September 16th, 2011
James D. Ainsburg
PAWTUCKET - James D. Ainsburg 68, passed away on Wednesday at RI Hospital after injuries suffered in a fall at home. He was the husband of the late Patricia Ainsburg.
He was born in Amhurst, Nova Scotia, a son of the late Warren and Margaret (Keddy)Ainsburg. He has lived in Pawtucket most of his life and had been employed at Major Electric Company for more than 30 years.
Jose A. Lopes
CENTRAL FALLS - Jose A. Lopes, 65, of Walnut St. died Thursday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the beloved husband of Maria Ester (Costa) Lopes.
Born in Santa Comba de Villa Nova de Foz Coa, Beira Alta, Portugal he was the son of the late Manuel J. and Guilhermina J. (Cruz) Lopes. He came to this country in 1973 and had lived in Cumberland settling in Central Falls.
PROVIDENCE â With enough time gone by to gain perspective since Hurricane Irene left the state in the dark for days, the Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee held the first of two public hearings Thursday on the state Emergency Management Agency's, the National Guard's and National Grid's performance during and after the storm.
FOXBORO --â Devin McCourty heard the same question a year ago.
âDo you think theyâll challenge you deep?â
Even after a Pro Bowl rookie season from the cornerback out of Rutgers, it seems McCourty will once again be a target of opposing offenses in 2011.
The Patriotsâ 2010 first-round draft pick totaled seven interceptions last season, tied for the second most in the NFL and one behind the Ravensâ Ed Reed for the league lead.
It would stand to reason, then, that quarterbacks might not be so eager to throw passes in McCourtyâs direction this year.
Think again, McCourty says.
Most folks around Pawtucket are expecting Tolman High to handle crosstown foe St. Raphael Academy with ease on Friday night in their Division II-B opener at Pariseau Field, and those people have their reasons.
They remember last seasonâs 37-0 regular-season stomping by the Tigers and Tolmanâs two-touchdown triumph over the Saints in the playoffs. They know that the Tigers have a seasoned junior- and senior-ladened team and the Saints lost quite a few key players to graduation.
PROVIDENCE - Besides looking at the thousands of runners and walkers lined on Francis Street for the start of the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K, thereâs something else that puts a smile on the face of race director Charlie Breagy.
Itâs good weather.
Lorraine G. Desjean
FLORIDA - Lorraine G. (Cormier) Desjean, 85 of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Cumberland, RI and Fitchburg, MA, passed away 9/5/11.
OSTERVILLE, MA - James "Jim" Peacock, 77, longtime resident of Osterville, passed away peacefully Saturday September 3, 2011 at Cape Cod Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Claire (Harmon)Peacock for 53 years.
Jim was born in Pawtucket, RI and graduated from Pawtucket West High in 1954 where he was a star football and basketball player and held the school javelin record for many years. He then joined the US Army for 2 years and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.
Carnell Henderson is aware of the burden heâs placed on his Woonsocket assistant coaches. The head coach, who continues to come along after undergoing surgery in early August to repair a torn tendon in quadriceps muscle of his left leg, knows that just like the players have to step up their game whenever thereâs an absence, so too does his staff.
The idea is to keep things as close to the status quo as possible until Henderson returns to the sidelines, which he is optimistic will happen this season.
PAWTUCKET â An electrical fire that started in an attic displaced about 13 tenants in a four-unit apartment house at 192 Garden St. early Wednesday morning, fire officials said.
The call for the three-alarm blaze came in at around 5 a.m. According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the fire burned through much of the roof and caused extensive smoke and water damage throughout the wood frame house.
All of the tenants were able to escape and no one was injured, although two firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion, he said.
PAWTUCKET â Many of its Pullman car windows are broken or missing and its stainless steel has lost its luster, but Jonathan Savage was still pleased as punch Tuesday afternoon when the antique diner he recently acquired was delivered to his mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue.
Christy N. Skodras
PAWTUCKET - Christy N. Skodras, 64 of Pawtucket died Wednesday at Kent Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Nicholas Skodras.
Christy graduated from West High School and then attended East Coast Aero Tech in Massachusetts. He worked at General Dynamics where he also obtained his MBA.
He is survived by his mother, Eviginia Skodras; a sister, Catherine Bio; four children, Michael, Robert, Matthew and Melissa Skodras; a niece, Alexandria Bio and a nephew, Philip Bio.
Laura M. Leclerc
CENTRAL FALLS - Laura M. (Dube) Leclerc, 99, of Central Falls entered eternal life on September 11, 2011 at St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Joseph Alfred Leclerc. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Alphonsine (Tondreau) Dube. Laura was a loving and devoted mother, "Memere", sister, aunt and friend. She will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew her.
Antonio J. Daluz
PROVIDENCE - Antonio J. Daluz, 84, passed September 14th.
Born in St. Antone, Cape Verde Island, he was a son of the late Antonio and Camila (Paris) Daluz.
Tony had worked at Ciba-Geigy Corp, of Cranston for 25 years before retiring in 1986. He was a WWII Army Veteran.
Tony enjoyed Golfing, loved the Red Sox and was a baseball card collector for many years.
Sean D. Martel
ASHLAND, OREGON - Sean D. Martel, 48, passed away Friday September 9, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of Ruth A. (Johnston) Charron-Parkinson and her husband, Robin Parkinson of Hudson, FL and the late Richard A. Charron, and the biological son of Charles V. Martel, Sr. of Pawtucket. He resided in Rhode Island until moving to Oregon in 2005. Sean was an electrical engineer and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1981 until 1989.
PAWTUCKET â Changes to the city's zoning ordinances that are designed to make the downtown more business-friendlyâincluding one that removes parking requirements-- have been proposed by the Planning Department.
A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held by the City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Pawtucket City Hall. The City Council could give first passage to the changes that night, and a second vote will be required for adoption.
PROVIDENCE â State employees and schoolteachers âpossess implied unilateral contract rightsâ to their pension benefits, a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday, keeping alive a lawsuit challenging previous changes made in state pension laws and further complicating ongoing efforts to make more changes that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo says are necessary to avert a fiscal calamity.
Edward J. Grygalonis
Second Generation Farmer
Retired Lathe Operator
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Edward John Grygalonis, 83, of Ellis Road, North Attleboro, a proud second generation farmer and retired lathe operator, died on Thursday evening, September 8, 2011 at the Boston Medical Center following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Lillian L. (Gemme) Grygalonis who died on December 11, 1991.
EL PASO, TEXAS - Elaine (Messer) Castle, 92, formerly of Pawtucket, died September 1, 2011 while a patient at Sierra Medical Center, El Paso, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert Castle in January 2000.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pawtucket.
She is survived by her three children, Patricia Riley of El Paso, Texas, Robert W. Castle of Pawtucket and Diane Richardson of Bancroft, Idaho; ten grandchildren; and eighteen great grandchildren.
Kathryn E. Fee
LINCOLN - Kathryn E. "Kitty" Fee, 95, of Sayles Hill Road died Sunday, August 20, 2011 at the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville.
Born in Tarentum, PA, a daughter of the late Jerome and Eola (McAlpin) Fee, she had lived in Lincoln for the past 91 years.