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.
Pauline R. Halliday
PAWTUCKET - Pauline R. (Lussier) Halliday, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James "Bud" E. Halliday, Jr. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Noe Lussier and Emma (Carrigan) Lussier. Pauline was employed by the State of RI School Lunch Program for over twenty years until retiring in 1996. She enjoyed playing cards and was an avid golfer.
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PAWTUCKET â Having recently retired from a career in x-ray technology, Kathy Moore found herself with the urge to continue to provide a valuable service.
However, the resource she is hoping to contribute will extend far beyond Pawtucket, and even the United States, as she is seeking donations to purchase needed x-ray technology for people in Sokode, Togo, in western Africa.
PAWTUCKET â What began as a verbal dispute soon escalated into an attempted physical assault on Wednesday, when a city man tried to attack three people who were standing at the corner of Allen Avenue and Cottage Street with a Samurai sword, police said.
Timothy Greve, 28, was charged with three counts of felony assault after he approached the trio of neighbors wielding the weapon.
CUMBERLAND – Dave Belisle promised his Cumberland American ballplayers that they would be regaled upon returning to town, and local officials are taking necessary measures to ensure the darlings of the Little League World Series receive a proper homecoming.
PAWTUCKET â Students and faculty at Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School live by âthe three Rsâ, a credo that teaches them to always be mindful of being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.
Brother RenĂ© Chenard, S.C.
July 3, 1924-August 15, 2014
PASCOAG - Brother RenĂ© J. M. Chenard, S.C., 90, of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Provincial House, Pascoag, RI, died August 15, 2014 at Overlook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pascoag, RI. Born in Lewiston, ME, he was the son of the late Joseph and Emilia (Therriault) Chenard. Brother RenĂ© died on the 70th anniversary of his first religious profession.
L. Mildred Hanley
PAWTUCKET - L. Mildred "Millie" Hanley, R.N., 92, of Pawtucket, RI and Mashpee, MA passed away on August 19, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Hanley. Born in Hyde Park, MA, Millie was the daughter of Willard and Lillian (Moxham) Barnett, and sister of the late Willard Barnett. After completion of nursing school, Millie served as a Navy nurse during WWII. She was employed at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital and was a school nurse - teacher in the Pawtucket School Department until retiring.
CENTRAL FALLS - Gloria (Harkness) Bessette, 89, of Central Falls died peacefully on August 19, 2014 at Kindred Transitional Health and Rehab Center in Pawtucket, RI. She was the wife of the late Gerard J. Bessette. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Marie (Vachon) Harkness.
Michael J. Stevens
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Michael J. Stevens, 38, of N. Providence, died Saturday at home. He was the fiancĂ© of Laura L. Stevens. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of James Stevens and Diane (St. Pierre) Stevens.
He was a self employed painter/contractor.
He is also survived by his maternal grandmother Theresa (Fontaine) St. Pierre; son Ethan Stevens; daughters Alexandria, Raevin and Isabella Stevens; sister Stephanie Stevens; uncle Leonard and his wife Katherine St. Pierre; aunt Elaine Bedard; nieces Madison and Makensie Stevens and several cousins.
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