May 18th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â Prime Healthcare has now withdrawn its offer for Landmark Medical Center, making it the second bidder to walk away from the court-supervised sale of the troubled hospital in four days.
But this time there was a familiar ring to the Ontario, Calif., company's justification for pulling out â problems with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
LINCOLN â Despite giving a dire assessment of the current condition of the state pension fund, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that there is reason for optimism that the state will bring the $9 billion problem under control.
Raimondo said that Gov. Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed âare ready to line up and take on pension reform. They are talking about acting quickly, they are talking about a special session, they are talking about working with me to come out with concrete solutions.
Lorraine E. Mowry
BURRILLVILLE- Lorraine E. (Tibbetts) Mowry, 52, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at home in Pascoag.
Born in North Smithfield, she was the daughter of the late Stewart Tibbetts and Barbara (Pariseau) Degnan.
Lorraine worked as a CNA and dental assistant at Zambarano Hospital in Pascoag. She served in the RI Army National Guard.
ROYERSFORD, PA- John Joseph Martin, 54, of Royersford, husband of Susan M. (Serratore) Martin, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Phoenixville Hospital.
Born in Woonsocket, R.I., he was the son of Margaret (Valente) Martin of Woonsocket and the late John Martin.
John was an Operation Desert Shield War Navy veteran serving for 11 years.
Along with his wife of 25 years, he is survived by his son John Martin Jr. and one sister Pat Oliano of Yardley, PA.
WOONSOCKET â Mayor Leo T. Fontaine yesterday proposed a $120.5 million budget for next fiscal year that calls for a 4.5 increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed by law without a waiver from the state.
Despite the increase, Fontaine said the budget calls for the elimination of two positions in the highway division, unpaid furlough days for employees and spending rollbacks for most city departments.
PROVIDENCE â Tolman High senior Alyssa Browning didn't know what shocked her more â the fact she had been selected as one of 68 recipients of the 2011 Lt. Governor's Leadership Awards, or that her mom Cindy didn't peruse the letter informing her.
âShe has a tough time keeping her hands off my mail, so it took everything she had not to open it,â Browning giggled before the ceremony, held at the Rhode Island Department of Administration's atrium on Capitol Hill Monday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET- Mrs. Aurore M. (Berube) Kiczak, 90, of Second Ave., Woonsocket died peacefully May 16, 2011 at The Friendly Home with her family at her side. She was the wife of Myron P. Kiczak and had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Born Oct. 20, 1920 in Woonsocket. She was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Cormier) Berube. She was a lifelong city resident.
Aurore was a homemaker. She was a former member of the Fairmount Manor Club and a former member of the woman's auxiliary at the Fairmount Post.
Pasco A. "Pat" Gatta
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Pasco A. "Pat" Gatta, 79, of School St., and formerly of Skyview Ave., No. Smithfield, died May 15, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Ann M. (Ventre) Gatta.
Born June 30, 1930 in Providence, a son of the late Rosario and Lena (Russo) Gatta. He lived most of his life in No. Smithfield.
Pat worked as a machinist for the former Madison Industries. He also worked part time for the former Zayre's Department Store.
Paul E. Cagnon Sr.
BURRILLVILLE- Paul E. Cagnon Sr., 81, resident of Pascoag, died Monday, May 16, 2011 with his family by his side, at the RI Veterans Home in Bristol. He was the husband of Lucienne (Gagnon) Cagnon, whom he married Oct. 23, 1954.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Paul A. and Rose (Lemay) Cagnon.
Mrs. Susan M.
WOONSOCKET- Mrs. Susan M. (Zito) Gobeille, 92, died May 16, 2011 at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Frederick C. Gobeille, Sr.
Born March 14, 1919 in W. Warwick, a daughter of the late Paolo and Carmella (Piantarosa) Zito. She was a No. Smithfield resident most of her life.
Susan worked as a tester for A.T. Cross in Lincoln for several years. She also worked for the former Kornstein's in Woonsocket for many years.
Susan was a former member of the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Seniors and served as the secretary for many years.