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. […]

Serving children & families

Rhode Island Family Court Chief Judge Haiganush R. Bedrosian accepts her Salute to Seniors citation from “Senior Digest” Publisher and Editor Paul V. Palange during a presentation at the J. Joseph Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence. Judge Bedrosian was the subject of the Salute to Seniors feature in the September issue of “Senior Digest” for […]

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 […]

On a mission with x-ray vision

Kathy Moore accepts her Salute to Seniors citation from “Senior Digest” Publisher and Editor Paul V. Palange during a presentation in Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket. Moore, 63, of Pawtucket was the subject of the Salute to Seniors feature in the August issue of “Senior Digest.” With her own money, the retired medical imaging technician […]

Music Hall of Famer

Michael “Duke” Robillard, left, accepts his Salute to Seniors citation from Bankers Life and Casualty Assistant Regional Director Gregory Gelineau during a recent presentation at the firm’s office in Warwick. Robillard, 65, a Rhode Island native, was the subject of the Salute to Seniors feature in the July issue of “Senior Digest” for his many […]

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 […]

Creating waves of change

Walter V. Burke, right, accepts his Salute to Seniors citation from Bankers Life and Casualty Branch Office Coordinator JT Buco during a recent presentation at the firm’s office in Warwick. Burke, 63, was the subject of the Salute to Seniors feature in the June issue of “Senior Digest” for all the work he has done […]

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 […]