March 15th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Keno Davis never failed to mention that Providence College featured one of the youngest menâ€™s basketball teams in the Big East, if not the country. Many saw that as a plea or a copout on Davisâ€™ part, but the fact that the Friarsâ€™ 2010-11 roster was comprised of 10 first- or second-year players is not lost on athletic director Bob Driscoll.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket is embarking on a $6 to $7 million expansion plan for its facility on Moeller Place, thanks to the City Councilâ€™s approval of a land conveyance request.
On Wednesday, the City Council voted 8 to 0 to approve a resolution to convey about a 9-acre portion of the 20-acre city property adjacent to the Boys & Girls Clubâ€™s existing facility off School Street to the organization for the sum of one dollar.
BURRILLVILLE - Simonne Poulin, 84 resident of Mapleville, died March 12, 2011 at the St. Antoine Residence in No. Smithfield.
Loving wife of 27 years to Roland Poulin.
Born in Albion RI, a daughter of the late Albert & Marie (Auger) Benoit.
She worked for the H&H Screw Co. in Lincoln; previously she worked for the Hasbro Co. A resident of Burrillville for many years previously she lived in Central Falls.
Carlos A. Oliveira
PAWTUCKET - Carlos A. Oliveira, 86, of Pawtucket, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Deolinda (Cardoso) Oliveira. They had been married 60 years.
Born in Portugal, he was a son of the late Inacio and Georgina (Silva) Oliveira. Mr. Oliveira was employed as a machine operator for American Insulated Wire Co. until his retirement. His daughter Lucia Dennis of New Snyrna, Fl, his son Jose Oliveira of S. Attleboro and his grandchildren Justin Oliveira, Amber Dennis and Danielle Dennis survive him.
Ruth R. Phillips
WARWICK - Ruth R. (Hinchcliffe) Phillips, 82, of Warwick and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert D. Phillips.
Sgt. Adrian Silva
PAWTUCKET - Sgt. Adrian Silva, Pawtucket Police Department (Ret.) of Prospect St, Pawtucket died March 13, 2011. He was the loving husband of Thelma (Williams) Silva.
Robert R. Bourget
WOONSOCKET: Robert R. "Bob" Bourget 64, passed March 12th surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Gerald and Jeanne (Poirier) Bourget.
He had been the proprietor of Bobby B's auto repair for many years before retiring and had also worked at the Moshassuck Cemetery. He was an avid outdoorsman,enjoying hunting and fishing. Bob was a proud Veteran of the Vietnam War.
David B. Richards
PAWTUCKET - David B. Richards, 45, of Pawtucket, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 10, 2011 at home.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of Barbara Richards of Pawtucket and the late Raymond Lugiski.
Gary P. O'Brien
PAWUCKET - Gary P. O'Brien, 56, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Born in Providence, a son of the late Daniel N. and Margaret (Tahney) O'Brien, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life. He was a member of the 1972 graduating class of St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, where he excelled in athletics. Gary served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy. He was a talented carpenter his entire adult life and was currently working for Colony Builders of Rehoboth.
SMITHFIELD - Jean Pierson, 83, of Smithfield and formerly of Pawtucket passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011. She was the wife of the late Marcel Pierson.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Leapha (Purdy) Fogarty.
Mrs. Pierson worked at the Pawtucket Times as a Switch Board Operator for over 20 years before retiring. She also worked at the Checker Club in Pawtucket part time for over 40 years.
Helen B. Nowak
LINCOLN- Mrs. Helen B. (Kopacki) Nowak, 90 died Tuesday March 8, 2011. She was the widow of Joseph A. Nowak, who died June 9, 1989.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Kazimierz and Adela (Irzyk) Kopacki, she was a 1937 graduate of Woonsocket High School.
Mrs. Nowak was employed as a floor lady at the former Najarian's Department Store both in Woonsocket and Pawtucket.
She also worked at the former Gracious Living in Cumberland and at Ann & Hope in Cumberland. She was a Lincoln resident since 1953.
Joseph L. McDonald Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Joseph L. McDonald Jr., of Pawtucket, died March 11, 2011. Mr. McDonald was the husband of the late Gladys L (Bibby) McDonald.
He was born in Providence, the son of the late Joseph L. McDonald Sr., and Edna M. (Johnson) McDonald-Scanlon.
Mr. McDonald was a paper cutter for many years before retiring. He was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving during the Korean War.
As a youth Mr. McDonald excelled in baseball and track and field, receiving an invitation to try out for the former Boston Braves Major League Baseball Team.
Sally Ann Beland
PAWTUCKET. Sally Ann (Lange) Beland, 46, of Lowell Avenue, passed away accidentally last Thursday at home.
She was born in Providence a daughter of Muriel (Kennedy) Lange and the late Emory Lange Sr. She had been employed as a laborer for the Providence Gas Co. and previously for Local 271 Laborer's Union.
Besides her mother she leaves a brother Emory Lange Jr. of Pawtucket, a niece, Stephanie Lange of Woonsocket and two Great Nephews, John and Justis. Services were private. Condolences, www.coelhofuneralhome.net.
The great unknown turned into the great success for boysâ€™ basketball in Rhode Island. Thanks to the countless thrills and memories the all-inclusive state tournament provided, the format of crowning one undisputed champion is likely here to stay.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€” â€śWe stayed at a high level,â€ť deadpanned Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine as his St. Raphael Academy players were hooting and hollering in the adjacent room.
In the same breath Sorrentine, donning a championship hat, added, â€śYou could never relax.â€ť
That in a nutshell summarizes SRAâ€™s journey back to the top of the Rhode Island high school basketball mountain. The opposition tried its best to rattle the Saints, but when it mattered most, Sorrentineâ€™s crew rose to the occasion.
PORTSMOUTH â€” Over the past several years, Portsmouth Abbeyâ€™s rink has been a house of horrors for Cumberland High, a building that has been as cold to the Clippers as the frigid temperatures inside its confines.
On Sunday afternoon, the Clippers endured their latest nightmare at the arena, and it resulted in a swift exit from the Division II playoffs.
The third-seeded Clippers dropped the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal-round series to second-seeded Portsmouth High in the form of a 5-3 defeat that wasnâ€™t nearly as close as the score indicates.
LINCOLN â€” Caroline Moore seemed to know immediately she had added a â€śuâ€ť where it didn't belong.
In the seventh round of the annual Rhode Island Spelling Bee Championship held Saturday morning at the Lincoln Middle School auditorium, the Wheeler School eighth-grader had just been asked to spell â€śthoroughbred.â€ť
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Most veterans know that the Disabled American Veterans organization exists. Many of them do not know that the DAV can be their best friend and a major advocate when they seek benefits later on in life from disabilities that can be linked to their time in the U.S. military.
â€śThe sad part is a lot of veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, donâ€™t know whatâ€™s available to them (in terms of benefits from the Veterans Administration),â€ť said Rick Vaccari, a DAV supervisor.