Archive - 2012
CUMBERLAND - Francis "Frank" Reilly, 88, of Crowell Street, passed away Sunday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Mary E. (Giraldo) Reilly.
Richard Bruce Fairweather
PAWTUCKET - Richard Bruce Fairweather, 68, of Chaplin Street passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 at home.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Everett H. and Ivy (Robertshaw) Fairweather.
Richard graduated from Tolman High School in 1962. Following high school, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Rhode Island National Guard. He worked as a successful sales executive for many years before retiring in 2007.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ First-term City Councilman James Diossa sprinted ahead of the five-person primary field for mayor, taking 2,039 votes, or 59 percent of the total Tuesday. That puts him in a run-off on Dec. 11 with popular former Police Chief Joseph Moran, who captured 627 votes, or 18 percent according to unofficial tallies that do not include 246 mail ballots.
Those mail ballots leave a small window of opportunity for former Mayor Thomas Lazieh, who garnered 530 votes, or 15 percent to still make a bid for the second spot in the run-off.
LINCOLN â€“ A woman visiting Twin River Tuesday evening said she wouldnâ€™t give a second thought to voting approval of full casino gambling.
Of course the woman was a resident of Massachusetts and her comment was directed toward the approval of casino gambling in her state not Rhode Island.
â€śWhy should Massachusetts give up money to Rhode Island,â€ť the woman said before heading on her way.
That question may well have been on the minds of both state and local voters Tuesday as they gave a solid vote of approval to the expansion of casino gambling at Twin River.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Democrat David Cicilline has won a second term in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District after fighting off a challenge from Republican Brendan Doherty.
Doherty, a former head of state police, ran the strongest Republican campaign for Congress in years in Rhode Island. He harshly criticized Cicilline for his financial stewardship of Providence, which Cicilline led as mayor for eight years before being sent to Washington in 2010.
Michael F. Hull Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Michael F. Hull Sr., 52, of Hanover Ave. passed away Monday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Deborah (Brandt) Hull.
Born in Columbia, SC he was the son of the late James G. and Dorothy A. (Wilson) Hull. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 31 years previously residing in Cumberland.
He was the owner of the A & M Sheet Metal & Roofing Co., Pawtucket for the past 23 years and City Streets Liquors, Woonsocket for the past 5 years.
Michael was also a former coach with the Pineview Little League for 12 years.
Dr. John G. Erhardt
SEEKONK - Dr. John G. Erhardt, 92, a retired educator, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 5, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Rita M. (Gagnon) Mooney-Erhardt and the late Eleanor (Tareila) Erhardt. Born in East Providence, the son of the late John G. and Katherine J. (Kirby) Erhardt, he resided in Riverside before moving to Seekonk over 40 years ago.
Mary C. Read
PAWTUCKET - Mary C. (Lanois) Read, 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 5, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth I. Read for fifty-nine years.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Albert Lanois Sr. and Grace (Elderkin) Lanois. Mary was a winder at the Seekonk Lace Company for twenty years before retiring in 1988. She attended New Horizons Adult Day Center for the past three years.
Campaigners and their supporters are out to greet voters at Cumberland High School Tuesday morning, from left, Steve Murphy, State Representative candidate Mia Ackerman, School Committee candidate Craig Duffy with his daughter Emily, 12, and supporter Chris Buffeny.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islanders were facing long lines and, in at least two polling places, the wrong ballots as they began voting Tuesday in a hotly contested congressional race and on whether to allow the state's two slots parlors to turn into full-fledged casinos.
Officials said the incorrect ballots were delivered by the state Board of Elections for two polling places, West Kingston Elementary School in South Kingstown and Elks Lodge in West Warwick. Voting was delayed in each location, and some voters left without casting a ballot, according to town officials.
For the eight football teams that succeeded in qualifying for the Division II postseason, the objective is crystal clear â€“ survive to play the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.
Of the three local participants, only one team is guaranteed a coveted spot in the semifinals. Woonsocket and St. Raphael will lock helmets in a quarterfinal-round clash at Pariseau Field come 6 oâ€™clock Saturday night. Meanwhile, Cumberland rolls out the welcome mat for Westerly, which ventures to Tucker Field Friday.
PAWTUCKET â€” In addition to the District 6 City Council race, Pawtucket voters heading to the polls today will decide two state Senate races, District 8 and District 15.
In District 8, incumbent Democrat James â€śJamieâ€ť E. Doyle II is facing a challenge from independent candidate Beth Croll.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's official: Pawtucket Police say the cause of the recent fire in a city trash truck was accidental and not prompted by arson.
Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins said that a detective assigned to arson cases had worked with the Fire Department and state Fire Marshal's Office to investigate the cause of the Oct. 23 truck fire.
Ronald J. Gauthier
PAWTUCKET - Ronald J. Gauthier, 71, of Wilton Avenue died surrounded by his loving family Sunday, November 4, 2012 at home after a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Elaine S. (Laffey) Gauthier.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Rosario and Hilda (Boday) Gauthier.
PAWTUCKET - Maurice Bricault, 84, passed away on November 3rd at home. He was the husband of Louise Rita (Bourget) Bricault. They have been married for 59 years. He resided in Pawtucket most of his life before moving to Wake Robin Rd, Lincoln 4 years ago.
He had been employed by the former Olney and Payne Oil for 30 years; he then worked for Oleans Oil. He was a Korean War Veteran.
PAWTUCKET â€” When city voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose the next president and decide a few local races, they will also be asked to consider a number of ballot questions pertaining to an assortment of statewide issues and about $8 million in local capital improvement projects.
Laureen Grebien, wife of Mayor Donald R. Grebien, who is spearheading the 2012 Pawtucket Holiday Basket Drive, along with Herb Weiss, the City's Economic & Cultural Officer, begin their efforts to collect can goods and non-perishables to help Pawtucket families in need to have a Thanksgiving meal. These items can be dropped off at the following City locations: Bristol County Savings Bank, 215 Armistice Blvd.; RI Antique Mall, 345 Fountain St.; Pawtucket Planning & Redevelopment 175 Main St., 3rd Floor; Pawtucket City Hall Lobby and the Mayor's Office Lobby, 137 Roosevelt Ave.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The idea of framing Saturdayâ€™s first-ever hoops get-together between Providence College and Rhode Island College as merely an exhibition game doesnâ€™t paint a complete picture.
CUMBERLAND - Choruses representing five area churches will be performing a unique nondenominational concert Sunday to benefit the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry located on Nate Whipple Highway.
The Food Pantry Choral Benefit Concert will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 3069 Diamond Hill Road. The concert, which will include gospel to contemporary, features choirs from St. John Vianney Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Four Corners Community Chapel, Calvin Presbyterian Church and Arnold Mills United Methodist Church.
PAWTUCKET â€” On the Pawtucket City Council, there is only one â€śclassicâ€ť race being decided on Nov. 6, that between Democratic candidate Timothy Rudd Jr. and Republican candidate Scott Rotondo for the District 6 seat.
The two men are vying for the seat held by incumbent Democrat James Chadwick, who was beaten by Rudd in the Democratic Primary. Both candidates are political newcomers although each have been involved in various other community or sports organizations.