February 22nd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” How much of a pounding from trailer trucks can a 135-year-old bridge take? That's what City Councilors have been wanting to know. Yet the most recent assessment done by the state rates the span as safe and maintains the additional truck traffic is having little to no impact.
Heralding the 1663 Royal Charter for the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations as â€śone of the great human rights documents of the world,â€ť Gov. Lincoln Chafee set the stage Tuesday for the celebration next year of the 350th anniversary of King Charles IIâ€™s grant to John Clarke and Roger Williams.
A history buff who frequently references Roger Williams, the stateâ€™s founder, and the charter in his speeches and Statehouse presentations, Chafee appointed a 34-member commission to organize a celebration for the sesquarcentennial, which will culminate on July 8, 2013.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tuesdayâ€™s clash pitting combatants North Providence and Shea was one of those back and forth, knock down, drag out affairs that you couldn't take your eyes off, and for the longest time it seemed and felt like the game could go either way.
Despite the stakes being high â€“ the regular-season division title was on the line at â€śThe Cageâ€ť â€“ both head coaches, N.P.â€™s Paul Rizzo and Matt Pita of Shea, took a moment at 6:57 of the second half to engage in some playful ribbing.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Just a minute before he and his troops began walking toward the door for a celebratory bus ride home, Cumberland High head coach Gary Reedy was told that this Division II-North clash against host Central Falls High ended with a combined 45 personal fouls and 39 turnovers.
Marion L. Huntress
PAWTUCKET- Marion L. Huntress, 80, of Birchland Avenue, Pawtucket died Monday, February 20, 2012. She was the wife of Ronald H. Huntress. They had been married 50 years.
Mrs. Huntress was born in Concord Heights, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Archie and Elva Moody.
She was a scrub nurse at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket for many years.
Rita M. Garceau
CUMBERLAND- Rita M. Garceau, 79, formerly of Cumberland died on Feb. 15th at the Coventry Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center. She was the wife of the late Roland Garceau.
With her husband, she had co-owned and operated the Village Cafe in Cumberland for about twenty years until her retirement at the age of sixty.
She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Agnes (Leclair) Huard.
Survivors are her nephew, Daniel Garceau of Vermont; her brother Arthur Huard and Randy and Wanda Huard.
Arrangement under the direction of the DARLINGTON MORTUARY OF L. HEROUX & SON.
WARWICK â€” Those reports on Cumberlandâ€™s demise down the stretch have been greatly exaggerated.
The Clippers put the clamps on a four-game winless streak in a very big way on Monday afternoon by beating the team they are battling for second place in the Division II-North ranks, Pilgrim.
Andrew Dulac and Michael Kinch supplied the early scoring and goaltender Patrick Noke turned away 27 shots to lead the Clippers to a much-needed 2-0 victory at Thayer Arena.
Charlotte J. Parfitt
BARRINGTON- Charlotte "Ma" J. (Couchie) Parfitt, 69, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Richard Parfitt, Jr. for forty-eight years.
She was a daughter of the late James and Margaret (Mathews) Couchie.
Charlotte resided in Pawtucket until moving to East Providence in 1956 where she graduated in 1960 from East Providence High School. She also resided in Enfield, CT for five years before moving to Barrington in 1969. Charlotte was a forty year member of the S & B Club of the Vera Plat area of Barrington.
Henry J. Dash
PAWTUCKET- Henry J. Dash, 86, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. He was the husband of June (Cartier) Dash.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late James and Rose (Ferat) Dash. Mr. Dash was a World War II army veteran.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he worked in shipping and receiving at Union Wadding in Pawtucket for twenty one years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Fierlit-Korzen American Legion Post #79. He was an avid bowler, golfer, and loved working in his yard.
CENTRAL FALLS- Muriel Smith, 71, of King Street, passed away Saturday at home after an illness. She was the widow of the late Junior Smith.
Born in Providence a daughter of the late Herbert and Edna (Higginson) Chamberland.
She lived in Providence before moving to Central Falls, 9 years ago.
She leaves a son, Joseph Elliott her principal care-giver with whom she lived, 4 daughters, Melissa Morales of Central Falls, Ann Perreault and Leola Reis both of Pawtucket and Stacie Elliott of Providence, 25 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren.
