Archive - Aug 29, 2013
PAWTUCKET â Like the memorial trees at the center of its purpose, the popularity of the Tree in Memorial program in Slater Park just kept growing and growing. But sometimes success can bring its own set of challenges.
When city Recreation Director John Blais inherited the program from his predecessor William Mulholland, who started it, he realized it had outgrown the paper records way of keeping track of where the trees were, who donated them and in whose name.
CENTRAL FALLS â Fundraising for a project, especially in tough economic times, is always challenging. But when the project centers around someone as universally liked as the cityâs late fire chief, Rene Coutu, the task becomes a lot easier.
Coutu, who served as fire chief for 25 years, died on Dec. 7, 2010, at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. Now, longtime friend and Ward 2 City Councilor Robert Ferri wants to have a city park dedicated to Coutuâs memory.
âIâve known Rene a long time, and heâs a guy so deserving of something in this city,â said Ferri.
PAWTUCKET â As far as Triple-A debuts go, Matt Barnes looked quite comfortable.
The slender right-hander was in total command on the McCoy Stadium mound Thursday night, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings that featured a little bit of everything. His Pawtucket teammates were able to make Barnes a victor as the locals silenced Syracuse, 2-0, before 5,021 fans.
PAWTUCKET â Teams that harbor deep playoff aspirations prefer to have all their bases covered.
In acquiring Quintin Berry, the Red Sox have sent out the following signal: They have a late-game, pinch-running weapon that figures to make manager John Farrellâs job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.
The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berryâs fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.
CENTRAL FALLS â Jeff Lapierre spent 11 years working with Central Falls High grid head coach Mo Jackson, and enjoyed virtually every minute.
The only ones he didn't? Watching the kids fail to execute in games after excelling at the same plays in practice.
He learned a great deal from Jackson, who retired from his longtime position in grand style with two impressive victories at the end of the 2012 season. Now, Lapierre owns that title outright, but admits teaching this new crop of players will be a shared workload.
Sandra A. Cullen
PAWTUCKET - Sandra A. Cullen of Pawtucket passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2013. She was the wife of Joseph Cullen. They had been married for over twenty five years.
Mrs. Cullen was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Stephen L. Vensky and Dorothy (Clifford) Vensky.
Mrs. Cullen is survived by her sons, Robert D. Smith of Burrillville and John A. Raymond and his wife Celia of Bristol. She also leaves her grandchildren, Aaron Smith, Sarah Smith, Zachary Raymond and Jasmine Raymond.