Archive - 2014
PROVIDENCE â€“ Pressing against a self-imposed midnight deadline Thursday, the House Finance Committee worked to give its approval to an $8.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
About $3.4 billion of that will come from general revenues collected by the state and the rest from various federal sources. The $3.4 billion figure is about $10 million less than proposed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in January, while the $8.7 figure is higher than the governorâ€™s because of increases in federal funding, according to House Finance Chairman Raymond Gallison of Bristol.
Alberto S. Resendes
CUMBERLAND - Alberto S. Resendes, 62 of Broad Street passed away Wednesday at home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Lucia M. (Sousa) Resendes.
Born in Ponta Delgada, Feteiras do Sul S. Miguel Azores, he was the son of the late Manuel Costa and Luisa (Farias) Resendes. He has resided in Cumberland for the past 30 years, previously residing in Portugal.
Mr. Resendes was a machine operator for the Carol Cable, Lincoln for 20 years until his retirement.
Member of the Uniao Portuguesa Beneficente, Pawtucket.
Lillian D. Mantha
PAWTUCKET - Lillian D. (Ledoux) Mantha, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late George J. and Melina E. (Denoyelle) Ledoux. Lillian was an inspector at Royal Electric, Pawtucket and Woonsocket for many years until retiring.
She leaves her son, Richard W. Mantha with whom she resided; a brother, Edgar G. Ledoux of North Smithfield and a nephew, Brian Ledoux of Pawtucket. She was the sister of the late Arthur L. Ledoux.
CRYSTAL RIVER, FL - Marylouise Martin, 95, formerly of Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket, joined her husband, sisters, mother and father in heaven on January 3, 2014. She was a resident at the Crystal River Nursing Home. She was the wife of Frederick Martin Jr. to whom she was married on February 5, 1944. Born in Providence on Sept. 15, 1919, she was the daughter of Robert Cronin and Angela (Golden) Cronin.
Sports editor emeritus
PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman Highâ€™s emerging volleyball dynasty showed off its teamwork on Wednesday night during a convincing 3-0 victory over East Greenwich in the Division II championship finals.
â€śWe got contributions from everyone,â€ť head coach Neil Nachbar said after the Tigers answered every challenge from the Avengers while prevailing by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19. â€śOur team is not carried by one or two players. We spread the ball out on offense and on defense everyone chips in.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Rich Gingras has a lot on his plate these days.
In addition to his everyday duties as the owner and head trainer of his Fight 2 Fitness gym on Blackstone Avenue, the Lincoln resident is hard at work packing on muscle for a fitness competition later this month in Medford, Mass., as well as handling a new project at his gym that offers workouts for people with Parkinsonâ€™s Disease.
Oh yeah, heâ€™s also fighting for the New England light heavyweight championship on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center.
PROVIDENCE â€” Even standout pitchers like St. Raphael junior Kaylee Sylvestre are entitled to a bad inning every now and again.
Thatâ€™s what head coach Ron LaBree chalked it up to after watching Sylvestre get called for back-to-back illegal pitches in the third inning of Wednesdayâ€™s Division II winnersâ€™ bracket contest against East Greenwich. The two mistakes enabled the Avengers to score runs in a game that saw them go on to win by a 3-0 count at Rhode Island College.
PROVIDENCE â€” Cumberlandâ€™s return to Rhode Island College for the first time since the Clippers won the 2011 state championship was spoiled by the team that handed them their worst defeat of the season.
Undefeated North Kingstown snapped a scoreless tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a three-run uprising in the fifth before winding up with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night in a Division I winnersâ€™ bracket semifinal.
PAWTUCKETâ€”With wet weather being forecast for Thursday, Pawtucket Proud Day will now be held on Friday, June 6, rain or shine. Organizers say that other details remain unchanged.
Frances M. Fruzenski
CUMBERLAND - Frances M. (Gallo) Fruzenski, 88, of Bear Hill Road died Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Karl Fruzenski.
Born in Worcester, MA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Butera) Gallo, she had lived in Central Falls before moving to Cumberland in 1971.
Mrs. Fruzenski was a jewelry worker at A.T. Cross Company, Lincoln before retiring.
PAWTUCKET - Beatrice Cruz, 94, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 one day before her 95th birthday at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of the late Cesar Cruz, Sr. She was born in Danielson, CT, the daughter of the late Amedie and Josephine (Chaput) Pelletier; she lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Beatrice was a housekeeper for St. Jude's Church for many years.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a major cleanup, the Dexter and Barton Street neighborhood still has a devil of a time changing its reputation. Yet, the Pawtucket Police Department's Special Squad is committed to remaining vigilant and, when necessary, springing into action to combat the prostitution activity the once-seedy neighborhood has long been known for.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It used to be that any mention of the first name â€śMookieâ€ť would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and youâ€™re bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesnâ€™t center on key words or phrases such as â€śgroundball,â€ť â€śthrough the legsâ€ť or â€śBuckner.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ The final game of Tolman Highâ€™s season featured an all too familiar pattern: Plenty of good pitching to go around, but not nearly enough hitting to carry the day.
â€śEspecially over the last third of the season, our pitchers have been holding teams to three or four runs. In Rhode Island Division II baseball, youâ€™re doing all right,â€ť stated Tigers coach Theo Murray.
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śThe Purple Rose of Darlingtonâ€ť? â€śEverything You Wanted to Know About One-Way Streets but Were Afraid to Askâ€ť? â€śBullets over Broadway IIâ€ť?
No title has been picked for Woody Allenâ€™s next movie, but location scouts have looked at several spots around Pawtucket as possible settings for the film scheduled to go into production this summer.
Allen is notoriously secretive about upcoming film projects and discloses few details about them until a picture is ready to release.
Pawtucket â€“ Lillian G. (Dupras) Neumann, 94, passed peacefully on Friday, May 30, 2014. Beloved wife of the late George Otto Neumann. Born in No. Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Felix J. and Edith G. (Goyette) Dupras. Lillian was a member of St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church; itâ€™s seniors group and the foundress of â€śStitch and Ripâ€ť Knitting Club. She leaves a daughter, Cheryl L. Brooks and her husband, Russell R. of Warwick; two grandsons, Ryan R. and Kyle N. Brooks; nieces and nephews. Sister of the late Anna M. Hebert, Alice Estrella and Ernest â€śBudâ€ť Dupras.
CUMBERLAND - Francisco DaSilva, 91, of Cumberland passed away Sunday. He was the husband of the late Maria Emilia (Machado) NDaSilva.
Born in Cedros, Faial, Acores, Portugal, he was the son of the late Manuel and Rosa DaSilva. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life.
Mr. DaSilva was employed at American Insulated Wire Co. for many years until his retirement.
PAWTUCKET: Germaine Patenaude Kotlarski, 98, passed on June 2nd. She was the wife of the late Arthur E. Patenaude and Joseph Kotlarski.
Born in Canada, she was the daughter of the late Firman and Merilda (Beaudoin) Boudreau.
She had been employed by various textile Mills in the Pawtucket area before retiring.
Germaine was a former member of the Notre Dame Womenâ€™s Club, the Royal Travelers.
PAWTUCKET - Silvia L. (Vecoli) Tupaj, 67, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Daniel G. Tupaj, Sr. for 47 years. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Silvio and Esther (Lafond) Vecoli. Silvia worked in the school lunch program at Cunningham School, Pawtucket, for many years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards on Friday evenings with her friends. Above all, Silvia enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and three beautiful great-grandchildren.