Archive - 2013
PROVIDENCE â With the Senate the acknowledged battleground in the same-sex marriage debate this year, proponents and opponents started lining up at 9 a.m. Thursday for a Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled to start at about 5 p.m. By noon people were sitting on the floor along the wall in one long corridor in the Statehouse and the line already snaked around the corner.
CENTRAL FALLS â The past five months or so have been hectic for Jim Bourgault, though he wouldn't have it any other way.
When he's not working as an assistant supervisor in Teknor Apex's Plastics Division, or tending to his wife, Jean, and their three children and two grandchildren, Bourgault is busy weight training in his garage behind his Hunt Street home.
Naturally, he's nicknamed it the âPowerasylum.â
Helen M. Gula
CENTRAL FALLS - Helen M. Gula 85, passed away Wednesday March 20, 2013 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank G. Gula.
Born in Cumberland she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Szlachta) Galuska. She lived in Central Falls for the past 72 years.
Before retiring she was employed as a Payroll Clerk for Apex in the Pawtucket store for 25 years. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella Santa Maria Circle # 58.
Brother Normand R. Goudreau, S.C.
October 11, 1944 - March 21, 2013
PASCOAG - Brother Normand R. Goudreau, S.C., 68, of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Provincial House, Pascoag, RI, died after a courageous battle with cancer on March 21, 2013 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence, RI. Born in Central Falls, RI, he was the son of the late William and Cora (Chagnon) Goudreau.
PAWTUCKET â He's tackled such subjects as street people in New York City and three generations of Welfare recipients, and has done photo shoots with the likes of Henry Kissinger, Hilary Clinton, Norman Mailer and Bianca Jagger. Now, photojournalist Jesse Nemerofsky is focusing his lens on the city of Pawtucket.
WARWICK - Salhany, Russell, 75, a retired manager for Stop & Shop passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Kent Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Marie T. (Gomes) Salhany. Mr. Salhany served in RI National Guard and was an avid Red Sox fan.
He was the loving father of Steven R. Salhany and his wife, Lisa; Michael R. Salhany and his wife, Elizabeth; and Scott Salhany and his wife, Rhonda; devoted grandfather of Matthew, Christian, Claudia, Savanna, Joseph and Domenic. He was the brother of Richard L. Salhany.
Elaine G. Mallon
PAWTUCKET - Elaine G. Mallon, 81 of Bellmore Drive, Pawtucket, passed away on Wednesday, March 20th at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late James E. Mallon, Jr.
She was born in Seekonk, MA the daughter of the late Charles and Olive (Herbert) LeDuc.
Robert J. and Bella T. Gardner
LINCOLN - Robert J. Gardner, 78, and his wife, Bella T. (Begin) Gardner, 75, both died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence surrounded by their loving family. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner were married 56 years.
Mrs. Gardner was born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Albert and Bella (Bolduc) Begin and had lived in Lincoln for most of her life.
A lone horse grazes in the snow at Ballard's Farm in Lincoln after an overnight storm left a few inches.
Witnessing the investiture of Pope Francis at the Vatican was âone of the most exciting, moving, meaningful experiences Iâve ever had,â Congressman James Langevin said shortly after the rite ended on Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET â If it could be talked about in human terms, everyone involved acknowledges that the city's police and fire pension fund is sick...critical, in fact. And everyone is in agreement that life-saving measures must be taken. Yet, the way to go about restoring the plan to good health is being viewed differently by the various parties involved, although at some point, a consensus will have to be reached.
PAWTUCKET â The Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op girlsâ hockey squad had just suffered a tough 5-2 decision to the combined Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth club on Thursday night, March 7, at Brown University.
That, coupled with the Lionsâ 6-5 double-overtime defeat in the first game of this-best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship series, meant the second-year program hadnât captured its dream of capturing the state crown.
Robert Norman Thibeault
COVENTRY - Robert Norman Thibeault, 75, formerly of Lear Drive, passed away Friday after an illness.
He was born in Central Falls the son of the late Raymond L. and Antoinette (Tetreault) Thibeault.
Bob graduated from St. Raphael Academy, RI Hospital school of Nursing, Salve Regina University, cum laude and there he received his BSS. He was employed at RI Hospital as an associate director, administrator shift, until his illness forced his retirement. He had been recuperating at Kindred Transitional Care, Oak Hill, in Pawtucket. He leaves no immediate survivors.
Kayla Silva, of Zaccagnini's Pastry Shoppe at 546 Smithfield Ave. in Pawtucket, brings out another tray of fresh-made Zeppoles, which were selling like hot cakes on Saturday. They will be available through today â St. Joseph's Day. According to manager Rose Cabral, the store will sell 10,000 of the sweet custard treats. Zaccagnini's has another
location at 2339 Diamond Hill Rd. in Cumberland.
CUMBERLAND â The town council Wednesday will consider a resolution authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to submit to the state a funding improvement plan for the town pension system. The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.
The Rhode Island Retirement Security Act of 2011 also requires that the town create a funding plan to improve the funded percentage of its pension fund to 60 percent within the next 20 years.
PAWTUCKET â As local apartment dwellers know all too well, the cost of renting these days is not in synch with the current job market, average wages and unemployment rate. According to a report released last week from the Low Income Housing Coalition, Rhode Island has the 17th highest rental costs in the U.S., which means that many renters, particularly those at the low end of the earning spectrum, are having difficulty finding affordable apartments.
PROVIDENCE â While the immediate future of Rhode Island high school co-op teams does not appear threatened, concern appears to be mounting about the direction the practice is heading.
A portion of Mondayâs gathering of the Principalsâ Committee on Athletics focused on a myriad of topics that have to do with the validity of cooperative programs. The fact-finding mission is already underway -- a committee tasked by the Interscholastic League to weigh the pros and cons of co-ops recently sent out a three-page survey to principals and athletic directors.
PROVIDENCE â Validation that the Providence College menâs basketball program is heading in the right direction came Sunday night in the form of receiving a first-round home game in the National Invitational Tournament.
PC will welcome Charlotte to The Dunk Wednesday night for a 7:15 tip. The Friars are seeded fourth in a region while the 49ers of the Atlantic 10 are the fifth seed. Wednesdayâs winner advances to face the victor of Kentucky-Robert Morris, a contest set for Tuesday night. Second-round NIT matchups are scheduled for March 21-25.
George R. Riendeau
PAWTUCKET - George "Bud" R. Riendeau, 84, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013. Born in Providence, a son of the late George W. and Mary (Fortier) Riendeau, he resided in Pawtucket over 30 years. Bud was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran. He was employed as a pump operator for the City of Pawtucket at the Filtration Plant, Cumberland for 18 years until retiring, and was also a self employed auto mechanic.
He leaves several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was the brother of the late William R., Joseph M. and Robert C. Riendeau.
CENTRAL FALLS - Teresa Wec, 62, of High Street passed away Monday March 18, 2013 at Roger Williams Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Stanley Wec.
Born in Poland she was a daughter of the late Adam and Julia (Adamczyk) Sojka. She lived in Central Falls for the past 35 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church Holy Rosary Society.