Archive - Jun 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. has no problem nurturing the cityâ€™s artistic community and supporting budding young artists, but he draws the line at spray-painted phallic symbols, curse words and other graffiti he says is plaguing city walls.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Xander Bogaerts wasted little time in making himself feel quite at home in his new surroundings.
All the 20-year-old did in his PawSox debut was a little bit of everything, his efforts going a long way in Pawtucket grabbing both ends of Fridayâ€™s doubleheader against Buffalo. The home team won the first game in dramatic 1-0 fashion as Alex Hassan delivered a walk-off hit with two down in the seventh inning.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Xander Bogaerts reached Triple-A Pawtucket as a 20-year-old and with 290 Double-A at-bats in 79 games to his credit.
Just to provide an idea of how unique his situation is, below is a list of former and current PawSox position players and where they stood at-bat and age-wise upon leaving Portland:
â€“ Dustin Pedroia (256 at-bats in 66 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â€“ Will Middlebrooks (37 at-bats in 96 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â€“ Jacoby Ellsbury (271 at-bats in 67 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 23).
Meg Lancaster, a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 2013, watches fellow classmates during the processional at CCRIâ€™s Flanagan Campus in Lincoln Friday evening.
Reputed Boston mob boss James â€śWhiteyâ€ť Bulger is an 83-year-old man federal prosecutors say was responsible for 19 murders before he went on the lam in 1994.
Jodi Arias is a 32-year-old ex-waitress from Arizona whoâ€™s facing the death penalty in the grisly killing of her lover, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face.
As criminal types, they have about as much in common as rocks and birds. But hereâ€™s something that may help them both: In the age of social media, itâ€™s easier than ever for the jurors sitting in their cases to screw up.
Omer J. Sicard
PAWTUCKET - Omer J. Sicard, 74, died peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2013 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Providence. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Omer and Imelda (Samson) Sicard and lived his entire life in the Blackstone Valley. He retired after more than thirty years as a froster from Osram-Sylvania, Central Falls. Omer was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea during the Vietnam Era.
Raymond E. Riendeau
PAWTUCKET - Raymond E. Riendeau, 80 of Pawtucket died Friday at his home. He was the husband of the late Claire(LaPorte) Riendeau. Born in Albany, VT he was the son of the late Eugene and Gertrude (Authier) Riendeau. He has been a Pawtucket resident most of his life.
Raymond is a Navy veteran and served on the USS Oriskany in the Korean War. Prior to his retirement he was employed for many years by the City of Pawtucket and was a Sexton at St. Cecilia's Parish in Pawtucket, RI. He was involved in Cub and Boy Scouts Troop 28 at St. Cecilia's and a member of LeFoyer.
William A. Kaplan
CUMBERLAND William A. Kaplan, 64, passed away Tuesday June 11, 2013 at his residence.
Born in Pawtucket he was a beloved son of the late Walter A. "Jimmy" and Pauline (Vasiliev) Kaplan. He was a life long resident of Cumberland.
He was employed by the Cumberland School Department as a Custodian and prior to that he worked for the former Newman Crosby Steel Co. for 25 years.
Bill was a Vietnam Veteran serving as a Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Filibuster Club of Cumberland.
Antoine "Tony" C. Boulanger, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Antoine "Tony" C. Boulanger, Jr., 85, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Muriel (LaPorte) Boulanger and the former husband of Thelma L. (Rose) Boulanger. Born in Warren, a son of the late Antoine C. and Bertha (Mikulski) Boulanger, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life.
Tony was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a news photographer for The Times for over thirty years until retiring. Tony was also a writer, painter and avid Rhode Island history buff.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Immediately after the final point had been recorded, the on-court Tolman High players mobbed each other nearest their fan base, jumping up and down in a massive group hug.
Their classmates naturally joined in the celebratory scrum, and each Tiger â€“ including those cheering wildly from the bench â€“ then broke off individually for more personal congratulations with parents, girlfriends and the like.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The worst-case scenario that Xander Bogaerts envisioned never came to pass.
Initially, Bogaerts thought he was being summoned to the managerâ€™s office because he didnâ€™t protest a strike three call that came with the count full. Portlandâ€™s Kevin Boles felt the decision that went against the highly-touted prospect was egregious. Protesting balls and strikes usually results in a swift ejection, which Boles eventually received after attempting to stick up for his shortstop.
PROVIDENCE â€” A Pawtucket man who prosecutors say went on an arson spree to avenge a romantic relationship that turned sour has received a 40-year prison sentence with 17 years to serve.
Classmates Roxanna Osorio, Vanda Debrito (class vice president), and Emerizialina Moreira (class secretary) wait together in the processional line at the Shea High School graduation in Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College.
Please turn to Page A6 for the senior list and another photo.
Maria M. Sousa
PAWTUCKET - Maria Manuela Sousa, 71, passed peacefully at Memorial Hospital of RI June 12th with her loving family by her side. Born in P. Delgada, Azores a daughter of the late Manuel Tomaz Pimentel and Angelina De Jesus Cabral.
She is survived by two daughters, Fatima Da Costa of Nashua NH, and Margarida Sousa of Central Falls, three sons, Jaime Sousa and Paul Sousa of Pawtucket and Steve Sousa of Providence, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren that she loved dearly.
PAWTUCKET â€” The problematic plaster ceilings at Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools have either been removed or reinforced so students can safely get through the rest of the school year. However, the structural engineer in charge of the ceiling inspections warned school officials that permanent repairs must be a priority.
PROVIDENCE â€” St. Raphael Academy head coach Ron Labree had heard from a select group of people that his troops had coasted through their regular season because they played in a less-than-strong Division II-West.
Those same naysayers seemed to infer that the lone â€śrealâ€ť team to be concerned about was North Providence.
Labree mentioned that to his girls before their playoff debut, and â€“ excepting one hiccup â€“ they've been on a roll ever since.
LINCOLN â€“ It was pretty easy to see the frustration mounting inside Lincoln High senior righthander Lindsay Mayer during the R.I. Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament winners' bracket final against always-gutsy Coventry on Saturday.
She'd fire a fastball, riseball or screwball, one she thought for sure would be called a strike at the belt or knees. Yet, when it wasn't, it would bug her to no end, as it would most All-State whirlers.
Rita B. Prosser
LINCOLN - Rita B. Prosser, 76, passed peacefully at home on June 11th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Thomas G. Prosser Sr.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Armand and Yvonne (Hamel) Benoit.
Rita had been employed by Ann & Hope of Cumberland for over 20 years and then worked for Aramark Food Service at the Central Falls High School. Rita was a member of the Lincoln Senior Center, enjoyed Bingo at Franklin Manor and was avid about her daily walk with her dear friend Peggy Lass.
Raymond J. Hebert
PAWTUCKET - Raymond J. Hebert, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Estelle R. (Hemond) Hebert. The couple would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on June 28th. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Alcide and Rose A. (Maurice) Hebert, he resided in Pawtucket since 1990.
Ray was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a Lead Man in the Shipping Department of Hasbro for over 30 years until retiring in 1987. An avid golfer and bowler, Ray was a longtime member of St. John Vianney Seniors Group.
PAWTUCKET â€” Vivian Maxson calls them â€śThe Twins,â€ť two six-week-old Peregrine Falcon siblings just learning how to fly â€“ that is when theyâ€™re not gorging themselves on fresh quail meat or preening themselves in their 40-foot flight cage.
Maxson, who runs the Westerly-based Be Wild Nature Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center that specializes in the care of raptors, has been caring for the two falcon fledglings for the past week, ever since they were found on the ground not far from their nest on top of Pawtucket City Hall.