January 23rd, 2014
Editor's note: Jim Baron's column, Politics As Usual, appears on Mondays in The Times. The column below was first published in The Times on Jan. 20, 2014.
Ever since Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced last September that he would not seek another term at the Statehouse, reporters have been nagging him to say what he thinks his legacy should be or what he would like it to be.
I think we got that answer last week, with Chafeeâs final State of the State address.
CUMBERLAND â Throughout the 2012-13 winter campaign, then-Cumberland High sophomore Jack Bauer improved at a rapid rate, causing older brother Andrew to continue to hassle him about registering for a USA Swimming-affiliated club program.
Andrew, a phenomenal distance freestyler in his own right, had done the same, and he reasoned that Jack would only get faster, given the more grueling workouts.
The second snowstorm of 2014 dumped about 6 inches of light, powdery snow on Pawtucket.
âIt wasnât a horrible storm, but the timing was an issue,â Pawtucket Public Works Director Lance Hill said Wednesday. âIt started just before rush hour and when you have traffic on the road packing down the snow it makes it extremely difficult to remove.â
The total snow accumulation in Pawtucket was 6 inches.
Pawtucketâs Public Works Department plows and sands more than 180 miles of roadway.
PAWTUCKET â As a father watching his son represent the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op squad last winter, Gary Leonard noticed it often didn't play as a team, a fluid unit. To him, it looked as if the players seemed more concerned with individual stats and/or glory.
âI thought the biggest issue with them was selfish team play,â he stated Tuesday afternoon. âWhen I became the head coach back in September, it was my goal to eliminate the selfishness and try to build a program based on team success.â
CUMBERLAND- Maureen Azar, 50, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at her home. She was the beloved daughter of Joan B. (Toomey) Azar and the late Louis R. Azar.
Besides her mother, she is survived by her loving sister, Joanne Diggle, her beloved niece, Ashley Diggle who she adored, and her partner John Plaskon of New York.
Thomas D. McGrath
NORTH PROVIDENCE- Thomas D. McGrath, 67, of Obed Ave., passed away Friday in the Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Edmond F. and Mary D. (Ware) McGrath. He resided in North Providence with his companion Diane Anelundi for eight years.
Thomas was a welder employed by the Whittet Co., Central Falls and previously employed by the Kellaway Transportation Co., Pawtucket.
Jose Jesus de Abreu
PAWTUCKET- Jose Jesus de Abreu, 81, of Pawtucket passed away Tuesday, January 20th at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Francelina (dos Santos) De Abreu and father to Grace Small and Belinha De Abreu.
CENTRAL FALLS â She was one of the city's own, who had pursued her education and then stayed to help and inspire others, so the news of the sudden passing of Ella Risk Elementary School Principal Maureen Azar cast a pall over the community.
Shirley M. Landry
CENTRAL FALLS - Shirley M. Landry, 68, passed on December 14, 2013 while visiting her sister in Ohio. She was the wife of Reginald Landry. They had been married for 50 years. Shirley had been employed in the jewelry industry for many years.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Kristen Landry, a grandson, Mathew, her siblings, Mary Shaner, Franny Brenaman, Suzie Hodge, David Gamel and Ronnie Weir. She was the mother of the late Kimberlee Landry.
Services were private.
For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
Zilda de Jesus Salustio
CUMBERLAND - Zilda de Jesus Salustio (de Loureiro), 95, of Broad St. passed away Friday in The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio L. Salustio.
Born in Moimenta do Dao, Mangualde, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Joao M. and Ana (Marques) de Loureiro. She had resided in Cumberland for 54 years.
She was employed by the former Atlas Braid Co., Cumberland for many years retiring in 1982. Mrs. Salustio was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
PROVIDENCE â There are two schools of thought as to why Ted Bancroft and the Friars have gone on to string three Big East wins together following an 0-2 start.
Representing the Providence program at Mondayâs college basketball brunch, held at Warwick's Radisson Hotel, Bancroft mentioned that a players-only meeting was staged in the aftermath of a 30-point blowout loss at Villanova earlier this month. At the time, the Friars appeared in a free fall after losing back-to-back overtime contests to UMass and Seton Hall before getting drubbed by the Wildcats.
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.