October 14th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â All four U.S. Senators from Rhode Island and Massachusetts â including Republican freshman Scott Brown â have introduced legislation that would create the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.
âItâs a great day,â enthused Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, after hearing the news. âWe thought something was probably going to be moving sooner than later, but we didnât think it would be this soon. Weâre just happy the timing worked out in our favor.â
PAWTUCKET â The best compliment that Farida Ferrario could ever receive was the sight of a group of her customers dressed in sweaters, tunics, skirts and other knitwear items that she had inspired them to make.
As the longtime owner of the Wayland Yarn Shoppe, located at 112 Raleigh Street in Pawtucket, Ferrario has passed on her knitting and crocheting talents as well as her passion for the crafts. On October 5, those who benefited from Ferrario's lessons, design sense, and encouragement crowded into her cozy shop to help celebrate her 44 years in business.
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin sat down to watch his old New York Jets team play football last month when the phone rang at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.
âIt was the owner of the Jets, Woody Johnson, calling to tell me I was going to be inducted into the Jetsâ Ring of Honor,â Philbin said on Thursday afternoon. âThe ceremony will be held at halftime of Monday nightâs game against the Dolphins.â
âI was quite surprised to hear from the owner of the Jets,â Philbin added. âHe was such a gentleman to make the call personally. I told him it was a great honor.â
Maybe in some perverse way, the Red Sox are enjoying all this attention.
Bad P.R.? Perish the thought. The bottoming out and subsequent fallout of the 2011 season has everyone still chirping even though two weeks have passed since left fielder Carl Crawford acted like a fish out of water in Baltimore, a snapshot that says it all with regards to the clubâs sad regular-season finish.
Four weeks have elapsed since Ryan Kalish underwent surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck.
âAt this point honestly, I canât really tell that anything was done to my neck,â said Kalish via phone from San Francisco, where the Red Sox outfield prospect is conducting his rehab. âYou have post-surgery pain and all that, but thatâs totally gone. It just feels like a normal neck.
PAWTUCKET - Claire Beaudet, 99, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, October 10, 2011. She was the wife of the late Roger Beaudet.
Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Clara (Metayer) Bosse. Mrs. Beaudet was a seamstress in the textile industry as well as at home for many years. She was the former secretary for St. Cecelia church senior club, a member of Notre Dame senior club, Woodlawn senior club, St. Mary's prayer group, and a longtime volunteer at the Jeanne Jugan home.
Josephine M. LeMay
CUMBERLAND - Josephine M. LeMay 94, of Marshall Avenue passed away Tuesday October 11, 2011 at the Holiday in Lincoln. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. LeMay.
Born in Lincoln she was a daughter of the late Michael and Tillie (Lomecki) Kocon. She lived in Cumberland for the past 61 years.
Before retiring she was employed as a Winder for the Worcester Textile Co. of North Providence.
Josephine was a member of the St. Joseph's Church Holy Rosary Society. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed doing needlework and solving puzzles.
ATTLEBORO - Dorothy Morin, 76, passed on October 7th. She was the wife of the late Arthur F. Morin Sr.
She was the mother of Linda Bobola of South Carolina, Susan Dionizio of Central Falls, Thomas Morin of Cranston, Cheryl Morin of Cranston and Charles Morin Sr. of Cumberland, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Arthur F. Morin Jr. and Raymond Morin.
A memorial service will be held at later date. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
Stanley F. Ryfa
PAWTUCKET - Stanley F. Ryfa 93, formerly of Pawtucket passed away Wednesday October 5, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Carole H. (Sowa) Ryfa. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Jan and Julia (Skaczynska) Ryfa. He was a graduate of Tolman High School.
Stanley was a WWII Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and received a Purple Heart for wounds he received during action in Okinawa.
Before retiring he was employed by the former Okonite Wire & Cable Co. for many years.
The Division I soccer race took on a different complexion Wednesday after Shea was upset by Central and Central Falls edged defending state champion Barrington.
Unbeaten La Salle (10-0-3) still has the most points (23) but Central Falls (7-1-4) moved into second place overall with 18 points following its 1-0 victory over Barrington.
