Archive - 2013
Alice M. Barbeau
PAWTUCKET - Alice M. (Froment) Barbeau, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond G. Barbeau.
Born in Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Oscar J. and Juliette (Groulx) Froment. Alice was a member of the PEAL Club and enjoyed cooking, sewing, shopping, traveling and bowling. Above all Alice was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Robert K. Gingras
CUMBERLAND - Robert K. Gingras, 79, of 1 Flat St., passed away Saturday in the R. I. Hospital Providence.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Edmund and Lillian (Baril) Gingras. Mr. Gingras resided in Cumberland for the past five years and had resided in Lincoln for most of his life. He was employed by the former Miller Electric Co., of Woonsocket for 40 years retiring in 1993.
He was a communicant of St. Jude Church, Lincoln and a member of the Cumberland-Lincoln Boys and Girls Club.
A little of this, a little of that âŠ
Thereâs plenty of blame to go around now that a Massachusetts group has been given the responsibility to assign, evaluate and train officials for Ocean State-based games.
Itâs the result of an embarrassing fallout exposing unfortunate and regrettable decisions made by all involved parties in the saga over the fate of Rhode Island high school football officials.
PAWTUCKET --- Itâs been said time and time again that life begins at 40, but in Linda Bachandâs case, running careers can also begin at that age.
Four years ago, Bachand, a 44-year-old detective and 18-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department, stumbled upon a health and wellness expo with a co-worker during a work conference in Florida.
The expo was being held in conjunction with a nearby marathon that was scheduled that weekend, and when Bachand, who was looking to kill time, toured the expo, something inside her clicked.
PROVIDENCE â State Rep. Michael J. Marcello wants to use GPS tracking systems to greatly expand the reach of the stateâs domestic violence laws.
Marcello (D-Dist. 41, Scituate, Cranston) says a court-issued protective order or no-contact order is not enough to ensure that the victim of a crime will be safe from violence.
CENTRAL FALLS â Joining neighboring Pawtucket, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa has privatized the city's trash and recycling services with the Seekonk, Mass.-based vendor MTG Disposal, Inc.
PAWTUCKET â The story on Saturday afternoon wasnât so much that the Pawtucket Red Sox assembled a mammoth sixth-inning rally to snag a 7-1 Game 1victory over the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium, but instead that David Ortiz played a key role in it.
The 37-year-old designated hitter, on a 20-game rehab stint with Pawtucket after suffering a right Achillesâ injury in a triumph over the Chicago White Sox last July 16, delivered a two-run ground single to right to help his club extend its lead to 4-1 â and continue Pawtucketâs finest-ever start to a season.
PAWTUCKET â Alfred Smith feels confident now that whenever he has to lie down on a floor, he has the ability to raise himself back up. This was a personal milestone for the 70-year-old man with developmental challenges, and he took his first step through an Adaptive Yoga project offered by Shri Studio.
PAWTUCKET â The project to replace the crumbling Pawtucket River Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Seekonk River between Exits 27 and 28, is now expected to be completed some time during the first half of August.
Thatâs the latest estimated completion date for the $81 million bridge project, which began in the fall of 2010.
CUMBERLAND â For runners like Dave Constantino, the unicorn on the logo of the Boston Marathon has been fitting.
For nearly a decade at the hallowed 26.2-mile race, the 43-year-old Cumberland native has tried to track down his own personal unicorn â that is, break the 3-hour mark â but each time, heâs fallen short.
And he has come oh-so-close. Two years ago, his time was 3:04:46. The previous year, he ran a 3:07:40. And in 2006, his second trip to Boston, he turned in a 3:09:27.
PAWTUCKET â From a win-loss perspective, the Pawtucket Red Sox canât ask for much more. Winners of six of seven games, it seems that Mother Nature, not the opposition, is the teamâs toughest foe in the seasonâs early stages.
Fridayâs postponement of Rochester-Pawtucket marks the second time in three days that the pitter-patter of raindrops has come into play for Gary DiSarcinaâs ball club. This past Wednesday saw Pawtucket play two innings at Lehigh Valley before the game was halted in the second inning due to rain.
PAWTUCKET - Gertrude Lebeau, 90, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Leo Lebeau. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Gertrude (Houston) Vashey. Mrs. Lebeau was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â It was clear that David Ortiz was in no mood to stroll down memory lane.
Asked if he felt a touch of nostalgia upon returning to McCoy Stadium for the first time since the memorable three-game show he put on during the summer of 2008, the Red Sox slugger offered a wry smile. After being down for so long, itâs clear that Ortiz is using his rehab stint with the PawSox as a prime opportunity to make up for lost time.
âBeen a while, huh? Yeah, man, just coming down here to get some at-bats and get that engine going,â said a succinct Ortiz.
PAWTUCKET â As if enough confidence wasnât radiating from Jose Iglesias already, the shortstop was privileged enough to spend part of his Thursday afternoon with a noteworthy batting practice partner.
About two hours prior to first pitch, David Ortiz emerged from the clubhouse to get a few on-field swings. Fighting through the crowded wall of TV cameras and microphones, Iglesias had every intention of stepping in the cage the moment Ortiz needed a breather.
Iglesias may have been at McCoy Stadium, but it was clear that the big leagues were still on his mind.
PAWTUCKET â Mix burning wooden pallets with a propane-fed fuel source and what do you get? A massive blaze of the type that kept firefighters very busy on Lockbridge Street Thursday afternoon.
At around 12:40 p.m., a fire broke out at the J.S. Pallet Company, 60 Lockbridge St. According to Capt. Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal, a malfunctioning drying device used in the pallet-making process set off a blaze in a trailer at the commercial facility.
PAWTUCKETâWith several comments made about the benefits of âan extra set of eyes,â the City Council on Wednesday voted to engage the services of city resident Alan Tavares as a fiscal watchdog during the upcoming budget process.
The council voted 8 to 0 to accept the volunteer services of Tavares, a retired financial official who lives on Pinecrest Drive. Councilor Jean Philippe Barros had been present at the meeting earlier but left prior to this vote.
Robert E. Gendreau
SEEKONK - Robert E. Gendreau, 80, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Norma M. (Poirier) Gendreau for fifty-eight years. Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Armand and Lucy (Lagasse) Gendreau, he resided in the Hebronville section of Attleboro before moving to Seekonk in 1969.
Rae Ann Zavota
PAWTUCKET - Rae Ann Zavota, of Annie Street, Pawtucket passed away on April 10, 2013 at her daughters home in Seekonk Ma. She was the wife of the late John F. Zavota.
Mrs. Zavota was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Raymond Boyle and Ann (Kane) Boyle. She worked in customer service for Shaws Market before retiring.
Mrs. Zavota is survived by her children, Kimberly Cordeiro and her husband Kevin of Seekonk Ma, John Zavota and his girlfriend Elizabeth Gatchell Pawtucket and Michael Zavota and his wife Megan of Pawtucket.
Ann R. Buckley
LINCOLN - Ann R. (Hunter) Buckley, 94, passed away on April 10, 2013 at Elmhurst Extended Care, Providence after an illness. She was the wife of the late Richard I. Buckley, Sr. and the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Jane (Campbell) Hunter and the stepdaughter of the late Mary (Neil) Hunter, and the sister of the late William J. Hunter.
PAWTUCKET â While Woonsocket students will be the first in the Blackstone Valley to begin their summer vacations with the last day of school on June 19, most other Valley schools, including Pawtucket, East Providence and Central Falls, will have their final days of the academic year somewhere during the week of June 20-26.
Blackstone-Millville Regional School students wonât be leaving for the summer until a full nine days later on June 28.