Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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 â€” Fundraising for a project, especially in tough economic times, is always challenging. But when the project centers around someone as universally liked as the cityâ€™s 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 Coutuâ€™s memory.
â€śIâ€™ve known Rene a long time, and heâ€™s a guy so deserving of something in this city,â€ť said Ferri.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 â€” 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 Farrellâ€™s job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.
The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berryâ€™s fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Jeff Lapierre spent 11 years working with Central Falls High grid head coach Mo Jackson, and enjoyed virtually every minute.
The only ones he didn't? Watching the kids fail to execute in games after excelling at the same plays in practice.
He learned a great deal from Jackson, who retired from his longtime position in grand style with two impressive victories at the end of the 2012 season. Now, Lapierre owns that title outright, but admits teaching this new crop of players will be a shared workload.
Sandra A. Cullen
PAWTUCKET - Sandra A. Cullen of Pawtucket passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2013. She was the wife of Joseph Cullen. They had been married for over twenty five years.
Mrs. Cullen was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Stephen L. Vensky and Dorothy (Clifford) Vensky.
Mrs. Cullen is survived by her sons, Robert D. Smith of Burrillville and John A. Raymond and his wife Celia of Bristol. She also leaves her grandchildren, Aaron Smith, Sarah Smith, Zachary Raymond and Jasmine Raymond.
PAWTUCKET â€“ With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs for a third straight season, it raises the question of what kind of squad manager Gary DiSarcina will have at his disposal when the second season arrives.
To that end, DiSarcina admitted Wednesday that heâ€™s had brief conversations with Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett about how many players Pawtucket stands to lose on Sept. 1, which is the first day Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.
PAWTUCKET â€” The highly touted right-handed pitcher that breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues ended up learning an important lesson this season â€“ thereâ€™s not always going to be smooth sailing.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Large plate glass windows facing the busy intersection of Broad and Barton streets offer a window to the world that Project RENEW is trying to reach.
Wanda C. Milosh
ATTLEBORO - Wanda C. Milosh, 88, passed away Tuesday August 27, 2013 at Our Lady Of Fatima Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley J. Milosh. They were married for 64 years.
Born in Cumberland she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Karolina A. (Maziarz) Rok. She lived in Attleboro for the past 8 years.
Before retiring Wanda was employed as a Buyer and Manager for the former Blackstone Fabrics of Pawtrucket. She was an avid boater and traveled world wide. She will be greatly missed.
Everett L. Anderton Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Everett L. Anderton Jr., 90, of Colonial Avenue, passed away Wednesday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Gwyneth D. (Weaver) Anderton.
Born in Melrose, MA, he was the son of the late Everett L. Anderton Sr. and the late Marion (Hopkins) Anderton. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mr. Anderton was a United States Army, World War II Veteran, serving as member of the 1st Special Service Force, 101st Airborne, and the 82nd Airborne.
Raymond D. Degre
PAWTUCKET - Raymond D. Degre, 53 formerly of Pawtucket passed away peacefully Saturday, August 17th, at his residence in Orange City, Florida after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 30 years Teresa (Pasqualetti) Degre, his sisters Robin Duhamel, and Renae Botelho and brother-in-law John Botelho.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of Ruth D. (St. Jean) Degre and the late Raymond R. Degre.
Laurence N. Holden
LINCOLN - Laurence N. Holden, 98, formerly of Binford Street died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Briarcliffe Manor, Johnston. He was the husband of the late Marion L. (Lincoln) Holden.
He is survived by one daughter, Janice Holden-O'Toole of North Scituate, two sons, Robert Holden of Westerly and David A. Holden of Attleboro, MA; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
For complete obituary, please visit
Rita M. Desforges
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. Desforges, 93, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013.
She was the cherished wife of Raymond R. Desforges. They were happily married for 39 years before his passing in 1986. Lifelong resident of Central Falls; daughter of the late George & Irene Casavant.
She was a devout Catholic & dedicated member of the Holy Spirit Parish, longtime member of the VFW, diligently involved resident at Forand Manor, her home for over 30 years. A smiling face & positive force in the life of all who met her, she truly touched the lives of many people.
PAWTUCKET â€” How often do you get to go to an Interstate 95 bridge lighting party?
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the City of Pawtucket, along with support from the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call newspapers, invite the public to join in a celebration of the first lighting of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park last spring have gone from condemned prisoners on death row to the new star attractions of what town officials are hoping will be a natural outdoor exhibit to showcase the parkâ€™s diverse flora and fauna.
PAWTUCKET â€” After the Pawtucket Red Sox had eked out a pair of stunning â€“ and thrilling â€“ come-from-behind, one-run victories the previous two nights, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returned the favor on Tuesday evening.
The RailRiders notched two unearned runs, one each in the sixth and seventh frames, to thump the PawSox, 2-1, before a sparse crowd of 4,430 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Manager Dave Mileyâ€™s crew rode a superb mound outing from starter Graham Stoneburner, not to mention fellow righty Dellin Betances, to end Pawtucketâ€™s win streak at three.
PAWTUCKET â€” From Gary DiSarcinaâ€™s perch in the PawSox dugout, the manager is able to hone in and get a proper read on the placid look on Allen Websterâ€™s face, one that until recently had singularly defined the right-handerâ€™s facial expression on the mound.
â€śHeâ€™s got a demeanor thatâ€™s really laid back, which is useful at times,â€ť noted DiSarcina.
Robert L. Arnold
LINCOLN - Robert L. Arnold, 78, formerly of Sir Charles Road, died Monday, August 26, 2013 at Heritage Hills Nursing Center, Smithfield. He was the beloved husband of the late Letitia P. (Wallace) Arnold.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Kenneth H. and Isabelle (Taylor) Arnold, he had lived in Pawtucket for most of his life before moving to Lincoln in 1989.
Mr. Arnold was an office worker for the former Blackstone Valley Electric Company, now National Grid, for 41 years retiring in 1996.
He was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, Pawtucket for over 50 years.
Idalina S. Alves
PROVIDENCE - Idalina "Nonnie" S. (Soares Avellar) Alves, 45 died Friday in Providence.
Calling hours Thursday 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Friday 9:00 a.m. LACHAPELLE FUNERAL HOME, 643 Main Street, Pawtucket, 10:00 a.m. St. Anthony Church, Lawn Avenue, Pawtucket. For the full obituary and to sign the guestbook visit www.lachapellefuneralhome.com.