January 3rd, 2011
High school basketball coaches donâ€™t have any room to breathe when it comes to game conditions. They share their workplace with spectators. Their instructions to players, or complaints to referees running past them, can often be heard by the fans.
PAWTUCKET â€” Jeanne (Rice) Murphy, who died last Thursday at age 84, had a career unlike almost any other reporter at the old Pawtucket Times.
Murphy first began working for the newspaper as a high school intern back in 1944.
â€śThe newsroom had been decimated by World War II,â€ť Jeanneâ€™s daughter Sheila recalled. â€śThe managing editor liked the way my mother wrote and offered her a job.â€ť
Antonio Pires Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Antonio Pires Jr., 68, of Owen Ave. passed away on Friday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Evelyn (Messier) Lavallee-Pires and the late Esperanza "Hope" (Ramonett) Pires.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Antonio and Maria (Neves) Pires Sr. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 40 years.
He was a sprinkler fitter for 35 years employed out of Sprinkler Fitters Local 676, Hartford retiring in 2002.
Mr. Pires was a U. S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Garfield Social Club, Central Falls.
Audrey L. DeRoy
PAWTUCKET - Audrey L. (Pond) DeRoy, 58, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011. Born in Attleboro, she was a daughter of Halsey B. Pond of Pawtucket and the late Theresa Hope (Desmarais) Pond, and the stepdaughter of Margaret Pond of Pawtucket.
Audrey resided in Attleboro before moving to Pawtucket three years ago. She was a supervisor at Delta Imperial Pearl, East Providence for thirty years until retiring.
Audrey loved children, animals and the ocean.
PAWTUCKET - Jeanne (Rice) Murphy, an award winning reporter for the Evening (Pawtucket) Times died December 30. She was the wife of the late James M. Murphy Jr., former managing editor of The Times.
Dorothy C. Masse
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy C. (Troufield) Masse, 86, of Saratoga Ave. died Wednesday at Epoch @ Blackstone, Providence. She was the wife of the late Donald J. Masse.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late George L. and Caroline (Washburn) Troufield and had lived in Pawtucket all her life.
Luis De Sousa
PAWTUCKET - Luis De Sousa, 86, of Pawtucket, passed away, Wednesday, December 29, 2010. He was the husband of Maria (De Costa) De Sousa. Born in Portugal, he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria Teresa De Sousa. Mr. De Sousa worked as a Janitor for various companies before retiring. He enjoyed gardening and going for walks. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Ana Chedda of Cranston and Zelia Gardiner of Connecticut; two sons, Armindo Sousa of Pawtucket and Manuel Sousa of East Providence; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Arthur A. Bonneau
PAWTUCKET - Arthur A. Bonneau, 86, formerly of Pawtucket, died on Dec. 29 at the Briarcliff Manor. He was the husband of the late Rita (Lemay) Bonneau and had been a resident of Pawtucket for 64 years. Prior to retirement in 1986, he had been employed as a custodian in the Pawtucket school system, and previously as a short order cook at the former Lovely's Diner.
Elaine A. Thornhill
ATTLEBORO- Elaine A. Thornhill 66, of Deerfield Road passed away Thursday December 30, 2010 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of David A. Thornhill.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Carlyle W. and Catherine V. (Bociek) Wheeler. She lived in Attleboro for the past 37 years.
Before retiring she was employed as a Cashier for the Attleboro School system.
Marshon Brooks was the picture of a frustrated Friar as he stood in the hallway of The Dunk Saturday night. His stat line in a narrow loss to St. Johnâ€™s â€“ 8-of-14 shooting for 20 points â€“ did little to ease his pain.
Most players would gladly take the numbers like the ones Brooks compiled, bolt quickly out of the gym and pray that nothing gets amended before the final sheet is xeroxed. Not Brooks. The senior knows that if Providence has any shot of being anything more than a mere footnote in Big East play, then he has to deliver high octane performances every time out.
