Archive - 2013
CUMBERLAND - Doris Soucy, 97, of Cumberland, passed away Thursday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Lucien W. Soucy.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Yvonne (LaReau) Hamel. She resided in Cumberland for 14 years, previously residing in North Smithfield.
She was a communicant of St. James Church, Manville. She was an accomplished seamstress, and worked many years in that industry.
PAWTUCKET â A pedestrian was killed and the driver whose vehicle allegedly struck him was charged after an accident early Sunday morning on I-95 near the Smithfield Avenue exit.
The accident took place at 4:40 a.m., Col. Steven G. OâDonnell, superintendent of the R.I. State Police, said in a press release issued by the department Sunday afternoon. The victimâs identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, he said.
CENTRAL FALLS â Voters will have a chance to get an up-close and personal look at the candidates for City Council, including the two at-large seats that will be up for grabs for the first time this year, at a forum sponsored by the YWCA Rhode Island Wednesday evening at 6:30 at Central Falls High School.
Bianca Pavoncello, executive editor of the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call, will be the moderator. She will take written questions from the audience as well as questions generated by the YWCA.
For years, the names rolled off your tongue so effortlessly that it felt like you were on a first-name basis with them. Everything felt so warm and reassuring when discussing certain Big East coaches that mentioning them in the same breath as death and taxes was perfectly acceptable.
Nothing is certain but death and taxes â along with Jim Boeheim coaching at Syracuse. Ditto Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, Rick Pitino at Louisville and Mike Brey at Notre Dame.
PROVIDENCE â On a campus where the menâs basketball program serves as a valuable gateway for public attention, nights like the one that took place at Providence College Friday are held in high esteem, not only by students, but the community at large.
With much fanfare, head coach Ed Cooley, his assistants and players rolled out the Black & White carpet for âLate Night Madnessâ festivities at Alumni Hall.
PAWTUCKET -- In an evenly-matched game that stood tied at 13 late in the third quarter, St. Raphael Academyâs speedy James Kelly made the decisive play of the night, an 80-yard touchdown run through the middle of Sheaâs defense that sparked the Saints to a crucial 21-13 triumph over the Raiders.
PAWTUCKET â Branch Street, a quiet road with a half-dozen houses located near the Blackstone River and the Pawtucket Water Supply Boardâs treatment plant, is slated to get a 30-unit affordable housing complex.
Eva A. Pare
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Eva A. Pare, 97, of N. Smithfield, died Tuesday at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Paul L. Pare. To view full obituary and guestbook please visit
CENTRAL FALLSâWhile it houses a lot of local history, the Lysander Flagg Museum and Cultural Center, located next to the Central Falls Public Library on Central Street, has been deemed too costly to operate.
CENTRAL FALLSâAn early morning fire damaged the interior of an apartment and left four people homeless in a three-family house on High Street on Thursday.
Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley said the report of the fire came in shortly after 7 a.m. He said it was a relatively small fire that was contained to one room and its contents, and was extinguished quickly.
However, the blaze caused enough damage to force the tenants to have to find alternative lodging. The Red Cross was called to provide assistance, he said.
In terms of playoff ramifications, the significance of Fridayâs 7 p.m. Division II-B contest pitting St. Raphael at Shea cannot be underscored.
The stakes are pretty high when you consider the 2-2 Saints and the 2-2 Raiders presently share the subdivisionâs fourth and final playoff spot. Sprinkle in a West Warwick squad thatâs also two up and two down in league play and it makes perfect sense to label tonightâs Pawtucket-centric matchup as one of critical significance.
LINCOLN â Head coach Brenda Sylvester really couldn't recall what she told her Lincoln High troops prior to facing Bay View in both teams' Division I-North season finale on Thursday afternoon.
âI guess I just told them to go out and play as well as they know they can,â stated Sylvester, who attended the contest despite being on maternity leave, giving assistant Lea Miguel the opportunity to serve as interim chief. âI just said, 'Go out and play your game.'â
BOSTON â For much of his tenure with the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia has been a mainstay at the No. 2 spot in the batting order.
What used to serve as a foregone conclusion for Boston received a noticeable jolt this season. On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, Pedroia found himself hitting in front of cleanup âbangerâ David Ortiz while newcomer Shane Victorino assumed the spot in the lineup that used to have the second basemanâs name written all over it.
PAWTUCKET - Mary Batista, 93, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Mansion Nursing and Rehabilitative Home, Central Falls. She was the beloved wife of the late James Batista and the late Lewis L. Soares Sr. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, the daughter of the late Jose and Clementina (Silva) Costa. She came to America at the age of 10. She had worked at the former Standard Romper, Central Falls and Lawrence Fashions, Pawtucket, until her retirement. She was also a member of the ILGW.
PROVIDENCE â In a move General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said started back in December after the deadly shootings at Connecticutâs Sandy Hook Elementary School, the State Investment Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to divest all of the stake the state pension fund has in a gun distributor.
LINCOLN â As a former high school and college athlete, Mike Bedrossian knows what it takes to prepare for games, especially those critical to his teams' success.
He did time and again at Seekonk High, as well as the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, where he starred in basketball and baseball.
Joseph M. Larence
CUMBERLAND - Joseph M. 'Pete' Larence, 96, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice (Gobeil) Larence for 59 years. He was born in Central Falls, the son of the late Ernest and Alida (Laliberte) Larence and he was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley.
Michael P. Sherlock
CUMBERLAND - Michael P. Sherlock, passed away October 17, 2013 after a long illness. He was born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Emmett and Mary (Gula) Sherlock and lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to Cumberland. He had been employed as a fork-lift operator at the former Ann & Hope for more than 40 years and also worked at Stop & Shop in Seekonk for more than 6 years, retiring in 2010 due to illness. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
This is one of those times when getting it straight from the horseâs mouth just seems right. In Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes, you have someone who meets the criteria of gleaning insight into what exactly makes the Red Sox and Cardinals tick.
Lopesâ credentials are unparalleled when it comes to weighing in/opining on the two World Series combatants. The East Providence native and La Salle Academy alumnus was part of a Los Angeles organization that recently got pushed aside by St. Louis in the National League Championship Series.
LINCOLN â If you missed the first 30 seconds of Tuesday nightâs Division II girlsâ soccer clash between Lincoln and Warwick Vets, you missed a lot.
Electing to establish tempo on the gameâs initial touch, the Lions quickly penetrated deep into the Hurricanesâ zone before one of their scoring stars took over. Senior Hailee Jarry succeeded in turning the corner and getting past a Warwick Vets defender before rifling a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that goalie Katelen Pick had little chance of stopping.