Archive - Apr 2013
PAWTUCKET â Nobody wants to play extra innings on a day at McCoy Stadium that began with the stands filled with elementary and middle school students hailing from this city and concluded with a small group of diehard supporters.
Tuesday was also getaway day for the Columbus Clippers, a club that certainly wanted to hop on a plane and fly back home to Ohio after partaking in an eight-game, two-city road trip. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off that would be followed by an even rarer day away from the ballpark.
PROVIDENCE â On the day that Education Commissioner Deborah Gist delivered her annual State of Education address to a joint session of the General Assembly, the stateâs two major teachers unions released a poll that they say shows teacher morale is âabysmalâ under her leadership and that 85 percent do not want her contract to be renewed.
Despite that, Gist painted an optimistic picture of the stateâs education effort, citing progress in technology, early education and international competitiveness.
LINCOLN â A crowd of players engulfed the craps table as dealer Sam Hasney announced the cutoff for more bets.
âBets set,â he said. âShooterâs looking for four. Four wins.â
âCâmon Nick,â somebody cheered as an oversized pair of red dice tumbled across the green felt pit of the craps deck.
CENTRAL FALLS - Adelino Catarino, 80, of Washington St. passed away Tuesday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket.
Born in Madeira Island, Portugal he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria (Rodrigues) Catarina. He lived most of his life in Central Falls.
Mr. Catarino was employed by Central Falls School Department for 10 years until his retirement. He was previously employed by the former Cadillac Textile Co., Cumberland.
He was a communicant and very active in the Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â Due to the upcoming privatization of trash services, 19 employees in the city's Department of Public Works received layoff notices on Friday, but city officials say that all or most should be able to land other municipal jobs or a position with the vendor.
PAWTUCKETâA blaze suspected to be arson destroyed a wooden shed at the old Conant Thread Mill complex at 280 Rand St. early Monday morning.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal, firefighters responded to a call at about 2:20 a.m. from a resident of the nearby Coates Manor elderly housing complex, who noticed the blaze.
Thurber said the fire completely destroyed the 12-foot by 18-foot detached shed, which was located on the vacant mill complex that formerly housed the Conant Thread-Coats & Clark manufacturing operations. No injuries were reported.
CUMBERLAND â The townâs plan to merge its four independent fire districts reaches a major milestone Wednesday when the Town Council votes to ask state lawmakers to approve the incorporation of a unified town fire district.
The state-approved incorporation would include the creation of a seven-member interim appointed fire committee by June 30 to govern and manage the finances of the unified fire district until a permanent committee is elected next year.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.
CUMBERLAND â The way Cumberland is playing at this very moment is what skipper Paul Murphy envisioned prior to the seasonâs first pitch.
Take away the moon shot of a home run that Lincolnâs Nick Zammarelli led Mondayâs game off with and Cumberland strung together a performance worthy of its play of late. The Clippersâ 11-1 âmercy ruleâ victory at the Lionsâ expense was the third straight Division I-North victory for Murphy & Co. and the fourth overall.
Henry & Doris Lalime
LARGO, FL - Lalime, Henry 88, of Largo, FL, died on March 14, 2010. He was survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris (Lafontaine) Lalime. He is survived by brothers, Louis, Albert and several nieces and nephews. He was a USN veteran of WWII and Korea. He retired from US Postal Service.
Everett E. Wilkinson
PAWTUCKET - Everett E. Wilkinson, 74, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013. He was the husband of Beverly (Beland) Wilkinson. Born in Derry, NH, he was the son of the late William and Eunice (Brown) Wilkinson. Mr. Wilkinson worked in the manufacturing industry for many years before retiring. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Kenneth Wilkinson and his daughter, Michael Wilkinson..
Paul L. Gagnon
CUMBERLAND - Paul L. Gagnon, 49, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Center, after a valiant battle with cancer. His battle was won though death resulted.
Daniel F. Vargas
PAWTUCKET - Daniel F. Vargas, of Walcott Street, Pawtucket died on Sunday, April 28, 2013. He was the husband of Maria (Escobar) Vargas.
Mr. Vargas was born in the Azores the son of the late Jose Vargas and Rosa (Guilhermin) Vargas. He was a machine operator at International packaging for many years.
Ernestine L. Reynolds
TIVERTON - Ernestine L. Reynolds, 89 of Tiverton died Thursday at Forest Farms Nursing Home in Middletown, Rhode Island. Born in North Kingstown she is the daughter of the late Noah and Edmee (Fontaine) Fleury.
Prior to her retirement, she was a Dispatcher for the Royal Cab Company for 10 years.
Leo J. Fugere
PAWTUCKET - Leo J. Fugere of Pawtucket died on April 26, 2013. He was the loving husband of Jeanne (Anderson) Fugere.
Mr. Fugere was born in Central Falls, the son of the late Philias Fugere and Beatrice (Picard) Fugere. He was a United States Air Force Veteran where he earned the rank of Tech Sergeant. He received his degree in Business from the Johnson and Wales University.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs hard not to read into Pedro Martinezâs presence at McCoy Stadium on the same weekend that pitcher Alfredo Aceves reported for Triple-A duty.
Despite the angina that Aceves has caused through a series of outbursts and bizarre mound antics, thereâs at least a part of the Red Sox brain trust that believes Aceves is salvageable. Their challenge is how to unwrap this enigma in order to prevent future episodes.
This is where Martinez, the former Red Sox superstar, now a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington, could prove to be the coaching staffâs ace in the hole.
PAWTUCKET â With regards to his right hamstring strain, Joel Hanrahan feels that he has turned the corner and believes that a return trip to the big leagues and Boston is imminent.
Thereâs just one piece of unresolved business: Will Hanrahan slide right back into the closerâs role that was his prior to landing on the disabled list, or will he become Andrew Baileyâs chief setup option?
CUMBERLAND â A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park has been granted a stay of execution.
After initially stating that he was considering having a local exterminator kill the beavers, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Crawley says that plan has been scrapped â at least for now.
PAWTUCKET â An old dining landmark has been given a new twist as the Le Foyer Club debuts its new Fountain Street Grille.
The first floor bar and dining area of the venerable banquet facility have been given a complete makeover, and the results are a modern, comfortable place to enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks. Sleek new booths, an attractive mural, stylish lighting fixtures and other contemporary dĂ©cor make the Fountain Street Grille an ideal setting for everything from a casual lunch or dinner to late night cocktails and appetizers.
PROVIDENCE â North Smithfield Rep. Brian Newberry branded as âblatant arroganceâ what he called the unwillingness of Twin River executives to explain why the stateâs share of the take from the new table games soon to be installed is limited to 18 percent.
Newberry, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, was miffed because Twin River representatives who attended a recent hearing declined to speak on a bill he sponsored that would hike the stateâs share to 20 percent, even when he invited them to testify.
PAWTUCKET â According to skipper Andy Hallam, Lincoln High had spent too much time during the pre-season dwelling on which Division I-North stalwarts it would be playing and when instead of focusing on the task at hand: Winning.
âThey got caught up in that,â Hallam stated. âEarlier this week, we talked about taking it one game at a time, and not getting too excited about any particular team.â