Archive - 2013
PROVIDENCE â€” St. Raphael Academy head coach Ron Labree had heard from a select group of people that his troops had coasted through their regular season because they played in a less-than-strong Division II-West.
Those same naysayers seemed to infer that the lone â€śrealâ€ť team to be concerned about was North Providence.
Labree mentioned that to his girls before their playoff debut, and â€“ excepting one hiccup â€“ they've been on a roll ever since.
LINCOLN â€“ It was pretty easy to see the frustration mounting inside Lincoln High senior righthander Lindsay Mayer during the R.I. Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament winners' bracket final against always-gutsy Coventry on Saturday.
She'd fire a fastball, riseball or screwball, one she thought for sure would be called a strike at the belt or knees. Yet, when it wasn't, it would bug her to no end, as it would most All-State whirlers.
Rita B. Prosser
LINCOLN - Rita B. Prosser, 76, passed peacefully at home on June 11th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Thomas G. Prosser Sr.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Armand and Yvonne (Hamel) Benoit.
Rita had been employed by Ann & Hope of Cumberland for over 20 years and then worked for Aramark Food Service at the Central Falls High School. Rita was a member of the Lincoln Senior Center, enjoyed Bingo at Franklin Manor and was avid about her daily walk with her dear friend Peggy Lass.
Raymond J. Hebert
PAWTUCKET - Raymond J. Hebert, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Estelle R. (Hemond) Hebert. The couple would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on June 28th. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Alcide and Rose A. (Maurice) Hebert, he resided in Pawtucket since 1990.
Ray was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a Lead Man in the Shipping Department of Hasbro for over 30 years until retiring in 1987. An avid golfer and bowler, Ray was a longtime member of St. John Vianney Seniors Group.
PAWTUCKET â€” Vivian Maxson calls them â€śThe Twins,â€ť two six-week-old Peregrine Falcon siblings just learning how to fly â€“ that is when theyâ€™re not gorging themselves on fresh quail meat or preening themselves in their 40-foot flight cage.
Maxson, who runs the Westerly-based Be Wild Nature Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center that specializes in the care of raptors, has been caring for the two falcon fledglings for the past week, ever since they were found on the ground not far from their nest on top of Pawtucket City Hall.
PAWTUCKET â€” A half-dozen speakers, all positive, came out to comment publicly on the proposed merger of The Memorial Hospital and Care New England Health System on Tuesday night.
A public informational meeting was sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General and Department of Health at Jenks Junior High School concerning the proposed transaction.
Henry J. Fortin
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Henry J. Fortin of North Providence and formerly of New York City, New York died on June 10, 2013.
Mr. Fortin was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Armand J. Fortin and Madeline L. (Sartini) Fortin. He was employed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for many years before he retired in 1996.
Mr. Fortin was a World War II Veteran serving in the United States Army.
Rita B. Seguin
RUMFORD - Rita B. Seguin, 94, passed June 10th at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Maxime F. Seguin.
Born in Lowell, MA, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Marie (Blanchette) Moris.
Rita had been employed the former Cadillac Textile Mills.
She is survived by two sons, Andre Seguin and his wife Linda, and Edmond Seguin and his wife Martha, 6 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Rita was the last of 19 Siblings
Services will be private. For online condolences visit
Richard T. Arruda
PAWTUCKET - Richard T. Arruda, 58, of Lawton St., Pawtucket, passed away at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Born in Providence, he was a son of William Arruda of Charlestown and the late Shirley Arruda.
Richard worked for the Highway Dept. for the City of Pawtucket for many years until his retirement in 2010. He liked the Red Sox, the Patriots and NASCAR and enjoyed walking on the beach.
Gerald J. Jacob, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Gerald J. Jacob, Sr., 82, of Pawtucket passed away at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center on June 10, 2013. He was the loving and devoted husband of Theresa (Benjamin) Jacob for sixty years. He was the son of the late Osias and Eva (Malouin) Jacob and brother of the late Renee Jacob, Osias Jacob, Gladys Beaubien and Cecile Racine. He was a Korean War Veteran.
Ho Wong Ip
PAWTUCKET - Ho Wong Ip, 94, of Roosevelt Avenue died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Fat Ip.
Born in Hong Kong, she was a member of the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A simple but well-executed bunt that St. Raphaelâ€™s Kamryn Labree laid down in the top of the sixth inning Monday proved a turning point in Monday's Division II losersâ€™ bracket semifinal contest against North Smithfield.
If the freshman doesnâ€™t get the ball down, the tenor of the game may have been drastically different. Both pitchers, SRAâ€™s Kaylee Sylvestre and Karissa Carlton of North Smithfield, may have gone on flummoxing hitters and maintaining what was a scoreless, rain-soaked affair at Rhode Island Collegeâ€™s Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.
PAWTUCKET â€” A new ethnic style restaurant with the catchy name â€śLa Vaca Flacaâ€ť will be opening soon at 139 Broad St.
The City Council's Board of License Commissioners approved the food and liquor licenses for the applicant, La Vaca Flaca, Inc., last Wednesday following a public hearing.
PROVIDENCE â€“ If a child misses 20 percent or more of a school year due to unexcused absences, his or her family could lose its cash and medical assistance under the Rhode Island Works welfare program, if a bill sponsored by Woonsocket Rep. Stephen Casey becomes law.
The bill would require a parent applying for welfare benefits to sign an affidavit stating that his or her child is enrolled in and attending school and has an attendance rate of not less than 80 percent for the current school year, not including illness, or injury-related absences.
Roland M. Belanger
PAWTUCKET - Roland "The Mailman" M. Belanger, 87, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Edna C. (Boulais) Belanger. Born in Central Falls, the son of the late Marcel and Medora (Doucette) Belanger, he resided in Pawtucket since 1949.
Dorothy J. Kimmett, R.N.
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy J. (Marks) Kimmett, R.N., 96, passed away at home on Friday, May 31, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Kimmett. Born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada, a daughter of the late George and Janet (Roy) Marks, she resided in Pawtucket since 1962.
Noreen P. Unwin
PAWTUCKET - Noreen P. Unwin, 86, of Prospect Street, Pawtucket, died on June 9, 2013. She was the wife of the late George J. Unwin.
Noreen was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Michael and Marion (Bardsley) McCormick. She worked for Chuck Wagon food service company and managed the cafeteria at the Corning Glass and SABNife.
Annette I. Desjardins
NASHUA, NH - Annette Irene (Dumais) Desjardins 83, passed away Sunday at the Merrimack Hospice House after a courageous battle with colon cancer.
Annette was the wife of Roland Desjardins who passed away in 1993. She lived in RI for 79 years before moving to Nashua, NH in 2009 to be near her family.
Annette was predeceased by her four brothers, Armand, Jerry, Paul and Roland Dumais and two sisters Emilia Desmaris and Rita Roy and a grandson Doyle Horvath.
Annette was employed at the former Peterson Puritan for 36 years.
CUMBERLAND - Rolande LeClair, 97, formerly of Arnolds Mills Road, passed away Friday at the Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Arthur LeClair.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Rodolphe and Diana (Larocque) Pare'. She resided in Cumberland for over 60 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
She was a communicant of St. John Vianney Church, Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. She loved to read, and was a member of the St. John Vianney Seniors. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli has been presented with two envelopes. One is marked â€ścollegeâ€ť â€“ as in the opportunity to play Division I baseball at Elon (N.C.) University. The second envelope is labeled â€śprosâ€ť â€“ as in an invitation to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox, the team that selected him in the 28th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.