March 9th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€“ 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.
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
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.
PAWTUCKET -- They donâ€™t share the same practice facility anymore, but that doesnâ€™t mean the rivalry between Tolman and East Providence has lost any luster this season.
Their two regular-season meetings â€“ a 3-0 Tolman win on New Yearâ€™s Eve and a 4-1 E.P. victory on Jan. 28 â€“ 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.
When Courtney Kent took to the starting blocks for the R.I. Interscholastic Girls Swimming Championships at the University of Rhode Islandâ€™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 â€“ not to mention proving to herself she still was the Ocean State's fastest â€“ but much more so to show her father, Michael, how much she had improved over the years.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Instead of the â€śyear of the cities and townsâ€ť that Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for in his State of the State speech, restaurateur Robert Burke said 2012 should be â€śthe year of the long-suffering Rhode Island taxpayer.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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
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
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
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
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
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.
PAWTUCKET (AP) â€” 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 â€śunderperformanceâ€ť in Hasbro's U.S. and Canadian divisions, which are under new leadership. He also cited the company's need for â€śdifferent skill setsâ€ť in its workforce.
The layoffs will affect workers in Pawtucket and Providence.
NEW YORK â€” In some ways it was an ending, as in the end of the season for Providence College. In other respects, Tuesday nightâ€™s 79-47 bludgeoning at the hands of Seton Hall in opening round of the Big East Tournament can be viewed as the official jumping-off point to the Ed Cooley era.
Cooleyâ€™s first season at PC ended in futile fashion, his club suffering a 32-point defeat that goes in the books as the largest loss margin for the Friars in their Big East tourney history. Providence has now dropped 14 of its last 16 conference tournament games.
NEW YORK â€” Wednesday morning will see the presidents and athletic directors from the Big East gather in a central location. The guest list will include party crashers in the form of representatives from the schools in line to join the league.
Wouldnâ€™t you like to be a fly in that room?
â€śI think theyâ€™ll introduce some of the new members and [league president John Marinatto] is going to give us an update to where we are on a lot of issues,â€ť Providence College athletic director Driscoll remarked. â€śIt should be a good meeting and Iâ€™m looking forward to it.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket City Hall employees and members of the local community helped make a dent in the Winter Food Drive being coordinated by Progreso Latino and the Cesar Chavez Scholarship Fund to benefit residents of Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Douglas Hadden, his director of constituent services and communications, delivered three large boxes of donated canned goods and other food items to the Salvation Army.
Frederick P. Short
LINCOLN- Short, Frederick P., 66, of School Street, Lincoln died Tuesday February 28 at Florida Hospital Tampa.
He was born in Pawtucket, son of the late Frederick and Ada (Inglis) Short.
Fred was a graduate of Pawtucket West and served his country as a USA Ranger combat veteran in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. He was an active member in the Vietnam Veterans of America in Rhode Island and local Chapter 818. Fred is survived by his sister Dorothy and two sons Joshua and Zachary.
PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s a whole new ballgame for T.J. Sorrentine, one that holds the potential of yielding big dividends down the road.
As of this moment Sorrentine is the interim coach at Brown University, the new title bestowed upon the Pawtucket native after the school dismissed head coach Jesse Agel on Monday. Sorrentine was informed of his reclassification during a meeting with outgoing athletic director Mike Goldberger after learning earlier in the day that Agel would not be retained.
â€śGoing into that meeting, I didnâ€™t know what to expect,â€ť Sorrentine said when reached Monday night.
PROVIDENCE â€” Vincent Council provided the type of response that epitomizes the mindset of the Providence College Friars heading into the Big East Tournament.
To summarize, the junior doesnâ€™t expect the Friars to be a one-and-done casualty, their season ending at the hands of Seton Hall on Day 1 of the five-day mad dash leading up to a hoops coronation at Madison Square Garden.