Shea (8-2-1) is now third in the points race with 17 while still leading the East by two points over Portsmouth. The Raiders visit the Patriots for a 5 p.m. game this afternoon, then host Central Falls at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Max Read Field.
Three competitive non-league games on Friday night and a Division IV clash for second place on Saturday afternoon highlight what appears to be a âho-humâ high school football schedule this weekend in the Blackstone Valley.
On Friday at 7 p.m., there are a handful of non-league games around Rhode Island pitting Division I teams against Division II teams, and three of the games involve schools in our backyard, East Providence, Tolman, and St. Raphael.
The Division I Townies will host nearby Division II-B foe Mount Hope at Pierce Field in a showdown thatâs sure to attract many East Bay fans.
CUMBERLAND â After a little more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, Cumberland High coach John Jasionowski watched his squad suffer a quick 7-0 loss to Division I power Mount St. Charles Academy.
While most of their matches havenât been quite as quick, the end result has been status quo for the winless Clippers this fall, owners of an 0-10 mark and last place in I-North. Last year, Cumberland had a similar record in its first season in the stateâs toughest division, finishing 2-11 overall.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are searching for a male suspect involved in Tuesday night's armed robbery of a counter clerk at the Dunkin Donuts at 403 Broadway.
According to Police Major Arthur Martins, a man entered the donut shop at around 9:20 p.m. and ordered a coffee. As the employee turned to get the beverage, the man went around behind the counter. He took out a large handgun and demanded that the employee open the cash register, Martins said. The man took about $160 and fled on foot, heading north on Broadway. The employee was not injured.
PAWTUCKET â Everything's better in harmony. And when it comes to singing, the old-fashioned style of âBarbershopâ harmony is a proven training ground for honing voice skills.
Earlier this month, the Ocean State Chorus, performing Barbershop harmony, moved to a new home inside St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Established in 1967, the all-male chorus was previously based in Smithfield, but the musical group is now happily part of Pawtucket's downtown arts scene.
The book on Charles Correa is that heâs a basketball player, a pretty darn good one at that.
Basketball is his passion, his lifeblood. Hopefully basketball will help this youngster land a college scholarship.
Why play football then? Why tempt the fates and risk the future for a sport known for its cutthroat and harsh nature? All it takes is one misstep on the field, absorbing one teeth-rattling hit, one crunch administered by a big, big guy, to change everything.
PAWTUCKET â A fire of unknown origin heavily damaged a two-family house at 442 Pawtucket Avenue early Tuesday morning and forced the five occupants to seek alternative lodging.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who is also the city's fire marshal, the two-alarm fire broke out shortly after midnight. When the first engine company arrived, firefighters found the two front porches of the house fully engulfed in flames and the air was thick with heavy smoke. A short time later, the entire front porch collapsed off of the house, he said.
PAWTUCKET â Six individuals who made a positive difference in the city over the years were inducted Friday night into the 2011 Pawtucket Hall of Fame. Also honored was a deceased Civil War veteran, Capt. Levi Tower, who was chosen as this year's historical inductee.
Irene D. Bergeron
CUMBERLAND - Irene D. Bergeron, 90 of Cumberland died Sunday at the Oakhill Nursing Home in Pawtucket. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Paul and Rose (Gervais) Bergeron.
Prior to her retirement in 1986 she worked for 48 years at Fram Corporation. Irene was an LPN and worked part time at Memorial Hospital and the Red Cross. She was President of the Womanâs Guild at St. Jean the Baptist Church and Treasurer of AARP #610 from 1993 until 2000. She enjoyed traveling and had traveled around the world.
Rita Marie Blais
ARIZONA - Rita Blais, 86, of Peoria, Arizona formerly of Pawtucket, RI and Central Falls, RI, passed away on October 8, 2011. She was born on April 1, 1925 in Woonsocket, RI as one of 11 children to John and Mary (Elias) Joseph, and was married to Joseph O. Blais of Central Falls, RI, who preceded her in death in 1975.