Archive - 2013
CUMBERLAND -- As the girls representing the Cumberland A All-Star squad posed for family photos in center field, manager Chris Boddington just smiled, soaking in the joy.
His kids had just clinched the programâs fourth consecutive R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament crown after rolling to an 8-2 victory over North Smithfield on Tuesday, this before approximately 125 fans at Diamond Hill Park, and the head coach chuckled while holding yet another championship banner.
PAWTUCKET â Since 1910, both young and old have delighted in taking a spin on the handcrafted Looff Carousel in Slater Park. However, while still revered for its architectural beauty and historical significance, a recent fire safety inspection of the century-old structure turned up some modern day fire code violations.
There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks this week in honor of Independence Day and it all begins Wednesday with Woonsocketâs annual 4th of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Jeff Gamache who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more.
At 7:30 p.m. the 10-piece Kickinâ Brass Band takes over to wow the crowd and a fireworks display will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.
PAWTUCKET â On one hand, the phrase âbirds of a feather flock togetherâ seems applicable to the scouting contingent that showed up in droves last weekend at McCoy Stadium.
The section behind home plate became known as an open-air baseball boardroom; one PawSox game featured as many as nine scouts. Remember, the July 31 non-waiver deadline is not that far off â four weeks from Wednesday to be exact.
PAWTUCKET â This week, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be working to pave several city streets that were impacted by the truck detour route during the Pawtucket River Bridge replacement project.
The roads scheduled to be paved are Roosevelt Avenue, from East Street to Exchange Street; Exchange Street, from Roosevelt Avenue to High Street; Goff Avenue, from Commerce Avenue to Pine Street; Main Street, from Pine Street to Garden Street; and Garden Street, from Main Street to Cedar Street.
CUMBERLAND â Kayden Watson calls it his âMonkey Friend,â a worn-out monkey blanket that has been his comfort keepsake since birth and his constant companion during 11 surgeries to repair gastroschisis, a congenital abdominal wall defect.
Kayden, 2Âœ, lost his monkey blanket Saturday during a family outing at the Dairy Queen in North Attleboro and his mother is asking for the publicâs help in finding it.
âThis is Kaydenâs best friend. We have searched high and low and are hoping someone may have picked it up,â says Jennifer Harken of Cumberland.
Lawrence L. Lussier
PAWTUCKET - Lawrence L. Lussier, 77, died Saturday at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Carol Ann (Greaves) Lussier. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Larry L. and Roseanna (Caron) Lussier. He has been a Pawtucket resident his entire life.
Lawrence owned and operated Larry's Dairy, was the proprietor of Bullseye Tap in Pawtucket and the owner and manager of several rental units throughout Pawtucket and Central Falls.
Beverly J. Croce
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Beverly J. Croce, 74, passed June 30, 2013. Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Earl and Margaret (Shaw) Worrall. She had been a registered nurse at Women & Infants Hospital for thirty years.
Fernande A. Lavallee
LINCOLN - Fernande A. Lavallee, 95, of Read Ave., Lincoln passed away Sunday in The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene Lavallee.
Born in Providence she was the daughter of the late Remy and Arziana (Archambault) Malouin. She resided in Lincoln for many years previously living in Cumberland and Central Falls.
She was a member of the former West Side Social Club.
June E. Davis
PAWTUCKET - June E. Davis, 90, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Davis. Born in Mansfield, MA, a daughter of the late William and Shirley (Bruce) Anderson, she resided in Pawtucket over fifty years. June enjoyed watching birds and loved music and dancing.
She leaves three daughters, Debra L. Davis-Crombie, Lori D. Kelleher and Holly J. Gamba; a son, Kim W. Davis and two grandsons, Liam and Matthew Kelleher. She was the mother of the late Patrick M. Davis.
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.