Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” With the first day of summer comes many reasons to celebrate. Yet, Pawtucket police and fire officials want to remind residents of the laws regarding two activities that can affect safety and quality of life in a densely populated city like Pawtucket: fireworks and outdoor burning.
By DAN CHAREST
Toeing the rubber in the top of the ninth was a strikeout specialist from Pennsylvania. His batterymate behind the dish was a high-average hitter from Alabama.
And leading off for the Ocean State Waves of the New England Collegiate Baseball League stood Pawtucketâ€™s Nick Sebastian.
Before Sebastian strolled to the plate with his Waves losing 3-2 to the Laconia Muskrats, he had spent a lengthy time on his baseball journey outside of his hometown until the Waves brought him back to Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET -- On a late March day in Fort Myers, Fla., Xander Bogaerts could have accepted what the lineup card stipulated and left it at that.
The Red Sox prospect and now the newest member of the PawSox, however, was comfortable enough in his own skin to approach the powers-that-be and show his eagerness and enthusiasm for the game he is paid to play.
According to one staff member, the sequence helped cast the player in a whole new light.
PAWTUCKETâ€”â€śDisappointedâ€ť is the way that Mayor Donald Grebien said he felt after getting the news that Pawtucket stands to receive about $876,000 less under the House Finance Committee's budget plan than what it would have under the governor's original proposal.
Kay E. Fournier
PAWTUCKET- Kay E. (Follett) Fournier, 57, of Robinson Avenue died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of William M. Fournier.
Born in Providence, the loving daughter of Stuart A. Follett of Cumberland and the late Thomasine H. (Dick) Follett, she had lived in Pawtucket for the past 31 years.
Kay was a sales associate at J. C. Penney at Emerald Square Mall, North Attleboro for 18 years before retiring.
She was a graduate of Cumberland High School and Dean Jr. College.
Gary E. Furtado
NORTH PROVIDENCE- GARY E. Furtado, 45, passed unexpectedly at home on June 18th.
He was the son of Gary A. Furtado and the late Odete A. (Duarte) Furtado.
He had been employed by the University Club of Providence.
Besides his father, he is survived by his grandmother, Irene (Fernandes) Duarte, a sister, Kim Medeiros, a brother, Jason Furtado, a niece, Alexis, and his nephews, Brayden, and Antonio. He was the fianc of Tammy Nary. Gary was the grandson of the late Agostinho Duarte.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Bobby Leopold would have loved to compete in more amateur tourneys this spring, but just couldn't find the time.
On December 10, he and his wife, Taylor, became proud new parents of Grayson Robert, now a bouncing six-month-old boy, so â€“ naturally â€“ most of his days, and of course nights, are devoted to his baby and work.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 38-year-old city man, reportedly an ex-boxer, has been charged in the brutal beating of a homeless man that occurred on May 18.
According to Pawtucket Police, the suspect has been identified as as Rafael Torres, 38, of 82 Sabin St.. Torres is accused of pummeling 58-year-old John Simms, of no permanent address, in a dispute. Torres, also known to live on the streets, was reported to have been angry with Simms because he drank his bottle of vodka.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Steaming plates of tripe stew and barbecue chicken and the traditional Marchas de SĂŁo JoĂŁo will highlight Clube Juventude Lusitanaâ€™s annual Saint Johnâ€™s Feast, a three-day Portuguese festival that kicks off tonight.
One of the biggest Portuguese feasts of its kind in Rhode Island, the festival grounds at the clubâ€™s headquarters on Chase Street, including its three function halls, will be teeming with activity with everything from Portuguese folkloric dancing groups to the clubâ€™s traditional SĂŁo JoĂŁo parade in honor of St. Johnâ€™s Day.
Francis A. Deneault
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Deneault, Francis A. "Frank", 54, of North Providence, died June 14, 2013 in Orlando, FL. He was the beloved husband of Suzanne (Bessette) Deneault. He was born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Oscar F. and Jeanne T. (Doyon) Deneault. He was employed by the State of RI in the Treasurers Dept. for 28 years until his retirement in January. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.
