The Daily Press http://ricentral.com http://ricentral.com/apfeed.xml--1 RICentral.com | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2011-05-05T08:41:30-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:2228Friends, relatives pay tribute to Frisella2011-05-04T08:57:23-04:002011-05-04T08:00:00-04:00<!--break-->For over 40 years, Frisella was the owner and president of Frisella Engineering, Inc., which has provided civil and environmental engineering, land surveying and landscape architectural services throughout southern New England. Not only does Frisella Engineering make it a goal to provide the best high quality service, it also aims to creative design solutions, which are both environmentally responsible and economically feasible. Like Frisella’s own love the of the community and helping others, his company also sought to work in harmony with nature through the development of environmentally sound engineered solutions and the conservation of the surrounding environment. Even through his business, he expressed the same beliefs as he did raising his four daughters.<p>“He’d always say, ‘It doesn’t matter what you have. It’s what you do with what you got is what counts. Fine what you love to do and best the best at it,” Dr. Teresa Vanderlinde, one of Frisella’s daughters said.<p> As a father, Vanderlinde said Frisella was both strict and fair.<p>“He always required the truth from us. He was ever present anytime we needed anything. You knew you were loved by how much time and attention he paid,” Vanderlinde said. “He taught us to be of great integrity, great service and great honor.”<p>When growing up, Vanderlinde said her father was as involved in the community as he was until the end of his life. For 50 years, Frisella played Santa Claus for the local towns and the Easter Bunny for 20 years. As Santa Claus, Frisella would visit every house in the community to spread the Christmas spirit. Although Frisella’s involvement in the community did keep his family waiting for him to get home, Vanderlinde said it was what made him happy.<p>“It was his constant tick. He was always on the go. That’s what he loved,” Vanderlinde said. “He lived in this town for 71 years. Pretty much anyone who lived in Wakefield knew him.”<p>No dateline availableKathleen McKiernanFriends, relatives pay tribute to FrisellaNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:2228Change0Usable2011-05-04T08:00:00-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:684New playground regulations at St. Leo's2010-10-01T15:39:29-04:002010-10-01T15:39:29-04:00The pastoral council recently made this decision during one of its monthly meetings.“In that space, we found it necessary to protect the better interests of that playground to put restrictions on its use,” said Father Brian Vossler.“It was an ongoing problem that we finally had to address.”The new playground regulations include: no smoking, no admittance after dark and no littering. The vandals will be prosecuted and police will patrol the area.“We just had to do something in response to the increasing problem we have here,” said Vossler.”Some of the latest damages include a bench for the Aiello Memorial Garden that was cracked in two. A window to the back of the BiLo building was broken. The Crooked House has been a target of abuse, it has been damaged several times, tipped over and has had graffiti sprayed on it. The parking lot and sliding board have been defecated on.The restrictions placed on other playgrounds in town has brought more traffic onto St. Leo's playground. “We certainly want people to benefit by using the playground as a shortcut, we certainly don't want to discourage that either,” Vossler said. “What we want to avoid is people after dark hanging out and doing things over there that they shouldn't be doing.”Vossler mentioned that on the first evening the regulation signs were hung, two individuals had already destroyed them.Vossler explained, “We want to let the violators know that there will be consequences for their conduct.” No dateline availableGian DeLoiaNew playground regulations at St. Leo'sNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:684Change0Usable2010-10-01T15:39:29-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:736Trio of RFP's aim to save Beechwood2010-10-21T17:22:16-04:002010-10-21T17:19:11-04:00No dateline availableLINDSAY OLIVIERTrio of RFP's aim to save BeechwoodNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:736Change0Usable2010-10-21T17:19:11-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:686Cross finds new life on mausoleum2010-10-01T15:55:26-04:002010-10-01T15:55:26-04:00The cross was replaced in 2006 and stored in the basement of the rectory until Monday, Sept. 20, when Father Brian Vossler and fellow parishioners hung it against the mausoleum in St. Leo's Cemetery.“They wanted the Corpus Christi, the crucified Christ in the church,” said Fr. Vossler. “The resurrected Christ now hangs on the mausoleum, which is a very appropriate symbol.“It gives hope and dignifies that whole space with all of our deceased loved ones resting there.”The cross had to be weatherized before it could be displayed. The cross and Christ were fastened together with glue and silicone and then protected with three coats of varnish. It is expected to last five years until needing refinished.“They couldn't find any place inside the church to hang the cross because of its size,“ Vossler said. “We talked about it at several pastoral council meetings and decided to leave it in the basement until we could find a place for it.“I don't think anyone thought of preparing it in such a way that it could be hung outside. It's actually an indoor cross.”Vossler got the idea of hanging it there during a funeral a couple months back when he noticed that the front of the mausoleum looked stark.“There are two crosses embedded in the marble and then they have the stone front and there was nothing there,” Vossler said. “So we thought that this cross would be just the right size.”The cross was also chosen to be hung there because of its location.“We wanted to put it there because nobody could see it in the basement versus Montmorenci [Road] where you have all that traffic going up and down the road,” Vossler said.