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Archive - 2013

June 10th

Bill: Absences jeopardize welfare payments

June 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE – 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

June 10, 2013

Roland M. Belanger
"The Mailman"

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.

June 10, 2013

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

June 10, 2013

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

June 10, 2013

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.

Rolande LeClair

June 10, 2013

Rolande LeClair

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.

June 9th

Decision looming for Lincoln baseball star Zammarelli

June 9, 2013

Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli has been presented with two envelopes. One is marked “college” – as in the opportunity to play Division I baseball at Elon (N.C.) University. The second envelope is labeled “pros” – 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.

Two boaters rescued from swollen river

June 9, 2013

By JOSEPH B. NADEAU

CENTRAL FALLS – The high waters of the Blackstone River proved to be too much for a pair of canoeists Sunday, overturning their boat and leaving them clinging to a safety line in the turbulent waters near the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge.

The canoeists had been helping to set up the finish line area for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Duck Race fundraiser just before 12:50 p.m. when they went into river’s waters, according to the Central Falls Fire Department.

June 8th

Zammarelli proud to share Red Sox draft moment with Lincoln '9'

June 8, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN — Perhaps it’s fitting that Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli got to share his special moment – that of getting selected by the hometown Boston Red Sox in the 28th round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player draft, No. 833 overall – with his teammates and coaches.

After all, both groups were generous with their support and encouragement through every twist and turn of his career.

June 7th

Life-long bond inspires ‘Death Racers’

June 7, 2013

LINCOLN – Andy Souvalian had been trying to complete his usual business as an assistant administrator at Amica Insurance Co. headquarters on the afternoon of Monday, April 15 when he heard the horrifying news, that someone had exploded two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

His immediate thought: “Oh, no! How's Roup?”

His best friend, Rhode Island State Police Trooper Roupen Bastajian of Greenville, had been running in the grueling 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Copley Square, and he wondered if his pal had suffered any injuries.

BISHOP KEOUGH GRADUATION

June 7, 2013

Bishop Keough Regional High School Class of 2013 valedictorian Aldelis Rosalin Reyes, leads her 10-member class into St. Maria Goretti Church in Pawtucket Friday evening for commencement exercises. The ceremonies included remarks by Reyes, class salutatorian Nicole Monge, following Reyes, Charles H. DeBlois Jr. of the board of directors and Carrie A. Hormanski of Curry College spoke before diplomas were conferred by the Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, Bishop Emeritus of Providence.

Police ask for public’s help in probe of stabbings

June 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Pawtucket Police are seeking information on the circumstances surrounding a violent home invasion that occurred inside an apartment at 21 Memorial Drive on Thursday.
According to Maj. Arthur Martins, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of Memorial Drive in response to a call reporting two injured people. When police arrived, they found a male and a female, each with their hands bound and suffering from stab wounds.

Rat wrangler on the case

June 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET – When it comes to the city’s rat population, Shaun R. Logue knows his enemy.
He knows rats are extremely intelligent, highly adaptable and will eat almost anything.
Logue, the city's zoning and code enforcement director, also knows urban rats can get big — really big.
“There are some big guys out there,” he says. “I’ve seen them as big as opossums at the transfer station.”

Rat wrangler has rodents on the run

June 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET – When it comes to the city’s rat population, Shaun R. Logue knows his enemy.
He knows rats are extremely intelligent, highly adaptable and will eat almost anything.
Logue, the city's zoning and code enforcement director, also knows urban rats can get big — really big.
“There are some big guys out there,” he says. “I’ve seen them as big as opossums at the transfer station.”

Bertrand L. Bourget

June 7, 2013

Bertrand L. Bourget

LEESBURG, FL. - Bertrand Louis Bourget, passed away at his home in Leesburg, Florida on June 1st at the age of 86. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island he served in the United States Navy during World War II.
He owned and operated Colonial Tree and Prestige Tree Services, servicing many private and municipal landscaping needs in the state of Rhode Island. Later, he and his wife operated the Inn at Brevard, a bed and breakfast inn in Western North Carolina. Bertrand was a member of Eckankar and attended Unity Church in Leesburg, Florida, where he settled in retirement.

Richard A. Lussier

June 7, 2013

Richard A. Lussier

PAWTUCKET - Richard A. Lussier, 54, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late George and Dianne (Donth) Lussier.
Richard was a union carpenter for many years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles. Most of all he was a loving father and hard worker, who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.

June 6th

With regards to MLB Draft, Zammarelli family hopes good things are in store for son Nick

June 6, 2013

LINCOLN – In a spring season that has seen their son operate in a fishbowl and subjected to seemingly never-ending interactions with pro baseball scouts, Nick Zammarelli Jr. and wife Lisa have been with Lincoln High senior standout Nick III every step of the way.

The journey leading up to Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft has been part eye-opener, part draining ordeal. Frequently, the player's dad has been forced to deal with endless questions from talent evaluators, all of them clamoring to know about Nick and what his future plans may entail.

PawSox manager has deep appreciation for life inside draft war room

June 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET – PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina experienced one side of Major League Baseball’s draft when he served as the Angels’ on-site representative during the televised portion of the 2011 edition.
Sitting in a studio room at MLB Network’s Secaucus, N.J. headquarters, DiSarcina turned in the card that contained the name of the player that the team would select with its first-round selection.

Getting drafted by MLB team not the only item to worry about

June 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET – There’s no doubt that getting drafted into professional baseball ranks is a pretty significant milestone. Yet as several inhabitants of the PawSox clubhouse explained earlier this week, there are several behind-the-scenes variables that are just as important as learning your name has been called.

Gist's contract renewed

June 6, 2013

WARWICK – Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who made herself a lightning rod in the politically and emotionally charged issue of education reform, won a two-year renewal of her contract from the new Board of Education after meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours Thursday.
The renewal came with two 2-percent increases in her base salary of just over $190,000, one immediately and one next year. It also came with some provisions that keep the commissioner on a short leash.

 

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