November 21st, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ She lives at Kennedy Manor today on Clinton Street, but on Nov. 22, 1963, Sandra Davis, 61, had been in school in her sixth-grade classroom at the Fifth Avenue Elementary School in Fairmount.
â€śMr. Page, my teacher, came into the classroom and announced President Kennedy has just been shot. Iâ€™ll never forget it,â€ť Davis said while sitting with friends in the Kennedy Manor community room.
Davis, who is a member of her mother Margie Desrosiersâ€™ crochet group at Kennedy Manor, said times were different for kids back in the Cold War days than they are today.
PAWTUCKET â€” The saying goes that you can't look ahead without fully understanding where you've been â€“ and why.
Both Cumberland High chief Chris Skurka and St. Raphael Academy mentor Mike Sassi are utilizing that philosophy as they prepare their clubs for a monumental R.I. Division II semifinal, slated for Tucker Field at 7 p.m., Friday.
LINCOLN â€” Ask any professional boxer what the toughest part of their craft is and the answer is pretty much unanimous.
Itâ€™s not the fights themselves, nor is it the months of training and sparring they devote prior to those bouts.
Rather, itâ€™s the 24-48 hours before they have to weigh in on the day before their fights, and if you needed any proof of that, all you had to do was check out Thursday afternoonâ€™s final weigh-in and press conference at the Wicked Good Bar & Grillâ€™s back room at Twin River.
WOONSOCKET â€“ City Clerk Andrea Bicki says she has learned that the incoming City Council wants to replace her â€“ the first confirmed news of a politically driven personnel change at City Hall since the election.
The job, which pays $63,915 a year, will apparently be offered to Personnel Director Christina Harmon-Duarte, according to memos circulating about City Hall.
Alice M. Laferriere
WOONSOCKET- Alice M. (Farland)Laferriere 88, of Manila Ave. died Friday November 15, 2013. She was the wife of the late Henry Laferriere.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Alma (Cayer) Farland. Alice was a textile worker in area textile mills for many years she also worked for Texas Instruments. She was the 1939 Miss American Legion, Belhumeur Duhamel Post.
She is survived by ten nieces and nephews, and was predeceased by her siblings, Edgar, Albert, Raymond, and Eugene Farland, Rina Marcel, and Edna Aubin.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The still-unidentified policeman who fired his gun in front of the police station Saturday apparently did so when a motorist allegedly attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon against the officer.
That driver was identified for the first time Wednesday as Angel Luiz Perez, 48, of 175 Sixth Ave. Police say they intend to charge him with several crimes, including felony assault with a dangerous weapon â€“ a motor vehicle.
CUMBERLAND â€“ You knew long before the question was posed how uncomfortable Tom Kenwood was.
Now in his 40th year as the Cumberland High boysâ€™ indoor and outdoor track & field mentor, the soft-spoken Kenwood always has dodged â€“ still does â€“ any queries about his impact on the consistent successes of his teams; heâ€™ll talk about his athletesâ€™ intense work ethic and drive, competitive nature, etc., as the reason.
In fact, during this particular â€śsit downâ€ť with Kenwood in the Wellness Centerâ€™s Room 103, surrounded by free weights, Kenwood seemed a bit fidgety.
Therese A. Auger
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Therese A. (Lague) Auger, 78, died November 19, 2013 in St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of Philias A. Auger, Jr.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late George and Mabel (Anger) Lague.
Evelyn L. Dumas
WOONSOCKET- Evelyn L. (Healy) Dumas, 79, of Woonsocket, died November 15, 2013 in Oakland Grove Healthcare Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Florence (Tessier) Healy.
She worked as a secretary for the library of the Cumberland School Department for twenty-one years prior to retiring in 1994. Evelyn was a longtime communicant of St. John Vianney Church, Cumberland. She enjoyed playing bingo, collecting elephants and spending time with her grandchildren.
LINCOLN â€” Two years ago, a main event between Peter Manfredo Jr. and Rich Gingras would have been very unlikely and one of the last pairings any matchmaker could have imagined.
Two years ago, Manfredo was one of the top middleweight fighters in the world, battling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC championship, while Gingras, who fought as a cruiserweight and light heavyweight from 2006-2009, was 26 months removed from his last fight, electing to devote the bulk of his time getting his new gym, Fight 2 Fitness in Pawtucket, off the ground and running smoothly.