Archive - 2013
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.
BRISTOL, Conn. --- After watching his All-Star team nearly mercy-rule the Mount Abraham All-Stars of New Haven, Vt. in an easy victory on Sunday, Cumberland manager Chris Bodington knew that his girls had probably seen their last lopsided win of the Eastern Regional tournament.
On deck was a pool play contest against a team that took Cumberland extra innings a year ago in the tourney, two-time Maine state champ Scarborough, and the next game was against a tougher opponent, the George J. Hummel All-Stars of Seymour, Conn.
PAWTUCKET -- Almost simultaneously, co-managers Matt Bergeron and Luke McLaughlin leaned back in their office chairs rather amused when asked the question, â€śHow the heck did you do it?!â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re still trying to figure that out!â€ť Bergeron exclaimed of the miraculous, comeback 13-12 victory recorded by the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division All-Stars over the Jersey City, N.J./Jackie Robinson Mets in Queens, N.Y. back on Saturday, July 13.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two gleaming new rescue vehicles will go into service this week, joining the new Engine 2 which made its debut earlier this month.
They will be the first city rescues to feature a state of the art EMS computer system allowing crews to file online reports upon completion of their patient care runs, allowing for faster filing and making paper reports a thing of the past. They also join the new Engine 2, which went into service last month, as marking major improvements in front line equipment for the department.
PAWTUCKET - McNally, Aphro A., 88, formerly of Pawtucket and Lincoln, R.I, passed away July 21, 2013 in Long Island, NY. She was the mother of Kenneth E. McNally and the late Carolyn Taylor. Grandmother to 5 grandchildren. Sister to the late Helen Kapos.
Aphro was employed by the City of Pawtucket and was retired from the Tax Assessors Office. She was a long time member of the Pawtucket Country Club.
Rita T. Manley
CENTRAL FALLS - Rita T. Manley, 84, passed peacefully with her loving family by her side on July 23, 2013. She was the wife of the late Harrold H. Manley.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Adolphe J. and Gertrude (Baris) Collette.
She had been employed as a cashier by the former Almacs for 22 years, retiring in 1993.
Barbara J. Young
SMITHFIELD - Barbara J. Young, 83, of Smithfield died July 22, 2013. She was the wife of the late Lawrence H. Young. She was born in Providence, daughter of the late Walter L. and Alva (Battey) Strand.
She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
She is survived by her daughter Cheryl A. Fetterolf and two grandsons.
Donald C. Turcotte
PAWTUCKET - Donald "Don" C. Turcotte, 70, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 22, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Katherine L. (Connor) Turcotte for 25 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Charles J., Sr. & Cecelia (Phillips) Turcotte.