Archive - Apr 2014
NORTH SMITHFIELD â For someone who had just watched his team improve to a perfect 9-0 in league play on the season, Tolman High head coach Neil Nachbar sure didnât seem very pleased.
His Tigers had just manufactured not only a 3-1 victory over gritty North Smithfield in a Division II crossover clash at the Lovett Memorial Gym on Wednesday night, but also a minimum of four individual season-best performances.
Among them were senior captainâs Eric Silveiraâs 20 kills and nine aces; fellow senior setter Kelvin Reyesâ 50 assists; and classmate Denzel DePinaâs 15 kills (with two blocks).
PAWTUCKET â To get picked first is always a noteworthy feat, not to mention the declaration of admiration and high regard that such a choice implies.
To get selected for the first broadcast in conjunction with CBS Sports Networkâs Minor League Baseball Game of the Week package further legitimizes the Pawtucket Red Sox as a national brand within this cottage industry of cultivating and developing the next wave of major league hopefuls.
PROVIDENCE â With a minimum of fanfare, and no official recognition from the dais, Rep. Gordon Fox took his seat on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, the first time he entered the chamber since he resigned the speakerâs gavel in the wake of a March 21 raid on his Statehouse office by state and federal law enforcement officials.
He was greeted cordially by some representatives and staff, shaking hands and kissing cheeks as he made his appearance.
PAWTUCKETâThe details behind a proposed, three-year cost of living adjustment (COLA) freeze for Pawtucket Police and Fire Department retirees and their beneficiaries will be outlined at a meeting at Tolman High School on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m.
Leon J. Therrien
ATTLEBORO Leon J. Therrien, 95, passed away Monday April 28, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was the beloved husband of the late Jennie (Hedyka) Therrien.
Born in St. Nazaire, Quebec, Canada he was a son of the late Joseph and Rose-Alma (Bergeron) Therrien. He resided in South Attleboro for the past 49 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Leon was employed as a Wire Extruder for the former Collyer Insulated Wire Co. for 44 years.
Jeanne T. DeRoy
PAWTUCKET - Jeanne T. DeRoy, 87, of Pawtucket, died Monday at Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Maurice F. DeRoy. They had been married 67 years.
Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Adelard and Roseanna (Castonguay) Nadeau.
Mrs. DeRoy was employed as a sales associate for Ann & Hope Store in Cumberland for 18 years.
She is also survived by her son Daniel DeRoy and his wife Lorri Beth and several nieces and nephews.
CENTRAL FALLS â Most of the time, when members of a community see police officers, they are usually on duty or patrolling the streets in their police cruisers.
That can create a gap of sorts between officers and the residents they serve, a gap that R.I. State Police Col. Steven OâDonnell and others involved in the State Police âNew Beginnings Community Outreach Initiative,â hope to close.
PAWTUCKET â In the wake of a recent crackdown by the City Council on those collecting money and/or panhandling on city streets, one local sports team president is raising an objection to the ban and also questioning what this means to the national firefightersâ âFill the Bootâ campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
John K. Dunn
PAWTUCKET - John K. Dunn, 70, of Pawtucket, died April 25, 2014. He was the husband of Maureen (Sullivan) Dunn and husband of the late Beatrice (Dubois) Dunn. Mr. Dunn was born in Pawtucket. He was a son of the late Everett and Helen (Morelli) Dunn. He was employed by Fagnant Carpet Co. of Warwick for ten years until his retirement two years ago.
Paul E. Papineau
LEESBURG, FL - Paul Ernest Papineau, 65, Leesburg, FL. passed away on April 23, 2014. Mr. Papineau was born on June 17, 1948 in Central Falls, Rhode Island to his parents Ernest H. and Marthe Papineau.
On-line condolences may be shared by visiting www.bankspagetheus.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood.
PAWTUCKET â Much has already been said about Garin Cecchiniâs ability to understand the strike zone and his propensity to get on base. Case in point, the PawSox third baseman entered Sunday ninth in the International League in on-base percentage (.415) while his .329 batting average has him just outside the top 10.
LINCOLN --- As the weather warms up, so do Lincolnâs bats.
From the top of their batting order to the bottom, the Lions were impressive in putting on a hitting clinic on Monday afternoon at Saylesville Elementary Schoolâs Sullivan Field, and it came at the expense of Warwick Vets.
The two-time defending champs collected 15 hits â including a season-high eight that went for extra bases â and the end result was a 14-3 thrashing that was halted after 4Âœ innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
CENTRAL FALLSâA century-old weaving mill that once depended on the Blackstone River to operate is now using the waterway as a scenic and recreational lure of potential tenants.
With the river gleaming brightly in the background, state and local officials on Monday gathered to break ground on 90 new residential units at M Residential on 521 Roosevelt Ave. This housing will join an already existing 70 units and represents the final stage in the second phase of a residential mill rehabilitation that spans a city block.
Albert J. Van Dale Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Albert J. Van Dale Jr., "Boody", 71, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014. He was the husband of Carol (McDonald) Laliberte-Van Dale. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Albert and Margaret (Morin) Van Dale.
Kathleen F. Costa
LINCOLN - Kathleen F. Costa, 78, of Old River Road, died Sunday, April 27, at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the companion of thirty-three years of the late Jacqueline Beattie.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Leapio and Alice (Horibin) Costa, she had lived in Pawtucket and Manville, before moving to Lincoln six years ago.
Miss Costa worked at Texas Instruments for thirty-four years, retiring as a Group Leader in 1998.
Esther M. Villeneuve
PAWTUCKET - Esther M. (Fritz) Villeneuve, 91, formerly of Oneida Street, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Home, East Greenwich surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Herbert J. Villeneuve.
Born in Titonka, Iowa, a daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Sprick) Fritz, she had lived in Pawtucket for 65 years.
Mrs. Villeneuve was a bookkeeper for the Blackstone Valley Gas & Electric Credit Union before retiring.
She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
James John Shea
NEWPORT, NC - James J. Shea, 69, formerly of Cumberland, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 surrounded by his family at Crystal Coast Hospice House in North Carolina. He was the loving husband of Barbara A. (Roy) Shea.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late James A. and Mary (O'Connor) Shea. He was raised in Cumberland and resided there until he moved to North Carolina in 2003.
He was the co-owner of Shea's auto body and also worked several years at Hattaras Yachts before retiring in 2011. During his retirement he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.
Dorothy Mae Piche
CENTRAL FALLS - Dorothy Mae Piche, 86, of Blackstone Falls, entered into eternal life on Monday. Born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Ernest and Gertrude (Houston) Vashey.
Dot had been a waitress for the former Gerry's Catering for several years.
She leaves her son Robert Piche of Pawtucket and a sister Joan Sossville of Central Falls. She also leaves her 2 granddaughters, Jessica and Sarah Piche. She was the sister of the late Edward Vashey and Gertrude Lebeau.
Her funeral will be at the convenience of the family.