Archive - 2013
Editorâ€™s note: This is the second in a series of profiles of the new leaders of Central Falls, a community emerging from the turmoil of bankruptcy to become a virtual New City, with new officials in place and new goals for the future.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Sonia Grace has spent her working life doing whatever she can to help others improve the quality of their lives, and itâ€™s a commitment that continues now that she is chief of staff to Mayor James A. Diossa.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Potter-Burns Elementary School will remain closed next week while workers install bracing to shore up the ceilings throughout the century-old building. Classes are scheduled to resume on June 3, according to Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke.
The school, at 973 Newport Ave., has been closed since Wednesday afternoon after a section of ceiling in a basement classroom suddenly gave way. No one was in the room at the time, although it is periodically used as an occupational therapy classroom for a couple of students at a time, Cylke said.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the arrival of warmer weather the Pawtucket Police Department announced that officers have resumed patrolling various locations in the city on bicycles. The uniformed patrols began earlier this month in Payne Park and Slater Park.
â€śThese patrols are an important part of our ongoing focus on community policing,â€ť said Police Chief Paul King.
More than a dozen banks from Providence to Pawtucket have been robbed over the past five months, leaving some to wonder if bank robberies have reached epidemic proportions in the Blackstone Valley.
While it may seem like the valley is a hotspot for bank theft of late, Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the FBIâ€™s Boston division, says the recent spate of robberies, which include Mondayâ€™s heists in North Providence and Cranston, and Thursdayâ€™s robbery in Pawtucket, are not an indication of an overall rise in the number of bank robberies in the state.
Margaret F. McLaughlin
LINCOLN- Margaret F. (Bannon) McLaughlin, 83, of Musket Road died Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Oak Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pawtucket, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of John J. McLaughlin.
Born in Taunton, Mass., a daughter of the late John E. and Mary F. (Atridge) Bannon, she had lived in Lincoln for the past thirty years.
Mrs. McLaughlin worked alongside her mother as the administrator of the former Bel-Air Nursing Home, East Providence.
LINCOLN â€” To be blunt, Lincoln High head coach Mike Ethier didnâ€™t approve of his squadâ€™s overall desire during the opening half of its R.I. Division III Tournament quarterfinal tilt against Cranston West on windy Thursday afternoon.
The Lions had held a 3-2 advantage at the break, but Ethier and his assistants let loose on the contingent, explaining they wanted to see more spirit and fundamentally-sound lacrosse over the final 24 minutes.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Proponents of a bill to alter the School Siting Law passed last year say it will strengthen the safety requirements for building schools on former industrial or manufacturing sites.
PAWTUCKET â€” Was it just old age? The reason for the sudden collapse of an original ceiling in the nearly century-old Potter-Burns Elementary School was being investigated by city officials and architects on Thursday as the school remains closed at least until Tuesday.
Theyâ€™re known as The Flying Squadron, an ever-changing group of Uxbridge veterans who have made it a Memorial Day tradition over the past 138 years to visit local schoolchildren with a simple message: The final Monday of May is not just the start of summer vacation season, but a time to honor Americans who died while serving in the U.S. military.
The squadron, which is made up today of 20 town veterans divided into two units, will conduct its 139th consecutive visitation to town schools on Friday to kick off the townâ€™s Memorial Day observances.
PAWTUCKET - Mary Thomas, neĂ© Doyle, passed peacefully from this world on May 22, surrounded by her family. Born on May 11, 1946 to Beatrice and Laurence Doyle, Mary is survived by her brother Larry Doyle and his wife, Kathy, her daughter Lori Thomas, her grandson Justin Thomas and his wife, Danielle Thomas, her son, Dennis Thomas and Dennis's partner, Craig Pishotti. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Richard Thomas.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Mary was a longtime resident of Pawtucket.
Robert J. Bliss
PAWTUCKET - Robert J. "Bob" Bliss, 84, of Winter Garden, Florida and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2013. Born on September 20, 1928 in Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Joseph and Florence (Collinson) Bliss.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Plans for consolidating Cumberlandâ€™s four fire districts are causing a rift in the townâ€™s General Assembly delegation that could delay a merger until next year.
LINCOLN â€” The Division I playoffs donâ€™t begin for another eight days, but Wednesday nightâ€™s marquee clash between longtime rivals Lincoln and Cumberland sure had the feel of the postseason in the air.
And like the two teamsâ€™ showdowns of years past, pitching and defense played key roles in their regular-season meeting before a big gathering at Saylesville Elementary Schoolâ€™s Sullivan Field.
Flore I. Fontaine
CENTRAL FALLS - Flore I. Fontaine, 97, formerly of Central Falls, died Monday at St. Antoine Residence, N. Smithfield. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Oliva and Rosanna (Berard) Fontaine.
Miss Fontaine had been employed as a supervisor for Moore Fabric Co. until her retirement in 1975. She was a communicant of St. Mathieu Church prior to moving first to the Villa at St. Antoine and then to the residence. She had been a member of the Children of Mary, and the Golden Agers of St. Matthew, St. Cecilia and Notre Dame Churches.
JosĂ© N. ConceicĂŁo
PAWTUCKET - JosĂ© N. ConceicĂŁo, 77, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Center surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Maria L. ConceicĂŁo. Born in Sta. Barbara, Algarve Portugal and was the son of the late JosĂ© B. ConceicĂŁo and Maria Lucinda Das Neves. He lived in Pawtucket and worked for Algar Construction before retiring. He was a member of the UniĂŁo Portuguesa Beneficente and the Portuguese Social Club of Pawtucket, RI.
Francis A. LaBree
PAWTUCKET - Francis "Tuddy" A. LaBree, 65, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Susan C. (Joyce) LaBree for 36 years and the late Sally (Leighton) LaBree. Born in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Francis W. and Dorothy M. (LeBrun) LaBree.
Frank was a supervisor at Englehard Industries, Plainville, MA, for over 25 years and was an avid baseball fan.
Joan L. Madden
REHOBOTH - Madden, Joan L., 78, of Peck Street, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of Leo Madden. They were married for fifty-two years.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James and Alice (Amos) Glanvill and stepdaughter of the late Margaret (Morley) Glanvill, she lived in Rehoboth for the past thirteen years, previously living in Pawtucket and Providence.
Richard H. Campbell Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Richard H. Campbell Sr, "Dick" 72, passed on May 21, 2013. He was the loving husband of Donna M. (Lambert) Campbell. They have been married for 52 years.
He was the son of the late Leo and Loretta (Kelly) Campbell.
He had been as a machinist and toolmaker for many years and was the lead guitarist and vocalist of "Country Loving" and other bands since he was a child. He also taught guitar to many.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Concrete evidence as to why Steven Wright is experiencing a downturn on the mound recently was on full display in the first inning of his latest start on Monday.
Dealing with a bases-loaded mess that came about due to a walk and two singles, Wright looked in at Indianapolisâ€™ Jerry Sands, owner of a .168 batting average. As has been the case lately, Wright quickly fell behind, this time 2-0 to Sands.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pawtucketâ€™s new third baseman came out feeling pretty good about his showing at the hot corner on Tuesday afternoon.
â€śIt was fun to see the game from a different angle,â€ť smiled Jose Iglesias after the PawSox came out on top in a wild 9-8 affair against Indianapolis. â€śIâ€™ve never played third base in my life and it wasnâ€™t bad.â€ť
Iglesias was making his professional debut at third after logging 313 games at shortstop between the majors and minors. His first chance came in the third inning where Iglesias one-hopped a throw to first baseman Drew Sutton. He was charged with an error.