April 11th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” The new school funding formula passed by the General Assembly last year has been hailed by educators, public officials and parents as a vast improvement in the way Rhode Island pays for its public schools. But at least two local communities claim it is inadequate to the point of being unconstitutional because it shortchanges poorer school districts.
Nelson H. Rene, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Nelson H. Rene, Jr., 75 of Pawtucket died Saturday at Orchard View Nursing Home in Riverside. He is the beloved husband of Louise (LeFrancois) Rene. Born in Pawtucket, Nelson was the son of the late Nelson Rene and Anna (Solotki) Rene. He was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Nelson served in the Army in the Korean War and was a Social Worker for the Department of Children Youth and Families for 4 years until his retirement.
SPC Dennis Cullen Poulin
PAWTUCKET - SPC Dennis "Danny" Cullen Poulin, 26, passed away surrounded by his parents, son and aunts on Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Landstuhl, Germany, from injuries sustained on March 28th in Konar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a Mortarman with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Delores A. Daviau
PAWTUCKET - Delores A. (Lanois) Daviau 76, of Grand Ave, passed peacefully with her family by her side on April 10th. She was the loving wife of 45 years to Joseph Daviau. Born in Pawtucket, Delores was the daughter of the late Albert and Grace (Elderkin) Lanois Sr.
She had been employed by the former Carties Health Center for many years and also worked at Grandview Nursing Center.
PAWTUCKET - Jennie "Joan" (Chmura) Sienko, 95, formerly of Appleton Ave.,Pawtucket died Friday at Linn Health Care Center, East Providence. She was the wife of the late John P. Sienko.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Anna (Brach) Chmura and had lived in Pawtucket for over 50 years. She was a textile worker for Lawson Products for many years retiring in 1978 and later worked as a waitress at the former Admiral Inn of Cumberland. She was a volunteer for over eight years working in Memorial Hospital.
Lionel R. Gousie
LINCOLN - Lionel R. "Ray" Gousie, 77, of Lakeview Ave. died Wednesday at home. He was the husband of the late Mary L. (Swanson) Gousie.
Born in Pawtucket a son of the late Raymond and Ida (Frenier) Gousie. He lived in Lincoln since 1963.
Mr. Gousie served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He worked as a Computer Specialist at Hasbro retiring in 1999.
Wilfred J. Marquis
CUMBERLAND - Wilfred J. "Bill" Marquis, 82, of Brookdale Street died Friday, April 8, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Doris A. (Latour) Marquis.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Homer and Edwilda (Bonin) Marquis, he had lived in Cumberland for the past 32 years.
Mr. Marquis was a carpet installer for Ruggieri Flooring, Cranston for 25 years, retiring in 1990.
He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was a communicant of St. Aidan's Church, Cumberland.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s a little early for Mount St. Charles to start circling the wagons.
The two-time defending Division II champions have played just one game in Division I this season, a 6-5 loss to Smithfield, and this afternoon they host powerful Lincoln High in a 4 p.m. game that could be an eye opener for the Mounties.
Lincoln, which has scored 10 runs in each of its first two league victories (over St. Raphael and Cumberland), is led by Ryan Oâ€™Dell and a strong nucleus of players who should take the Lions deep into the playoffs in early June.
PAWTUCKET â€” Early Saturday morning, Shea High's English as a second language teacher Barbara Fell placed three cases of freshly-made pancakes in her car for the trek from her home in Foster to the East Avenue school.
The idea was to serve a â€śFisherman's breakfastâ€ť â€” which includes flapjacks, bacon and coffee â€” to early shoppers attending the first-ever Shea High School China-Bound Team Yard Sale, to be conducted inside the basement cafeteria.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mike Rooseâ€™s active military career has been over for six years. He is 29 years old and an Air Force veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Cumberland native is living a personal dream as strength coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox. But he canâ€™t quite put his military career behind him.
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PROVIDENCE â€“ Kristin Grady said the Cumberland school where her son, Alex, had been going is one of the best in the area, but she nonetheless decided to send him to Blackstone Valley Prep to get him â€śmore involvement from his teachers and a sense of belonging that was missing from his former school.â€ť
The problem, she said, is the former Our Lady of Fatima school building in Valley Falls where the stateâ€™s first Mayoral Academy is located is only big enough for one grade, the one Alex is in now.
PAWTUCKET â€” Instead of â€śyellow ribbons around the old oak tree,â€ť the Central Falls Happy Seniors tied white ribbons around utility poles on several city streets on Friday to protest recent cuts in services at the Ralph J. Holden Community Center.
(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE â€“ A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending â€” the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.
LINCOLN -- This No. 9 batter delivered the No. 1 hit of her high school career on Friday afternoon.
Senior left fielder Marissa Walshâ€™s walkoff one-out single in the seventh inning delivered the run that gave Lincoln High a big 1-0 victory over Mount St. Charles Academy in their early showdown of Division I-North heavyweights at Saylesville Elementary School.
Walshâ€™s clutch hit settled a superb pitchersâ€™ duel between the Lionsâ€™ Alyssa McCoart and the Mountiesâ€™ Olivia Hendricks and gave her team their second win of the young season.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nary a trace of resentment could be found in Hideki Okajimaâ€™s tone when asked if he felt he was bypassed by the Red Sox on Friday. Boston selected Felix Doubront â€“ a pitcher who was shutdown during spring training with left forearm inflammation â€“ to fill the clubâ€™s left-handed need in the bullpen after designating the ineffective Dennys Reyes for assignment.
â€śNo,â€ť was the straightforward answer Okajima came back with through interpreter Jeff Cutler after posed said question.
PAWTUCKET â€“ This wasnâ€™t the Triple-A debut Kyle Weiland had in mind.
Hailed as one of the better starting pitching prospects in the farm system, Weiland was tagged for four runs on seven hits in three innings as Rochester won, 7-2, before 4,360 frigid souls at McCoy Stadium. The Red Wings made Weilandâ€™s stay on the mound a short one after belting four extra base hits off the right-hander, one of them a solo home run by Trevor Plouffe in the third inning.
Joseph I. Thurber Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph I. Thurber Jr., 84, of Day Rd. died Friday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Mildred (Sword) Thurber. They were preparing to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary this month.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph I. and Jeanette (Bourassa) Thurber Sr. He resided in Cumberland for the past 61 years.
He was employed as the Service Manager by the former Mandeville Chevrolet, North Attleboro for over 30 years until his retirement.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ararad "BUZZ" Buzdigian 86, passed Sunday April 3, 2011 At Hospice House Woodside in Florida. He was the beloved husband Laura E. (Majka) Buzdigian. They were married for 60 years.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Elias and Eva (Phelie) Buzdigian.
Before retiring he was employed for over 40 years at the Entwistle Company, where he worked his way up from Machinist to Sales Product Manager, retiring to Florida in 1988.
He was a WWII Army Veteran serving both in the European and Pacific Theaters.