June 21st, 2013
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As the Budget Commission prepares to adopt the first budget of its five-year solvency plan Monday, there are hurdles on the revenue side of the $127.9 million spending package some officials fear may be insurmountable.
The latest curveball is a proposed $1.4 million cut in aid the commission was expecting from the state. Gov. Lincoln Chafee had included the money for distressed communities and pension supports in his proposed $8.2 billion state budget, but when the plan emerged from the House Finance Committee earlier this week, the aid had been eliminated.
Raymond L. Deziel
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Raymond L. Deziel, 84, died Friday, June 21, 2013. He was the beloved husband of R. Marie (Masucci) Deziel to whom he was married 59 years.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Leo and Minnie (Kmiotek) Deziel.
He was a graduate of Woonsocket High School and Providence College. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the occupational forces in Japan after World War II. He loved his God and his family, living his life with those values.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA- JONES Michelle Elizabeth Jones, 59, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Michelle was a native and longtime resident of Woonsocket, Rhode Island where she was also a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She moved to Jacksonville, FL with her husband 10 years ago.
She was preceded in death by a son, Adam Luc Jones. Survivors include her husband, Jesse L. Jones; one daughter, Candy Portman; one son, David Jones, Sr.; one brother, Donnie Cardin; four grandchildren; other loving family and dear friends.
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.
GLOCESTER â€“ Cannon balls will be flying in Chepachet Saturday during the seventh annual Canon Night Fire, the premiere event in the townâ€™s annual tribute to the Dorr Rebellion (1841-1842).
The Canon Night Fire begins at dusk at Acote's Hill Cemetery (ball field side) where members of the Gloucester Light Infantry will spend an hour-and-a-half firing 30 rounds from two cannons â€“ 15 rounds per cannon.
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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The concrete deck of the Singleton Street Bridge is getting a mini-makeover after public works crews found a hole clean through it.
City officials discovered the problem after state bridge inspectors reported there was â€śa potholeâ€ť in the deck a couple of weeks ago. But Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran said that when city highway crews checked they found an opening in the deck about the size of the briefcase.
â€śYou could look right through it and see the Blackstone River,â€ť she said.
Robert A. Marshall
BURRILLVILLE - Marshall, Robert A., 58, died Wednesday at home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Judith (Sinnott) Marshall.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of Ruth (Hanna) Marshall of Putnam, Ct. and the late Daniel Marshall, Sr. Bob was a lifelong Burrillville resident.
He was the owner of RA Marshall Piping Company in Burrillville for over 20 years. He enjoyed hunting and camping.
Irene S. Mathisen
CUMBERLAND- Irene S. Mathisen, 86, of Fisher Road, passed away Wednesday at Elmhurst Extended Care, Providence. She was the wife and childhood friend of John Mathisen whom she married 40 years later, and remained happily married for 40 more years.
Born in Union City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Gustav and Anna (Dowling) Schoenleber. She resided in Cumberland for over 50 years, previously residing in Wayne, NJ.
Mrs. Mathisen was employed as a Real Estate Agent for Coleman Realty for many years and was a member of the RI Realtors Association.