April 24th, 2013
State Senator Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket) the lead sponsor of the senate's same sex marriage bill, reacts after the senate approves the measure with a vote of 26-12 on the Senate floor late Wednesday afternoon. Final approval is expected next week by the House, when Governor Chafee is expected to sign the bill into law, effective August 1, 2013. (Photo/Ernest A. Brown)
Roger O. Dupre Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Roger O. Dupre Jr., 53, of Rhode Island Ave., passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Diane M. (Hemond) Dupre.
Born in Providence he was the son of the Shirley A. (Sailsbury) Dupre of Central Falls and the late Roger O. Dupre Sr. He was a life long Cumberland Resident.
He was employed by the A. H. Harris Co., Plainville, MA for the past 1 1/2 years and was previously employed by the Lorusso Corp., Plainville, MA for 14 years.
Ronald R. Collette
LINCOLN - Ronald R. Collette, 86, of Sheffield Drive died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Heritage Hills Nursing Center, Smithfield. He was the beloved husband of Angela (Budz) Collette. Mr. and Mrs. Collette were married August 2, 1952.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Leo V. and Stephanie (Laferriere) Collette, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 54 years.
Mr. Collette was a math teacher at Shea High School, Pawtucket where he taught for 34 years before retiring in 1985. He was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket and Providence College.
With more than 400 miles of coastline and more than 100 fresh and salt water beaches in Rhode Island, state Rep. Maria Cimini says the time has come to have an open and honest conversation about a statewide ban on plastic bags.
Cimini (D-Providence) says that conversation starts in earnest Thursday when the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee holds a public hearing on legislation she introduced in February to ban plastic bags at store checkouts in Rhode Island.
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David Ortiz is a well-compensated baseball player. Heâ€™s also an adult.
When the time came to address the Fenway Park masses last Saturday, the Red Sox star should have exhibited better judgment. Enough bombs went off in the city of Boston last week. Yet there was Big Papi, dropping an expletive-laced one that ended up casting a pall over a touching pre-game ceremony.
Elaine S. Solan
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Elaine S. Solan, 63, died unexpectedly at home on Monday April 22nd. She was the beloved wife of the late William R. Solan, Sr.
Elaine was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Raoul and Jeanne D. (Marcotte) Beaudoin. She lived most of her life in the Central Falls area until moving to North Providence. Elaine was an inspector at Texas Instruments where she worked for thirty years. She recently was an inspector at Cadence, Inc., Cranston. She was a member of the Women's Auxillary of the Dusza-Almeida Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mae Elliott Ireton
PAWTUCKET - Mae Elliott (Titcomb) Ireton, 95, of 74 Elder St., died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 after a short illness, surrounded by her loving family. Mae was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend.
Born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Frederick A. and Martha Louise (Elliott) Titcomb, she lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
WEST WARWICK â€“ If you are thinking of making a big-ticket purchase online in hopes of evading sales tax, you might want to hurry.
Just hours after Sen. Jack Reed and Gov. Lincoln Chafee held a press conference Monday morning to promote legislation that would require â€śremote sellersâ€ť â€“ Internet and catalog retailers â€“ to collect sales taxes for the states where their purchasers live, the U.S. Senate voted 74-20 to pass a procedural motion to go ahead with debate on the legislation.
Norma I. Felber
SMITHFIELD - FELBER, Norma I., 83, died Sunday, April 21, 2013. She was the wife of the late William J. Felber, Jr.
Born in Cumberland, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Celia (Forgette) Billington.
She is survived by five sons, James, Robert, Michael, Paul and Mark, a daughter, Ann Marie St. Laurent; nine grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a brother, Donald Billington. She was the sister of the late Charles and Raymond Billington, Joan Silver and Eleanor Gadue.
Nancy I. Cadorette (Wagner)
WARWICK - Nancy I. Cadorette, 60, of Spofford Avenue passed away Thursday April 11, 2013. She was the wife of the late Eugene A. Cadorette III.
