Archive - 2013
Frank M. Swistak
ATTLEBORO - Frank M. Swistak, 89 of Read St. Attleboro, died Sunday March 31, 2013.
He was the husband of the late Yvonne M. (Ouellette) Swistak.
Frank was born in Attleboro, a son of the late Frank & Antonina (Kogan) Swistak.
Mr. Swistak, was a jewelry polisher for Foster's Jewelry Company.
A lifelong Attleboro resident, he was a veteran of the US Army serving during WWII, as a Private First Class, as a Heavy Mortar Crewman, where he received the combat badge, and the Bronze Star. Mr. Swistak, was very proud of his military service.
Janusz E. Starakiewicz, MD
WARWICK - Dr. Janusz E. Starakiewicz, 50, passed away at his residence Saturday April 6, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Maria Z. (Nawrocka) Starakiewicz, MD.
Born in Poland he was a son of the late Edward and Stanislawa (Chudzo) Starakiewicz. He lived in Warwick for the past 15 years.
Dr. Starakiewicz was a Pathologist and Director of the Blood Bank at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.
He received his Medical Degree from Jagielonian University in Krakow, Poland and served his Medical Residency at Brown University.
Arthur A. Boudreau
PAWTUCKET - Arthur A. Boudreau, 99, died peacefully on Saturday, April 6th at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Cadieux) Boudreau to whom he was married for 60 years until her passing.
Michelle C. Regan
ATTLEBORO - Michelle C. Regan of Attleboro died on April 4, 2013. She was the longtime loving companion of Alan Krawiec.
Michelle was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Gerard Bouley and Elmira (Gaudreau) Bouley. She was employed at the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket in information services.
Besides her companion Alan Michelle is survived by her sister Theresa Mewshan of California.
MOOSIC, Penn. â€” Terry Doyle admits that the Pawtucket Red Sox were playing with house money.
With the PawSox having won the first three games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the main question heading into Sundayâ€™s series finale was whether the RailRiders could save face and avoid falling victim to a season-opening four-game sweep at PNC Field.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ It appears the Red Sox are electing to take a cautious approach with pitcher Rubby De La Rosa.
The fifth member of Pawtucketâ€™s starting rotation will make his first start of the season at Lehigh Valley on Monday night. Unlike the teamâ€™s other four starters, all of whom have thrown around 85 pitches, De La Rosa will be limited to about 50 pitches. Graham Godfrey, who tossed two innings in Thursdayâ€™s season opener, is expected to serve as backup.
â€śJust taking it easy on him,â€ť said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur about De La Rosa. â€śNo rush.â€ť
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ The book on Jackie Bradley Jr. is that he possesses a keen eye at the plate and is a very disciplined hitter. In his first week with the Boston Red Sox, the highly-touted outfielder did little to sway how heâ€™s perceived.
Entering Sundayâ€™s road-trip finale in Toronto, Bradley had seen 92 total pitches in five games. The 18.4 pitches-per-game average furthers the belief that despite beginning just his second full pro season, the 22-year-old already has a thorough understanding of what is a strike and what isnâ€™t.
PAWTUCKET -- A multi-building blaze broke out at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Harrison Street. The fire, which was reported to have started in one residential building, quickly spread to a second nearby building and then a third as the fire went to four alarms. There were scanner reports of possible injuries and mutual aid had to be called in to help fight the blaze. The fire appeared to be contained to three buildings and was brought under control about an hour after it was first reported. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the afternoon. No immediate cause of the fire was given.
PAWTUCKET â€” Change can be scary...especially if it affects oneâ€™s ability to get to work, school, or some other important destination.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has embarked on a plan to change many of its bus routes statewide, and officials say they are trying to do it without causing hardship to riders.
In an effort that began last summer, RIPTA has been doing a â€śComprehensive Operational Analysis,â€ť a study of where riders live and work, how each bus route is performing, and where changes could be made to improve service.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ There are baseball lifers, and then thereâ€™s someone like Gary DiSarcina.
