April 3rd, 2014
Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 31.
The events between March 21, when the FBI raided then-House Speaker Gordon Foxâ€™s third-floor Statehouse office, and Tuesday, March 25, when Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello put his hand on a Bible and was sworn in as the new Speaker, were seismic, a lightning-fast blitzkrieg of political maneuvering, a fundamental shakeup in the House of Representatives and a change in the most powerful political office in the state.
PAWTUCKETâ€”In a move that is being hailed as a major win by city officials, a growing pet food and supply company has purchased the Benjamin F. Chester Building at 175 Main St. as its corporate headquarters.
Victor R. Ferreira
GREENVILLE - Victor R. Ferreira, 69 of Pleasant View Circle passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Laurie A. (Fox) Ferreira.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of Mary C. (Rodrigues) Ferreira and the late Joseph B. Ferreira. Mr. Ferreira resided in Greenville 42 years.
He was employed by the US Postal Service until his retirement last year.
He was a US Air Force veteran serving in Vietnam.
Doris M. Zwolenski
CUMBERLAND - Doris M. "Maggie" Zwolenski, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday after an illness. She was the wife of the late Raymond A. Zwolenski.
She was born in Michigan a daughter of the late Eugene H. and Doris M. (MacDonald) Packard. She had lived in Cumberland since 1962 and had been employed as a sales clerk at the former Woolco and W.T. Grants Companies for many years.
At this point of the high school baseball season, the main topic of discussion doesnâ€™t pertain to the depth of the pitching staff or whether thereâ€™s enough offense to carry the day.
After the brutal winter and wet early spring Rhode Islanders have endured, the burning question pertains to the status of the local diamonds. Are they ready to come to life following a deep slumber?
PAWTUCKET â€“ The 2014 season for the PawSox is upon us, and with it brings the promise of intrigue and discovery. Who will produce enough to get summoned to Boston? The answers will start to reveal themselves beginning with Thursdayâ€™s season and home opener against Lehigh Valley.
Until the answers begin to trickle in, here are five items one scribe plans to closely monitor in the early going:
1). A spin-off of Threeâ€™s Company
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€“ An unidentified 28-year-old man was struck by a truck and killed on Route 146 South Wednesday after an incident near the Mineral Spring Avenue on-ramp that slowed travel on the road for more than hour.
State Police confirmed that the pedestrian, who had apparently parked a car along the side of the highway and stepped into the travel lane before being hit by an 18-wheel tractor trailer, was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital where he later died of traumatic injuries, according to State Police Capt. Robert S. Wall, District A commander.
PAWTUCKET -- A year after reaching the Governorsâ€™ Cup finals, the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking to come back even stronger with a veteran Triple-A squad that will boast more than just a ring of familiarity.
Eight players on the PawSox opening day roster will be at Fenway Park the following afternoon to receive the World Series rings they earned as contributors to last yearâ€™s champion Boston Red Sox. Among the â€śElite Eightâ€ť is Pawtucketâ€™s opening day starter, Allen Webster.
Veteran Mount St. Charles head coach Cliff Matthews couldn't help but pitch a bit of levity when asked how his girls' softball team should fare when Division I fast-pitch action begins this week.
â€śIt's not about Lincoln or Cumberland, La Salle or Coventry; it's all about the Mounties!â€ť he laughed. â€śTell (Lions' mentor) Dick Ryan we're coming after them.â€ť
Naturally, he was joking. How could he not? Lincoln hasn't lost a game since 2011.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Like a doctor in search of germs, Dianne Mailloux has taken a microscope to the traffic arteries of the Blackstone Valley in search of another kind of infestation.
Accompanied by a team of note-jotting student interns, the coordinator of Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful has traveled from the back roads of Burrillville to the avenues of Pawtucket â€“ nine cities and towns in all â€“ looking for the unsightly scourge or litter, graffiti and grunge.
