March 5th, 2014
BURRILLVILLE -- A massive surprise birthday party for Tyler Seddon of Pascoag is set for Thursday and The Call will be there to cover the celebration. Follow The Call on Twitter(@WoonsocketCall) for continuous updates throughout the day as hundreds of police, firefighters and first responders pay tribute to the birthday boy, who is fighting cancer. See our complete coverage of the festivities in Fridayâs editions of The Call and The Times.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â Moses Brown came looking to spoil St. Raphael Academyâs bid for a perfect 16-0 regular season on Tuesday night at Alumni Hall.
The Saints had defeated the Quakers by 21 points in mid-January. That was a rare off night for the visitors, who carried an 11-3 record in Division II action into this playoff tuneup for both sides.
The next wave of games as part of Rhode Islandâs version of âMarch Madnessâ are set for Wednesday night with boysâ basketball quarterfinal-round contests in all three divisions taking place at neutral sites around the state.
Two area squads are heading to the same venue as Division II participants Tolman and Central Falls will bus to Coventry High School. The third-seeded Tigers will take the floor first for a 5:30 p.m. matchup against fellow II-Central member and sixth-seeded Exeter/West Greenwich. At roughly 7:30, the seventh-seeded Warriors face No. 2 Barrington.
LINCOLN â After the warm-up session, and minutes before a huge Division III-North clash against league-leading North Smithfield High, Davies Tech head coach Joe Handy led his troops outside a door to Gaskin Alumni Hall on Tuesday evening.
There, he looked rather animated, trying to explain to his Patriots how critical it would be to play with fire in their hearts. After all, a postseason berth was at stake.
CENTRAL FALLS â Napoleon Andrade, a local man already doing 10 years in federal prison on weapons, money-laundering and theft charges, was sentenced to an additional 31 months Tuesday for his role in a home invasion targeting an associate of the Gambino crime family in Connecticut.
During a sentencing hearing in Providence, U.S. District Judge John McConnell ordered Andrade to serve 63 months in all. But McConnell structured the penalty so that 32 months overlap Andradeâs current term and the balance kicks in when itâs completed, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
Joan M. Dolloff
PAWTUCKET - Joan M. Dolloff, 73, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Kindred Oak Hill Transition Care & Rehabilitation, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard W. Dolloff. Joan was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Albert and Angelina (Kennedy) Falocco and was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley. She was a sales associate at Apex Department Store and Macy's until retiring several years ago. She was a dedicated volunteer at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for many years.
PAWTUCKET - Maria Patricio, 93, of Taft St., died peacefully Monday night, March 3, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. Born May 10, 1920 in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Jose and Maria (Jesus) Patricio.
Maria was the sister of Mary Deus Patricio of Pawtucket and of the late Ernest Patricio, Joaquim Patricio, and Celeste Patricio. She also leaves a nephew Ernest Patricio Jr. and his wife Sandra; a niece Gail Moore and her husband Clay; her great-niece Sherrie Patricio Souza and 2 great-nephews, Russell and Blake Moore.
PROVIDENCE â Call it the definition of a Friar full circle.
The Providence College menâs basketball contest that took place March 2, 2004 isnât referenced in the sections of the media guide devoted to noteworthy dates and games in program history, and with good reason: On that night, nothing went right. Pittsburgh waltzed into the Dunkinâ Donuts Center and laid a major hurt on the Ryan Gomes-led and Tim Welsh-coached Friars, rolling to a stunningly easy 88-61 victory.
âI remember,â said PC Athletic Director Bob Driscoll when reached Monday.
LINCOLN --- The official announcement came during the second week of January, but Dick Ryan didnât realize that he received one of high schoolâs most prestigious coaching honors until late last week during his first visit of the year to Lincoln High.
âWe had our spring coaches meeting,â recalled the Lionsâ softball coach. âI stopped into (athletic director Brian Finebergâs) office and he told me, âHey, congratulations.â I said, âFor what?â and he said, âYou didnât get this?â and he showed me a copy of a letter that was in my mailbox at the school.â
PAWTUCKET â Thanks in part to some incident-mapping software and new ideas that help police assess where to best employ resources, the city has seen a more than 10 percent reduction in crime from last year.
Statistics compiled by the Pawtucket Police Department and reviewed by the R.I. State Police for inclusion in the national FBI crime database show an overall drop in crime in the city of about 10.3 percent for 2013, including significant declines in several major categories.
