February 9th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â Tolman Highâs Dion Rubio, a star football player who developed into a championship-calibre wrestler over the past four winters, enjoys the mat sport.
âItâs really different than football,â Rubio, who finished fifth in the state at 160 pounds last winter, said on Thursday night after sending the Tigers to a 42-39 victory over Woonsocket with a pin in the final minute of the final match of the night.
LINCOLN â Little did Alexandra Fish know that when she accurately spelled the noun tableau, defined by Webster's Dictionary as âa striking, dramatic scene or picture,â she was living one herself.
That correct answer led the Lincoln Middle School eighth grader to the championship of the annual Lincoln School District Spelling Bee, held inside her home auditorium on Tuesday night.
Fish, who out-dueled fellow schoolmate and sixth-grader Alexandra Theroux, now will represent the district at the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, to be held at this same site on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m.
PAWTUCKET - Hortense LaBranche, "Connie" 94, passed February 8th at the Jeanne Jugan Residence.
She was the wife of the late Judes "Jerry" LaBranche.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Beatrice (Picard) Mayer.
Stephen D. Chisholm
LINCOLN - Stephen Douglas Chisholm, 52, of Lincoln, passed away unexpectedly in his residence on February 7th. Born in Providence, a son of the late John and Mary (MacLachlan) Chisholm, he had lived in Lincoln for over twenty-five years.
PAWTUCKET - Robert Hebert, 52, passed peacefully February 6th at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was the son of Alice(Lizotte) Champagne of Pawtucket and the late Leo Champagne.
Robert was a graduate of Central Falls High School, where he played football and basketball. He also played softball for various adult leagues.
He had been employed by Landry Hardware of Central Falls for many years.
He was an avid Patriot and Red Sox fan and enjoyed fishing and shell fishing.
PAWTUCKET â Central Fallsâs biggest win of the year also turned out to be Tolmanâs most disappointing loss of the season.
Down by 11 points at the break, the Warriors staged a comeback that saw senior forward Shariela Jiminez toss in 16 of her game-high 20 points and help pave the way to a 55-44 victory in their hard-fought Division II-North duel at the Tigersâ Donaldson Gymnasium.
CUMBERLAND â The best wrestling dual-meets build slowly, bout by bout, to a crescendo. Each match is important. Results in the earlier bouts lay the foundation for dramatic outcomes late in the contest.
Thatâs what happened on Wednesday night at The Wellness Center when an estimated 400 mat-crazy spectators watched Rhode Islandâs only two unbeaten Division I dual-meet teams square off. Cumberland, carrying the burden of a 52-match winning streak nearly three years old, hosted a 13-0 Bishop Hendricken team most experts gave a slight advantage heading into this showdown.
PAWTUCKET â Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
Thatâs the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit oneâs monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.
CUMBERLAND â It's time for âPhys Edâ but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.
Luba J. Cioci
CENTRAL FALLS, RI - Luba J. (Kolen) Cioci, 88, of Central Falls, formerly of Cumberland, passed away on Monday February 6, 2012 at the Evergreen House Health Care in East Providence. She was the wife of the late John Cioci.
She is survived by her children William J. Cioci of Florida, Carol A. Tierney of Rehoboth and the late John F. Cioci. The sister of John Kolen of Arizona, she is also survived 2 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Mark De Luca
LINCOLN - Mark De Luca, passed away on February 3rd at RI Hospital. He was the husband of the late Dina (Tricoli) De Luca. He is survived by 2 sons, Scott and Eric De Luca, his parents Vincent and Yvonne De Luca of Buffalo, NY, a sister, Jean Mennucci and her husband Joseph, a sister Laura De Luca and a brother Gary De Luca. He was predeceased by his sister Lisa Zasowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. James Church, Manville, RI at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 11th. Burial will take place in Buffalo, NY.
Blanche M. Bertrand
LAKEVILLE, MA - Blanche M. Bertrand, 84 of Lakeville, MA died February 6, at Morton Hospital in Taunton. She was the wife of the late Philias Bertrand.
Born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Alexander and Ella (Beland) Bertrand, she had been employed as an assembler at Hasbro Industries in Pawtucket and, previously, at the former Arbeka Webbing. She and her husband owned and operated the Liquor Shack in Lakeville for many years.
Constance E. McBride
CENTRAL FALLS - Constance E. McBride, formerly of Wilfred Manor, passed away Wednesday after an illness. She was born in Central Falls a daughter of the late Joseph and Nelly (Lacki) Travers. She lived most of her life in the city. She had been employed at the Department of Human Services in Pawtucket for several years before retiring in 1999.
PAWTUCKET â Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine has been around the coaching block enough times to know that making adjustments goes with the territory. With his St. Raphael Academy outfit having dropped two of its previous three games heading into Tuesday nightâs contest with Coventry, Sorrentine was more than justified in his desire to shake things up.
LINCOLN â There are wins and there are BIG wins.
For Davies Tech, this one has to be listed under the latter category.
With their playoff fate in Division III more than likely being determined in the final week of the league season, the Patriots scored a crucial victory over North Smithfield on Tuesday night by eking out a thrilling 37-36 decision on their home court. Sophomore Waleska Kelly fueled a total team effort by Davies, netting 12 points along with nine rebounds, seven steals and six blocks.
How important was this triumph for Davies?
SOUTH DENNIS, MA - Sophie McKeon (Moskal) of South Dennis, formerly of Pawtucket, RI and Rehoboth, MA died on February 2, 2012 at the age of 94. She was the wife of the late John R. McKeon and mother of the late Raymond McKeon. She is survived by her granddaughter, Leah Sullivan, and daughter-in-law, Linda McKeon both of California. A private graveside service was held in Seekonk Cemetery, Seekonk, MA.
Olga S. Dixon
EAST PROVIDENCE - Olga S. Dixon, 88, passed away February 6th at the Evergreen House Health Center. She was the wife of the late Thomas G. Dixon.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Stephen and Polixine (Makarzini) Theoharris.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas S. Dixon and Stephen L. Dixon, both of Pawtucket, two sisters, Virginia Hemond and Diane Martino, both of Pawtucket, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Paul J. Dixon and sister of the late Paul Theoharris and Emily Bergamo.
Nathaniel S. Thayer, Esq.
PROVIDENCE - Nathaniel S. Thayer, Esq., 87, of Benefit Street died Monday, February 6, 2012 at home.
Born in Minneapolis, MN, a son of the late Nathaniel S. and Doris (Wentworth) Thayer, he had lived in Providence for the past 61 years.
A practicing attorney for the past 60 years, Mr. Thayer began his career at the law firm of Tillinghast, Collins & Tanner in Providence. Several years later, he became a partner of the Pawtucket law firm of Blais, Cunningham, Thayer, Gagnon & Ross, now called Blais Cunningham & Crowe Chester.
Marcella A. Jarosz
CENTRAL FALLS - Marcella A. Jarosz 67, passed away Monday February 6, 2012 at Miriam Hospital.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Leo J. and Helen J. (Czarnecki) Jarosz. She was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring she was employed as a Bandage Roller for the former Paulis Silk Co.
Marcella leaves her brother Leo J. Jarosz and his wife Rachel of Lincoln, one niece and one nephew. She was the sister of the late Helen B. Jarosz.
Maureen Plouff Borge
CUMBERLAND - Maureen Plouff Borge, 72, passed February 6th 2012. She was the longtime companion of Robert Bourgault.
Maureen was the daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (Brown) Miniati.
She had dedicated her life to her family.