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March 11th, 2012

Flanders: Municipal bankruptcy not such a horrible thing

March 11, 2012

WARWICK — Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders extolled the virtues of municipal bankruptcy Saturday, telling the RI Statewide Coalition that it “is not a horrible thing; it is a thing we ought to be doing.”

American Legion about helping fellow veterans

March 11, 2012

On a Friday evening these days, just a handful of members belonging to the Alphonse Yelle Post No. 9 of the American Legion get together at the Post Home at 20 Railroad St.
The reasons they gather together haven't really changed since the post was founded by Manville soldiers returning home from World War I, but it does seem fewer of today's returning warriors have the time or willingness to maintain lasting friendships at a post.

March 10th

WEB ONLY: No bull about: Cumberland's Patrick signs on with South Florida '9'

March 10, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Now that he's decided where he will attend college, Cumberland High senior pitcher Justin Patrick – a 6-5, 205-pound righty – just wants to focus on the next task at hand: Helping the Clippers to an outstanding Division I-North campaign and securing a playoff berth later this spring.
“I personally think we can get to states this year,” Patrick stated Thursday afternoon as he relaxed inside the school's Wellness Center. “The last couple of years, we played OK as a team, but I don't feel we reached our potential.

Council updated on fire district study

March 10, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The firm hired by the town last year to consult on a fire department merger study revealed some of its findings to the Town Council Wednesday as well as a glimpse of what it plans to eventually recommend when it submits its final report to the council in the fall.
Donald I. Jacobs, of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services, gave the council a 30-minute update on the progress of a comprehensive feasibility planning assessment for the purpose of consolidating the town's fire services as either an independent, municipal or regional department.

March 9th

Townies flatten Tigers in Game 1 of semis, 6-0

March 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Last week, when Rhode Island Interscholastic League officials asked East Providence High head coach Kevin Croke where he wanted to play his home games in the Division III playoffs, he selected Adelard Arena, the home of Mount St. Charles Academy.
“We don’t practice at Lynch Arena (in Pawtucket), and we only had five games there this season,” Croke reasoned. “Tolman practices there, so we figured, ‘Why give them home ice (for all three semifinal tilts)? That’s why we wanted it up here.”

Gee’s temporarily closed for selling to minor

March 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A Broad Street liquor store owner has been fined and his business temporarily closed for selling alcohol to a minor in what is his fifth such violation in 11 years.
Following a hearing on Wednesday at the City Council's Board of License Commissioners, the board voted to order Gee's Liquors at 400 Broadway to remain closed effective March 11 through March 30. The store is allowed to re-open on March 31.

House takes up binding arbitration -- again

March 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In California, a sure harbinger of spring is the return of swallows to Capistrano. In Rhode Island it is unions and school and municipal officials returning to the House Labor Committee to fight about binding arbitration.

Hazeldean Cheetham

March 9, 2012

Hazeldean Cheetham

ATTLEBORO, MA- Hazeldean Cheetham, 83, of Fairway Drive died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, MA. She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Cheetham.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Albert and Doris (Wilson) Hill, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Attleboro 22 years ago.
Mrs. Cheetham was a secretary in the Pawtucket School Department before retiring.

Florence M. Dumais

March 9, 2012

Florence M. Dumais

PAWTUCKET- Florence M. Dumais 1912-2012, died peacefully, in her 100th year, at the Grandview Nursing Home on March 5, 2012.
She was the daughter of the late Emilio and Laetitia (Baker) Dumais and the sister of the late William and Louis.
Florence worked at the Concordia Mfg. Co. for 45 years as bookkeeper and Asst. Treasurer before retirement in 1974.

March 8th

Tolman, E.P. face off in Division III semifinals

March 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- They don’t share the same practice facility anymore, but that doesn’t mean the rivalry between Tolman and East Providence has lost any luster this season.
Their two regular-season meetings – a 3-0 Tolman win on New Year’s Eve and a 4-1 E.P. victory on Jan. 28 – were hard-fought, physical battles that saw a lot of penalties and hard feelings between the two Blackstone Valley rivals.
That being said, expect another royal slugfest this weekend when the teams renew acquaintances in the best-of-three Division III semifinals.

