January 18th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€” Representatives of Cops For Kids With Cancer Wednesday presented a $5,000 donation to the parents of Maya Spadano, a 3Â˝-year-old Cumberland girl who has been battling leukemia.
Robert Faherty, chairman of the charityâ€™s 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 nightâ€™s 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 Itkinâ€™s 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 â€śSaarâ€ť 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 â€śde-scented.â€ť
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.
â€śWe came out lazy in the Warwick tournament on Saturday,â€ť said Towniesâ€™ leader Joao Vicente. â€śCoach (Tom Galligan) warned us we couldnâ€™t do that against Cumberland. Today, we came out very warm.â€ť
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. Itâ€™s 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.
Athanasios G. Dafulas
ATTLEBORO - Athanasios G. Dafulas, 75 of Emory Street Attleboro, died Sunday at the Miriam Hospital in Providence.
He was the husband of Elaine (Papavasiliou) Dafulas.
He was born in Malakasi, Greece, a son of the late George & Haido ( Papalexiou) Dafulas.
He was a veteran of the US Army serving as a Corporal.
Mr. Dafulas was a Toolmaker and Machinist for the L.G. Balfour Company for over 45 years, before he retired 10 years ago.
Mr. Dafulas has lived in Attleboro for over 55 years coming from Greece.
Lucille M. MassĂ©
PAWTUCKET: Lucille M. (Lussier) MassĂ©, 80, died peacefully January 13, 2012 at Brentwood Nursing Home in Warwick, RI. Formerly of Hunts Avenue in Pawtucket, she was the beloved wife of the late Bertrand G. Mass to whom she was married for fifty years. Born March 24, 1931 in Central Falls, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Lussier and Bernadette Lussier (Duplessie).
William G. Bebeau
NORTH PROVIDENCE - William "Bill" G. Bebeau, 52, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of Dorothy M. (Audette) Poole and her husband, Norman of Pawtucket and the late Edward W. Bebeau. Bill resided in Pawtucket until moving to North Providence in 1999.
He had been a supervisor for Nordson EFD for many years and enjoyed mountain biking.
Pedro M. Cano
PROVIDENCE - Pedro M. Cano, 92, passed on January 14th at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Carlina Cano.
Born in Bolivar Antioquia, Colombia, a son of the late Antonio and Adelina (Sanchez) Cano.
CUMBERLAND â€” A study group assembled to perform an in-depth review of the feasibility of all-day kindergarten in Cumberland public schools is expected to report its findings by the end of the month.
The district has been talking about instituting full-day kindergarten since the fall and the arrival at that time of new School Superintendent Philip Thornton, a supporter of full-day kindergarten. Thornton made a formal public presentation on the merits of an all-day program at the School Committee's meeting Dec. 8.
CUMBERLAND â€” When it came time to wrestle the finals of Saturday nightâ€™s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at Cumberland High, two chairs at matside were occupied by coaches from Bishop Hendricken (Kevin Hennessey) and Warwick Veterans (George Schmeider).
â€śTheyâ€™re just wrestling junkies,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said with a laugh on Sunday morning, after his balanced team had captured the team title despite crowning only one individual champion (Tom LaCroix at 195). â€śKevin and George probably just wanted to see our boys wrestle. Theyâ€™re scouting, of course, checking us out.