January 20th, 2012
CENTRAL FALLS â Less than two weeks after having to fight a parking ban, City Falls residents had another reason to protest: the potential closure of the city's only post office.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain âvery, very painful cuts âŠ deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.â
But, he added, âwe canât do it all on cuts. We have to come to the âŠ as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.â Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of âreform before revenue.â
Life, weâre often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following oneâs heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards oneâs wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, itâs the journey within the journey.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs been no secret that the numbers game hasnât been too kind to Tolman this season, and that was evident two Friday nights ago when the Tigers suffered a 4-2 loss to Mount Hope at Lynch Arena.
While the Huskies dressed a full complement of players, the Tigers were only able to suit up 11, including a backup goaltender.
That number of players was the lowest of any team (boys or girls) in the state that took the ice for a game this year, but since that night, a couple of positive things took place that promise to make the Tigersâ future a little bit brighter.
Elizabeth M. Quigley
WESTERLY - Elizabeth M. Quigley, 89 formerly of Lonsdale passed away Tuesday January 10th in Westerly Health Center.
She was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Burke) Quigley.
She was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of St. Patrick Church, Cumberland. She attended St. Patrick School and Cumberland High School.
EAST PROVIDENCE â They are each defending state champions, leaders in the wrestling room, athletes who walk around with an aura of confidence instilled in them by years of practice and ensuing success on the mat, one on one, against the best that can be found in Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â In an effort to cut down on crime and vandalism in the city's parking garage, the downtown, Slater Park and other municipal properties, the city is seeking proposals from vendors to install security cameras at various locations.
According to a request for proposals that went out last month, the city is seeking a company to design and install a video surveillance camera system at key sites throughout the city.
CUMBERLAND â Representatives of Cops For Kids With Cancer Wednesday presented a $5,000 donation to the parents of Maya Spadano, a 3Âœ-year-old Cumberland girl who has been battling leukemia.
Robert Faherty, chairman of the charityâs Board of Directors, along with Director John McManus, officially presented the check to the Spadano family at the Cumberland police station.
Cops For Kids With Cancer, a small non-profit organization made of law enforcement incur when their children are diagnosed with cancer.
Martin H. O'Brien Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Martin H "Marty" O'Brien Jr., 70, of Grand Avenue, Pawtucket died Monday, January 16, 2012 after a fifteen year battle with cancer. Marty was the husband of Carol (Roberge) O'Brien.
Mr. O'Brien was born in Providence, the son of the late Martin H O'Brien Sr and Cecilia A. (Coyne) O'Brien. He was a salesman for the Rumford Supply Company for many years.
Marty truly enjoyed sitting in his yard and tending to his flowers and the birds they encouraged to visit.
PAWTUCKET - Ronald J. Davis, "Ron" 51, passed unexpected on January 17th. He was the husband of Denise A. (Plouff) Davis.
Born in Central Falls a son of Beatrice (Cartwright) Davis of Pawtucket and the late Alfred Davis.
Ron had been employed as a truck driver for many years.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Rebecca "Bekki" Davis and Samantha Davis, both of Pawtucket, a grandson, Joseph, 2 brothers, Alfred and Clifford Davis, 2 sisters, Cathy Rodriguez and Judy Massey and many nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â Shea High played dictator during Tuesday nightâs Division II romp over Narragansett. The Raiders dictated how the game would be played and the Mariners followed along, usually a step too slow to keep up with the talented and speedy home team.
Sparked by Eli Itkinâs career-high 24 points, and a virtuoso performance by point guard Jordy Brito (18 points, 8 assists), the Raiders romped to a 71-48 victory that improved them to 6-2 in Division II-Central.
SMITHFIELD â Tuesday night proved to be a valuable learning experience for St. Raphael Academy, particularly for the second unit.
With Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and the rest of the first teamers resting comfortably on the bench, Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine turned to Kaseem Sams, Jordan Peguero, Zach and Nick Mays and Darshaun Vargas. The sight of seeing Correa and Mejia sporting warmups and sipping Gatorade must have been heaven to Smithfield, which trailed 59-41 when Sorrentine called off the hounds.
PAWTUCKET â A fast-moving fire in a multi-family house at 20-22 Greene St. on Tuesday morning caused heavy damage and left five people homeless.
According to a Pawtucket Fire Department official, the tenant who lived in the third-floor apartment where the blaze is believed to have originated is Jennifer Poulin, the sister of the late Massachusetts National Guard Spc. Dennis C. Poulin, who died last year in Afghanistan. Poulin lost her cat in the blaze, along with most of her belongings.
PAWTUCKET â Animal Control Supervisor John Holmes is not usually fearful of snakes, but he said he never encountered so many of the potentially lethal variety as he did Monday in a house on Rosemont Avenue.
Responding to an anonymous complaint, Holmes went out to the single-family home on Monday afternoon to investigate. He found plastic bins containing numerous exotic snakes, many of a type that he couldn't identify, along with a skunk that had been âde-scented.â
PAWTUCKET - Olive (Caldwell) Stewart, 93, of Francis Avenue went home to the Lord on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. She was the wife of the late Andrew Stewart, who died January 9, 2001. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were married 59 years.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late James and Louisa (Simpson) Caldwell, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life.
Mrs. Stewart was a secretary at Lorraine Mills, Pawtucket and later was a server for the Rhode Island School Lunch Program for over 20 years before retiring.
Maria C. Furtado
LINCOLN - Maria C. Furtado, 88 of Lincoln died Sunday at the Miriam Hospital in Providence. She was the wife of the late Antonio F. Furtado. Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Medeiros) deSousa. Maria came to the US in 1973 and settled in Pawtucket. She has been a Lincoln resident since 1995. Prior to her retirement in 1986, she worked as a set up binder at M.F. Case Company in Pawtucket for 13 years.
PAWTUCKET â The City of Pawtucket has issued rules for a snow ban parking advisory that will take effect in the event of a snowstorm, including a list of public parking locations where residents may leave their vehicles while on-street parking bans remain in effect.
CUMBERLAND â East Providence came out on fire and pushed Cumberland to the brink of dual-meet defeat for the first time in three years on Monday morning before the Clippers turned the tables for an exciting 40-32 conquest of the Townies.
âWe came out lazy in the Warwick tournament on Saturday,â said Towniesâ leader Joao Vicente. âCoach (Tom Galligan) warned us we couldnât do that against Cumberland. Today, we came out very warm.â
The Townies won five of the first six matches to build a 23-6 advantage.
PROVIDENCE â The state championships for track and field will be held in about a month. Itâs getting closer to realizing who will be the contenders and who will be the pretenders.
From a local standpoint, a few of those possible contenders for the girlsâ competition were inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house Monday afternoon for their respective divisional meets.
PAWTUCKET â Facing an unexpected deficit of $2.3 million that is sure to be compounded by a recent judge's decision regarding health benefits of retired school employees, Mayor Donald Grebien announced Friday that he has reinstituted a freeze on all city spending.
Grebien issued an announcement late Friday afternoon saying that he will require prior approval on a case-by-case basis before any city money can be spent.