March 5th, 2012
Vincent P. O'Neill
"Longtime Funeral Director"
PAWTUCKET- Vincent P. O'Neill, 83, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully Friday, March 2, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Nunez) O'Neill. They were happily married for fifty seven years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Crane) O'Neill.
Mr. O'Neill was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. He graduated from Saint Raphael Academy in 1946. He then graduated from New England Institute of Anatomy and Embalming in 1951.
Antonio Gaspar Lopes
CUMBERLAND- Antonio Gaspar Lopes, age 50, of High Street, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012 in the Home and Hospice Care of RI Inpatient Unit, Providence. He was the husband of Ana (Figueiredo) Lopes, and they had been married for 31 years.
Born in Serta, Portugal, he was the son of the late Amaro and Maria de Lurdes (Gaspar) Lopes. He came to this country in 1979, settling in Cumberland.
Mr. Lopes was the owner of Fonseca Construction Company for ten years, and previously the owner of the New England Caf for five years.
PROVIDENCE â Those who are driven to excel fully understand the magnitude of qualifying for the New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships.
With that qualification comes an expectation of success, and â when it doesn't come â the hurt runs remarkably deep.
Jan M. McIntyre-Ba joined the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic youth service organization, when she was 12 years old.
Her mother, Frances, had also been a Rainbow Girl, and her grandfather was a Mason, so Freemasonry, the oldest fraternal organization in the world, was something she was intimately familiar with even at a young age.
PAWTUCKET -- Tolman scored three power-play goals in the first 10:07 of play and never looked back on Friday night as the Tigers skated to an easy 9-3 win over Scituate in Game 1 of their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series at Lynch Arena.
The third-seeded Tigers (13-4) will try to sweep the sixth-seeded Spartans (5-11-1) tonight when the series resumes at 7 p.m. at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
PROVIDENCE â In the person of Carl LaBranche, the R.I. Interscholastic League and Providence College benefited from having an ace in the hole.
The underlying reason why PCâs venerable Alumni Hall gym is the site for Sundayâs âElite Eightâ round of the open state tournament is due to the communication and negotiating skills tapped by LaBranche in harmonizing this project. With this Pawtucket native (Tolman High School Class of 1970) serving as the point man, LaBrancheâs vision of opening Alumni Hallâs doors to the stateâs high school basketball sector became a reality.
PROVIDENCE â Two conflicting bills -- one that would put a cap on the amount Cumberland fire districts can increase their tax levy and another that would allow the Cumberland Hill Fire District to implement a four-tier tax classification program â were heard by the House Municipal Government Committee Thursday.
Mary T. Roy
PAWTUCKET- Mary T. (Salhany) Roy, 97, passed into the Hands of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. The wife of the late Valrian A. Roy (8/25/77).
She was a daughter of the late Elias and Helen (Barakat) Salhany.
Klenn R. Kazmierski
PAWTUCKET- Klenn R. Kazmierski, 75, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Serafina (Ruggiero) Kazmierski for twenty years.
Born in Utica, New York, a son of the late Zygmund Kazmierski and Viola F. (Sun) Kazmierski-Perry, he resided in Pawtucket for many years.
Klenn was a Korean War U.S. Air Force veteran. He was employed by Texas Instruments, Attleboro for twenty years before retiring in 1996, and was an avid golfer.
Howard D. Johnson
PAWTUCKET- Howard D, Johnson, 82, passed away Thursday after an illness. He was the beloved husband of Loretta G. (Gaouette) Johnson.
Born in Providence a son of the late Franklin and Adeline (Primeau) Johnson and has lived in Pawtucket for many years.
Frank S. Moskal
PAWTUCKET- Frank S. Moskal 87, of Pine Grove Street passed away Thursday March 1, 2012 at Steere House in Providence. He was the beloved husband of Helen A. (Niziolek) Moskal.
Born in South Attleboro he was a son of the late Joseph and Frances (Bartkiewicz) Moskal. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 60 years.
Before retiring he was employed as a Shipper for Teknor-Apex Co. of Pawtucket.
Ronald H. Piatek
SCITUATE- Ronald "Ron" H. Piatek, 66, of Scituate and summered in Barrington, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Gail A. (Cabral) Piatek for 33 years.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph and Cecilia E. (Karol) Piatek.
SMITHFIELD â Thursday night on the Bryant University campus saw St. Raphael meet its maker in the form of a deep-scoring Classical team, something the Saints desperately tried to evolve into over the course of the 2011-12 season.
Alas, it never materialized. The Saintsâ 69-61 loss in the âSweet 16â round of the open state tournament served as one final reminder of what can happen when a team puts multiple scoring threats on the floor simultaneously. Thatâs exactly what the upstarts from Classical did by placed four players in double figures led by 26 points from Ismael Batista.
SMITHFIELD â St. Raphael Academyâs reign as defending state champs has come to an end â an abrupt one at that.
It was Classical springing the upset Thursday night at Bryant Universityâs Chace Athletic Center, the 13th-seeded Purple receiving multiple contributions up and down the lineup in a 69-61 âRound of 16â victory over the Saints. Classicalâs Ismael Batista was virtually unstoppable in second half where he netted 16 of his 26 points. Charles Correa led SRA with 26 points on six 3-pointers.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A state project to replace the Ten Mile River Bridges at the intersection of Broadway, Roger Williams Avenue, and Centre Street is under way, but members of the City Council say they want to see the $2.8 million project finished well ahead of the state's estimated completion date of November 2013.
PHILADELPHIA â Pawtucketâs Brittany Wilson, a junior guard on the La Salle University womenâs basketball team, recently earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team as a Third Team All-Conference pick.
Wilson has helped power La Salle to its best Atlantic 10 season since the 2006-07 season. The Explorers went 7-7 in league play and earned its second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament berth and the No. 8 seed in this weekend's tournament.
Three months of regular-season games have now boiled down to three weeks of state tournament action.
And for five of the six Blackstone Valley teams that qualified for the playoffs, the âsecond seasonâ commences tonight at arenas throughout the state.
While the opening weekend of the postseason had long been reserved for the quarterfinal-round series, that wonât be the case this winter in the new State Championship playoffs, which along with the Division I tourney, jumps right into its semifinals this weekend.
Emily C. Washburn
SEEKONK- Emily C. (Weaton) Washburn, 91, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012. She was the beloved wife of George J. Washburn. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November 2011.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late William E. and Gladys (Crandall) Weaton, she resided in Seekonk most of her life.
Emily was a medical secretary for the late Orland F. Smith, M.D. for over thirty-five years. She was a 1938 graduate of Pawtucket High School; former member of the North Seekonk Grange and the Attleboro Emblem Club.
PROVIDENCE â Movie and TV star James Woods appeared at the Statehouse Wednesday to testify in favor of a bill that would allow doctors and hospitals to express sympathy or acknowledge errors to patients and family members when medical treatment goes awry without it being held against them in later court actions.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â After a rather sloppy initial half, one in which it registered 15 turnovers and had serious issues netting a bucket, North Smithfield High head coach Alisha Brannon took her troops aside and told them simply to calm down and think.
âBasically, we have a tendency to rush on offense, and the first half was a classic example,â she said. âThey try to pass too quickly or dribble past (defenders). At halftime, I told them to quit rushing and spread the floor.