In short, the 45-year-old is a man whoâ€™s worn many hats since retiring 11 years go. Heâ€™s enjoyed successful stints in three totally different realms with all roads leading back to the game that saw him carve out a 12-year major-league career. Thanks to experiencing life as a manager, television analyst and trusted front-office contributor, DiSarcina can speak comfortably on a number of topics.
PAWTUCKET â€” When the Mount St. Charles team bus rolled into the parking lot fronting Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts on Friday afternoon, and head coach Sean McClelland stepped from it, a chorus of boos rang out from the Tolman High netters.
Most mentors would've been flabbergasted, and spoken immediately to the opposing coach about a lack of respect.
Stephanie K. Zapasnik
SEEKONK Stephanie K. Zapasnik, 87, formerly of Mayfield Street passed away Thursday April 4, 2013 at a Nursing Home in Longmeadow, MA. She was the beloved wife of the late Chester Zapasnik.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Wincenty and Zofia (Misiaszek) Strybuc.
Prior to retiring from Texas Instruments as a Calibrator Stephanie was employed as a Seamstress for many years.
Helen L. Massarotti
EAST PROVIDENCE - Helen L. Massarotti, 90, passed away Friday April 5, 2013 at her residence with her loving family at her side. She was the beloved wife of Louis Massarotti.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Chester and Bertha (Mruk) Trzuskowski. She lived in Rumford for the past 60 years.
Before retiring in 1993 Helen was employed by the Hord Tool and Dye Co. of Pawtucket as an Inspector. Prior to that she was employed by the Premier Thread Co.
Helen was a member of Holy Cross Church Ladies Adoration Society and an avid Red Sox fan.
Maurice E. Tobin, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Maurice E. Tobin, Sr., 95, formerly of Pawtucket, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth G. (Rock) Tobin.
Mr. Tobin had been employed as a teacher for the Providence School System prior to his retirement. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and a member of the former Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post #1271.
Heather L. Casto
PAWTUCKET - Heather L. Casto, 18, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Born in Pawtucket, she was the beloved daughter of Keith W. and Suzanne (Pise) Casto of Pawtucket. Heather was a kind hearted gentle soul, who cherished her family and friends, loved animals and enjoyed painting. She worked as a salesperson at GameStop after graduating from Wm. Davies Career & Technical High School this past June.
Besides her loving parents, Heather leaves a sister, Nicole S. Doumato of West Palm Beach, FL; her Memere and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Anna B. Bricault
CUMBERLAND - Anna B. (McPhillips) Bricault, 87 of England Street, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Unit, Providence. She was the wife of Joseph "Norman" Bricault, and they had been married for the past 65 years.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Wilde) McPhillips She resided in Cumberland for the past 64 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Bricault was employed as a Registered Nurse for the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for 44 years, retiring in 1989.
Just one day after state officials assembled to roll out a raft of proposed school safety legislation, a lockdown at the University of Rhode Island triggered by reports of a gunman on the South Kingstown campus brought new immediacy to what has become a national conversation about guns.
Teresa Shields Owusu
PAWTUCKET - Teresa (Terry) Shields Owusu, 54, passed away April 3, 2013 after a long illness in Pawtucket, RI, where she had made her home for the past thirty years. Terry was a native of North Adams, MA, and the daughter of the late John and Mary (Rice) Shields.
PAWTUCKET - Stanley Brzozowski, 87, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn D. (Gurn) Brzozowski.
Elvira C. Lapointe
PAWTUCKET - Elvira C. Lapointe, formerly of Pawtucket passed away on April 4, 2013 at her daughters home in Charlestown. She was the former wife of the late Robert G. Lapointe.
Mrs. Lapointe was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Manuel M. Prata and Julietta (Tavares) Prata. She was the eldest and sole survivor of two sisters and three brothers. She was a cashier at Almacs in Seekonk for 30 years.