Archive - Aug 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse answered questions ranging from federal spending and the national debt, to the need for infrastructure improvements to Obamacare and global climate change from more than 100 area residents who attended a community dinner at the Portuguese Social Club Thursday.
The second-term Democrat said â€śit is a challenging time to be in Washingtonâ€ť because the nation is only slowly coming out of the recession and the recovery is particularly slow in Rhode Island.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ It had been billed as a sensational pitcherâ€™s duel â€“ South Burlington, Vt. fireballer Ben Tate against Lincolnâ€™s crafty southpaw Kyle Marrapese.
The pair didnâ€™t disappoint, as they combined to whiff â€“ get this â€“ 19 foes.
In the end, however, Marrapese captured the battle, and it happened due to one precious, hellacious swing from teammate Steve Andrews.
PAWTUCKET â€” As difficult it is to get the word out, glean sponsors, attract teams from â€“ at the very least, from eastern half of the United States â€“ and put it all together for a premier event, Edd Pedro revels in it all.
Pedro, with the help of some family members and friends, is about to host his 10th annual â€śFight For A Cure Wiffle Ball Tournament and Mega-Raffleâ€ť at Slater Park beginning at 9 a.m. sharp Sunday.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” As soon as Little League New England Regional Tournament officials asked the Lincoln All-Stars to walk to home plate to greet â€śDugout,â€ť the eventâ€™s mascot, Aaron DeSousa knew what was coming
Together with foe Rye, N.H., they performed the dance accompanying the tune prior to their contest, and it looked like they had a blast doing it.
â€śI remember other teams doing that from years before, when I was watching on TV,â€ť DeSousa said. â€śI kind of expected it once they called us over. While we were dancing, it took all the butterflies away. I just didnâ€™t feel as nervous.â€ť
The Narragansett Indian Tribe is still in the courts, challenging a Rhode Island Superior Court ruling that rejected the tribeâ€™s claim that the 2012 Twin River table games referendum violated the same constitutional provisions that halted previous attempts by the Narragansetts to establish their own casino.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Organizers of the biggest block party on the East Coast have announced the entertainment lineup for a dozen stages that will stretch for a half-mile through downtown.
Itâ€™s all part of the cityâ€™s 125th anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 29, spearheaded by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and a dedicated band of volunteers. The Call is the designated media partner for the event.
Stage 1, at 2 Main St., will feature the Meadowlarks, a big band group with a dozen members.
Stage 2, 20 Main St. will feature country music with a band to be announced.
Edward J. Soares
LINCOLN - Edward J. Soares, 64, passed on August 5th. He was the husband of Pamela (Casto) Soares.
He was the son of the late Edward and Madeline (Teixiera) Soares.
He had been employed by Capital City for many years. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Edward and John Soares and three grandchildren, John Soares Jr, Mariah and Jordan Soares.
PAWTUCKET - Jozef Kucal, 80, passed away Monday April 5, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Anna (Iwaszko) Kucal.
Born in Sompolno, Poland he was a son of the late Janek and Antonina (Oliniczek) Kucal. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 49 years.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machine Operator at ITT Royal Electric and prior to that he worked as a Meat Cutter for Hi-Lo Meat Market.
FOXBORO â€” This is the time of year when the conversations between Texas childhood pals Will Middlebrooks and Ryan Mallett slow to a crawl.
On the surface, itâ€™s perfectly understandable.
Middlebrooksâ€™ baseball duties are in full bloom with two or possibly three months in his season remaining. With Mallett, the dog days of summer represent a hectic time, with practices and intra-squad scrimmages going hand in hand with film sessions and preseason football contests.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Pawtucket man who shot his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend in the head in 2008 was found guilty a second time by a Providence County Superior Court jury on Monday.
Juan Diaz, 29, who was convicted in the murder of Mayra Cruz in 2010, was found guilty again of second degree murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting.
The verdict was returned one day after a nine-day retrial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Despite all the handwringing and gloom-and-doom pronouncements about the death of manufacturing in America, and the movement of such businesses to countries with cheap labor and few regulations over the past several decades, the United States has knocked China out of first place as the favorite place for foreign investment for the first time since 2001.
MINNEAPOLIS â€” The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division All-Stars fell behind 2-0 in the fifth inning before ultimately falling to Miami, Florida, 2-1, on Day 1 of the RBI Junior World Series.
Pawtucketâ€™s lone run came in the sixth inning when Steven Otis scored on a fielderâ€™s choice by Nick Gagnon. The locals loaded the bases with two down in the seventh but proved unable to capitalize.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” Lincoln All-Starsâ€™ assistant coach Marty Gaughan Sr. had a feeling his team would face South Burlington, Vt. ace Sammy Premsagar in the third game of this Little League New England Regional Tournament on Monday afternoon.
Thatâ€™s why he took all necessary measures to prepare the kids offensively.
â€śThey say heâ€™s a real fireballer; thatâ€™s why I just spent the last hour pitching batting practice to them,â€ť he said perhaps 40 minutes before the tilt. â€śI was throwing them 100-mph heaters so theyâ€™d be ready.â€ť
PAWTUCKETâ€”A 19-year-old city man is expected to recover after being impaled by a metal fence post in an accident at 167 Carter Street early Sunday morning.
According to Pawtucket Police, Kelvin Fernandez, of 970 York Ave., was a passenger in a car in which the driver struck the fence and foundation of a property at 163 Carter Ave. and came to rest in front of a house at 167 Carter Ave. at around 3:05 a.m.
William G. Jamieson
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Jamieson, William G., 78, of North Providence and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Gammons) Jamieson. They were happily married for 56 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late George and Catherine Shaheen.
Theresa C. Porter
CUMBERLAND - Theresa C. (Durand) Porter, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred M. Porter. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Arthur J. and Rose A. (Vandale) Durand, she moved to Pawtucket in 1963 and then to Cumberland in 1995.
Theresa was the Export Manager for the L. G. Balfour Company, Attleboro for sixteen years until 1977; she then worked as a legal secretary for Allstate Insurance Company, Providence for 10 years until retiring in 1991.
PAWTUCKET - Richard "Chard" John Joseph, 63, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday.
Born in Pawtucket, a lifelong resident of the city, he was the son of the late James and Dorothy (McLaughlin) Joseph. Mr. Joseph had been employed by the Ferland Corporation in the maintenance department. Chard was a avid fisherman and a New England sports enthusiast and a big practical joker who enjoyed making people laugh.
PAWTUCKET - Louise Carpentier, 91, of Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket, formerly of Clinton St. Woonsocket, died Saturday at Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Wilfred Carpentier. Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Alphonse and Marie Anne (Nadeau) Beaudet.
Louise was an assembler for Hasbro Corp. and General Instruments for many years. She retired in 1989 from Rathbun Outlet where she worked as a clerk for thirteen years. Louise was a former member of the Kennedy Manor Club.
Amadeus J. Departhy
CUMBERLAND - Amadeus "Blackie" J. Departhy, 90, of Sanford Avenue, passed away Sunday, August 4, at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing of Pawtucket. He was the husband of Rita T. (Bruneau) Departhy, and they had been married for the past 69 years.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Henry and Arzelia (Valcourt) Departhy. He was a life-long resident of Cumberalnd.
Amadeus was a United States Army WWII Veteran.
Mr. Departhy was employed as a Custodian for the Cumberland School Department for over 20 years, retiring in 1985.
DOVER, DE - Barbara Mattis, a current resident of Dover, DE, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 63 on July 30, 2013, following a valiant battle with ovarian cancer for more than fifteen years. She was the loving and devoted wife of Arnold E. Mattis for 30 years at the time of her passing.