February 8th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
Thatâ€™s the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit oneâ€™s monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.
CUMBERLAND â€” It's time for â€śPhys Edâ€ť but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.
Luba J. Cioci
CENTRAL FALLS, RI - Luba J. (Kolen) Cioci, 88, of Central Falls, formerly of Cumberland, passed away on Monday February 6, 2012 at the Evergreen House Health Care in East Providence. She was the wife of the late John Cioci.
She is survived by her children William J. Cioci of Florida, Carol A. Tierney of Rehoboth and the late John F. Cioci. The sister of John Kolen of Arizona, she is also survived 2 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Mark De Luca
LINCOLN - Mark De Luca, passed away on February 3rd at RI Hospital. He was the husband of the late Dina (Tricoli) De Luca. He is survived by 2 sons, Scott and Eric De Luca, his parents Vincent and Yvonne De Luca of Buffalo, NY, a sister, Jean Mennucci and her husband Joseph, a sister Laura De Luca and a brother Gary De Luca. He was predeceased by his sister Lisa Zasowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. James Church, Manville, RI at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 11th. Burial will take place in Buffalo, NY.
Blanche M. Bertrand
LAKEVILLE, MA - Blanche M. Bertrand, 84 of Lakeville, MA died February 6, at Morton Hospital in Taunton. She was the wife of the late Philias Bertrand.
Born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Alexander and Ella (Beland) Bertrand, she had been employed as an assembler at Hasbro Industries in Pawtucket and, previously, at the former Arbeka Webbing. She and her husband owned and operated the Liquor Shack in Lakeville for many years.
Constance E. McBride
CENTRAL FALLS - Constance E. McBride, formerly of Wilfred Manor, passed away Wednesday after an illness. She was born in Central Falls a daughter of the late Joseph and Nelly (Lacki) Travers. She lived most of her life in the city. She had been employed at the Department of Human Services in Pawtucket for several years before retiring in 1999.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine has been around the coaching block enough times to know that making adjustments goes with the territory. With his St. Raphael Academy outfit having dropped two of its previous three games heading into Tuesday nightâ€™s contest with Coventry, Sorrentine was more than justified in his desire to shake things up.
LINCOLN â€“ There are wins and there are BIG wins.
For Davies Tech, this one has to be listed under the latter category.
With their playoff fate in Division III more than likely being determined in the final week of the league season, the Patriots scored a crucial victory over North Smithfield on Tuesday night by eking out a thrilling 37-36 decision on their home court. Sophomore Waleska Kelly fueled a total team effort by Davies, netting 12 points along with nine rebounds, seven steals and six blocks.
How important was this triumph for Davies?
SOUTH DENNIS, MA - Sophie McKeon (Moskal) of South Dennis, formerly of Pawtucket, RI and Rehoboth, MA died on February 2, 2012 at the age of 94. She was the wife of the late John R. McKeon and mother of the late Raymond McKeon. She is survived by her granddaughter, Leah Sullivan, and daughter-in-law, Linda McKeon both of California. A private graveside service was held in Seekonk Cemetery, Seekonk, MA.
Olga S. Dixon
EAST PROVIDENCE - Olga S. Dixon, 88, passed away February 6th at the Evergreen House Health Center. She was the wife of the late Thomas G. Dixon.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Stephen and Polixine (Makarzini) Theoharris.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas S. Dixon and Stephen L. Dixon, both of Pawtucket, two sisters, Virginia Hemond and Diane Martino, both of Pawtucket, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Paul J. Dixon and sister of the late Paul Theoharris and Emily Bergamo.
Nathaniel S. Thayer, Esq.
PROVIDENCE - Nathaniel S. Thayer, Esq., 87, of Benefit Street died Monday, February 6, 2012 at home.
Born in Minneapolis, MN, a son of the late Nathaniel S. and Doris (Wentworth) Thayer, he had lived in Providence for the past 61 years.
A practicing attorney for the past 60 years, Mr. Thayer began his career at the law firm of Tillinghast, Collins & Tanner in Providence. Several years later, he became a partner of the Pawtucket law firm of Blais, Cunningham, Thayer, Gagnon & Ross, now called Blais Cunningham & Crowe Chester.
Marcella A. Jarosz
CENTRAL FALLS - Marcella A. Jarosz 67, passed away Monday February 6, 2012 at Miriam Hospital.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Leo J. and Helen J. (Czarnecki) Jarosz. She was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring she was employed as a Bandage Roller for the former Paulis Silk Co.
Marcella leaves her brother Leo J. Jarosz and his wife Rachel of Lincoln, one niece and one nephew. She was the sister of the late Helen B. Jarosz.
Maureen Plouff Borge
CUMBERLAND - Maureen Plouff Borge, 72, passed February 6th 2012. She was the longtime companion of Robert Bourgault.
Maureen was the daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (Brown) Miniati.
She had dedicated her life to her family.
â€śItâ€™s not about this week,â€ť Tolman High basketball coach Mike Kayata was saying on Monday. â€śItâ€™s about having your team ready when the playoffs begin.â€ť
Kayata was just voicing the sentiments of most area coaches who are priming their teams for the state open tournament that is scheduled to begin on Feb. 24. A field of 32 teams will begin play that night. Tolman High, just 6-7 in Division II right now, hasnâ€™t even reached the eight-win qualifying standard yet.
Steve Gordon has been coaching Cumberland Highâ€™s wrestling program since time began. Well, not quite. Just since he got the program started back in 1969. Thatâ€™s 43 years, if youâ€™re counting.
The 70-year-old coach spent many of those early years trying to build his program from the ground floor up, creating a wrestling community in Cumberland, one or two parents at a time, that formed the foundation for his program.
Gordon learned a lot from the Coventry High School wrestling program, a dynasty that produced 17 straight state championship teams between 1982-98.
PAWTUCKET â€” Angry about the Pawtucket Police Department's public comments concerning the dismissal of drunken driving charges involving his son, attorney William Lynch is vowing to fight back and maintains that the true story has not been told.
As reported in The Times last Wednesday, Pawtucket Police are questioning the way a case was handled by a special prosecutor for the city that resulted in the dismissal of charges against 24-year-old Jarred Lynch.
John J. Karsulavitch
PAWTUCKET -John "Karsy" J. Karsulavitch, 60, of Rock Ave., passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Born in Providence, he was a son of Mary M. (Morrissey) Karsulavitch with whom he made his home and the late Robert S. Karsulavitch, Sr.
Daniel J. Costa
PAWTUCKET Daniel J. Costa, 39, passed on February 4th.
He was the son of Maria DeSenna and step son of Henry DeSenna of Pawtucket.
Besides his parents, he is survived by 4 children, De'andre, Devonte, Destenie and Isabella, 3 brothers, Louie, Carlos and Carlito, 4 sisters, Maria, Elizabeth, Lisa and Anna.
Flora L. Snow
PAWTUCKET - Salvation Army Brigadier Flora L. Snow, 96, of West Forest Avenue died Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the Memorial Hospital of RI, Pawtucket.
Born in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, a daughter of the late Bennett and Mary (Dawe) Snow, she had lived in Pawtucket for 28 years.
Brigadier Snow was a Salvation Army officer in Everett, MA; Keene, NH; Newburyport, MA; Haverhill, MA; Stamford, CT; Pawtucket, RI (where she served for 14 years) and Chelsea, MA before retiring in 1978. Following her retirement, she continued to serve the Salvation Army until her death.