Letâ€™s just say it could have been a lot worse.
PAWTUCKET - Clarisse Bachand, 88, died peacefully on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Jeanne Jugan Residence, surrounded by her loving and devoted sons. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Bachand to whom she was married for 52 years. Clarisse was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Edmond and Bernadette (Breault) Gevry and was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley.
Ruth Grace Gauvin
PAWTUCKET - Ruth Grace (Delaney) Gauvin of Pawtucket passed away on March 31, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Raymond E. Gauvin.
CUMBERLAND - Mildred Curry of Cumberland died on March 31, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Joseph Curry. They had been married sixty two years.
Mrs. Curry was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Florida (Gendron) Lumnah. She was an assembler at A-T Cross in Lincoln for many years.
Besides her husband Joe, Mrs. Curry is survived by her sons; Michael Curry of Cumberland and Paul Curry and his wife Brenda of Palmer, Ma. She also leaves her Grandchildren, Joshua, Jason, and Devan. Mrs. Curry also had many nieces and nephews.
Claire R. Fitzgaireld
WILLOW, AK - Claire Rattey Fitzgaireld, 79, of Willow, died of natural causes March 22, 2014 at her home. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 12th at 10 AM at St Christopher Catholic Church in Willow, AK. Father Andrew will be conducting. Following the Mass, at 11:30 AM there will be a Celebration of Life potluck for friends and family at the Willow Community Center.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The chairman of the Cumberland Fire Districtâ€™s Board of Trustees Monday said the district will recover most of the money that was allegedly embezzled by the districtâ€™s former treasurer-collector Karen B. Lambert.
The money will come in the form of an $83,000 insurance payout, reimbursement for roughly the same amount of money allegedly stolen by Lambert who was arrested last week, says James Leonard.
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śChampions Riseâ€ť is once again en vogue at McCoy Stadium. This time, though, the popular slogan is not directly paying homage to the buildingâ€™s primary tenants.
Last year, â€śChampions Riseâ€ť was synonymous with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the franchiseâ€™s 2012 Governorsâ€™ Cup title. As patrons passed through the main entrance at McCoy, they were greeted by a colossal banner that proved a fitting salute to a fitting champion.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As Kevin Boles discovered this spring, the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of managing the Pawtucket Red Sox will come in good time.
Reached over the weekend from Fort Myers, Boles noted that he and PawSox coach Bruce Crabbe remained with the parent club until the near completion of Grapefruit League play. Keeping the Triple-A manager around the big-league atmosphere is a fairly common practice for the Red Sox, as Boles recalled that his PawSox predecessor, Gary DiSarcina, reported to the minors just as camp was set to conclude.
Annette D. McVeigh
PAWTUCKET - Annette D. McVeigh, 89, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Francis McVeigh. Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Emile and Ida (Levesque) Laliberte.
She is survived by 3 children, Michael McVeigh of Warwick, Gail Parkinson of West Warwick, and Brian McVeigh of Cranston, 2 sisters, Dorothy Cuddy of Attleboro, MA, and Lucille Gendreau of Pawtucket, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She was the great grandmother of the late Jordan Parkinson.
Mildred B. Terry
PAWTUCKET - Mildred B. Terry, of Fogarty Manor, Funeral Service Wednesday at 11 AM. Relatives And Friends may call from 9 AM. For full obituary, www.coelhofuneralhome.net
Barbara A. Tordoff
GLENDALE - Barbara A. Tordoff (Minchin) 81, of Glendale, died March 29, 2014. She was the wife of the late William E. Tordoff Sr. Mrs. Tordoff was born in Pawtucket. She was a daughter of the late Clifford and Gladys (Armitage) Minchin. She was an avid Red Sox fan.
She is survived by three children, Lynn A. Tordoff, Bill Tordoff Jr. and Bob Tordoff and his wife Leslie. One Sister Nancy Prete, three grandchildren and her little dog Jake.