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January 4th, 2012

Robert R. Gilkenson

January 4, 2012

Robert R. Gilkenson
PAWTUCKET - Robert R. Gilkenson, 91, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Rita (Rousseau) Gilkenson for sixty-five years.

Romney ekes out 8-vote win over Santorum in Iowa

January 4, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, the state party chairman said early Wednesday, ringing down the curtain on an improbable first act in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall.
Appearing hours after the caucuses had ended, Matt Strawn said Romney had 30,015 votes, to 30,007 for Santorum, whose late surge carried him to a near win.

January 3rd

Correa saves the day for Saints

January 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — When St. Raphael Academy’s senior forward, Cesar Mejia, picked up his fourth personal foul early in the second half of Tuesday night’s Division I game with Cranston East, point guard Charles Correa had a bad thought.
“I thought we were in trouble without Cesar,” Correa admitted.
Then Correa, arguably the best high school player in Rhode Island, had another thought.

Chafee to meet with mayors on pensions

January 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE – When provisions for reforming locally-administered pension plans (called non-MERS) were dropped from the comprehensive pension reform late in the process last year, Gov. Lincoln Chafee vowed to introduce legislation on the first day of the 2012 General Assembly session to reform struggling plans that are causing fiscal misery for certain cities and towns.
He missed that self-imposed deadline on Tuesday.

Finance director looks back on career

January 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Fourteen years ago, Ronald Wunschel answered a newspaper advertisement for a city finance director's position that was placed by newly elected Mayor James E. Doyle. Now, after honoring his commitment to stay on and help with the transition under Doyle's successor, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Wunschel has officially hung up his calculator, and is heading off to a well-deserved retirement.

Mary S. Lamoureux

January 3, 2012

Mary S. Lamoureux
PAWTUCKET - Mary S. Lamoureux, 82, of Norton Street, Pawtucket died Saturday, December 31, 2011. She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Ardron Pete Wilbur and Mary Hughes.
Mrs. Lamoureux was a ward secretary for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Providence for many years.
She is survived by her children, James P. Massei and Linda M. (Massei) Roberts, both of Pawtucket.
She also leaves her grandchildren. James D. Massei and Matthew A. Viegas and her great grandchildren, Skylah, Mercedes, and Cameri.

Mary T. Monahan

January 3, 2012

Mary T. Monahan
FLORIDA - Mary "Molly" T. Monahan, 88, of Englewood, FL passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012.
She was born on January 30, 1923 in Glasgow, Scotland to John and Sarah (Hannan)Mullan.
Molly moved to Florida in 1986 from Rumford, RI. She was a loving, wife, mother and home maker. Mrs. Monahan was a Communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Grove City, FL; a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Women's Guild, FISH and the Rhode Island Mothers of Twins Club.

George A. Schuster Jr.

January 3, 2012

George A. Schuster Jr.
PAWTUCKET - George A. Schuster Jr., 65, passed January 2nd after a long illness. He was the husband of Irene (Landry) Casto Schuster.
George was the son of the late George A Schuster Sr. and Irene (White) Schuster Richmond. He had been employed by the Providence and Worcester Railroad for 21 years and was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He enjoyed woodworking, bowling, gardening and his dogs.

Mary S. Lamoureux

January 3, 2012

Mary S. Lamoureux
Mary S. Lamoureux, 82, of Norton Street, Pawtucket died Saturday, December 31, 2011. She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Ardron "Peter" and Mary Hughes.
Mrs. Lamoureux was a ward secretary for the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Providence for many years.
She is survived by her children, James P. Massei and Linda M. (Massei) Roberts, both of Pawtucket.
She also leaves her grandchildren. James D. Masse and Matthew A. Viegas and her great grandchildren, Skylah, Mercedes, and Camarie.

Diane E. Bara

January 3, 2012

Diane E. Bara
CUMBERLAND - Diane E. Bara, 67, of Highland Ave., died Sunday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph F. and Angelina M. (Coletta) Bara. She was a life long Cumberland resident.
She was a personal secretary employed by the Teknor Apex Corp., Pawtucket for 43 years retiring in 2009.
She was a 1961 graduate of Bay View Academy, East Providence and also graduated from Bryant College in 1965 where she was President of the Sigma Iota Xi Sorority.

