September 25th, 2014
Eric R. Houston
COVENTRY - Houston, Eric R., 89, passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Kent Hospital in Warwick. Married 67 years, he was the husband of Doris E. (Leblanc) Houston of Coventry. He was the former owner of Stadium Fish & Chips and Pond Street Florist in Pawtucket.
Hugh B. Harrold
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Hugh B. Harrold died Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Lyons VA Medical Center, Bernards Township. He was 88.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, to Hugh and Anna Mitchell Harrold, he resided in East Brunswick for the past 48 years.
Prior to his retirement 18 years ago, he was a systems analyst with Republic National Bank in New York City for nine years.
Florence May Spoerer
CUMBERLAND - Florence May (Mennie) Spoerer, 96, of Cumberland died on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Henry G. Spoerer who passed away in 2006. They were married sixty-four years.
Leslie A. Frey
PAWTUCKET - Leslie A. (Hallmann) Frey, 61, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Michael Frey for 39 years. Born in Stoneham, MA, she was a daughter of Dr. David R. Hallmann of Warren and the late Patricia (Gately) Hallmann. Leslie was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed reading and crocheting.
John A. Sojka
REHOBOTH - John A. "Jan" Sojka, 94, passed away Monday September 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances (Trela) Sojka.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY he was a son of the late Jozef and Magdalena (Lezon) Sojka. He lived in Rehoboth for the past 65 years.
Before retiring Jan was employed as a Polisher for Leavens Mfg. Co. of Attleboro and later worked for the Town of Rehoboth Transfer Station
PAWTUCKET â€“ Three roommates were arrested after they were engaged in a melee Monday night that culminated in one of the trio firing a rifle into the ceiling of their third-floor apartment on Meadow Street, police said.
SMITHFIELD - Glynn, Annabelle (Lee) 85, of Smithfield, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Cortland Place Nursing Home, in Greenville. She was the wife of the late Francis X. Glynn.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Francis P. and Thyra H. (Anderson) Lee.
Annabelle was a communicant of St. Michael Church. She was a member of the Ireland 32 Society, R.I. Police Officers Emerald Society, and the Smithfield YMCA. Mrs. Glynn had resided in North Attleboro prior to moving to Smithfield in 1985.
Raymond A. Noreau
PAWTUCKET - Raymond A. Noreau, 60, of Power Road died Tuesday, September 23, 2104 at Miriam Hospital, Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Louann (Konicki) Noreau, the Lincoln Animal Control Officer. Mr. and Mrs. Noreau were married 38 years on March 20.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Joseph Charles and Blanche J. (Malo) Noreau, he had lived in Lincoln for most of his life before moving to Pawtucket 10 years ago.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A new national park in the Blackstone River Valley moved a bit closer to reality late last week when the House Committee on Natural Resources approved the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) announced Monday.
Cicilline, who introduced the legislation in the House, says the bill will preserve and protect nationally significant resources throughout the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, promote economic development, and improve historic and natural resources in the Blackstone Valley.
Regina M. Pimental
CENTRAL FALLS - Regina M. Pimental, 81, of Notre Dame St., passed away Friday in the R.I. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Edward J. Pimental.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Alice (Larosee) Wright.
Mrs. Pimental was employed by the Hindley Manufacturing Co., Cumberland for over 20 years until her retirement in 1996.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A Pawtucket man indicted by a grand jury in the murder of his 10-year-old daughter is scheduled for a pre-trial conference at Providence County Superior Court today.
Jorge DePina, who is facing murder charges after the July 2013 death of his daughter, Aleida DePina, is slated for the conference before Judge Jeffrey Lanphear.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A former Tolman High School wrestling coach is facing five
counts of possession of child pornography after police said they found
â€śseveral videos and images that featured what appeared to be males under the age of 18 performing sexual acts,â€ť after receiving a search warrant for his phone.
David Veccharino, 32, was formerly the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Tolman High School prior to his firing earlier this week, School Superintendent Patricia DiCenso confirmed.
â€śThe Pawtucket School Department learned this week of possible
PAWTUCKET – Tyreal Whitaker and his Tolman High teammates had plenty of speed to burn on Friday night.
The definition of a one-person wrecking crew, Whitaker piled up four touchdowns as Tolman blew past Johnston, 35-12, in the Division II-B opener for both schools at Max Read Field. Whitaker rushed for three scores and also passed for one.
PAWTUCKET – In a battle of two hard-hitting Division II squads, St. Raphael Academy landed the last punch and trotted off the Pariseau Field gridiron with a 14-6 victory over Shea High on Friday night.
Alfred Dorbor scored both touchdowns for the Saints on short runs. The senior running back also had the game’s biggest play, a 52-yard rumble on a fake punt midway through the first quarter that set up the Saints’ only touchdown in the first half.
Editor's note: This story originally ran in the print edition of The Times on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Anna M. Coleman
CUMBERLAND - Anna M. Coleman, formerly of Cumberland died on September 18, 2014. She was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Joseph Coleman and Jane (Conlon) Coleman. Anna was a remarkable and generous woman she was always in good cheer. Anna was an inspector at Corning Glass for many years. Anna recently was awarded her 75 years of service pin there.
Leo N. LeBeau
PAWTUCKET - Leo N. LeBeau, 92, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014. He was the husband of the late Gertrude (Vashey) LeBeau. Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Napoleon and Rose (Beaudette) LeBeau. Leo was an army veteran of World War II. He was a truck driver for the Teamsters for 38 years, retiring in 1981.
LINCOLN – Despite his squad’s ability to outshoot Davies Tech by an 8-3 count over the first 40 minutes, St. Raphael Academy hadn’t scored.
That’s why veteran mentor Michael Ross Drake assembled his troops at the break and indicated – via whiteboard and black ink – how to pick it up a notch in the final stanza.
PAWTUCKET — Veteran St. Raphael Academy chief Mike Sassi is always so forthcoming as to how a new season will unfold, but admitted this one will be extra special, not to mention memorable.
Instead of playing the primary role of offensive coordinator – as well as overseeing every other aspect of the team – he will turn his focus to defense.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The third annual Bright Future Festival will kick off Saturday afternoon, with a diverse celebration of the city's culture, including dance and musical performances, and concluding with a firework display.
The festival begins Saturday at noon at Jenks Park and is free and open to the public and celebrates Central Falls' diversity with cultural foods, dance performances, informational and educational booths, and interactive community art activities.
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