Archive - 2013
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” One of Rhode Islandâ€™s most historic tourist spots is the Crescent Park Looff Carousel, overlooking the bay in East Providence.
Built in 1895, Charles Looff constructed a â€śnationally recognized masterpieceâ€ť containing hand-carved figures, elaborate chariots and original band organ music to create the â€śtotal carousel experience.â€ť
Rhode Islandâ€™s other Looff carousel is in Slater Park in Pawtucket.
Although the Crescent Park Carousel was always a popular place, it began to show signs of neglect as the years went by.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A blaze heavily damaged a condominium unit at 39 Grotto Ave. on Friday afternoon and displaced 15 people.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Bruce Burns, the emergency call came in at about 1:04 p.m. for a fire inside one unit of the triplex building. The unit where the fire occurred was heavily damaged by the blaze and will need renovation to be inhabitable. The other two units in the townhouse-style building sustained only smoke damage, he said.
PAWTUCKET â€” The father of a 10-year-old city girl who brought her, beaten and unconscious, to Miriam Hospital on Wednesday has now been charged with her murder.
The suspect, Jorge DePina, 32, of 48 Knowles St., had earlier been charged by police with first-degree child abuse and cruelty to or neglect of child in connection with the case involving his daughter, Aleida DePina.
Carole Ann Andrews
LINCOLN - Carole Ann Andrews, 68, of Lincoln, died suddenly on Friday at home. She was the wife of Richard A. Andrews. They had been married 45 years. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Wilson and Catherine (Crawley) Rivard.
CENTRAL FALLS - Antoinette (Demty) Keough, 90, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Mount St Rita Health Centre in the presence of her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent H. Keough who died in 1993. They were married May 15, 1955. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Farjallah and Effifie (Kabbaze) Demty.
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.