March 24th, 2014
Elvira C. Belair
WOONSOCKET- Elvira C. Belair, 93, died March 22, 2014 at Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Arthur "Bones" Belair.
Born in Maine, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Grace (Sawyer) Corbett. Mrs. Belair was a homemaker.
WOONSOCKET- Francine (Andrade) Popovich, 58, of Gaskill St. died Wednesday March 19, 2014. She was the wife of Andrei Popovich.
Born in Woonsocket, R.I., daughter of the late Francis Andrade, and Theresa (Lachapelle) Andrade of Woonsocket, R.I.
Francine was a Bartender for the former Scoreboard located in Blackstone for several years and also for various restaurants in the area.
Francine enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.
Roland H. Lapierre
WOONSOCKET- Roland H. Lapierre, 76, of Woonsocket died Friday morning at Landmark Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Jeannette (Turcotte) Lapierre. They were married on August 8, 1959.
Born in Woonsocket he was a son of the late Arthur and Rena (Arel) Lapierre. He was a lifelong resident of the city.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Less than a year after his greatest legislative triumph â€“ shepherding Rhode Islandâ€™s same-sex marriage law through a sometimes reluctant General Assembly â€“ House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning in disgrace from the most powerful political position in state government.
WOONSOCKET â€“ He is United Veterans Council of Woonsocket Veteran of the Year for 2014, and the Rev. Philip G. Salois earned that tribute during a time of his life a world away from where he lives today.
KINGSTON â€” North Smithfield High sophomore forward Samantha Kent stood just outside her locker room just before 1 oâ€™clock Saturday afternoon flashing a rather satisfied grin.
Deep down, she and her teammates knew it would take a Herculean collective performance to dethrone two-time defending champion Juanita Sanchez in this, the R.I. Division III Tournament championship game.
The Northmen failed in their attempt, yielding to the taller and more wily Cavaliers, 59-27, at the Ryan Center, but they were hardly disconsolate.
There were no tears; disappointment, naturally, but nothing more.
PROVIDENCE â€” As much as Ed Cooley probably wishes he could sit back and enjoy the magic carpet ride his Providence Friars have ridden this month, he knows the importance of pressing forward. Reflections will come in due time.
SAN ANTONIO â€“ In a perfect world, Ivan Thomas would have watched two of his former players take the court for Providence College Friday night.
Instead, when Thomas tuned in to see the Friars square off against North Carolina, he saw just one of his ex-Kecoughtan (Va.) High School pupils in action.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When it was all over, the Cumberland High players not on the ice tossed their helmets, sticks and gloves into the air and raced toward junior goalkeeper Leo Lake.
Once they arrived, in full throttle, they pushed Lake backward, knocking his cage clean off their pins.
Thatâ€™s how the Clippers celebrated their first state title since 2008. They did so with what turned out to be a nail-biting 3-2 victory over the gritty PCD/ST. Raphael/Wheeler Co-op squad in the R.I. Division II Tournamentâ€™s best-of-three series at Brown Universityâ€™s Meehan Auditorium on Friday night.
PROVIDENCE â€“ House Speaker Gordon Foxâ€™s second-in-command in the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, said Friday he is not looking to push Fox out of the top post, but if the job becomes open, Mattiello says he has the votes to become Speaker.
A large faction of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives convened Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel to mull how they are going to proceed in the wake of a raid by state and federal law enforcement officials on the Statehouse office of House Speaker Gordon Fox earlier in the day.