August 31st, 2011
EAST PROVIDENCE â Fire Chief Joe Klucznik said Wednesday evening that Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials had taken control of a clean-up operation after approximately 24,000 gallons of home heating fuel spilled onto Valley Street and covered two nearby buildings earlier in the day.
The cause of the accident: A backhoe operated by a Cardi Corp. construction crew member punctured a 16-inch, high pressure pipeline, propelling the fuel 30-40 feet into the air.
STERLING, CT - Richard Dickinson, 97, of Sterling CT, formerly of Lincoln, died Monday at Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam. Born in Durham ME, he was a son of the late Henry and Ester (Nielson) Dickinson. He was employed in the shipping department of Harvest Bread Co. until his retirement. Mr. Dickinson was an Army veteran of World War II.
PAWTUCKET - John Baptista, 77, of Newport Ave, passed August 31, 2011.
He was the husband of Irene (Read) Baptista and of the late Mary Baptista
Born in Brava, Cape Verde Island, a son of the late Pedro and Silvana (Serena) Baptista.
He had been employed by Texas Instruments as a tool maker for 30 years before retiring.
Besides his wife he is survived by two brothers, Manuel Baptista and Carlos Baptista, five sisters, Domingas Baptista, Maria Pires, Maria Baptista, Dinora Fontes and Telma Correia and many nieces and nephews.
Patricia A. Robinson
CUMBERLAND - Patricia A. (Heinsohn) Robinson, 63 of Cumberland, was the loving and devoted wife of Architect and Engineer, John M. Robinson. Patricia passed away August 29th at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was a mentor and caring friend to many, including her husband, former classmates, students, home care aides, and nurses throughout her lifetime.
CUMBERLAND - Lillian O'Hearn-McMahon (Wilding), 99, of Cray St. died Wednesday in the Memorial Hospital,Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Joseph F. McMahon and the late Walter J. O'Hearn.
Born in Cumberland she was the daughter of the late William G and Elley (Yates) Wilding. She was a life long Cumberland resident.
She was employed by the former Ann & Hope, Cumberland for many years until her retirement.
CENTRAL FALLS â The exact cause has yet to be determined, but Fire Department officials believe that a candle was likely to blame for a Monday night tenement fire that displaced 12.
According to acting Fire Chief John Garvey, the fire was reported at around 8:37 p.m. in a three-story house at 138 Railroad St. The entire house, like much of the surrounding neighborhood, was without power.
PAWTUCKET â As the power outages continue throughout many neighborhoods in Pawtucket, Mayor Donald Grebien and the police and fire chiefs say they are still largely in the dark as to when National Grid will have the electricity for the entire city fully restored.
Following a statewide conference call on Tuesday for city officials statewide, the Grebien Administration issued a memo saying that the latest news was that supplemental National Grid crews arrived at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick that afternoon and crews had been arriving in the city throughout the day.
Asking a high school football coach to âpreviewâ his team during the final week of preseason practice is really premature. Itâs at least a week too early for that. Besides, coaches only want to talk about known commodities. Sometimes it takes half of a season to figure out the identity of these embryonic football teams.
Coaches are always willing to talk about certain subjects: veteran players, team leaders, practice schedules, lack of depth on the roster âŠ thereâs a whole litany of subjects that coaches are dealing with as the summer begins to fade away.
James P. Dolan
PAWTUCKET - James P. Dolan, 53, passed August 30th with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Kham Phommakoth.
Born in Providence, a son of Catherine J. (Conneely) Dolan of East Providence and the late Patrick J. Dolan.
He had been employed by Neptco Corp for 24 years.
Beverly A. Otis
PAWTUCKET - Beverly A. Otis, 76, of Pawtucket died August 29, 2011. She was the wife of the late Howard D. Otis.
She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Elmer and Edith (Babcock) Nickerson. She was employed by Standard Uniform Co. for many years until her retirement in 1999.
She is survived by 1 daughter Kathleen Otis and 1 son Richard Otis and his wife Linda, all of Pawtucket. Sister of the late William Nickerson.
Funeral and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Providence Animal Rescue League 34 Elbow St. Providence, RI.
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Adalberto "Dabeto" Goncalves, 74, of North Attleboro, passed away on Wednesday, August 24th 2011, peacefully at home with his wife, Elisa and daughters Nellie and Nicole by his side.
PAWTUCKET â There are hundreds of residents without power, toppled trees and downed wires, and several major intersections with no traffic signals. Yet, as Mayor Donald Grebien stated at an emergency management meeting with city officials and department heads on Monday afternoon, âWe're dealing with the aftermath, but thank God, it was not worse.â
Because six of the city's public schools were still without power as of late Monday afternoon, Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke pushed back opening day for students to Thursday now, with teachers and staff to report on Wednesday.
The third week of preseason football practice offers high school coaches and players a chance to narrow their focus.
EAST PROVIDENCE â We end this summerâs Golf Spotlight series in an appropriate location: Wannamoisett Country Club, a most prestigious par 69 test of subtle skills that has hosted the Northeast Amateur Invitational for 50 years, dating back to 1962.
When Ricky Ledo reneged on his verbal commitment to Providence College back in January, the Providence native did so with the full backing of his high school coach.
Now that all signs indicate that Ledo plans to unveil his college of choice Thursday afternoon in the Capital City â sources tell Blackstone Valley Sports that Ledo will announce his intentions to become a Friar once again â this same coach believes that the ensuing months Ledo spent on the open market only aided the highly-touted recruit in researching and ultimately rendering a decision.
Maria N. Rodrigues
CUMBERLAND - Maria N. Rodrigues, 67, passed away August 26th peacefully at home with her family beside her.
Born in Terceira, Azores, and a longtime resident of Cumberland, Rhode Island, she was a dedicated wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband Manuel G. Rodrigues and her two children, Manuel A. Rodrigues and Sandra M. Rodrigues, and six grandchildren, Zachary, Emily, Amanda, Tara, Louise and Anthony.
Maria R. Neves
CUMBERLAND - Maria R. Neves, 87, of Clark St. passed away Sunday in the Oak Hill Nursing Home, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Joaquim A. Neves.
Born in Taunton she was the daughter of the late Abilio and Maria (dos Anjos) Pires. She resided in Cumberland most of her life.
She was a weaver employed by the Arbeka Webbing Co., Pawtucket for 18 years retiring in 1988. She was previously employed by the Hope Webbing Co., for 22 years.
Raymond W. Faulkner Jr.
LINCOLN - Raymond W. Faulkner Jr., 49, of Lincoln, died Saturday at home. Born in Providence, he was a son of Ellen (Conroy) Faulkner of Lincoln and the late Raymond W. Faulkner Sr.
Mr. Faulkner had been employed by Cross Insulation. He is also survived by his brothers John J. Faulkner of Plainville, MA, Kevin Faulkner of Plainville, MA and Brian Faulkner of Lincoln; his sister Sheila M. Costa of Cumberland; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
High winds and waves pummel the south coast of Rhode Island as Hurricane Irene makes its closest pass early Sunday morning.The National Weather Service in Taunton, Ma. issued a flood warning for the Blackstone River in Woonsocket from late Sunday night to Monday afternoon or until the warning is cancelled, after heavy rains due to the storm that fell Saturday night and Sunday. At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the stage was 5.9 feet. Flood stage for the river is 9 feet, and minor flooding is forecast.