February 11th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€“ State Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist had words of both praise and caution on the latest round of New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing on Friday.
Gist's praise included high marks for charter schools in Cumberland, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket and also a special nod to the students and staff of Central Falls High School for raising its four-year graduation rate by 17 points and Woonsocket High School for its improvement in reading.
PROVIDENCE â€” For those associated with Providence College basketball, the importance of keeping a stiff upper lip or oneâ€™s chin high cannot be underscored. After all, itâ€™s not time to pack away the jerseys just yet.
CUMBERLAND â€” Two nights earlier, the wrestlers from Cumberland High knocked off previously undefeated Bishop Hendricken, the friendly confides of the Wellness Center serving as the backdrop. Hoping to replicate some of that home cooking, the Cumberland boysâ€™ hoops team played host to state contender North Providence on Friday night.
Jose I. DaSilva
CENTRAL FALLS - Jose I. DaSilva, 73, of High Street died Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Maria (Maciel) DaSilva.
Born in Faial, The Azores, a son of the late Jose Manuel and Palmiera (DaSilva) Viera, he had lived in Pawtucket most of his life and had also lived in Attleboro, MA before moving to Central Falls 1 year ago.
Mr. DaSilva was a machine operator at American Insulated Wire Company, Pawtucket for 27 years before retiring in 2009.
He was a member of Club Juventude Luzitania, Cumberland.
Theresa A. Allen
LINCOLN - Theresa A. Allen, formerly of Franklin St. Lincoln died Thursday at the Holiday Nursing Home, Manville. She was the wife of the late William M. Allen. She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Arthur and Anna (Boulais) Paquin. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life and moved to Lincoln in 1979.
She is survived by one son, William M. Allen and his wife Janice of Seekonk Mass. A daughter Judith A. Bellavance and her husband Richard of Jenson Beach FL. One brother Lionel Paquin of Port Charlotte FL. Four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Mary R. Molak
CENTRAL FALLS - Mary R. Molak, 84 died on Thursday (Feb. 10) in Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of the late John James Molak. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Alfred and Mary (Melia) Foran, she had been a resident of the Blackstone Valley most of her life. She was a homemaker.
Survivors are two sons: Robert (Susan) Molak of Warwick, and John J. (Pamela) Molak, Jr. of Orlando, FL; one sister: Claire Gamache and two brothers: Walter and Edward Foran; 2 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.
David J. Rousseau
PAWTUCKET - David "Chef" J. Rousseau, 57, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 9, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Denise V. (Pond) Rousseau for twenty-one years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was the son of Grace H. (McLean) Rousseau of Pawtucket and the late Oscar J. Rousseau.
PAWTUCKET - Pablo Ordonez, 65 passed February 9th. He was the husband of Janire C. (Cumplido) Ordonez.
Pablo was Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, arriving in the United States in 1980.
He had been employed in the Webbing Industry till taking ill.
Noelle Patricia Lavallee and Joshua William Lavallee
CHEPACHET - Noelle Patricia Lavallee and Joshua William Lavallee newborn twins of Christopher N. and Carla E. (Geissler) Lavallee of Chepachet died February 3, 2012 at Women & Infants Hospital, Providence.
Darlene Ann Duarte
PAWTUCKET - Darlene Ann Duarte, 54 of Pawtucket died Monday at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of Dorothy (Barbosa) Duarte and
the late Joseph Duarte. She lived in Pawtucket her entire life.
Darlene worked at PCS in Seekonk for many years.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” As a coach you want to see your team pushed to the extreme, especially with the playoffs not too far off in the distance.
Thursday night saw Shea and Central Falls trade big shots and big plays with neither side backing down. The difference in the end was the steely-eyed play of Jordy Brito, the Raiders senior coming up with a series of clutch plays in the closing minutes in what amounted to a hard-fought 63-57 victory over the host Warriors.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman Highâ€™s Dion Rubio, a star football player who developed into a championship-calibre wrestler over the past four winters, enjoys the mat sport.
â€śItâ€™s really different than football,â€ť Rubio, who finished fifth in the state at 160 pounds last winter, said on Thursday night after sending the Tigers to a 42-39 victory over Woonsocket with a pin in the final minute of the final match of the night.
LINCOLN â€” Little did Alexandra Fish know that when she accurately spelled the noun tableau, defined by Webster's Dictionary as â€śa striking, dramatic scene or picture,â€ť she was living one herself.
That correct answer led the Lincoln Middle School eighth grader to the championship of the annual Lincoln School District Spelling Bee, held inside her home auditorium on Tuesday night.
Fish, who out-dueled fellow schoolmate and sixth-grader Alexandra Theroux, now will represent the district at the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, to be held at this same site on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m.
PAWTUCKET - Hortense LaBranche, "Connie" 94, passed February 8th at the Jeanne Jugan Residence.
She was the wife of the late Judes "Jerry" LaBranche.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Beatrice (Picard) Mayer.
Stephen D. Chisholm
LINCOLN - Stephen Douglas Chisholm, 52, of Lincoln, passed away unexpectedly in his residence on February 7th. Born in Providence, a son of the late John and Mary (MacLachlan) Chisholm, he had lived in Lincoln for over twenty-five years.
PAWTUCKET - Robert Hebert, 52, passed peacefully February 6th at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was the son of Alice(Lizotte) Champagne of Pawtucket and the late Leo Champagne.
Robert was a graduate of Central Falls High School, where he played football and basketball. He also played softball for various adult leagues.
He had been employed by Landry Hardware of Central Falls for many years.
He was an avid Patriot and Red Sox fan and enjoyed fishing and shell fishing.
PAWTUCKET â€” Central Fallsâ€™s biggest win of the year also turned out to be Tolmanâ€™s most disappointing loss of the season.
Down by 11 points at the break, the Warriors staged a comeback that saw senior forward Shariela Jiminez toss in 16 of her game-high 20 points and help pave the way to a 55-44 victory in their hard-fought Division II-North duel at the Tigersâ€™ Donaldson Gymnasium.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The best wrestling dual-meets build slowly, bout by bout, to a crescendo. Each match is important. Results in the earlier bouts lay the foundation for dramatic outcomes late in the contest.
Thatâ€™s what happened on Wednesday night at The Wellness Center when an estimated 400 mat-crazy spectators watched Rhode Islandâ€™s only two unbeaten Division I dual-meet teams square off. Cumberland, carrying the burden of a 52-match winning streak nearly three years old, hosted a 13-0 Bishop Hendricken team most experts gave a slight advantage heading into this showdown.
PAWTUCKET â€” Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
Thatâ€™s the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit oneâ€™s monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.
CUMBERLAND â€” It's time for â€śPhys Edâ€ť but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.