October 13th, 2011
Stanley F. Ryfa
PAWTUCKET - Stanley F. Ryfa 93, formerly of Pawtucket passed away Wednesday October 5, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Carole H. (Sowa) Ryfa. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Jan and Julia (Skaczynska) Ryfa. He was a graduate of Tolman High School.
Stanley was a WWII Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and received a Purple Heart for wounds he received during action in Okinawa.
Before retiring he was employed by the former Okonite Wire & Cable Co. for many years.
The Division I soccer race took on a different complexion Wednesday after Shea was upset by Central and Central Falls edged defending state champion Barrington.
Unbeaten La Salle (10-0-3) still has the most points (23) but Central Falls (7-1-4) moved into second place overall with 18 points following its 1-0 victory over Barrington.
Shea (8-2-1) is now third in the points race with 17 while still leading the East by two points over Portsmouth. The Raiders visit the Patriots for a 5 p.m. game this afternoon, then host Central Falls at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Max Read Field.
Three competitive non-league games on Friday night and a Division IV clash for second place on Saturday afternoon highlight what appears to be a âho-humâ high school football schedule this weekend in the Blackstone Valley.
On Friday at 7 p.m., there are a handful of non-league games around Rhode Island pitting Division I teams against Division II teams, and three of the games involve schools in our backyard, East Providence, Tolman, and St. Raphael.
The Division I Townies will host nearby Division II-B foe Mount Hope at Pierce Field in a showdown thatâs sure to attract many East Bay fans.
CUMBERLAND â After a little more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, Cumberland High coach John Jasionowski watched his squad suffer a quick 7-0 loss to Division I power Mount St. Charles Academy.
While most of their matches havenât been quite as quick, the end result has been status quo for the winless Clippers this fall, owners of an 0-10 mark and last place in I-North. Last year, Cumberland had a similar record in its first season in the stateâs toughest division, finishing 2-11 overall.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are searching for a male suspect involved in Tuesday night's armed robbery of a counter clerk at the Dunkin Donuts at 403 Broadway.
According to Police Major Arthur Martins, a man entered the donut shop at around 9:20 p.m. and ordered a coffee. As the employee turned to get the beverage, the man went around behind the counter. He took out a large handgun and demanded that the employee open the cash register, Martins said. The man took about $160 and fled on foot, heading north on Broadway. The employee was not injured.
PAWTUCKET â Everything's better in harmony. And when it comes to singing, the old-fashioned style of âBarbershopâ harmony is a proven training ground for honing voice skills.
Earlier this month, the Ocean State Chorus, performing Barbershop harmony, moved to a new home inside St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Established in 1967, the all-male chorus was previously based in Smithfield, but the musical group is now happily part of Pawtucket's downtown arts scene.
The book on Charles Correa is that heâs a basketball player, a pretty darn good one at that.
Basketball is his passion, his lifeblood. Hopefully basketball will help this youngster land a college scholarship.
Why play football then? Why tempt the fates and risk the future for a sport known for its cutthroat and harsh nature? All it takes is one misstep on the field, absorbing one teeth-rattling hit, one crunch administered by a big, big guy, to change everything.
PAWTUCKET â A fire of unknown origin heavily damaged a two-family house at 442 Pawtucket Avenue early Tuesday morning and forced the five occupants to seek alternative lodging.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who is also the city's fire marshal, the two-alarm fire broke out shortly after midnight. When the first engine company arrived, firefighters found the two front porches of the house fully engulfed in flames and the air was thick with heavy smoke. A short time later, the entire front porch collapsed off of the house, he said.
PAWTUCKET â Six individuals who made a positive difference in the city over the years were inducted Friday night into the 2011 Pawtucket Hall of Fame. Also honored was a deceased Civil War veteran, Capt. Levi Tower, who was chosen as this year's historical inductee.
Irene D. Bergeron
CUMBERLAND - Irene D. Bergeron, 90 of Cumberland died Sunday at the Oakhill Nursing Home in Pawtucket. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Paul and Rose (Gervais) Bergeron.
