July 26th, 2011
Ronald J. LaBree, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Ronald "Gov" J. LaBree, Sr., 62, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Joanne (Batista) LaBree for forty-four years. Born in Attleboro, a son of the late Francis W. and Dorothy (LeBrun) LaBree, he resided in South Attleboro before moving to Pawtucket in 1975. He was a member of the Laborers Union Local 271. A devoted grandfather, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.
Manager Arnie Beyeler may not want to admit it but his Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race. They open a four-game series with International League North leader Lehigh Valley tonight in Allentown, Pa. The PawSox trailed the IronPigs by one game heading into Monday nightâ€™s action.
We hear all the time that Pawtucketâ€™s main job is to have replacement players ready for Boston, and the PawSox have succeeded in that department, too. Their â€śalumniâ€ť have played an integral role in Bostonâ€™s rise to the top of the American League East this season.
Two-time regular-season champion Cumberland Post 14 and red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79 will be among the â€śElite Eightâ€ť teams that will play for the state championship this week when the R.I. American Legion Senior Division tournament moves into the double-elimination format.
In seasons past, the double-elimination portion of the postseason wouldnâ€™t get under way until four ballclubs were left standing after winning a best-of-three quarterfinal and semifinal-round series.
PAWTUCKET â€” A four-alarm fire broke out on the second and third floors at the site of the former Morris Novelty store, located at 523 Main St., on Monday night, causing every department in the city to respond.
Fire Chief William Sisson stated the blaze began at about 8:15 p.m., and that no one was in the building at the time.
PAWTUCKET â€” The frantic calls can be found almost daily in the police log: a husband â€śoff his medsâ€ť and threatening to harm someone, a live-in girlfriend drunk and violently smashing furniture inside an apartment, a teenage son or daughter â€śout of controlâ€ť and sounding suicidal.
As always, police officers respond with the intentâ€”as they have been trained--to get the crisis situation under control as quickly as possible.
Maria C. DaGraca
PAWTUCKET - Maria C. DaCosta) DaGraca, 77, of Pawtucket died July 25, 2011. She was the wife of Antonio J. DaGraca. She was born in Brava, Cape Verde a daughter of the late Alfredo and Adelia (Barros) DaCosta. She came to this country 50 years ago settling in Central Falls.
WEST WARWICK - Marie Batalon, 82, of Main Street, W. Warwick, died peacefully and surrounded by loving grandchildren Scott, Amber, Elizabeth, and Sandra, on July 23, 2011 at West View Care Center in W. Warwick. She was the beloved wife of the late Norman F. Batalon who predeceased her.
She was born in Central Falls, RI on January 30, 1929 the loving daughter of Ovilda and Clara (Roy) Boyer. She had attended Central Falls Public Schools.
Until her retirement many years ago, Marie had been an assembler for the Hillsinger Corp. in Plainville.
Arthur Tattersall, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Arthur Tattersall, Jr., 85 of Pawtucket died Monday at the Pawtucket Health Center. He was the husband of Jean (Drummond) Tattersall. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Arthur, Sr. and Grace (Sidebottom) Tattersall, he had been a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
He was a US NAVY veteran of WWII and was employed for many years as the Regional Sales representative for Nissan Motors. He was a Sports Race Car driver.
Joseph Roland Longtin
CUMBERLAND - Joseph Roland Longtin, 82, of Mendon Rd, passed peacefully at home on July 22nd. He was the husband of Ada (Bardsley) Longtin.
Amelia C. DeBurgo
PAWTUCKET - Amelia C. DeBurgo, 97, of Pawtucket died July 22, 2011. She was the wife of the late Albert DeBurgo.
She was born in Brava, Cape Verde a daughter of the late Joao and Maria (Galvao)Coelho. She came to this country 36 years ago settling in Pawtucket.
