Archive - Jun 2013
PAWTUCKET â A half-dozen speakers, all positive, came out to comment publicly on the proposed merger of The Memorial Hospital and Care New England Health System on Tuesday night.
A public informational meeting was sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General and Department of Health at Jenks Junior High School concerning the proposed transaction.
Henry J. Fortin
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Henry J. Fortin of North Providence and formerly of New York City, New York died on June 10, 2013.
Mr. Fortin was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Armand J. Fortin and Madeline L. (Sartini) Fortin. He was employed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for many years before he retired in 1996.
Mr. Fortin was a World War II Veteran serving in the United States Army.
Rita B. Seguin
RUMFORD - Rita B. Seguin, 94, passed June 10th at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Maxime F. Seguin.
Born in Lowell, MA, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Marie (Blanchette) Moris.
Rita had been employed the former Cadillac Textile Mills.
She is survived by two sons, Andre Seguin and his wife Linda, and Edmond Seguin and his wife Martha, 6 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Rita was the last of 19 Siblings
Services will be private. For online condolences visit
Richard T. Arruda
PAWTUCKET - Richard T. Arruda, 58, of Lawton St., Pawtucket, passed away at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Born in Providence, he was a son of William Arruda of Charlestown and the late Shirley Arruda.
Richard worked for the Highway Dept. for the City of Pawtucket for many years until his retirement in 2010. He liked the Red Sox, the Patriots and NASCAR and enjoyed walking on the beach.
Gerald J. Jacob, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Gerald J. Jacob, Sr., 82, of Pawtucket passed away at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center on June 10, 2013. He was the loving and devoted husband of Theresa (Benjamin) Jacob for sixty years. He was the son of the late Osias and Eva (Malouin) Jacob and brother of the late Renee Jacob, Osias Jacob, Gladys Beaubien and Cecile Racine. He was a Korean War Veteran.
Ho Wong Ip
PAWTUCKET - Ho Wong Ip, 94, of Roosevelt Avenue died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Fat Ip.
Born in Hong Kong, she was a member of the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â A simple but well-executed bunt that St. Raphaelâs Kamryn Labree laid down in the top of the sixth inning Monday proved a turning point in Monday's Division II losersâ bracket semifinal contest against North Smithfield.
If the freshman doesnât get the ball down, the tenor of the game may have been drastically different. Both pitchers, SRAâs Kaylee Sylvestre and Karissa Carlton of North Smithfield, may have gone on flummoxing hitters and maintaining what was a scoreless, rain-soaked affair at Rhode Island Collegeâs Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.
PAWTUCKET â A new ethnic style restaurant with the catchy name âLa Vaca Flacaâ will be opening soon at 139 Broad St.
The City Council's Board of License Commissioners approved the food and liquor licenses for the applicant, La Vaca Flaca, Inc., last Wednesday following a public hearing.
PROVIDENCE â If a child misses 20 percent or more of a school year due to unexcused absences, his or her family could lose its cash and medical assistance under the Rhode Island Works welfare program, if a bill sponsored by Woonsocket Rep. Stephen Casey becomes law.
The bill would require a parent applying for welfare benefits to sign an affidavit stating that his or her child is enrolled in and attending school and has an attendance rate of not less than 80 percent for the current school year, not including illness, or injury-related absences.
Roland M. Belanger
PAWTUCKET - Roland "The Mailman" M. Belanger, 87, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Edna C. (Boulais) Belanger. Born in Central Falls, the son of the late Marcel and Medora (Doucette) Belanger, he resided in Pawtucket since 1949.
Dorothy J. Kimmett, R.N.
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy J. (Marks) Kimmett, R.N., 96, passed away at home on Friday, May 31, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Kimmett. Born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada, a daughter of the late George and Janet (Roy) Marks, she resided in Pawtucket since 1962.
Noreen P. Unwin
PAWTUCKET - Noreen P. Unwin, 86, of Prospect Street, Pawtucket, died on June 9, 2013. She was the wife of the late George J. Unwin.
Noreen was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Michael and Marion (Bardsley) McCormick. She worked for Chuck Wagon food service company and managed the cafeteria at the Corning Glass and SABNife.
Annette I. Desjardins
NASHUA, NH - Annette Irene (Dumais) Desjardins 83, passed away Sunday at the Merrimack Hospice House after a courageous battle with colon cancer.
Annette was the wife of Roland Desjardins who passed away in 1993. She lived in RI for 79 years before moving to Nashua, NH in 2009 to be near her family.
Annette was predeceased by her four brothers, Armand, Jerry, Paul and Roland Dumais and two sisters Emilia Desmaris and Rita Roy and a grandson Doyle Horvath.
Annette was employed at the former Peterson Puritan for 36 years.
CUMBERLAND - Rolande LeClair, 97, formerly of Arnolds Mills Road, passed away Friday at the Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Arthur LeClair.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Rodolphe and Diana (Larocque) Pare'. She resided in Cumberland for over 60 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
She was a communicant of St. John Vianney Church, Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. She loved to read, and was a member of the St. John Vianney Seniors. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli has been presented with two envelopes. One is marked âcollegeâ â as in the opportunity to play Division I baseball at Elon (N.C.) University. The second envelope is labeled âprosâ â as in an invitation to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox, the team that selected him in the 28th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
By JOSEPH B. NADEAU
CENTRAL FALLS â The high waters of the Blackstone River proved to be too much for a pair of canoeists Sunday, overturning their boat and leaving them clinging to a safety line in the turbulent waters near the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge.
The canoeists had been helping to set up the finish line area for the St. Jude Childrenâs Research Hospital Duck Race fundraiser just before 12:50 p.m. when they went into riverâs waters, according to the Central Falls Fire Department.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Perhaps itâs fitting that Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli got to share his special moment â that of getting selected by the hometown Boston Red Sox in the 28th round of Major League Baseballâs First-Year Player draft, No. 833 overall â with his teammates and coaches.
After all, both groups were generous with their support and encouragement through every twist and turn of his career.
LINCOLN â Andy Souvalian had been trying to complete his usual business as an assistant administrator at Amica Insurance Co. headquarters on the afternoon of Monday, April 15 when he heard the horrifying news, that someone had exploded two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
His immediate thought: âOh, no! How's Roup?â
His best friend, Rhode Island State Police Trooper Roupen Bastajian of Greenville, had been running in the grueling 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Copley Square, and he wondered if his pal had suffered any injuries.
Bishop Keough Regional High School Class of 2013 valedictorian Aldelis Rosalin Reyes, leads her 10-member class into St. Maria Goretti Church in Pawtucket Friday evening for commencement exercises. The ceremonies included remarks by Reyes, class salutatorian Nicole Monge, following Reyes, Charles H. DeBlois Jr. of the board of directors and Carrie A. Hormanski of Curry College spoke before diplomas were conferred by the Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, Bishop Emeritus of Providence.
PAWTUCKETâPawtucket Police are seeking information on the circumstances surrounding a violent home invasion that occurred inside an apartment at 21 Memorial Drive on Thursday.
According to Maj. Arthur Martins, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of Memorial Drive in response to a call reporting two injured people. When police arrived, they found a male and a female, each with their hands bound and suffering from stab wounds.