Archive - Jul 2013
CRANSTON â€” If the Lincoln All-Stars had any concerns during their R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament opener on Saturday afternoon, they didn't relate to their collective performance but the weather conditions, which slowly deteriorated.
As the skies overhead grew dark and thunder resounding in the background, righty reliever Dave Bordieri put the finishing touches on Cranston Western, the crushed victim of relentless Lincoln's 13-0 â€śmercy ruleâ€ť triumph at Michael P. Varrato Field.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”A three-story building at 52 Watson St. was damaged by fire at about noon Saturday after a Dumpster next to the building caught fire. Flames extended to the outside of the building. The fire quickly went to two alarms due to the intense heat. Mutual aid was called to the scene to assist.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police are asking for the publicâ€™s help after a woman was shot at 108 Cross St. at 4:45 Saturday morning. Police said a 28-year-old unidentified woman was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police are investigating a "commonality" between Saturday's shooting and a shooting last month at Hadwin and Tremont streets, a police press release stated. Police would not release any other details as the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Police Departmentâ€™s tip line at 727-7420.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” Jocelyn Bodington delivered one of the finest outings of her young softball career, Alex Pina knocked in five runs to lead a potent attack at the plate, and the Cumberland All-Stars made their presence felt in a very big way on Friday afternoon in the Eastern Regional tournament.
The three-time Major Division state champions kicked off their New England pool play by parlaying Bodingtonâ€™s dominant pitching and an 11-hit assault into an 11-1 win over Charlton, Mass. that went all six innings at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
Pauline L. Spink
PAWTUCKET - Spink, Pauline L. (Jacques), 72, of Steadman Ave, passed away peacefully in the caring hands of the staff at Hospice Care in Providence RI on Monday July 15, 2013.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Domenic Jacques & Gilberte Jacques.
Pauline grew up in Pawtucket. At the age of 17 she went to Quebec, Canada, to the convent and served as a nun in several orders. After 3 years she returned home and later met and married George Gaumond. She dedicated her life to raising her two children, and later 4 grandchildren.
Susan T. Nolette
PAWTUCKET - Susan T. Nolette, 58, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Roland J. "Ziggy" and Irene M. (Beauchemin) Nolette. Sue was a graduate of the former St. Jean-Baptiste High School, Pawtucket and a graduate of Rhode Island College where she received her Master's Degree in Education. She was an educator at the Providence Center and most recently in Fort Pierce, Florida until retiring.
Cheryl A. Rowe
LINCOLN - Cheryl A. Rowe 66, of Smithfield Avenue passed away Tuesday July 16, 2013 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of Roger H. Durand.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Charles P. and Lucy (Oleska) Kwolek. She was a life long resident of Lincoln.
Before retiring Cheryl was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the former Cartie's Health Center of Central Falls.
LINCOLN â€” On Tuesday afternoon, Lincoln All-Starsâ€™ manager Matt Netto still didnâ€™t know which opponent his team would face in the opening round of the upcoming state Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament.
Because Cranston Western upset winnersâ€™ bracket titleist Johnston, 11-6, Monday night, those two District I representatives faced off in a winner-take-all championship game on Wednesday night at Cranston Westernâ€™s home site.
PAWTUCKETâ€” It's not quite the same as an old-fashioned â€śbarn raising,â€ť but close. Thanks to an outpouring of business and community support, plans are moving ahead for replacing a burnt out summer camp storage facility at Slater Park with something bigger and better.
An early morning fire on Dec. 30, 2012 destroyed the storage facility and all of its contents, along with an administrative and counselor training office. Among the items lost were arts and crafts supplies, games, and sporting goods used for the city's annual summer camp program.
Andrew M. Mikula
CUMBERLAND - Andrew "Matt" M. Mikula, 88, of Maybury Street, passed away Wednesday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Leona (Nawrocki) Mikula.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Maciej and Maryann(Cyran) Mikula. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
He was a United States Navy, World War II Veteran serving during the invasions at Saipan, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
CUMBERLAND â€” When the Cumberland Major Division All-Stars arrive at the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn. sometime later this morning, theyâ€™re going to have the perfect guide to direct them around the facilities in Jocelyn Bodington.
