Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â Itâs a treat and a dessert and you can really have ice cream anytime. But there is something special about going to get ice cream at an ice cream stand or from a truck, even on a cool May evening.
Rod Florez, the General Manager of Palagi Brothers Ice Cream and Frozen Lemonade in Pawtucket, actually anticipates sales in late April and early May as some of the best for his business all season.
Palagi Brothersâ 25 trucks usually hit the streets on April 1 but were delayed this year by late winter weather and sales were still slower than usual this week, according to Florez.
PAWTUCKET â Norman Menard says you donât have to be a policeman, fireman or emergency management professional to help your community when there are threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and natural disasters.
What you do need, he says, is a willingness to learn and help support first responders any way you can when disaster does strike.
CUMBERLAND â Prior to Cumberland Highâs Division I showdown with Tolman on Friday afternoon, head coach Marty Crowley issued a message to his players.
âI just told them that Tolmanâs a great team, and â like every game â they need to be ready to play, and play hard,â he stated. âI also said that theyâre brand new to the league (division), and we havenât seen them, but we needed to take them like any other (force). The good news is we heeded that warning.â
PAWTUCKET â Allen Webster brought out his best to nab his first Triple-A victory on a cold Friday night.
The 23-year-old prospect delivered six innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine batters and walking none, to help the Pawtucket Red Sox produce a 4-1 victory over the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium.
Aside from a shaky third inning that saw Webster hit the first batter he faced and the Bulls collect both their hits and score their run, Webster was simply on top of his game.
PAWTUCKET â Gary DiSarcina wasted little time in explaining why the PawSox are refraining from employing a six-man starting rotation.
âChris Hernandez will be in the bullpen,â the Pawtucket skipper stated prior to Thursdayâs game, which was started by Alfredo Aceves.
Eva L. Bouchard
EAST PROVIDENCE - Eva L. Bouchard, 100, died peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Orchard View Manor, East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur N. Bouchard, Sr. She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Hormidas and Armande (Fontaine) Masse. She was a resident of Coventry for forty years before moving to East Providence. She was a twist tender in the former J. P. Coats Mill in Central Falls before retiring.
Therese P. Genest
PAWTUCKET - Therese P. Genest, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013. She was the wife of the late Raymond Genest. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Ulric and Odivine (Boie) Charbonneau.
Therese is survived by five daughters, Helene Gauthier, Lilliane Szwaja, Carol, Lise, and Cindy Genest, one sister, Denise Baltadonis, one brother, John Charbonneau, six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Jeanne Grise, and Leonard and Andre Charbonneau.
Rick P. Cassamas
PAWTUCKET - Rick P. Cassamas of Pawtucket passed away on May 2, 2013. He was the husband of Kathleen (McCaffrey) Cassamas.
Mr. Cassamas was born in Warwick, the son of the late Michael Cassamas and Joan (Kiernan) Cassamas. He was a longtime professional driver who loved his music. Rick frequently attended live concerts and music festivals.
PAWTUCKET â Alfredo Aceves made a strong statement with his pitching on Thursday.
Taking the mound for the first time in nine days, Aceves spun six shutout innings as Pawtucket belted Durham, 10-1. Though he issued four walks, Aceves allowed just two hits while striking out six. He ended up throwing 101 pitches, 57 of which went for strikes.
âI didnât know how many pitches I threw,â said Aceves. âNobody knows how pitches youâre going to throw (in a given outing). Itâs unreal.â
PROVIDENCE â After 17 long and frequently contentious years of political and legislative struggle, Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay Speaker of the House, brought down his gavel Thursday and announced that the bill to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island passed by an overwhelming 56-15 vote.
Mary M. Vecoli
LINCOLN - Mary M. Vecoli, 91, of Lincoln, died Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Guido Vecoli Jr. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Edward J. and Josephine (Hannon) Fay.
Mrs. Vecoli was employed for the State of RI School Lunch Program until her retirement.
Her sons Donald T. Vecoli of Florida and David B. Vecoli of Lincoln; her brother Edward J. Fay of Texas; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren survive her. She was the sister of the late Bernice Lilley and Vera Tellier.
Jean-Paul R. Houle
GREENVILLE - Jean-Paul R. "Jay" Houle, 82, of Austin Ave. and formerly of Cumberland passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providnce. He was the beloved husband of Ellen M. (Berthiaume) Houle, they had been married for the past 61 years.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Achille and Bernadette (Sawyer) Houle. He resided in Johnston for the past three years and had resided in Cumberland for 27 years and previously residing in Central Falls.
PROVIDENCE â Police Chief Michael Kehoe of Newtown, Conn., who was a first responder when 20 children and six educators were slaughtered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in his community last December, warned Wednesday that, âThe tragedies felt by Newtown and other communities can be repeated if affirmative action is not taken.â
CUMBERLAND - Vincent Gesualdi, 73, of Heroux Blvd., died April 28, 2013 in North Attleboro, MA. He was the husband of the late Eileen O. (Dubois) Gesualdi. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Francisco and Rosaria (Decotis) Gesualdi.
He was a 1957 graduate of Woonsocket High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Bryant University in 1972. Vincent worked for many years as a traffic manager for Union Wadding Co., Pawtucket, retiring in 2005. He served in the United States Navy and was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
Ex Chief Bureau of Audits,
State of Rhode Island and
PAWTUCKET - Frank Martino, 85, of Pawtucket, RI, passed away surrounded by his loving daughters on April 30, 2013. He was predeceased by his loving wife Despa Martino. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2013.
PAWTUCKET â Nobody wants to play extra innings on a day at McCoy Stadium that began with the stands filled with elementary and middle school students hailing from this city and concluded with a small group of diehard supporters.
Tuesday was also getaway day for the Columbus Clippers, a club that certainly wanted to hop on a plane and fly back home to Ohio after partaking in an eight-game, two-city road trip. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off that would be followed by an even rarer day away from the ballpark.
PROVIDENCE â On the day that Education Commissioner Deborah Gist delivered her annual State of Education address to a joint session of the General Assembly, the stateâs two major teachers unions released a poll that they say shows teacher morale is âabysmalâ under her leadership and that 85 percent do not want her contract to be renewed.
Despite that, Gist painted an optimistic picture of the stateâs education effort, citing progress in technology, early education and international competitiveness.
LINCOLN â A crowd of players engulfed the craps table as dealer Sam Hasney announced the cutoff for more bets.
âBets set,â he said. âShooterâs looking for four. Four wins.â
âCâmon Nick,â somebody cheered as an oversized pair of red dice tumbled across the green felt pit of the craps deck.
CENTRAL FALLS - Adelino Catarino, 80, of Washington St. passed away Tuesday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket.
Born in Madeira Island, Portugal he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria (Rodrigues) Catarina. He lived most of his life in Central Falls.
Mr. Catarino was employed by Central Falls School Department for 10 years until his retirement. He was previously employed by the former Cadillac Textile Co., Cumberland.
He was a communicant and very active in the Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â Due to the upcoming privatization of trash services, 19 employees in the city's Department of Public Works received layoff notices on Friday, but city officials say that all or most should be able to land other municipal jobs or a position with the vendor.