Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ Will Middlebrooks does not need Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina or hitting coach Dave Joppie â€“ two names who have previous player-coach relationships with the scuffling third baseman â€“ to get in his face and flat-out tell the owner of a .192 big-league batting average this season where the areas of improvement lie.
â€śHe knows what he needs to do,â€ť said DiSarcina in anticipation of Middlebrooksâ€™ arrival at McCoy Stadium on Wednesday, one day after getting informed by Boston skipper John Farrell that his season-long offensive funk had earned him a demotion to the Triple-A ranks.
BLACKSTONE â€” The hot and humid weather Tuesday was no hindrance to Lou Ryan as she made her way into the Municipal Center with her daughter, Sharon Finn, of New Hampshire, to vote in the special state election filling U.S. Senator John Kerryâ€™s vacant seat senate.
LINCOLN â€“ A local pain management clinic has received a federal court subpoena for records tied to a national outbreak of fungal meningitis resulting from tainted pharmaceuticals last year.
Ocean State Pain Management of Blackstone Valley Place is one of 76 clinics around the country that federal health officials say dispensed contaminated drugs from New England Compounding Pharmacy in Framingham.
John F. Andrade
PAWTUCKET - John F. Andrade, 95, of West Lawn Avenue, Pawtucket died on Monday, June 24, 2013. He was the husband of Gloria (Pita) Andrade. They were married 65 years.
Mr. Andrade was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Mariano and Mary (Mederois) Andrade. He was a machine operator at American Insulated Wire for many years.
Besides his wife Gloria, Mr. Andrade is survived by his son Michael Andrade of Pawtucket. He was the father of the late John Joseph Andrade.
BARRINGTON â€“ Billy Andrade has spent most of his time playing the role of good host at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. Come Tuesday morning, the Bristol native will look to make a surge that will enable him to capture the $1.55-million tournament he co-hosts with fellow Rhode Islander Brad Faxon.
BARRINGTON â€“ To say that Lexi Thompson has a busy week ahead doesnâ€™t exactly paint the entire picture.
Then again, Morgan Pressel isnâ€™t exactly idling away the hours herself.
Even though Thompson, a rising star on the LPGA Tour, has an eye on the U.S. Womenâ€™s Open thatâ€™s scheduled for later this week on Long Islandâ€™s Sebonack Golf Club, the 18-year-old was dead set on coming to Rhode Island Country Club to participate in the CVS Caremark Charity Classic for the second straight year.
WOONSOCKET â€” It was hot on Monday, up to 93 degrees in northern Rhode Island, and the weather was generating more concern for potential health impacts than a typical summer day due to higher than normal readings of ground level ozone.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, stopped in Rhode Island Monday to talk about design and manufacturing with students, educators, entrepreneurs and other economic development stakeholders at the RI School of Design and to help raise money for Congressman David Cicilline by keynoting his third annual Womenâ€™s Conference at the Biltmore Hotel.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Brutally hot outside temperatures and a fire and chemical spill inside a paint factory combined to cause a hazardous and uncomfortable scene for dozens of area firefighters on Monday.
Firefighters responded to the five-alarm blaze at around 11:30 a.m. at General Polymer Inc., an industrial paints and coatings company located at 59 Foundry St. The company occupies a three-story, 75,000-square foot brick mill building located in a densely populated neighborhood off Broad Street.
Virginia D. Thomas
PAWTUCKET - Virginia D. Thomas, 67, of Pawtucket passed away peacefully Monday at Miriam Hospital with her loved ones by her side. She was the wife of Frank Thomas Jr. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of Doris (Masse) Paquin of Pawtucket and the late Henry L. Paquin.
Mrs. Thomas was employed as a registered nurse at Grandview Nursing Center until her retirement. She was a graduate of Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
Helen M. Bozek
EAST PROVIDENCE - Helen M. Bozek, 76, of Riverside passed away Saturday June 22, 2013 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of John M. Bozek. They were married for 50 years May 25, 2013.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of Elsie (Stankevich) Fober of Pawtucket and the late Frank Fober Sr. She lived in Riverside for the past 3 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before she retired Helen was employed as a Bookkeeper for her familys business, Michaels Meats of Cumberland and the former Michaels Boulevard Meats of Pawtucket.
John A. Mercer
LINCOLN - John A. Mercer, 90, of Lincoln and formerly of Pawtucket passed away on June 24, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Catherine E. (Smith) Mercer. Mr. Mercer was born in Pawtucket, the son of Ernest and Margaretta (Reilly) Mercer.
Mr. Mercer served his country in the US Army during World War II being deployed to the European Theatre. He retired from the Providence Journal Company after 40 years of service and was also a member of the Pawtucket Personnel Board from more than 30 years.
CUMBERLAND - Alice Santos, 96, formerly of Cumberland, passed away Monday at The Highlander, Fall River. She was the wife of the late Constantino "Slugger" Santos, former Deputy Chief of the Cumberland Police Department.
Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Rosa (Travers) Estrella.
Mrs. Santos was employed as a factory worker for the Attleboro Dye Company for many years until her retirement.
She was a communicant of the St. Patrick Church, Cumberland. She was a charter member of the Cumberland-Lincoln Community Chorus.
Lenora C. Costantino
PAWTUCKET - Lenora C. Costantino, 95, formerly of Pawtucket died on Saturday, June 22, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Italo "Adrian" Costantino. They had been married 69 years.
Mrs. Costantino was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Carmine Costantino and Angelina (Roberta) Constantino.
She was a seamstress at Standard Romper and then worked at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket.
Geraldine S. Buss
CUMBERLAND - Geraldine S. (Taylor) Buss, 70, of Old Whipple Street, passed away Sunday at home. She was the beloved wife of Paul J. Buss.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Thomas R. and Ursula Taylor. She was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
During her early years, Geraldine was employed by the Pawtucket Credit Rating Bureau, and the Central Falls Public Assistance Office.
PAWTUCKET - Laura Pizzo, 88, passed on June 21st. She was the wife of the late Joseph Pizzo.
She was the daughter of the late Charles and Maria (DaLuz) Viveiros.
She had dedicated her life to her family.
She is survived by, three sons, Dennis Murphy, William Pizzo and John Pizzo, two daughters, Theresa Anderson and Melissa Brayall of Lincoln, a step son, Joseph Pizzo, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Robert "Bobby" Pizzo,
PAWTUCKET â€” With the first day of summer comes many reasons to celebrate. Yet, Pawtucket police and fire officials want to remind residents of the laws regarding two activities that can affect safety and quality of life in a densely populated city like Pawtucket: fireworks and outdoor burning.
By DAN CHAREST
Toeing the rubber in the top of the ninth was a strikeout specialist from Pennsylvania. His batterymate behind the dish was a high-average hitter from Alabama.
And leading off for the Ocean State Waves of the New England Collegiate Baseball League stood Pawtucketâ€™s Nick Sebastian.
Before Sebastian strolled to the plate with his Waves losing 3-2 to the Laconia Muskrats, he had spent a lengthy time on his baseball journey outside of his hometown until the Waves brought him back to Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET -- On a late March day in Fort Myers, Fla., Xander Bogaerts could have accepted what the lineup card stipulated and left it at that.
The Red Sox prospect and now the newest member of the PawSox, however, was comfortable enough in his own skin to approach the powers-that-be and show his eagerness and enthusiasm for the game he is paid to play.
According to one staff member, the sequence helped cast the player in a whole new light.