PAWTUCKET- Emilia DaRosa, 91, of Pawtucket died February 18, 2012. She was born in Brava, Cape Verde. She was the daughter of the late Luis DePina and Julia DaRosa.
She came to this country 34 years ago settling in Pawtucket. She was employed by Hope Webbing as a machine operator for 10 years.
She is survived by 4 daughters Carlota Gomes, Maria Rodrigues, Julia Gomes all of Pawtucket and Domingas Gomes of Lincoln. 2 sons Joao Gomes of Central Falls and Manuel Gomes of Pawtucket. Many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Christina R. Petrarca
PAWTUCKET- Christina R. "Chris" Petrarca, of, died Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Center in Providence. She was the wife of the late James A. Petrarca Sr.
Mrs. Petrarca was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Margaret A. Ma (Morgan) Madsen and Ola B. Madsen. She was a Pawtucket resident all of her life.
She worked at the family restaurant, Margaret's Ice Cream Parlor, in Pawtucket for many years. She later worked at L.G.Balfour Co. and the State of Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET- Manuel Nunes, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully Friday, February 17, 2012. He was the husband of the late Jennie (Wojcikiewicz) Nunes.
Born in Utica, New York, he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria (Rodrigues) Nunes.
PROVIDENCE â€” Steven Vazquez came, he saw, he conquered.
The indoor high jump state title â€“ one that prior to Saturday's R.I. Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house could be described as elusive â€“ is now the property of the Central Falls senior.
He posted a winning leap of 6 feet, 8 inches, one actually equaled by his chief rival, Divon Bailey of Rogers. The tale of how Vazquez ultimately struck gold was based on pure technicality with the C.F. jumper hitting the bar fewer times than his counterpart during the final showdown.
In NCAA Tournament speak, Selection Sunday is a day for fist clenching as teams wait on hands and knees to see if they made it or were denied admittance. Taking a page from how the field of 68 is unveiled to the viewing public, the Interscholastic League plans to replicate at least some of the drama by conducting a live broadcast of the releasing of boysâ€™ basketball tournament pairings.
Ann L. Hogan has always believed that not only should a person strive to achieve personal success in their own lives, they must go out and serve others. Service to others, she says, not only gives meaning to your own life, it makes life better for others.
â€śService should be an element of everyone's life. People need to have that experience of giving to others,â€ť says Hogan, 83, a retired school teacher from Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Hoya Destroya, indeed.
A Georgetown team that figures to be a tough out come NCAA Tournament time slowed the Providence College Friars to a virtual crawl Saturday night in a 63-53 Hoya win that wasnâ€™t even as close as the final score indicates. PC shot 25.9 percent for the game after compiling a 4-for-28 horror show in the first half. Such a frigid display made the task of trying to shock the 10th-ranked team in the country even more of a tall order, one that PC coach Ed Cooley openly acknowledged during his postgame meeting with the press.
WARWICK â€“ Nearly two weeks have elapsed since Will Blackmon found himself engulfed in a sea of confetti at Lucas Oil Stadium, the first true sign that the Providence native was officially a Super Bowl champion.
Needless to say, the feeling associated with â€śGiants 21, Patriots 17â€ť is one that hasnâ€™t completely sunk in, at least not right now. Blackmon appeared at a rally at his old high school Thursday, the Bishop Hendricken student body and faculty packing the gym to catch a glimpse of the newly minted champ.
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley claims he had no idea that Wednesdayâ€™s loss at Cincinnati resulted in his Providence Friars dipping below .500 for the first time this season.
â€śTo be honest with you, I didnâ€™t even know that,â€ť Cooley said after this reporter informed him of the news Friday, one day before PC welcomes 10th-ranked Georgetown to The Dunk Saturday night. In the same breath Cooley added, â€śIf you worry about your record, then youâ€™re not concentrating on the right things.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Minutes before the Division II-Central clash between archrivals Tolman and Shea highs, Tigers coach Mike Kayata seemed even more intense than usual, and that's hard for him.
â€śWe're playing to win this one,â€ť he said as his players warmed up, â€śand the answer is going to be defense. We have to take care of the ball and limit their fast-break points. If we do that, we should be OK. They're tough. They're 13-3 for a reason, and we know that. These guys all know each other, so this is about pride and respect. We just have to take care of the ball.â€ť