January 27th, 2014
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 cityâs 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. Itâs 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 Islandâs Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing coach for the Special Olympics Rhode Islandâs 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 âjump though hoopsâ to get a job. Or their friend âreally pushes the envelopeâ sometimes. Or that joke just âcracked me up.â
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 Crabbeâs 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 donât have to wait until late August to buy locally-produced, high-quality foods and crafts.
A winterâs harvest is available at Farm Fresh Rhode Islandâs 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.
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PAWTUCKET â Tolmanâs Jesse Fernandes went to the free throw line with two seconds left in Thursday nightâs Division II-Central game with Exeter/West Greenwich. The scoreboard showed a 67-67 deadlock. Tolman students rattled the bleachers with their feet in anticipation of the upcoming free throws.
âIâm a 70 percent free throw shooter,â the junior said a few minutes after he made the second of two freebies for an exciting and hard-fought 68-67 victory over the Avengers. âIâm glad I had two free throws. I missed the first one but the second one was pretty good.â
PAWTUCKET â Shea High got up close with one of the leading contenders in Division II this season, and the results were not pretty for the locals.
The visitors from West Warwick felt quite at home at âThe Cageâ Thursday night, rolling to an 80-44 victory. The II-Central leading Wizards improve to 6-0 while the Raiders have now dropped four straight league contests since beating Exeter/West Greenwich back on Dec. 20.
PROVIDENCE â With the Democratic primary race for governor looking increasingly like a run to the left, candidate Angel Taveras came out of the gate Thursday with a plan to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018.
CENTRAL FALLS â When Central Falls Mayor James Diossa took the helm of the stateâs smallest city in December 2012, he was only 27, and one of his campaign promises was to engage the cityâs youngest residents and give them an opportunity to be part of his plan to improve the cityâs image and help him lead it out of bankruptcy.
On Thursday, Diossa made good on that promise when he swore in five Central Falls High School students to the cityâs first Mayorâs Youth Council.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Friday's Times.
NapoleĂĄo L. Vicente
LINCOLN - NapoleĂĄo L. Vicente, 91, passed on January 22nd with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Adelina (Pina) Vicente. They have been married for 66 years.
Born in Brava, Cabo Verde, a son of the late Amancio and Julia (Pina) Vicente.
He had been employed by Healthtex for many years before retiring.
George J. Washburn
SEEKONK - George J. Washburn, 94, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Emily C. (Weaton) Washburn. Born in Taunton, a son of the late George E. and Almy (Bliss) Washburn, he resided in Seekonk over seventy years.
Donald R. Farrell
CUMBERLAND - Donald R. Farrell, 82, of Cumberland, passed away Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Bertha (Pellerin) Farrell, and they had been married for over 56 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late John Sousa and Ethel (Farrell) Sousa. He was a life-long Cumberland resident.
He was a United States Army, Korean War Veteran. He received the Korean War citation, three Bronze Stars, Occupational Medal of Japan, and the Combat Infantry Badge.