July 19th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Greg Grall, the bullpen catcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox, describes Ryan Lavarnway, the catcher, as â€śraw, which gives him the upside of what he can possibly do. Obviously with his hitting, heâ€™s going to have the potential of playing in any lineup. Now heâ€™s just going to work on continuing to improve his defense. Thatâ€™s the key.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” State-appointed Receiver Robert Flanders had called it â€śthe Big Ask.â€ť
He invited about 150 retired police, fire and municipal employees to the high school auditorium and asked them to sign on to a proposal to cut the pensions they are living on by as much as 50 percent as well as a health insurance program that would require them to pay 20 percent of their premiums for the first time and co-pay 20 percent of the subsequent costs, including hospitalization.
PAWTUCKET - Denise Green, 62, former Providence head start teacher, of School Street, Pawtucket, died Saturday at Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Douglas LaFrance Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, daughter of the late John and Ann (Ousley) McParlin.
She is survived by daughters Eulanda and Evelyn LaFrance, sisters, Nancy, Sandra, Cheryl and Diane McParlin, God-daughter, Gina Kearns, and 8 grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Richard Allen Gibson and sister to the late John McParlin III.
Elza M. Marques
JOHNSTON - Elza M. (Machado) Marques, 84, of Old Pocasset Lane, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011. She was the wife of the late Francisco Marques.
She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a daughter of the late Amadeu B. and Maria (da Conceicao) Machado.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” There were more than a half dozen birdie putts that either lipped out or just missed the mark. There were two holes that he probably wished he could have had back.
But after an opening round of 3-over 73 at the 82nd annual New England Amateur Championship on Monday, Pawtucketâ€™s Kyle Hoffman was perfectly content with how he shot the ball at the challenging and tricky Metacomet Country Club.
As a Hall of Fame second baseman blessed with the ability to influence the game's outcome with his bat and glove, Ryne Sandberg appreciates the intangibles that present day second sackers Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano bring to the ballpark.
To Sandberg, Lehigh Valleyâ€™s first-year manager, Pedroia and Cano are chips off the old block. For good measure, so is Chase Utley, who unlike Pedroia and Cano operates outside of the A.L. East caldron.
WOONSOCKET â€” Creating a new national park encompassing the Blackstone River and its tributaries, the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket and existing historic districts in Cumberland, North Smithfield and two Massachusetts communities is the National Park Service's favored option for replacing the heritage corridor concept.
In a long-awaited report released yesterday, the park service says the continuation of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor as it currently exists is still one of three options under consideration.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a tough economy, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care broke ground Monday morning on a $6.7 million new medical complex at 33 East Ave.
The 32,000 square-foot building, to be located adjacent to BVCHC's dental clinic at 210 Main St., is scheduled to open in September, 2012. According to BVCHC officials, the three-story medical complex will create a single â€śmedical campusâ€ť where a diagnostic laboratory, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health and general medicine will be available to patients under one roof.
Beatrice I. Benoit
CUMBERLAND - Beatrice I. Benoit, 90, of Cumberland, died Monday at St. Antoine Residence, N. Smithfield. She was the wife of Maurice Benoit. They had been married 72 years.
Joseph L. Smith
CUMBERLAND - Joseph L. Smith, 88, of Ronald Ave. died Sunday in the Mt. St. Rita Health Center, Cumberland. He was the beloved husband of Sheila (Brannigan) Smith.
Born in Cumberland he was the son of the late Fred and Emma (Brown) Smith. He was a lifelong Cumberland resident.
Mr. Smith was a 20 year U. S. Air Force retiree serving during WW II; he had also served during the Korean Conflict retiring as a Master Sergeant. After retirement from the Air Force Mr. Smith began a 20 plus year service with the Cumberland Water Department retiring in 1988.
CUMBERLAND - Arnold Sousa, 86 of Hilltop Road, passed away Sunday in the Grandview Center, Cumberland. He was the loving husband of Esmeralda (Gonzalez) Sousa.
Born in the Valley Falls section of Cumberland, he was the son of the late Cypriano and Theresa (Gomes) Sousa. He was a lifelong resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Sousa was a Life Underwriter for the Boston Mutual Life Insurance Co., retiring 1983. He owned the former Arnolds Market in Central Falls and also worked for four years at the former Owens-Corning Firberglass.
He was a WW II US Navy Veteran.
Yvette M. Andreoni
EAST PROVIDENCE - Yvette M. Andreoni, 86, of East Providence, died Tuesday. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Camille and Marie (Delisle) Gatard.
She had been employed as a photographic retoucher prior to her retirement.
Her son John Mark Andreoni of Lincoln, her daughters, Laurie Andreoni Wilson of CA and Lisa Gefklin of CA, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren survive her. She was the sister of the late Jackie Mullen. Her funeral and burial will be private. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Guestbook at
Margaret J. Scuturio
Margaret J. Scuturio, of Washington Street, Central Falls died July 15, 2011. she was the wife of the late Richard Scuturio.
Mrs. Scuturio was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Murdock M. and Bella M. (Couper) Smith.
She is survived by her daughters, Florence Russell and Sarah Gauthier of Pawtucket and her sons Richard W. Scuturio of Pawtucket and Daniel Smith of Massachusetts.
James L. Kennedy
CENTRAL FALLS - James L. Kennedy, "Jimmy" 80, passed July 15th; He was the husband of Jean (Elliott) Kennedy.
Jimmy was the son of the late George and Bertha (Hyatt) Kennedy.
He had been employed by Electric Boat of Quonset for many years.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Nancy Pita and Lynn Robin, a son Kevin Kennedy, two sisters, Rosalie Raymond and Noreen Davignon and 8 grandchildren, he was the brother of the late Anita Silvaggio.
SEEKONK - Hilda (Craveiro) Levesque, 84 of Taunton Avenue died Friday, July 15, 2011 at her home. She was the wife of the late Herbert K. Levesque.
She was born in
Providence a daughter of the late Manuel D. and Maria R. (Mello) Craveiro. She was a lifelong Seekonk resident.
PAWTUCKET â€“ This was certainly not the way the Pawtucket Red Sox wanted to end their four-game series with the Durham Bulls.
Locked in a tight game for six innings on Sunday afternoon, the Bulls cut loose with nine runs in the final three frames to cruise past the PawSox, 13-3, before 6,318 at McCoy Stadium. Durham collected 16 hits in the three-plus hour affair, including a three-run homer from Felipe Lopez in the ninth.
Durham scored eight of its runs with two outs, while the PawSox were just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The Times is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
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The Military Page went global this week with the receipt of a letter from Simon Schuurman, a resident of the Netherlands who adopts graves of fallen soldiers and tries to gather information about the lives of American soldiers who died during World War II.
â€śI have always been interested in the second World War,â€ť Schuurman wrote. â€śWe want to be able to honor the people who liberated Europe. I adopted five graves at two different cemeteries â€“ one in Ardennes (France) and another in Henri-Chapelle in Belgium. One of these graves is from Private Joseph J. Czernia of the U.S. Army.
PAWTUCKET â€” The sequined lettering on her shirt said it all: Fun Time in the City. And retired City Hall switchboard operator Fran Slade was having fun, making the wait a little less painful for those paying tax bills close to the deadline.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A new law aimed at minors forbids â€śsextingâ€ť â€” the practice of sending sexually explicit photos of yourself to others by cell phones and myriad other electronic devices. But at the same time, the law prevents a foolish teenaged prank from being punished as serious child pornography.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed into law this week a bill making sexting by minors a â€śstatus offenseâ€ť to be dealt with in Family Court.