Future Medicare Changes Subject to Political Pressure

With the advent of a new President and Congress, people have asked me what this will mean for us as seniors and the programs that we rely on, especially Medicare. There was little discussion of these programs during the presidential campaign. As I lack a crystal ball to look into the future, I can only […]


Having practiced for nearly 30 years I have had the pleasure to assist many clients with estate planning.  Often I am asked the question of whether it’s to late to set up an effective, asset protecting estate plan.  The simple answer is no it is never too late.  In fact, as we grow older it […]

Audette makes giving top priority

You see him everywhere. Like the “energizer bunny,” sporting gray whiskers and a plump belly, semi-retired Pawtucket businessman Paul Audette has always been an advocate for the “voiceless” in the City of Pawtucket and surrounding communities. Watching out for the elderly, he became a volunteer ombudsman for the Alliance for Better Long-Term Care. He even served […]

Mrs. Claus won’t pause

The Christmas season is upon us, and few things symbolize the magic and joy of Christmas like Santa and Mrs. Claus. Fran Slade, who volunteers her time portraying Mrs. Claus at holiday events and fund-raisers in the community, has been helping to spread the joy and magic of Christmas for more than 20 years. Many […]

Coderre caps 30-year run

When Elaine A. Coderre was asked more than 30 years ago to attend a breakfast for Boy Scouts to discuss an undisclosed topic, the Pawtucket resident thought there was a problem with her sons, who were members of a local troop. Coderre was relieved when she finally learned that the discussion had nothing to do […]

Miming her business

AmyBeth Parravano has been entertaining audiences since she was a child.  The Cranston native is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, piano player and host of her own cable television show. Parravano, 63, says her age has not slowed her down. Her enthusiasm for entertaining, and music especially, is evident in her varied accomplishments over the years. […]

Bedrosian loves solving problems

When Haiganush R. Bedrosian graduated from Brown University in Providence in 1965 with a political science degree, she wanted to further her education to become a lawyer. She was told, however, that “women don’t go to law school,” so she went into teaching. Bedrosian’s desire to become a lawyer didn’t diminish while she instructed fifth-graders at […]

Giving a village hope

Spending time in the Peace Corps had a significant impact on the way Kathy Moore looks at life and the world in which we live. “It shaped my whole world view,” the 63-year-old said of the six months she devoted back in 1970 to training hospital workers in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican […]

Robillard continues mastering the blues

When Michael “Duke” Robillard stood in the kitchen of his boyhood Burrillville home and told his mother he was going to be a guitar player, she said, “‘No you’re not.’” Luckily for music fans throughout the world, Beatrice was wrong. Not only did Robillard defy his mother, he ended up becoming an acclaimed jazz and […]

Taking Bristol by storm

Walter Burke says he is “very passionate about life.” One of his passions helped him earn the prestigious Save The Bay 2014 Environmental Award, which he received recently for leading efforts to improve the Bristol Town Beach and restore Silver Creek. As director of Bristol parks, recreation and environment, Burke, 63, created several projects to […]