Archive - Jan 26, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” If anything, the announcement that Rocco Baldelli is retiring after a seven-year pro career and eight months shy of his 30th birthday should be viewed as an outpouring of relief for the Woonsocket native.
What was Baldelli? A good player, who showed flashes of talent that bordered on the greatness, the modern day answer to Napoleon Lajoie and Gabby Hartnett, two Hall of Famers with firm ties to the Blackstone Valley.
This is truly the winter of our discontent when it comes to weather and high school sports schedules. The seemingly weekly snowstorms in Rhode Island have created a backlog of makeup games in all sports, none more so than in boysâ€™ basketball, where a compressed schedule this season necessitated a natural three-game week even before Mother Nature threatened to turn the month of February into an NBA-like marathon for high school student/athletes.
It may not be the Running Capital of Rhode Island, but Pawtucket is sure going to seem that way in the coming months.
Just a couple of months after an expected 3,000 participants invade the historic city for the inaugural Irish 5K on March 5, throngs of runners and walkers are predicted to be back on the downtown streets for another first-time event, the Cherry Tree Running Festival on May 21.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Fouad Shammo, 68 of North Providence died on Tuesday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence. He was the husband of Diana (Doumato) Shammo.
Born in Lebanon, a son of the late Ilbrahim and Nahiba (Salibi) Shammo, he had resided in North Providence for 17 years. Prior to retirement about 2001, he had been employed as a machinist at Electric Boat Yard. He was a member of the Masons, enjoyed cooking and was completely devoted to his family. He was a communicant of St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Church.
Denise M. DeRoche
PAWTUCKET - Denise M. DeRoche, 53, of Everett Street, Pawtucket died Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the Memorial Hospital of RI in Pawtucket. She was the longtime companion of the late Richard Howarth.
Denise was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Murray) DeRoche. She is survived by her son Richard DeRoche, her brothers Edward and Michael DeRoche and her sisters Catherine Auclair and Betty Jane Carlier, all of Pawtucket.
Owen J. Regan
CENTRAL FALLS - Owen J. Regan, 78, of Belmont Street, passed away Saturday in the Oak Hill Nursing Home, Pawtucket.
Born in Scotland, he was the son of the late John and Rose (Greer) Regan. He moved to this country at age 19, settling in Central Falls and later Warwick.
Mr. Regan was employed in the Maintenance Department of the Lincoln School for Girls of Providence for 20 years, retiring in 2003. He was also an avid gardener.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a game of runs, it was Shea High that had the big one at the end, and with it, a hard-fought Division II crossover victory.
The Raiders rattled off 11 straight points to ignite a 21-8 run in the final 7:48 of their duel with Cumberland High on Tuesday night and come away with a 73-62 win on their home floor that gave them their fifth victory in their last six games.
PAWTUCKET â€” A Newport Avenue Mediterranean bakery that currently sells pizza and gyros is looking to drum up business in two new ways: by selling liquor and offering flavorful puffs from a waterpipe.
The owner of Amy's Mediterranean Pizzeria & Cafe at 842 Newport Ave. has applied for a full liquor license from the city. The application, filed under the name of Nasser Enterprises Inc., will be considered at a public hearing of the Pawtucket Board of License Commissioners at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6:45 p.m.