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Archive - 2013

May 5th

De La Rosa expects to see increase in workload

May 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Rubby De La Rosa has turned the corner with his pitching lately. As a result, the team’s harness on the young prospect is getting loosened.
After being subjected to a stringent pitch count during the first month of the season, the hard-throwing phenom is expected to throw in the neighborhood of 70-75 when he takes the mound for Pawtucket Monday night in Gwinnett. De La Rosa has been limited to around 50 pitches in his previous five starts, none of which have seen him toss more than three innings.

Four Durham pitchers team up to no-hit PawSox

May 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Leave it to a Rhode Island native to earn a slice of immortality at McCoy Stadium.
By zipping a 92 miles-per-hour fastball that produced a swing-and-miss by Pawtucket outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, Durham reliever and Johnston native Jeff Beliveau etched his name into the team’s annals. Brought on to nail down the final out, Beliveau preserved the Bulls’ combined no-hitter and secure a 2-1 victory over the PawSox on Sunday.

May 4th

Ice cream warms the heart for many

May 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It’s a treat and a dessert and you can really have ice cream anytime. But there is something special about going to get ice cream at an ice cream stand or from a truck, even on a cool May evening.
Rod Florez, the General Manager of Palagi Brothers Ice Cream and Frozen Lemonade in Pawtucket, actually anticipates sales in late April and early May as some of the best for his business all season.
Palagi Brothers’ 25 trucks usually hit the streets on April 1 but were delayed this year by late winter weather and sales were still slower than usual this week, according to Florez.

Recruitment drive is on for ‘Ready Pawtucket’

May 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Norman Menard says you don’t have to be a policeman, fireman or emergency management professional to help your community when there are threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and natural disasters.
What you do need, he says, is a willingness to learn and help support first responders any way you can when disaster does strike.

May 3rd

Softball Clippers take down Tigers, 5-0

May 3, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Prior to Cumberland High’s Division I showdown with Tolman on Friday afternoon, head coach Marty Crowley issued a message to his players.
“I just told them that Tolman’s a great team, and – like every game – they need to be ready to play, and play hard,” he stated. “I also said that they’re brand new to the league (division), and we haven’t seen them, but we needed to take them like any other (force). The good news is we heeded that warning.”

Webster shuts down Bulls, picks up first PawSox victory

May 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Allen Webster brought out his best to nab his first Triple-A victory on a cold Friday night.
The 23-year-old prospect delivered six innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine batters and walking none, to help the Pawtucket Red Sox produce a 4-1 victory over the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium.
Aside from a shaky third inning that saw Webster hit the first batter he faced and the Bulls collect both their hits and score their run, Webster was simply on top of his game.

PawSox' Hernandez in the bullpen, but for how long?

May 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Gary DiSarcina wasted little time in explaining why the PawSox are refraining from employing a six-man starting rotation.
“Chris Hernandez will be in the bullpen,” the Pawtucket skipper stated prior to Thursday’s game, which was started by Alfredo Aceves.

Eva L. Bouchard

May 3, 2013

Eva L. Bouchard

EAST PROVIDENCE - Eva L. Bouchard, 100, died peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Orchard View Manor, East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur N. Bouchard, Sr. She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Hormidas and Armande (Fontaine) Masse. She was a resident of Coventry for forty years before moving to East Providence. She was a twist tender in the former J. P. Coats Mill in Central Falls before retiring.

Therese P. Genest

May 3, 2013

Therese P. Genest

PAWTUCKET - Therese P. Genest, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013. She was the wife of the late Raymond Genest. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Ulric and Odivine (Boie) Charbonneau.
Therese is survived by five daughters, Helene Gauthier, Lilliane Szwaja, Carol, Lise, and Cindy Genest, one sister, Denise Baltadonis, one brother, John Charbonneau, six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Jeanne Grise, and Leonard and Andre Charbonneau.

Rick P. Cassamas

May 3, 2013

Rick P. Cassamas

PAWTUCKET - Rick P. Cassamas of Pawtucket passed away on May 2, 2013. He was the husband of Kathleen (McCaffrey) Cassamas.
Mr. Cassamas was born in Warwick, the son of the late Michael Cassamas and Joan (Kiernan) Cassamas. He was a longtime professional driver who loved his music. Rick frequently attended live concerts and music festivals.

