Archive - 2014
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 Oâ€™Donnell and others involved in the State Police â€śNew Beginnings Community Outreach Initiative,â€ť 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€™ â€śFill the Bootâ€ť 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 Cecchiniâ€™s 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 Lincolnâ€™s 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 Schoolâ€™s 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 4Â˝ innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”A 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.
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.