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50 Years ago July 1969

By Jim Ignasher Newspaper accounts from July of 1969 indicated that there wasn’t much happening locally, but nationally all eyes were on the much anticipated launch of Apollo 11, and outer-space happenings in general. — Airman Gary H. Seward of Esmond completed Air Force basic training. Airman 1/C Mark D. Sullivan of Greenville was serving…

Basketball Courts Re-dedicated in Honor of Ralph Catuogno

Friends, family, and admirers share their memories of the longtime local volunteer By Ron Scopelliti As the ceremony to rededicate the basketball courts outside Anna McCabe Elementary School was set to get underway on Saturday, June 15, the area was filled with activity. Young people shot baskets from the freshly renovated surface. Workers secured vendor…

From your daughter’s heart

By Brittni Henderson Earlier this year, my father John gracefully retired from the Providence Police Department after 20 years of service. For all of us, it was a weird and confusing concept to think of Dad as anything else but a police officer—he was made for the job. My father is the type of person…

IMHO

By Ron Scopelliti Small Change Recently I decided to ditch my home phone, and even though I had no logical reason to keep it, it was still tough to cut the proverbial cord. Because I moved back into the house where I grew up, it meant abandoning a phone number that I first memorized more…

Inside the Brown Bag

By Peg Brown The Things Not Missed “People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren’t so crazy about the first time around.”—Author Unknown We already know this is not my 40th birthday or even my 40th reunion—and certainly not my 40th anniversary (unless you add two marriages together)… Nope! This is…

Navigating healthcare

By Diane L. Marolla, LICSW Is bigger always better? This monthly article comes from a place where I want to plant small seeds in the minds of anyone who reads it. My hope is you; the reader will think differently about your healthcare and how you manage it. Since the beginning of my healthcare career…

payne’s picks

By Sarah Payne Movie Release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – July 26th – It was widely reported that Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie, received a seven-minute standing ovation after its debut at Cannes Film Festival in May. I could hardly…

SENIOR SCENE

By Paul V. Palange I’m upset. I’m sorry, but I have to vent. I’m still angry and bitter, even sad, about our Pawtucket Red Sox’s imminent move to Worcester, Mass. I really thought I was over it until I took the family to a recent game and observed a near-empty McCoy Stadium from the time…

Smithfield Woods Under New Ownership

By Joe Siegel The Smithfield Woods assisted living facility at 171 Pleasant View Avenue is now offering services for seniors suffering from Alzheimers and dementia. Smithfield Woods was previously North Bay Manor, then changed to Brookdale-Smithfield. Meridian Senior Living, based in Maryland, are the new owners of Smithfield Woods. Smithfield Woods’ memory care program is…

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. The Return of Jupiter and Saturn to the Evening Sky Quite a few months have passed since the local observatories have had the opportunity to provide detailed images of some of our planetary companions in the solar system. When weather conditions have allowed, the Moon has been a good…

Tech Review: AllTrails

By Ron Scopelliti In the past, I’ve tended to ignore the hiking trails right in my backyard, looking to Western Massachusetts and New Hampshire for my increasingly sporadic walks in the woods. But Paul Lonardo’s recent series of articles on Smithfield’s walking trails has inspired me, as I’m sure it has many readers, to check…

THE CHIEF’S Corner

By Robert W. Seltzer It is that time of year again, July 4th! It can be a very festive and enjoyable day for most people. However, it can be a day of devastating traumatic injury for some. A day that may change a life forever. Every July I write about fireworks safety and the reason…

THE INSIDER

By Mike D’Abate Amanda Tassoni Calls it Like She Played It…With Heart It has long been the public consensus that officiating is the most controversial task in sports. When all goes well, the name of an official (whether it be an umpire, referee or judge) is seldom heard. One would be hard-pressed to remember a…

The Past and the Present Converge at Esmond Park

By Paul Lonardo A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children. – John James Audubon Given the recent Memorial Day holiday celebrations and last month’s tributes commemorating the 75-anniversary of the D-Day Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overland during World…

To The Moon And Beyond

By Jim Ignasher “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.” President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962. “Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed.” Those words were spoken by Apollo 11 astronaut…