July 20th, 2012
PAWTUCKET - Dean D. Turmel, passed July 14th at the age of 45.
He was the son of the late Donald W. and Alice (Robichaud) Turmel.
Dean was a lifelong Pawtucket resident and had been employed in the construction and asphalt industry for many years.
He is survived by 6 sisters, Donna Johnson of Florida, Diane Metivier of North Providence, Deborah Martins of Attleboro, Doreen DeLuca of North Providence, Deanna Perron of Johnston and Dodi Marehand of PA, a brother, Donald W. Turmel Jr, of Providence. He also leaves 24 nieces and nephews and a lifetime of wonderful memories.
LINCOLN - James R. McGinness, 73, of Lincoln, died Thursday. He was the husband of Muriel S. (Sweeney) McGinness. They had been married 50 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late William and Yvonne (Erno) McGinness and a step-son of the late Doris (Descelles) McGinness.
Mr. McGinness was employed as a supervisor for Hasbro Manufacturing Co. for 44 years. He retired in 1997. He served with the US Army. He was an avid fisherman and card player.
PAWTUCKET - Shirley Blechinger, 79, passed July 19th at home. She was the wife of the late Robert Blechinger.
Born in New Bedford, Ma, a daughter of the late Walter and Rose (Corriea) Rogers.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Leyland and her partner, Dawn Olsen of Pawtucket, a son, Wayne Lima of Freetown, MA, six grandchildren, Sarah, Christine, Brian, Robin, Jeannine, and Jamie. She was the dedicated master of Chico.
CENTRAL FALLS - James F. Lenihan Jr, 72, passed July 20th with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Noreen (Davy) Lenihan, they would have been married for 51 years this September.
James had been employed by Sani Kani for many years and then worked at Warner- Sullivan & Nilsson as a parts delivery driver. James life revolved around his family and fishing
LINCOLN - Tillie Hicks, 71, of School St., Albion passed away Thursday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the long time companion of Carl Faria.
Born in Somerset, MA she was the daughter of the late William and Maude (Stanley) Hicks. She had resided in Albion for the past 10 years, previously living in Cumberland for most of her life.
Tillie was employed by the Amica Insurance Co. for 36 years retiring in 1997.
CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize â the Eastern Regional championship â when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
PAWTUCKETâFollowing an investigation of a complaint, a local man has been arrested on numerous sexual assault charges involving three young female family members, Pawtucket Police said.
Jose A. DaCruz, 55, of Waterman Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Major Arthur Martins. Police began an investigation after a complaint was made on July 9. The incidents, which took place in Pawtucket, involve three victims who are all under the age of 14 and who are related to DaCruz, Martins said.
LINCOLN â The School Committee and the Lincoln Teachers' Association have reached an agreement on a three-year pact covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 after a series of negotiating sessions that included both sides' attorneys and the assistance of a mediator.
The agreement will give teachers 2-percent pay raises in each of the latter two years of the pact.
Superintendent of Schools Georgia Fortunato noted that the sessions lasted well past midnight and into the next morning to reach the settlement ratified by the parties this past week.
PAWTUCKET - Louise A. McCaffrey, 79, of Pawtucket died Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Miss McCaffrey was born in Lincoln, the daughter of the late Henry and Annette (Larocque) McCaffrey. She was a controller for the Quill Pen Corporation for many years. Louise enjoyed reading and her visits to the library, was an avid gardener and a New England Patriots fan.
CUMBERLAND - Eugenia "Jean" A. (Niedbala) Hucal, 92, of the Chimney Hill Apartments, formerly of Cadoret Drive, Cumberland passed away Wednesday at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Michael Hucal.
Born in Fall River, MA she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Agnes (Kokoszka) Niedbala. She resided in Cumberland for most of her life.
Jean was employed by the Hindley Manufacturing Company, Cumberland for many years until her retirement in 1982.
SEEKONK â Having Sister Gertrude involved can only be a plus. Greg Esmay says his goal is to be able to have his Old Grist Mill Tavern open next year in time for the nun and other Little Sisters of the Poor to hold their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner that benefits the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â Accusing his opponent of âserial hypocrisy,â Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley blasted Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for leaving the Senate floor after promising to debate his DISCLOSE Act âlong into the night,â to attend a fundraiser held by a group Hinckley claims would be exempt from that proposed law.
WOONSOCKET â Landmark Medical Center is asking a Superior Court judge for permission to move forward with a lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving the hospital into insolvency with unfairly low reimbursements.
Itâs the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between Landmark and BCBSRI that Landmark President Richard Charest says now jeopardizes the sale â and survival â of the hospital.
LINCOLN â The last time local fight fans saw Thomas Falowo in action, they were in an uproar over the split decision victory awarded to his opponent, Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas.
In that middleweight fight back on May 24 at Twin River, Falowo not only ruled four of the six rounds, but he also delivered a first-round knockdown.
And while Clarkson ended the night looking like heâd tussled in a 12-round slugfest, Falowo had barely a scratch on him.
PAWTUCKET â The sight of Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares engaging in playful banter in their native tongue often leads to one or both players breaking out into mischievous smiles. Usually the exchange is often loud enough that everyone in the PawSox clubhouse is aware that Iglesias and Linares are up to their old tricks.
Then again, not everyone can understand what is actually being discussed, so itâs like Iglesias and Linares are the only ones in the room, operating in a universe that only a select few have the privilege of completely understanding.
RUMFORD - Colman S. Green Jr. of Rumford Towers, 90, passed away on Sunday July 15, 2012 at the Lynn Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Florence A. Green.
He leaves behind a daughter Beatrice M. Rescigno, four grandchildren and two great grandsons.
There will be no calling hours.
NORTH KINGSTON - Beaven, Helen J. (Diehl, Whitaker), 95, a resident of Pojac Point, North Kingstown, for 66 years, passed away on July 14th at Westview Health Care Center, West Warwick, after a brief illness.
She was born to the late John Frederick and Annie (Monahan) Diehl in Pawtucket, RI. After her mother's death in the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, she was adopted and raised by her maternal aunt and uncle, the late Eva (Monahan) and Silas Whitaker, whom she regarded as her parents.
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth J. Brown, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Sandra E. (Blue) Brown.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Ralph and Mary (Smith) Brown. He enjoyed playing cards and bingo. Ken also gave the generous gift of life through organ donation at the New England Organ Bank.
PAWTUCKET â Now that Mauro Gomez has acquired a taste of life as a big-league third baseman, the real work can begin.
First things first, though, as Gomez plans to acquire a glove thatâs tailor made for someone entrusted with patrolling the hot corner. After that, the next step will entail the 27-year-old working specifically on his footwork with throwing across the diamond serving as the final hurdle.
PAWTUCKET â Police have arrested a second young man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.
According to Pawtucket Police, on Monday, 18-year-old Davhon Shelton, of Woodbine Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in at Pawtucket Police headquarters. Shelton had an outstanding warrant for conspiracy to commit murder that was obtained by police following an investigation into the homicide involving Burgo that occurred in the pre-dawn hours of July 6.
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