Courtney Kent's enjoying a superb swimming career

March 8, 2012

When Courtney Kent took to the starting blocks for the R.I. Interscholastic Girls Swimming Championships at the University of Rhode Island’s Tootell Natatorium back on Feb. 25, she desperately wanted to defend her titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.
Naturally, it had something to do with her desire to achieve personal-best times – not to mention proving to herself she still was the Ocean State's fastest – but much more so to show her father, Michael, how much she had improved over the years.

Meal tax hike plan gets cold shoulder

March 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Instead of the “year of the cities and towns” that Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for in his State of the State speech, restaurateur Robert Burke said 2012 should be “the year of the long-suffering Rhode Island taxpayer.”

Council OKs Housing Authority expansion

March 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — After lengthy debate that spanned two meetings, the City Council on Wednesday approved an amended resolution that will increase the membership of the Pawtucket Housing Authority from five to seven commissioners.

March 7th

City looking to privatize transfer station

March 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — City officials are looking to privatize the operation of the solid waste transfer station at 240 Grotto Avenue in a move they say will substantially cut costs, increase efficiency and possibly generate additional revenue through expanding capacity.

Veda M. Butler

March 7, 2012

Veda M. Butler

PAWTUCKET: Veda M. Butler, 80, passed March 4th 2012. She was born in Charles Town West Virginia and resided in Pawtucket, RI.
She is survived by a daughter, Jeanette Butler of Boston, 2 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. She was mother of the late Miguel Butler and Danett M. Butler.
Services will be held in Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln, RI at 3pm Saturday. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com

Wayne F. Johnson

March 7, 2012

Wayne F. Johnson

PAWTUCKET- Wayne F. Johnson, 57, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012. He was the husband of Donna M. (Gill) Johnson.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of Loretta G. (Gaouette) Johnson of Pawtucket and the late Howard D. Johnson.
Wayne was a Vietnam Era U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was employed as a supervisor in the Housekeeping Department at the VA Medical Center, Providence, for over ten years until retiring last year.

Mary A. Nolin

March 7, 2012

Mary A. Nolin

LINCOLN- Mary A. "Aunt Mary" Nolin, 97, died March 2, 2012 after a short illness.
Born and raised in Lincoln, she was a beloved daughter of the late Charles and Mary (McGuinniss) Nolin.
Miss Nolin enjoyed her family and work. She was the secretary and treasurer of the former Lumb Motors of Pawtucket retiring in 1984. Mary devoted herself to her family and St. Jude's Church of Lincoln.
She was a graduate of Holy Trinity School and graduated from high school at age 15 from St. Xavier Academy.
She was an inspiration to all who were blessed to know and love her.

Joan E. Shea

March 7, 2012

Joan E. Shea

RUMFORD- Joan E. Shea, 77, of Dalton Street, Rumford died Tuesday, March 6, 2012. She was the wife of John Shea to whom she married on Thanksgiving Day 58 years ago.
Mrs. Shea was born in Phillipsdale RI, the daughter of the late Ralph and Beatrice (Levesque) Wilson.
She was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church in Rumford, and an avid New England Patriots fan.
Joan was a customer service representative for the former Old Colony Bank then Bank of New England for over twenty five years.

Kenneth G. Betters

March 7, 2012

Kenneth G. Betters

CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA- Kenneth G. Betters passed away unexpectedly on January 21, 2012 in Florida. He was the husband and best friend for 45 years of Melodie (Blain) Betters.
He is preceded in death by his parents George and Florence (Bolduc) Betters.
He was born in Pawtucket, RI and lived in Chepachet for 30 years before moving to Florida.

Hasbro lays off 55 in the state

March 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Toy maker Hasbro on Tuesday laid off 55 employees in Rhode Island, part of a larger downsizing that comes just months after announcing an expansion into Providence, company officials said.
Company spokesman Wayne Charness said in a statement that about 170 workers are being laid off worldwide because of the “underperformance” in Hasbro's U.S. and Canadian divisions, which are under new leadership. He also cited the company's need for “different skill sets” in its workforce.
The layoffs will affect workers in Pawtucket and Providence.

 

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