CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Arson is considered a â€śreal possibilityâ€ť in an early-morning fire that gutted an unoccupied three-story building on Foundry Street Thursday, fire officials said.
The fire broke out at 63 Foundry St. at about 3 a.m. Thursday and required nearly 50 firefighters from Central Falls and neighboring communities to fight the blaze before it was fully under control nearly three hours later, Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. told The Times.
The fire is the third in six months at the property, Bradley said, with the intensity of each inferno worsening with each incident.
PAWTUCKET — During the regular season, Pawtucket Red Sox righty Matt Barnes was 2-1 in three starts with a bloated 7.18 ERA.
But any resemblance between the regular-season Barnes and the post-season Barnes was pure coincidence.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Rooted in humble beginnings â€“ with a few dozen attendees attracted to the Pawtucket Public Library to celebrate the first annual festival in 1999 â€“ the Pawtucket Arts Festival has witnessed continued growth and expansion over the past 15 years Arts Festival Chairman John Baxter is hopeful that this year's upcoming celebration, the 16th annual such festival, will only serve to further grow the size, spectacle, and overall reach of the event.
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PAWTUCKET -- Garin Cecchini didn’t exactly crush the ball in the 10th inning Wednesday night. But his three-hop single over a drawn-in infield gave the Pawtucket Red Sox a 2-1 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs in Game 1 of a best-of-five Governors’ Cup semifinal series.
Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Thursday with a pair of right-handers on the mound – Syracuse’s Scott McGregor (1-2, 3.91 ERA) and Pawtucket’s Matt Barnes (8-9, 3.95 ERA).
DANDRIDGE, TN - Leslie Thompson, 68, died at her home in Dandridge, TN on Friday, August 15, 2014.
Leslie, who grew up in Rhode Island, graduated from Cumberland, Rhode Island High School in 1963 and from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Microbiology in 1967. She earned a Master's Degree in Biomedical Research from Brown University in 1970.
Margaret C. Olson
PAWTUCKET - Margaret "Peg" C. Olson, 55, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, September 1, 2014. She was the loving wife of Michael R. Dunbar. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Charles H. Olson and Virginia T. (Bergeron) Andrew.
Peg was a CNA at Madonna Manor, North Attleboro for many years. She loved listening to music, caring for animals and camping. Peg lived life to the fullest and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
CUMBERLAND - Richard Bertrand, 67, of Cumberland, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014. He was the husband of Joyce (Marland) Bertrand. They were happily married for 44 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Alfred and Lea (Duhamel) Bertrand. Richard was an insurance underwriter for 35 years, retiring in 2010. He was an army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Anthony T. Olivo
FALL RIVER - Anthony T. Olivo, 73 of Fall River, formerly of Pawtucket, RI, passed on August 28, 2014. He leaves his wife, Candice Viveiros-Olivo; 2 brothers, Richard and Joseph Olivo; his sister, the late Marion Butler.
Anthony loved colorful and crazy socks, so please select a pair at the back of the church and take that final walk with him. Put a smile on his face and attend in casual summer clothes.
Edward A. Miecznikowski
PAWTUCKET - Edward A. Miecznikowski of Pawtucket died on September 2, 2014
He was the husband of the late Laura (Paoli) Miecznikowski.
Mr. Miecznikowski was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, the son of the late Stanley and Gladys Miecznikowski. He was an auxiliary Policeman for the City of Pawtucket for many years.
Ed is survived by his daughter Mary Ann Gagnon and her husband Edmond of Pawtucket. He also leaves his grandchildren; Christopher Gagnon, Melissa Gagnon, and Nathan Gagnon and his great grandchildren, Alexander Dame and Christopher Gagnon.
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PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox will vie for their second Governors’ Cup crown in three years when they takes on International League-North Division champion Syracuse in a five-game semifinal set to begin tonight at 7:05 at McCoy Stadium.
The PawSox earned a club-record fourth straight post-season appearance when they clinched the wild card berth on Sunday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Upon entering the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's visitor center on Main Street, guests are instantly inundated with hundreds of photographs adorning the walls.
These snapshots capture the city on a grand scale â€“ including attractions such as Slater Memorial Park and McCoy Stadium â€“ or something as simple as a little piece of home, whether it's a family cookout, children playing in mounds of snow, or friends horsing around.
PAWTUCKET - Maria (Silva) Vaz, 84, of Pawtucket, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Americo R. Vaz.
Born in Videmonte, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Margarida Silva. She moved to this country in 1968, settling in Pawtucket.
Mrs. Vaz was employed as Braider-Tender for the Conrad Jarvis Inc. for many years until her retirement.
Maria was a communicant of St. Anthony Church. She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Benjamin J. Pytka Jr
REHOBOTH - Benjamin J. Pytka Jr, 77, passed on August 30th surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Adel (Oldrid) Pytka.
He had been employed as a Letter Carrier for the US Postal Service serving the Town of Cumberland for over 40 years. He was an Army Veteran.
Ben is also survived by five daughters, Karen Martel, Wendy Burke, Gwen Pytka, Lisa Vartanian and Tammi Johnson, two step daughters, Donna Long and Doreen Voyer, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren that he adored. He was step father of the late Deborah Costigan McNeile.
William E. Mallon, Sr.
RUMFORD - William E. Mallon, Sr., 88, of Rumford, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014. He was the husband of Dorothy (Quinn) Mallon for more than 67 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Bernard and Blanche (Jacques) Mallon.
PAWTUCKET – Four consecutive trips to the second-season derby known as the Governors’ Cup playoffs: since 2011, no other International League can lay claim to this feat.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In John Baxterâ€™s view there isnâ€™t a better event among the many making up the month-long Pawtucket Arts Festival than when the Rhode Island Philharmonic takes the stage at Slater Park for its annual concert.
â€śI think it is a vital classical music component of the Festival and one way that we can highlight a local performance group that has been a cornerstone of classical music in the state,â€ť Baxter, festival chairman, said of the event.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Although it has been decades since Fanny the Elephant could be found sauntering around on site, Daggett Farm at Slater Memorial Park is still the kind of place that transcends generations; where parents can bring their children for a relaxing afternoon, then reminisce fondly as their kids later bring their own children.
Darlene Hyson, of Rehoboth, Mass., is a seasoned veteran of the farm. By her own estimation, she frequents the farm on a weekly basis. On Friday morning, she was there with her 3-year-old twin boy and girl.
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