Archive - Jul 2013
PAWTUCKET - Alfred Bolduc of Pawtucket passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He was the husband of Margaret A. (Hagan) Bolduc. They were married for over 60 years.
Mr. Bolduc was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Alfred and Isabel (Marquis) Bolduc. He was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving in Korea. Mr. Bolduc was employed at the former Allied Signal, now Honeywell for many years. He also worked at A&P Supermarkets.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Police are investigating the murder of a 41-year-old Dawson St. man at his home early Sunday morning. Two men were reported to have been seen fleeing the home after the reported shooting but remained at large Sunday night, according to police.
PAWTUCKET â€” Prior to Sunday, the Pawtucket Red Sox had captured only two of 12 contests against North Division foe Lehigh Valley this season.
During that horrible slump, their hurlers had mustered a dismal ERA of 7.04, while their offense had contributed an equally horrendous collective batting average of .215.
In the third of this four-game set Sunday afternoon, Pawtucket would have its mettle tested for sure, as it would face talented Ethan Martin, who had been tied for second in International League wins with 11.
BRISTOL â€“ The unimaginable happened to Cumberland Americanâ€™s best on Saturday morning.
In their opening tilt of the R.I. Little League Major Division (10-11) Tournament at King Philipâ€™s Roger W. Pigeon Field, three of manager Dave Belisleâ€™s hurlers â€“ including usually-stellar Nick Croteau, Addison Kopack and Sean Meers â€“ had serious problems finding the plate, and Johnston took complete advantage.
That trio surrendered six straight walks, in the process digging themselves a 5-0 hole after the top of the first frame.
CRANSTON â€“ The Lincoln All-Stars didn't just dominate their games among Rhode Island's best, but turned all of them into cakewalks.
Their mastery of the bat was a major reason why.
Skipper Matt Netto's offensive-minded crew once again derailed Cranston Western, this time by a 13-2 count, to claim the R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament title at CWLL's Michael P. Varrato Field home on Friday night.
Nanci R. Ginish
PAWTUCKET- Nanci R. Ginish, 57, passed away Saturday July 20, 2013.
Born in Pawtucket she was a beloved daughter of the late Stanley L. and Rose (Machowski) Ginish. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed as a Supervisor for Metal Loft Industries of Attleboro.
In 1996 Nanci was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame and was also a past Vice President. She also served as a Swim Coach at the East Providence Boys Club.
Nanci was one of six children of the award winning Ginish Family of swimmers.
Francisco L. Figueiredo
PAWTUCKET - Francisco "Frank" L. Figueiredo, 88, of Pawtucket, RI, died peacefully Friday, July 26, surrounded by the family he loved so dearly.
Biruta E. Cunningham
PAWTUCKET - Biruta E. Cunningham of Pawtucket, 90, died peacefully on Thursday, July 25, 2013, with her niece Joanne Ciocys, at her side. Biruta was the wife of the late beloved Dr. John J. Cunningham.
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council on Wednesday continued to question the hiring of a second communications director by Mayor Donald Grebien and called for a legal opinion on the way the position came about.
LINCOLN -- It will certainly be â€śGame Onâ€ť for four fighters with local ties to the Blackstone Valley this weekend when Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. hosts an action-packed card at the Twin River Events Center.
Pawtucket middleweight Thomas Falowo will make his co-feature debut in an eight-round showdown, and Woonsocket super middleweight Joe Gardner will try to erase the sting of a close loss in May to Richard Gingras in a six-round battle.
PAWTUCKET - Antonio Francisco of Pawtucket died on July 24, 2013. He was the husband of Maria (DaSilva) Francisco.
Mr. Francisco was born in Portugal, the son of the late Antonio Francisco and Ana de Jesus. He worked in the construction industry for many years. Mr. Francisco was a loyal soccer fan of Sport Lisboe e Benfica.
PORT ORANGE, FL - John "Jack" Machowski, 66, of Port Orange, Fl, formerly Pawtucket, RI, died July 9th 2013.
He leaves two children, Lisa-Carol Mosley and Steven M. Machowski, a brother, Robert Machowski, one granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
He was a Vietnam Vet serving proudly with the U.S. Air Force.
Manuel L. Pinto
CUMBERLAND - Manuel L. Pinto, 92, formerly of Broad Street, passed away Tuesday at Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Pawtucket. He was the husband of the late Ruth A. (Fielding) Pinto and father of Marylou Pinto. Born in Portugal, he was the son of the late Rogerio and Custodia (Pinto) da Cruz. He moved to this country, settling in Cumberland. Mr. Pinto was a proud United States Army, World War II Veteran. He was the former owner and operator of Rogers Hardware Inc. for many years.
Gloria J. Gregory
CUMBERLAND - Gloria J. Gregory, 78, passed peacefully on July 24th surrounded by her loving family.
She was the daughter of the late Theodore and Jeannette (Charpentier) Desaulniers.
Gloria was the proud activities director for several area nursing facilities. She was an active longtime parishioner and a former member and past president of the Holy Trinity Women's Club. She also volunteered at the Central Falls Community Center and was a longtime resident of the city.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The RI ACLU and eight other plaintiffs sued the new RI Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday to force the panel to answer a petition asking that public schools stop using the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) test as a graduation requirement.
The suit does not challenge the NECAP test directly â€“ at this point â€“ but merely seeks to have the BOE respond to a June 21 petition submitted by 17 organizations by either starting a rule-making process to consider stopping the use of NECAP as a graduation requirement or formally rejecting the petition with a board vote.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ The final game of pool play of the Little League Eastern Regionals may very well prove a harbinger of things to come.
Yes, the Cumberland Major Divisions All-Stars and the George J. Hummel Little League from Seymour, Conn. still have to get through its respective quarterfinal-round clashes before meeting with a spot in the regional championship hanging in the balance.
After the performance these same two teams staged Wednesday night at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex, itâ€™s certainly within the realm of possibility that a rematch could be in the fold come Friday.
CUMBERLAND â€” Perhaps the only thing Cumberland American's All-Stars didn't do as a team Wednesday night was hit for the cycle.
There were no triples, but it didn't really matter much.
Manager Dave Belisle's contingent amassed 15 hits, including four doubles and a dinger, and took advantage of eight errors as CALL posted an astonishingly-lopsided 22-5 â€śmercy-ruleâ€ť victory over East Woonsocket's best in the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (10-11) Tournament championship game at Garvin Field.
Jay Rainville decided, one day two years ago, to put his right arm to the test.
â€śI knew immediately that it wasnâ€™t going to happen,â€ť he remarked one recent Friday while standing by the home dugout at Chet Nichols Field.
It was the same right arm that in its heyday produced fastballs that lit up the radar gun and generated a resounding pop from the catcherâ€™s mitt. It was the right arm that enabled this Pawtucket native and Bishop Hendricken alumnus to become a No. 1 draft choice of the Minnesota Twins and unlock the door to the exclusive world of professional baseball.
Jules R. Casavant
MCPHERSON, KA - Jules R. Casavant, 93, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013 in McPherson, KS. He was the husband of the late Lillian (Fortin) Casavant, and father of the late Robert Casavant. Born in Octenville, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the late Hector and Annette (Duff) Casavant. Jules lived in Pawtucket for many years before moving to Kansas. He was an Army Corporal serving during WWII.
William H. MacKay
WEST WARWICK - William H. MacKay of West Warwick passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Conheeney) MacKay.
Mr. MacKay was born in Providence, the son of the late Alexander and Alice MacKay. He was a World War II Navy Veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre.
Mr. MacKay was a lineman for New England Telephone for over thirty six years before he retired in 1983.