May 2nd

Aceves aces PawSox debut in 10-1 win over Bulls

May 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Alfredo Aceves made a strong statement with his pitching on Thursday.
Taking the mound for the first time in nine days, Aceves spun six shutout innings as Pawtucket belted Durham, 10-1. Though he issued four walks, Aceves allowed just two hits while striking out six. He ended up throwing 101 pitches, 57 of which went for strikes.
“I didn’t know how many pitches I threw,” said Aceves. “Nobody knows how pitches you’re going to throw (in a given outing). It’s unreal.”

Chafee signs gay marriage into law

May 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – After 17 long and frequently contentious years of political and legislative struggle, Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay Speaker of the House, brought down his gavel Thursday and announced that the bill to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island passed by an overwhelming 56-15 vote.

Mary M. Vecoli

May 2, 2013

Mary M. Vecoli

LINCOLN - Mary M. Vecoli, 91, of Lincoln, died Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Guido Vecoli Jr. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Edward J. and Josephine (Hannon) Fay.
Mrs. Vecoli was employed for the State of RI School Lunch Program until her retirement.
Her sons Donald T. Vecoli of Florida and David B. Vecoli of Lincoln; her brother Edward J. Fay of Texas; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren survive her. She was the sister of the late Bernice Lilley and Vera Tellier.

Jean-Paul R. Houle

May 2, 2013

Jean-Paul R. Houle

GREENVILLE - Jean-Paul R. "Jay" Houle, 82, of Austin Ave. and formerly of Cumberland passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providnce. He was the beloved husband of Ellen M. (Berthiaume) Houle, they had been married for the past 61 years.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Achille and Bernadette (Sawyer) Houle. He resided in Johnston for the past three years and had resided in Cumberland for 27 years and previously residing in Central Falls.

Gun-rights advocates want to shoot down R.I. legislation

May 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Police Chief Michael Kehoe of Newtown, Conn., who was a first responder when 20 children and six educators were slaughtered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in his community last December, warned Wednesday that, “The tragedies felt by Newtown and other communities can be repeated if affirmative action is not taken.”

May 1st

Vincent Gesualdi

May 1, 2013

Vincent Gesualdi

CUMBERLAND - Vincent Gesualdi, 73, of Heroux Blvd., died April 28, 2013 in North Attleboro, MA. He was the husband of the late Eileen O. (Dubois) Gesualdi. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Francisco and Rosaria (Decotis) Gesualdi.
He was a 1957 graduate of Woonsocket High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Bryant University in 1972. Vincent worked for many years as a traffic manager for Union Wadding Co., Pawtucket, retiring in 2005. He served in the United States Navy and was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.

Frank Martino

May 1, 2013

Frank Martino
Ex Chief Bureau of Audits,
State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations

PAWTUCKET - Frank Martino, 85, of Pawtucket, RI, passed away surrounded by his loving daughters on April 30, 2013. He was predeceased by his loving wife Despa Martino. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2013.

April 30th

PawSox drop 15-inning game to Columbus

April 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Nobody wants to play extra innings on a day at McCoy Stadium that began with the stands filled with elementary and middle school students hailing from this city and concluded with a small group of diehard supporters.
Tuesday was also getaway day for the Columbus Clippers, a club that certainly wanted to hop on a plane and fly back home to Ohio after partaking in an eight-game, two-city road trip. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off that would be followed by an even rarer day away from the ballpark.

Gist paints optimistic picture

April 30, 2013

PROVIDENCE – On the day that Education Commissioner Deborah Gist delivered her annual State of Education address to a joint session of the General Assembly, the state’s two major teachers unions released a poll that they say shows teacher morale is “abysmal” under her leadership and that 85 percent do not want her contract to be renewed.
Despite that, Gist painted an optimistic picture of the state’s education effort, citing progress in technology, early education and international competitiveness.

Twin River offers first look at new facilities

April 30, 2013

LINCOLN – A crowd of players engulfed the craps table as dealer Sam Hasney announced the cutoff for more bets.
“Bets set,” he said. “Shooter’s looking for four. Four wins.”
“C’mon Nick,” somebody cheered as an oversized pair of red dice tumbled across the green felt pit of the craps deck.

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