January 23rd, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Most pro football experts figured Kelsey Fournier and her New England Patriots cheerleader teammates would have spent a chilly Sunday evening outdoors at Gillette Stadium, coaxing freezing fans into making noise for the home team in the AFC championship game.
Instead, the New York Jets ousted the favored Patriots last Sunday in the conference semifinals, ending the season for players, fans and cheerleaders alike.
PAWTUCKET â It's been about three weeks now since Mayor Donald Grebien moved into the spacious, second-floor office that goes with his new position, and besides rearranging the office furniture to be more computer-friendly, one of the things he says he has learned by trial and error is to âtry and pace myself.â
PROVIDENCE â So this is what winning in the Big East feels like.
Saturday bore witness to Providence College canceling its long overdue appointment with the conferenceâs win column. The return to sender memo was made possible by a 72-67 upset victory of 19th-ranked Louisville before an exuberant audience of 12,051 at The Dunk. It was the first conference victory for the Friars in 51 weeks, and their first win over former coach Rick Pitino.
PAWTUCKET â Every day, a modest house at 315 Sayles Avenue is advertising a very important message: that the U.S. national debt is spiraling out of control.
Attached to the side of the house is a handmade wooden âdebt clockâ that Reform Party members Bill and Dave Greenwood use to keep a running tab on the county's deficit spending. To the Greenwoods' dismay, the figure has now reached a whopping $14 trillion, one-hundred billion, and they and other Reform Party members wish more citizens would take notice---and more importantly, take action.
PAWTUCKET â The long-running offseason production the PawSox put on, better known as the Hot Stove gathering, has always served a dual purpose.
Donald J. Lapham
NORTH ATTLEBORO:Donald J. Lapham 72, passed away Wednesday peacefully, on the Eve of his daughter's birthday, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on August 7, 1938, in Pawtucket, RI, he was the son of the late David W. and Blanche (Arpin) Lapham. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, 823 Air Division, and a member of the Rehoboth Country Club.
Cecelia S. Reith
CUMBERLAND - Cecelia S. (Peters) Reith of Dwight Street died Sunday, January 9, 2011 at the Memorial Hospital of RI, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of Joseph L. Reith.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Stella (Chmielewski) Peters, she had lived in Cumberland for most of her life.
Besides her husband, she is survived by three loving daughters, Cheryl Tyler, Karen Kline and Kerri Reith, all of Cumberland; one brother, Leon Peters of Cumberland; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Alfred Peters and Lucianna May.
Phyllis A. Mascio
CUMBERLAND - Phyllis A. Mascio, 72, of Sleepy Hollow Drive died Thursday, January 20, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Richard J. Mascio, Sr.
Born in New York City, NY, a daughter of the late Olga Lubinsky, she had lived in Cumberland for most of her life.
Alice C. Soule (WITH PHOTO)
Seekonk - Alice Camilla(Petersen) Soule, 86, of Seekonk, MA died Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. The beloved wife of William N. Soule, they were married for 64 years.
Daughter of the late Ida May & Hans Eric Petersen, she lived in Seekonk for 80 years,attended Seekonk schools and graduated from Pawtucket East High School with honors in 1942. She worked as a bookkeeper for Hope Webbing, The Peerless Co, and Attleboro Dye & Finishing and for seven years volunteered as the coordinator of the Share Food Program.
CENTRAL FALLS â There was a buzz in the stands on Thursday night as Central Falls fans awaited the start of a Division II crossover game matching their North Division-leading Warriors with a 7-2 Tiverton team that is tied for first place in the East.
The Tigers quickly quieted the local crowd by storming out to a 23-5 lead midway through the first half en route to an 80-64 triumph.
âTheyâre good,â C.F. coach Brian Crookes conceded after the game. âI would put them up there with Rogers, West Warwick and Barrington as the best teams we have seen this season.â
LINCOLN â Even now, the portable rental marquee sign sitting in the snow outside the Christ Church Parish House reads, in part, âChristmas joy continues.â
âWe haven't been able to change it because of the weather, the way it's been,â chuckled Rev. Scott Gunn, the Episcopal church's rector for over three years now.
Fact is, neither Gunn nor his parishioners have had much to celebrate lately. Due to serious financial hardships, he has asked his congregation to vote on Jan 30 to accept a merger with Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland Hill.
Mary E. McCloskey
SEEKONK - Mary E. McCloskey, 50 formerly of Seekonk died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital.
She was born in Attleboro a daughter of Kenneth F. McCloskey of Rehoboth and Maureen T. (Foley) McCloskey of Seekonk.
Mary was a 1978 graduate of Bishop Feehan High School.
Besides her parents she leaves two sisters, Patricia Cabral and her husband David of Seekonk, Jane Vivert and her husband Thomas of Florida, one brother, Kenneth P. McCloskey and his wife Tracey of Riverside and five nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.
Marie Blanche Bergeron
November 3, 1916 - January 19, 2011
CUMBERLAND: Agostinho Duarte, 92, passed peacefully on January 19th.
He was the husband of Irene Duarte, they have been married for 65 years.
Born in Vila Ruiva, Fornos de Algodres, Guarda Portugal, He had been employed as a backhoe operator for Valley Gas for over 30 years.
He was the father of the late Odete Furtado.
PAWTUCKET: Alicia Mejia, entered into eternal rest on January 19, 2011 at the Evergreen Nursing Center.
Born in Colombia, she came to the United States in 1983 and made her home in Pawtucket.
WOONSOCKET â High school basketball coaches have a lot in common with teachers who send their students through rigorous courses like physics or chemistry. Hoop mentors must stand on the sidelines, trying to explain the finer points of their sport, while players try to absorb those lessons in the midst of competition.
East Providenceâs Alex Butler and Woonsocketâs Kyle Ivey-Jones did their best to educate their players on Wednesday night when the Townies visited the Villa Novans for a battle between two sub-.500 Division I teams.
CUMBERLAND - Adelia Miguel, 84, formerly of Hilltop Road, passed away Tuesday in the St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Joaquim Miguel. Born in Cabra-Gouveia, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Francisco and Carlota (deJesus) Ferreira.
She moved to this country in 1952, settling in Cumberland.
She leaves her beloved son, Antonio Miguel, and his wife Deborah of Cumberland; granddaughter Jill Teixeira, two great-granddaughters, Joy and Hope Teixeira, all of Cumberland; sister, Racquel Freitas of Brazil.
Marie B. Bouchard
CUMBERLAND: Marie B. Bouchard (Lavallee), 50, passed away Tuesday peacefully, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on February 17, 1960, in Central Falls, the daughter of Mary (Vasques) Lavallee and the late Rolland A. Lavallee.
Arthur E. Huard
LINCOLN Arthur E. "Chuck" Huard, 61, of River Road, passed into eternal rest on Tuesday surrounded by his family after a two year battle with brain cancer. He was the devoted husband of Denise M. (Syvester) Huard and had been married for 42 years.