June 19th, 2014
PROVIDENCE â After several years of watching Rhode Island high school boysâ basketball crown one undisputed state champion and do so with mostly positive reviews, the girlsâ hoops community is officially prepared to follow suit.
PROVIDENCE â Four women, including a member of the Central Falls City Council, who were on a hunger strike to protest a provision in the state budget that outlaws Rhode Island municipalities from passing their own minimum wage laws, issued the following joint statement shortly after Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the budget bill into law Thursday.
LINCOLN - Violet "Vi" (Lupien) McDevitt, 96, formerly of Lincoln, died Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late John "Jack" E. McDevitt. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Florida (Bourque) Lupien.
Camilla W. Horton
PAWTUCKET - Camilla W. (White) Horton, 93, passed away at the Ballou Home on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert E. Horton. Born in Tyner, NC, a daughter of the late Timothy and Bertha White, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
LINCOLN - Oscar Dubois, 97, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Eva (Frese) Dubois. Born in Cumberland, he was a son of the late Joseph and Zelica (Aubuchon) Dubois. Oscar was a United States Army veteran of World War II and worked as a machinist at William Haskell Manufacturing for many years until his retirement in 1980. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Polish White Eagle's Club and the American Legion. Oscar enjoyed listening and dancing to Polish Polka Music.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â Using a steady wind as its most effective punch, Wannamoisett Country Club more than held its own on Wednesday in the first round of the 53rd Northeast Amateur Invitational.
Only five of the 87 contestants broke par with medalist honors going to LSU junior Stewart Jolly, who teed off last and came home first, birdieing his final two holes for a two-under par round of 67.
Four players tied for second with 68s â UNLVâs Kurt Kitayama, Purdueâs Adam Schenk, Mississippiâs Blake Morris and Mercer University grad Hans Reimers.
PAWTUCKET â After three decades as a lawmaker representing Pawtucket, Rep. Elaine Coderre says she will not seek re-election to her District 60 House seat in November.
Coderre, a Democrat, is the currently the âDean of the House,â meaning the representative who has served the longest tenure. First elected in 1984, she currently chairs the Democratic Caucus in the House and was previously the Speaker Pro Tem for many years.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A puppy store owner who is fighting the city over the East Providence City Councilâs decision to ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats won a personal victory Tuesday when the same council begrudgingly voted 3-to-2 to grant the store a license to sell puppies on the holidays.
Muriel E. MacLure
PAWTUCKET - Muriel E. MacLure, 81, of Pawtucket, died June 17, 2014. She was the wife of the late Norman E. MacLure. Mrs. MacLure was born in Central Falls. The daughter of the late Oscar and Berthe (Choinniere) Tetreault. She was employed by Providence Metalizing Co.
She is survived by five children, Norman MacLure of Providence, Charlene Russo and her husband Anthony of Pawtucket, Christopher, Raymond and Denise MacLure all of Pawtucket. Two grandchildren, Adam MacLure of Pawtucket and Ashley Cole of Marlboro, MA.
Russell R. Kaplan
PAWTUCKET - Russell R. Kaplan, 62, passed on June 17th surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of Pauline Andreou and son of the late Harry and Claire (Keough) Kaplan. Russell was a longtime lumber yard attendant and a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by a son, Russell Andreou, a daughter, Rebecca Desautel, three sisters, Kathy Doucette, Florence Cantrell and Carleen Chalifoux, four grandchildren, Kelsey-Lynn and Russell Andreou, Bryana and Shyann Desautel. He was the brother of the late James Kaplan and William Kugler.
Edward J. McElroy Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Edward J. McElroy Jr., 86, of Pawtucket, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Doris I. (Moreau) McElroy. They had been married 62 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Edward J. and Catherine (Lanigan) McElroy.
Mr. McElroy was employed as a shipping supervisor for Priority Shipping prior to his retirement. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. McElroy was an avid Yankee fan.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs not unusual for the Pawtucket Red Sox organization to schedule a summertime event at McCoy Stadium while the primary tenants are off waging International League wars at another teamâs ballpark. Through the years, McCoy has opened its doors to headline performers such as Bob Dylan and the Dropkick Murphys to welcoming Team USA Baseball.
CUMBERLAND â A 16-year-old local girl who was last seen on June 3 remained missing Tuesday as police continued to seek information on her possible whereabouts in Florida or California.
Margaret Weece, 16, left town in a white Chevrolet Cobalt on a possible trip to see relatives in California or Florida, police said. The vehicle has since been recovered in Maryland, police confirmed.
It remains unclear whether Weece is travelling with friends or alone but police said she is not believed to be endangered at this time.
CENTRAL FALLS â The City Council Monday approved Mayor James A. Diossaâs $17.2 million budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.
The city budget is composed of five separate city ordinances. The city ordinances that set the tax rate and levy, the classified employees wage schedule and the capital program and budget were passed unanimously by the six-member council.
Beatrice L. Davis
PAWTUCKET - Beatrice L. Davis, 81, passed on June 16th. She was the wife of the late Alfred Davis Sr.
Albert J. Smith
LINCOLN - Albert J. Smith, 84, of Cecile Street died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Pauline M. (King) Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were married 60 years last September 7.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Albert and Sarah A. (McMahon) Smith, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 51 years.
Mr. Smith was a sales representative for Valley Resources before retiring. He was a Korean War Navy veteran.
PAWTUCKET - Florence "Loreen" Webb, 85, born in Cummings, SC and wife to the late John C. Webb, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving children, on June 16, 2014. The daughter of the late Thomas and Florence Pope, from South Carolina. Sister of the late Willie Mae Hull, the late Thomas B. Pope, of South Carolina and the late Georgia Alger of Lincoln, RI. She lived in Pawtucket, RI for most of her life. She worked for Providence Braid Company for many years before retiring.
PAWTUCKET â The Rhode Island high-school baseball championships arenât the only item of note to come out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce that they will host The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic, featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm.
CENTRAL FALLS â Police today were stepping up enforcement of the cityâs juvenile curfew ordinance in the wake of a spate of city stabbings over the weekend that left three Pawtucket men hospitalized.
Enforcement of the ordinance has been in effect since May and will continue until the end of the summer, but police are stepping up their presence this week and for the foreseeable future after a particularly violent weekend that began Saturday when a 17-year-old boy was stabbed during a fight on Dexter Street shortly after 10:30 p.m.
For full story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.