David E. Frazier
CUMBERLAND - David E. Frazier, 90, of Cumberland, died June 19, 2013. He was the husband of Claire (Marchand) Frazier.
Mr. Frazier was a World War II Navy Veteran.
Besides his wife Claire he leaves his sons Daniel E. and his late wife Janet Frazier of Cumberland and David M. and his wife Arlene Frazier of Lincoln, his sister Doris Gauvin of Cumberland, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Regrets? Every golfer has some upon the roundâ€™s conclusion.
The ones that Jamison Randall expressed followed his one-over 70 performance on Day 1 of the Northeast Amateur Invitational didnâ€™t equate to the Cumberland lad singing the blues. Had the golf gods been kinder, perhaps Randallâ€™s Wednesday score would have been closer to the low number Brazilâ€™s Rafael Becker posted â€“ a minus-seven 62 that featured an eye-popping eight birdies.
PAWTUCKET â€” Never has a trip to the principalâ€™s office been more soothing and reassuring.
Score one for PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina for putting out the fire before it engulfed the clubhouse he oversees. There was a delicate situation that needed to be addressed with several Pawtucket players, and DiSarcina handled every last conversation with aplomb.
â€śThatâ€™s what the job of a manager is. You have to manage those people,â€ť stated DiSarcina matter-of-factly.
LINCOLN â€“ Casie Beauchemin, Lincoln High's heralded junior right fielder, sat back on a bench in front of the school early Wednesday afternoon trying to convey how incredible it felt to be a part of a team that not only captured two consecutive state Division I titles, but did so with an unblemished 43-0 mark.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Northern Rhode Islandâ€™s foreclosure problem appears to be on the mend, but itâ€™s improving at a significantly slower pace than other regions of the state, a report released today says.
LINCOLN â€“ Wielding gold-painted hedge clippers, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, CEO John Taylor and other dignitaries cut a ceremonial red ribbon Wednesday to officially initiate Las Vegas style-table games at Twin River, ushering in yet another new era at a facility that has morphed over the decades from a horse racing track, to a dog track to a slot parlor and now to a full-fledged casino.
Elizabeth A. Green
EAST PROVIDENCE - Elizabeth A. (Partridge) Green, 99, died Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Linn Health Care Center, East Providence. She was the daughter of the late Daniel and L. Alma (Blackburn) Partridge and the wife of the late Wesley C Green. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Partridge and her brother, Rev. Daniel Partridge, Jr. She is survived by her son, Wesley C. Green, Jr. of Green Valley, AZ and one grandson.
J. Raymond Vadnais
PAWTUCKET - J. Raymond Vadnais, 80, passed away peacefully in Providence on Monday, June 17, 2013. Born in Central Falls, the son of the late Raymond and Angelique (Genereux) Vadnais, he resided in Pawtucket for the past 34 years.
Paul R. Durocher
ATTLEBORO - Paul R. Durocher, 62, of Locust Street, Attleboro, MA passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA.
He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Raymond and Janice (Pride) Durocher. Mr. Durocher was a Systems Analyst for the Robert Allen Group in Foxboro, MA.
Paul is survived by his daughter, Emma L. W. Durocher of Attleboro, MA, and his sisters, Joyce Applegarth of California, Carol Masterson of Seekonk, MA and Nancy Pepin of Pawtucket, RI.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ How Jamison Randall landed a coveted spot in this weekâ€™s Northeast Amateur Invitational can be traced back to last summerâ€™s noteworthy accomplishment on the links.
For the Cumberland High alumnus and junior-to-be at Virginiaâ€™s Old Dominion University, winning the R.I. Stroke Play Championship was akin to feasting oneâ€™s eyes on a golden ticket after opening a Wonka bar.