April 24th, 2011
NORTH ATTLEBORO â Bob Thurber rose from his swivel chair inside his second-floor home office and politely asked his guest, 'You mind if I smoke?'
He grabbed a Camel wide, walked to the window with a fan blowing out, remained standing and â after lighting up â described the laughing old man he frequently pictured in his mind as a child growing up in then-dilapidated downtown Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE -- Jaheeim Benton, 21, whose last known address was 33 Cole St., Pawtucket, pleaded guilty this week in Superior Court on all counts in the July 2010 assault of Tito Fadul and William Cotto Jr. in Pawtucket, according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. The guilty plea came just as jury selection was set to begin. Benton is the twin brother of Kasean Benton, who was shot and killed by Donald Young in July 2009. Young was found guilty last week of that murder and is currently awaiting sentencing.
PAWTUCKET â Bill Donnelly has done a pretty good job of putting Vietnam in his rear view mirror.
âI came home from the war and went right back to where I was before,â said Donnelly, a former rifleman with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. âI had been a kid from Pawtucket Vocational who played a lot of sports and was having a good time when I got drafted. I returned home two years later, resumed playing basketball and softball, and began my own printing business.â
Donnelly had a lot of difficult Vietnam memories to suppress. He threw himself into his work and his sports outlets.
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PAWTUCKET â On a recent warm spring day in Slater Park, two young boys can be seen fishing with nets in the pond near the old bandstand. Yet, what would appear to be an idyllic scene to most people sends shudders down the spine of 45-year-old Jay O'Connell because of what happened to him 40 years ago in almost the same location.
PROVIDENCE â The Chafee administrationâs economic development projects tend to be high-profile, big-ticket items such as creating the Knowledge District in the former I-195 corridor, revitalizing the airport/train station district and continuing the Quonset Point expansion.
But in the Blackstone Valley, Chafee has his eye on revitalizing the main streets of the small distressed cities.
He has made much-publicized tours of Main Street in Woonsocket and Broad Street as it links Central Falls with Pawtucket.
J. Paul Madden
PAWTUCKET - J. Paul Madden, 84, of Marbury Ave., Pawtucket died Friday at Memorial Hospital of RI. He was the husband of the late Theresa L. (Collins) Madden.
Born in MA, he was a son of the late James J. and Gertrude (McHugh) Madden and stepson of the late Mary Esther Madden. He had lived in Pawtucket for over 70 years.
He was a WWII Navy veteran serving in the American Theatre. He was a Manager of many local Department store chains over the years predominantly working for Zayre's.
Cecile L. Kelly
SOUTH ATTLEBORO, MA - Cecile L. Kelly, 86, of South Attleboro, MA, passed away Monday, April 18, 2011. She was the wife of the late Thomas Kelly and the late Richard Noel.
Richard D. Rugg
BRUNSWICK, MAINE - Richard D. Rugg, 63, of Maine and formerly of Pawtucket, RI died April 17, 2011. Mr. Rugg was born in Boston, MA a son of the late Walter F. and Bessie H. (Leckie) Rugg. He had lived in Maine for the past 20 years. He was an auto body mechanic and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He is survived by 2 daughters Annemarie Rugg and Kayla Soule, 1 sister Sharon Gentry and her husband Bob of North Scituate, 2 granddaughters, 1 niece Melanie Loesch, 1 nephew Christopher Gentry and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Irene J. Goffe-Maroney
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Irene J. (Jannarelli) Goffe-Maroney, 83, of Obed Avenue, died Thursday, April 21 at the Greenville Skilled Nursing Center, Smithfield. She was the wife of Edward A. Maroney, Sr., and the wife of the late Malcom S. Goffe.
Born in Cumberland, a daughter of the late Eugene and Angelina (Porcelli) Jannarelli, she had lived in North Providence for the past fourteen years.
Mrs. Goffe-Maroney was a Matron at Shea High School, Pawtucket and a waitress at the Friendly Tap & Grille.
PAWTUCKET - Adela Lopez, 88, formerly of Coates Manor, passed away on Thursday at home & Hospice care of RI in Providence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Aguas Buenas, P.R. a daughter of the late Francisco Vasquez and Maria Alamos. She had lived in Pawtucket since 1992 and had been employed in area factories.
Loretta G. Cooper
CUMBERLAND - Loretta G. Cooper, 100, formerly of Diamond Hill Road, passed away in the Hebert Nursing Home on Thursday, April 21, 2011. She was wife of the late George R. Cooper.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Polydore and Emeline (Couture) Lajeunesse. She was a life-long Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Cooper was employed for several years as a clerk for the former Ann & Hope Stores of Cumberland.
She was a member of St. Aidan Seniors, and a communicant of the Historic St. Joseph Church, and most recently St. Aidan Church.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox â as well as Boston â now holds its collective breath regarding the left shoulder of outfield prospect Ryan Kalish.
Kalish make a diving grab to his left to rob Syracuseâs Michael Aubrey of a surefire base hit in the second inning of Thursdayâs 14-0 matinee massacre of the Chiefs. Replays showed that the center fielder jammed his shoulder as he hit the turf and rolled over. Teammates quickly huddled around their fallen comrade as Kalish remained on the ground for several minutes.
By the time the PawSox return home a week from Saturday, April will all but be a memory. With that in mind, here are some early-season observations/thoughts about the local club.
Josh Reddick saw his miserable start at the plate last season cost him a chance to get up to Boston far sooner than as a September call-up. As his batting average plummeted to unimaginable depths â it stood at .189 on May 30 â Reddick watched as Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish were summoned to the big leagues.
PROVIDENCE â When youâre on a roll like Lincoln High, things just seem to fall into place.
The Lions did their best work in the latter innings Thursday, scoring three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to best La Salle Academy, 8-5. At 7-0, Lincoln stands tall amongst the Division I-North hierarchy. In fact, the Lions are one of just two teams in the league to sport such a glittering mark, North Kingstown being the other.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that he will formally swear in Steven G. O'Donnell as the twelfth Superintendent in Rhode Island State Police history at a State House ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
The Governor announced O'Donnell as his choice to serve as State Police Superintendent and Public Safety Commissioner last month.
Lieutenant Colonel Raymond S. White has been serving as Acting
Superintendent and will continue in that position until O'Donnell takes
over in May.
PAWTUCKET â For most of his first five seasons in the Red Sox system, Felix Doubront was buoyed by a starting pitcherâs mentality. The 23-year-old was accustomed to taking the ball once every five days, only to spend the down time between starts preparing for his next turn.
PAWTUCKET â Andrew Miller holds the potential of emerging into a key member of Bostonâs pitching plans this season â emphasis on "potential."
PAWTUCKET - Margarida Alexandre, age 95, of Dora St., a winder at the former Crown Spring Mill, died Tuesday afternoon at the Evergreen House in East Providence.
Born Aug. 31, 1915 in Moimenta daSerra, Gouveia,Lisbon, she was the last surviving child of the late Luciano Alexandre and Felicidade daCosta (Martins) Alexandre. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.
LINCOLN - Fern (Andrews) Caldwell, 70, of Manville Avenue, Manville died Friday, April 15, 2011 at Landmark medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Harold G. and Ruth H. (McMinn) Andrews, she had lived in Cumberland for most of her life before moving to Manville 3 years ago.
Mrs. Caldwell was a shipping and receiving clerk for Hasbro, Inc., Pawtucket before retiring.