayâ€™s weather, youâ€™re going to love what Mother Nature has in store for us today.
The latest in a series of unusually fierce winter storms turns out to be a double-dipper. After dumping four to seven inches of snow across the Blackstone Valley Tuesday, a second wave â€” a hard-to-predict combo of snow, sleet and rain â€” is expected to whack the region by nightfall.
CUMBERLAND â€” Another snow day, another lost practice session for Cumberland Highâ€™s wrestling team.
â€śThis makes me very uncomfortable,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon was saying on Tuesday morning as another snowstorm hit the region. â€śI donâ€™t have any control over the kidsâ€™ weights when we canâ€™t practice. But my guys know what to do. They are pretty good about it. Some of them will go over to Northeast Elite (a wrestling school in Woonsocket) and get a workout in. We canâ€™t practice at the school because if school is cancelled, itâ€™s over. You canâ€™t practice.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Thereâ€™s just something so fitting, so appropriate, about longtime state power Bishop Hendricken matching up with St. Raphael Academy, a contender in its own right, this late in the regular season.
Fernande I. Caron
PAWTUCKET - Fernande I. (Gaudreau) Caron, 85 of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011 unexpectedly in Florida. She was the wife of the late Roger F. Caron. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Gerard and Yvonne (Boulay) Gaudreau. Mrs. Caron worked as a Sander at International Display for many years before retiring and was the former President of Fogarty Manor in Pawtucket.
COVENTRY â€“ The Coventry Oakers made a statement to the rest of Division I last night.
With the Division I leading St. Raphael Academy Saints strolling into town, the Oakers demonstrated that they will have to be mentioned as a contender for the state crown with a convincing 92-72 victory over the Saints that improved their record to 9-4 in league play.
PROVIDENCE â€“ One little setback at an inopportune time hasnâ€™t stopped Aleide Fernandes from doing what she does best â€“ winning state titles.
The Central Falls senior, who already owns five individual crowns in various weight events, is far ahead of the field this winter in her specialties with throws of 53 feet, 4 Â˝ in the 20-pound weight and 37-8 in the shot put.
Fernandes still feels ready to shine at the state championships on Feb. 19, despite being sidetracked somewhat due to tendonitis in her left elbow, an injury that has kept her from competing the past two meets for the Warriors.
WOONSOCKET --- After cruising to a pair of lopsided Division I victories over the weekend, Mount St. Charles Academy got just what it needed on Monday night -- a competitive contest against one of the top public school teams in Eastern Mass.
The Mounties turned in one of their best games of the season and received strong contributions from all three of their lines and goaltender Dan Foster in a closer-than-it-appears 5-0 win over Needham High at Adelard Arena.
Dorothy M. Horton
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. (Hunt) Horton, 90, of 2065 Mendon Road died Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Oakland Grove Health Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Everett W. Horton.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late John R. and Anne (Sanborn) Hunt, she had lived in Pawtucket until moving to Cumberland in 1946. She had also lived in Northford, CT and Citrus Springs, FL.
During the 1970's, she worked as a waitress at the old Koffee Kup Restaurant in Cumberland. She was also a member of the Chimney Hill Tenants Association.
PAWTUCKET - Adrienne Blanchard, 105, died on Saturday at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Dorand Blanchard. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Henri and Alexandrine (Brule) Messier, she had resided in Central Falls, then in Cumberland and back in Central Falls prior to moving to Jeanne Jugan Residence 12 years ago. She and her husband had wintered in Mexico for many years.
The Times has begun publishing photos each Monday on its new Military Page of Blackstone Valley veterans, past and present.
Please submit photos by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in person at The Times' office, 23 Exchange St., Pawtucket. A special Veterans basket is located on the front desk. Photos submitted in person should include a stamped envelope with return address so that we may return your photo.
Please include the following information with your photo:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.
