Archive - Sep 2012
DURHAM, N.C. â What images do the Pawtucket Red Sox conjure? For longtime fans, the question could elicit all kinds of responses.
You think of Ben Mondor, Pawtucketâs late owner who would have been in his glory this week, enjoying every moment of the pomp and circumstance leading up to tonightâs Triple-A National Championship.
You also think of beautiful McCoy Stadium, a befitting monument to Mondorâs tireless efforts to build a first-class, fan-friendly ballpark out of the rundown facility he inherited.
DURHAM, N.C. â The sum of the phrase âthe 2012 Pawtucket Red Soxâ is much bigger than the 25-man roster at manager Arnie Beyelerâs disposal for tonightâs Triple-A National Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With injuries, call-ups, trades and other roster maneuvering, the PawSox needed a proverbial village of ballplayers to get through a challenging season, make the International League playoffs and clinch the Governorsâ Cup.
PAWTUCKET â In the political rollercoaster that the House 58 representative race has become, incumbent William San Bento was declared the unofficial winner over challenger Carlos Tobon by a one-vote margin during Monday's recount.
John Q. Calista, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - John Q. Calista, Jr, of Pawtucket, RI, died at the age of 91 on Saturday, September 15, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Nunes) Calista for 67 years.
Born in Central Falls on August 14, 1921, he resided in Pawtucket since 1955. He was the son of the late John Q. Calista and Carolina (Nobrega) Calista.
John was a World War II Veteran, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving as a certified Air Traffic Controller with the then Army Air Corp.
Katherine E. Brown
PAWTUCKET - Katherine E. Brown, 70, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 7, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Edward J. Brown. Ms. Brown graduated from Tolman High School in Pawtucket in 1960. She worked for Swank, Inc. in Attleboro, MA for over 20 years and retired in 2007.
CENTRAL FALLS- Josephine Blanchette, 94, formerly of Forand Manor Washington Street passed away Saturday September 15, 2012 at The Grandeview Center in Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Blanchette.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Jacenty and Ludwika (Biskup) Koza. She lived most of her life in Central Falls.
Before retiring Josephine was employed as a Sample Maker for the Display Novelty Co. of Pawtucket for 10 years. Prior to that she was employed as a Textile Worker in the Blackstone Valley Area.
Beatrice V. Sirois
PAWTUCKET - Beatrice V. Sirois, 93, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2012. She was the wife of Robert Sirois. They were happily married for sixty four years and were lifelong residents of Pawtucket.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Ovila and Anna (Poulette) Dufort. She was a longtime volunteer for Jeanne Jugan Little Sisters of the Poor and Notre Dame Hospital Women's Auxiliary. She was an avid sports fan.
Carol Smith - Tolliver
REHOBOTH, MA. - Carol (Kent) Smith - Tolliver 69, formerly of Rehoboth, MA residing in Brooksville, FL passed away unexpectedly at home on August 16, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Gladys and Fred Kent.
She leaves behind her brother Fred Kent and his wife Pat of Pawtucket, a daughter Debra Costa and her husband William of Pawtucket, a son Joseph Smith and his wife Sandra of Massachusetts and a daughter Sharon White of Florida, 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation (PCDC) this month will hold its first art exhibit and benefit art auction.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. The fundraising auction will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Both events will be at Machine with Magnets (MWM), located at 400 Main St.
Tickets for the auction are $20 and are available at the door or on-line at www.pawtucketcdc.org. In addition to the auction, the evening will feature live music by Michelle Cruz Quartet, hors dâoeuvres, and a cash bar.
CUMBERLAND â About two weeks ago, Ed McVeigh received a letter at his Circuit Drive home that he found equal parts fascinating and disturbing.
âI was wondering, 'What's up with this?' It was on official Central Falls High School stationary, and I hadn't been there in quite a while,â he said. âMy first thought was, 'What'd I do now?!'â
PAWTUCKET â Fans are invited to McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night to take a photo with the Governorsâ Cup and to watch the PawSox play for the 2012 Triple-A National Championship on the video board.
Gates at McCoy Stadium will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch slated for shortly after 7 oâclock. Admission to this event is free.
Winners of their first Governorsâ Cup since 1984, the PawSox will now play the winner of the Pacific Coast League Playoffs, Reno or Omaha, for the Gildan Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night in Durham, N.C.
CUMBERLAND --- Give Cumberlandâs âDâ an âAâ for its excellent performance against Central on Friday night.
The Clippers limited the speedy Knights to just 117 yards of offense and only two trips inside Cumberlandâs 30 en route to a well-deserved shutout and a 28-0 victory in their Division II-B meeting at Tucker Field.
Offensively, senior quarterback Brendan Guerin also earned high grades spinning the laces, completing 11 of his 18 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns, but the story of this night was the Clippersâ defense.
Continuing a more than decade-long tradition, the Pawtucket Teachers'
Alliance again lent its support for the annual performance of the
PAWTUCKET â The intent is good: to make Park Place more of an efficient entryway to the downtown. Yet, a proposal by the city's Planning Department to make the westerly side of the street two-way and remove the existing on-street parking has upset many who are involved in local businesses, churches and non-profit agencies located there.
Gladys E. Grosso
PAWTUCKET - Gladys E. (Porras) Grosso, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Ricardo Grosso.
Born in Panama, she was a daughter of the late Humberto and Susana Porras.
Gladys leaves her three children, Ricardo Dario Grosso, Ricardo Antonio Grosso and Mireya Jimenez all of Pawtucket; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; five siblings and many nieces and nephews.
Rita R. Serafin
PAWTUCKET - Rita R. (Walsh) Serafin, 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 13, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Serafin.
A lifelong Pawtucket resident, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Bridget (Higgins) Walsh. She enjoyed playing golf and spending time with her friends and family.
Edward F. Case, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Edward F. Case, Jr., 64, of Grand Avenue, Pawtucket, died September 12, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital. He leaves his devoted wife of 45 years, Judy (Minasian) Case.
Edward was born in Pawtucket, son of the late Edward F. and Gladys (Clarkson) Case. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard before working as a die caster for Whitehead Die Casting in Gainsville, GA. He was a member of the Dusza Almeida VFW Post 2239 in Pawtucket.
Jorge E. Rubio
PAWTUCKET - Jorge E. Rubio, 62, of Perrin Avenue, entered into eternal rest, Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, after a battle with Mesothelioma. He was the husband of Lyda (Valderrama) Rubio and had lived in Pawtucket for the last 34 years.
He was born in Cali, Colombia, a son of the late Narciso and Ana (Ceballos) Rubio. He had formerly been employed at Providence Metalizing Co., American Insulated Wire and more recently by W.E. Pray Trucking of Seekonk for the last 10 years.
PAWTUCKET â The second span of the new Pawtucket River Bridge is expected to open as early as today, according to Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials.
The opening of the span will allow RIDOT to shift I-95 South to the new span and fully lift the bridge's 18-ton weight limit, which requires trucks and other large vehicles to use local detours or longer highway detours.
PAWTUCKET â In recent years, the matter of students bringing their cell phones to school has been the bane of teachers everywhere. Yet, realizing that today's âsmart phonesâ and other electronic devices can also serve as mini-computers, school officials are starting to re-think the policy that bans them from classroom use completely.