June 7th, 2012
PAWTUCKET - Lucille Gertrude (Lavallee) Lachance, 84 of Capitol Ridge Assisted Living in Providence RI, and formerly of Darlingdale Ave, passed peacefully following a period of declining health, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center in Providence RI on June 6, 2012.
Lucille was born of Fabiola Marceaux Lavallee and Elie O. Lavallee on December 3, 1928 in Providence Rhode Island. She was the beloved widow of Normand Lachance.
PAWTUCKET â What could best be described as âjoyful noiseâ emanated through the ornate auditorium of the William E. Tolman High School on Wednesday night as 215 graduating seniors received their diplomas.
From the loud clapping and cheers that almost drowned out âPomp and Circumstanceâ during the processional to a heartfelt sing-along to the alternate rock song âWe are Young,â the class of 2012 did not go out quietly at the schoolâs 84th graduation, but more with a Tigerâs roar.
The question cut right to the heart of the matter and can only be answered by Mark Prior himself.
Why keep revisiting what has been a torturous comeback trail in the same manner where in the past, injuries played a significant part in removing the luster of this onetime pitching star?
Why not come to terms that the last major-league start you made occurred August 10, 2006, take comfort in knowing you gave it your best shot and realize that at age 31, you still have an entire life ahead of you?
PAWTUCKET -- Last spring, Tolman High finished the season as it hoped it would â as Rhode Island Division II champions.
It nevertheless wasnât easy, as it had to manufacture come-from-behind victories over Pilgrim in a quarterfinal, Cranston West in a semifinal and finally Barrington, 3-1, in the championship match.
LINCOLN â Call what happened to Lincolnâs Chris Pickering on Wednesday afternoon a pleasant and unexpected surprise â that of getting selected by the San Francisco Giants on the third and final day of the MLB Draft.
CUMBERLAND â The town's Monastery property will be on display with all its history when the sixth Annual Cumberland Arts and Crafts Festival is held there this weekend. More than 50 artists and crafters will be setting up booths near the Cumberland Senior Center building at the Monastery on Saturday for what organizers are hoping will be a nice day outdoors for the festival's visitors.
Lee Drury, Senior Center Director, said the festival is something the event's sponsors have been trying to grow each year as a rival to other popular arts and crafts events later in the season.
CENTRAL FALLS â For years when he was working as a driving school instructor in France, Leo Heroux would request to have June 6 off to go to the beach.
But it was no ordinary vacation day.
Heroux's destination was always Omaha Beach â a place that, despite its natural beauty, brings back painful memories of the carnage he witnessed as a young soldier in the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Paula A. Picard, R.N.
JOHNSTON- Paula A. (Todd) Picard, R.N., 53, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 31, 2012. She was the loving wife of Gary D. Picard for 33 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of William L. and the late Gloria J. (Smith) Todd and the beloved step-daughter of Cheryl Todd.
Paula was Director of Nursing at New England Sinai Hospital, Stoughton, MA. She enjoyed bowling and traveling, and especially going on cruises.
See East Providence long jumper Chris Moura and others compete in a slideshow of the RIIL Outdoor Track and Field State Championship held Sunday. Click SPORTS in the menu bar at top of page to view.
PAWTUCKET â According to the latest data from the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook, there are many reasons for concern over Pawtucket children and their future well being. Yet, there are also a few bright spots on the horizon to offset mostly grim statistics.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared Monday that âthis is a new day at EDC,â because the RI Economic Development Corp. will start being more cautious about the way it doles out taxpayersâ money.
âWeâve been scorched; weâve been burned, as it stands now,â Chafee acknowledged. âRhode Islanders should know I am conservative by nature with every dollar and I always have been, as a mayor, as a (U.S.) senator, as a governor. There is going to be a full analysis before any investment is made.â
CUMBERLAND â As a sophomore, Cumberland High senior Kara Gorman blew out a shoulder throwing the javelin, but attempted to make a comeback her junior outdoor track and field season.
âIt was a âno-go,ââ she explained. âWay too painful.â
This past fall, a few members of the girlsâ lacrosse squad begged her to sign up for their program, as they desperately needed a goalie, and she finally acquiesced.
PAWTUCKET â No. 2 and No. 3 seeds donât usually battle each other until the semifinals of a winnersâ bracket, not in the opening round of a losersâ bracket, but thatâs where Tolman and North Smithfield were contesting each other on Monday afternoon.
And not only did both teams head into Slater Park looking to erase the sting of 1-0 defeats from the previous afternoon, but they had to combat the misty weather and temperatures in the low 50s thoughout this part of the state.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High overcame a 3-2 deficit with a five-run fifth inning and claimed a 7-3 victory over Ponaganset in a R.I. Division II/Region III losersâ bracket final at Slater Parkâs Ted McConnon Memorial Field in Monday afternoonâs off-and-on drizzle.
CENTRAL FALLS- Jose DaGraca, "Djidjinho" 79, passed June 2nd at home. He was the husband of the late Maria (Moniz) DaGraca.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, he was a son of the late Manuel Goncalves and Carlotina DaGraca.
Djidjinho had been employed by American Insulated Wire for over 30 years.
He was the father of seven, Daniel DaGraca, Dolores Baptista, Adozinda Mason,
James R. Walsh
ATTLEBORO- James "Jimmy" R. Walsh, 48, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
Born in Warwick, he was a son of Lois E. (Tallman) Walsh of South Attleboro and the late Thomas E. Walsh.
James worked as a household furniture mover for the Sterling Moving Co. for over 20 years.
He was a devoted son and brother, caring for his mother and sister over the last seven years. Jimmy was a car enthusiast and he also enjoyed fishing, holding yard sales and following wrestling.
PAWTUCKET- Roseanna (Lambert) Messier-Bechard passed peacefully with her loving family by her side on June 2nd. She was the wife of the late Omer Messier and Hubert Bechard.
She recently celebrated her 98th birthday while receiving exceptional care at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing.
Born in North Providence, a daughter of the late Leon and Agnes (Chartier) Lambert.
Roseanna had worked many years at the State of RI Medical Center before retiring.
Janice R. Pace
PAWTUCKET- Janice R. Pace, 80, of Pawtucket died Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Mrs. Pace was born in Fall river MA, the daughter of the late Everett E. and Marion E. (Hall) Brown. She was a dietary Technician at the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket for many years.
Mrs. Pace is survived by her son William J. Pace and her granddaughter Kierstyn Pace of Norton MA.
Anna Belle Lapalme
PAWTUCKET- Anna Belle Lapalme, 85 of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012. She was the wife of the late Roland "Red" Lapalme.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Norris) McGreaves.
She is survived by a daughter, Sally Zona, and her son-in-law, John Zona, who she considered her own son. She was the sister of the late Sally Prete.
The funeral and burial will be private. Arrangements by the Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home. www.rifuneral.com
Sr. Jeannette Joinville
MARLBOROUGH- Sr. Jeannette Joinville, a Sister of St. Anne, known in religion as Sister Marie Eveline of Jesus, died at the age of 98 at Marie Esther Health Center in this city on June 3, 2012. She was in the 77th year of the religious life.
She was the daughter of the late Theodore and Evelina (Lefebvre) Joinville of Central Falls, RI. She completed both her elementary and high school education at Notre Dame School in Central Falls and continued her studies at Anna Maria College, Paxton.