March 18th, 2011
LINCOLN â€“ For a little over an hour Wednesday night, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist fielded queries from parents, teachers, Town Council and School Committee members and others about the status of education in town and beyond.
Before that, however, she spent approximately 30 minutes discussing how the Lincoln School District stacked up against others statewide, and how Rhode Island's test scores relate to those nationally and internationally.
Josephine C. Warzycha
CUMBERLAND - Josephine C. Warzycha 86, of Mendon Road passed away Wednesday March 16, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Warzycha Sr.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Catherine (Bobola) Bernat. She lived in Cumberland for the past 5 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed as a Bookkeeper for the Warzycha Construction Co. of Pawtucket and the Paper Scene of Attleboro. She also worked for the former Franklin Supply Co. as a Bookkeeper.
PAWTUCKET - Phyllis Tumidajski 83, of Fortin Avenue passed away Wednesday March 16, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Tumidajski.
Born in Taunton, MA she was a daughter of the late Walenty and Josephine (Salek) Majkut. She lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Before retiring she was employed as a Seamstress in the Pawtucket area.
Phyllis was an avid Polka Dancer.
Janet C. Riendeau
PAWTUCKET: Janet C. Riendeau 55, passed March 16th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Ronald Riendeau.
She was the daughter of the late George W. and Blanche (Peloquin) McConnell.
Besides her husband she is survived by her loving children, Corey, Meghan, and Courtney Seebeck, Ronald and Rebecca Riendeau and Rosa Silva, a sister, Susan Sampers, 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Bernice A. Adams
CENTRAL FALLS - Bernice A. (Brown) Adams, 89, formerly of Washington St., passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald P. Adams. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Nile and Louise (DeLong) Brown, she resided in Central Falls over fifty-five years.
The seasons come and the seasons go.
Another winter of high school sports in our region has come to an end (except for Mount St. Charles hockey, both the boys and the girls).
It wasnâ€™t a particularly great campaign for teams from the Blackstone Valley. St. Raphael Academy did win the boysâ€™ basketball open tournament. That was no small achievement, especially after the Saints limped to the finish line during the regular season and made a quick exit from the division playoffs.
Life is about second chances and the Saints made the most of their opportunity.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's just a study at this point, but an educational building consultant hired to evaluate the conditions of the city's schools told the School Committee Tuesday night that all of them need to be either revamped or replaced to the tune of almost $153 million.
PAWTUCKET â€” Cumberland resident Jocelynn White will never forget one of her first assemblies as a â€śBooks Are Wingsâ€ť volunteer.
Two years ago, she and President Monique Renaud â€” also White's aunt â€” decided to bring in a professional storyteller to read to children during a â€śBAWâ€ť Book Party at the city's Fallon Elementary School.
After the duet had given to students the books of their choice, she was stunned at her observation.
PAWTUCKET - Margaret Lima of Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket died March 13, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Clara (Fernandes) Lima.
Miss Lima is survived by her sister Pearl Rose, her nephews John Pina, John O'Connor and Steven O'Connor, and her nieces Clara Perry and Ruth Collins.
There will be a funeral service for Miss Lima Friday, March 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Manning-Heffern Funeral Home, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket.
ATTLEBORO, MA- Alfred Whittaker, 90, of Attleboro, MA, formerly of Fall River, MA passed away on Wednesday March 16, 2011 at the LifeCare Center in Attleboro. He was the husband of the late Juliette (Meyrelles) Whittaker.
PAWTUCKET â€” Freddy Gobewole is making a name for himself in this city, first as an all-state football player for Shea High last autumn and then as the New England high school indoor track champion at 55 meters.
PAWTUCKET â€” A fire heavily damaged a two-family house at 747 Main. St. on Monday night and displaced six tenants.
Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal, said the call came in at around 9:30 p.m. He said the blaze apparently started on the third floor of the two-family house in an area that functioned partly as an attic and also contained bedrooms that were part of the second floor apartment. He said the fire burnt a large section of the roof and caused damage to the third floor.
Katherine M. Aldsworth
PAWTUCKET - Katherine M. Aldsworth 86, formerly of Sisson St, Pawtucket, passed March 14th at the Waterview Villa.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late John J. Aldsworth Sr. and Catherine (Noonan) Aldsworth.
She had been employed as an Operator by the former AT&T for over 30 years. Katherine was a member of the AT&T Telephone Pioneers and a longtime Communicant of St. Mary Church.
She is survived by a nephew, John J. Aldsworth III of Seekonk, and two great nieces, Casandra Aldsworth of Berkley, CA and Colleen Aldsworth of Seekonk and her daughter Madison.
Fernando Rodrigues Gomes
CUMBERLAND - Fernando Rodrigues Gomes, 74, of Cumberland Street, passed away Tuesday in the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Maria A. (Nunes) Gomes.
Born in Pedrogao Pequeno, Portugal he was the son of the late Manuel and Beatriz (do Carmo) Gomes. He came to this country in 1973, settling in Cumberland.
Mr. Gomes was employed by the RI Textile Company of Pawtucket for 4 years, previously employed by the former Royal Electric Company for 20 years.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church.
PROVIDENCE â€” Keno Davis never failed to mention that Providence College featured one of the youngest menâ€™s basketball teams in the Big East, if not the country. Many saw that as a plea or a copout on Davisâ€™ part, but the fact that the Friarsâ€™ 2010-11 roster was comprised of 10 first- or second-year players is not lost on athletic director Bob Driscoll.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket is embarking on a $6 to $7 million expansion plan for its facility on Moeller Place, thanks to the City Councilâ€™s approval of a land conveyance request.
On Wednesday, the City Council voted 8 to 0 to approve a resolution to convey about a 9-acre portion of the 20-acre city property adjacent to the Boys & Girls Clubâ€™s existing facility off School Street to the organization for the sum of one dollar.
BURRILLVILLE - Simonne Poulin, 84 resident of Mapleville, died March 12, 2011 at the St. Antoine Residence in No. Smithfield.
Loving wife of 27 years to Roland Poulin.
Born in Albion RI, a daughter of the late Albert & Marie (Auger) Benoit.
She worked for the H&H Screw Co. in Lincoln; previously she worked for the Hasbro Co. A resident of Burrillville for many years previously she lived in Central Falls.
Carlos A. Oliveira
PAWTUCKET - Carlos A. Oliveira, 86, of Pawtucket, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Deolinda (Cardoso) Oliveira. They had been married 60 years.
Born in Portugal, he was a son of the late Inacio and Georgina (Silva) Oliveira. Mr. Oliveira was employed as a machine operator for American Insulated Wire Co. until his retirement. His daughter Lucia Dennis of New Snyrna, Fl, his son Jose Oliveira of S. Attleboro and his grandchildren Justin Oliveira, Amber Dennis and Danielle Dennis survive him.
Ruth R. Phillips
WARWICK - Ruth R. (Hinchcliffe) Phillips, 82, of Warwick and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert D. Phillips.