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June 4th, 2014

Friday is Pawtucket Proud Day

June 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET—With wet weather being forecast for Thursday, Pawtucket Proud Day will now be held on Friday, June 6, rain or shine. Organizers say that other details remain unchanged.

Frances M. Fruzenski

June 4, 2014

Frances M. Fruzenski

CUMBERLAND - Frances M. (Gallo) Fruzenski, 88, of Bear Hill Road died Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Karl Fruzenski.
Born in Worcester, MA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Butera) Gallo, she had lived in Central Falls before moving to Cumberland in 1971.
Mrs. Fruzenski was a jewelry worker at A.T. Cross Company, Lincoln before retiring.

Beatrice Cruz

June 4, 2014

Beatrice Cruz

PAWTUCKET - Beatrice Cruz, 94, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 one day before her 95th birthday at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of the late Cesar Cruz, Sr. She was born in Danielson, CT, the daughter of the late Amedie and Josephine (Chaput) Pelletier; she lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Beatrice was a housekeeper for St. Jude's Church for many years.

June 3rd

Special Squad stages successful prostitution sting in Pawtucket neighborhood

June 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Despite a major cleanup, the Dexter and Barton Street neighborhood still has a devil of a time changing its reputation. Yet, the Pawtucket Police Department's Special Squad is committed to remaining vigilant and, when necessary, springing into action to combat the prostitution activity the once-seedy neighborhood has long been known for.

This Mookie is sure to be a hit: Top-prospect Betts joins PawSox

June 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET – It used to be that any mention of the first name “Mookie” would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and you’re bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesn’t center on key words or phrases such as “groundball,” “through the legs” or “Buckner.”

June 2nd

Gutsy pitching can’t save Tigers’ season in 3-2 loss

June 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The final game of Tolman High’s season featured an all too familiar pattern: Plenty of good pitching to go around, but not nearly enough hitting to carry the day.

“Especially over the last third of the season, our pitchers have been holding teams to three or four runs. In Rhode Island Division II baseball, you’re doing all right,” stated Tigers coach Theo Murray.

Film crew scouts locations in Pawtucket

June 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – “The Purple Rose of Darlington”? “Everything You Wanted to Know About One-Way Streets but Were Afraid to Ask”? “Bullets over Broadway II”?
No title has been picked for Woody Allen’s next movie, but location scouts have looked at several spots around Pawtucket as possible settings for the film scheduled to go into production this summer.
Allen is notoriously secretive about upcoming film projects and discloses few details about them until a picture is ready to release.

Charles H. Kittredge

June 2, 2014

Charles H. Kittredge

Lillian G. Neumann

June 2, 2014

Pawtucket – Lillian G. (Dupras) Neumann, 94, passed peacefully on Friday, May 30, 2014. Beloved wife of the late George Otto Neumann. Born in No. Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Felix J. and Edith G. (Goyette) Dupras. Lillian was a member of St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church; it’s seniors group and the foundress of “Stitch and Rip” Knitting Club. She leaves a daughter, Cheryl L. Brooks and her husband, Russell R. of Warwick; two grandsons, Ryan R. and Kyle N. Brooks; nieces and nephews. Sister of the late Anna M. Hebert, Alice Estrella and Ernest “Bud” Dupras.

Francisco DaSilva

June 2, 2014

CUMBERLAND - Francisco DaSilva, 91, of Cumberland passed away Sunday. He was the husband of the late Maria Emilia (Machado) NDaSilva.
Born in Cedros, Faial, Acores, Portugal, he was the son of the late Manuel and Rosa DaSilva. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life.
Mr. DaSilva was employed at American Insulated Wire Co. for many years until his retirement.

Germaine Patenaude Kotlarski

June 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET: Germaine Patenaude Kotlarski, 98, passed on June 2nd. She was the wife of the late Arthur E. Patenaude and Joseph Kotlarski.
Born in Canada, she was the daughter of the late Firman and Merilda (Beaudoin) Boudreau.
She had been employed by various textile Mills in the Pawtucket area before retiring.
Germaine was a former member of the Notre Dame Women’s Club, the Royal Travelers.