“We thought it was a very appropriate symbol for people to enjoy and people remember the cross from when it was in church. It is a good way of bringing that out and showing it to the people. The resurrected Christ brings hope to those who lie in rest in our cemetery.”No dateline availableGian DeLoiaCross finds new life on mausoleumNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:686Change0Usable2010-10-01T15:55:26-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:687Zore appointed chief clerk2010-10-01T15:58:09-04:002010-10-01T15:58:09-04:00A 1977 St. Marys Area High School graduate, Zore had an early interest in business and went on to DuBois Business College following high school.After working in DuBois for a period of time, Zore landed a position in the county's parole/probation department in 1986."When I first started out there, I did it as a secretary and then I advanced more into the accounting portion of it, and I've always been interested in the business aspect of things," Zore said. "I did the bookkeeping and such but I also did work as a collections officer too."Now serving as chief clerk, Zore said the differences between the two jobs are immense."You still have the business background and the accounting, and the bookkeeping as well, but as chief clerk, it's much more diversified," Zore said. "There's so many more aspects which is kind of what I was looking for, just so many interests here since it involves the entire county."What the job entails, even though I've only been here for roughly one week, it involves the day-to-day running of the office for the commissioners. They oversee everything but day-to-day, they can't always be here."Zore described her fellow staff members as "excellent workers" who have made her switch into a new position a smooth transition."[The staff members] are tremendous people, very efficient, focused and organized, and they've helped me out tremendously," Zore said. "From what I can see, we have our hands in the different areas helping out the commissioners and getting what they need to know too. "At first I was just exposed to the court portion of the accounting and now I get to see the county portion of it, and it's all very interesting."Responsibilities also include research tasks and finding vital information needed for the county's three commissioners."So much is new to me as I find out what all the responsibilities are and the transition has gone well, and I credit that to all the people here and the commissioners have been wonderful, their guidance has been great," Zore said. "They've helped me out tremendously and [county treasurer] Peggy Schneider has been there for all my questions that I've been going to her with. "[County planning director] Matt Quesenberry, he had been doing this job before me and he has been extremely helpful. I have nothing but great things to say about them."And while Zore is less than two weeks into her new position, she indicated she is "quite satisfied" with her new profession.No dateline availableJoseph BellZore appointed chief clerkNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:687Change0Usable2010-10-01T15:58:09-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:790Shriners come to aid Isabella2010-10-22T16:47:55-04:002010-10-22T16:47:55-04:00Rheumatois arthritis can actually be just as, if not more crippling for children than it is for adults and seniors.Isabella Calise, a seven year old girl, who lives with her family in Coventry, suffers from the juvenile form known as Juvenile Rheumatois Arthritis. She was diagnosed in December of 2009, but only after a long and uncomfortable journey.No dateline availableJESSICA SELBYShriners come to aid IsabellaNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:790Change0Usable2010-10-22T16:47:55-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:2229RINHS examines salt ponds, marshes2011-05-05T08:41:30-04:002011-05-05T08:00:00-04:00<!--break-->RINHS held its 15th annual conference this past Thursday at the Quonset O Club. Speakers from university departments, land trust associations, and other environmental groups presented research which seeks to better define and protect the habitats in salt ponds and marshes.<p>“To say that salt ponds are a major economic force in our communities is an understatement,” said Charlie Vandemoer of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. “The health and well being of this natural resource is inextricably linked to our actions and how we manage them. [Salt ponds] are crucial to our quality of life.”<p>Speakers presented research that addresses the myriad concerns over the preservation of the salt marsh ecosystem. Eutrophication, for example, is the process by which chemicals from run-off and sewage pipes are introduced into a water source. These chemicals provide rich nutrients for phytoplankton to feed on and often an algae ‘bloom’ is the result. The phytoplankton subsequently consumes much of the oxygen in salt ponds and marshes, killing of important water species and thus altering entire habitats.<p>No dateline availableShaun KirbyRINHS examines salt ponds, marshesNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:2229Change0Usable2011-05-05T08:00:00-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:789Election 20102010-10-22T16:44:53-04:002010-10-22T16:44:53-04:00There are six candidates running for representative seats in three different districts. District 27, 29 and 40. We asked each of them the same six questions:1. What do you see as the biggest challenge currently facing the state/town/schools?2. How would you address this challenge?3. If you could change one thing immediately after being elected, what would it be?4. What skills do you feel you would bring to the position you are seeking?5. How would you put those skills to work for the voters?6. If you knew that you would be limited to this one term in office, what is the biggest thing you would like to accomplish during that time?No dateline availableJESSICA SELBYElection 2010No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:789Change0Usable2010-10-22T16:44:53-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:735Local ballot initiatives cover wide range of topics2010-10-26T01:00:22-04:002010-10-21T17:15:16-04:00No dateline availableLINDSAY OLIVIERLocal ballot initiatives cover wide range of topicsNo source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:735Change0Usable2010-10-21T17:15:16-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:739Fry arraignment moved to Oct. 262010-10-21T17:25:09-04:002010-10-21T17:25:09-04:00It was alleged that at 9:40 a.m. that morning, police and fire department personnel responded to the Fry home at 73 Ricci Lane for the report of an unresponsive child. The medical examiner’s office was called to the scene and Camden was declared dead. Investigators told law enforcement that the girl had “significant bruising” on her upper chest, which wasn’t consistent with death by natural causes. Fry originally told police that her “daughter fell in the shower and she had to drag her back to her room.” Police later learned that Fry made statements to various South County Hospital staff regarding her daughter’s death including, “I want to die, I strangled my daughter.” And “she was crying and screaming and wouldn’t take a bath and ….I sat on her and put my hands over her mouth to make her stop crying.” When she’s arraigned Fry will hear the formal charge and she’ll then enter a plea. Since her arrest she’s been incarcerated at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) in Cranston. No dateline availableLINDSAY OLIVIERFry arraignment moved to Oct. 26No source availableurn:publicid:dailypress.com:739Change0Usable2010-10-21T17:25:09-04:00