April 29th, 2011
"Bobby" Wilson Jr.
BURRILLVILLE- Robert W. "Bobby" Wilson Jr., 86, died Thursday April 28, 2011 at his home at Grove Lane, Pascoag. He was the husband of the late Margaret E. (Hargreaves) Wilson.
Born in Providence he was the son of the late Robert and Nellie (Wright) Wilson.
Bobby worked at Zambarano Hospital for 38 years. After retiring he also worked at a local Gas Station as a pump attendant. He was an active member of Pascoag Fire Department Hose Company #2 for more than 50 years, a member of the Wallum Lake Fire Department, and a member of Chepachet Grange.
CUMBERLAND â€“ There will be more than 2,000 participants competing this weekend in the Cox Providence Rhode Racesâ€™ Half Marathon. Each one will have a goal; each one will have a reason for taking on such a challenging, endurance event.
Buddy Hausmann knows Ryan Kalish, which is why he dubs the Red Sox outfield prospect, â€śmy younger brother.â€ť
â€śYou want to make sure nothing is bothering him,â€ť expressed Hausmann, the current head baseball coach and former assistant at Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey, where Kalish was a three-sport standout. â€śHe wonâ€™t leave, whether itâ€™s going to spring training or (or Athletes Performance in Arizona, a noted workout hangout for pro athletes) until he has dinner with my wife and I.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” In a city desperate for a jolt of economic euphoria, almost nothing makes civic heads swoon like the notion of commuter rail. Just look what it did for nearby Franklin, one of the fastest-growing towns in Massachusetts during the 1990s.
The idea gained traction after a preliminary study several years ago, but it, along with many other great ideas, crashed into the Great Recession.
LINCOLN â€” When Brian McKinnon received a letter from North Kingstown Postmaster Phil Picott back on Friday, April 1, he first wondered if the contents were some kind of April Fool's Day joke.
After all, McKinnon had known Picott for a couple of decades anyway, so why not?
He re-read the letter, addressed to his 10-year-old daughter, renowned soprano Alexis Clare McKinnon, and still had his doubts.
Helen S. Lafreniere
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Helen S. (Rumas) Lafreniere, 84, of Cider Mill Rd., died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Roszkowski) Rumas.
PROVIDENCE â€” As Landmark Medical Center's financial health grows increasingly frail, a Superior Court judge said yesterday he's not ready to accept any of the offers on the table for the Woonsocket hospital because they all contain contingencies that could cause the sale to founder or they advance unsatisfactory models of patient care.
But Judge Michael Silverstein didn't reject the offers, not yet anyway â€” he gave the bidders until May 6 to resolve the issues and said he would decide whether to choose one by May 10.
Robert A. Homer
NEWPORT- Robert A. Homer, 77, lifelong Newport and Fifth Ward resident, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011. He was the husband of Alice E. (Lovell) Homer, father of Robert A. and William C. Homer, grandfather of Kathryn and Erin Homer all of Middletown, RI.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 2, at 10am in St. Augustin Church, Carroll Ave, Newport. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” This was a case of dĂ©jĂ vu that East Providence High liked and Mount St. Charles Academy didnâ€™t.
Courtney DeCastroâ€™s second walkoff hit of the season, a run-scoring single with two outs in the home half of the eighth inning, drove in younger sister Amy DeCastro with the run that helped the Townies grab a 2-1 victory over the Mounties in their Division I crossover affair at Pierce Field.
PROVIDENCE â€” With the second half of the league season approaching quickly, Wednesday afternoon seemed as good a time as any for Woonsocket High head coach John Marsella to analyze his clubâ€™s play up to this point.
Keep in mind Marsella was asked to grade his Villa Novans following a 4-2 loss to division-leader Central High at Joe Williams Field. Though Woonsocket owns an impressive record â€“ 7-2 Division II-North â€“ there is still room for growth and improvement, at least according to the top guy.