Paul M. Rockett

January 3, 2012

Paul M. Rockett
ATTLEBORO - Attorney Paul M. Rockett, 90, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Friday night at the Life Care Center in Attleboro. He was a communicant and lector at Saint John the Evangelist Church as well as being a lifetime member of the Serra Club and Massachusetts Bar Association.
Attorney Rockett of 45 Preston Road, Attleboro enjoyed a successful trial law practice downtown Attleboro spanning over 40 years. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling the world with his beloved wife of 58 years Eleanor Mary (Conrad) Rockett.

Jennifer Rocha

January 3, 2012

Jennifer Rocha
LINCOLN - Jennifer Rocha, 27, passed peacefully December 31st at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was the dedicated mother of Jesse.
Jennifer was the daughter of Jack and Robin (Beland) Rocha of Lincoln. She loved the outdoors and even during her illness maintained her outgoing spirit.
Besides her son and parents, she is survived by two sisters, Kelli Arno and her husband Cory of Pawtucket and Jamie Osman and her husband Benjamin of Lincoln, nieces Sara and Megan Arno and a nephew, Cory Arno Jr.

A big year for lawmakers

January 3, 2012

Associated Press
PROVIDENCE — With cities on the brink of insolvency and joblessness stubbornly high, Rhode Island lawmakers returning for a new legislative session say 2012 is shaping up to be a pivotal year.
Just as they spent last year finding ways to fix the state's fiscal problems, lawmakers say 2012 must be devoted to helping cities and towns weather a fiscal crisis that shows few signs of abating.
“The fiscal integrity of the municipalities is going to be the year's big issue,” said House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence. “This is make-it or break-it time.”

January 2nd

Mounties ice Cathedral at Fenway Park

January 2, 2012

BOSTON --- After watching his father and younger brother make news on the baseball diamond last summer with the New England champion Cumberland American Little League all-star team, Brian Belisle got an opportunity to steal the show on one of baseball’s most historic ballfields on Monday night.
But Belisle did so with a hockey stick, not a bat and glove, with his Mount St. Charles Academy teammates at Fenway Park in their “Frozen Fenway 2012” duel against Cathedral High of Springfield, Mass., and the junior center came through with the best game of his young high school career.

January 1st

Many memorable moments in 2011

January 1, 2012

It’s two days into 2012. The past year is now a distance memory. Time sure does fly. It seems like just a short time ago that the winter season was wrapping up, one that included an extraordinary performance by the Tolman High boys’ basketball team in the Division II quarterfinals. The summer, as it always does, went by quickly. But not before a group of young 12-year-old kids from the Cumberland American earned their way to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.
There have certainly been other events and athletes that have made the last 365 days a memorable one.

December 30th, 2011

Tolman, Woonsocket gridders moving up to Division I

December 30, 2011

Ready or not, like it or not, the football programs at Tolman and Woonsocket High Schools are poised to join the Division I ranks.
Based on figures obtained by Blackstone Valley Sports and decreed by the Interscholastic League, the Tigers and Villa Novans rank eighth and ninth, respectively, among the 43 participating schools, meaning both meet the criteria for Division I participation. The state’s top tier typically houses nine teams.

McGair: Ryan O'Dell to wait his turn for URI '9'

December 30, 2011

A little of this, a little of that as we bid adieu to 2011 …
Ryan O’Dell will have to sit tight and wait his turn for the URI baseball team, the Lincoln native’s redshirt status for this coming spring the result of findings by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The initial-eligibility organization launched its investigation into O’Dell’s high school transcript during the middle of the fall ball season, a time when the freshman had visions of making major strides toward landing a substantial role.

Artist weaves his craft on the river

December 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET — From the Main Street bridge by day, the Blackstone River and historic Slater Mill can be viewed through a network of brightly colored cords that shimmer in the sunlight. At nighttime, the reflective filaments in the cords appear to send off a laser light show through the mist generated from the rushing water below.

Speaker Fox looks back, ahead; pension reform a priority

December 30, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Agreeing with, well, just about everybody, that local pension plans will be issue number one in the coming General Assembly session, House Speaker Gordon Fox says he believes enabling legislation that will allow cities and towns to craft individual solutions would be preferable to mandating a single fix to an array of diverse problems.

Dennis Robert Eaton

December 30, 2011

Dennis Robert Eaton
CENTRAL FALLS - Dennis Robert Eaton, 64, of Central Falls and formerly of South Attleboro, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011. He was the cherished husband of Viola "Vi" (Mathis) Eaton for thirty-seven years.

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