April 4th, 2011
Jacqueline B. Thibeault
CENTRAL FALLS - Jacqueline B. Thibeault, 85, of Central Falls, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011. She was the wife of Normand Thibeault. Born in Trois Rivieres, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Omer and Aldea Desroches. Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Paulette Baxendale of Attleboro, MA, her sister, Yvette Desrosiers of Lincoln, her granddaughters, Meridith Perry and her husband Marc, and Stephanie Mello and her husband Christopher. She also leaves her three great grandchildren. She was the mother-in-law of the late Leonard Baxendale.
Mary Smith McGrath
PAWTUCKET - Mary Smith McGrath of Pawtucket, a teacher and coordinator of homebound students for 62 years, died on Friday, April 1, 2011. Mary was the wife of the late Francis D. McGrath Jr., whom she was married to for 52 years.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Mary (Donahue) Smith. Mary lived in Pawtucket her entire life.
Noella L. Benoit
PAWTUCKET - Noella L. (Bertrand) Benoit, 92, formerly of Harris St., passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred Benny R. Benoit. Born in Acushnet, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Harmidas and Eugena (St. Jean) Bertrand, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Robert J. Havey
PAWTUCKET - Robert J. Havey, 80, of Rosemere Road died at Memorial Hospital of RI on March 31, 2011. He was the son of the late Alfred L. and Harriet (Brett) Havey and was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
He was a Korean War Veteran serving in both the Army and Air Force for 16 years. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends and neighbors and he especially enjoyed dancing.
He is survived by one brother Henry N. Havey of Franklin, NH and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Alfred T. Havey.
Edward R. Fournier
ATTLEBORO - Edward R. Fournier, 76, of Steeple Chase Circle, Attleboro and formerly of Cumberland, died Saturday at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. He was the husband of Everilda Fournier to whom he was married for fifteen years.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Aime and Maria (Collins) Fournier and had lived in Attleboro for fifteen years.
He was a US Navy veteran and had been employed as a Shipper at Lenarts of Attlebro for over ten years before retiring in 2008.
PAWTUCKET -- It seems like every person who lived through World War II has a story to tell. The war impacted everyone in the country back in the 1940s. Young men were drafted or enlisted in the military. Some able-bodied men worked in essential jobs and were required to continue in those jobs to help produce war materials for use by our armed services.
Women moved into the work force, too, gaining a foothold in the working world that they would never lose.
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Baseball Prospectus is in the business of projecting big-picture truths. Through a series of trained eyes and statistical inputs, the publication dishes out bold predictions designed to shed serious light on the performance players and teams can expect.
Letâ€™s start with a simple premise: Realistic baseball fans donâ€™t get upset over what their team looks like in the first week, or month, of the season. They know that playoff berths are achieved over a 162-game season, and that 11 postseason victories are required to rule the world.
Baseball season is a long haul, lasting from March 31 (this yearâ€™s Opening Day) through late October. Smart baseball fans just sit back and relax, knowing that players and teams will eventually achieve their normal production goals as the games pile up.
PAWTUCKET â€” A split second after Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket Board of Trustees member John Hoffman had announced the victor, club staff member Shirley Rodriguez immediately began weeping tears of elation.
â€śI wanted to jump for joy, but I couldn't; it wouldn't have been very professional, not in my job,â€ť Rodriguez explained after her friend, St. Raphael Academy freshman Coral Santos, had been selected the club's 2011 â€śYouth of the Yearâ€ť on Thursday night.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Growing up in an urban area like Central Falls demands that kids develop a certain amount of â€śstreet smarts,â€ť but the experience of hiking out west, cooking meals on a campfire and sleeping under the stars offers a whole different set of survival skills.
This April vacation, 15 students from Central Falls High School will be taking part in a 50-mile hike and camping experience in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This is the fifth year for the â€śKids in the Canyonâ€ť trip, founded by Central Falls High School teacher Don Blais.
MILFORD, Mass. (AP) â€” A vehicle designed to protect soldiers from armor-piercing roadside bombs has rolled over in Afghanistan, fatally wounding a member of the Massachusetts National Guard from Cumberland.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter, the officer in charge of the Massachusetts National Guard, says Spc. Dennis Poulin died Thursday in Germany, where he was evacuated for treatment.
Poulin's "mine resistant, ambush-protected" vehicle rolled over on Monday in Afghanistan's Konar Province.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Every weekday at about noontime, as her shift came to a close, Irene Gagne would walk toward the front doors of the Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center, turn around, look at nearby co-workers and offer them this bit of advice: â€śBehave, ladies.â€ť
Those colleagues are still coming to grips with the fact they won't hear that anymore.
The news of Gagne's death reached Heritage Park during the late-morning hours of Wednesday, March 9, and her colleagues admitted they walked around the massive building's halls dumbfounded.
The sights and smells that remind us a new baseball season is dawning are everywhere at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET -â€“ Pawtucket Red Sox President Mike Tamburro remembers former Boston Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman, who died Friday at the age of 82, as a personable man who grew up in Rhode Island and never lost contact with old friends.
â€śIt was like having your best friend as general manager of the Red Sox when Lou held that job,â€ť Tamburro said on Friday afternoon while discussing the life of the long-time baseball development official who helped build successful teams in Baltimore, Kansas City and New York.
The toughest division in high school softball just got a whole lot tougher.
Yes, the heavyweights are back in Division I-North -- state finalist Mount St. Charles, Cumberland, and Lincoln -- and with each team only losing a couple of key players to graduation, they should again be forces to be reckoned with this spring.
Lucille Ann Morawiec
May 21, 1915 - February 24, 2011
PAWTUCKET - Born in Chicago on Lake Michigan to the late Estelle Zeiss Yagle and Frank Plansky, enjoying vacations in Wisconsin at her grandparentâ€™s dairy farm. She was the wife of the late Stephen J. Morawiec.
Alice M. Foley
PAWTUCKET - Alice M. Foley (nee Lombard), 87, died peacefully Thursday at Summit Commons Nursing Home. Loving mother of Allyson Costa (husband Tony), Bryan Foley (wife Karen) and cherished grandmother of Jonathon, Danielle, Michelle, Brendan, Lauren and Sean. Beloved sister of Maria Murray of Pawtucket and Abel Mingola of Florida; predeceased by sisters Jeannie DeMarco, Ruth Lombard and mother Mary (Barros) Lombard.
SEEKONK â€” Town residents will head to the polls on Monday, April 4 to choose their local elected officials. All voting will be conducted at a single polling place -- Seekonk High School, on Arcade Avenue -- from noon to 8 p.m.
For Board of Selectmen, voters will choose two candidates from among a field of four to fill two vacancies on the five-member panel. Longtime selectman Michael Brady has opted to not seek re-election, opening up one seat, while a second veteran selectman, Robert Richardson, has decided to run for a seat on the School Committee.
PROVIDENCEâ€”In a case that delves into the area of separation of church and state, a federal court judge on Thursday said she needs more information before she can render a decision in the lawsuit involving allegations of favoritism by Pawtucket city officials in granting the use of city athletic fields to a local parochial school over the city's public schools.