May 23rd, 2011
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.
PAWTUCKET â€” There's strength in numbers. That's why the merger of two longstanding and successful credit unions is good news for local residents in this challenging economy.
Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union, of Pawtucket, and Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Woonsocket, are merging.
The announcement by credit union officials was made this week, with the legal merger set to take place on Sept. 30.
WOONSOCKET â€” James DeForest doesn't have to wonder how much cigarette business he's losing to neighboring Massachusetts. His customers tell him right to his face.
â€śAs it stands now customers verbally discuss how much cheaper tobacco is in Massachusetts,â€ť said the manager of JB Liquors on Social Street.
â€śThey will actually make another stop to avoid purchasing cigarettes in our store.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” The first offseason departure has arrived for Providence College as the school announced Thursday that sophomore guard Duke Mondy has been released from his commitment.
Mondy departs after a 2010-11 campaign that saw the Michigan native sit out the final four games of the season. At the time the only thing PC officials said about Mondyâ€™s situation was that it was a "coach's decision." Mondy did appear at Ed Cooleyâ€™s introductary press conference in March, telling Blackstone Valley Sports when asked to clarify his situation that, â€śIâ€™m good, just canâ€™t wait to play.â€ť
Gertrude R. Griffin, 65 died Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Impatient
Center in Providence.She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Griffin.Born in Pawtucket Gertrude was the daughter of the late Corrine (Ledoux) Swindelles.
She worked as a Behavioral Specialist at the James L. Maher Center in
Bristol until December 2010.
Gertrude is survived by a son; Joseph P. Griffin, Jr. of Foster; two
daughters, Marie Worthington of Pawtucket and Deborah Griffin of
Cranston; two brothers, Edward Swindelles and James Swindelles both of
Arthur J. Brassard
LINCOLN - Arthur J. Brassard, 93, of Lincoln, died Thursday at Summit Commons, Providence. He was the husband of Diana L. (Berard) Brassard. They had been married 71 yrs.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Remy and Eugenie (Blain) Brassard and the stepson of Ombeline (Croteau) Brassard. He was a self-employed owner of Spring Water Association and Rent All Inc. Mr. Brassard was an Army veteran of WW II. He was a Staff Sargeant with Company F 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and a Purple Heart receipient.
Lois B. Fortin
LINCOLN - Lois B. (Vivier) Fortin, 74, of School Street, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Gabriel Fortin. Mr. & Mrs. Fortin were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in July.
Born in Valley Falls, a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Slater) Vivier, she had lived in the Albion section of Lincoln for the past fifty years.
Mrs. Fortin was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church, Albion.