September 1st, 2014
PAWTUCKET â In John Baxterâs view there isnât a better event among the many making up the month-long Pawtucket Arts Festival than when the Rhode Island Philharmonic takes the stage at Slater Park for its annual concert.
âI think it is a vital classical music component of the Festival and one way that we can highlight a local performance group that has been a cornerstone of classical music in the state,â Baxter, festival chairman, said of the event.
PAWTUCKET â Although it has been decades since Fanny the Elephant could be found sauntering around on site, Daggett Farm at Slater Memorial Park is still the kind of place that transcends generations; where parents can bring their children for a relaxing afternoon, then reminisce fondly as their kids later bring their own children.
Darlene Hyson, of Rehoboth, Mass., is a seasoned veteran of the farm. By her own estimation, she frequents the farm on a weekly basis. On Friday morning, she was there with her 3-year-old twin boy and girl.
CENTRAL FALLS â The former St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy Building has been sold to a New York-based redevelopment company, with plans to convert it into an elementary school, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.
The buyer, Civic Builders of New York, bought the property at 909 Lonsdale Ave. from Holy Family Parish for $889,000. The company plans to turn the former Catholic school into an elementary school, which will serve children from Central Falls, Cumberland, and Lincoln, according to a news release.
Doris M. Depot
CUMBERLAND - Doris M. Depot (Smith), 89, of 1 Flat St., passed away Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Donna M. Gingras in Sutton, MA. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Depot Jr.
Born in Waterbury, CT she was the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Gobeille) Smith. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life having left for Florida in 1964 and returning to Cumberland in 1994.
She was employed by the Health-Tex Corp., Pawtucket for many years until her retirement in 1987. Mrs. Depot was a communicant of St. James Church, Manville.
PAWTUCKET — Ten years have gone by since Thomas “The Souljah” Falowo first laced up a pair of boxing gloves, and this weekend in Las Vegas the Pawtucket-based pro will bring to bear every bit of that experience as he steps onto the biggest stage of his career.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Police spent two hours on Thursday trying to coax a sword-wielding man out of his home on Delway Road after he barricaded himself in the house.
When talks didn't work, a special reaction team used gas to finally force the man out, authorities said.
The incident began to unfold just after 6 a.m., when police received a call from a man inside the home who said he awoke to find his distraught 66-year-old roommate swinging a sword and making threatening statements.
The caller then ran out of the house and waited for police to arrive.
Henry E. Belisle
CUMBERLAND - Henry E. Belisle, 91, of Cumberland, died Tuesday, August 26th. He was the beloved husband of Claire M. (Dupre) Belisle. Mr. & Mrs. Belisle had been married 71 years. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Hormisdas and Liliose (Mandeville) Belisle.
Esther R. Kingston
PAWTUCKET - Esther Rita (Varieur) Kingston, 48, passed away at her home in Pawtucket on Sunday, August 17, 2014. She was the daughter of Albert Varieur and Lorraine Daigle.
She is survived by her brothers Rick Varieur and Marc Varieur, her children Jason Kingston and Alisha Rockett and her grandchildren Nevaeh-Rose Melanson, Bentley Melanson, and Hunter Kingston. She will be dearly missed by her family and community.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at noon at the LaChapelle Funeral Home, 643 Main St. in Pawtucket.
CUMBERLAND – Following the blueprint that has churned out plenty of athletic success in recent years at Cumberland High School is the mission that new Cumberland High athletic director Chris Tashjian sees for himself during the 2014-15 interscholastic season.
PAWTUCKET â Two 21-year-old men got more than they bargained for when they had $20 stolen in a drug deal gone awry Wednesday afternoon, then ended up fleeing the drug dealers after one of them pulled a knife, police said.
Police Maj. Arthur Martins said the two 21-year-olds were trying to purchase marijuana from two drug dealers at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The dealers got in the alleged victimsâ car and grabbed the cash without turning over the pot, Martins said.
Full story appears on page A1 of Thursday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â A Taunton, Mass., woman is in trouble with the law after twice asking co-workers to change $100 bills that turned out to be bogus, according to police.
Samantha Doyle, 23, was in possession of two more counterfeit C-notes when police confronted her Friday at the specialty meat-packing company, Gourmet Advantage on Delta Drive.
Doyle had no explanation for the source of the phony bills she allegedly passed off on co-workers, or the other two in her possession, said Detective Capt. John Seebeck.
The most obvious problem with the fake Benjamins?
CENTRAL FALLS â One of the ways that Central Falls resolved its 2011 bankruptcy was by drastically cutting the pensions of city retirees, in some cases by as much as 55 percent. As a result, some retired police officers and firefighters lost their homes to foreclosure; some wound up on welfare.
To make matters worse, their health care package was also reduced, a severe blow for many of the aging cops and firemen, some of them with lingering injuries they sustained on the job.
CUMBERLAND â Cumberland Police have not yet located 16-year-old Margaret Weece and would like to hear more information about the teenagerâs whereabouts.
Police Capt. Douglas Chiullo said on Monday that the Weece is still listed as a missing runaway with national missing children agencies and that status has not changed.
âShe is entered as a missing teen and if any law enforcement agency has contact with her that information will pop up,â he said.
PAWTUCKET — PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero swears by a motto that proves quite handy whenever he’s scuffling at the plate: “If I’m not getting hits, they’re definitely not getting any hits,” Marrero said recently while seated at his McCoy Stadium locker.
Dorothy E. Lafond
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy "Dot" E. (Stewart) Lafond, 94, left the Earth peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, August 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Delphis "Del" E. Lafond. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Abbie (Northup) Stewart.
Gertrude E. Driscoll
EAST PROVIDENCE - Gertrude E. Driscoll, 89, formerly of East Providence, died Friday. She was the beloved wife of the late James E. Driscoll.
Born in Rehoboth, MA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Mort) Dengal.
Mrs. Driscoll enjoyed antiquing, knitting, and ceramics.
Surviving are two children, Christine A. Driscoll of South Kingstown and John H. Driscoll of San Diego, CA; and nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Emily Brisson, Joseph Kraemer, and Frieda Dengal.
Stacia M. Kuzdeba
CUMBERLAND - Stacia M. (Podgurski) Kuzdeba, 96, formerly of Woodland Street, passed away Sunday at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Joseph Kuzdeba.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Strzempek) Podgurski. She was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Mrs. Kuzdeba was employed as a Packer for the former Corning Glassworks Company of Central Falls for many years until her retirement.
She was a communicant of St. Aidan Church.
PAWTUCKET â On the surface, Jackie Bradley Jr. is handling his reassignment to the PawSox just fine.
âWhen you donât perform to the best of your capabilities, itâs not a surprise,â the centerfielder acknowledged while recently standing in front of his locker inside the PawSox clubhouse.
Having a thick skin has undoubtedly served Bradley well in a season where nothing has gone right offensively. He credits his upbringing for providing him with a foundation of confidence that he says keep slumps and critics at bay.
Ida E. Fournier
PAWTUCKET - Ida E. (Jacques) Fournier, 89, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Clement J. Fournier. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Ida E. (Langlois) Jacques. Ida was a member of the Lamb of God Prayer Group for over twenty-five years.
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