Archive - 2014
PAWTUCKETâIt's a densely populated city that has long mixed industry with residential. Yet, with a renewed effort at trying to beautify the riverfront, a plan by the owner of M&G Trucking and Transportation to build a new trucking facility in an area known as Bishops Bend has caused controversy with nearby property owners and has city officials trying to find a balanced solution.
Read the complete story in Tuesday's newspaper.
Antonio C. Bucci
CUMBERLAND: Antonio C. Bucci, âTonyâ 91, passed peacefully on May 18th. He was the husband of the late Lorraine (Lambert) Bucci.
Born in Berkley Village, Cumberland, he was a son of the late Antonio and Louise Marie
Rita M. Guilbeault
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. Guilbeault of Pine Street Pawtucket died on May 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late Henry Guilbeault.
Mrs. Guilbeault was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Felix and Marion (Bertrand) Galimberti.
She was the mother of the late Gary Guilbeault.
WOONSOCKET â The Keith Carney who was enshrined into Mount St. Charlesâ Athletic Hall of Fame last Friday night was the picture of serenity â suggesting that after 17 years in the NHL, retirement agrees with him.
CENTRAL FALLS â In the best-case scenarios, teaching is a two-way street. A unique new collaboration between Rhode Island College and the Central Falls School District capitalizes on this, and then some.
Rhode Island College recently hosted a celebration of the first anniversary of its partnership with Central Falls schools through the Innovation Lab. Reportedly the first of its kind in the nation, this joint effort is designed to function as a âshared community,â where new models of learning, teaching and services are developed, piloted and researched.
CUMBERLAND --- For the past few years, the sand volleyball courts in the back of Fore Court Racquet & Fitness Club on Cray Street had been vacant and pretty much forgotten.
But when a club member approached Dave Morin, the president and general manager of Fore Court, about the possibility of transforming the big outdoor space into a training center for obstacle racing, the wheels went into motion.
Mary L. Lopes
ARIZONA - Mary L. Lopes, 92, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2014. Born in Portugal, Mary came to America as a baby and resided most of her life in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Mary spent her later years in Arizona with her daughter and grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Rosemary L. Wareham, grandchildren; Amy Wareham, David L. Wareham and Jeremy Conrad Wareham; four great-grandchildren and brother, Abel Lopes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lopes.
Clementina R. Desrosiers
CUMBERLAND - Clementina R. (Lopes) Desrosiers, 87, of North Carolina and previously of Murphy Drive in Cumberland passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House, Statesville, NC. She was the beloved wife of Pete Desrosiers, and they had been happily married for 36 years. She was previously married to Norberto Coutinho who passed away in 1974.
Born in Guarda, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Rosa (Raposo) Lopes. She resided in Statesville, NC for the past 30 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Edward Wilks Jr.
PAWTUCKET- Edward Wilks Jr. 74, passed away Thursday May 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Carol A. (Bator) Wilks.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Edward and Tessie ( Wojcik ) Wilks Sr. He was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Mr. Wilks was employed as a Supervisor for Hasbro Industries for 40 years.
Besides his wife he leaves one loving son Edward R. Wilks and his wife Elaine of Pawtucket, one devoted grandson Kyle Wilks, one sister Carol A. Ouellette and one brother Robert Townsend both of Florida.
Leo J. Lachance
EAST FALMOUTH - Leo J. Lachance, 89, of East Falmouth and formerly of South Attleboro, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mabell B. (Curtis) Lachance. Born in Central Falls, RI, the son of the late Henri and Malvina (Robidoux) Lachance, he resided in South Attleboro until moving to East Falmouth in 1995.
Leo was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was the proprietor of Dottieâs Caterers, Pawtucket, RI for fifty years until retiring in 1995.
Herbert H. Entwistle
LINCOLN - Herbert H. Entwistle, 96, of Lincoln passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 14, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. Herby was born in Pawtucket on March 11, 1918 to the late Herbert and Mary Evelyn (Martin) Entwistle.
