February 25th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â In an effort to encourage reuse of more of the city's vacant mills or underutilized commercial buildings, the City Council is supporting legislation that would expand the âarts and entertainment districtâ that offers an exemption from sales tax on original works sold by individuals working in arts-related fields.
PAWTUCKET â To borrow from the office supply story Staples, âThat was easy.â
Almost too easy if youâre Shea High, which in its playoff opener rolled to a 84-50 final at the expense of an overmatched Johnston High squad Friday night at âThe Cage.â The 34-point drubbing vaults Shea, the No. 8 seed in the 30-team open state tournament, into the Round of 16 on Tuesday night at CCRI-Warwick. There the Raiders will face Rogers, which defeated Middletown, 69-43.
PAWTUCKET â Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine had just watched his St. Raphael outfit stifle playoff foe Narragansett High, displaying LoJack tendencies in a 63-29 blowout Friday night at Alumni Hall. Next up for Sorrentine & Co. is a Sweet 16 matchup on the docket for Wednesday night at Bryant University against the survivor of Smithfield-Classical, two Division I squads set to do battle Saturday night in Providence.
Richard R. Fournier
CUMBERLAND- Richard R. Fournier, 55 of Cumberland died Tuesday at home.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of Raoul Fournier and the late Janette (Pelletier) Fournier.
Richard worked as a shuttle operator at Anchor Subaru of North Smithfield. He was an avid sports fan and history enthusiast.
CUMBERLAND- Juvenala Bisordi, "Judy" 86, passed February 23rd. She was the wife of Edward "Fred" Bisordi. They have been married for 61 years.
Judy had been employed by Heathtex for 20 years before retiring in 1988.
Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, Robert Bisordi of Smithfield, Michael Bisordi of Cumberland and David Bisordi of Warwick.
Two sisters, Deolinda Medeiros and Maria Souza, 4 granddaughters, Tina Gamache, Briana, Desiree and Emily Bisordi. She was the sister of the late Zulmira Delpivo.
WOONSOCKET â Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
âWeâre hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,â Chafee said. âLetâs hope those May numbers continue the positive trend theyâre on.â
Kathryn R. Breault
PAWTUCKET- Kathryn R. Breault, 74, of Anthony Avenue, Pawtucket died Thursday, February 23, 2012 at home after a three year courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Louis Breault.
Mrs. Breault was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Martin and Ceceila (Coyne) O'Brien. She was employed by the Pawtucket School Department for many years.
Mrs. Breault was the secretary for the Parish Council at St. Jean-Baptiste Parish in Pawtucket as well as the Past President of the Women's Guild there.
PLAINVILLE, MA- Janice (Pollard) Goyette, 76, long time resident of Plainville passed away Tuesday February 21, 2012 surrounded by her loving family in Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Goyette.
Born May 25, 1935 in Cumberland, Rhode Island daughter of the late George Pollard and Alice (Eccles) Pollard Gonyeo and her husband William Gonyeo
She grew up in Cumberland and was a graduate of Cumberland High School.
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 weekendâs 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 âSaarâ 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 âone of the great human rights documents of the world,â Gov. Lincoln Chafee set the stage Tuesday for the celebration next year of the 350th anniversary of King Charles IIâs grant to John Clarke and Roger Williams.
A history buff who frequently references Roger Williams, the stateâs 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 Tuesdayâs 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 âThe Cageâ â both head coaches, N.P.âs 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.