February 11th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Noting the pressure the city is under for addressing not only this fiscal year's budget deficit but a $10 to $12 million projected shortfall for fiscal year 2012 as well, City Councilor Christopher O'Neill has suggested looking at lowering the car tax exemption while also cutting the city's motor vehicle tax rate.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The moment has been building towards this crescendo of curiosity. After all, when the interview subject is articulating freely about his high jump prowess and is standing roughly 100 feet away from a basket in the school gym, inquisitive minds yearn.
Can you, Steven Vazquez, dunk a basketball?
â€śYes I can, yes I can,â€ť laughs the junior from Central Falls High, an expression that suggested he knew the question was coming. â€śThe first time I dunked was when I was in eighth grade. It was all of a sudden, coming during gym class. Easily with two hands or one hand.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Point, meet counterpoint.
In keeping with the spirit of an article that ran in this newspaper on Dec. 14 â€“â€śCould Donaldson, Lynch tourneys be merged?â€ť â€“ Tolman High athletic director John Scanlon earlier this week unveiled a detailed plan of a Blackstone Valley-themed preseason boysâ€™ basketball tournament. The names â€“ the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tournament and the Dennis M. Lynch Tournament â€“ would still be kept, albeit with several interesting caveats.
Carol A. Fulmer
July 31, 1942 - February 7, 2011
FLORIDA - Carol A. (Rose) Fulmer, 68, of Venice, FL formerly of East Providence, RI, died February 7, 2011. She was an Art Teacher for 23 years at Riverside Junior High School.
Services will be held on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 1 PM at National Cremation & Burial Society, 2990 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239.
Survivors include her husband, Adrian Fulmer; children, Donna Marie King, Julia McCormack, & Pamela Ysidron; and 4 grandchildren. She is predeceased by her son, James King.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In one of the biggest turnouts in recent memory, several hundred proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage descended on the Statehouse Wednesday for a rally, a press conference, speeches and a night-long hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee convened to hear two bills, one to make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island and the other to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot that would define marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. Both bills were held for further consideration before the hearing started.
PAWTUCKET â€” â€śWhat doesnâ€™t kill you makes you stronger.â€ť
St. Raphael Academy is bent on turning one of Nietzscheâ€™s most memorable quotes into a rallying cry, head coach Fred Saunders hopeful that it pays off in the form of a playoff berth. That figures to be a tall order considering the Saints no longer have leading scorer Diandra DaRosa in the fold, but as Saunders noted after a gutsy 38-34 win over a green Ponaganset squad Wednesday night, the show must still go on for St. Raphael.
WARWICK â€” Cumberland and Hendricken looked like they were in a hurry to get home and study when they met in a battle of unbeaten Division I powers on Wednesday night.
In a dual-meet that barely lasted 40 minutes, Cumberland rode eight pins and a major decision victory to a 52-30 victory over the Hawks.
Cumberland and Warwick Veterans are now the lone remaining unbeaten squads in Division I. The Clippers will host the Hurricanes next Wednesday night in a meet that should decide the dual-meet champion.
Edward S. Marcinkiewicz
LINCOLN- Edward S. Marcinkiewicz 83, of Franklin Street passed away Tuesday February 8, 2011 at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Delphine (Charbonneau) Marcinkiewicz.
Born in Ipswich, MA he was a son of the late Stanley and Anna (Iwiecz) Marcinkiewicz. He lived in Lincoln for the past 16 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring in 1966 he was a Police Officer for the City of Pawtucket for 14 years.
Sister Jacqueline Paradis
CUMBERLAND - Sister Jacqueline Paradis (Sr. Jacqueline Marie), SUSC of Mt. St. Rita Health Center, Cumberland, RI died on February 9 at the age of 69. She was born in Providence, RI on August 11, 1941, the daughter of the late Emile and Beatrice (Hall)Paradis. Her brother, Rene, predeceased her as an infant. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, her aunt Mrs. Lucille Coutu of Central Falls and several cousins survive her.