Thatâ€™s because the 12-year-old standout is the only member of last seasonâ€™s ballclub â€“ coaches included â€“ that participated in the Eastern Regionals and was two victories away from capturing the regional championship and earning its way into the Little League World Series.
With a single serving size weighing in at a hefty 330 calories, thereâ€™s a good chance some of the thousands of Rhode Islanders who stopped by Kennedy Plaza Wednesday to receive a complimentary cake from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will be feeling some remorse today and working a little extra to burn off the calories.
Or if youâ€™re Dennis Hoag of Central Falls youâ€™re planning to have a slice for breakfast and maybe another for lunch.
â€śNot bad,â€ť Hoag says as he licked a dab of frosting from his finger under a shade tree in nearby Burnside Park.
Doris R. Breault
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Doris R. Breault, 90, passed away peacefully at Darlington Memory Lane, North Providence on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Armand Alcide Breault for 51 years until his death in 1998. She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Napolean and Delina (Lamontagne) Grenier and lived in the Pawtucket Blackstone Valley area her entire life.
Cranking up the air conditioner is one way to stay cool during an oppressive heat wave, but with electricity usage forecast to reach near record-breaking levels this week, National Grid is asking consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity to help keep supply and demand in balance during the hot spell.
â€śThereâ€™s always a concern when we have prolonged hot weather, but rarely do we see five to six days of this kind of oppressive heat and humidity,â€ť said National Grid Spokesman David D. Graves.
PAWTUCKET - Elaine Oliveira (Haworth) 77, of Pawtucket died July 13, 2013. She was the wife of the late Francisco Oliveira. She was born in Providence, daughter of the late Harry and Annie (Farnworth) Haworth. She was employed by A & J Jewelry of Providence for thirty years until her retirement. She served many years at St. Luke's Episcopal Church as parish administrator. She was an active member of Episcopal Church Women.
George J. Landry, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - George J. Landry, Jr. 30, of Slade Street, Pawtucket, passed at home on July 15, 2013.
Born in Attleboro on October 14, 1982, he was the son of George J. Sr. and Catherine (McClellan) Landry. George was educated in Attleboro schools and was a graduate of Attleboro High School. He was currently working as a receiver at Trader Joe's warehouse in Middleboro. George was a devoted father who enjoyed spending time with his son and family.
Arnold K. Conover
CUMBERLAND - Arnold "Ronnie" K. Conover, 68, of Pawtucket, formerly of Cumberland, passed away Monday at Home and Hospice Care of RI, Providence.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Irene (Sousa) Conover. He resided in Pawtucket for over 40 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mr. Conover was a Seaman for the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era.
He was a retired teamster of Local 251.
Robert L. Beck
PAWTUCKET - Robert L. Beck, of Parkview Drive, Pawtucket died on July 15, 2013
He was the loving husband of Denise (Fitzpatrick) Beck. He was also the husband of the late Loretta (Poirier) Beck.
Mr. Beck was born in Norton, Massachusetts, the son of the late George and Beatrice (Thibeaux) Beck.
Mr. Beck was a truck driver for many years and proudly served in the United States Army for his country.
LINCOLN â€“ Most skippers would agree: You take 'em how you can get 'em.
Upper Deck Post 86-14 took advantage of seven walks, a hit batsmen and three errors â€“ all in a nine-run fifth frame â€“ to register a stunning, come-from-behind 11-6 marathon victory over Navigant Post 85 at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday night.
With the triumph, Upper Deck â€“ which mustered only three hits in the contest â€“ remained in first place in R.I. American Legion League-North Division action at 13-3 (18-5 overall), while co-manager Jim Gauthier's club fell to 12-5 in league play.
PAWTUCKET â€” A marriage of carefully crafted breads and pastries combined with high quality coffee has led to much success for the husband-and-wife team of Lynn and Jim Williams. Just don't call their Seven Stars Bakery a â€ścoffee shop.â€ť
â€śJim bristles when he hears that,â€ť jokes Lynn. Although the two veteran bakers are quick to point out that they didn't want to be â€śjust a bakeryâ€ť either, and having coffee and morning newspapers available to accompany their baked goods helps bring customers in and keeps them coming back.