Born in Erie, PA, she was a daughter of the late Raymond W. and Myrtle A. (Sargent-Dunn) Wagner and the stepdaughter of the late Howard L. Dunn Sr.
Nancy was employed as a Mortgage Officer for Fleet Bank.
Kenneth E. Milligan
CUMBERLAND - Kenneth E. Milligan, 83, of Hardwick Street, passed away Monday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Theresa (Malito) Milligan and they had been married for 64 years.
Born in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late Alva and Grace Louise (Wright) Milligan. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life.
Joseph E. Connors
PAWTUCKET - Joseph E. Connors of Pawtucket died on April 20, 2013. He was the husband of Irene (Deschenes) Connors. They were married over forty years.
Mr. Connors was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Michael J. Connors and Elizabeth (Cox) Connors. He was a Korean War Veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Connors owned and operated the Merit Music Company for many years.
Shirley A. Matteson
Shirley A. Matteson, 76, passed April 20th with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of Elmore R. Matteson. They would have been married 50 years in August.
She was the daughter of the late George E. and Mary E. (LaVertue) Trombley.
Shirley was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Woodlawn Cowboys Youth Football Team and was an also a former Lady Bug at the Bug Club.
Virginia Rose Plante
ATTLEBORO - Virginia Rose (Monse) Plante, 87 , of Streeter Lane Attleboro, died Friday April 19, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Attleboro.
She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Plante Sr.
Virginia, was born in Providence RI, a daughter of the late John & Lucy (Papineau) Monse.
Mrs. Plante was an assembler for the circuit boards at Texas Instruments for over 30 years.
She has been an Attleboro resident all of her life.
She was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church.
Rosemary G. Barber
CUMBERLAND - Rosemary G. Barber, 70, formerly of Arnold Drive, passed away Saturday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Robert T. Barber, and they had been married for 49 years.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Rose (Wallace) Gall.
Mrs. Barber was employed as Registered Nurse and Supervisor for the Roger William Medical Center and Fogarty Hospital for many years.
CUMBERLAND - Sylvia (Bouchard) Bacchiocchi, 101, of Mendon Road died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Dario A. Bacchiocchi (B.A. Dario).
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Isidore Joseph and Emma (Brodeur) Bouchard, she had lived in Lincoln and Cumberland for many years.
PAWTUCKET â€” Tolman High skipper Theo Murray had just sat at a table under the right-field barbeque tent at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, and â€“ with Tigers' Athletic Director John Scanlon and Pawtucket Red Sox' President Mike Tamburro stationed at both sides â€“ he continued chomping on the food the home team's cooks had prepared.
PAWTUCKET â€” After it ended, Newtown (Conn.) High senior quad-captain Stephen Conway paused for a moment just outside the first-base gate to the barbeque tent near shallow right field and scanned â€“ from a point-blank view â€“ nearly-empty McCoy Stadium.
About 20 minutes prior, the Nighthawks had dropped a 5-3 non-league decision to host Tolman High, but Conway refused to allow the defeat bother him.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In what backers are calling â€śa historic step forward,â€ť Pawtucket Sen. Donna Nesselbushâ€™s bill to legalize same-sex marriage is scheduled for a vote on Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
If the bill passes out of committee, it could come to a vote in the full Senate as soon as Thursday. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said recently that she expects the measure to get a full Senate vote by the end of this month.
The longer days and milder temperatures of April usually herald the arrival of daffodils, songbirds and short-sleeve shirts. But if youâ€™ve been listening lately youâ€™ve heard another sign that spring has finally sprung â€” the rumble of motorcycles on area roadways and highways.
Motorcycle season has arrived in Rhode Island and riders are hitting the roads after a long, cold winter. Itâ€™s a good time, motorcycle safety advocates say, to remind bikers of the importance of getting trained and wearing safety gear, and to urge car drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.