May 15th, 2014
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.
Antonio Barbosa Vicente
CENTRAL FALLS - Antonio Barbosa Vicente, "Tony" 92, passed on May 11th with his loving family by his side.
Born in Fogo, Cabo Verde, a son of the late Marino Barbosa Vicente and Anna Vasconselos Barbosa Vicente.
He was the proprietor of farmlands in Cape Verde.
He is survived by four children, Antonia Vicente Ribelo, Dina Barbosa Vicente, Antonio Barbosa Vicente and Grace Vicente Spinella, a sister, Isabel Rodrigues, ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Joseph Morrissey Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Joseph Morrissey, Jr., 52, passed away on May 10, 2014 in Pawtucket. Joseph grew up in Pawtucket, graduated from Shea High School and then later moved to Chicago and worked as a middle school teacher.
He is survived by his father Joseph Morrissey of Pawtucket and his mother Sandra (Handrigan) Morrissey of Clearwater, Florida, two siblings Kelly (Morrissey) Chadwick of Cumberland and Michael Morrissey of Mystic, Ct. He also leaves a niece Allison Chadwick, a brother in law and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ernest F. Coit, Jr.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Ernest F. Coit, Jr., 76, of North Providence went to be with his mother in heaven on May 11, 2014. He peacefully passed surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Lenore K. (Goldstein) Coit for 28 years. Born in Providence and raised in West Warwick, he was the son of the late Jeannette (Catalano) Coit and the late Ernest F. Coit.
PAWTUCKET â One cannot quantify with simple words what John Scanlon and Ray McGee mean to this cityâs public school athletic programs.
So given recent developments, two coaches â one from Tolman and the other from Shea â feel that itâs time to begin a new tradition to preserve the legacies of these two dedicated and beloved athletic directors.
Following the final out of Tuesdayâs Division II baseball game between the Tigers and Raiders at McCoy Stadium, the first-ever awarding of the âMcGee/Scanlon Trophyâ will be made to the winning team.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman Highâs options to overturn the one-year playoff ban saddled to its football program have been completely exhausted.
CENTRAL FALLS â Four tenants at 149 Valley St. were sitting outside in Monday's sunshine, but they had heavy hearts knowing that their neighbor, Shelina Moreino, was not among them. The 41-year-old mother was found stabbed to death inside her apartment early Sunday morning, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, Robert Bethea.
Kim A. Culpan
Portsmouth - Kim A. Culpan, (Nassaney), passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Thursday, May 8, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Jeffrey Culpan. They were happily married for 12 years. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of Zaky and Lillian (Kahla) Nassaney of Lincoln.
Kim graduated from RI School of Design in 1990. She was a self employed interior designer primarily working with clients residences. She enjoyed boating, skiing, and most of all was her career as a designer.
CENTRAL FALLS â A suspect at a Central Falls apartment where a womanâs body was found has been charged with her murder.
Police say Robert Bethea was at the second-floor apartment at 149 Valley St. when he was arrested early Sunday morning.
He was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of domestic murder and violation of a no-contact order. The 45-year-old Bethea was held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court this morning.
An autopsy has yet to be done to determine the cause of death of 41-year-old Shelina Moreino.
CENTRAL FALLS â Pawtucket resident Joe Handy recalls with fondness â not to mention an edge in his voice â his years as a student-athlete at Central Falls High School.
But no particular moment meant more to him than the happenings of March 15, 1987. It was on that Saturday at the then-Providence Civic Center that Handy, the Warriorsâ senior co-captain, helped deliver to his school its first-ever state basketball championship.
LINCOLN â As Lincoln High senior first baseman McKenzie Cavanaugh walked to her family car late Friday afternoon, she heaved one last grunt â âAaarggh!â â at what had occurred just minutes before.
She then shook her head in dismay.
Cavanaugh had every reason for the sentiment, and â actually â had to be relating her teammatesâ feelings after the Lions sustained a disgruntling 3-0 Division I loss to still-unbeaten North Kingstown at the Saylesville Elementary School diamond.
PAWTUCKET â There are nine craft breweries in Rhode Island, and three of them are in Pawtucket, which just might make the city the craft brewery capital of Rhode Island, says Jason Lourenco, co-owner of the cityâs third micro brewery â Brewery 401 â which opened on May 1.
âItâs purely coincidental that we landed here in Pawtucket, and we only realized later that it was where Bucket Brewery Co. used to be before they expanded,â says Lourenco, who along with co-owner and Brewmaster Nicole Pelletier opened Brewery 401 in the Lorraine Mills building on Mineral Spring Avenue.