Archive - Aug 2011
PAWTUCKET --- Edd Pedro has been a busy man these days. Very busy.
The namesake and driving force behind what will be the eighth edition of the Edd Pedro Wiffleball Tournament has been burning the midnight oil this week making final preparations for Sundayâ€™s mega-event at Slater Park.
â€śThis weekâ€™s been pretty crazy,â€ť Pedro said on Tuesday night during a break from his preparations. â€śIâ€™m up to midnight every night normally, and Iâ€™m just out in my garage working on something for the tournament.
CUMBERLAND - It's always the same. For most of his 30-plus years playing softball, nothingâ€™s changed for Kirby Murphy each time he faces an opposing pitcher.
Before he approaches the on-deck circle, he takes three warm-up swings with three different bats. He then walks near the batterâ€™s box with the bat that heâ€™s going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batterâ€™s box before heâ€™s ready to go.
Dolores Marie Neville
PAWTUCKET - Dolores Marie (Lindemann) Neville, 84, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully in the company of her family Aug. 1 at Scallop Shell Nursing Home in Wakefield, after an extended illness. She had been a professional educator and held teaching and administrative positions in the Providence and Pawtucket school systems, most notably at Meeting St. School, Governor Center School and Shea High School.
Genevieve T. Padykula
PAWTUCKET - Genevieve T. Padykula 92, of Hanover Avenue passed away Wednesday August 3, 2011 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Stanley J. Padykula.
Born in Cumberland she was a daughter of the late Felix and Agnes (Zombek) Banach. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed by the Rhode Island School Lunch Program. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church Holy Rosary Society.
PROVIDENCE â€” None of the members of Rhode Islandâ€™s congressional delegation, all Demo-crats, liked the agreement to raise the nationâ€™s debt limit very much, but all four of them voted for it, saying its passage was necessary to prevent a potentially catastrophic default.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 51-year-old Warwick man, on probation for two previous criminal convictions, including the 1982 murder of a young Pawtucket woman, has been accused in the November 2010 murder of 83-year-old Pauline Buco, also from Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It wasnâ€™t as if Kevin Millwood was deliberately ambiguous when asked if the veteran pitcher envisions finishing the season with the Pawtucket Red Sox. The simple answer is that Millwood doesnâ€™t have one.
â€śI donâ€™t know. Thatâ€™s kind of tough to answer right now,â€ť said a well-meaning Millwood after tossing a bullpen session Tuesday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nate Spears did more than achieve hero status after belting a game-ending two-run home run in Pawtucketâ€™s 4-3 win against Louisville Tuesday afternoon. Rewarded with his efforts with a shaving cream pie in the face â€“ courtesy of Michael Bowden, Luis Exposito and Ryan Lavarnway â€“ Spears reminded the masses that the PawSox feature contributors who may not appear on any prospect watch list, but they are just as instrumental to the cause.
CUMBERLAND â€” After a much-deserved 10-day break from competitive baseball, recent state champion Cumberland American begins its quest for a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series this weekend. The All-Star squad faces Massachusettsâ€™s titlist Andover National Saturday afternoon at 2 in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.
Michael G. Gregory
CUMBERLAND - Michael G. Gregory, 41, passed August 1st with his loving family by his side.
Raised in Central Falls, a son of George G. and Gloria J. (Desaulniers) Gregory, Michael attended Holy Trinity School, and then St. Raphael's Academy in Pawtucket.
Mike was a five year Army Veteran serving during the first Persian Gulf War.
He then worked for Century Link for many years.
JOHNSTON - Marion (LaFountaine) Fahey, 86, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late J. Linus Fahey.
A. Michael Reilly
LINCOLN - A. Michael Reilly, 86, passed August 2nd. He was the husband of Sophie (Gouvalaris) Reilly.
Born in Seekonk, MA a son of the late Michael A. and Rose (Couture) Reilly.
He had been employed for 20 years by the Continental Bronze as a sheet metal fabricator.
He was a third degree Knights of Columbus, Lincoln Council and tended bar at the family business, Reilly's Cafe of Cumberland for many years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael A. Reilly also of Lincoln, He was twin brother of the late Eileen LaRose and also Mary Walker.
NARRAGANSETT - Dorothy Shmaruk, 91, formerly of Central Falls, died Monday. She was the wife of the late Michael Shmaruk.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late George and Marie Schroeck. Mrs. Shmaruk served in the US Navy during WWII, enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her friends at the senior center.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The topic was Ryan Lavarnway and the most prolific home run hitters to ever to suit up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After all, when youâ€™ve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games â€“ Lavarnwayâ€™s mashing rate heading into Mondayâ€™s action â€“ you start flashing back to names like Jim Rice, Sam Horn, Phil Plantier and Izzy Alcantara and the baseballs they made vanish.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Connie Mack Baseball League has always taken a back seat to American Legion baseball during the summer months. And thatâ€™s too bad because there are some good players performing in relative anonymity inside the 12-team Rhode Island organization.
Elmwood Sports, which features players from Pawtucket and Central Falls, showed off some of its talent during a 2-0 victory over West Warwick in a first-round playoff game on Monday evening at McConnon Field. Bryan Quinlan knocked in both runs to back Andrew Larsonâ€™s shutout pitching.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Calling it a move that will â€śallow Central Falls to re-invent itself as a viable community,â€ť Receiver Robert Flanders announced Monday that the city has petitioned for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
Francis V. Quinn
LAKEWOOD, CA - Francis V. Quinn, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away July 7, 2011. He leaves 3 children, 1 sister, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 niece and 2 nephews.
John J. Gawlik
PAWTUCKET- John J. Gawlik 85, passed away Monday August 1, 2011 at Epoch on Blackstone Boulevard. He was the beloved husband of Stella B. (Dzierzyc) Gawlik.
Born in Blackstone, MA he was a son of the late John F. and Victoria M. (Maslon) Gawlik. He was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machinist for the former G.T. Schjeldahl Co.