June 2nd, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Both Kandice Ko and Melitzi Torres had hardworking parents who knew that getting a good education was the key to improving their daughtersâ€™ futures. Now, both young women are making those parents very proud.
On June 13, Ko will represent Shea High Schoolâ€™s 2011 graduating class as valedictorian, and Torres will serve as salutatorian.
PAWTUCKET â€” While music and theater were the respective passions of graduating seniors Noelle Cabana and Daphne Homen, these artistic pursuits also helped them to carve out ambitious career paths as they head off to college in the fall.
When the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts holds its commencement exercises on June 14, Cabana will be serving as valedictorian and Homen as salutatorian.
Paul E. McCaffrey
RUMFORD - Paul E. McCaffrey, 74, of Rumford Towers, and formerly of Pawtucket died Wednesday, June 1, 2011. He was the husband of the late Marie (Morgan) McCaffrey.
Mr. McCaffrey was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Henry and Annette (LaRocque) McCaffrey. He was a truck driver for the local Teamsters #251 for many years. Paul was also a longtime member of the Ireland 32 Society.
William C. "Bill" Laramee, Sr.
CENTRAL FALLS: William C, "Bill" Laramee, Sr. 66, passed on June 2, 2011. He was the husband of Irene Laramee. They would have celebrated their 47th anniversary on June 19th.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Peter and Evelyn (Green) Laramee. He was a lifelong Central Falls resident.
Bill had been employed by the City of Central Falls Highway Department for 32 years before retiring in 2006. He loved to travel, grill for the family and was known for his antiquing and yard sales. He was an avid Yankees fan.
Florence Juliette Beauregard Smith (WITH PHOTO)
LINCOLN - Florence Juliette Beauregard Smith, died May 31, 2011 at age 96. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jean Paul Smith in 1989. Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1914, she lived fifty six years in Rhode Island and forty years in West Palm Beach, Florida. She had recently moved from West Palm Beach, Florida to Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Lucille G. Motyka
CENTRAL FALLS- Lucille G. Motyka 78, of George Street passed away Saturday May 28, 2011 at the Pawtucket Health And Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of John W. Motyka.
Born in New York City she was a daughter of the late Warren G. and Ruth (Hill) Hardy. She lived in Central Falls most of her life.
Besides her husband she leaves two loving sons John A. Motyka of North Providence, Stephen Motyka of Cumberland, one cherished grandson Stephen M. Motyka of Cumberland, one sister Lillian Byrne of Florida, nieces and nephews.
Eugenia P. Baptista
PAWTUCKET - Eugenia "Manininha" P. Baptista, 93, widow of Gualdino "Tino" B. Baptista, died May 29, 2011 at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital In North Providence after a short illness. Born in Brava, Cape Verde, daughter of the late Manuel De Pina and Belmira Gomes De Pina, she resided in Pawtucket for 44 years. She was employed at New England Paper Tube Company for 15 year and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Alexander Daniel Torres
PAWTUCKET - Alexander Daniel Torres, infant son of Daniella Vega and Alex Torres. Born in Providence and passed away on Saturday.
Besides his parents he leaves 2 brothers Devonte Vega and Alex Torres Jr. He also leaves 2 sisters, Alexsya A. Torres and Alana Rose Vega. He also leaves his Maternal Grandfather, Claudio Vega and his Maternal Grandmother, the late Rosa Vega; Paternal Grandparents Luis E. Torres and Luz Maria Lopez.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Protesters turned out in force Tuesday morning for a rally designed to create more support in preventing the Valley Falls Post Office from closing on July 8.
Town resident Derrick Watson, who heads an organization named â€śThe Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls â€“ Save Our Post Office, indicated last Thursday that he had sent an approximate 34-page appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 22.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the school district receiving $1.1 million in state literacy funds that are no longer restricted, school officials say their latest deficit figure for the FY12 budget is now down to $1.2 million.
The approximately $100 million school budget for the coming year had originally contained a deficit of $7.3 million. That figure was then pared down to a deficit of $2.3 million in late April due to $4.9 million in contractual concessions and other reductions.
PAWTUCKET â€“ If a cortisone shot can put an injured pitcher on the road to recovery, then everyone can start forming a line behind John Lackey.
CRANSTON â€” Wearing pink shirts to signify Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cumberland High stood out on the golf course.
By the time the first round of the RIIL Golf State Tournament was finished Tuesday afternoon at a sun-drenched Cranston Country Club, the Clippers also stood out on the leaderboard.
Jamison Randall tied medalist honors, firing an even-par 71. Behind the talented senior, the rest of the Clippers didnâ€™t do so badly either. Senior teammates Mike Ray and Jack Andrade each carded a 79 and sophomore Brendan Guerin posted an 83.
PAWTUCKET - Rose-Helene Jutras, 79, of Chaplin Street, died Sunday, May 29, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late George Jutras.
Born in the Albion section of Lincoln, a daughter of the late Adelard and Leonide (DesGrandes) Gagne, she had lived in Pawtucket since 1951.
Mrs. Jutras was cleaner at Albion Mills, a patternsetter at Health-Tex, and a welder at Texas Instruments, retiring in 1998. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia Church, Pawtucket.
CENTRAL FALLS - Sheila Cabral, 55, of Shawmut Ave, died unexpectedly on Wednesday. She was the wife of Edward Cabral.
She was the daughter of the late Armand Larosee and Bertha Larosee of Pawtucket.
Besides her husband she is survived by three children, Jeffrey and Kellie Cabral, both of Cumberland, and Jake Cabral of Central Falls, three grandchildren, Dynasty, Raejene, and Paersen, two brothers, Kenny Larosee and Alan Larosee, both of Las Vegas.
PAWTUCKET - Virginia C. Perron, 77, formerly of Fern Street, Pawtucket and a resident of Emerald Bay Manor, Cumberland, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the wife of the late Leonard F. Perron Sr.
Mrs. Perron was born in Pawtucket, a lifelong resident, the daughter of the late Antonio and Violet (Formica) Maciminio. She was a longtime member St. Joseph's Parish in Pawtucket and a member of the Seniors group there.
PAWTUCKET - Benvindo M. Correia, 72, of Bloomingdale Ave. died May 28, 2011. He was the husband of Zeferina (Monteiro) Correia and the late Maria (Gomes) Correia.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, left, presents Shea Director of Applied Learning Michael Connolly with the National Association of Secretaries of State 2010 Medallion for his leadership in launching a statewide mock election initiative that involved nearly 25 percent of the state's public high schools and for the work that heâ€™s done over the last couple of years with Shea's Government and Public Administration Academy.
WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was the first game of the season â€“ a loss to Johnston -- when Woonsocket High baseball coach John Marsella knew he had a team that could do some damage in Division II.
â€śWe lost to Johnston 2-1 in our opener,â€ť Marsella was saying on Monday. â€śEveryone had told me before the season that Johnston was the class of the division. After that game, we knew we could play with them. That gave confidence to everyone on the team.â€ť