February 19th, 2014
Jean V. Hicks
CENTRAL FALLS - Jean V. Hicks, 94, passed away Wednesday after an illness. Born in Salem, MA a daugther of the late John and Helen Spaniak.
She has lived in Central Falls many years and had been employed as a nurse's aid.
She leaves a son James Hicks of Cumberland, 2 sisters, Helen Spaniak of Pawtucket and Sr. Mary Inocencia of CT also 7 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren
A Private Funeral Service will be held Friday in the CHARLES COELHO Funeral Home, 151 Cross St. Central Falls, burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery.
Gabrielle M. Marcotte
LINCOLN - Gabrielle M. Marcotte, 87, of Lincoln, died Tuesday. She was the wife of the late Rosaire A. Marcotte and the mother of Charles L. Marcotte, Susan J. Famiglietti, Lisa M. Costa, Lori A. Longtin and Beth A. McLoughlin.
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Edith V. Courchene
PORT RICHEY, FL - Edith V. (Whitmarsh) Courchene, 76, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ronald Courchene. Born and raised in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late William G. and Selma (Maiwald) Whitmarsh. Edith had resided in Marlborough, MA before retiring to Florida in 1985.
PAWTUCKET - Guckin, Elizabeth-Ann D. (Doyle) "Betty-Ann" 77, of Pawtucket passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Doyle.
Betty-Ann worked as an RN in the pediatric unit at Rhode Island Hospital then continued on to the VNA of Pawtucket, where she retired.
She was the loving mother of Jeffrey Guckin, sister to Douglas Doyle, and grandmother to Erica Szostek and Eli Guckin.
Editor's note: This column first appeared in The Times on Feb. 17. Read Jim Baron's column every Monday in The Times and The Call.
In the end, despite all their bravado and bluffing, neither the unions nor the state officials battling over the 2011 pension reform law wanted to take their chances on how the five wise souls of the RI Supreme Court would rule on the constitutional issue at stake: Can the General Assembly make legislative changes to employee pensions after the workers and retirees have spent their careers paying into the system?
PAWTUCKETâ€”An intoxicated man accused a Pawtucket Police officer of striking him with his cruiser outside of a Walgreens pharmacy early Monday evening and then threatened a group of witnesses at knifepoint who sided with the officer, Pawtucket Police said.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a nod to the current economy, the city and Pawtucket firefighters' union have agreed to a new, three-year contract that offers more in the way of job stability than pay increases. The City Council will be considering the pact for approval at Wednesday night's council meeting.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.
For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams â€“ and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girlsâ€™ basketball squads â€“ Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowleyâ€™s transition to the Massachusetts girlsâ€™ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.
Helen M. Campbell
CUMBERLAND- Helen M. (Gontarski) Campbell, 76, formerly of East Barrows Street, passed away Monday at the Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Joseph "Soupy" Campbell.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Josephine (Wyzga) Gontarski.
She resided in Harrisville for the past 10 years, previously residing in Cumberland
Mrs. Campbell was employed as a welder for Texas Instruments Inc. for over 30 years until her retirement.
Edward F. Faulkner
PAWTUCKET- Edward F. Faulkner of Pawtucket and formerly of Cumberland died on February 17, 2014. He was the husband of the late Rita (Bessette) Faulkner.
Mr. Faulkner was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late John and Anne (Dwyer) Faulkner.
He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he earned the Bronze Star. Mr. Faulkner worked as a mason/bricklayer for the Carlson Co., Gilbane Building Co., and J.L. Marshall & Sons for many years. He was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Local 1.
PAWTUCKET â€” Another ceiling collapse, this time in an unused room at Slater Middle School, has prompted an emergency meeting of the School Committee to be held Monday night.
Interim Schools Supt. Patti DiCenso said the room, across from the assistant principalâ€™s office, had been closed off for occupancy due to concerns about the stability of the ceiling during an inspection of the cityâ€™s older school buildings last summer. The inspection had been called after a drop ceiling in a basement classroom at the Potter-Burns Elementary School gave way last fall.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was an invitation that four young men could have done without.
Pawtucket Police say five people were arrested Sunday after allegedly pistol-whipping and robbing four men who had been lured to an after-hours party in the basement of a house at 85 Daniels St.
Leo D. Hervieux
LINCOLN - Leo D. Hervieux, 87, passed away Monday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Jeanne (Lefebvre) Hervieux, and they had been married for 62 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Victor and Amanda (Messier) Hervieux. He resided in Lincoln since 1968, previously residing in Central Falls.
Mr. Hervieux was a United States Army Air Corps, World War II veteran, serving in Japan.
Leo was employed by the Lawson Hemphill Company for 29 years until his retirement.
PAWTUCKET - Edward Niedzwiadek, 88, of Owen Avenue, passed away Sunday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of the late Julia (Rogala) Niedzwiadek.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Koziol) Niedzwiadek. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 35 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Niedzwiadek was a United States Navy Veteran, serving during World War II.
He was employed as a Machine Operator for the Texas Instruments Inc., for 20 years, retiring in 1986.
PAWTUCKET - Angelina Michalopoulos of Auburn Street, Pawtucket died on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
Angelina was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late George and Anna (Capethos) Michalopoulos. She worked in the textile industry in Pawtucket for many years.
Miss Michalopoulos was a lifetime member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, a member of the choir there and a member of the St. Barbara Ladies Club.
Robert F. Thurber
PAWTUCKET - Robert F. Thurber, 78, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Catherine (Masse) Thurber. They were happily married for 58 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Clifford and Mary (Waldron) Thurber.
LINCOLN â€“ Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond will propose a revised plan to construct an addition to the police headquarters wing of the municipal complex when he presents his fiscal 2015 budget to the Budget Board on Wednesday.
The project to add a two-story addition and renovate the existing police department space had been proposed as a two-phase project last year, with the initial phase of approximately $1.9 million being appropriated for the new construction.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Fridayâ€™s Division II crossover at â€śThe Cage.â€ť
The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion â€“ by calmly making their free throws.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A complex and intricate proposed settlement of the lawsuits challenging the watershed 2011 pension reform law provides minor sweeteners in benefits to state and municipal employees and retirees while preserving the lionâ€™s share of the savings to state and local taxpayers.