March 5th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s a whole new ballgame for T.J. Sorrentine, one that holds the potential of yielding big dividends down the road.
As of this moment Sorrentine is the interim coach at Brown University, the new title bestowed upon the Pawtucket native after the school dismissed head coach Jesse Agel on Monday. Sorrentine was informed of his reclassification during a meeting with outgoing athletic director Mike Goldberger after learning earlier in the day that Agel would not be retained.
â€śGoing into that meeting, I didnâ€™t know what to expect,â€ť Sorrentine said when reached Monday night.
PROVIDENCE â€” Vincent Council provided the type of response that epitomizes the mindset of the Providence College Friars heading into the Big East Tournament.
To summarize, the junior doesnâ€™t expect the Friars to be a one-and-done casualty, their season ending at the hands of Seton Hall on Day 1 of the five-day mad dash leading up to a hoops coronation at Madison Square Garden.
PROVIDENCE â€” In the end, it wasnâ€™t meant to be for head coach Alisha Brannon and her North Smithfield squad.
Despite North Smithfield putting forth a gutsy and determined effort in the face of long odds, the Northmen saw their season come to a close Monday night in the Division III semifinals at Rhode Island College.
Led by 29 points from senior Sandy Kun, top seed and unbeaten Juanita Sanchez held on for a 53-49 victory.
PAWTUCKET â€” Several concerned residents have raised questions about recent tree clearing and bulldozing that has taken place in the private Walnut Hill Cemetery, yet the property owner claims the efforts are part of a planned restoration project.
Ken Postle, Bill Greenwood and Charles Mogayzel, all of whom have been involved in cemetery preservation and beautification efforts in the city, say they are concerned about what they have seen taking place in a rear section of Walnut Hill Cemetery that runs along Arthur Street.
James V. Murphy
LINCOLN- Murphy, James V. 79, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully Monday March 5th, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy T (Grimley) Murphy. They were happily married for more than 52 years.
Born in Providence RI, he was the son of the late James V. and Jane P. (ONeil) Murphy.
Mr. Murphy was a lifelong resident of the Cumberland Lincoln area. He graduated St. Raphael Academy in 1950. He served honorably in the US Air Force as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean War. He then attended and received a degree from Bryant College.
CUMBERLAND- Louise (Ferreira) Correia, 94, of One Mendon Road and formerly High Street, passed away Monday at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Silverio Correia.
Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Armindo and Emilia Ferreira. She resided in Cumberland most of her life.
Mrs. Correia was employed as a Machine Operator for the Sydney Brumenthal Company for many years.
Louise loved to make plastic crafts for her great-grandchildren. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Donna J. Dixon
CRANSTON- Dixon, Donna J., 62, of 16 Parkside Circle, Cranston died Sunday, March 4, 2012.
She was the wife of the late James Dixon.
She was born in Rochester, New Hampshire, the daughter of Valmore L. and Rita Y. (Dubois) Guilmette.
Francis A. Dugan
PAWTUCKET- Francis A. Dugan, of Kenyon Avenue, Pawtucket died February 29, 2012.
Mr. Dugan was born in Chelsea MA, the son of Theresa Dugan. He was an auto mechanic for many years before he retired due to illness.
Mr. Dugan is survived by his children, Diana L. Dugan of Malden MA, Francis Dugan and Robert Dugan.
There will be a service for Mr. Dugan Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Ressurection Cemetery Chapel, West Wrentham Road, Cumberland.
Relatives and friends are invited. For guest book signatures please visit
CUMBERLAND- Silvina Costa, 73, of Titus Street, passed away Friday in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the wife of Jose L. Costa and they had been married for 46 years.
Born in Insua, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Joaquim and Guelhermina (Claro) Maneca. She moved to this country in 1979, settling in Cumberland.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Besides her husband, she leaves one son, Antonio J. Costa and his wife Bonnie of Central Falls, one daughter, Rosario Harvey and her husband James
Carol Ann Schora
CUMBERLAND- Carol Ann Schora, 69, of Dexter Rock Road, Lincoln, formerly of Cumberland, passed away Sunday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Robert H. Schora.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Carrie (Perolli) Bara. She resided in Lincoln for the past nine years, previously residing in Cumberland for most of her life.
Mrs. Schora was a Certified Nursing Assistant for the Grandview Center, Cumberland for over 20 years, retiring in 2005. She also was employed at Atria Place, Lincoln.
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 PCâ€™s venerable Alumni Hall gym is the site for Sundayâ€™s â€śElite Eightâ€ť 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, LaBrancheâ€™s vision of opening Alumni Hallâ€™s doors to the stateâ€™s 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.