A. Dorothy Jacobs
PAWTUCKET - A. Dorothy (Berlinsky) Jacobs, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Napoleon Leon Albert Jacobs and the late Albert E. Hamel. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Sidney S. Berlinsky and Mary (Winters) Tierney.
Dorothy worked at McConnell & Carpenter, Pawtucket, for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed listening to music and reading; spending time at home with her family, and participating in various activities with the seniors group at Rumford Towers.
Gladys D. Jaworski
PAWTUCKET Gladys D. Jaworski, 90, passed away Sunday March 2, 2014. She was the beloved and devoted wife of the late Dr. Rudolf A. Jaworski Sr.
Born in Ludlow, MA she was a daughter of the late Jan and Josephine (Chlastawa) Duda. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 65 years.
A graduate of St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Gladys was a registered Nurse. She was a supporting citizen of the Polish American Community being an active Member of the Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation for many years. She was an parishioner of St. Joseph's Church of Central Falls.
Allan G. Battersby
CENTRAL FALLS - Allan G. Battersby, 73, passed peacefully at home on March 2nd. He was the husband of Joyce (Mocogni) Battersby. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past May. He was the son of the late Arthur and Jeanette (Bechard) Battersby.
Allan proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard; he was a hardworking man, a dedicated father, a loving grandfather and an avid fisherman.
Edith F. Lima
PAWTUCKET - Edith F. Lima, 82, passed peacefully on March 2nd at home with her family by her side.
Born in Sao Antao, Cabo Verde, a daughter of the late Augusto and Aurora Lima.
Alfred J. Menard, III
SOUTH YARMOUTH - Alfred J. ("Fred"/"AJ") Menard, III, 80, passed away at home on Friday, February 28, 2014.
Born in Manville, he was the son of the late Rhode Island House Speaker, Alfred U. Menard, II and Flora (Lessard) Menard. He was the husband of Roxanne L. (Masson) Menard, RN, formerly of Shawinigan Falls, SUD, P.Q. Canada, and was a resident of South Yarmouth, MA.
Kevin J. Lessa
CENTRAL FALLS - Kevin J. Lessa, 53, formerly of Washington St. and he also lived on Japonica St. in Pawtucket, passed into eternal rest on Monday at the Home & Hospice Care of RI, after an illness. He was born in Pawtucket, a son of Shirley A. Jackson and the late Albert N. Lessa.
Kevin had been employed at B & E Chrome Plating for 30 years until he was stricken with a stroke.
Doris L. Slavin
LINCOLN - Doris L. (Sherman) Slavin, 96, formerly of Lincoln, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Lydia Taft House, Uxbridge, MA. She was the wife of the late D. Howard Slavin.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late S. Eber and Jennie P. (Hammond) Sherman, she had lived in Lincoln for over 50 years. She was a direct descendant of seven families, including John Alden, which came over on the Mayflower.
Agnes A. Colvin
PAWTUCKET - Agnes A. (O'Neill) Colvin, 101, of Pawtucket passed away on March 1, 2014.
She was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Colvin.
Born in Darwen Lancaster, England, the daughter of the late James and Agnes (Bolton) O'Neill. She was the secretary to the President of the former Metals and Controls and then worked in medical transcription at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for many years.
Edward J Kelly Sr.
DIGHTON, MA - Edward J Kelly Sr. of Dighton Ma passed away Tuesday 2/25. Ed, better known as "Buck" was born on June 24, 1930.
Predeceased by his oldest daughter, both Buck and Karen Allen will be lovingly
remembered by his daughter Karlene and her husband Richard Bourque, his son Ed and his wife Louise, his youngest daughter Rhonda and her husband Michael Thomas, and his son in law Steve Allen.
His stories will be missed by his grandchildren Jennifer, Stephany, Ashlee, Justine, Tracie, Taylor and Kathleen.
CENTRAL FALLSâSince emigrating to the United States 14 years ago, Filomena Montiero had nurtured a couple of dreams: becoming a nurse and owning her own home. Thanks to the Central Falls Housing Authority's Family Self-Sufficiency program,â she is part of the way there on both goals.
Montiero recently graduated from the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, an initiative that seeks to improve the lives of parents receiving Central Falls Section 8 housing assistance.