Archive - Feb 2012
PROVIDENCE â Movie and TV star James Woods appeared at the Statehouse Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that would allow doctors and hospitals to express sympathy or acknowledge errors to patients and family members when medical treatment goes awry without it being held against them in later court actions.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â After a rather sloppy initial half, one in which it registered 15 turnovers and had serious issues netting a bucket, North Smithfield High head coach Alisha Brannon took her troops aside and told them simply to calm down and think.
âBasically, we have a tendency to rush on offense, and the first half was a classic example,â she said. âThey try to pass too quickly or dribble past (defenders). At halftime, I told them to quit rushing and spread the floor.
Shirley S. Morris
BURRILLVILLE- Shirley S. (Vose) Morris, 84, of Burrillville, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Burrillville. She was the wife of the late Francis R. Morris, whom she married October 5, 1946.
Born in Cumberland, RI, she was the daughter of the late Ornando F. and Madeline (Slocum) Vose. Shirley lived in Cumberland Hill for 19 years, Berkeley for 39 years and in Burrillville for 26 years.
Robert C. Hale, Sr.
ATTLEBORO- Robert C. Hale, Sr., 79, of Ft. Myers Beach, FL and South Attleboro, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012.
He was born Dec. 12, 1932 in Somerville, MA, the son of Leslie and Helen (Harris) Hale.
He proudly served in the US Navy from 1952-1956. He worked for Texas Instruments for 38 years. In his earlier years, he was involved in coaching and umpiring for the South Attleboro Baseball League and was an avid bowler.
WARWICK â There were a few critical reasons why Shea High suffered a disappointing 63-52 loss to Rogers High in the R.I. Open Tournament's âRound of 16â at the Community College of Rhode Island-Warwick's Vincent A. Cullen Field House on Tuesday night.
Heart and will weren't among them.
Instead, the eighth-seeded Raiders issued 19 turnovers, including eight in the initial seven minutes of the final stanza, and dropped only 13 of 21 free throws (61.9 percent), as they closed their campaign at 18-6 overall.
PROVIDENCE â In preparation for Tuesdayâs game against the Jim Calhoun-less UConn Huskies, Ed Cooley took his club to the movies. The screening didnât include popcorn and soda, rather visual evidence to demonstrate just how far Cooleyâs PC Friars have come from a mediocre showing in an exhibition game to this past weekendâs last-second escape job at DePaul.
PROVIDENCE â Itâs just not the players who burn with desire, clamoring to face the very best. Coaches too relish the opportunity to match wits and strategies whenever thereâs a noted leader of the pack residing in the opposite corner.
EAST PROVIDENCE â For 29 years, the city-owned Weaver House on Grove Avenue sat vacant, shuttered by the city in 1983 because of its age and need for major repairs.
"The 29 years the Weaver House sat dormant was a great loss to the city. Today, it's a beautifully restored building that is a vital part of the community once again," East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers told a gathering of city and state officials Tuesday at a public open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Weaver House restoration project.
James W. Drape
PAWTUCKET- James W. Drape, 65, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012. He was the husband of Jeannine (Pariseau) Drape.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Gordon and Catherine (Hogan) Drape.
He was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, He was an army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a utility worker for Neptco for twenty years, retiring in 2011.
Theresa M. Morin
CENTRAL FALLS- Theresa M. Morin, "Marie" 85, of 466 Hunt St, passed February 28th. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Morin.
Born in North Providence, a daughter of the late Domenic and Philomena (DeSaint) Maio.
Theresa was a member of the Wilfred Manor Association.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald J. Morin of Pawtucket and Albert E. Morin of Pascoag, a twin brother, Nicholas Maio of East Providence, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Richard P. Morin and sister of the late Anna McAllister and Patrick Maio.
Olive N. Bowker
SMITHFIELD- Olive N. (Bardsley) Bowker, 90, of Log Road died Monday, February 27, 2012 at Hebert Health Center, Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Albert S. Bowker.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Matthew and Alice (McAlpine) Bardsley, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Smithfield over 5 years ago.
David A. Silva
FLORIDA- David A, Silva, 77 passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, a son, David of Florida, 3 daughters, Jacquelyn and Donna of Pawtucket, Diane Violo of Cranston, a brother, Paul Silva of Smithfield, a stepson, Barry Kessler of Seekonk, Ma, a stepson, Wayne Kessler of Westwood, Ma, a stepdaughter, Rhonda Kessler of Smithfield, a stepdaughter Lori Krawetz of Lincoln, 8 grandchildren,and 3 great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Roy Silva.
LINCOLN â A weekend break in a 20-inch water main had Old River Road closed to traffic Monday as work to repair the leak continued late into the night.
The affected line carries drinking water up from North Providence and supplies a standpipe in Manville but most local services could be rerouted, according to John Faile, town water superintendent.
As a result, only 3 to 4 homes were reported to be without water as the repair was under way Monday, Faile said.
PAWTUCKET â The Ocean State now has a musical shrine to call its own. On Sunday night, a ribbon-cutting was held at the Hope Artiste Village at 999 Main Street to debut the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.
When it comes to predicting who will play for the three state championships on March 10 at the Ryan Center, it shouldnât take a lot of thought.
In Division I, all signs point to the two unbeaten teams, defending champion La Salle and rival Bay View. In Division II, you can take your pick among the Northâs Moses Brown (17-1) and the Southâs Narragansett and Rogers (each 16-2), and in Division III, unbeaten Juanita Sanchez and defending champ Middletown (16-3) are the clear-cut favorites.
Ann Marie Barrie
SMITHFIELD- Barrie, Ann Marie, 79, of Higgins Street, Smithfield, died Monday, February 27, 2012 in Providence.
She was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Clarence E. and Dorothy T. (Arnold) Barrie.
Ms. Barrie worked for the State of Rhode Island's Department of Mental Health.
Ann is survived by her sister, Rita Lampinski of Pawtucket and her nephews, Jack, Glenn, Jeffrey, Daniel and Greg Lampinski.
Funeral and burial will be private. For online condolences, please visit
John L. Hujara
PAWTUCKET- John L. Hujara, 56, of Bates Street, Pawtucket died February 26, 2012. He was the husband of Donna M.( Roe) Hujara.
Mr. Hujara was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Thomas and Ester (DeRoche) Hujara. He was a factory worker at National Marker for many years.
Besides his wife Mr. Hujara is survived by his two sons, John L. Hujara Jr. of Chicago, Illinois and Evan T. Hujara of Pawtucket. He also leaves his brother Thomas Hujara and a granddaughter Adora Bella Hujara.
Claire E. Lefebvre
PAWTUCKET- Claire E. Lefebvre, 72, passed away Friday, February 24, 2012 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Normand Lefebvre.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Landry) Michaud.
Claire was a hair stylist for Claire's House of Beauty for many years. She had also worked for many years at the former Archie's Tavern and the Checker Club of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET- Vincenza J. (Cioe) Duranleau, 89, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Duranleau.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Adeline (Tomei) Cioe.
Vincenza worked as a cashier at The Fair in Cumberland for many years before her retirement. She was a former member of LeFoyer Club, Pawtucket and a member of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
PAWTUCKET- Lillian Joyce, 89, died on Saturday at home. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Joyce Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, and a lifelong resident of the city, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Alice Rushton.
Prior to retirement, she had been employed as a spinner at the former Lebanon Knitting Mills. She loved her family and was devoted especially to her grandchildren.