PAWTUCKET â€” A local landscaping company has filed a lawsuit against the city of Pawtucket alleging that city officials failed to put numerous landscaping contracts out for public bid.
D.M. Bruzzi Landscape Co. Inc. filed a complaint in Superior Court on Dec. 28 naming the city as a defendant, along with city Parks Superintendent William Mulholland, Finance Director Ronald Wunschel, and Purchasing Director Joseph Roque.
December 31st, 2010
From high school to Little League, 2010 was a truly glorious one for the Blackstone Valley, as several teams and indviduals captured state championships in their respective sports. Hereâ€™s a quick rundown of the highlights of this past year:
The winter season was a magicial one for the region, as five of its high school teams captured state championships.
The Mount St. Charles Academy boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ hockey teams pulled off a nifty double by winning their respective state championships. Itâ€™s the first time since 2003 that the Mountiesâ€™ squads both captures titles in the same season.
PAWTUCKET â€” City Clerk Richard Goldstein noted that 13 years ago, when Mayor James Doyle first took office, there was panic in City Hall, but it wasn't about terrorism or a recession. Rather, city officials were greatly concerned about averting a â€śY2K disasterâ€ť in the new millennium. â€śWe lived in a different world,â€ť Goldstein noted.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Peter J. Pytka II, the man charged with murdering his wife in their Titus Street home on Dec. 20, was found dead in his jail cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen said his cellmate at the ACI's Intake Service Center found Pytka in the top bunk about 7:50 a.m., as prisoners were getting ready for breakfast. The cellmate alerted prison authorities, telling them Pytka appeared to be dead.
The best part of my job is meeting people connected with various sports teams or organizations throughout the Blackstone Valley. When all is said and done, it is the people and the things they teach us that remain long after the final scores have faded away.
Here are some of the people I remember from my life during the year 2010.
Just like the other winter sports we cover, the indoor track season will enter a new year on Saturday.
Some goals that were set back in early November remain the same, but with 2011 now beginning thereâ€™s also those New Yearâ€™s resolutions.
Or, shall we say, a new set of goals â€“ perhaps ones that become more realistic after the first two months of the season.
Will those goals (new and old) be accomplished? Time will only tell.
Hereâ€™s a glimpse at what is potentially in store from our top local track & field athletes in the coming months.
Americo I. Soares
PAWTUCKET - Americo I. Soares, 88, of Glenwood Avenue, died Wednesday at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing Center, Johnston, RI. He was the husband of the late Benvinda A. Soares.
Born in Portugal, he was the son of the late Pedro Inacio and Maria (Amelia) Soares before living the last 27 years in Pawtucket.
He was a jewelry polisher in the jewelry industry in Rhode Island for many years before retiring.
Robert B. Field
RIVERSIDE: Robert B. Field 71, formerly of Monroe Ave, passed peacefully at Charlesgate Nursing Home. He was the husband of Elaine (DosSantos) Field. They have been married for 50 years.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Walter and Dorothy (King) Field.
He had been employed by the Pawtucket School Department for over 25 years retiring due to illness and had previously been employed by Gilbane Corp.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Debra Segalla and her husband Angelo, two grandchildren, Brett and Austin Segalla.
CUMBERLAND - Betty McWilliams, 86, of Cumberland, died December 25, 2010. She was the wife of the late Joseph McWilliams, Sr.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Anthony and Emily Folco. She leaves 5 Children; Kathy Gardner, Cheryl Beaudreau, Joseph McWilliams, Timothy McWilliams, Kelly Landry-McWilliams and was mother of the late James McWilliams. She also leaves 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Services are private. In lieu of flowers donate to your favorite charity.
Anita M. Allen
SEEKONK - Anita M. Allen 93 formerly of Chappell Street died Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Garden Place Nursing Home, Attleboro. She was the wife of the late Howard E. Allen.
She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Olympio and Rose (Massari) Poli.
Mrs. Allen leaves two daughters, Anita Comeau of Attleboro and Earlene John of Seekonk, one son, Dennis Allen of Florida, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Timothy Allen.