Archive - Jun 2012
PAWTUCKET â Justin Germano knows a decision lies ahead. Come Saturday night, the right-hander and de facto ace of Pawtucketâs pitching staff will take the mound in Lehigh Valley.
The following day, Germano will choose whether to stick with the PawSox for the rest of the season or seek employment with another club. If itâs the latter, Germano â named to the International League All-Star team earlier in the week â would have no shortage of suitors.
PAWTUCKET â The Blackstone Valley Community Action Program held its annual commencement exercises Friday morning at St. Paul's Church at 50 Park Place. Fifty-seven students received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) through BVCAP this year.
Lammis J. Vargis, from the Office of Mayor Donald Grebien, attended as the mayor's representative because he had a last-minute scheduling conflict. The RSVP Seniors for Jazz Band performed.
The 2012 graduates are:
LINCOLN â A gasoline explosion is believed to have caused injuries suffered by a 62-year-old Central Falls man and damaged a home at 22 Arch St. Thursday evening.
Patrolman Jason Bolduc found the victim, Harold Trazi, being assisted to by members of Rescue 4 when he arrived at the scene. Trazi suffered burns to his chest, arms and face from a fire believed to have started in the garage of the dwelling, Bolduc reported.
PASCOAG - Gladys A. Mulligan, 87, of Rock Ave. and formerly of Cumberland died Thursday in the Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pascoag. She was the wife of the late Edward Mulligan.
Born in Rehoboth she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Hazel (Brown)
Gribbin. She resided in Cumberland many years before moving to Pascoag.
She was employed for many years by the former Harris Printing Co., Pawtucket until her retirement in 1962.
PAWTUCKET - Hills, Thomas M., 59, of Wheeler Street, Pawtucket died on June 29, 2012. He was born in Central Falls, the son of Theresa E.(Fugere) of Pawtucket, and the late William H. Hills.
Thomas worked as a Digital Technician at Hirsh International.
Mr. Hills is survived by his longtime loving companion Joanne Lopatka of Pawtucket, a daughter, Kimberly Hills from Virginia, a brother Kenneth H. Hills of Florida and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother William G. Hills.
FRANKLIN, NH - Mrs. Jean M. Tetreault, 81, formerly of Franklin, NH, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2012 at Concord (NH) Hospital.
She was born in Providence, RI and lived in Pawtucket, RI until 1973.
She worked several years as a nurse's aide at Miriam Hospital in Providence and was active in Darlington Congregational Church in Pawtucket.
She is survived by four children.
CUMBERLAND - Linda Lee (Costa) Devonis, 59, of Geldard St. passed away surrounded by her family at home on Thursday. She was the beloved wife of William Devonis.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late George Costa Sr. retired Commander, Cumberland Police Department and the late Olinda P.(Lourenco) Costa. Linda Lee was a life long Cumberland resident.
She was employed by the Memorial Hospital of RI for the past 11 years and was previously employed by Blue Cross, Blue Shield of RI, Providence for 21 years.
SOMERSET, MA - Darlene E. Rea, 54, died Tuesday, June 26th at Tobey Hospital, Wareham, MA after an illness. Miss Rea was born in Fall River, MA, the daughter of Kenneth L. and Yvette (Raymond) Rea. Miss Rea was employed at Macy's for several years prior to her illness.
In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother Kenneth D. (Julie) Rea of Pawtucket and a nephew Kenneth J. Rea.
PAWTUCKET â Memorial Hospital may be absorbed by the Care New England hospital network.
In a joint statement, the two entities announced Thursday they had entered âpartnership discussionsâ because they are âencouraged by the possibility of complementary services, enhanced patient care and the opportunity for strong growth in the future.â
PAWTUCKET â Can municipal public works services such as trash pick-up and recycling, pothole filling, snowplowing, and vehicle repair be done on a regionalized basis to save money? The governor and the top government leaders of Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence think so.
