Archive - Jan 2014
PAWTUCKET - Clara (Palumbo) Willis, 91, passed on January 5th. She was the wife of late Clayton Willis.
She is survived by her four children, Clayton Willis, Roseann Purcell, Julia Zelano and Anthony Willis, four grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and two sisters.
A funeral service will be held Friday at 11am in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be in the RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Relatives and friends are invited and may visit staring at 9:30am.For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.
Catherine J. Grant
ATTLEBORO - Catherine J. (Gaouette) Grant, 60, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 6, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert G. Grant, Jr. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of Clinton M. and Dorothy L. (Bailey) Gaouette of Seekonk.
Catherine was a lifelong member of the Memorial Baptist Church, Seekonk, where she served as a Deaconess and President of the Womens Fellowship. She was very active in many church activities and served on several committees. Catherine was also an active member of the Linsey Woolsey Quilt Guild, Attleboro Falls.
Pauline A. Smith
LINCOLN - Pauline A. Smith, 85, of Lincoln, died Sunday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Harry C. Smith. Born in Lincoln, she was a daughter of the late James and Ann E. (Cassidy) Nelson.
Mrs. Smith was employed for the State of RI as a medical claims examiner for many years prior to her retirement. She was an active parishioner/volunteer at St. Jude Church.
PAWTUCKET â€” The unsafe conditions in what remains of a graceful, gambrel-roofed Colonial at 34 Utton Ave. have prevented fire officials from determining the exact cause of Saturday morningâ€™s fire.
A two-alarm blaze broke out in the two-and-a-half-story, woodframe house at around 4 a.m. Pawtucket firefighters had to deal with bitter cold temperatures and icy conditions as they worked for over seven hours to fully extinguish the fire and douse stubborn â€śhot spotsâ€ť.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Tuesday's Times.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Declaring that â€śWe have come too far to turn back now,â€ť Mayor James Diossa was sworn in for his first full term in office on Monday, pledging to â€ścontinue the momentum, the positive energy that is flowing through Central Falls.â€ť
Itâ€™s time for Providence College basketball fans to put everything in proper perspective.
Theyâ€™re an upset group due to the administration imposing a season-long suspension from game competition on two freshmen. They feel the sentence is a tad on the harsh side, especially in the wake of no reported legal wrongdoings.
Ernest A. Tapley
CUMBERLAND- Ernest A. Tapley, 88, of Cumberland, died Sunday at The Holiday Nursing Home. He was the husband of Ursula (McCann) Tapley.
Born in Millinocket, ME, he was a son of the late William and Gertrude (Madore) Tapley.
Mr. Tapley was employed as a truck driver for A&P Stores and Dexter Farms. He was a member of Teamsters Local #370. Mr. Tapley was a World War II Army veteran.
CENTRAL FALLS- Irene Bouvier, 84, passed on January 5th.
Born in Lowell, MA, she was a daughter of the late Armand and Leda (Charette) Bouvier.
She had been employed by AT Cross for many years.
Irene is survived by a sister, Rita M. Turenne of Central Falls and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Armand J. Bouvier
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, (Tommorow) at 9:30am in Holy Spirit Parish, Dexter St, Central Falls. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.
For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.
CUMBERLAND- Michalina Maczuga, 88, passed away Sunday January 5, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Care Center in Providence. She was the wife of the late Walter S. Maczuga.
Born in Poland a daughter of the late Stanislaw and Karolina (Krawczyk) Koziol. She lived in Cumberland for the past 52 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was a Weaver for the former Sydney Blumenthal Textile Co. and also was a Bookkeeper for Walterâ€™s Concrete Form Co. of Cumberland.
She was a member and past Mother Of The Year of the former Pulaski Polish Home of Pawtucket.
Charles W. Brod, Jr.
CUMBERLAND- Charles W. Brod, Jr., 95, of Cumberland passed away peacefully on Monday, December 30th. He was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Stanton) Brod, whom he married April 18, 1948.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Olive (Robarge) Brod.
CUMBERLAND -- Frigid temperatures caused pipes to burst inside Cumberland High School over the weekend flooding part of the third floor and causing water damage to the lower floors as well. The school was closed on Monday. For more on this story read Tuesday's newspaper.
CUMBERLAND- Elizabeth "Liz" Teixeira, 91 passed away peacefully Friday at the Avon Nursing Home, Warwick. She was the wife of the late Alvaro Teixeira.
Born in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Beatriz Queija.
EAST PROVIDENCE- Norman "Uncle Norman" Bisson, 85, of Rumford, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jacqueline M. (Theberge) Fuller-Bisson and the late Virginia C. (Hamilton) Bisson.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Cleophas and Yvonne (Legare) Bisson, he resided in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford in 1956.
With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.
Success can come at a hefty price. In the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, this double-edged sword is sharpened every few years or so when the time comes to realign the divisions.
Caught in the crosshairs are non-Division I teams that have achieved and sustained success over a designated period of time. Add a dash of enrollment and presto, what appears is a surefire recipe for relocation to a higher division.
PAWTUCKET â€” After the plowing of the streets comes the shoveling of the sidewalks. Yet, for many senior or disabled citizens, clearing snow off the sidewalks is difficult or impossible. That's where the cityâ€™s volunteer snow shoveling program digs in to help out.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Rhode Island ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Pawtucket School Department seeking public records regarding its high-stakes testing policy that it claims the department has withheld, but Superintendent Deborah Cylke said Thursday that it has already provided the requested information and the suit was filed â€śin error.â€ť
Myrtle A. Bachini
PAWTUCKET- Myrtle A. (Bowen) Bachini, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Benedict "Ben" J. Bachini.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Michael J. and Gertrude M. (Chase) Bowen, she moved to Riverside in 1949 and then returned to Pawtucket in 1957.
CUMBERLAND- Mary (Gomes) Volpe, 85, of Mendon Road, died Wednesday, January 1, at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket. She was the wife of Edward Volpe. Mr. & Mrs. Volpe were married for sixty-six years.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Jose and Amelia (Correira) Chita-Gomes, she had lived in Pawtucket for many years, before moving to Cumberland six years ago.
Cecile Eva Masse
ENFIELD, CT- Cecile Eva Masse, 82, of Enfield, widow of Arthur D. Masse (1977), entered into eternal peace Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014 at Evergreen Health Care in Stafford.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Eva (Bouffard) LaCourse,