April 3rd, 2012
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” It's official. The Fuller and Rumford branches of the East Providence Public Library will close their doors for good on Friday, April 27.
The closing of the two libraries is part of the East Providence Budget Commission's change to the library system, which will see consolidation of operations into the main Weaver Memorial Library on Grove Avenue and the Riverside branch Library on Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside.
Normand J. Boulais
PAWTUCKET- Normand J. Boulais, 80, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket died Monday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He is the husband of the late Cecile (Gingras) Boulais.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Albert T. and Christina A. (Duffy) Boulais.
Normand was self-employed for A. Boulais & Sons for 17 years. In 1961 he worked for Ferland as Forman of laborers in field for 15 years. In 1975 he went to the Boy's Club where he worked as a Building Superintendent until his retirement.
PAWTUCKET- Geraldine LeBlanc, 67, of Bucklin Street, Pawtucket died Sunday, April 1, 2012. She was the wife of Louis R. LeBlanc. They were married 47 years.
Mrs. LeBlanc was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Marty and Elizabeth Egan.
She was a nurses aid at the Memorial Hospital for many years.
LINCOLN -- It looks like the five scrimmages Mount St. Charles head coach Tom Seaver scheduled during the pre-season has paid dividends.
Then again, one in particular, he stated, was directly responsible for the Mountiesâ€™ ability to post a 4-3 Division I-North victory over Lincoln High in both teamsâ€™ season opener at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
With the All-American Championship behind him and an appearance in the Jordan Brand Classic on tap for April 14, Ricky Ledoâ€™s days of competing against fellow high schoolers are dwindling to a precious few.
Naturally, the hot button topic surrounding Ledo is whether the acclaimed prospect and Providence native will face eligibility issues in his quest to suit up for Providence College next season. Such concerns largely stem from the number of high schools (a total of four) heâ€™s enrolled at since the fall of 2007, when Ledo attended Bishop Hendricken.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sometime overnight on Saturday, vandals pushed headstones off the bases of some 18 monuments at the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Pawtucket Police said.
The vandalism was discovered on Sunday morning and reported by Edward Ayoud, a caretaker for the section of the cemetery that is leased by the St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket. Ayoud said he learned of the damage from a parishioner who had been visiting a relative's grave that morning and then mentioned it to him at a church service.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite an effective date of April 1, the Grebien Administration showed it wasn't fooling when it came to instituting key changes in the Pawtucket Fire Department that are designed to cut down on overtime costs.
According to city officials, members of the firefighters' union received a letter several months ago notifying them that beginning April 1 and running through June 30, there is a new plan to redeploy staffing, based on more than three called-in absences on a given shift, from the mandatory contractual minimum of 31 firefighters down to 28.
Daniel R. Duarte
PAWTUCKET- Daniel R. Duarte, age 59, the owner of Dan's Auto Body Shop, died March 30, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of Claudia (Cabral) Duarte, father of Julie Moitoso, Laura Fontaine, and Paul Duarte.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours Wednesday from 6-8PM in the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence. Funeral Services are private.
Helen A. Bielecki
PAWTUCKET- Helen A. Bielecki 85, passed away Sunday April 1, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank C. Bielecki Sr.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Albert and Alice (Olender) Orlinski.
She lived in Pawtucket for the past 50 years and was formerly of Central Falls. Before retiring she and her late husband co-owned the former Franks Market of Central Falls.
PAWTUCKET- Our Beloved Isabel DaLomba, 47 passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 31, 2012 after a heroic battle with breast cancer.
Born in Brava Cape Verde Island, Isabel came to United States with her Family in 1989 where she reside in Pawtucket, RI and worked for Providence Metalizing for 10 years and Another 11 Years with Hallmark Sweet in Attleboro Mass.
Lt. Richard A.
PAWTUCKET - Lt. Richard "Dick" A. Campbell, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Philomena "Millie" M. (Borek) Campbell for 62 and one half years.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late John J. and Catherine T. (Hughes) Campbell. Dick was a communicant of St. Teresa Church and was a former Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Past-president of the Parents Club (St. Teresa School 1977-78).
CENTRAL FALLS: James J. Cunningham Jr, 68, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Claire (Gaynor) Cunningham. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on February 24th.He was a former Lions Coach.
Besides his wife he is survived by five daughters, Deborah Cunningham, Dorn Dougan, Jean Bourgault, Kathleen Flynn and Lori Tavares, a son James J. Cunningham, 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Stacia A. Sobodacha
CENTRAL FALLS- Stacia A. Sobodacha 89, of High Street passed away Friday March 30, 2012 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late John J. and Anna ( Sielicki ) Sobodacha. She was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring Stacia was employed as a Billing Clerk for 25 years at the former Elizabeth Webbing Co. retiring in 1985.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church Holy Rosary Society and the former Senior group, as well as the former Orchard Lake Schools Ladies Auxiliary.
Pauline J. Taylor
PAWTUCKET- Pauline J. Taylor, 88, of Dover Street, Pawtucket died March 31, 2012
She was the wife of the late John T. Taylor.
Mrs. Taylor was born in Woonsocket the daughter of the late Edmund and Eugenie (Guay) Brunelle.
She lived in Pawtucket most of her life. Her house and yard were always the place of gathering for her many friends and family.
You often hear the expression â€śwhat a difference a year makes,â€ť particularly when referencing the turnover rate in high school sports. In the case of the respective boysâ€™ volleyball outfits at Tolman and Mount St. Charles, if the shoe fits, wear it.
To say the past two weeks have been hectic for area baseball teams would be like saying thereâ€™s no such thing as rush hour traffic in this state. Ever try to squeeze in tryouts followed by roster decisions followed by several scrimmages into a tightly confined window of time? Thatâ€™s a lot to digest!
Ready or not, like or not, the regular season beckons. Are some skippers wishing they had more time to iron out items of importance like rounding out the pitching staff or settling on a lineup? No doubt, but as those same coaches are already well aware, itâ€™s go time.
Dust off those rods and reels and break out the tackle box.
The 2012 trout and general freshwater fishing season begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
More than 20,000 anglers are expected to turn out at dawn on opening day.
Approximately 80,000 hatchery raised brook, brown, and rainbow trout with an average individual weight of one and a half pounds have been stocked by Division staff in more than 100 ponds and streams for opening day.
CUMBERLAND â€” Chris Payson had just given some of his older, faster swimmers a grueling set of four 800-yard individual medleys â€“ for those who may not understand, each consisted of 200 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
He told them he'd give them a break on the time allotted for each 800: 15 minutes.
Naturally, there were a few audible groans, but these members of the Shamrock Swim Club nevertheless set out on their first.
SEEKONK -- Athletic Director Ray Grant claimed elation at Seekonk High Schoolâ€™s hiring of a new varsity football head coach.
Principal Marcia McGovern took Grantâ€™s recommendation and chose Vernon Crawford, a former New England Patriots linebacker/special teams player, to be the mentor, she announced Friday morning.
PAWTUCKETâ€”While there are those who look forward to retiring and â€śdoing nothing,â€ť there are many who feel like this is the time in their lives to give back. On Friday, the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held a breakfast to recognize the contributions of the many individuals who participate in its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.