October 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” The die is cast.
A massive 200-page bill, months in the making, to radically change public employee retirement payments for everyone from the newly-hired worker to the longest-surviving pensioner was finally introduced in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, ending an extended period of public expectation and speculation.
LINCOLN â€“ The playoffs for Division I begin Oct. 29-31 and Cumberland and Lincoln are right on the cusp to be among the eight teams that earn a berth into a quarterfinal game.
The neighboring rivals battled together on Tuesday afternoon in a key Div. I-B matchup and it was the host Lions that kept up their last-season momentum en route to a 3-0 decision over the Clippers.
What direction does an athlete head in upon retiring? Whatâ€™s next once the cheers stop?
Figuring out the next chapter isnâ€™t always easy. Professional athletes often devote much of their adult life to on-field athletic development â€“ sometimes at the expense of developing proper off-field skills and healthy coping mechanisms that can help with retirement.
Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to remember the following: life does not cease just because the games do. The ability to contribute to society still exists, even if itâ€™s no longer through sports.
Theresa G. Faford
PAWTUCKET - Theresa G. (Dery) Faford, 87, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 17, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald J. Faford, Sr.
Born in Northampton, MA, a daughter of the late Hubert A. and Marie (Beaudoin) Dery, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life. Terry worked and volunteered for the Little Sisters of the Poor for many years. She was a member of the Jeanne Jugan Choir and a former member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Consolation Church. Terry was a forty-five year member of the Keno Girls.
Grace Mills Perkins
PROVIDENCE - Grace Mills Perkins, formerly of Pawtucket, RI died on October 15, 2011 at the Tockwotton Home in Providence, RI. Grace was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, on February 10, 1923, and was educated at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA. Her parents Grace L. (O'Keefe) and Leo Herlihy predeceased her. She is also predeceased by her husband, William T Perkins, a son, William A. Mills, and stepson William J. Perkins and 3 siblings.
PROVIDENCE --- St. Raphael Academyâ€™s home field at the McKinnon-Alves Complex promises to be buzzing with fans lined up and down its sidelines tonight when the Saints host Rogers High in a 5:30 p.m. contest and senior standout Kytresa Ivey-Jones takes aim at a coveted milestone only a select few high school players ever reach.
PAWTUCKET â€” The woman whose signature is reproduced on dollar bills and who also oversees the printing of all U.S. currency spoke to students at Slater Junior High School on Monday to talk about the importance of math, science, and pursuing higher education.
PAWTUCKET - Noella Laferriere, age 71, of Pawtucket, passed peacefully surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the (late) Richard Laferriere. Born November 20, 1939, in Manville, she was the daughter of the late) Prospere and Alida (Lapierre) Lariviere.
James Michael Themis
REHOBOTH, MA - James Michael Themis of Rehoboth, MA, passed away on October 14, 2011. At the young age of 69, he leaves his wife, Audrey, son James Jr. and Anthony, Darlene and Katrina Damiani. He was the son of the late Michael V. Themis of Famugusta, Cyprus.
Born and raised in Pawtucket, RI, James served his country proud from 1960-1964 in the USAF. When he returned, he met his loving wife, Audrey and attended the University of Rhode Island.
Doris M. Miron
Doris M. Miron, 85, of Belmont Street, Pawtucket died Friday, October 14, 2011.
She was the wife of the late Thomas H. Miron.
Mrs. Miron was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Leo T. and Emma (Fontaine) McKenna. She was a factory worker in Pawtucket for many years.
Mrs. Miron is survived by her son, Thomas L. Miron of Pawtucket. She was the sister of the late Leo McKenna.
Doris C. LeMay
SMITHFIELD - Doris "Dot" C. LeMay, 71, of Smithfield, formerly of Central Falls, died Friday at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. She was the wife of Wilfred E. LeMay Jr. and on November 11th they would have been married 50 years. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Alphonse "Buster" and Juliette (Picard) Robichaud. Mrs. LeMay was employed as a school bus driver for the Town of Cumberland until her retirement in 2002.
She was an avid New England Patriots fan.
PAWTUCKET â€” Former Central Falls coach Bobby Marchand used to describe soccer â€“ when played correctly -- as â€śthe beautiful game.â€ť
That description came to mind on Saturday when Marchandâ€™s old team, now coached by long-time Marchand assistant Carl Africo, played to a 1-1 stalemate with Shea High in a battle of Division I state title contenders. Both Shea and Central Falls play a similar game that emphasizes passing and playmaking at its core.
PAWTUCKET â€” Of the handful of non-league games this weekend that pitted Division I teams against Division II teams, this should have been the Division IIâ€™s best chance to grab a victory -- undefeated II-B leader Tolman vs. winless Cranston East at Pariseau Field.
The Tigers, who entered Saturday nightâ€™s game with a 10-game losing streak against Division I opponents, had a golden opportunity to halt that drought and dust off a reeling opponent that was banged up with injuries, but couldnâ€™t take advantage of it.
PROVIDENCE â€” The much-anticipated pension reform bill will be presented to a joint session of the General Assembly tomorrow.
Early reports of the plan to be presented by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo indicate that it will include shifting state employees and teachers from the defined benefit plan they have now to a â€śhybridâ€ť scheme that has components of both a defined benefit and a 401(k)-type defined contribution plan. This would affect contributions as well as benefits.
PROVIDENCE â€” To get a better feel of the Providence College players he was inheriting, Ed Cooley made it a point to watch every Friar game from last season â€śfour or five times.â€ť
What were the impressions Cooley gathered as he studied individual tendencies and Providenceâ€™s style of play under ex-head coach Keno Davis? Letâ€™s just say the new PC coach realized he has his work cut out for him.
William F. Harty Jr
PAWTUCKET - William F. Harty Jr, 80, of Naushon Road, Pawtucket died Friday, October 14, 2011.
He was the husband of Barbara (Wall) Harty. They were married 56 years.
Mr. Harty was born in Pawtucket the son of the late William F. Harty Sr and
Catherine A. (Shannon) Harty.
He was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket and Bryant College.
Mr. Harty was the President of Harty Realty and the HOD Corporation and Chairman of the Pawtucket Redevelopment Association. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.
Mildred A. Hyde
Lincoln - Mildred A. Hyde of Smithfield Avenue and formerly of Cobble Hill Road died Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Miriam Hospital, Providence.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late William K. and Lena G. (Harris) Hyde, she had lived in Lincoln for most of her life.
Miss Hyde worked for the Sun Oil Company, Providence for 29 years retiring in 1979.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Elizabeth K. Hyde and Robert W. Hyde.
Irene F. Aubin
FALL RIVER - Irene F. Aubin, 96 of Fall River died Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Holiday Nursing Home in Manville. She was the wife of the late Henri L. Aubin. Born in Fall River she was the daughter of the late Albert and Georgeanna (Couture) Bernier. She lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Irene was a long time communicant of St. John the Baptist Church.
She is survived by four sons, Donald Aubin of Seekonk MA, Robert Aubin of Attleboro, MA,Maurice Aubin of Lincoln, and Norman Aubin of Vermont; a daughter, Rachelle
PROVIDENCE â€“ All four U.S. Senators from Rhode Island and Massachusetts â€“ including Republican freshman Scott Brown â€“ have introduced legislation that would create the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.
â€śItâ€™s a great day,â€ť enthused Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, after hearing the news. â€śWe thought something was probably going to be moving sooner than later, but we didnâ€™t think it would be this soon. Weâ€™re just happy the timing worked out in our favor.â€ť