Archive - 2013
CENTRAL FALLS - Frances Sobczyk, 89, formerly of High Street Central Falls passed away Friday August 2, 2013 at the Victoria Mansion in Attleboro.
Born in Central Falls she was the beloved daughter of the late Michael and Antonina (Stadnicki) Sobczyk. She was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring Frances was employed by the State of Rhode Island Department of Human Resources.
Dorothy A. Brown
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy A. (Drake) Brown, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 2, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick V. Brown. Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Timothy J. and Lottie E. (Lamorine) Drake.
Dorothy worked as a dietary aid at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for over 10 years until her retirement. She also worked at and was a volunteer for the Salvation Army Home League since the late 1960s, doing charitable work and bell ringing during the Christmas Season.
PAWTUCKET â Was Bryce Brentz resigned to the possibility that his season was over upon undergoing significant surgery to his right knee? A rollover-and-surrender attitude wouldnât fit the PawSox outfielderâs hard-charging persona now, would it?
That said, the power hitter is a realist and understands the slippery slope that comes with accelerating the rehab timetable in order to return to the field this season.
BRISTOL â Milliseconds after southpaw Brendan Wright had fielded an easy grounder and thrown to first baseman Jayden Struble for the final out on Thursday evening, Cumberland American's All-Stars came from all directions to celebrate mere feet in front of home plate.
Not surprisingly, the one on the bottom of the pile happened to be second baseman Johnny Belisle, one of the more vociferous members of this splendid contingent.
PROVIDENCE âThe first same-sex marriage ceremonies in Rhode Island were conducted on Thursday, but if you think that is the end of the long political battle on the issue you have another think coming.
The National Organization for Marriage, a national group opposed to gay marriage, said Thursday that it would sink $100,000 into next yearâs elections in Rhode Island to âhold politicians accountable for this travesty.â It pledged an additional $500,000 for the same purpose in Minnesota, where same-sex nuptials also became legal on Thursday.
Matthew J. Barone
PAWTUCKET - Barone, Matthew J., 37, of Harrison Street, Pawtucket, passed away on July 30, 2013.
He was born in Pawtucket, a son of Arthur Barone and Sheree A. Desmarias. He worked at Whole Foods.
Besides his parents, Matthew is survived by his brother Joshua Barone of Pawtucket, his nephew Evan Barone and his grandmother, Jeannette Scungio and his longtime partner, Sandra Greene.
PAWTUCKET â City officials are planning to formally issue a request for proposals (RFP) from private firms to redevelop and/or manage the downtown municipal parking garage and two adjacent parking lots.
WEST WARWICK â Upper Deck Post 86/14 was only looking for some insurance runs while holding a 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday night.
Yet when it was all said and done, one walk and one error by R&R Construction opened the floodgates for a big rally and a comfortable 9-3 win in the winnerâs bracket semifinals of the American Legion âFinal Eightâ Tournament at McCarthy Field.
R&R ace pitcher Eddie Hole was working with authority through seven innings, allowing just two hits since the first inning. That was, until the eighth.
PAWTUCKET â It was apparent that Will Middlebrooks was not a happy camper.
On the same day that saw the Red Sox bring up Brock Holt to fill the infield void that was created in the wake of Jose Iglesiasâ departure, Middlebrooks expressed his displeasure in a loud and boisterous way after striking out to end the third inning of Pawtucketâs 3-0 loss to Norfolk on matinee Wednesday at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â In economic terms, the Red Sox were sitting on a surplus of shortstops and third basemen. As the Jake Peavy trade demonstrated, the organization was comfortable with putting that surplus to good use.
The parent club was not going to field a team that included Jose Iglesias, Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks and Garin Cecchini on the same roster at the same time. And as Iglesias is a free agent at the end of the season, the Red Sox were able to sidestep a potential off-season topic by trading away the one-time perceived starting shortstop of the future to Detroit.
PAWTUCKET â It was akin to the calm before the storm Tuesday afternoon inside the PawSox clubhouse.
Some 24 hours before Wednesdayâs 4 p.m. Eastern Time non-waiver trading deadline, Pawtucket took the field for batting practice. There was perfect attendance as Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts â two names that have swirled amidst the trade winds in recent days â joined the rest of their Triple-A teammates in heading back inside for a cool, air-conditioned sequester.
CUMBERLAND â A local man convicted in June on multiple counts of first-degree and second- degree child molestation was sentenced to 60 years, with 50 to serve, during a hearing on Tuesday before Superior Court Judge William E. Carnes Jr., according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâs office.
CUMBERLAND - Armand "Mundy" Costa, 71, of Curran Rd. passed away Tuesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Dale (Cote) Costa.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria (Medeiros) Costa Sr. He was a life long Cumberland resident.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
CENTRAL FALLS - Raymond Jette, 90, passed on July 29, 2013. He was the husband of the late Estelle (Bourgette) Jette. He was a decorated Air Force Veteran of WWII.
Raymond is survived by two daughters, Venita Cameron and Donna Oliveira, several grandchildren, many great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.
He was the father of the late Russell Jette and Diane Bandilli.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 5 to 7pm followed by a service at 7pm at the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be private. For online condolences visit
Rita M. Lambert
MOUNT CARMEL, PA - Rita Marie Lambert, 87, of 325 North Vine Street, died Monday, July 29, 2013.
Born in Mount Carmel on March 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Helen (Adzema) Korzeniecki. Rita was educated in the Mount Carmel School District.
She was married to the late Adeland Lambert, who preceded her in death on February 24, 1987, she was a caregiver for both her late husband and family. She enjoyed listening to big band music, flea marketing, dining out and casinos.
Rita was a member of Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel.
Lucien H. Provost
PAWTUCKET - Lucien H. Provost, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Beatrice S. (Labonte) Provost. Born in Montreal, P.Q., Canada, he was a son of the late Henri & Marie Reine (Vincent) Provost.
Lucien was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and then worked as a lab technician at Teknor Apex, Pawtucket over 40 years until his retirement. He was a hard worker and a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Lucien enjoyed working in the yard and traveling.
PAWTUCKET â The conversation started out as a prime chance to look ahead for PawSox players Alex Hassan and Dan Butler. The pair is listed on Bostonâs 40-man roster, meaning thereâs a pretty good chance that each will make their big-league debuts when MLB rosters expand come September.
It wasnât Gary DiSarcinaâs intention to throw this reporter off the trail, but not soon after the two aforementioned names and the particular circumstances surrounding them were brought to his attention, the Pawtucket manager made a point that helped place everything in proper perspective.
PAWTUCKET â On the surface, it seems fitting that Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon are locker room neighbors in the PawSox clubhouse.
One stall stands between the two veteran right-handed pitchers who by happenstance reported to the Triple-A ballclub on the same day (July 19). At this stage, Contreras, 41, and Lyon, 33, are intriguing due to the perception of bullpen depth thatâs already in the fold â something the Red Sox at the moment seem to have in abundance considering Franklin Morales and Alex Wilson are in town this week for rehab assignments.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs always nice to start the postseason slate with your top arm grabbing the ball for the first game.
That luxury becomes even better when your pitcher hurls a top-notch performance, as Elmwood Sportsâ Bryan Quinlan exemplified in his squadâs 7-1 win over Westerly on Monday night in the opener of the best-of-three Connie Mack playoff series.
PAWTUCKET â Police are investigating a second death in as many days after an unidentified man's body was found in the woods off Blackstone Avenue Monday afternoon.