April 14th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” SPC Dennis C. Poulin's being the type of guy who was always there to help others while asking for nothing in return was noted by everyone from his sister and longtime friends to the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard at Thursday's funeral services for the fallen soldier.
Maria C. Pinhancos
CUMBERLAND - Maria C. Pinhancos, 93, of Prospect St. passed away Wednesday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Eduardo Pinhancos.
Born in Freixo daSerra, Gouveia, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria A. (Saraiva) Marmelo. She came to this country in 1966 settling in Cumberland.
She had worked in the textile industry for many years at various area mills until her retirement.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Donna L. Smith
LINCOLN - Donna L. Gilkenson-Smith, 62 died Wednesday at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Ma. She is survived by her significant other Larry Goucher.
Born in Pawtucket a daughter of Ruth (Jefferson) Gilkenson of Lincoln and the late Raymond Gilkenson. She lived in Mansfield, Ma. for the past thirty-four years.
She was a registered nurse at the VA Hospital, West Roxbury, Ma. for the past thirty-eight years.
Florence M. Perron
LINCOLN - Florence M. Perron, 92, passed away April 14, 2011. She was the wife of the late Alfred L. Perron. Born in North Providence, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Laura Lefebvre. Mrs. Perron was a long time communicant of Holy Spirit Parish in Central Falls. She enjoyed playing bingo at The Holiday in Manville, where she resided.
The problem with Red Sox fans is they donâ€™t know how to deal with slow starts. During the Terry Francona Era, their favorite team has never been worse than 28-24 on June 1. That mediocre beginning, which looks downright red-hot compared to this seasonâ€™s 2-9 start, occurred in 2005. Yes, Boston rebounded to make the playoffs that year, bowing to eventual champion Chicago White Sox in the Division Series.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The Unified Basketball League, the second-year R.I. Interscholastic League program that matches Special Needs athletes with partners from their respective high schools, has not only grown in the amount of teams that participate, but in its competitiveness.
Division I Northern rivals Central Falls and Woonsocket demonstrated that aspect Wednesday afternoon at the Warriorsâ€™ Gymnasium with a thrilling, down-to-the-wire affair.
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s plan to radically overhaul the stateâ€™s sales tax structure is effectively dead.
After more than six hours of nearly unanimous testimony denouncing Chafeeâ€™s proposal to lower the state sales tax from 7 to 6 percent and broaden it to a vast array of goods and services that are now exempt, House Speaker Gordon Fox had heard enough.
HANOVER, PA - Annette Piette Bledsoe, 51, passed peacefully Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at her home. She was the wife of Ray Lee Bledsoe for 18 years.
Born March 15, 1960 in Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Leah (Desmarais) Piette.
Annette received her bachelor's Degree in Microbiology from Rhode Island College. She was self-employed as a Sign Language Interpreter for 7 years. Annette was a member of NIC Master Interpreter, RIDS and V.P. of Compudoc of Hanover. She also operated a website called FidosCorner.com.
Jared M. Audette
CUMBERLAND - Jared M. Audette, 37, of Diamond Hill Road died unexpectedly Monday, April 11, 2011 at home. Born in Claremont, NH, the beloved son of Lucille C. (Benoit) Gince of Cumberland and Ronald M. Audette of Lincoln, he had lived in Cumberland for most of his life.
He was a 1993 graduate of Cumberland High School.
PAWTUCKET â€” It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was only four seasons ago when St. Raphael Academy was competing for the Division I championship and Tolman High was joining the fastpitch ranks and looking to build a successful Division III program.
Fast forward to 2011. The Tigers are now one of the Division IIâ€™s top teams. After going 50-3 and winning the 2008 state championship in their three years as a Division III squad, the Tigers made a smooth transition to Division II last season by going 13-7.
PROVIDENCE â€” The three dozen or so businessmen and women who filled the marble staircase of the Statehouse Rotunda Tuesday were quieter, better dressed and more well behaved than most of the demonstrators who regularly assemble there, and they seemed less than comfortable with the whole idea of speaking out and waving signs, but they were just as angry as many of the others who come to that spot to protest.
Sabelle E. Armstrong
PAWTUCKET - Sabelle Elizabeth (Saliba) Armstrong, age 95, of 26 Littlefield St., wife of the late James W. Armstrong, died Sunday April 10, 2011 at home surrounded by her family and friends.
Born April 3, 1916, in Barre, VT, she was a daughter of the late Warden and Annie (Jaffa) Saliba and lived in RI most of her life.
She is survived by her daughter, Catherine E. Thibeault and her son, William J. Armstrong, both of Pawtucket; her grandchildren, Sandra Pelletier and Michael Frenche of Pawtucket; 3 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
William A. Maranda
PAWTUCKET - William "Bill" A. Maranda, 85, of Bellmore Drive, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 11, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Lucille (Champagne) Maranda for 60 years. Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Ernest and Imelda (Thibeault) Maranda, Bill and his wife resided in Pawtucket over 50 years.
Mary H. Briggs
CENTRAL FALLS - Mary H. "Mikki" Briggs 64, of Central Falls, RI passed away peacefully on the evening of April 9, 2011 surrounded by the love, comfort & care of her devoted family. Mother of Michael Briggs, Sister of George, Raymond, Alfred, Wayne & Marlu Briggs, and Robin Cushman. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Mikki excelled in most sports, and was a talented painter and restorer of antique homes.
Florence N. Kay
LINCOLN - Florence N. "Florrie" (Jarvis) Kay, 81, of Andrews Court died Thursday, April 7, 2011. She was the beloved wife of Nelson E. Kay. Mr. and Mrs. Kay were married for 60 years.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Charles A. and Kathleen (Angell) Jarvis, she had lived in Pawtucket for 50 years before moving to Lincoln 16 months ago.
She was a member of Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church, Pawtucket.
Shirley A. McDuff
PAWTUCKET - Shirley A. McDuff, formerly of Campbell St, Pawtucket and recently of Barrington died April 11, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.
She was the wife of the late William T. McDuff Jr.
Born in Providence, the daughter of the late James and Alberta (Woodard) Ives, Mrs. McDuff is survived by her children; William T. McDuff III of East Providence, Frederic D. McDuff of Warwick, Joan Alexandre of Seekonk Ma, and Penny Herchen of Barrington. Mrs. McDuff also leaves nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
John Peter Hornig
PAWTUCKET - John Peter Hornig, Sr., 70, a self-employed contractor, of North Kingstown and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at home. He was the husband of Carolyn (McCormick) Hornig. Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Carl P. and Lillian M. (Silvia) Hornig, he resided in Pawtucket until moving to North Kingstown five years ago. John enjoyed gardening, boating and fishing.
CENTRAL FALLS - Amanda Salinas, 82, of Mary Street peacefully passed away on Tuesday surrounded by her loving children. She was the wife of the late Pastor Mariano Salinas.
She was born in Valdivia, Antioquia, Colombia, a daughter of the late Jesus M. Peneda and Ana Teresa Quiros. She and her family moved to Rhode Island several years ago.
She leaves a son Edgar Alvaro Salinas of Pawtucket, 2 daughters, Nancy Beltran of Florida and Edith Diosa of No. Providence; 8 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren.
PROVIDENCE â€” The new school funding formula passed by the General Assembly last year has been hailed by educators, public officials and parents as a vast improvement in the way Rhode Island pays for its public schools. But at least two local communities claim it is inadequate to the point of being unconstitutional because it shortchanges poorer school districts.