Archive - Jun 8, 2012
PAWTUCKET â There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyelerâs office along with Chad Epperson, the Red Sox minor-league catching coordinator. The seating arrangement resembled that of an atypical boardroom meeting, with Beyeler staring directly at Lavarnway from his behind-the-desk vantage point while Epperson occupied the plush leather couch to the right of 24-year-old.
PAWTUCKET â Mike Cather was Daniel Bardâs pitching coach in Double-A Portland when Bard made the conversion from starting pitcher to reliever.
What does Cather, currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres, recall about watching Bard undergo said conversion in 2008? Letâs just say that experience is something that the struggling Red Sox pitcher should think long and hard about drawing upon during his stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PROVIDENCE â Constant success can be bad for the psyche.
So claimed Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan after his Lions posted an unusual, come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Coventry in a state Division I Tournament quarterfinal at Rhode Island College late Friday afternoon.
In 12 of its initial 18 contests, Lincoln registered seven or more runs, and six of those were of the 10-run âmercy-ruleâ variety.
PAWTUCKET â Ending an unsavory saga, Pawtucket Firefighter Cody Reed has pleaded no contest to one count of felony assault on a young teenage girl in exchange for a reduction in a previous count of third-degree sexual assault and dismissal of another charge.
Reed, 40, who lives on Second Street in Pawtucket, entered the nolo plea before Associate Justice Judith C. Savage in Superior Court in Providence on Thursday afternoon. The plea comes just over a week after his trial that ended in a hung jury.
PROVIDENCE â It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panelâs hearing on the budget.
PAWTUCKET â Daniel Bard could have taken the easy way out.
He could have tucked himself away in the trainerâs room, or if he wanted to be out of complete sight, he could have hid in the indoor batting tunnels or some other out-of-the-way location in McCoy Stadium.
Instead, the embattled starting pitcher faced the media in the Pawtucket Red Soxâs weight room at 5 p.m. sharp Thursday, discussing his recent demotion from Boston and the mechanical issues that have plagued him.
LINCOLN â When Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic chose to hire Lincoln's own Jad Prachniak to skipper his West Chester University baseball squad last July, he knew he was putting a lot of faith in an unknown product.
After all, up to that point, Prachniak had served just one year as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island in 2005, then served as Frank Leoni's pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at the College of William & Mary the following five years.
PAWTUCKET - Jeffrey Michael LeClair, 52, of Pawtucket, RI died suddenly on the morning of June 6, 2012 of acute Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Born in Providence, in January 1960, Jeff attended St. Rays Academy graduating from Tolman in 1978. He attended Johnson & Wales for hotel/restaurant management. He worked at Holiday Inn in Attleboro assisting the National Guard with the evacuation and housing of people during the blizzard of 78.
PAWTUCKET - Robert W. Healey, 68, of Coates Manor, passed away May 21, 2012 after a brief illness. He was the longtime friend of Carlos Gonzalez. Bob was born in Attleboro, a son of the late William and Beatrice (Gillette) Healey. He had been the manger of the former Carroll's Hamburgers of So. Attleboro, and also worked for Coffee An Service, Lacroix's Food Service and Bayside Food Service .
A Celebration of Bob's life will be held Sunday at 4 pm in the Community Room at Coates Manor, Lonsdale Ave. Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
PASCOAG - Carol A. Provencher, 60, of Wallum Lake Rd. entered into eternal life June 2, 2012 at RI Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Raymond Provencher.
Carol was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Herbert and Barbara (O'Donnell) Heath. Mrs. Provencher was a devoted Mother and Grandmother. She had lived Warwick and Bristol several years before moving to Pascoag.
LINCOLN - Matilda "Tillie" (Palagi) Clark, 91, of Boulevard Avenue, Lincoln passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Phillip Hulitar Center, Providence.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Peter and Sarah (Finnucci) Palagi and was the wife of the late William W. Clark III. Mrs. Clark was employed as a Processor of Student Loans with the RI Higher Education Assistance Authority for many years before retiring.