February 4th, 2014
John L. Brierley
PAWTUCKET - John L. Brierley, of Manton Avenue, passed away Saturday at Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehab. He was the husband of the late Velma G. (Shea) Brierley.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late John L. and Emily (McCaw) Brierley. He was a life-long resident of Pawtucket.
Mr. Brierley was a United States Army Air Corps, World War II Veteran, earning the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.
John was employed by the Newman Crosby Company for over 40 years until his retirement.
He loved to spend time at the Lincoln Dog Track.
Antonio A. Forte
CUMBERLAND - Antonio A. Forte, 83, of Doire Road, passed away Tuesday at the Philip Hulitar Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Sylvia (Champagne) Forte.
Born in Cumberland he was the son of the late Antonio and Mary (Mascio) Forte. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Forte was employed as an Operating Engineer for the former Forte Brothers Inc. for over 45 years, retiring in 1993.
Judith A. Sabatini
FORT PIERCE, FL - SABATINI, Judith A. (Parent), 71, of Fort Pierce, FL, passed away February 2, 2014. She was the wife of Reno R. Sabatini, Sr. for 54 years.
Matthew S. Lydon
PAWTUCKET - Matthew S. Lydon, 20, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Born in Pawtucket, he was a beloved son of Joseph P. and Lisa A. (Fortin) Lydon of Pawtucket.
Russell N. Morrison
PAWTUCKET - Russell N. Morrison, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2014. He was the husband of the late Norma A. (Hadley) Morrison. Born in Seekonk, he was a son of the late William and Christina (Newton) Morrison.
Russell was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Gov. Lincoln Chafee has re-ignited the controversy over
issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.
Legislation submitted on Chafee‚Äôs behalf by Sen. Frank Ciccone of North Providence and Providence in the Senate and by Providence Rep. Anastasia Williams in the House of Representatives would create a ‚Äúdriver‚Äôs privilege license‚ÄĚ for people who meet all other requirements for a regular driver‚Äôs license but ‚Äúcannot establish that he or she is legally present in the United States or does not have a Social Security number.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Terry Doyle‚Äôs 2013 minor-league season featured as much shuffling as a blackjack dealer.
The 27-year-old Warwick resident spent the first three months with the Pawtucket Red Sox, where he started 11 times and made seven appearances in relief, before getting transferred to Portland on July 5.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The Town Council Wednesday will consider resolutions authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into new three-year employment contracts for Police Chief John R. Desmarais, Director of Rescue Services Sean Thompson and Water Superintendent J. Christopher Champi.
The council's finance subcommittee voted to endorse the three contract agreements, which total $232,900, and forward them to the council as resolutions.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.
Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and Tuesday's Call.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ For the craft beer lover, nothing brews interest like a gathering of some 40 local vendors, all under one roof. According to event organizer Matt Gray, over 600 people attended the Rhode Island Brew Fest winter event at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday, which was a record crowd for its second year.
PAWTUCKET - Priscilla Fraser, 87, passed away on Friday after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Dwinal "Bud" Fraser. She was born in Central falls, a daughter of the late Franklin and Doris (Jones) Snow and had lived in Pawtucket for the last 51 years. She had been employed by the city of Central Falls as a librarian at the Adams Library for many years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of many civic and church organizations.
WARWICK ‚Äď Jared Pedro has traveled a long, sometimes-satisfying, sometimes-stressful road as a ‚Äúformer‚ÄĚ hockey player for Tolman High.
He competed as a Tiger varsity team member for three years, but discovered as a junior that ‚Äď because of the lack of incoming freshmen with ice experience ‚Äď the decades-old program would fold.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Pawtucket native Joseph McGowan has been on a long artistic journey since he began making decorative mirrors as a teenager back in the 1970s. That journey took him to the West Coast, where he is proud to be participating in a three-month art exhibit called ‚ÄúThrough the Looking Glass‚ÄĚ at the Art Works Gallery in his hometown of Riverside, Calif.
McGowan will be one of three featured artists, along with Laura Ryan and Tracy Cantwell, who are taking part in the exhibit. The opening night is Thursday, Feb. 6, and McGowan will be reading some of his poetry during the evening.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Behind junior assistant captain Carol Rodriguez‚Äôs double-double, which included 14 points, 11 rebounds and a block, Shea High garnered a somewhat-satisfying 30-21 Division III crossover triumph on Friday to improve to 3-2 in league action and 3-5 overall.
Aiding the aforementioned Rodriguez, Sophomore Tatianna Ramos manufactured another 11 boards and a bucket, while classmate Jackie Teixeira contributed four steals. Junior Astan Coulibaly chipped in four points and eight crucial rebounds, and senior co-captain Lourdes Anariba four points and five thefts.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Craft beer aficionados will have much to celebrate today when the second annual Rhode Island Brew Fest Winter opens its doors at the Pawtucket Armory on Exchange Street.
Starting at 1 p.m., hundreds of craft beer fans will gather to sample brews from more than 40 breweries and meet the people behind the kegs and casks of some of the Ocean State‚Äôs most popular microbreweries.
Full story appears on page A1 of today's Times and today's Call.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The latest round of scores on the state‚Äôs high-stakes standardized tests are in, and they show that both Pawtucket and the Central Falls school districts have made strides in reading, particularly at the secondary school level.
However, there is still much work to be done in mathematics, as in a majority of school districts across the state, where the test scores were flat when it came to showing improvement or downright disappointing.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Saturday's Times.
Madeleine R. Duval
LINCOLN - Madeleine R. (Collette) Duval, 85, of Lincoln passed away Friday at the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Joseph Alfred Duval.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Paul and Eva (Tougas) Collette.
Mrs. Duval was a communicant of St. Aidan Church for many years.
Madeline loved music, shopping, attending plays, but most of all enjoyed time spent with her sisters.
Carole J. Benabio
PAWTUCKET - Carole J. Benabio, 72, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 at home. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Amelio and Mary (Rubinacci) Benabio.
Carole is survived by her son, Harold Farrell, and a grandson.
Her funeral and burial were private. Arrangements by Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home. www.rifuneral.com
Edmond J. Benoit
CLAREMONT, FL - Edmond J. Benoit, of Claremont, passed away May 7, 2013. Born in Central Falls, RI in 1938.
He is survived by his two brothers, Raymond and Dennis, 6 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
He was a retired Major in the US Army with two tours of the Vietnam War and will be inurned at the Bushnell National Cemetery.
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PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Two Pawtucket lawmakers want to require schools to give age-appropriate education in the prevention of child abduction, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse.
The bill, with other laws and proposals like it in other states, is called ‚ÄúErin‚Äôs Law,‚ÄĚ after Erin Merryn, a young girl in Schaumburg, Ill., who, starting at the age of 6, was repeatedly raped for two-and-a-half years by a neighbor and then, when she was 11, she was molested by a teenaged cousin.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Friday's Times and Call.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ There was no word on any decision regarding the case of former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau following a status conference held on Thursday in U.S. District Court.
A status conference concerning Moreau‚Äôs corruption case, for which he was convicted on a federal fraud charge, was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. before Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. Reporters were not allowed into the chambers where the conference was held.