June 4th, 2014
PAWTUCKETâ€”With wet weather being forecast for Thursday, Pawtucket Proud Day will now be held on Friday, June 6, rain or shine. Organizers say that other details remain unchanged.
Frances M. Fruzenski
CUMBERLAND - Frances M. (Gallo) Fruzenski, 88, of Bear Hill Road died Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Karl Fruzenski.
Born in Worcester, MA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Butera) Gallo, she had lived in Central Falls before moving to Cumberland in 1971.
Mrs. Fruzenski was a jewelry worker at A.T. Cross Company, Lincoln before retiring.
PAWTUCKET - Beatrice Cruz, 94, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 one day before her 95th birthday at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of the late Cesar Cruz, Sr. She was born in Danielson, CT, the daughter of the late Amedie and Josephine (Chaput) Pelletier; she lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Beatrice was a housekeeper for St. Jude's Church for many years.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a major cleanup, the Dexter and Barton Street neighborhood still has a devil of a time changing its reputation. Yet, the Pawtucket Police Department's Special Squad is committed to remaining vigilant and, when necessary, springing into action to combat the prostitution activity the once-seedy neighborhood has long been known for.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It used to be that any mention of the first name â€śMookieâ€ť would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and youâ€™re bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesnâ€™t center on key words or phrases such as â€śgroundball,â€ť â€śthrough the legsâ€ť or â€śBuckner.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ The final game of Tolman Highâ€™s season featured an all too familiar pattern: Plenty of good pitching to go around, but not nearly enough hitting to carry the day.
â€śEspecially over the last third of the season, our pitchers have been holding teams to three or four runs. In Rhode Island Division II baseball, youâ€™re doing all right,â€ť stated Tigers coach Theo Murray.
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śThe Purple Rose of Darlingtonâ€ť? â€śEverything You Wanted to Know About One-Way Streets but Were Afraid to Askâ€ť? â€śBullets over Broadway IIâ€ť?
No title has been picked for Woody Allenâ€™s next movie, but location scouts have looked at several spots around Pawtucket as possible settings for the film scheduled to go into production this summer.
Allen is notoriously secretive about upcoming film projects and discloses few details about them until a picture is ready to release.
Pawtucket â€“ Lillian G. (Dupras) Neumann, 94, passed peacefully on Friday, May 30, 2014. Beloved wife of the late George Otto Neumann. Born in No. Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Felix J. and Edith G. (Goyette) Dupras. Lillian was a member of St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church; itâ€™s seniors group and the foundress of â€śStitch and Ripâ€ť Knitting Club. She leaves a daughter, Cheryl L. Brooks and her husband, Russell R. of Warwick; two grandsons, Ryan R. and Kyle N. Brooks; nieces and nephews. Sister of the late Anna M. Hebert, Alice Estrella and Ernest â€śBudâ€ť Dupras.
CUMBERLAND - Francisco DaSilva, 91, of Cumberland passed away Sunday. He was the husband of the late Maria Emilia (Machado) NDaSilva.
Born in Cedros, Faial, Acores, Portugal, he was the son of the late Manuel and Rosa DaSilva. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life.
Mr. DaSilva was employed at American Insulated Wire Co. for many years until his retirement.
PAWTUCKET: Germaine Patenaude Kotlarski, 98, passed on June 2nd. She was the wife of the late Arthur E. Patenaude and Joseph Kotlarski.
Born in Canada, she was the daughter of the late Firman and Merilda (Beaudoin) Boudreau.
She had been employed by various textile Mills in the Pawtucket area before retiring.
Germaine was a former member of the Notre Dame Womenâ€™s Club, the Royal Travelers.
PAWTUCKET - Silvia L. (Vecoli) Tupaj, 67, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Daniel G. Tupaj, Sr. for 47 years. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Silvio and Esther (Lafond) Vecoli. Silvia worked in the school lunch program at Cunningham School, Pawtucket, for many years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards on Friday evenings with her friends. Above all, Silvia enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and three beautiful great-grandchildren.
CENTRAL FALLS - Zofia Wilinkiewicz, 91, passed away Saturday May 31, 2014 at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was the beloved wife of the late Wladyslaw Wilinkiewicz.
Born in Poland she was a daughter of the late Jozef and Kamila (Lipinski) Dardzinski. She lived in Central Falls for 56 years.
Before retiring Zofia was employed as an Injection Molder for Hasbro working in the Central Falls plant. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Society of St. Joseph's Church.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” While actor Alec Baldwin didn't want his famous name to distract from an event that's about promoting literacy, Adams Memorial Library officials are banking on just that Hollywood star power to boost some much-needed financial donations.
Sports editor emeritus
PROVIDENCE â€“ Unbeaten Tolman High, which has won two of the last three Division II state volleyball championships, found itself in a heap of trouble on Sunday night in the 2014 tourney semifinals against West Warwick.
The Tigers were tied 2-2 after four games had been completed at the Providence Career and Technical Academyâ€™s sports facility off Westminster Street, right next to Central Highâ€™s campus.
â€śWe needed to win,â€ť Tolmanâ€™s Eric Silveira admitted after the Tigers pulled out a 15-9 victory in the decisive fifth game. â€śThere was a lot of pressure on us.â€ť
PAWTUCKET -- It was tough to guess who was more excited after the PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu Memorial 5K at Slater Park, the raceâ€™s winner, Anthony Gonsalves, or the race committee.
Gonsalves, a 2008 graduate of Tolman High and a middle distance standout for the Tigersâ€™ indoor and outdoor track teams, won for the third time in the four-year history of the event by topping a field of more than 300 runners in a time of 16:42.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The field of candidates to replace departing Mayor Daniel McKee grew to three on Friday as former Town Councilman Daniel Alves announced his bid for the seat.
Alves, a Democrat like the two other prospective candidates, Manuel DaCosta and William Murray, pointed to both his council experience and his operation of small business for nearly 40 years as making him well qualified for the townâ€™s executive post.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As a 34-year-old with 181 games of pitching experience at the major-league level under his belt, Rich Hill is well aware thereâ€™s a whole other realm to keep in mind while recording outs on the mound.
WARWICK -- The way Lincoln had been swinging the bats during its eight-game win streak, it was going to take a remarkable pitching performance to cool off the Lionsâ€™ assault.
Anthony Graziano provided such an outing on Friday afternoon.
The Bishop Hendricken senior tossed a superb one-hitter that included eight strikeouts and two walks to lead the two-time defending state champs to a 5-0 shutout of the Lions in a Region I winnersâ€™ bracket game of the Division I playoffs at Ray Pepin Field.
Paul S. Barry
LINCOLN - Paul S. Barry, 62, formerly of Lincoln, died May 26, 2014 in Western Australia. He was the husband of Alice Liang and the son of the late Ambrose G. Barry MD and Blanche I. Barry, RN. He was born on May 1, 1952 in Providence, and grew up with his family in Lincoln. He was the owner of Creative Office Systems before continuing his career as a Software Analyst in various areas in Australia and Africa. He also had the opportunity to teach at the University level in China. In addition, he was an active member of Mesa.