Archive - Jan 2014
PAWTUCKET - Rita Kleniewski, 86, passed away Sunday January 26, 2014 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Walter and Jennie (Widenski) Kleniewski. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring in 1988 she was employed by the U.S. Army Mapping Service for 35 years. She was a member of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church Seniors.
Rita is survived by nieces and nephews.
Wilfred R. Cottrell
CUMBERLAND - Wilfred R. Cottrell, "Ron", 75, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 45 years of Elizabeth (Laig) Cottrell. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Margaret (Walsh) Cottrell.
Ron enjoyed playing golf and was a former member of the Country View Country Club.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a brother, David W. Cottrell and nieces and nephews.
Antionette M. Smith
PAWTUCKET - Antionette M. Smith (Biondo) 58, of Pawtucket, died January 26, 2014. She was born in Providence. She was a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Iola M. (McGowan) Biondo.
She is survived by her five children, Mark Smith of Pawtucket, Kevin Smith of Virginia, Daniel Smith of Fall River, Markea Smith of West Warwick and Nohelea Smith of Cranston; Two sisters Joann M. Lopes of Cranston and Carol Gill of Cranston; twelve grandchildren; longtime companion David Lopez and sister of the late Shirley Gomes.
Roger S. Sherman
LINCOLN - Roger S. Sherman, 86, of Woodward Road passed away peacefully Friday, January 24, 2014 at home. He was the devoted husband of his sweetheart, the late Jean C. (Bushee) Sherman for 62 years. A lifelong resident of Lincoln, he was the son of the late E. Sidney and Esther (Foster) Sherman.
Harold S. Prew
BARRINGTON - Prew, Harold, S., "Hal," 45, of Zephyr Lane, died unexpectedly on January 25, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was the beloved husband of Wendy (Hughes) Prew.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children; Benjamin J. Prew, Abbigayle C.L. Prew and Zachariah J. Prew, all of Barrington.
Announcing his arrival on the political scene with a video on his website, Clay Pell is now the fourth Democrat hoping to be elected governor in November.
Pell will formally kick off his campaign later today at the R.I. Convention Center, but said in the two-minute, 30-second video released Monday that â€śI believe I can restore hope and economic growth in our state.â€ť
Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and A2 of Tuesday's Call.
LINCOLN â€” Cumberland High couldnâ€™t continue to allow two of Lincoln Highâ€™s better players to feel comfortable on the offensive end.
That much was clear to Clippers assistant coach Collin Geiselman through the first half of Mondayâ€™s Division II-North clash at The Lionsâ€™ Den. One look at the stat sheet was enough to send a strong message to his troops: stop giving Lincolnâ€™s Alec Cronan and Luke Kelly the freedom to either shoot from the outside or drive to the rim.
PAWTUCKET â€” A blaze sparked by a carelessly discarded cigarette caused damage to a porch and some walls at a residential substance abuse treatment center on Summit Street Saturday afternoon.
The fire was reported at the Robert J. Wilson House at 80 Summit Street at around 1:11 p.m. Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the cityâ€™s fire marshal, said that someone dropped a lit cigarette on an exterior porch and the porch floor caught fire and spread up and into a first floor wall. He said the cause was considered accidental.
PROVIDENCE â€” The issue of cooperative teams in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League has long been a source of concern. Itâ€™s also a topic that features far too much gray area, from schools finding creative ways and/or loopholes to save existing co-op programs, to establishing new ones under the guise of promoting interscholastic athletics.
LINCOLN â€” Barbara Crosby has dedicated a great deal of her adult life coaching intellectually-challenged youngsters and adults, helping them become the best Special Olympians they possibly can.
The bad news is, after nearly a quarter century at the helm, she has stepped down as Rhode Islandâ€™s Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing coach for the Special Olympics Rhode Islandâ€™s Winter Games, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Yawgoo Valley Ski Resort in Exeter.
CUMBERLAND - Joao Delgado, 80 of Mill Street passed away Friday at the home of his son. He was the husband of the late Aida (Antonio) Delgado.
