July 4th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€“ Portola Packaging, Inc. will shut down its Portola Tech International cosmetics container division by the end of August, releasing all of its employees and liquidating manufacturing equipment.
The division is based at Portola Techâ€™s Martin Street plant and at another manufacturing facility in Nanhai, China, which employ a combined 225 workers, including 51 locally, a spokeswoman for human resources said.
Workers were apparently caught off-guard when they learned they were being let go several days ago.
â€śItâ€™s shocking,â€ť the spokeswoman said.
Enjoying a Fourth of July pizza party before the start of the annual fireworks
display at Tucker Field in Cumberland Tuesday night, Kersten Brothers, 14, Timothy Brothers, 12, and Makenzie Brothers, 10, of Cumberland, with Danielle Cournoyer, 11, of Woonsocket, from left, relax before the celebration begins.
Thomas W. Holden
CUMBERLAND- Thomas W. Holden, a fifty-five year resident of Cumberland, passed on this past Saturday at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the wife of the late Caroline (Miler) Holden.
Mr. Holden was World War II veteran of the Merchant Marine, where he served in three global theatres. He retired in 1990 after forty years of service with the Murdock Webbing Company of Central Falls.
PAWTUCKET â€“ About a week ago, Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller went out for dinner in Boston. Sure, it was a prime opportunity for two good and longtime friends to catch up, yet the time spent between these two former University of North Carolina teammates boiled down to one particular subject matter.
WOONSOCKET -- While a few East Woonsocket Little League officials re-manicured Hartnett Field after the late Monday afternoon downpour, Lincoln All-Starsâ€™ head coach Frank Kelly quietly told a parent, â€śIâ€™ll be happy just to get out of here with a win.â€ť
His players more than obliged. Behind a stellar starting pitching performance by righty Joe Voccola, not to mention a pair of pinch-hit home runs, Lincoln posted a 6-4 triumph over East Woonsocketâ€™s best in a R.I. District IV Tournament Pool A playoff tilt.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just five days after the deadline to declare for candidacy in the November election and a day before nomination papers could be obtained, Christopher J. Caramela announced plans to withdraw from the District 5 City Council race.
Caramela, who lives on Stuart Street, had planned to run as an independent candidate in an effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Councilor Jean Philippe Barros.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â€” With interest brewing about Pawtucket becoming a player in the beer industry, one enterprising local businessman is taking that idea to the next level by offering a â€śbeer research facility.â€ť
J. Scot Comey has plans to create the BeerXchange at an undisclosed location in Pawtucket. He said the idea is to offer a comfortable, tavern-like venue to conduct beer sampling from the general public and then collect and analyze the data as a service to brewers, distributors, bar and liquor store owners and others who have a stake in the beer industry.
Read more in our print edition.
ATTLEBORO, MA -Annette M. (Coutu) Geoffroy, 83, of Attleboro passed away on Saturday June 30, 2012 at Madonna Manor in North Attleborough. She was the wife of sixty-two years to Adrian E. Geoffroy.
PAWTUCKET - Marie-Claire Y. Johnson, 74, of Pawtucket passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on June 30, 2012. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Johnson.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late George and Aline (Penelle) Lefebvre. She was a Registered Nurse at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for over 30 years.
Mrs. Johnson was an active member of St. Raymonds Church in Providence. She was a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Shawl ministry and a member of the Leisure Group there.
CUMBERLAND - Henry N. Belhumeur, of 27 Mount View Drive, Cumberland, passed away peacefully at the Mount St Rita Rest Home on June 30, 2012. He was survived by his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Leona (Palin) Belhumeur.
Mr. Belhumeur was a veteran of World War II during which he attained the rank of sergeant with the 593rd Air Force unit and was stationed for much of the war in England.
He was a lace weaver for most of his working life working both at Central Lace in Central Falls and later Seekonk Lace.
WOONSOCKET - Patricia M. Renn, 77, of Woonsocket, died Monday, May 21, 2012 at Landmark Medical Center.
Born and raised in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Robert L. and Viola E. (Klang) Smith. She was a resident of Woonsocket for many years.
Patricia was a graduate of the former West High School in Pawtucket, Class of 1952. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Dramatics from Emerson College in Boston with the Class of 1956.
PAWTUCKET - Lawrence T. Blake Jr., of Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket died July 1, 2012. He was the husband of the late Clara I. (Poirier) Blake.
Mr. Blake was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Lawrence T. Blake Sr., and Helena (Ash) Blake.
Mr. Blake was a WWII Veteran of the United States Army and a longtime member of the American Veterans Post #33.
PAWTUCKET - Leslie E. "Buddy" Good, 78 years old, died Sunday at the VA Medical Center in Providence with his family by his side.
Born in Curwensville, PA a son of the late Spencer and Florence (Milliron) Trainer and the late John F. Good.
He was the owner/operator of L. Good & Sons Plastering. He was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran. He was a member of Smithfield Ave. Congregational Church and Carr-Lancaster VFW Post 10213.
For someone who has been swept up by the winds of change on more than one occasion, Billy Baron finds himself in no particular hurry to make a decision.
Rather than rush to judgment and settle on what will be his third college stop, Baron is adhering to a wait-and-see approach regarding his impending landing destination. A female supporter who engaged in pleasant small talk with Baron on Saturday caught a glimpse of where his collective psyche stands.
PROVIDENCE - Toka Kahn-Clary supplied the speed and Diego Pereira provided the power, and because of that, both Pawtucket fighters were able to score crowd-pleasing, second-round TKOs on this past weekendâ€™s Big Six Entertainment â€śTakeoverâ€ť show at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Kahn-Clary, the former National Golden Gloves champion who was making his much-anticipated pro debut in front of his local fans, family members, and friends, didnâ€™t disappoint anyone as the junior lightweight put an end to Jonathan Cabanâ€™s night with 11 seconds left in the second round.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, has appointed Daniel J. Richard, a longtime high school teacher and retired Air Force Pilot and Officer, as principal of St. Raphael Academy, a Pawtucket Catholic High School that provides a college preparatory education for hundreds of students.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police will be out in force from now until the end of summer, intensifying the enforcement of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, due in part by funding secured from a Federal Justice Assistance Grant.
Juveniles found in violation of Chapter 42 of the Revised Ordinance of the City of Central Falls, pertaining to the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, will be first issued a written warning by police whereby their parent or guardian will be contacted and turned over to their custody.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following Wednesday's declaration deadline for political hopefuls, the Democratic City Committee held a meeting at the LeFoyer restaurant to endorse local candidates in the 2012 election.
The Democratic City Committee threw its full support this year behind incumbent Mayor Donald Grebien, who is being challenged in his re-election bid by independent candidate Michael W. Cooper.
In 2010, Grebien, as a mayoral candidate, had been snubbed by the committee when it endorsed his opponent, fellow Democrat Henry Kinch Jr. Yet, Grebien went on to beat Kinch.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Justin Germano knows a decision lies ahead. Come Saturday night, the right-hander and de facto ace of Pawtucketâ€™s pitching staff will take the mound in Lehigh Valley.
The following day, Germano will choose whether to stick with the PawSox for the rest of the season or seek employment with another club. If itâ€™s the latter, Germano â€“ named to the International League All-Star team earlier in the week â€“ would have no shortage of suitors.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held its annual commencement exercises Friday morning at St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Fifty-seven students received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) through BVCAP this year.
Lammis J. Vargis, from the Office of Mayor Donald Grebien, attended as the mayor's representative because he had a last-minute scheduling conflict. The RSVP Seniors for Jazz Band performed.
The 2012 graduates are: