Archive - 2012
PAWTUCKET â As everyone knows, being a Marine is not about fun and games â except at Christmastime, when they volunteer their valuable time to drum up donations for the annual Toys for Tots program.
In Rhode Island, this year's Toys for Tots program is being supervised by Staff Sgt. Michael Cremin. Under his watch, a handful of local Marines have amassed thousands of new toys for youngsters who would otherwise go without during the holiday season.
WOONSOCKET â The mountainous cache of toys and games did not originate at the North Pole, it was not created by elves, and it did not arrive by sleigh.
It was manufactured by Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc., and hefted up a flight of stairs by the toy giantâs employees, one shipping crate at a time, onto the creaky floor of an old spinning mill on Mendon Road.
But when underprivileged kids find the goodies under Christmas trees from Woonsocket to Westerly on the big day, no one has to know they didnât come from Santa.
PROVIDENCE â Dating back several seasons, the very idea of placing Providence College and âdefenseâ in the same sentence resulted in snickering along with several knee slaps.
In 2012, Ed Cooleyâs PC Friars are getting after it in such ferocious fashion that the opposition is having a hard time getting off the canvas. More punishment was meted out Tuesday as Providence stomped on Holy Cross, 61-42, before a rather subdued crowd, which was announced at 4,596.
CUMBERLAND â There once was a time when Trevor Crawley wanted to follow his own plan â and, of course, his coaches â but not so much his dadâs.
Mike Crawley, a 1981 Shea High graduate who earned All-State second-team laurels in outdoor track and later represented both the Community College of Rhode Island and Southern Connecticut State University, apparently had tried to offer some advice as to the nuances of distance running, but it was a âno-go.
On the surface, the decision to push back the entire slate of R.I. semifinal-round playoff games to Wednesday seems as simple as the quarterback receiving the snap.
Seven of the eight games on the docket were already based at venues where light fixtures are part of the ambiance. The lone exception: Woonsocketâs Barry Field.
However, thanks to Villa Novans athletic director George Nasuti obtaining portable lights, the situation was remedied.
Peter F. Dyer, Sr.
LINCOLN - Peter F. Dyer, Sr., 83, of Cullen Hill Road died Monday, November 26, 2012 at Trinity Health Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Shirley (White) Dyer. Mr. and Mrs. Dyer were married for 53 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Thomas B. and Mary E. (Reilly) Dyer, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 53 years.
Richard L. Polverari
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Richard L. Polverari, 68, passed November 27th. He was the husband of Patricia (Corriveau) Polverari. They have been married for 41 years.
Born in New Haven, CT, he was a son of the late Angelo and Catherine Rose (Di Mascola). Richard was a Bus Driver for RIPTA for 37 years before retiring in 2008.
He served as a Sergeant during the Vietnam War, 107th Signal Company Operations.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Suann Polverari of New York, a brother, Jerry Whittren of Mississippi and several nieces and nephews.
Marshall Wayne Garland
Marshall Wayne Garland, 81, formerly of 120 Hatfield Street, Pawtucket, died in Mayfield, Kentucky on November 14, 2012.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth of Mayfield; son Michael and daughter-in-law Beth Garland of Auburn, Massachusetts; granddaughter Sarah Garland of Marlborough, Massachusetts; grandson Andrew Garland of Auburn, Massachusetts; stepdaughter Roxie Webb of Paducah, KY; stepson Tyrone Wilkey of Mayfield, KY; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Georgianna (Issa) in 1985.
PAWTUCKET - Ingeborg Turkiw, 83, of Meadow Street passed away Monday November 26, 2012 at Oak Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter "Wasyl" Turkiw.
Born in Germany she was a daughter of the late Paul and Berta Kohlert. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 51 years and was formerly of Central Falls.
Before retiring she was employed at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital in the Central Supply Department.
PAWTUCKET - Blanche Beckett, 85, formerly of Geneva Plaza, passed away Saturdat at Roger Williams Hospital after an illness. She was the wife of the late Donald Beckett.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Adelard and Blanche (Larose) Lambert. She had been a textile worker at the former Cadillac Textile for many years.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox will host their Annual Christmas Party at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m.â2 p.m. The PawSoxâ Christmas Party is a free event open to fans of all ages. Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway will make a special appearance along with two members of the PawSox Governorsâ Cup championship, infielder Tony Thomas and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.
PAWTUCKET â Two clerks at local convenience stores faced armed bandits during separate incidents that are being investigated by Pawtucket Police.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the McCoy Market at 171 South Bend St. was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash on Friday just before 7 p.m.
PAWTUCKET â All has been accounted for in the 2012 election. An envelope containing write-in votes from the Cottage Street Fire Station poll that the city's Board of Canvassers thought was missing was found to have been mislabeled and was there all along, according to Registrar Ken McGill.
Tonightâs the night. High school footballâs version of the âSweet Sixteenâ. Four teams in each of the stateâs four divisions battling for the right to be the eight that will play for a Super Bowl championship this weekend.
Three local teams â Cumberland, Woonsocket, and North Smithfield â are among the 16 that will suit up tonight in their respective semifinal-round games, with the Clippers and Villa Novans playing Division II games in the friendly confines of their home fields and the Northmen heading to Providence for a Division IV contest.
PROVIDENCE â In a perfect world, Ed Cooley would have the luxury of bringing along Josh Fortune at a pace suitable for a freshman.
Instead of dipping his toe in the water and feeling his way around, Fortune has been tossed head first into the deep end of the pool. There would be no easing the 6-foot-5 guard into his new world, no spoon-feeding on a Providence College team where contributions these days are mandated, not expected.
Phillip J. Stroscio
PAWTUCKET - Phillip J. Stroscio of Walcott Street, Pawtucket passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Hospice after suffering a long illness with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of June E. (Drummond) Stroscio. Mr. Stroscio was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Frank Stroscio and Josephine (Sidoti) Stroscio.
He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II, Serving in Europe and was a lifetime member of the VFW. Before retiring Phillip worked as a printer initially at J.C. Hall Company and later at Citizens bank.
Phillip J. Regan
EAST PROVIDENCE - Phillip J. Regan, 52, passed away Friday, November 23, 2012. Born in Providence, he was the son of Helen (Phillip) Regan, and the late Maurice Regan. Phillip lived most of his life in Pawtucket before moving to East Providence fifteen years ago. He was a graduate of Tolman High School and CCRI. He was a true outdoorsman who loved hiking, camping and mountain climbing.
MILFORD, DE - Leesona "Lee" Dougherty passed away November 24, 2012 at The Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, DE. She was 72.
She was born July 9, 1940 in North Attleboro, MA to the late William Stack and Loretta (Gauthier) Stack Grimley. She attended and graduated from Tolman High School in Pawtucket, RI in 1958. Many of the friendships that she made while growing up in New England endured throughout her lifetime.
Shirley A. Sharples
PAWTUCKET - Shirley A. Sharples, 81, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Albert Sharples.
Dorothy M. Parmentier
Retired Texas Instruments Employee
LINCOLN - Dorothy Mae (Burgess) Parmentier, 85, of Franklin Street, Lincoln, died on Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Facility in Providence, Rhode Island. She was the wife of the late Omer L. Parmentier, Sr. who died on August 4, 2007.
Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on July 5, 1927, she was a daughter of the late William B. Burgess, Sr. and Martha (Burgess) Burgess. She was resident of Lincoln for more than 30 years having previously resided in Pawtucket.