Archive - 2014
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.
CENTRAL FALLS - Jorge Pires, 51, passed away Sunday after an illness. Born in Sao Miguel, the Azores, a son of Maria (Rodrigues) Pires and the late Domingos Pires. He has lived in Central Falls for more than 40 years. He and his late father operated Pires fish market until his father passed away. He had also been employed at NEPTCO for several years.
Sister Rhea Lachapelle
MARLBOROUGH, MA - Sister Rhea Lachapelle, a Sister of St. Anne, known in religion as Sister Louise Maria died at the age of 92 at Marie Esther Health Center in this city on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in the 71st year of vowed religious life.
She was born in Worcester, the only child of Omer and Gertrude (Dean) Lachapelle. She completed her elementary education in Worcester and obtained her high school diploma from the former Saint Anne Academy in Marlborough. She held undergraduate degrees in History and in Home Economics, and a Masters in Education in Family Living.
Barbara M. Belford
PAWTUCKET - Barbara M. (Arnold) Belford, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Howard T. Belford. Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Myra (Green) Arnold.
LINCOLN â€” The Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health are advising people in the area of Lower Road in Lincoln that a neighborhood cat that attacked a resident and exposed two other persons on April 17 has tested positive for rabies. These individuals have started treatment with rabies vaccine.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Daniel Nava that reported to McCoy Stadium Friday afternoon appeared to be in good spirits.
For the former independent league ballplayer whose rags-to-riches tale has been well documented, the fact the Red Sox shipped him to the minors after 67 at-bats is not going to yield fits of rage. Sure, Nava is disappointed with his .147 start at the plate and the .240 on-base percentage he compiled in 17 games with the Red Sox, but this is someone who has already beaten much bigger odds.
PAWTUCKET â€” If there was rust, Matt Barnes didnâ€™t appear to show any in first start of the season.
Standing on a mound in a â€śjuices followingâ€ť setting for the first time since facing Boston College on Feb. 27 in Fort Myers, Barnes navigated his way through five innings in Pawtucketâ€™s 6-2 conquest of Rochester on Friday night before 7,680 fans. A native of Connecticut, Barnes had been in extended spring training until earlier this week after right shoulder tenderness grounded him for the majority of spring training.
Betty E. L. Taylor
PAWTUCKET - Betty E. L. (Harris) Taylor, 88, of Dennisport, MA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ernest "Bill" W. Taylor. Betty met her husband in England during World War II, after the war she settled in Pawtucket and the couple married in 1946. Born in Birmingham, England, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Gertrude (Cooper) Harris.
Orlindo M. Silva
PAWTUCKET - SILVA, Orlindo M. , 92, of Pawtucket died April 25, 2014. He was the husband of the late Maria D. (Delgado) Silva. Mr. Silva was born in Baracal, Portugal. He was a son of the late Antonio and Maria doCarmo (Cabral) daSilva. He came to this country in 1956 settling in Pawtucket. Mr. Silva was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church, a member of the Portuguese Social Club and Uniao Portuguesa Beneficente.
Mary G. Wagner
PAWTUCKET - Mary G. Wagner, 88, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Pawtucket Health Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Matthew P. Wagner. She leaves two sons, Wayne K. Wagner and Phillip M. Wagner.
JoAnn M. George
RUMFORD - JoAnn M. George, 69 of Roger Williams Avenue, Rumford passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of Mark L. George and the late Alan R. DelMonico. Mrs. George was a receptionist for the Pawtucket Times before she retired.
PAWTUCKET â€” Other than Will Middlebrooks expressing confidence that he was able to put some nice swings on the ball and that his strained calf survived several demanding tests at third base, thereâ€™s not much to take away from Thursdayâ€™s matinee at McCoy Stadium.
Anthony Ranaudo struggled on the bump and Pawtucketâ€™s bats went cold as Rochester ran away with an 8-1 victory. Middle-brooks concluded his three-game rehab stint with another hitless day, going 0-for-4. In 10 minor league at-bats, the third baseman failed to collect a single base knock.
PAWTUCKET â€” At first blush, it would seem PawSox manager Kevin Boles has a dilemma on his hands.
His team already flush with options at first base and the corner outfield spots, Boles will have another warm body at his disposal when Daniel Nava finally reports to the Triple-A ranks on Friday. Since Nava isnâ€™t on a rehab assignment, his stay with Pawtucket figures to cut into someoneâ€™s playing time.
LINCOLN â€” Itâ€™s very safe to say Cumberland High skipper Paul Murphy had hoped Thursday afternoonâ€™s intense winds would affect rival Lincolnâ€™s pitchers and fielders more than his own.
Through the first four frames of a Division I tilt at Chet Nichols Memorial Field, he didnâ€™t get his wish.
The Lions rushed out to a quick 5-2 lead after the third, but Cumberlandâ€™s fortunes changed on a dime in the fifth. Behind only two hits but a pair of Lincoln errors, Murphyâ€™s crew manufactured five runs and raced to what had seemed an improbable but satisfying 7-5 victory.
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PAWTUCKET â€” The wind came howling in off Newport Avenue on Thursday afternoon, blowing straight across Bailey Fieldâ€™s softball diamond in gusts approaching 30 miles per hour, as Bay View Academy and Tolman High squared off in a Division I matchup.
The Bengals proved oblivious to the conditions, excelling in the field and at the plate during a 12-3 victory over Tolman that evened their record at 2-2 on the season. Tolman, which lost its third game in a row, fell to 4-4.
PAWTUCKET â€” Whether its a gaggle of young dancers or gymnasts with money jars or a lone jobless person with a cardboard sign, the act of begging for cash from motorists at stoplights and busy intersections is one that has drawn the ire and concern of residents and city officials alike.
Putting public safety at the forefront of its decision, the City Council on Wednesday night voted to have Police Chief Paul King begin enforcing an existing city ordinance that prohibits people from soliciting money from drivers at intersections.