May 23rd, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” For the past decade, The Pawtucket Foundation has been pushing for a turn-around in the city's downtown, with the Blackstone River as the centerpiece. Now, the Foundation has unveiled a new strategic plan meant to show that, more than ever, it means businessâ€”in all senses of the word.
Karl E. Fitzgerald
PAWTUCKET - Karl E. Fitzgerald 47 of Branch St. died Friday at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the fiancĂ© of Gladys Olni.
Born in Providence a son of Doris (Houle) Duarte of Pawtucket and the late Edward Fitzgerald. He was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
Karl was an avid fisherman.
Ralph P. Greenwood
SEEKONK - Ralph P. Greenwood, a lifelong resident of Seekonk, died Monday,May 23, 2011. He was the husband of Barbara (Pollard) Greenwood. Born in Ashville, NC. He is survived by his daughters, Marsha (Andrew) Thompson of Ocala, FL, Carol F. Greenwood of Seekonk and Donna (Jay) Kmiec of Attleboro; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Helen Greenwood and Norma Dingley.
Eleonore R. Kelly
PAWTUCKET - Eleonore R. "Lore" (Spitzbarth) Kelly, 86, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 21, 2011. Eleonore was the beloved wife of the late John T. Kelly.
Born in Rehau, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Yette (Hollering) Spitzbarth. Eleonore had worked for the Rhode Island State Lunch Program and was a past Secretary and Vice President of the AFSCME, Local # 2872. She leaves one daughter, Andrea L. Kelly and her husband Brian of Cumberland and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Kara Kelly both of Cumberland.
Albert P. Vaslet
PAWTUCKET - Senator Albert P. Vaslet, 85, died Sunday, at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of his beloved Helen M. (Nixon) Vaslet to whom he had been married for over 51 years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was ason of the late Albert P and Lillian (Garlick) Vaslet and was a lifelong resident of the City.
Anna M. Mulvey
EAST PROVIDENCE - Anna M. Mulvey, 84, of Rumford, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. She was the wife of the late Albert Mulvey.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Bridget (Madigan) Hogan.
Mrs. Mulvey had lived in Pawtucket before moving to Rumford 45 years ago. Anna was a sales clerk for Ann & Hope of Cumberland for many years before retiring.
Susan M. Jack
SEEKONK - Susan M. (Tatarian) Jack, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the Seekonk Fire Chief, Alan R. Jack for 23 years.
Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Peter J. and Rita L. (Boule) Tatarian, she resided in North Attleboro, Plainville and Rehoboth before moving to Seekonk five years ago.
Susan served in multiple capacities for over thirty years at various local YMCA's, most recently at the Seekonk YMCA. She was deeply involved with the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Judge Edward V. Healey, Jr.
CRANSTON - The Honorable Edward V. Healey, Jr., 88, of Cranston, Retired Senior Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court died Saturday, May 21 at the Scandinavian Home, Cranston.
Judge Healey was born in Providence, the first child of the late Edward V. Sr. and Margaret (McGrath) Healey. He was the husband of the late Lillian Dolly E. (Devlin) to whom he was married for thirty-seven years until her death in 1987.
Anthony W. Abramczyk
LINCOLN- Anthony W. Abramczyk 86, of Great Road passed away Thursday May 12, 2011 at Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen M. (Shurgot) Abramczyk.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Wincenty and Emilia (Mickiewicz)Abramczyk.
Before his retirement he owned and operated the former Abramczyk's Market of Central Falls and later worked for Gorhman Corp. as a Machine Operator.
Theresa R. Rabczak
ATTLEBORO- Theresa R. Rabczak 73, of Robinson Avenue passed away Friday May 20, 2011 at her residence.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late John and Frances (Kosinski) Szumita Sr. She lived in Attleboro for the past year and was formerly of Harrisville and Cumberland.
Before retiring Theresa was employed as a Braider Tender for the Colonial Mills of Pawtucket for 20 years retiring in 1998. She was a member of the Cranshaw VFW Post ladies auxillary.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Ron Coutu looked at his watch and realized he had gone under his intended goal of one hour.
That wasnâ€™t the only reason he managed to smile on Saturday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Needing at least one win to feel good about its playoff chances, St. Raphael Academy went out and grabbed a pair of victories over the weekend. On Sunday SRA climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season courtesy of a 2-0 win against La Salle Academy. That coupled with Saturdayâ€™s 9-4 win against Cumberland High leaves the Saints at 9-8 in Division I-North heading into Mondayâ€™s regular season finale against Moses Brown.
LINCOLN â€“ Just ask anyone associated with the Lincoln High program and they will universally declare the following: Joe Yankee is the quintessential X-factor.
On a team loaded with players ranging from good to very good, Yankee might just be the one Lion whose impact cannot be understated. The junior continued to strengthen said argument Sunday afternoon against a strong Moses Brown offense, striking out seven Quakers in the Lionsâ€™ 14-4 mercy-rule thrashing at Chet Nichols Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pink and yellow were the colors of the day as the third annual Cherry Blossom Festival got underway on Saturday along Roosevelt Avenue.
Pink â€” the color of cherry blossoms â€” has always been the symbolic hue for an event originally designed as a fundraiser to maintain the more than 100 rancho cherry trees that were planted along Roosevelt Avenue in 2009.
This year, the pink theme was expanded to include a companion fundraiser sponsored by Storage America to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.
PAWTUCKET â€” With its playoff hopes squarely on the line, Shea High avoided elimination from the postseason on Friday with a 6-2 victory over Juanita Sanchez.
The Raiders (7-10) host Wheeler School (9-7) this afternoon at 2 p.m. in what amounts to a â€świn and youâ€™re inâ€ť game for the home team.
â€śI think weâ€™re in if we beat Wheeler,â€ť Shea coach Dino Campopiano said after Fridayâ€™s game had ended.
It wouldnâ€™t be a Boston baseball season without Theo Epstein and the Red Sox resuscitating some aging baseball player. Kevin Millwood becomes Epsteinâ€™s reclamation project, a former all-star starting pitcher who has posted an ERA of over five in three of his last four seasons.
PAWTUCKET â€” The 1st Annual Pawtucket Cherry Tree Carnival is being held this weekend (through Sunday) at the R.I. Cherry Blossom Festival, on Roosevelt Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â€” Stopping three people from committing suicide. Solving a three-year-old murder investigation. Catching numerous suspects in violent assaults and armed robberies. Taking high level drug dealers off the city's streets. It's all in a year's work at the Pawtucket Police Department, and on Thursday, a merit awards and memorial ceremony was held to highlight these achievements.
Alice B. Gagnon
FAIRFIELD, CT - Alice B. (Guimond) Gagnon, 98, of Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT and formerly of Carter Ave., Pawtucket, RI, died Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport, CT. She was the wife of the late Irenee G. Gagnon.
Born in Grosvenordale, CT., she was a daughter of the late Amable and Lydwin Dusomble Guimond. She lived in Pawtucket until 1994 when she relocated to Fairfield, CT.
Mrs. Gagnon was a weaver for over 30 years in the Blackstone Valley textile mills. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church, Pawtucket, and enjoyed playing golf and cards.
The recent string of rainy weather, resulting in a myriad of postponements, will not impede the high school baseball playoffs from starting on time.
The Interscholastic League sent out a reminder to coaches on Thursday â€“ the fourth consecutive day that wetness impacted the high school scene â€“ that Monday is still the last day of the regular season. The brackets in Division I and II will be distributed to the schools on Tuesday with Wednesday serving as the official opening of the postseason.