Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â Tommy Harper always seems to enjoy his visits to McCoy Stadium. Granted, his capacity as Red Sox minor-league consultant explains why he comes around, yet watch this proud 72-year-old during batting practice and itâs apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.
CUMBERLAND â From ratatouille crepes to a Mediterranean platter brimming with homemade tabouli, grape leaves with hummus and kalamata olives, Modern Bistro is all about signature American dishes with a European flair.
PAWTUCKET â Megan Jaswell was a little disappointed she was unable to defend her womenâs title at Saturdayâs PawSox 5K, but that didnât wipe the winning smile off her face after completing the second annual race at McCoy Stadium.
âEvery race is completely different, and you can never expect to do as well as you did in the last one,â said Jaswell. âBut this is a fun race, and itâs nice to come out and support something good like this.â
LINCOLN â âReckless,â âdangerousâ and âsubstantially below the standard of careâ are some of the terms health officials are using to describe the prescribing practices of a local doctor whose medical license was suspended Thursday by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
A âpattern of fatal opiate overdoses in patientsâ under the care of Dr. Fathalla Mashali prompted the board to conduct the investigation that led to his suspension, according to papers released by the board.
PAWTUCKET â It was about 11 a.m. Friday when Gary DiSarcina received a text message from Justin Henry, a player who according to the PawSox skipper, âhas had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but heâs one of the best teammates out there.â
Henry had a simple request. His mother was in town and was wondering if it was possible for DiSarcina to include him in the lineup for that nightâs game against Syracuse.
PAWTUCKET â Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.
âTonight, I was much more impressed with the velocity that I was able to sustain over the period I was out there and being able to throw all my pitches with the same effort level and arm angle,â said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. âThat was basically the final hump I had to get over as far as not having a second thought in the back of my head. It was about getting my release point down on all my pitches.â
PAWTUCKET â It was a warm late June night and first pitch at McCoy Stadium was still several hours away. Up in the press box, a number of baseball scouts had gathered for some friendly chatter that ranged from strengths and weaknesses of particular players to each oneâs travel log of minor-league ballparks.
Curious about the lineups, one scout turned his head left to where they were posted in a plastic case on the wall. He thought his eyes were playing tricks on him, the result of seeing âRFâ next to Jackie Bradley Jr.âs name, not the customary âCFâ that came to define the prospect.
CENTRAL FALLS â Tolman High head coach Jack Coutu chose not to play senior goalie and quad-captain Adam Ghazal long before the start of the Tigers' R.I. Injury Fund âgameâ against archrival Shea on Friday night.
He did so as a precaution, not to mention a safety measure.
âI was worried about the field,â Coutu indicated of the uneven, dusty Macomber Stadium surface minutes before the scrimmage, one designed to raise money for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League for injury/insurance reasons and also give squads statewide an opportunity to face live competition.
Vito E. Bart
PAWTUCKET - Vito E. Bart, 81, of Williston Way, Pawtucket died on August 28, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. He was the loving husband of Renee Ann Kay (Foley) Bart for fifty three years. Vito was born in Providence, the son of Joseph and Amelia (Bickayska) Bart.
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.
PAWTUCKET â With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governorsâ Cup playoffs for a third straight season, it raises the question of what kind of squad manager Gary DiSarcina will have at his disposal when the second season arrives.
To that end, DiSarcina admitted Wednesday that heâs had brief conversations with Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett about how many players Pawtucket stands to lose on Sept. 1, which is the first day Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.
PAWTUCKET â The highly touted right-handed pitcher that breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues ended up learning an important lesson this season â thereâs not always going to be smooth sailing.
PAWTUCKETâLarge plate glass windows facing the busy intersection of Broad and Barton streets offer a window to the world that Project RENEW is trying to reach.
Wanda C. Milosh
ATTLEBORO - Wanda C. Milosh, 88, passed away Tuesday August 27, 2013 at Our Lady Of Fatima Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley J. Milosh. They were married for 64 years.
Born in Cumberland she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Karolina A. (Maziarz) Rok. She lived in Attleboro for the past 8 years.
Before retiring Wanda was employed as a Buyer and Manager for the former Blackstone Fabrics of Pawtrucket. She was an avid boater and traveled world wide. She will be greatly missed.
Everett L. Anderton Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Everett L. Anderton Jr., 90, of Colonial Avenue, passed away Wednesday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Gwyneth D. (Weaver) Anderton.
Born in Melrose, MA, he was the son of the late Everett L. Anderton Sr. and the late Marion (Hopkins) Anderton. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Mr. Anderton was a United States Army, World War II Veteran, serving as member of the 1st Special Service Force, 101st Airborne, and the 82nd Airborne.