She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
She is survived by 3 sons Humberto DeBurgo of Cape Verde, Arthur and Eduard DeBurgo both of Pawtucket, 1 sister Maria Coelho of Pawtucket, 4 grandchildren, mother of the late Jose DeBurgo, sister of the late Eugenia DePina.
Joan L. Parent Gilroy
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Joan L.(Michaud) Parent Gilroy, 77, of North Providence and Naples, Florida, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, July 23, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Honorable William G. Gilroy.
Born in New Haven, CT, a daughter of the late Arthur and Helen (Robertson) Michaud, she resided in Pawtucket before moving to North Providence 27 years ago.
WARWICK â€“ Another day, another offensive explosion by Cumberland American.
Manager Dave Belisleâ€™s club moved within one win of claiming the Major Division state championship Sunday, throttling Cranston Western 15-0 in a four-inning mercy-rule affair at Warwick West Side Little Leagueâ€™s Abe Klitzner Field.
WARWICK â€“ Collette Vacations Post 79 took care of business in the preliminary round of the R.I. American Legion Senior Division playoffs, sweeping Senerchia Post 74 in two games.
Post 79 got a near-flawless pitching performance from Andrew Veiga during Saturdayâ€™s 2-0 victory in Game 2. Veiga only faced 30 batters over nine innings as Colletteâ€™s defense once again played a key role in the teamâ€™s victory.
SEEKONK â€“ Firefly Golf Course certainly fits the definition of the word â€śunique.â€ť
What other golf course in the area plays to a par of 60 and measures just 3,644 yards? Only Firefly, an executive golf course that was designed and built by womenâ€™s golf legend Joanne Carner and her husband Don Hoenig back in 1962.
PAWTUCKET â€” How much more wear and tear can the century-old Division Street Bridge take from the I-95 truck detours before costly repairs have to be made? That is the million dollar question that City Councilors were asking this week following a state inspection report that listed the bridge as being in â€śfairâ€ť condition.
PROVIDENCE â€” The statewide Grand Jury reported the indictments of two Pawtucket residents Friday.
Anthony Berard, 27, was charged with one count of first degree sexual assault and one count of possession of cocaine. It is alleged that on or about Jan. 30, 2011, Berard sexually assaulted a woman, with that assault being in the first degree. The alleged sexual assault took place in Warwick. It is further alleged that on or about March 11, 2011, Berard possessed cocaine, an incident alleged to have taken place in Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has ruled that the Central Falls City Council can convene to advise the state-appointed receiver overseeing the city's troubled finances but must pay expenses related to the monthslong legal battle.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” The urban Northeast baked like a potato wrapped in foil Friday as record-breaking, 100-degree temperatures and steambath humidity combined with the heat-trapping effects of asphalt and concrete to make millions of people miserable.
The mercury in Newark, N.J., reached 108, the highest temperature ever recorded in the city. Philadelphia hit 104. Boston and Teterboro, N.J., reached 102 and Providence, R.I., 100. New York City hit 104 degrees, just 2 short of its all-time high, and with the oppressive humidity, it felt like 113.
CUMBERLAND â€” Cumberland American Little League All-Star coach Dave Belisle has been this route before.
When his team, the recent District IV champions, takes to the field Saturday night for its opening-round game in the state tournament, it will be the second time that Belisle has made the trip.
Four years ago when his son Brian was on the squad, he was the coach when CALL also competed at the states after copping the district title with an exciting win over a very-talent Smithfield team in the finals.
Dorothy M. Tondreau
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy M. "Dot" Tondreau, 88, peacefully departed this world in her sleep Thursday, July 21, 2011.
A classically trained painter, Dorothy, known to family and friends as "Dot" or "Dottie," excelled in both watercolor and oil painting. In addition to her talent in painting, she was also a skilled and enthusiastic art teacher to family, several of her nieces and nephews having gone on to become successful artists themselves. With an amusing anecdote for nearly every situation, Dot leaves everyone she knew with an abundance of fond memories.