February 23rd, 2012
The unknown variable pertaining to the 30-team boysâ€™ basketball open state tournament is a mystery no more.
On Thursday the Interscholastic League released where the corresponding regions will be heading for the Round of 16 should they safely navigate out of this weekendâ€™s first-round slate of games. The North region will dock at CCRI-Warwick next Tuesday; the South region will play out at Bryant University next Tuesday; the East region heads to Bryant University next Wednesday; the West region is set for next Wednesday at CCRI-Warwick.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As players and members of the St. Raphael basketball family sat in the film room of Alumni Hall, enjoying pizza and soda while viewing Cox Sportsâ€™ presentation of the unveiling of the brackets of the 30-team open state tournament, a feeling of uneasiness engulfed head coach Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ And so, Alex Butler and his East Providence High squad was left with this: With nothing left to play for other than pride and principle, the Townies played free and easy Wednesday night while at the same time providing defending state champion St. Raphael Academy with all sorts of fits.
By no means did E.P. run away from the challenge at hand. The Townies stood toe-to-toe with the defending champs until the very end of an eventual 58-55 Saints win that demonstrated to Butler that his team was not ready to enjoy the rest of its February vacation.
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council at its meeting of Feb. 8 approved several appointments, including that of renewing the terms of the municipal judge and associate municipal judge.
By a unanimous vote, the council elected former state Senator John M. McBurney to a three-year term as municipal judge and current Sen. Donna M. Nesslebush to a three-year term as associate municipal judge.
John T. Barry
LINCOLN- John T. Barry, 77, of Williams Street, Lincoln passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of James and Alice (Knowles) Barry, Sr.
Mr. Barry grew up in Pawtucket, graduating from St. Edwards School and Pawtucket West High School. He was a lifelong Communicant at St. Edward's Church and a volunteer at LaSalette Shrine.
CENTRAL FALLS- Paula Tierney, 44, passed on February 20, 2012.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Francis and Joan (Hennesey)
She had been employed as a Telemarketer for many years.
Paula is survived by a daughter, Melissa Brooks of Central Falls, a sister, Diane Mayer of Riverside, two brothers, Kenneth Smith of Johnston and Steven Smith of East Providence and several nieces and nephews. She was the former wife of Dennis Brooks.
Steven J. Phillips
PAWTUCKET- Steven J. Phillips, 45, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. He was the beloved husband Elizabeth M. (Allan) Phillips for twenty-three years.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of Joyce (Renell) Phillips of Pawtucket and the late Richard Phillips.
Steve had been employed by the Sun Chemical Company, Mansfield, for many years. He was a handyman who enjoyed helping others, and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Patriots.
Linda A. Santos
PAWTUCKET- Linda A. Santos, 92, of Pawtucket, died Tuesday, February 21, 2012. She was the wife of the late Anthony Santos.
Mrs. Santos was born in Ludlow MA, the daughter of the late Firmino and Guilheminia (Conceicao) Ferreira.
She was employed at the former Central Braid and Rug in Central Falls.
Mrs. Santos is survived by her daughter Sandra Wesley and her husband Fred of Seekonk MA. She also leaves three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mrs. Santos was the mother of the late Lynda Fernandes and the sister of the late James Ferreira.
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.