PAWTUCKET - Bobbie Thompson, 78 of Pawtucket died Sunday at the Memorial Hospital.Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Otto and Sonia (Bankosky) Stillwachs.
Bobbie attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Pawtucket before moving to New Jersey and graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1951. In 1958 she joined American Airlines as a flight attendant and retired in 2002. Bobbie lived in Carrollton, Texas until her retirement and moved back to Pawtucket where she has resided for the last 8 years.
Russell J. Levasseur
PAWTUCKET - Russell J. Levasseur, 87, passed away at home on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Lillian M. (Phaneuf) Levasseur for sixty-three years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Treffle Joseph and Nora (Roberge) Levasseur.
Mr. Levasseur was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He was employed by the Band-Age Company, Central Falls for over thirty-five years before retiring in 1990.
M. Charlotte Balbaton
NO. ATLEBOROUGH, MA.- M. Charlotte Balbaton, 80, formerly of Lincoln, passed away February 1st after an illness. She was the wife of Richard J. Balbaton and had been married 38 years.
She was born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Donat and Yvonne (Dickey) Coutu and has lived in No. Attleboro since 1983. She was employed as a buyer for the former Outlet Co. and also for the former Peerless Co. and more recently was a partner with her husband in a coin and stamp dealership in No. Attleborough, MA.
William F. Johannis
ATTLEBORO - William F. Johannis, 80 died on Monday at the LifeCare Center of Attleboro. He was the beloved companion of Constance (Primeau) Doran.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Francis and Hedwige (Klein) Johannis, he graduated from Agricultural High School in Attleboro and was employed for many years as a lineman for AT&T. During the Korean War, he served in the US Navy as a member of the Destroyer Escort Service, Section A.
LINCOLN - Joan Beauchemin, 77, of Lincoln, died Tuesday at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. She was the wife of the late Raymond G. Beauchemin.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late James and Ann E. (Cassidy) Nelson.
Gladys V. Goff
CENTRAL FALLS: Gladys V. Goff, 97, formerly of Valley St, passed peacefully February 8th, with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Melvin W. Goff. They have been married for over 60 years.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Michael and Bridget (Kelly) Griffin.
She had been employed as a textile worker in the Blackstone Valley area for many years. Gladys was a member of the former Holy Trinity Mothers Club.
LINCOLN â€“ Twin River opened a new campaign to win full casino operations Tuesday night with a state-of-business address by the chairman of its Board of Directors, John E. Taylor, during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual dinner at the redeveloped former greyhound park facility.
Taylor gave his pitch for a statewide referendum on Twin Riverâ€™s expansion to full casino gaming after Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke briefly to the gathering and said he was â€ślooking forwardâ€ť to working with Taylor in the future â€śto make sure this facility stays viable.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ In her freshman year of high school swimming last winter for Cumberland High, all Courtney Kent did was win a state title. Kent shocked the field by capturing the 500-yard freestyle with an impressive time of 5 minutes, 6.45 seconds at the Tootel Aquatic Center at URI.
What does the tenth-grader expect to do for the encore?
How about cop two individual titles at the Feb. 19 state championship and possibly break a state record by a certain U.S. Olympian, who makes Rhode Island her home.
Some things I think I think:
It was nice to see North Smithfieldâ€™s Corinne Coia gain some local recognition for her productive basketball career at Lincoln School. The 6-foot-4 senior, who has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Rhode Island, scored 25 points on Monday night and now has 1,019 points in her career. She passed 1,000 career rebounds earlier this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” By definition a turning point is a critical juncture marked by a very significant change.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Relay for Life of Cumberland Wednesday will hold its kick-off celebration to what event co-chairwoman Amy Moor likes to describe as â€śan 18-hour carnival.â€ť
Relay for Life is a nationwide effort in which teams of people spend an evening walking around a track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Wednesday's kick-off celebration, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Hill Ski Lodge, 4097 Diamond Hill Road, is the official start of Relay for Life 2011, which will culminate with the 3rd Annual Relay for Life of Cumberland event to be held June 10-11 at Tucker Field.