Prior to her retirement in 1986 she worked for 48 years at Fram Corporation. Irene was an LPN and worked part time at Memorial Hospital and the Red Cross. She was President of the Womanâs Guild at St. Jean the Baptist Church and Treasurer of AARP #610 from 1993 until 2000. She enjoyed traveling and had traveled around the world.
Rita Marie Blais
ARIZONA - Rita Blais, 86, of Peoria, Arizona formerly of Pawtucket, RI and Central Falls, RI, passed away on October 8, 2011. She was born on April 1, 1925 in Woonsocket, RI as one of 11 children to John and Mary (Elias) Joseph, and was married to Joseph O. Blais of Central Falls, RI, who preceded her in death in 1975.
Alice E. Machowski
FLORIDA - Alice E (Aubin) Machowski February 21, 1925 - October 10, 2011, Resident of Port Orange, FL since retiring the early 1980's. Alice passed away peacefully at Halifax Hospice in Edgewater. Alice was born and raised in Pawtucket, RI.
Robert E. Strom
SEEKONK - Robert "Bob" Ellis Strom, 93, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, October 6, 2011. He is the beloved husband of Eleanor Edythe (McIntosh) Strom to whom he was married for 63 years; together they resided in Seekonk since 1958. Born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Ellis and Esther (Michelson) Strom.
Alice C. Johnstone
PAWTUCKET- Alice C. Johnstone 98, formerly of Towers East passed away Sunday October 9, 2011 at Berkshire Place in Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis M. Johnstone.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late John and Agnes (Kowalec) Stelmach.
Mrs. Johnstone leaves one loving brother Frank Stelmach of Melbourne, FL and several devoted nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Blanche Roderick, Jessie Green, Albert and Andrew Stelmach.
Rev. Joseph P. Hynes
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Reverend Joseph P. Hynes, 85, pastor emeritus of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church in Pawtucket, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at Saint Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Thomas and Mary (Lyons) Hynes. He attended St. Mary School, LaSalle Academy in Providence, also the School of Philip Neri in Boston.
Gertrude M. Jameson
CUMBERLAND - Gertrude M. Jameson, 90 of Cumberland, formerly of Central Falls, died on Oct. 8 at Hospice Care of RI. She was the wife of the late Walter F. Jameson. Daughter of the late Oscar and Marie Rose (Racquier) St. Onge she was born in Central falls and lived there most of her life. She has been a waitress in local restaurants until her retirement several years ago.
Arthur E. DeLange Jr. (NO PHOTO)
PAWTUCKET - Arthur E. DeLange Jr., died at Home & Hospice Care of RI in Providence. He was the beloved husband of Marie (Battista) DeLange, to whom he had been married for 57 years.
Born in the Bronx, NY, a son of Arthur and Anna (O'Connor) DeLange, he had been employed for many years as a printer at various local companies, including the former E.L. Freeman Co. and the J.C. Hall Company of Pawtucket prior to retirement in 1993.
Mary F. Allard
PAWTUCKET - Mary F. (Pardi) Allard, 60, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 8, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Leo Allard. Born in Portland, Maine, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Barbara (Duran) Pardi.
Mary had worked as a Mutual Clerk at Twin River Casino, Lincoln, for several years.
Mary is survived by two brothers, Rocco M. Pardi of Attleboro and Joseph A. Pardi of Pawtucket and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Barbara E. Pardi and John E. Pardi both of Pawtucket.
WEST WARWICK â If St. Raphaelâs defensive players had a vote, they would like to see their offensive mates grind out one of those keep-the-chains-moving, wind-sapping, 80-yard drives that encompass 15 plays and takes six or seven minutes off the game clock.
Dreamers can keep on dreaming because SRAâs offense is defined by big plays and quick strikes that can happen from any spot on the field. Such firepower is akin to attaching a turbo-charged engine to a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Sheâll be wearing a white tennis skirt with a veil on her head and heâll be wearing shorts and a Tuxedo T-shirt.
About 150 guests have been invited to attend their wedding next weekend, but Geralyn Hoffman and Larry Ducady arenât planning on getting too dressed up for their big day.
After all, running a race wearing a full tuxedo or a wedding gown isnât exactly comfortable. Neither is dress shoes or heels.