April 12th, 2012
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” In an effort to foster a â€śbusiness friendly climate,â€ť city officials are reaching out to local business owners to discuss ways they can make their companies more profitable, operate efficiently and grow their businesses strong in a challenging economy.
In what is believed to be the first session of its kind, the city is hosting a business outreach forum on Tuesday, April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at City Hall. No advance registration is required.
WARWICK â€“ On his first full day as the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for president, Mitt Romney visited Rhode Island Wednesday, blasting President Barack Obama for the stagnating economy and lack of jobs in America.
Romney appeared at a Town Hall type meeting at the Crown Plaza hotel that lasted just over 45 minutes, taking questions on everything from the plight of the local fishing economy to who he will choose as a running mate.
CUMBERLAND â€” The softball seasons have passed and the names have come and gone, but one thing you could always count on year after year any time Lincoln and Cumberland played each other was a spirited, competitive duel -- a showdown that was usually going to be decided by one or two runs.
Thatâ€™s what the small gathering of fans that braved the chilly weather at Wednesday afternoonâ€™s Division I-North affair at Tucker Field expected from the two unbeaten rivals, but what they got was a shocking surprise.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's hard to win when you make four errors.
Just ask Shea High head coach Dino Campopiano, whose club's mistake-prone ways allowed Wheeler School to escape Max Read Field with a 5-1 Division II-Central victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Still, fair is fair. John Snider, the Warriors' senior righty from Cumberland, proved to be stellar on the hill, yielding only five hits and three walks while fanning a whopping dozen (though he did toss a trio of wild pitches). He also helped himself with the bat, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.
Rhea J. Sylvestre-Lee
CENTRAL FALLS- Mrs. Sylvestre-Lee was the sister of the late Robert, Harvey, Leo and Edmond Boucher and the late Irene Hoyle, Anita Lamarre, Florence Hey and Theresa Blanchette.
CUMBERLAND- Ann (Chodorowski) Winiarski,96, formerly of Mendon Road, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in the Emerald Bay Manor, Cumberland surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late John Winiarski.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Constantine and Margaret (Lapiniak) Chodorowski.
She resided in Cumberland for the past 58 years, previously residing in Woonocket.
Debra A. Costa
PAWTUCKET- Debra A. Costa, 53, passed April 10, 2012. She was the wife of Perdo A. Costa. They have been married for 17 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Candelaria A. (Almarez) Beaton of Pawtucket.
She had been employed as a CNA for 20 years.
Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by three sisters and two brothers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tuesday morning saw a small group of PawSox players huddle around the clubhouse television as a contrite Ozzie Guillen attempted to move past the uproar he caused over supportive remarks the Miami Marlins manager made in reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Among those who sat and watched Guillen with great interest were Jose Iglesias and Luis Exposito. In fact, the pair stood side-by-side for roughly 10 minutes before Iglesias plopped himself down into a leather chair, his eyes clearly fixated on what Guillen was saying.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thanks to a pitching tip Ross Ohlendorf picked up from Josh Beckett, the Red Sox may very well have another starting option on their hands.
By his own estimation, Ohlendorf threw â€ś10 or 12â€ť cut fastballs over the course of the six shutout innings he tossed in Pawtucketâ€™s 8-0 win against Lehigh Valley Tuesday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND â€” Itâ€™s almost eerie how well Cumberland High struck the ball on Tuesday afternoon.
â€śWe hit it pretty well in our second game against Moses Brown, and in the Injury Fund (tilt) against Woonsocket, but Iâ€™ve never seen anything like this,â€ť explained senior righty Justin Patrick after the Clippers clubbed 17 hits â€“ including nine for extra bases â€“ in a 14-0 thrashing of still-winless Smithfield High at Tucker Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” Truck traffic, noise, foul odors and decreased property values were among the main concerns aired by residents at a community meeting Monday night on a proposal to privatize and expand the city's waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue.
PROVIDENCE- Andrew W. McFarlane, 67, passed unexpectedly April 8th at the Miriam Hospital with his loving family by his side.
He was born in New London, CT, a son of the late Hubert McFarlane and Isabelle (LaCharite) McFarlane.
He is survived by a daughter, NoneaJean McFarlane, a son, Andrew W. McFarlane Jr, a brother, Bradley McFarlane and a granddaughter, Nadia Elise McFarlane. Funeral Services will be private. For online condolences visit
Rhea J. Sylvester-Lee
CENTAL FALLS- Rhea J. Sylvestre-Lee, 91, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Center after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Donat O. Sylvestre and the late Roland J. Lee.
Mrs. Sylvestre-Lee was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Frederick and Rosealba (Lamontagne) Boucher. She was a lifelong Blackstone Valley resident.
Francelina Lopes Correia
PROVIDENCE- Correia, Francelina L., age 87, of Albert Avenue, died April 9, 2012 at Evergreen House Health Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Jose D. Correia.
Born in Povolide, Viseu, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Antonio L. and Leopoldina (de Jesus) dos Santos. She resided in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford 12 years ago.
Dorothy M. Wells
CUMBERLAND- Dorothy M. (Polsey) Wells, 96, of Meadowcrest Drive died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late William A. Wells, Jr.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Sylvanus E. and Asenath (Wright) Polsey, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Cumberland 12 years ago.
She was a 1933 graduate of Pawtucket High School and was active in several sports. She served on the Class Reunion Committee for many years. She also attended classes at Brown University.
Michelle P. Prew
SOUTH ATTLEBORO: Michelle P. Prew, "Missy" 35, passed on April 7th 2012.
Born in Attleboro, a beloved daughter of Paul and Georgette (Guilbert) Prew of South Attleboro.
Missy was a 1995 graduate of Attleboro High School, an avid softball and soccer player and played softball in the Junior Olympics. She received a Bachelors of Science from the University of MA, Amherst.
Lillian J. Lavallee
PAWTUCKET: Lillian J. Lavallee,"Lil" 67, passed unexpectedly Easter morning at home. She is survived by four sons, Henry J, Daniel Scott, Philip Justin and David Arthur Lavallee, three daughters, Janet Yeadon, Rebecca M. and Amanda Lynn Lavallee, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave. Lincoln, RI. Burial will private. For online condolences please visit,
Juliette Dumaine, 97, passed away in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Sunday, April 8, 2012. She was the wife of the late Edward Dumaine who predeceased her in 2008. Juliette was born in Quebec, Canada and was the devoted daughter of Alphonse & Alma Roy.
She and her identical twin Jeannette were the youngest of thirteen children. She most enjoyed spending time with her brothers and sisters and their families as well as the family of her late husband Edward.
PAWTUCKET- Alice Jabbour, passed away Sunday, April 08, 2012. She was the wife of the late Joseph Jabbour.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Faris and Nazera (Ganem) Solomon.
Mrs. Jabbour owned and operated the former Jabbour Electronics with her late husband Joseph for many years until her retirement in 2007. She was a member of the Ladies Sodality, Saint Basil The Great Church.
She is survived by her son, Joseph Paiva, and two grandchildren. She was one of six children.
Phyllis L. Farmer
LINCOLN- Phyllis L. Farmer (Fober) 79, passed away peacefully Thursday April 5, 2012 at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the loving mother of Dorene A. Buco and her husband Vincent of Rehoboth, Gary L. Farmer of Lincoln and Holly Sarza of Burrillville, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was the former wife of the late Cecil A. "Bud" Farmer.