Years of service:
Location of tours:
Pauline H. Gingras
PAWTUCKET - Pauline H. Gingras, 87, of Pawtucket died Thursday, January 27, at Roger Williams Hospital, Providence. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Arthur W. and Beatrice (Gendron) Heroux, she had resided in Pawtucket for over 50 years.
Evelyn G. Gagnon
PAWTUCKET - Evelyn G. Gagnon R.N. 62, of Grotto Ave. died January 30, 2011. She was the wife of Paul R. Gagnon Sr.
She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Anthony F. and Evelyn (Silva) Romano Sr.She was employed by Rhode Island Hospital as a Registered Nurse.
Besides her husband she is survived by 1 daughter Elaine St. Pierre. 1 brother Anthony F. Romanob Jr. and 4 grandchildren. Mother of the late Paul R. Gagnon Jr.
Claudette C. Bergeron
PAWTUCKET - Claudette C. Bergeron, 58, of Power Rd. died peacefully on January 29, 2011 with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of William R. Bergeron.
She was born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Louis and Rita (Corbeil) Doiron.
She was employed by Bank RI as an area operation supervisor for over 35 years.
Lois H. Bruzzi
PAWTUCKET - Lois H. Bruzzi, 79, of Armistice Blvd., Pawtucket died Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Phillip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. Lois was the wife of Joseph E. Bruzzi. They had been married 58 years.
Mrs. Bruzzi was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Raymond and Gladys (Cameron) Sullivan. She was employed at St. Josephs Parish in Pawtucket for many years, but her true vocation was as a loving mother and wife to her family.
CENTRAL FALLS: Beatrice Chapron, 103, formerly of Liberty St, passed January 29th. She was the wife of the late Albert "Chick" Chapron Sr.
Born in Ashton, a daughter of the lateTimothy and Mary Jane (McGrane) Keefe. She was the mother of the late Albert J. Chapron Jr.
Beatrice had worker for Pawtucket Mutual for many years.
She is survived by 4 grandchildren, Eric, Christopher and Marc Chapron, and Cynthia Lamoureux, 2 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews including John J.Smith Jr. and Fr. Francis Keefe.
Annette R. Lachance
ATTLEBORO - Annette R. (Bergeron) Lachance, 90, of Attleboro; formerly of Mansfield and Rehoboth, died on Wednesday at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Wife of Raymond Arthur Lachance with whom she shared 71 years of marriage.
Born in Pawtucket on June 21, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Napoleon and Olivine (Lafond) Bergeron.
In earlier years, Mrs. Lachance was employed by Coats Field, Buxton Box, as a sales representative at Mars Department Store in Attleboro and was a sales representative for Fashion 220.
Iâ€™m not a fan of his music, but Elton Johnâ€™s â€śCandle In The Windâ€ť has been embedded in my mind ever since Rocco Baldelli announced his retirement last week. The ballad has long been viewed as John articulating his feelings for the songâ€™s subject, Marilyn Monroe, through the power of song. Still, thereâ€™s one portion of the chorus that I feel best sums up Baldelliâ€™s career â€“ as well as other athletes who call it a career sooner than expected:
Your candle burned out long before â€”
Your legend ever did.
WOONSOCKET â€” Tax season is here and Community Action Rhode Island wants working families to know they can receive help with the preparation of their tax returns and applications for federal income tax credits.
In fact, low income families may be eligible for tax credit refunds averaging $2,100 per filer and as much as $5,666 per filer under the federal Earned Income Tax Credit guidelines.
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joined fellow Attorneys General from across the country Friday to promote National Data Privacy Day, which is celebrated on January 28 in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries.
PAWTUCKET â€” Four storefront locations on Main Street in the downtown and a concession stand in Slater Park are among some high visibility real estate with ownership ties to the city that is either available for lease or will soon be coming on the rental market.
The Benjamin C. Chester Building at 175 Main St. has two spaces in need of tenants. Fresh on the market is the 2,200-square-foot site that until recently housed the Mixed Magic Theatre.