Archive - 2014
PAWTUCKET â Usually, it's the marginal students who sigh in relief upon learning they will graduate after all. This June, more so than in years past, the city's teachers and administrators will be feeling that sense of relief right along with them.
PAWTUCKET â Nearly seven months have passed since Stephen Drew last appeared in a major-league game.
Naturally, the goal is to see as many pitches as possible following such a lengthy layoff. Given that this is considered spring training for Drew, something he acknowledged prior to going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Pawtucketâs 3-0 victory over Gwinnett at frigid McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night, thereâs also a sense of urgency on the shortstopâs part.
PAWTUCKET â At long last, Danny Redshaw can enjoy all the perks that come with subscribing to the MLB Extra Innings package.
âIt will be nice to turn on the TV and see a young man who you were fortunate enough to coach in high school and has gone on to play Major League baseball,â Redshaw admitted when reached via cell phone.
Ramona J. Fisher
WOONSOCKET - Ramona J. Fisher, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 18 in her home at 238 Second Avenue. She was born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Raymond and Marion (Salley) Fisher. Ramona retired from The Woonsocket Call in 1997, after 47 years as a proofreader and advertising clerk. She is survived by her son, David Fisher, and many close friends whom she considered family.
John Costa Sr.
CENTRAL FALLS - John Costa Sr., 55, passed on May 26, 2014.
He was the son of the late Jose and Idilia (Duarte) Costa. He had been employed by General Cable for many years.
Evelyn L. McKenna
PAWTUCKET - Evelyn L. McKenna, 85, of Liverpool Ave., Pawtucket died on May 28, 2014.
Miss McKenna was born in Pawtucket, daughter of the late Everett and Mary (Nilan) McKenna. She was employed at Miriam Hospital for many years.
Miss McKenna is survived by a sister Sarah McKenna of Pawtucket and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Nancy Hill, Maureen Boland and Robert McKenna.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial for Evelyn to which relatives and friends are invited, in St. Teresa's Church, 358 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, Friday at 11:00A.M.
Pierre E. Paradis
CENTRAL FALLS - Pierre E. Paradis, 94, passed on May 25th at his son Richard's home in Providence. He was the husband of Gaetane (Dube) Paradis and the late Mary (Reid) Paradis.
He was the son of the late Pierre and Georgianna (Brunnell) Paradis.
He had been employed by the former Collyer Wire till his retirement and then assisted his son Richard at Paradise Re-sharpening Service as delivery coordinator till he was 85 years old. Pierre was an Army-Air Corp Veteran of WWII serving on the China Burma India Rd.
Imelda R. St. Jean
CUMBERLAND - Imelda R. (Ledoux) St. Jean, 99, passed away Monday, May 26, in the Grandview Nursing Center, Cumberland RI she was the beloved wife of Adelard "Eddy" St. Jean.
Born in Woonsocket she was the daughter of the late Moise and Marie (Roussel) Ledoux. She resided in Cumberland for the past 5 years previously residing at Lincoln Manor for over 30 years and Central Falls and Pawtucket.
Beverly A. Bloomer
PAWTUCKET - Beverly A. (Clarke) Bloomer, 72, of Riley Street, died Friday, May 23 at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of thirty years to Craig W. Bloomer.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Robert B. Clarke and Doris (Collette) Velletri, and step-daughter of Fred Velletri of Johnston, she had been a lifelong resident of the city.
Cecile A. Berard
PAWTUCKET - Cecile A. Berard, "Sis", 93, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Maurice E. Berard. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Annie (Bernard) Grenier. Cecile was a supervisor for Conrad Manufacturing for 25 years, retiring in 1986. She loved traveling, camping, and playing cards.
Arthur J. Fontaine Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Arthur J. Fontaine Jr. 78, entered into eternal life, Saturday, May 24, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of the late Elizabeth R. (Gelinas) Fontaine. Mr. Fontaine was born in Providence, a son of the late Arthur J. Fontaine Sr. and Rita R. (Rudduck) Fontaine. He lived most of his life in Pawtucket. He was a Merchant Marine for more than 30 years.
He leaves a daughter, Christine Elliott and her husband Thomas, with whom he resided. He also leaves 3 grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Jeannie Hall.
Albert A. Jackson, Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Albert A. Jackson, Jr., 81, of Mendon Road died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Bayberry Commons, Burrillville. He was the husband of the late Lois F. (Rainey) Jackson.
Born in Pawtucket a son of the late Albert A. and Florence (McCullough) Jackson, he had lived in Pawtucket for most of his life before moving to Cumberland in 1996.
Charles R. Leland, Jr.
SEEKONK - Charles R. Leland, Jr., 76, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Ellen A. (Petzold) Leland. Born in Randolph, VT, he was a son of the late Charles R. Leland, Sr. and Janet (Maxfield) Larkin.
Catherine F. Russell
LINCOLN - Catherine F. Russell of Lincoln passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Robert Russell.
Mrs. Russell was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late John and Mary (King) Ford.
Mrs. Ford is survived by her daughters; Kathleen R. Russell of Lincoln and Beth-Ann Trudeau of Lincoln. She is also survived by her sister Joan Furoli and her husband James of Providence and her grandchildren, Michael R. and David R. Trudeau.
Lawrence J. Godek
LINCOLN - Lawrence J. "Larry" Godek, 92, of Williams Street, died Saturday, May 24, at home. He was the beloved husband of sixty-five years of the late Josephine (Zaborski) Godek.
Born in Plymouth, PA, a son of the late Frank and Teophila (Mazurkiewicz) Godek, he grew up in Taunton, Mass., and later built his home in Lincoln, where he and his wife lived for more than sixty years.
Mr. Godek was a World War II Army veteran, earning a Bronze Star, and numerous medals, while serving in the European Theatre.
PAWTUCKET â The PawSox offense is abysmal this season, ranking as one of the most futile in the International League.
That is not exactly âstop the presses materialâ to anyone who has watched this team up close. Theyâve seen plenty of 3-2 victories and 4-1 defeats. The PawSox bused back to Rhode Island in the wee hours Monday morning possessors of a seven-game losing streak, a dubious mark that has seen them bat .212 over that span. The weekend in Syracuse saw the locals go 23 innings without scoring a single run.
PAWTUCKET â For Travis Shaw, the process of getting out of Double-A Portland began in earnest at last yearâs Arizona Fall League.
âLast year was a fluke, that wasnât me. I got so far away from my approach,â stated the 23-year-old Shaw prior to making his Triple-A debut with the PawSox Monday night.
The first baseman was referencing his 2013 numbers with the Sea Dogs, ones that consisted of a high strikeout total (117 whiffs in 444 at-bats), low batting average (.221 in 127 games) and a career low on-base percentage (.342).
CENTRAL FALLS â The city that is just one square mile in size is attracting some big thinkers.
This summer, 30 students from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, as well as the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, will be embarking on a joint project to transform an empty lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped plaza.
Two high-ranking members of the New York Yankeesâ minor-league branch believe that the offensive struggles that Mason Williams has endured for nearly two months are not cause for panic.
Williams, a 22-year-old who spent his formative years growing up in Pawtucket before moving to Winter Garden, Fla. following the completion of seventh grade at St. Teresa School, is in the midst of a deep slump. Thereâs no easy way to sugarcoat the .199 batting average and .295 on-base percentage he brought into Fridayâs game for Double-A Trenton (he stood at .191 prior to Thursdayâs two-hit performance).
PAWTUCKETâPolice say a disgruntled ex-boyfriend was arrested early Friday morning in a stabbing Thursday night that caused serious injuries to his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.