Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â An investigation is going on into the possible misuse of the city's gasoline pumps by someone who allegedly used them to fill up a personal vehicle.
However, while city officials have confirmed the investigation, they are being tight-lipped about the scope of it and any other details surrounding the matter.
CUMBERLAND â Test drilling will begin later this summer at Franklin Farmâs east field, one of five sites and the primary parcel identified in an evaluation of town-owned properties that have the potential to provide a new source of municipal groundwater.
The Cumberland Water Department has contracted with Layne Christensen Company of Dracut, Mass. to drill test wells and conduct short term pumping tests in late August or early September when groundwater levels are expected to be at their lowest.
PAWTUCKETâEvery woman dreams of finding the perfect dress for her wedding day. For bride-to-be Beth Coakley, that means taking her turn in the same satin and lace gown that has been worn by seven other family members before her.
When Coakley, a school teacher in Beverly, Mass., marries Pawtucket native Bob Bedard this fall, she will be proudly outfitted in a family heirloom known as âthe corn crop dress.â The gown was first worn by Coakley's great-aunt when she wed in 1949, and was passed down to a bride in every generation after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Aline G. LeClair
PAWTUCKET - Aline G. (Marot) LeClair, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter C. LeClair. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Armand and Alice (Cote) Marot. Mrs. LeClair was a seamstress and homemaker, but most of all a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
SMITHFIELD - Julio Coia 91, a resident of North Bay Manor, passed away on June 14, 2013. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Irene G. (Mello) Coia. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Giulio and Angela (Capaldi) Coia.
Julio was a Supervisor for the former Valley Gas Company. He was an Army Veteran of WWII. Julio loved to golf, ballroom dance, and spend quality time with his family.
George J. Metfooney
SEEKONK - George J. Metfooney, 80, died at the New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital on Friday, June 14, 2013 after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Carmela (Gentile) Metfooney. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late John and Hapel Metfooney, and lived in Pawtucket and nearby Seekonk for most of his life.
George was the owner/operator of Cousin's Food Store and Restaurant in Pawtucket. He was also a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean War.
Lucille T. Laporte
CENTRAL FALLS - Lucille T. Laporte, 81, passed June 14, 2013. She was the loving wife of the late Arthur L. Laporte. Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Mary-Jane (Raymond) Maurice.
She had been employed as a winding technician for many years, retiring from Quality Ribbon after 20 years.
James B. Downing
CUMBERLAND - James B. Downing, of Cumberland passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Kathleen (Peranzi) Downing. They had been married 47 years.
Mr. Downing was born in Providence the son of the late Michael Downing and Mary (Smith)Downing.
He was a truck driver for the Coca Cola Company for many years. In recent years Jim was a bus driver for the Durham Bus Company in Cumberland.
Mary B. Welsh
PAWTUCKET - Mary B. (Russell) Welsh, 80, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Welsh. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late John and Margaret (McCrystal) Russell. Mary worked as a bookkeeper for Rhode Island Medical Imaging for 42 years until retiring in 1997.
PAWTUCKET â This knuckleballer had the Wright stuff on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Wright impressed a large Fatherâs Day crowd at McCoy Stadium with his finest start of the year. Throwing a season-high eight innings -- the Pawtucket Red Sox starter to do so this year -- Wright struck out seven batters and gave up just five hits, a run, and no walks to help the PawSox notch a 5-3 triumph over the Buffalo Bisons.
PROVIDENCE â To Emily Bouthillette, a whack to the face never felt so good.
Minutes after Lincoln High had clinched an easier-than-anticipated 5-1 victory over Coventry to claim its second straight R.I. Division I Tournament title on Sunday afternoon, Bouthillette's fellow senior tri-captain, Lindsay Mayer, accepted the state championship plaque.
When Mayer heard fans screaming from the third-base gate to spin and hoist it â of course for photos â she accidentally struck her teammate, and immediately responded, âEm, I'm so sorry!
PROVIDENCE â In two previous regular-season meetings with Division II-West champion North Providence High, league runner-up St. Raphael Academy suffered losses of 5-0 at Notte Park and 1-0 at the Hank Soar Complex.
SRA skipper Ron Labree and assistant Kevin Shea discussed the nuances of those defeats on the team bus, one carrying the Saints to one final showdown against the mighty Cougars in the R.I. Division II Tournament championship game, on Saturday morning.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. has no problem nurturing the cityâs artistic community and supporting budding young artists, but he draws the line at spray-painted phallic symbols, curse words and other graffiti he says is plaguing city walls.
PAWTUCKET â Xander Bogaerts wasted little time in making himself feel quite at home in his new surroundings.
All the 20-year-old did in his PawSox debut was a little bit of everything, his efforts going a long way in Pawtucket grabbing both ends of Fridayâs doubleheader against Buffalo. The home team won the first game in dramatic 1-0 fashion as Alex Hassan delivered a walk-off hit with two down in the seventh inning.
PAWTUCKET â Xander Bogaerts reached Triple-A Pawtucket as a 20-year-old and with 290 Double-A at-bats in 79 games to his credit.
Just to provide an idea of how unique his situation is, below is a list of former and current PawSox position players and where they stood at-bat and age-wise upon leaving Portland:
â Dustin Pedroia (256 at-bats in 66 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â Will Middlebrooks (37 at-bats in 96 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â Jacoby Ellsbury (271 at-bats in 67 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 23).
Meg Lancaster, a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 2013, watches fellow classmates during the processional at CCRIâs Flanagan Campus in Lincoln Friday evening.
Reputed Boston mob boss James âWhiteyâ Bulger is an 83-year-old man federal prosecutors say was responsible for 19 murders before he went on the lam in 1994.
Jodi Arias is a 32-year-old ex-waitress from Arizona whoâs facing the death penalty in the grisly killing of her lover, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face.
As criminal types, they have about as much in common as rocks and birds. But hereâs something that may help them both: In the age of social media, itâs easier than ever for the jurors sitting in their cases to screw up.
Omer J. Sicard
PAWTUCKET - Omer J. Sicard, 74, died peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2013 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Providence. He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Omer and Imelda (Samson) Sicard and lived his entire life in the Blackstone Valley. He retired after more than thirty years as a froster from Osram-Sylvania, Central Falls. Omer was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea during the Vietnam Era.
Raymond E. Riendeau
PAWTUCKET - Raymond E. Riendeau, 80 of Pawtucket died Friday at his home. He was the husband of the late Claire(LaPorte) Riendeau. Born in Albany, VT he was the son of the late Eugene and Gertrude (Authier) Riendeau. He has been a Pawtucket resident most of his life.
Raymond is a Navy veteran and served on the USS Oriskany in the Korean War. Prior to his retirement he was employed for many years by the City of Pawtucket and was a Sexton at St. Cecilia's Parish in Pawtucket, RI. He was involved in Cub and Boy Scouts Troop 28 at St. Cecilia's and a member of LeFoyer.
William A. Kaplan
CUMBERLAND William A. Kaplan, 64, passed away Tuesday June 11, 2013 at his residence.
Born in Pawtucket he was a beloved son of the late Walter A. "Jimmy" and Pauline (Vasiliev) Kaplan. He was a life long resident of Cumberland.
He was employed by the Cumberland School Department as a Custodian and prior to that he worked for the former Newman Crosby Steel Co. for 25 years.
Bill was a Vietnam Veteran serving as a Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Filibuster Club of Cumberland.