Archive - Aug 2013
PROVIDENCE â€” With his brick-solid, 6-foot-6-inch frame and fiery spirit, one could liken Roger Bacon to a big industrial furnace. However, due to a series of medical and personal setbacks suffered in recent years, including losing part of a foot due to infection, the blaze in that furnace had all but gone out.
Now, thanks primarily to the work of two caring physical therapists at Summit Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the 50-year-old Bacon is all fired up again and ready to embrace the next phase of his adult life with gusto.
CUMBERLAND â€” The last time Chris Magill ran in the â€śYoâ€ť Raymond Memorial 5K, he was on the losing end of the closest finish in the raceâ€™s seven-year history.
In the 2011 event, Louis Raffetto of South Boston, Mass. edged the Cumberland native by a mere second, storming past Magill with less than a tenth of a mile to go to claim the thriller in a 16:39 time.
LINCOLN â€“ A Manville manâ€™s pit bull was listed as having killed one small dog owned by a local woman and severely injured another during an attack on the two pets at the Enrico Caruso Club parking lot Thursday.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€“ During the height of flu season in 2011, Denneese Seale was a weary, sleep-deprived woman.
The mother of four from Dawn Boulevard was doing her best to tend to a wave of upper respiratory illness sweeping through her family. She was staying up late and repeatedly invoking the germ-control mantra: â€śCough into your elbow! Cough into your elbow!â€ť
There had to be a better way.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Rhode Island State Police, and other law enforcement agencies across the state are cooperating to provide backpacks and school supplies to disadvantaged students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. State Police Col. Stephen Oâ€™Donnell said this year, the fifth year the program has been in operation, they will be handing out 1,200 backpacks filled with pencils, crayons, rulers and other basic school supplies, as well as items such as tissues, paper towels, and hand sanitizer for use by the entire class. That is 450 more backpacks than were given out last year.
Sandra E. Caraman Azadim
PAWTUCKET - Sandra E. Caraman Azadim, 68, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013. She was the wife of Lachen Azadim. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Pauline (Richard) Griffin.
She is survived by three children, Lana Mulrath, David Caraman, and his wife Lisa, and Daniel Azadim, four grandchildren, Ben Amanda, and Rebecca Mulrath, and David Caraman Jr., three sisters, Nancy O'Neill and her husband J. Edward, Celia Kemp and her husband John, and Susan Rayball, and one brother, Edward Griffin.
Merilda L. Roy
PAWTUCKET - Merilda L. (Baron) Roy, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Robert H. Roy for fifty-five years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Adalbert and Annette (Tanguay) Baron. Merilda had been employed by the Paramount Card Company.
Henry T. Fugere
PAWTUCKET - Henry T. Fugere, 89, passed on August 22nd. He was the husband of Yvonne A. (Perron) Fugere. They had been married for 65 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Philias T. and Beatrice H. (Picard) Fugere.
He had been employed at RI Hospital for over 20 years retiring in 1988. He was an Army veteran of WWII, a former post commander of Amvets Post 33, American Legion Post 45 and former president of the Pawtucket Veterans Council. Henry enjoyed working on model airplanes.
Tony Collins, a former running back with the New England Patriots, talks to the student-athletes at Central Falls High School about his life in the NFL, dealing with substance abuse and its life-changing repercussions, along with what it truly takes to be successful during a visit to the schoolâ€™s auditorium on Wednesday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ The injured worker hospitalized after an explosion and fire at a wood pellet factory on Ferris Avenue Tuesday was one of a dozen employees working at the plant when the fire, now believed to have been sparked by an explosion triggered by combustible dust, broke out.
Agnes S. Piasecki
PAWTUCKET - Agnes S. Piasecki, 91, passed away Wednesday August 21, 2013 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley Piasecki.
Born in Worcester, MA she was a daughter of the late Kostanty and Agnes ( Drapala ) Grala. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Mrs. Piasecki leaves her loving family, one daughter Claudia J. Zajchowski and her husband John of Florida and James Piasecki and his wife Patricia of Lincoln, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one sister Genevieve Kay of Pawtucket, nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â€” As PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina and pitching coach Rich Sauveur deftly explained, there are certain and significant areas that require Anthony Ranaudoâ€™s attention.
Mind you this particular topic has nothing to do with Ranaudoâ€™s ability to throw a baseball. In the promising righthanderâ€™s case, what DiSarcina and Sauveur are implying is that Ranaudo comprehends the importance of his â€śotherâ€ť duties, such as fielding the position and holding runners.
PROVIDENCE â€” Perhaps thereâ€™s no way getting around it. Coming up with a realignment proposal that soothes the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s masses is not as simple or straightforward as snapping oneâ€™s fingers.
That said, a few ruffled feathers has not impeded the realignment committee branch of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (RIIAAA) from coming up with a solution that on the surface could help foster the kind of harmony that has been elusive whenever this particular topic is mentioned.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The $4.3 million project by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to replace the crumbling Conant Street Railroad Bridge, which carries Conant Street over Amtrak and the Providence and Worcester Railroads between Mineral Spring Avenue and Barton and Weeden streets, is moving forward.
As of this week, the new concrete bridge deck has been cured and installation of granite curbing and sidewalks has begun. Preparations are also under way for the installation of new water and gas mains.
Frederick T. Borek
PAWTUCKET - Frederick T. Borek, 87, formerly of Carter Avenue passed away Sunday August 18, 2013 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.
Born in Central Falls he was a son of the late Walter and Bertha A. (Gontaski) Borek.
Before retiring Fred was employed as a Industrial and Commercial Building Appraisal Engineer for Factory Mutual Inc. of Norwood, MA.
He was a WWII Navy Veteran serving as a Seaman First Class.
Mr. Borek leaves several cousins.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Marcotte, Violet, 84, of North Providence, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013. She was the wife of Charles Marcotte. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Samia (Kishfy) Raheb.
Violet was a secretary for the Pawtucket School Department for 13 years, retiring in 1986.
PAWTUCKET â€” Is Xander Bogaerts really and truly ready for the big leagues â€“ this after spending a little more than 10 weeks at Triple-A Pawtucket?
The chairman of the state Republican Party says recent jobless numbers that show Rhode Islandâ€™s already-high unemployment rate climbing in July puts the lie to the claims by General Assembly leaders that they took effective steps to boost the economy during the legislative session that ended last month.
PAWTUCKET â€” As the ambitious, multi-phase proposal to overhaul the district's school buildings is presented to the full School Committee tonight, both city and school leaders agree that a team effort is needed to bring the project to fruition.
Eric J. Fournier
ATTLEBORO - Eric J. Fournier, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 18, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine T. (Marot) Fournier for 24 years, and the late Louise (Delude) Fournier. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Raoul and Laura (Riendeau) Fournier.