CUMBERLAND â Not quite a year ago, Bruce Stanford and his son, Jordan, video-recorded the first game of the Cumberland American Little League Major Division All-Starsâ first foray into the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
He did so because he wanted to âdo it right.â
Stanford and son had placed a big screen in the backyard of his Arnold Mills neighborhood home, waited for dusk and projected the taped version for family and friends.
PAWTUCKET â For Scott Podsednik, the left groin strain he suffered 11 days ago couldnât have come at a worse time.
Podsednik, who had returned to the big leagues after a yearâs absence, was batting .387 in 19 games with the Boston Red Sox and giving them a much- needed boost in the outfield after they lost the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross, and Ryan Sweeney to injuries.
CRANSTON â In many ways, the tenor of these Governorâs Cup clashes, pitting the top high school football seniors in Rhode Island and Connecticut, resembles that of a typical âbig brother, little brotherâ exchange.
PAWTUCKET â The newest member of the Pawtucket Red Sox played a major role in snapping the teamâs third-longest losing streak in club history on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.
Starting pitcher Zach Stewart, who was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in Sundayâs trade with the Chicago White Sox for Kevin Youkilis, turned in a splendid outing to help the PawSox defeat the Charlotte Knights, 5-1, and grab their first victory after nine straight losses.
PAWTUCKET â Mauro Gomez earned a spot on the International League all-star team last season, the third straight year he earned a midseason honor.
Ryan Lavarnway was a Carolina League all-star in 2010, and Pedro Ciriaco picked up his last minor-league all-star honor three years ago in the Southern League.
That being said, when was the last time Justin Germano, the fourth member of the Pawtucket Red Sox named to the I.L.âs all-star team early Wednesday afternoon, selected to a squad?
â(The) 2002 (season) was my one and only,â he said with a smile. âItâs been a while.â
PAWTUCKET â Staffing reductions in several municipal departments could occasionally result in some slower response times or limitations on city services, announced Mayor Donald Grebien.
The mayor said that several recent retirements, including those of some longtime department heads and clerks in the City Clerk's office, coupled with the need for the administration to keep a tight rein on expenses are the primary reasons for the staffing shortage. It is also the season when employees are taking more vacations, which is compounding the problem of some departments being left short-handed.
Kevin Dubois of Lincoln, a Marine Corps veteran wounded in Afghanistan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Tuesday night during the 33rd annual Armed Services Night, prior to the game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Charlotte Knights.
Pawtucket - Dolores E. "Dee" (Bogdan) Buba, 80, formerly of Pawtucket passed away peacefully at a hospital in Virginia. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Richard, whom she met in the seventh grade. She was born and raised in Pawtucket and was the daughter of the late Adol Bogdan and Stacia (Mroz) Hillman. She is also survived by her sister, E. Carolyn Bogdan of Onset, MA.
She graduated from East High School and was employed at Joy Chemical Co. in Pawtucket attaining the position of Operations Manager.
PAWTUCKET â Perhaps the only good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night was this: Catcher Ryan Lavarnway extended his consecutive-game hit streak to eight with a bloop single to left in the fifth.
After that? There wasnât much for the 6,009 in attendance to get excited about, as the Pawtucket Red Sox dropped a dismal 8-0 decision to the Charlotte Knights.
In the process, Pawtucketâs losing streak increased to nine straight games, and itâs now dangerously close to eclipsing its second-longest skid in club history; that came between Aug. 12-20, 2009.
PAWTUCKET â New PawSox acquisition Zach Stewart admitted the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind of emotion.
After discovering he and Chicago White Sox teammate Brent Lillibridge had been traded for Boston third baseman/first baseman Kevin Youkilis on Saturday night, he took care of some family business, and didnât arrive at his new McCoy Stadium digs.
He didnât arrive at the park until about 4:30 p.m., met with manager Arnie Beyeler and pitching coach Rich Sauveur, exchanged pleasantries with some teammates and walked out onto the turf for some stretching and long tosses.