April 18th, 2011
Rita L. Eliasz
WOONSOCKET- Rita L. Eliasz, 91, of Woonsocket, died Saturday morning at The Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Stanley Eliasz.
Born and raised in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Coutu) Doyon. She was a resident of Blackstone for over 40 year before returning to Woonsocket.
Mrs. Eliasz was a homemaker and will be remembered as a cherished aunt to her extended family.
BOSTON â€” For the elite runners at this morningâ€™s Boston Marathon, the goal is to be the first to cross the finish line.
For several of the other participants, including Cumberland residents and forty-something runners Dave Constantino and Robert Lux, a winning performance is defined by the numbers on the clock when they reach their final destination at Copley Square.
Constantino and Lux, a pair of triathletes as well as good friends, those numbers theyâ€™re hoping begin with a two. In other words, a sub three-hour effort.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Call Naffi Koulibaly and Emily Baptista a study in contrasts.
During a game called â€śWillow in the Wind,â€ť Baptista â€” a sixth-grader at Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket â€” jumped at the chance to participate. With her â€śteammatesâ€ť surrounding her in a tight circle, she was asked to stand up straight, to consider herself as rigid as a broomstick, cross her arms across her chest, close her eyes and lean forward.
CUMBERLAND - A total of seven firms have submitted proposals for the job of consulting the town on a fire department merger study.
The bid proposals were opened Wednesday and will be reviewed by Mayor Daniel J. McKee, who will recommend one of the seven to the Town Council sometime next month.
CUMBERLAND - Caitlyn Anderson, a senior at Roger Williams University, could have spent her winter break this past January basking in the sun in Florida or doing any number of things college students do these days.
Instead, the 22-year-old Cumber-land resident volunteered her time and skills to help poor families in the deep South obtain affordable housing.
BOSTON â€” Kara Goucher looks at her performances in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters runs at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and her inaugural appearance at the Boston Marathon two years ago as sharing a common theme.
Goucher was considered among the medal contenders at the Summer Games, but placed a still-respectable ninth in the 5K and tenth in the 10K.
LINCOLN â€“ Mike Theroux doesnâ€™t have to go too far back in his memory bank to recall the first time he went for a run.
Thatâ€™s because it occurred just six years ago for the 47-year-old Lincoln resident.
â€śI ran from my house to Lincoln High School and back,â€ť he said. â€śIt was about a three-mile run. At the time I was happy I was actually doing it, but it was amazing how much that run took out of me.â€ť
Theroux will be running three miles again tomorrow. Only this time, heâ€™ll still have 23 more before he reaches his final destination.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The only bidder for a historic building at the center of a thorny dispute between the city and the state preservation authority has a familiar name.
It's state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket).
CUMBERLAND -- Tracy Fay, owner of Lizzy's Enchanted Creamery, has had her share of ups and downs.
SMITHFIELD â€“ Cumberland High survived injuries to its starting pitcher and catcher on Friday to outlast Smithfield 6-5 in eight innings.
â€śThis was a great team effort,â€ť Cumberland coach Paul Murphy admitted. â€śOur starting pitcher, Hayden Namaka, hurt his hand and left in the third inning. Eric Murray, who had pitched only one inning this season, took over and gave us five good innings. And then our catcher, Matt Billington, got hurt and we replaced him with Matt Bare in the fourth inning.â€ť