Archive - Jun 2013
PAWTUCKET â On a beautiful summer day, what's better than being out on the Blackstone River paddling a boat in unison with some friends? And when that vessel is a unique and colorful Chinese dragon boat, the fun goes up a few notches, as well as the spirit of competition.
September 7 is the date for the 14th annual Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival (rain date is Sept. 8). The races are held on the Blackstone River off the School Street pier in Pawtucket, running in conjunction with the festival, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs hard to believe, but for the first time this season, the Pawtucket Red Sox have lost three straight games.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders made the most out of eight extra-base hits (and their second straight game with four home runs) and overcame a big afternoon from PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks on Sunday in producing a 9-6 victory before the fourth largest crowd at McCoy Stadium.
PROVIDENCE â The House of Representatives whizzed through large piles of bills at a furious rate Friday as they look to close the books on this legislative year on Tuesday.
Among the highlights of Fridayâs session was the passage of the measure to designate calamari, a dish made from squid, as the stateâs official appetizer.
CUMBERLAND â The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a âMad Scientistâ amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earthâs composition and the scientific method.
âCyclone Cindyâ Brunelle captured the childrenâs attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.
PAWTUCKETâAs U.S. Sen. Jack Reed noted, thanks to a federal grant, the city has gained 21 newly-trained firefighters âto go where we won't go ... go to the dangerous places to protect us.â
PAWTUCKET --- After opening his 2012 season with four woeful starts for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, Brock Huntzinger knew that something drastic needed to be done to resurrect not only his season, but possibly his career.
âI just felt like, âI get it, I know how this game works,â he recalled. âYou either put up or (the organization) gets rid of you or sends you down. I knew there was more in the tank for me as a pitcher, so I had to do something.â
PAWTUCKET â Prior to Darlington American's R.I. Little League District II All-Star Major Division (11-12) Tournament opener against Warren on rainy Wednesday, manager Kevin Andella struggled with whom to start on the hill: Co-aces Seth Watson or Chris Pierce.
He chose Watson, and it proved to be an outstanding move. The right-hander baffled the Warren lineup, hurling 3 1/3 innings of no-hit, nine-strikeout ball as DALL captured a satisfying 7-2 victory.
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Based on recent discussion by the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs Principalsâ Committee on Athletics, it might be time to chisel in stone the following commandment:
âThou shalt not alter the makeup of divisions in non-realignment years.â
The time has come to take a hard line on teams petitioning the PCOA to move up or down in the midst of a given realignment cycle. The 2013-14 school term marks the conclusion of a two-year realignment, a precursor to the presumed changes to the realignment formula that figure to take effect in 2014-15.
Maria D. Anastacio
PAWTUCKET - Maria D. Anastacio, 79 of Pawtucket died Wednesday at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She is the wife of Isidro Anastacio and they were married for 57 years. Born in Terceira, Azores, she was the daughter of Gregoreo and Isabel (Costa) DaSilva.
Maria came to the United States and settled in Providence before moving to Pawtucket where she has resided for the last 40 years. She is a member of the Holy Ghost Society of St. Anthony and a member of Amigos da Terceira.
PAWTUCKET â Xander Bogaerts took groundballs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, a pregame ritual that the promising shortstop has down to a science.
This particular day was different. Not only was Bogaerts taking grounders at third base, but â as an added bonus â he was the under the tutelage of someone who knows a thing or two about manning the hot corner.
CENTRAL FALLS â Central Falls Police are investigating the shooting of four people that occurred outside a multi-family house at 36 Hadwin St. late Wednesday night.
Police and rescue personnel responded to the location, near the corner of Hadwin and Tremont streets, shortly after 10 p.m. for a report that multiple people had been shot. It has been reported that at least three people were transported to local hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were reported to have been taken to Rhode Island Hospital and one to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â A statewide grand jury Wednesday indicted a Pawtucket man on a charge of domestic murder stemming from an alleged assault on his ex-wife as she rode a RIPTA bus in Portsmouth in February.
Christopher James, 46, whose last known address was listed as 8 Randall St., Pawtucket, was charged with one count of domestic murder by the grand jury over the death of Terry Chiodo, 46. He was scheduled for arraignment on the charge on July 22 in Washington County Superior Court in Wakefield, according to Amy Kempe, spokesperson for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
PAWTUCKET âThe bill was championed by animal rights groups and boosters of that most controversial of canines, the pit bull.
But Animal Control Officer John Holmes says state lawmakers wonât be doing the dogs any favors if they prohibit cities and towns from enforcing local bans on pit bulls.
The city banned âpitsâ in 2004 after a series of attacks on pets and humans that caused serious injuries. Authorities also suspected illegal dog fights were being staged in Pawtucket after finding the mangled remains of deceased animals abandoned like trash.
PROVIDENCE â City and town ordinances to ban or otherwise restrict the possession of pit bulls, or any other specific breeds of dogs or cats would be nullified if legislation passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday becomes law.
Lawmakers voted 59-10 to pass the ordinance over the objection of representatives from Pawtucket and Woonsocket, among other places, who protested taking such decisions out of the hands of municipal leaders. Proponents argued that targeting specific breeds does not make sense.
CUMBERLAND â The names have changed, but the results have stayed the same.
A year after cruising through the District IV ranks, as well as the best teams the rest of Rhode Island had to offer, en route to its second straight Major Division state championship, Cumberlandâs formidable âAâ team picked up where it left off by earning its third mercy-rule victory in as many games before a large gathering at Diamond Hill Park.
PROVIDENCE -- Votes to establish a state budget are annually strange and unwieldy affairs, but the $8.2 billion document that squeaked through the House of Representatives Wednesday night with just two votes to spare was one for the books.
Seth Cohen is proud of the business-like fashion that his client conducted himself in during arguably the most important stretch of basketball in his young life.
PAWTUCKET â Will Middlebrooks spoke so softly that it felt as if the PawSox clubhouse had been transformed into a church.
The struggling third baseman didnât attempt to mask his disappointment regarding a season that has hardly gone according to plan. For the moment, finding a silver lining in the fact that he was sent down is an impossible endeavor. It probably didnât ease Middlebrooksâ frustration that Wednesdayâs Red Sox-Rockiesâ game was being featured on the clubhouseâs main television.
Normand J. Fugere
LINCOLN- Normand J. Fugere, 86, of Knollwood Drive, died Tuesday, June 25, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Ellen "Gert" (Pontbriant) Fugere and the husband of the late Clara (Berube) Fugere.
Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Joseph and Ida (Gagnon) Fugere, he had lived in Lincoln since 1962.
Mr. Fugere was an automotive technician for many years, working for B. A. Dario Ford, Baker Ford, and Notarantonio Ford, retiring in 1981.
Hugh F. McKenna
PASCOAG - Hugh F. McKenna, 97, of Pascoag, formerly of Central Falls, died Monday.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Hugh F. and Ellen (Donahue) McKenna Kelly-Glancy.
He had been employed as a machine operator for Sayles Finishing Co. for over 30 years and retired in 1983. Mr. McKenna was an Army Veteran of World War II and a member of the former Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post #1271. He had been a communicant of the former Holy Trinity Parish.
He is survived by his sister in law Barbara Kelly of Lincoln and several nieces and nephews.