He served as an MP in the U.S. Army during World War II completing tours in North Africa and Italy. Upon returning from the War, he married the love of his life, Doris (Crooks) on September 22, 1945.
Herby worked as a Master Plumber throughout Rhode Island for many years before retiring.
PROVIDENCE â Holding his thumb and forefinger about a half inch apart, retired Central Falls policeman Bruce Ogni implored the House Finance Committee to âshow us just this much compassionâ by allowing the retirees to keep the 75 percent of their pensions they have left after the cityâs historic bankruptcy.
While there were some tax increases and layoffs as part of Central Fallsâ plan to get out of bankruptcy, the hammer came down hardest on retirees.
Jeannette M. Quilitzsch
CUMBERLAND - Jeannette M. Quilitzsch, 93 of Little Pond County Road passed away Monday in the Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. She was the beloved wife of Herbert Quilitzsch and the late James Jackson.
Born in Waterville, ME., she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Mary (LaBrecque) Sevigny. She lived in Cumberland for more than 20 years and previously resided in North Attleboro.
Erin E. Erskine
PAWTUCKET - Erin E. Erskine, 32, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of John Erskine, and the late Margaret (Whitehead) Erskine. Erin was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. She graduated from Bishop Keough in 1999 and she also attended the New England Institute of Technology.
Besides her father she is survived by a sister, Tara Erskine of Pawtucket. She also leaves twin nieces, Taylor and Alexis Erskine-Coulombe.
Providing quality without paying quantity.
Thatâs the mindset of the R.I. Strikers FC premier youth soccer organization as it kicks off its second season of existence.
After fielding five teams last season, including an Under-13 boysâ squad that captured the R.I. State Cup, the Strikers are looking to expand to nine teams this summer and include young talent from across the Blackstone Valley.
And theyâre doing so with the repeat promise of offering the lowest premier fees in southeastern New England.
PAWTUCKETâTo ease more cases of anticipated overcrowding at the elementary level, sixth grade students from Fallen Memorial and Agnes E. Little Elementary Schools will be moved to Jenks Junior High School in the fall.
On Tuesday, the School Committee unanimously approved the plan outlined by interim Schools Superintendent Patricia DiCenso. She said the move is necessary because there is no available classroom space remaining at Fallon or Little to accommodate the expected influx. Projected enrollment figures show an additional 55 students heading to Fallon in the fall and 29 more at Little.
William L. Bresnahan
CUMBERLAND - William L. Bresnahan 84, beloved husband of Maria (Araujo) Bresnahan passed away Tuesday May 13, 2014. See full Obituary at romenskifuneralhome com.
PAWTUCKET â In what now will be an absolute annual clash between the city's two public high schools, Tolman and Shea delivered a strange, sloppy affair inside the Pawtucket Red Sox' long-standing home on Tuesday afternoon.
All told, the two squads combined for 11 errors (with three batters reaching on strikeouts gone bad), six wild pitches, two passed balls and three hit batsmen.
The contest also saw the Tigers jump out to a 6-1 cushion, then watch aimlessly as the Raiders tied it at 6-6 with a quartet in the top of the fourth.
SMITHFIELD â For golf enthusiasts who remember Jason Dufnerâs blistering performance on his way to capturing the 2013 PGA Championship, they know that the Auburn University product is a man of few words. He will respond to someone who acknowledges him with a polite nod, but donât expect much more.
Edward J. McCann
CENTRAL FALLS - Edward J. McCann passed away at home with his loving family by his side on Monday, May 12, 2014, at the age of 84.
Edward was a member of the City of Central Falls Fire Department since 1961 and rose to the rank of Battalion Chief in 1982. He retired from the Department in 1985. During his career he once served as President of the International Association of Firefighters, Local Union 1485. He was formally a member of the Knights of Columbus.