Archive - Jan 2014
PAWTUCKET â Speaking with Slater Mill Museumâs new executive director Lori Urso, one finds a person who is historically grounded while creatively edgy. That unique blend seems to make her tailor-made to lead the renowned textile industry museum as it looks to expand its reach and mission.
PAWTUCKET â It was a colorful way to spend Martin Luther King Day. While students and most of the staff enjoyed the Monday off, about 170 AmeriCorps volunteers descended upon Goff Middle School to paint the hallways in cheery citrus yellows and greens.
Laura A. Hardy
PAWTUCKET - HARDY, LAURA A. (KELSAY), of Pawtucket died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 19, 2014. She was the wife of the late John G. Hardy. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence B. Kelsay and Nativa (Bourassa) Kelsay.
Mrs. Hardy worked for the Pawtucket School Department for the last 25 years, most recently as secretary for the Title 1 Program and the Alternative Learning Program.
She was a communicant at St. Teresa's Church, Pawtucket, a longtime Mary Kay consultant, and a member of the Red Hat Society.
PAWTUCKET - Barbara Wright, 79, entered into eternal life on Saturday at Woonsocket Health Center after an illness. She was the wife of Stephen Wright. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Francis "Bibby" McDermott and Irene (Railton) McDermott.
Barbara had lived in Swansea for 2 years and also in Attleboro for more than 15 years and more recently in Pawtucket for more than 15 years. She had been employed in the jewelry manufacturing industry at Dante Jewelry, Darlene Jewelry and also at Charisma Creations. Barbara was an avid gardener prior to her illness.
Ralph C. Ames
CUMBERLAND - Ralph C. Ames of Cumberland entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Mr. Ames was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late George E. Ames and Ruth E. (Bardsley) Ames. He was employed at The Arc of Blackstone Valley for many years.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 23, at 11:00 a.m, in the MANNING-HEFFERN FUNERAL HOME, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket.
Visiting hours will be Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited. For online condolences please visit www.manningheffern.com
Jessie K. Bolandz
ATTLEBORO - Jessie K. Bolandz, 90, died peacefully Thursday January 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Alexander R. Bolandz.
Born in Pawtucket, RI she was a daughter of the late Wojciech and Jadwiga (Kuczek) Kapinos.
The essence of Jessie's life was her unwavering dedication to her faith and her family.
PAWTUCKET â Eventually, Alex Wilson arrived at the understanding that his ability to properly grip a baseball had been compromised.
What was originally deemed a sprained right thumb last July evolved into something far more problematic to the point where surgery went from a potential last resort to being inevitable. Wilson admitted that everything âwas tried under the sun.â From having the thumb placed in a cast and later a splint, all of the precautions taken were done with an eye toward eventually returning to Bostonâs bullpen.
When Rhode Islanders begin helping out the Meeting Street School with its annual telethon on WPRI Channel 12 Jan. 25, they will be funding, in part, programs for the schoolâs students that build relationships with students at other schools and the community at large.
One of those programs, Best Buddies, gained the limelight for last yearâs fundraiser, as it brought in over $809,000 in nonoperational support for Meeting Street, a sum the school hopes to top this year, according to Meeting Street spokeswoman Amanda Mullen.
For full story, see Monday's Times and Monday's Call, page A1.
CENTRAL FALLS â Head coach Jayar Santos gave Central Falls High senior Yesenia Biascochea the news prior to the start of their campaign.
Because he didnât have a true point guard, sheâd have to assume that role, not the one in which she had been accustomed â the shooting guard spot.
He also issued her a proviso; that is, if she had the open shot, then go ahead and put it up.
CENTRAL FALLS â Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau, imprisoned in Maryland on a corruption charge, is being brought back to Rhode Island by a federal judge, reportedly so his case can be reviewed anew.
U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell confirmed that he signed a court order on Tuesday calling for prison officials to transport Moreau to a Providence courtroom on Jan. 29 for a status conference. He said he could not provide any additional comment beyond that.
Full story on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
PAWTUCKETâ Four years ago, a brave young man from Senegal, battling cancer that had taken a leg and was threatening his lungs, walked across the Tolman High School stage during a special graduation ceremony held just for him.
Sadly, that young man, named Mouhamadou Sylla, passed away on Jan. 6 after continuing to display amazing courage and infectious positivity despite his worsening medical condition.
For full story, see Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
Janice L. Hutchinson
EAST PROVIDENCE- Hutchinson, Janice L. (Read) passed away January 16, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Rumford where she had lived for 63 years. She follows her husband, Al, who passed away in 2010.
They were an inseparable team since their marriage in 1943. Jan was born September 28, 1922 in Pawtucket, the daughter of Franklin D. and Mildred L. (Ludgate) Read.
Walter B. Johnson, Jr.
PAWTUCKET- Walter "Wally" B. Johnson, Jr., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 after a courageous 3 year battle with throat cancer. He was the beloved husband of Pamela M. (Bora) Johnson, they would have celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in May.
Born in Cranston, he was a son of Pearl M. (Langlois) Johnson of Pawtucket and the late Walter B. Johnson, Sr.
CUMBERLAND- Piedade "Pat" Lourenco (Freitas), 95, formerly of Silva St. passed away Thursday at the Woonsocket Health Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Fernando Lourenco.
Born in New Haven, CT, she was the daughter of the late Lucas and Virginia (Santos) Freitas.
LINCOLN â Despite impending competition from both resort-style casinos and slot parlors in Massachusetts, Twin River will remain a âconvenience gamingâ facility for the foreseeable future, John Taylor, chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, told a business audience Thursday.
The newly-installed table games like blackjack and roulette âare showing a lot of strength,â Taylor said at a breakfast meeting of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce at Twin River, but he acknowledged that âthe slots business is softening a bit.â
For full story, see Page 1 of Friday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â Although the official data hasnât been released yet from the state, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke says the graduation rates at both Shea and Tolman high schools have improved dramatically under the state-imposed âtransformationâ plan.
Stephen T. Nason
CENTRAL FALLS - Stephen T. Nason, 78 passed on January 14, 2014. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Howard and Eileen (Burke) Nason.
He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Nason of Naugatuck,CT and Dawn Maghfour, six grandchildren children, Jeremy, Joshua, Emily, Jessenia, Layla and Lena, a sister Mary Allard and the brother of the late James Nason.
CENTRAL FALLS - James Nason, 73 passed on January 12, 2014. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Howard and Eileen (Burke) Nason.
He leaves behind a sister Mary Allard. He was the brother of the late Stephen T. Mason.
A service will be held Friday at 1pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited and may visit one hour prior to the service. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
PROVIDENCE â Itâs starting to happen. Bryce Cotton is staring at the probability of roughly two months remaining in his Providence College basketball career.
As time becomes the seniorâs enemy, so too does the sense that the adjectives specifically reserved to describe Cottonâs on-court playmaking abilities are seemingly stuck on repeat. Long ago, games of 20 or more points went from the exception to the rule for Cotton. When a player crosses over such a rarified threshold, in turn it becomes easy for fans to fall into a state of complacency.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are investigating the shooting of a young man who was injured while walking on Broadway at around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
Detective Capt. John Seebeck said the man had been walking near 300 Broadway when he sustained a gunshot wound to the buttock. He said the injury appeared to be non-life-threatening, and he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
Seebeck declined to provide the victim's name or other details in the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Times.