March 22nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” After collecting national honors for her role as a Woonsocket High School science teacher, you wouldn't think Claire Laquerre would be worried about whether she might still have her job next year.
LINCOLN â€” It was pretty much on a whim that Jillian DeSimone even picked up a lacrosse stick.
As a Lincoln High freshman back in the fall of 2008, she played girls' varsity soccer, and even earned a letter for her rather solid play. A few months later, as spring approached, her dad, Louis, suggested she try out for the school's lacrosse program.
Antonio De Almeida
PAWTUCKET- Antonio De Almeida, 85 of Pawtucket died Wednesday at the Phillip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Maria (Utilia) De Almeida.Born in Sao Miguel, Azores he was the son of the late Jose De Almeida and Alexandrina (Moniz) Almeida.Antonio came to the United States in 1969 and settled in Pawtucket.
Prior to his retirement in 1992 he worked as a Machine Operator at the Elizabeth Webbing Company in Central Falls.
Avis M. Reilly
WESTERLY- Avis M. (Shea) Reilly, 90, of Chestnut St., Westerly, passed away at Apple Rehab The Clipper on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She was the wife of the late John McGunagle and the late Thomas E. Reilly, III.
Born in Cumberland, RI, she was a daughter of the late Edward J. and Millicent Shea.
Avis worked as an operator for Westerly Answering Service for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the St. Patrick's Mothers' Club and a current member of both the Hope Valley Senior Women's Club and the Westerly Senior Center.
Pyne, Carol F.
LINCOLN- Pyne, Carol F., 67, of Wake Robin Road, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at
Briarcliff Manor. She was the wife of John E. Pyne
Born in Richmond, Virginia, she was a daughter of Genevieve Green of Beaufort, SC and the late Forest Dunaway. She had lived in Lincoln for 15 years and had previously lived in Pawtucket.
She was an Assistant Manager in the Hardware Department for Sears and Roebuck, Co. before retiring. She was a member of Sears and Roebuck Women's Club.
PAWTUCKET- William "Bill" H. Lomax, Sr., 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Isabella F. (Mudie) Lomax.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late William H. and Elizabeth C. (Cahill) Lomax. Bill worked at Gibby's Service Station, Pawtucket, for many years and was also a mason and chimney sweep for George W. Smith & Son, Inc. for over 53 years. He enjoyed following horse racing and baseball, and especially enjoyed his breakfasts at various local diners.
PROVIDENCE â€” Invoking the tactics, the slogans and in some cases the costumes of Colonial America, opponents of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s 2 percent surtax on restaurant tabs tossed bags of tea into the muddy, mostly drained Waterplace Basin on Wednesday.
Declaring that Rhode Island suffers â€śtaxation without competent representation,â€ť the protesters decried the negative effects they believe the tax would have not only on restaurants, but on the entire economy of the state.
On Wednesday, the URI community rolled out the red carpet â€“ or maybe it was Keaney blue â€“ as a symbolic token to welcome new head coach Dan Hurley and his family. To enlighten the masses regarding the kind of coach and person that Rhode Island is getting in Hurley, we engaged in a background check that conjured all sorts of positive vibrations.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police are investigating an early morning incident on Wednesday in which shots were fired, damaging the outside of a house on Lucas Street.
Major Arthur Martins said that police were notified at around 12:30 a.m. that residents in the vicinity of Smithfield Avenue and Weeden Street in the city's Fairlawn section had heard an argument and the sound of gun shots being fired.
Arthur Moreau Jr.
PAWTUCKET- Arthur Moreau Jr., of York Avenue, Pawtucket died Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
He was the husband of Loretta (Cranshaw) Moreau. They had been married 66 years.
Mr. Moreau was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Arthur Moreau Sr. and Elizabeth (Beauchamp) Moreau.
He was a truck driver for Johnson Motor Lines for many years.
William Joseph Lopes
JAMAICA PLAIN, MA- William Joseph Lopes formerly of Pawtucket, RI died Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Jamaica Plain, MA.
He was born June 11, 1925 in Falmouth, MA.
He was the son of the late Noemia DeCosta and Manuel Lopes and husband of the late Norma Conti.
He is survived by two sons, William and John; John's partner, Stephen; two sisters, Emily Romiza and Virginia Rosa of Falmouth, and two grandchildren, William and Ben.
Gilbert J. Lapre
PAWTUCKET- Gilbert J. Lapre, "Gil" 82, passed March 20th. He was the husband of Shirley (O'Neil) Lapre. They had been married for 60 years.
Gilbert had been employed for 27 years by Texas Instruments retiring in 1993. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.
Five years have passed since the R.I. Interscholastic League recognized cheerleading as a full-fledged varsity sport. Time will tell if such a distinction remains in place moving forward.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Cesar Fajardo had just finished playing in a youth soccer game in North Smithfield on Sunday when his coach, Mayro Estrada, told him and his teammates he had a special surprise in store.
Estrada then leveled the news that two members of the New England Revolution professional soccer team, not to mention some of the organization's Academy youth coaches, would conduct a â€śCommunity Clinicâ€ť inside the Central Falls High School gymnasium Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€” On Thursday, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien stood with his fellow leaders from nine other Rhode Island communities as Gov. Lincoln Chafee outlined proposed legislation aimed at reforming municipal pension plans and providing fiscal relief to cash-strapped cities and towns.
The governor had chosen Pawtucket, which falls under the category of â€śhighly distressed communitiesâ€ť according to drafted criteria, as the location for the press conference announcing his plan, and Grebien was the first of several mayors to take to the podium and voice his support.
PAWTUCKET- Antonio Gomes, 50, passed at home.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, a son of Anna N. Gomes and the late Jose Gomes.
He had worked for Providence metalizing and the former School House Candy.
He is survived by 3 brothers, Joao J. Gomes, Jose J. Gomes, Daniel Gomes, 6 sisters, Maria Delgado, Eugenia Fernandes, Alice Xavier, Candida DePina, Anita Fernandes and Joanna Gibau and many nieces and nephews.
CENTRAL FALLS- Gertrude (Proulx) Dumont, passed away on March 20, 2012.
She was the beloved wife of Normand H. Dumont. Gertrude was the daughter of the late Jean Paul and Jeanne (Boucher) Proulx.
Gertrude was retired from the Central Falls School Department.
Stacia H. Siekiera
PAWTUCKET- Stacia H. Siekiera 94, of Newport Avenue passed away Monday March 19, 2012 at the Grandview Center Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony C. Siekiera.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Victoria (Skowron) Strzesak. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Before retiring Mrs. Siekiera was employed as an Assembler for Swank Jewelry Co. for 10 years.
Laura E. Harrison
EAST PROVIDENCE- HARRISON, Laura E. (Potter) 91, of East Providence died March 17, 2012. She was the wife of the late Thomas Harrison.
She was born in Lincoln, RI a daughter of the late Earl and Laura (Minchin) Potter. She was a homemaker and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. She is survived by 2 daughters Rev. Patricia Harrison of Barrington and Deborah Harrison of Castleton, NY. Sister of the late Dorothy Potter.
PAWTUCKET â€” Outside the ring, Thomas Falowo is known as a quiet, respectful person, but inside the ring, heâ€™s made plenty of noise in his 16 months as a middleweight boxer.
The Pawtucket resident has stormed out to a commanding 5-0 record that includes knockouts in his first four fights, and on Thursday night, he will shoot for his sixth victory when he appears on the undercard of the â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, presented by Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sports, at the Twin River Event Center.