Archive - 2013
Therese M. Trudeau
CENTRAL FALLS - Therese M. Trudeau, 87, passed on September 2nd. She was the wife of the late Gerard A. Trudeau.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late William and Florida (Tardiff) Mercier.
Therese was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and enjoyed playing cards and bingo with her friends at Wilfred Manor. Also known as being "39 Forever".
Jerolyn V. Fink
UNCASVILLE - Jerolyn V. Fink "Precious Fawn", 70, went home on the wings of an eagle to the Great Spirit on Friday.
She was born in Cranston, RI on July 20, 1943. On March 14, 1964 she married her beloved husband Roland J. Fink Sr., in Hebronville, MA. He survives her. Together they raised their family while she also worked as a security clerk.
Margaret M. Ogden
CUMBRLAND - OGDEN, Margaret M., 98, of Cumberland, passed away on September 1, 2013. She was the wife of the late Ralph N. Ogden. Margaret was born in Cumberland the daughter of the late William and Mary Conway DeRosier.
Anna L. Wilk
LINCOLN - Anna L. Wilk, 83, passed away peacefully on August 30th at Orchard View Manor with her loving family, friends, Nurse Kathy and Rev. Susannah by her side. She was the wife of the late Mathew S. Wilk of Central Falls.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Anastasia (Kogut) Zuba of Poland.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúResilient‚ÄĚ is the word teacher Robert A. Scappini uses to describe his students at Central Falls High School.
For the past 23 years, Scappini has been teaching kids in this working-class community, including many who have come from war-torn countries.
He‚Äôs also training some of those kids as members of an elite squad of emergency first responders as part of the Central Falls High School Emergency Response Team (SERT).
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Be careful if you‚Äôre standing next to Thomas Blacke. While he‚Äôs smiling at you, shaking your hand and engaging in friendly chitchat, your wallet, watch or keys can disappear in...poof! A matter of seconds.
Blacke is no criminal, however. His intent is purely theatrical, as he has conjured up a successful career out of being a magician.
‚ÄúI was gifted with very quick hands,‚ÄĚ says the show business veteran and world record holder. ‚ÄúYou can learn the skills involved in magic, but you need natural hand speed to do it well.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Back in February, Pawtucket Youth Soccer Association President Fatima Daly attended, as always, a Soccer Rhode Island meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.
This one in particular sparked her interest more than any other. The reason: One of the subjects was educating developmentally or physically disabled children about the game so many others had been enjoying.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Tommy Harper always seems to enjoy his visits to McCoy Stadium. Granted, his capacity as Red Sox minor-league consultant explains why he comes around, yet watch this proud 72-year-old during batting practice and it‚Äôs apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.
CUMBERLAND ‚Äď From ratatouille crepes to a Mediterranean platter brimming with homemade tabouli, grape leaves with hummus and kalamata olives, Modern Bistro is all about signature American dishes with a European flair.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Megan Jaswell was a little disappointed she was unable to defend her women‚Äôs title at Saturday‚Äôs PawSox 5K, but that didn‚Äôt wipe the winning smile off her face after completing the second annual race at McCoy Stadium.
‚ÄúEvery race is completely different, and you can never expect to do as well as you did in the last one,‚ÄĚ said Jaswell. ‚ÄúBut this is a fun race, and it‚Äôs nice to come out and support something good like this.‚ÄĚ
LINCOLN ‚Äď ‚ÄúReckless,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúdangerous‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúsubstantially below the standard of care‚ÄĚ are some of the terms health officials are using to describe the prescribing practices of a local doctor whose medical license was suspended Thursday by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
A ‚Äúpattern of fatal opiate overdoses in patients‚ÄĚ under the care of Dr. Fathalla Mashali prompted the board to conduct the investigation that led to his suspension, according to papers released by the board.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď It was about 11 a.m. Friday when Gary DiSarcina received a text message from Justin Henry, a player who according to the PawSox skipper, ‚Äúhas had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but he‚Äôs one of the best teammates out there.‚ÄĚ
Henry had a simple request. His mother was in town and was wondering if it was possible for DiSarcina to include him in the lineup for that night‚Äôs game against Syracuse.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.
‚ÄúTonight, I was much more impressed with the velocity that I was able to sustain over the period I was out there and being able to throw all my pitches with the same effort level and arm angle,‚ÄĚ said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. ‚ÄúThat was basically the final hump I had to get over as far as not having a second thought in the back of my head. It was about getting my release point down on all my pitches.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ It was a warm late June night and first pitch at McCoy Stadium was still several hours away. Up in the press box, a number of baseball scouts had gathered for some friendly chatter that ranged from strengths and weaknesses of particular players to each one‚Äôs travel log of minor-league ballparks.
Curious about the lineups, one scout turned his head left to where they were posted in a plastic case on the wall. He thought his eyes were playing tricks on him, the result of seeing ‚ÄėRF‚Äô next to Jackie Bradley Jr.‚Äôs name, not the customary ‚ÄėCF‚Äô that came to define the prospect.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Tolman High head coach Jack Coutu chose not to play senior goalie and quad-captain Adam Ghazal long before the start of the Tigers' R.I. Injury Fund ‚Äúgame‚ÄĚ against archrival Shea on Friday night.
He did so as a precaution, not to mention a safety measure.
‚ÄúI was worried about the field,‚ÄĚ Coutu indicated of the uneven, dusty Macomber Stadium surface minutes before the scrimmage, one designed to raise money for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League for injury/insurance reasons and also give squads statewide an opportunity to face live competition.
Vito E. Bart
PAWTUCKET - Vito E. Bart, 81, of Williston Way, Pawtucket died on August 28, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. He was the loving husband of Renee Ann Kay (Foley) Bart for fifty three years. Vito was born in Providence, the son of Joseph and Amelia (Bickayska) Bart.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Like the memorial trees at the center of its purpose, the popularity of the Tree in Memorial program in Slater Park just kept growing and growing. But sometimes success can bring its own set of challenges.
When city Recreation Director John Blais inherited the program from his predecessor William Mulholland, who started it, he realized it had outgrown the paper records way of keeping track of where the trees were, who donated them and in whose name.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Fundraising for a project, especially in tough economic times, is always challenging. But when the project centers around someone as universally liked as the city‚Äôs late fire chief, Rene Coutu, the task becomes a lot easier.
Coutu, who served as fire chief for 25 years, died on Dec. 7, 2010, at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. Now, longtime friend and Ward 2 City Councilor Robert Ferri wants to have a city park dedicated to Coutu‚Äôs memory.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve known Rene a long time, and he‚Äôs a guy so deserving of something in this city,‚ÄĚ said Ferri.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ As far as Triple-A debuts go, Matt Barnes looked quite comfortable.
The slender right-hander was in total command on the McCoy Stadium mound Thursday night, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings that featured a little bit of everything. His Pawtucket teammates were able to make Barnes a victor as the locals silenced Syracuse, 2-0, before 5,021 fans.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Teams that harbor deep playoff aspirations prefer to have all their bases covered.
In acquiring Quintin Berry, the Red Sox have sent out the following signal: They have a late-game, pinch-running weapon that figures to make manager John Farrell‚Äôs job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.
The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berry‚Äôs fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.