Sylvia L. (Vecoli) Tupaj

June 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET - Silvia L. (Vecoli) Tupaj, 67, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Daniel G. Tupaj, Sr. for 47 years. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Silvio and Esther (Lafond) Vecoli. Silvia worked in the school lunch program at Cunningham School, Pawtucket, for many years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards on Friday evenings with her friends. Above all, Silvia enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and three beautiful great-grandchildren.

Zofia Wilinkiewicz

June 2, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS - Zofia Wilinkiewicz, 91, passed away Saturday May 31, 2014 at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was the beloved wife of the late Wladyslaw Wilinkiewicz.
Born in Poland she was a daughter of the late Jozef and Kamila (Lipinski) Dardzinski. She lived in Central Falls for 56 years.
Before retiring Zofia was employed as an Injection Molder for Hasbro working in the Central Falls plant. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Society of St. Joseph's Church.

June 1st

CF library turns to star power to help fund media center

June 1, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — While actor Alec Baldwin didn't want his famous name to distract from an event that's about promoting literacy, Adams Memorial Library officials are banking on just that Hollywood star power to boost some much-needed financial donations.

Tigers now one win away from back-to-back Division II boys' volleyball crowns

June 1, 2014

Sports editor emeritus

PROVIDENCE – Unbeaten Tolman High, which has won two of the last three Division II state volleyball championships, found itself in a heap of trouble on Sunday night in the 2014 tourney semifinals against West Warwick.

The Tigers were tied 2-2 after four games had been completed at the Providence Career and Technical Academy’s sports facility off Westminster Street, right next to Central High’s campus.

“We needed to win,” Tolman’s Eric Silveira admitted after the Tigers pulled out a 15-9 victory in the decisive fifth game. “There was a lot of pressure on us.”

Gonsalves once again rules PFC Kyle J. Coutu 5K

June 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- It was tough to guess who was more excited after the PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu Memorial 5K at Slater Park, the race’s winner, Anthony Gonsalves, or the race committee.

Gonsalves, a 2008 graduate of Tolman High and a middle distance standout for the Tigers’ indoor and outdoor track teams, won for the third time in the four-year history of the event by topping a field of more than 300 runners in a time of 16:42.

May 30th

Alves to run for mayor in Cumberland

May 30, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The field of candidates to replace departing Mayor Daniel McKee grew to three on Friday as former Town Councilman Daniel Alves announced his bid for the seat.

Alves, a Democrat like the two other prospective candidates, Manuel DaCosta and William Murray, pointed to both his council experience and his operation of small business for nearly 40 years as making him well qualified for the town’s executive post.

PawSox' Hill has options to consider

May 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET – As a 34-year-old with 181 games of pitching experience at the major-league level under his belt, Rich Hill is well aware there’s a whole other realm to keep in mind while recording outs on the mound.

Lions in do-or-die mode following playoff loss to baseball Hawks

May 30, 2014

WARWICK -- The way Lincoln had been swinging the bats during its eight-game win streak, it was going to take a remarkable pitching performance to cool off the Lions’ assault.

Anthony Graziano provided such an outing on Friday afternoon.

The Bishop Hendricken senior tossed a superb one-hitter that included eight strikeouts and two walks to lead the two-time defending state champs to a 5-0 shutout of the Lions in a Region I winners’ bracket game of the Division I playoffs at Ray Pepin Field.

Paul S. Barry

May 30, 2014

Paul S. Barry

LINCOLN - Paul S. Barry, 62, formerly of Lincoln, died May 26, 2014 in Western Australia. He was the husband of Alice Liang and the son of the late Ambrose G. Barry MD and Blanche I. Barry, RN. He was born on May 1, 1952 in Providence, and grew up with his family in Lincoln. He was the owner of Creative Office Systems before continuing his career as a Software Analyst in various areas in Australia and Africa. He also had the opportunity to teach at the University level in China. In addition, he was an active member of Mesa.

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