February 14th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â Tolman Highâs âsleeping giantâ of a basketball team is still sleeping.
The Tigers slumbered through the opening eight minutes of Tuesday nightâs clash with Division II-Central leader North Providence, falling behind 27-8 before essentially playing the Cougars even for the rest of the game, finally losing by an 87-72 margin.
North Providence saw a 15-point halftime lead shrink to 10 with 10:30 left in the game. The Cougars hardly blinked. They just took the ball to the basket and got fouled, making 24 of 31 free throws in the game.
PROVIDENCE â Two Republican lawmakers, Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura and Portsmouth Rep. Dan Gordon, attacked the 49-state settlement agreement with the nationâs five largest mortgage service providers that Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin signed onto last week, calling the $25 billion the financial institutions agreed to pay âa drop in the bucket.â
âWhat an insult to the American people,â Gordon declared at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. âWhat an insult to the people of Rhode Island. The people should be inflamed.â
PAWTUCKET â The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has found that a proposal by the Grebien Administration to solicit private donations to fund the salary of the new economic development director would be against the Code of Ethics.
A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sundayâs 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.
Bertha T. Cooper
PAWTUCKET- Bertha T. (Zukowski) Cooper, 91, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond C. Cooper, Sr. (Retired Pawtucket Police Dept.)
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Winsenty and Mechalena (Nechveroviz) Zukowski.
Anita E. Bergeron
PAWTUCKET- Anita E. (Paquin) Bergeron, 94, formerly of Cameron St., passed away Monday, February 13, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Roland J. Bergeron.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Alfred and Ida (Bourgeault) Paquin, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life. Anita was a seamstress at Vogue Industries for ten years until retiring in 1979. She was a former member of St. Cecilia and St. Matthew Seniors.
Pauline I. Adam
CUMBERLAND- Pauline I. Adam (Tanguay), 72, of Cumberland, passed away Monday, February 13, 2012 after a long battle with emphysema at Oakland Grove Health Care Center.
She was the wife of Peter Adam. They were happily married for 51 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Lucien and Lea (Fafard) Tanguay.
Pauline worked at Health-Tex for twenty nine years and at A. T. Cross for twelve years before retiring in 2002.
CUMBERLAND â Roger Savini may have been boasting when he said he could drive a golf ball into Massachusetts from his Woonsocket restaurant, but the hyperbole made a point.
His restaurant is so close to both Bellingham and Blackstone that diners â and especially his lucrative banquet business â could easily bypass his Rathbun Street business to avoid the extra 2 percent tax Gov. Lincoln Chafee wants to tack onto restaurant meals and beverages.
The last full week of the high school basketball season is upon us, meaning teams are in full spin mode in relation to securing playoff berths or jostling for seeding positions.
Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti feels a common bond with his colleagues at other city schools in Rhode Island, in places like Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. He knows the budget restraints that ADs in those cities deal with, and can easily relate to the student-athletes and the economic realities many of them face during the school year.
John N. Furtado
SOMERSET, MA- John N. Furtado "Coach Jack Furtado", 73, of Somerset passed away on Wednesday February 8, 2012 at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. He was the husband of forty-eight years to Marjorie (Audette) Furtado.
John was born in Fall River the son of the late John S. and Josephine (Simons) Furtado.
Luisa R. Silva
CUMBERLAND- Luisa R. Silva (Viriato), 95, of Duke Rd. passed away Sunday in the Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket.
Born in St. Michael, Azores she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Margarida (da Silva) Viriato.
She came to this country settling in Central Falls and has resided in Cumberland for the past 21 years.
She was employed by the Monet Jewelry Co., Pawtucket for a number of years until her retirement. She was also a communicant or Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Doreen E. Mackevie
PAWTUCKET- Mackevie, Doreen E., 89, a long time Pawtucket resident died Saturday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late John E. Mackevie whom she met during World War II while he was an officer in the US Army stationed in England.
Born in England, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Rose (Coombes) Chant.
James A. Rouillier
PAWTUCKET- James "Jim" A. Rouillier, 60, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February, 10, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Annette (Panarello) Rouillier.
Jim served as a patrolman for the Pawtucket Police Department for 22 years until his retirement in 1995, and was a member of the FOP, Lodge # 4, Cedar St., Pawtucket.
Jim enjoyed playing golf, fishing and taking leisurely walks with his wife Annette. He was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast and a fan of the rock bands, U2 and AC/DC.
Leo C. Cooney
Leo C. Cooney, 89, of East Providence, died Feb. 6, 2012.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Elizabeth A. (McCaffrey)
Cooney, he had lived in Cumberland most of his life. Mr. Cooney was employed as an Administrative Technician for the Dept. of Defense USAR for 30 years. He retired in 1972. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of the Retired Federal Employees Chapter #13 and the VFW Post #274 Israel Couture Post.
Claire S. Riendeau
PAWTUCKET- Claire S. (LaPorte) Riendeau, 75, died at home while in the care of her loving family on February 12, 2012.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Gabrielle LaPorte and the wife of Raymond Riendeau.
Claire was a transcriptionist at the Community Counseling Center, Pawtucket, for ten years until retiring in 2000. She was an enthusiastic and long time member of the St. Cecilia Church Choir, and enjoyed singing with the Blackstone Valley Community Singers.
PROVIDENCE â With the state meet less than a week away, itâs all about consistency. Whether itâs in the running or field events, the elite athletes that have been consistent in their craft, particularly over the last few weeks, usually continue that trend on track & fieldâs biggest stage.
Central Falls senior Steven Vazquez, a multiple all-stater in the high jump, has been one of those athletes.
Robert Lacourse wasn't exactly a young guy when he joined the Lincoln Lions Club 18 years ago. But at the age of 52, Lacourse says he was at a stage in his life when he finally had the time to devote to a local group of service-minded men and women who were doing volunteer work to support the community and help those in need.
The Lions, he says, fit the bill perfectly.
LINCOLN â After over two decades of patrolling the streets of the town's seven villages, managing the training of officers and acting as the Lincoln Police Department's public information officer, Capt. Raymond Bousquet III has chosen to retire.
Friday was his final day in an LPD uniform. He now will direct his energies toward a new career in the banking industry in Boston.
In vintage Bousquet fashion, he stated, âThis is not a sudden decision. I'm moving on, and it's time. The timing is right for me and my family. That's it.â
PROVIDENCE â State Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist had words of both praise and caution on the latest round of New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing on Friday.
Gist's praise included high marks for charter schools in Cumberland, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket and also a special nod to the students and staff of Central Falls High School for raising its four-year graduation rate by 17 points and Woonsocket High School for its improvement in reading.