Archive - 2013
Janina J. Brown
PAWTUCKET - Janina "Jen" J. (Borek) Brown, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth A. Brown; together they would have celebrated 63 years of marriage in August. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late John and Bertha (Sypek) Borek.
Jen was a communicant of St. Teresa Church for many years. She enjoyed gardening and cooking, but above all she was devoted to her loving family.
Ruth F. Johnston
LINCOLN - Ruth F. (Pearson) Johnston, 93, a retired teacher and church musician, formerly of Iron Forge Road died Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Scalabrini Villa, North Kingstown. She was the wife of the late William H. Johnston.
Born in Providence, the daughter of the late Clarence and Frances (Harkness) Pearson, she had lived in Lincoln since 1976, previously living in Central Falls and Pawtucket.
Monica P. Sawyer
PAWTUCKET - Monica P. (Ladysz) Sawyer, 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 4, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late William T. Sawyer. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Mary (Dzezna) Ladysz.
Monica was the Supervisor of the Pricing Department at ITT, Royal Electric, Pawtucket, over 40 years until retiring in 1984. She was a communicant of St. Teresa Church, Pawtucket, and also a member of the St. Teresa Seniors Club.
Monica leaves a niece and a nephew. She was the sister of the late Helen M. LaCroix.
John W. Naismith, Sr.
EAST PROVIDENCE - John "Sonny" W. Naismith, Sr., 77, of Rumford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Ann C. (Grzenda) Naismith. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late John L. & Wilhelmina (Robertson) Naismith. Sonny was the Foreman at Standard Film, Co., East Providence over 40 years until retiring in 2003. He enjoyed fishing and camping, and had honorably served in the US Coast Guard Reserves.
John Peter Kaplan
SIDNEY, OHIO - John Peter Kaplan, 87, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away from cancer on July 3, 2013. John was born on October 16, 1925 to Peter J. and Anna (Tobias) Kaplan, who are deceased. He was raised in Valley Falls, Rhode Island. John married Farrel L. (Adams) Kaplan on March 4, 1956 in Harrod, Ohio and later the marriage was blessed by Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney, Ohio. She survives.
CUMBERLAND - Elizabeth (Bosworth) Thulier, 84, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Neptune, New Jersey. She was a resident of Central Falls and Cumberland, and most recently Colts Neck, New Jersey.
She was predeceased by her husband, Claude A. Thulier; her parents, Warren M. Bosworth, Sr, and Hedvig (Johnson) Bosworth; and her brothers, Warren M. Bosworth, Jr. and Charles Bosworth.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The old phrase â€śFamiliarity breeds contemptâ€ť took a beating at the Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race on steamy Fourth of July morning.
Perhaps a better way to put the overall mood after Northeastern University junior-to-be Brian Doyle, the 20-year-old son of former Ocean State marathon great Bobby Doyle, crossed the finish line in a cautious but solid winning time of 21:07: The mutual admiration society.
George Stuckatos, 8, of Cumberland sprays the crowd with water while riding with other youngsters on the Miss Jocelynâ€™s Studio float during the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade in Cumberland Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ WPRI.com is reporting that the father of a 10-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with her death.
Jorge DePina, 32, of Pawtucket was arrested by police after it was discovered she had bruises and what appeared to be burn marks on her body.
DePina brought his daughter to Miriam Hospital in Providence on Wednesday evening. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
DePina is charged with first-degree child abuse and cruelty to or neglect of child.
The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts in Pawtucket and North Smithfield High School were among the 24 schools Tuesday designated as 2013 commended schools, the highest classification in the Rhode Island Department of Educationâ€™s annual public school rankings.
So-called â€ścommendedâ€ť schools have the highest index scores in the state, no achievement gaps and are recognized because of either high performance or for making significant progress.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and the recent arrests of two suspects for plotting a terrorist attack in Canada, there will be increased security measures and extra police officers on hand at many of the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s larger July 4th public events, including todayâ€™s parades in Glocester, Cumberland and Bristol.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In Rubby De La Rosa and Anthony Carter, you have two PawSox pitchers who have come a long way since the end of April.
Validation for their efforts in the ensuing months came in the form of a nice reward Wednesday, as the pair was selected to represent the franchise and International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game. The midseason get-together pitting the best players from the I.L. and Pacific Coast League is on tap for Wednesday, July 17 in Reno, Nevada.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Where thereâ€™s a will, thereâ€™s a â€¦ possible return to the Boston Red Sox?
While it should be noted that Will Middlebrooks entered Pawtucketâ€™s record books on Wednesday night, there is a much bigger picture to consider. The sledgehammer he took to Scranton/Wilkes-Barreâ€™s pitching staff came with a note attached: Iâ€™m getting close.
(Editorâ€™s note: This is the seventh in a series of reports about the new city of Central Falls, now clear of bankruptcy and proceeding anew. The continued success of Central Falls Provision Co. and its plans for the future exemplify the spirit, the grit and the hopes of the new city.)
By DENISE PERREAULT
Special to The Times
PAWTUCKET â€“ The third largest crowd of the year to fill McCoy Stadium expected to see a solid pitching performance on Tuesday night.
But instead of watching a strong outing from one of the Boston Red Soxâ€™s top prospects, they saw one from a journeyman reliever who is his first full season as a starter in eight years.
Frederick T. Willett
LANCASTER, KY - Frederick Thompson Willett, 100, passed away Monday July 1, 2013. Mr. Willett was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on June 21, 1913 to the late Lazarus and Flora Wood Willett and was the husband of 74 years to Mildred Axon Willett.
Lorraine B. Messier
PAWTUCKET - Lorraine B. Messier, 79, died Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of Roland A. Messier for 52 years.
CUMBERLAND -- As the girls representing the Cumberland A All-Star squad posed for family photos in center field, manager Chris Boddington just smiled, soaking in the joy.
His kids had just clinched the programâ€™s fourth consecutive R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament crown after rolling to an 8-2 victory over North Smithfield on Tuesday, this before approximately 125 fans at Diamond Hill Park, and the head coach chuckled while holding yet another championship banner.
PAWTUCKET â€” Since 1910, both young and old have delighted in taking a spin on the handcrafted Looff Carousel in Slater Park. However, while still revered for its architectural beauty and historical significance, a recent fire safety inspection of the century-old structure turned up some modern day fire code violations.
There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks this week in honor of Independence Day and it all begins Wednesday with Woonsocketâ€™s annual 4th of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Jeff Gamache who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more.
At 7:30 p.m. the 10-piece Kickinâ€™ Brass Band takes over to wow the crowd and a fireworks display will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.