Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKETâEmployees, board members and hospital officials stood under white tents on the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island's lawn Tuesday to witness a milestone: the signing of documents that seal the partnership between the Pawtucket-based medical facility with the Care New England Health System.
Anna Maria Koziol
CUMBERLAND - Anna Maria (Quarto) Koziol, 95, of Riverside, formerly of Cumberland, died Aug. 25, 2013, at Orchard View Manor, East Providence. She was the wife of the late John M. Koziol, the daughter of the late Giovanni and Emelia (De Vito) Quarto and the beloved step-daughter of Maria (Iannelli) Quarto.
Mrs. Koziol was employed as an assembler for Peterson Puritan until her retirement in 1982.
Sr. Blanche Laurence
MARLBOROUGH - Sr. Blanche Laurence, a Sister of St. Anne, known in religion as Sister Mary Laurentine, died at the age of 100 at Marie Esther Health Center in this city on September 1, 2013. She was in the 81st year of vowed religious life.
LINCOLN - Marguerite Blier, 87, of Lincoln, died Monday at Hebert Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Albert D. Blier and the daughter of the late Romeo and Jeannette Bourbonierre.
Mrs. Blier had been a nurse's aide at Rhode Island Hospital and for VNA prior to her retirement. She had previously been employed at Moore Fabric Co.
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 â âResilientâ 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.
Heâs 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 â Be careful if youâre standing next to Thomas Blacke. While heâs 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.
âI was gifted with very quick hands,â says the show business veteran and world record holder. âYou can learn the skills involved in magic, but you need natural hand speed to do it well.â
PAWTUCKET â 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 â 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 itâs apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.
CUMBERLAND â 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 â Megan Jaswell was a little disappointed she was unable to defend her womenâs title at Saturdayâs PawSox 5K, but that didnât wipe the winning smile off her face after completing the second annual race at McCoy Stadium.
âEvery race is completely different, and you can never expect to do as well as you did in the last one,â said Jaswell. âBut this is a fun race, and itâs nice to come out and support something good like this.â
LINCOLN â âReckless,â âdangerousâ and âsubstantially below the standard of careâ 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 âpattern of fatal opiate overdoses in patientsâ 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 â 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, âhas had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but heâs one of the best teammates out there.â
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 nightâs game against Syracuse.
PAWTUCKET â Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.
âTonight, 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,â said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. âThat 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.â
PAWTUCKET â 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 oneâs 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 âRFâ next to Jackie Bradley Jr.âs name, not the customary âCFâ that came to define the prospect.
CENTRAL FALLS â 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 âgameâ against archrival Shea on Friday night.
He did so as a precaution, not to mention a safety measure.
âI was worried about the field,â 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.