May 5th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Medical marijuana patients say they did all the right things.
They went to the General Assembly to get medical marijuana made legal, they testified at hearings. First they got a law allowing the use of marijuana for chronically ill patients, then they went through the legislative process all over again, testifying at even more hearings, to get a law creating compassion centers where they could get their medicine legally, safely and regularly without having to grow it themselves or have someone do it for them.
Robert H. Grenon
LINCOLN - Robert H. Grenon, "Bob", 56, died May 4th at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was the beloved husband of Diane M. (Fregeau) Grenon to whom he was married to for 34 years.
Born in Attleboro, MA, he was the son of the late Roger H. and Annette T. (Gingras) Grenon. He was raised in Pawtucket and was a 1973 graduate of Our Lady of Providence High School. He also attended Bryant College.
He was a communicant of Saint Jude's Catholic Church in Lincoln.
Norma G. Licker
PAWTUCKET - Norma G. Licker of Pawtucket died Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
She was born in Providence the daughter of the late Mary (Carr) Boylan.
Norma was a kind, gentle, loving, caring and generous person. She was a talented artist with a love for nature, especially bunnies. Her heart was filled with the joy and love her two boys gave her. She was a mother beyond compare. Norma will truly be missed.
James Martin Bowen
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - James Martin Bowen, a long time resident of South Attleboro, joined the angels in heaven on May 1, 2011.
Richard G. Cartier
SEEKONK - Richard G. Cartier, 69 of Seekonk died Tuesday at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. He was the husband of Pearl (Bailey) Cartier. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late George H. and Jeannette (DesForges) Cartier.
Richard was a Foreman at the Narragansett Wire Company of Pawtucket for 22 years and worked at Chardonay's Restaurant on Route 44 in Seekonk for 10 years.
LINCOLN --â€“ Lacrosse is a game where goals are often scored in large numbers and multiple tallies by any one individual is not uncommon.
But for Lincoln High junior Jillian DeSimone this spring, it just may be bordering on the ridiculous.
DeSimone has averaged more than eight goals per outing in nine league games for the Lions in Division II. On Wednesday, it was status quo for the high-scoring attack as she netted 10 scores â€“ all coming in the first half â€“ to lift the unbeaten Lions to a rather routine 22-13 decision over North Providence at Ferguson Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald R. Grebien said the city will appeal a one-notch downgrade of the Fire Department's fire suppression rating including by supplying additional information he said should have been submitted to an independent insurance agency when it was evaluating the Fire Department back in 2009.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” As he watched five of the world's best in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMXers show off X Games-like tricks on a half-pipe placed in a parking lot near the Dr. Paul F. Joyce Athletic Complex, North Smithfield High sophomore Paris Correia marveled at what he was witnessing.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The in-game injuries keep piling up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Promising player Yamaico Navarro became the latest casualty Tuesday afternoon, joining an ever-expanding list of PawSox bitten by the injury bug.
Navarro immediately grabbed his left side after a bunt single in the first inning, giving off the vibe that something wasnâ€™t quite right. Those suspicions were confirmed when Nate Spears replaced Navarro in right field in the top of the second.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Red Sox are exercising supreme caution with Felix Doubront. After missing most of spring training with elbow tightness in his pitching elbow and beginning the season pitching exclusively out of Bostonâ€™s bullpen, the promising left-hander finds himself in the midst of building up his pitch count.
The process continued Tuesday as Doubront threw 64 pitches, which represents a 14-pitch improvement over his previous start. The alarming sign is that Doubront was only able to provide 3 1/3 innings in Pawtucketâ€™s 7-2 matinee loss to Toledo.
LINCOLN â€” Before a brutal, four-game stretch of crossover games, Lincoln High was sitting nicely atop the Division I-North standings with an unbeaten 8-0 mark.
Itâ€™s a little different now.
Facing some of the upper-echelon of squads from I-South and I-Central over the last week, the Lions suffered their third setback in the last four games Tuesday afternoon with a 5-1 loss to Bishop Hendricken at Chet Nichols Field. The Hawks belted out 11 hits and had a quality start from lefty Tim Pannone to improve to 9-2 for the spring.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” When Jo-Ann Durfee's phone rang at about 3:30 p.m., Monday, she had a gut feeling the news wasn't good.
That's when she said â€śan anonymous callerâ€ť informed her that Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit had approved TLA-Pond View's application, one that requested a tripling of its processing amount from 500 tons of construction and demolition debris per day to 1,500 tons.
Frank W. Conforti
RUMFORD - Frank W. Conforti, 76, of Newman Avenue, Rumford died Tuesday, May 3rd at the VA Medical Center in Providence.Frank was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Francis and Barbara (Mason) Conforti and was the husband of the late Ruth (Grossman) Conforti.
After serving his country in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Conforti returned home and became the Personnel Director for the Newman Crosby Steel Company.
He was a member of the Pawtucket Country Club, T K Club and the Blackstone Valley Chapter of the International Management Council.
Carlos A. Figueiredo
CUMBERLAND - Carlos A. Figueiredo, 60, of Broad Street passed away May 3, 2011 in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Care Center, Providence. He was the husband of Fernanda Figueiredo.
Born in Riba Mondego, Portugal he was the son of Antonio Figueiredo of Portugal, and the late Adalia Borges Saraiva Figueiredo. He also leaves behind his step-mother Maria De Lurdes Figueiredo. He resided in Cumberland for over 10 years, previously Central Falls.
He was employed as a Fork Lift Operator for the former Northeast Cable Company.
Edward M. McCormick
CUMBERLAND - Edward M. McCormick, of Cumberland died Saturday, April 30, 2011. He was the husband of Anna P. (Iachetti) McCormick.
Mr. McCormick was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Michael and Marion (Bardsley) McCormick. He was a United States Army Veteran of WWII where he served in a tank division during the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. McCormick was a painting contractor for many years before he retired.
He loved to golf and was an avid traveler.
John E. Vickers
CHURCH HILL, MD - John E. Vickers, 90 of Church Hill, MD, died April 30, 2011.
Martin J. Bailey
PAWTUCKET - Martin J. "Marty" Bailey 47, passed unexpectedly on May 1st. He was the longtime companion of Brenda O'Brien.
He was the son of the late Martin J and Joan (Dufresne) Bailey.
Marty was an automobile enthusiast, and loved music.
Besides his companion, he is survived by 7 siblings, Kimberly, Lisa, Melissa, Raymond and Bradford Bailey and Laurie Bailey Keough.
Mary G. Johnson
BELL, FL - Mary G. (Murphy) Johnson 88, formerly of Pawtucket, died on March 27, in Bell, FL. Her husband Waldo "Swede" Johnson predeceased her.
Born in Pawtucket she is survived by a daughter, Christine J. Philman of Bell, FL and a son Richard "Rick" Johnson of Narragansett, RI.
She was a graduate of Pawtucket East HS and Katherine Gibbs Business School and pursued a life long accounting career. A memorial service will be held at the Florida National Cemetery at a later date.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The PawSox continue to expose Yamaico Navarro to new positions. Monday night marked his second consecutive start in right field, becoming the fifth different position heâ€™s seen time at this season. In the ninth inning Navarro moved over to center, meaning the only positions heâ€™s yet to play are first base, catcher and pitcher.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To trace the path of how Victor Martinez became a Detroit Tiger, one can look back at last Julyâ€™s trading deadline. The acquisition of Jarrod Saltalamacchia meant the Red Sox had their coveted catcher of the future, and with Martinez heading into free agency, the handwriting was on the wall that the 32-year-old stood a longshot to be back with Boston in 2011.