July 5th, 2012
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it is starting the construction of a new linear park and bikeway over the old Washington Bridge between Providence and East Providence.
Due to the construction, the Department must close the portion of the East Bay Bike Path that crosses the old Washington Bridge on Monday, July 9, 2012. This section of the bike path will be closed for about two years.
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PAWTUCKET â€” The City of Pawtucket will be a direct beneficiary of the $317,000 in environmental grants awarded to three Rhode Island organizations by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week.
One grant will provide job training to Pawtucket residents for environmental work, and two grants will help address urban water quality issues impacting Pawtucket.
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CENTRAL FALLS - Gabrielle A. Rattey, 91, formerly of Summer St, passed on July 5th. She was the wife of the late Roland A. Rattey.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Alma (Couture) Morin.
Jean Roland Brousseau
Retired Electric Boat Employee
PAWTUCKET - Jean Roland Brousseau, 71, of Pawtucket, died on Monday, July 2, 2012 at his residence surrounded by loving family. Husband of Camille E. (Baris) Brousseau.
Born in Central Falls, RI on January 31, 1941, he was a son of the late George Henri and Roseanne (LeClair) Brousseau. He was a 1959 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy.
Mr. Brousseau served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War era having achieved the rank of Specialist 4th Class.
REHOBOTH - Ernest D. Malloy, 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Carol F. (Harris) Malloy.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Leslie and Martha (Schneider) Malloy.
Ernest worked as an asphalt layer and more recently as the grounds keeper at the RI Country Club, Barrington, until his retirement. He was a devoted family man and a hard worker.
PAWTUCKET - Alfred "Freddie" J. Conti, Sr., 92, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Cyrilla A. (Dailey) Conti, they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 2, 2012.
Born in Lawrence, MA, the son of the late Carmen and Angelina (Roberti) Conti, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life. Freddie was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran, he served in the European Campaign. He had been a dispatcher for Arrow Transportation for many years.
PAWTUCKET - Eugene J.O. Bessette 85, passed away Tuesday July 3, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Providence. He was the beloved husband of Josephine (Bozek) Bessette.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Joseph and Alice (Mc Duff) Bessette. He was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
He was the owner and operator of the Gene Bessette Plumbing and Heating Co. of Pawtucket and also worked at Brown University as a Plumber.
PAWTUCKET - Ferland, Eugene Henri, 85, of Hyde Avenue, Pawtucket passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at his home. He was the husband of Mary T. (Grant) Ferland.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Alphage and RoseAnna (Martel) Ferland, he was a resident of Pawtucket and until recently a resident of Pompano Beach, Florida.
Eugene was a building contractor and a principal in the Alphage Ferland and Sons Construction Company, which later became the Ferland Corporation. His other business interests were G&A Associates and Craig-Central Management.
PAWTUCKET - George A. Bishop, Sr., 81, of Pawtucket, passed away July 2, at home after a long illness. The son of the late Elmer H. and Winifred S. (Hamilton) Bishop, Sr., he leaves behind his beloved wife of sixty-four years, Ann M. (Goyette) Bishop.
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth J. Donahue, 60, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at home.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late John F. Jr. and Rita (O'Brien) Donahue. Kenneth graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an Associates Degree in Business Management.
He was a disabled Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by five siblings, Susan McNulty, Michael, Timothy, and Stephen Donahue, and Patricia DeCosta-Donahue, and many nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â€” Lacey Middlebrooks arrived in this city, fully expecting to see brother Will Middlebrooks hone his craft with the Pawtucket Red Sox while fulfilling her internship requirements with the Triple-A ball club.
Borrowing from an idiom, â€śThe best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.â€ť Yes, there is a Middlebrooks presently at McCoy Stadium, yet instead of someone making connections with fans seated behind the outfield fence, this particular Middlebrooks is building a rapport as a pre-game, on-field coordinator and press box contributor.
Ray Lane of Cumberland enjoys the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade parade with his twin grandsons, Ben, center, and Sam Asermely, 6.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Add the ages of the second- and third-place finishers together and you would get 39, the age of the winner of the 44th edition of the Arnold Mills Road Race.
As 23-year-old Scott Twardowski and Colin Tierney, 16, learned on Fourth of July Wednesday, thereâ€™s still plenty of life left in the feet of Chris Magill, now a six-time champion of the holiday running event. The individual title â€“ achieved in 21:06, which was 13 seconds better than Rehobothâ€™s Twardowski and 21 seconds quicker than East Greenwichâ€™s Tierney â€“ represents the first for Magill since 2006.
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.
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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.
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