CUMBERLAND - Della Refino, 89, passed on December 12th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Earl Henry Refino.
Born in Seekonk, MA a daughter of the late Claudino and Ermlinda (Mendoza) Oliveira.
She had been employed as a jewelry molder for many years; Della then was a school bus monitor for the Town of Lincoln. She loved traveling and spending time with her family.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local motorist allegedly struck a police officer with her car twice and nearly hit a crowd of pedestrians outside of Curvin McCabe Elementary School Wednesday morning, leading to charges of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and reckless driving, authorities said.
Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Dave Kelly was monitoring traffic around the school because there had been complaints from administrators and people in the area regarding traffic congestion, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
Mary A. Araujo
CUMBERLAND - Mary A. Araujo, 82, of Cumberland and formerly a life long Fairlawn resident, died December 10, 2014. Mary was born in Pawtucket, daughter to the late Manuel and Mary (Sousa) Araujo Jr.
She was employed by the State of RI Dept. of Business Regulation as an office worker for ten years until her retirement in 1994. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Pawtucket, former Sunday school teacher at St. Anthony's Church for over twenty years and a member of Carmelite Ministry.
She is survived by several cousins.
LINCOLN - Madeline Caouette (Brule), 91, passed away Tuesday at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Henri P. Caouette.
Born in Canada she was the daughter of the late Willy and Blandine (Caron) Brule. She had resided in Lincoln for the past 30 years previously residing on Pacific St., Central Falls for 60 years.
She was a supervisor employed by the Hasbro, Corp., working in Pawtucket and Woonsocket for 19 years retiring in 1984. She was previously employed at the former Eddy's Resturaunt, Central Falls.
CENTRAL FALLS - Simone (Moreau) Messier, of Central Falls, died Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the age of 89. Simone was married to former Central Falls Mayor Roland E. Messier for 61 years until his death in 2008.
She is survived by her children Richard (So. Carolina), Paul (Warwick, RI), Susan Flynn (Charlestown, RI) and Janine Cortesa (Uxbridge, MA), nine grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Simone also leaves her siblings Maurice Moreau, Annette Gautreaux, Lucille Gibeault, and Theresa Coulombe. Two brothers, Gerard and Joseph, predeceased her.
Rose M. Morissette
REHOBOTH - Rose M. Morissette, 76, of Rocky Hill Road, passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of George O. Morissette.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Pelletier) Perrino.
PROVIDENCE — For the second straight season the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team’s senior class will graduate without knowing what it feels like to beat archrival Providence College.
PAWTUCKET â€” A city man was charged with domestic assault by strangulation and domestic felony assault Tuesday after he choked his girlfriend, fled their apartment, then returned a short time later and began prodding her with a knife, authorities said.
According to police Maj. Arthur Martins, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Niran A. Morales, 18, was involved in an argument with his girlfriend regarding the pairâ€™s relationship. During the squabble, Morales â€ślashed out at her,â€ť putting his hands around her neck and choking her, Martins said.
PAWTUCKET - Frank Balkum, 88, passed away December 9, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Lillian A. (Pitera) Balkum. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Vincente and Boleslawa (Niedswicki) Balkum. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 60 years.
Before retiring he was employed by General Electric as an accountant for 38 years. Frank was a Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Polish organization PAMBA.
Mary E. Karaniuk
PAWTUCKET - Mary E. Karaniuk, 91, passed away Wednesday December 10, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter Karaniuk.
Born in Cumberland she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Nimnic) Marchick. She lived in Pawtucket for 30 years and was formerly of Lincoln.
Helen was a member of the Polish Young Set.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The state announced some $3.85 million in open space grants this week for conservation and recreation projects in 15 communities, including Lincoln, Burrillville and Pawtucket.
Lincoln was among the biggest winners in the open space sweepstakes, taking home $400,000 to acquire a 50-acre parcel of undisturbed, forested land abutting the Handy Pond Recreation Area, off Old River Road. The addition of the land would enlarge the recreation area to over 300,000 acres, according to Albert V. Ranaldi Jr., the town planner.
CLARA MAY RIBEIRO
MENDON, MA - Clara May (Briggs) Ribeiro, 76, of Mendon died December 8 at her residence after an illness.
She was born in Norton, MA; daughter of the late Ernest & Ida (Burgess) Briggs. She was raised in Norton and Attleboro and was a graduate of Attleboro High School. She attended business college majoring in accounting. Clara had been employed as an accountant for Teknor-Apex in Pawtucket and later Texas Instruments. She retired in 2003.
Clara was a member of the First Congregational Church in Milford and participated in Bible study there.
Dallas (9-4) 41
Chicago (5-8) 28
Dallas used the 3rd quarter to put this game out of reach. After a tightly contested first half the score was 14-7 in Dallasâ€™ favor. Dallas was able to use an early second half turnover to score a 24 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Cole Beasley. They used great field position to tack on 2 more touchdowns before the end of the 3rd quarter to make the score 35-7. Chicago made the game somewhat close thanks to a 21 point fourth quarter of their own, but it was too little, too late.
Pittsburgh (8-5) 42
Cincinnati (8-4-1) 21
PAWTUCKET â€“ More than $9,000 in cash was seized from the motor vehicle of a Massachusetts man, who later bit the hand of a police officer who yanked over five grams of heroin from his mouth.
Orlando Rosas-Rodriguez, 41, of Taunton, is facing charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver; assaulting a police officer; and third-offense possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, according to Detective Major Arthur Martins.