Archive - Apr 9, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Instead of â€śyellow ribbons around the old oak tree,â€ť the Central Falls Happy Seniors tied white ribbons around utility poles on several city streets on Friday to protest recent cuts in services at the Ralph J. Holden Community Center.
(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE â€“ A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending â€” the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.
LINCOLN -- This No. 9 batter delivered the No. 1 hit of her high school career on Friday afternoon.
Senior left fielder Marissa Walshâ€™s walkoff one-out single in the seventh inning delivered the run that gave Lincoln High a big 1-0 victory over Mount St. Charles Academy in their early showdown of Division I-North heavyweights at Saylesville Elementary School.
Walshâ€™s clutch hit settled a superb pitchersâ€™ duel between the Lionsâ€™ Alyssa McCoart and the Mountiesâ€™ Olivia Hendricks and gave her team their second win of the young season.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nary a trace of resentment could be found in Hideki Okajimaâ€™s tone when asked if he felt he was bypassed by the Red Sox on Friday. Boston selected Felix Doubront â€“ a pitcher who was shutdown during spring training with left forearm inflammation â€“ to fill the clubâ€™s left-handed need in the bullpen after designating the ineffective Dennys Reyes for assignment.
â€śNo,â€ť was the straightforward answer Okajima came back with through interpreter Jeff Cutler after posed said question.
PAWTUCKET â€“ This wasnâ€™t the Triple-A debut Kyle Weiland had in mind.
Hailed as one of the better starting pitching prospects in the farm system, Weiland was tagged for four runs on seven hits in three innings as Rochester won, 7-2, before 4,360 frigid souls at McCoy Stadium. The Red Wings made Weilandâ€™s stay on the mound a short one after belting four extra base hits off the right-hander, one of them a solo home run by Trevor Plouffe in the third inning.
Joseph I. Thurber Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph I. Thurber Jr., 84, of Day Rd. died Friday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Mildred (Sword) Thurber. They were preparing to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary this month.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph I. and Jeanette (Bourassa) Thurber Sr. He resided in Cumberland for the past 61 years.
He was employed as the Service Manager by the former Mandeville Chevrolet, North Attleboro for over 30 years until his retirement.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ararad "BUZZ" Buzdigian 86, passed Sunday April 3, 2011 At Hospice House Woodside in Florida. He was the beloved husband Laura E. (Majka) Buzdigian. They were married for 60 years.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Elias and Eva (Phelie) Buzdigian.
Before retiring he was employed for over 40 years at the Entwistle Company, where he worked his way up from Machinist to Sales Product Manager, retiring to Florida in 1988.
He was a WWII Army Veteran serving both in the European and Pacific Theaters.
Therese M. St. Pierre
ATTLEBORO - Therese M. St. Pierre, 82, a longtime resident of North Attleboro died early Friday morning, April 8, 2011 in Golden Living Center, Attleboro where she has resided since 2008. She was the wife of the late Maurice Gerard St. Pierre who passed away in 1976.
Born January 30, 1929 in Pawtucket, RI, she was a daughter of the late Josephat and Donalda (Benoit) Kirouac.
Therese grew up in Pawtucket and was a graduate of St. Cecelia's Elementary School in Pawtucket and later received a diploma from Bristol Community College.
PAWTUCKET - Valentino Billeri, 90 of Pawtucket died Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. He is survived by his wife Frances Billeri. Born in Norton, Massachusetts Valentino was the son of the late Frank and Rose (DiSanto) Billeri. He was a Pawtucket resident for most of his life.
Rae G. Murdock
North Providence - Rae G. Murdock, 77, of Jane Street died Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Arthur Murdock.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Malcolm K. and Doris (Aitken) Barker, she had lived in North Providence for the past 23 years.
Mrs. Murdock was the parish secretary at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pawtucket for 35 years, retiring in 2008.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Lori Bedame of North Providence and Donna Kwiatkowski of Pascoag; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.