Born in Villa de Rei, Portugal, he was the son of the late Maria Augusta. He came to this country in 1960, settling in Cumberland.
Mr. Delgado was a laborer employed by Universal Construction, Cranston for more than 18 years.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland. He was also a member of the Laborer's International Union Local 271 and a member of the Uniao Portuguesa Benificente, Pawtucket.
Sheila A. McHale
CUMBERLAND - Sheila A. McHale, 73, of Hilton Head Island, formerly of Cumberland, passed away unexpectedly while vacationing on the Cayman Islands on January 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Thomas McHale for 52 wonderful years. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Julius and Evelyn (Ferrari) Sartini.
Stella G. Richardson
CENTRAL FALLS - Stella G. Richardson, 89, passed away Thursday January 23, 2014 at Oakhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Henry Richardson.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Maciej and Victoria (Bomba) Majka.
Before retiring Stella was employed as a Homemaker in the Pawtucket area.
Thelma M. Wainwright
LINCOLN - WAINWRIGHT, Thelma M. (Barr) 96, of Lincoln, died January 26, 2014. She was the wife of the late James T. Wainwright. Mrs. Wainwright was born in Lincoln. She was a daughter of the late Andrew and Caroline (Feather) Barr. She was employed by Shawmut Bank of RI, formerly People's Bank as a bookkeeper for 25 years until her retirement in 1982. Mrs. Wainwright was a communicant of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Pawtucket where she was a member of the choir and soloist for 60 years, former Sunday school teacher, AARP and a volunteer at Hallworth House.
Estelle I. Bedard
PAWTUCKET - Estelle I. (Grenier) Bedard, 93, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Wilfred H. Bedard. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Eva (Bessette) Grenier. Estelle was employed in the Admitting Department of the Memorial Hospital of RI until retiring in 1978.
PAWTUCKET â€” For people who are foreign-born, even those who have mastered the English language, imagine their confusion when they hear someone say they had to â€śjump though hoopsâ€ť to get a job. Or their friend â€śreally pushes the envelopeâ€ť sometimes. Or that joke just â€ścracked me up.â€ť
Jimmy Gyasi Boateng experienced this when he emigrated from his native Ghana more than 33 years ago. Growing up in the West African British colony, English was even his primary language, but it didn't take him long to realize that the formal style used there differed greatly from the way most Americans spoke.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Bruce Crabbeâ€™s official title with the Pawtucket Red Sox is coach. It sounds simple and straightforward, yet also vague in terms of what exactly his duties with the Triple-A ballclub will entail.
The 51-year-old Crabbe could oversee the infielders, an area that is his forte. Perhaps he might be responsible for relaying signals from the dugout to the outfielders, reminding them where to position themselves based on the hitter at the plate. Maybe Crabbe will offer his in-game observations as he sits next to new PawSox manager Kevin Boles.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the right communication and a little education (especially to the younger generation), city residents are willing to embrace recycling. One of the clearest examples is at 560 Prospect Street, where the city's largest public housing complex is recycling at an admirable 100 percent rate.
PAWTUCKET â€” The snow and bitter cold may have some winter-weary folks pining for the dog days of summer and fresh fruits and vegetables, but you donâ€™t have to wait until late August to buy locally-produced, high-quality foods and crafts.
A winterâ€™s harvest is available at Farm Fresh Rhode Islandâ€™s indoor wintertime farmersâ€™ market at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, where more than 70 vendors this year are offering everything from fresh baked pies to locally produced eggs and dairy.
Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Times.
Susan M. Furtado
PAWTUCKET - Susan M. Furtado, 52, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 23, 2014. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a beloved daughter of Kenneth and Alice (Alkern) Furtado of Pawtucket.
Susan was the proprietor of Calico Junction Country Crafts, where she made and sold hand crafted fabric gifts of all kinds. She was a 1980 graduate of Tolman High School and attended CCRI. Susan was involved with the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island as a child and adult for over fifteen years, and was an avid M & Ms and Walt Disney collector.