Archive - Jun 2014
BURRILLVILLE â€” Cumberland I head coach Steve Dâ€™Abrosca had hoped for a premier collective performance from his crew on Monday evening, but wasnâ€™t quite sure if heâ€™d get it.
His troops did, and didnâ€™t, surprise him.
Righthander Abbie Vallely turned in a magical performance in the circle, yielding just three hits and a trio of walks while whiffing 10, and his offense produced four doubles as Cumberland I coasted to a 15-2 triumph over Glocester/Burrillville in a R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament round-robin finale at Hauser Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For Bryce Brentz, slow and steady must prevail in his quest to shake free of the persistent hamstring issue that has his season on pause.
â€śThe progress has been good and weâ€™re ahead of schedule right now, but we donâ€™t want to have any more setbacks,â€ť said the PawSox outfielder when reached Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Presently, his days are filled with restoring strength to the right hamstring strain that has kept him out of the lineup since May 15.
PAWTUCKET â€” A sprinkler-driven new water park and state of the art playground opened with a ribbon-cutting event â€” and a big splash â€” on Friday at Galego Court, featuring pizza and refreshments, a host of dignitaries and dozens of children eager to cool off in the summer afternoon heat.
The park opened with a last-moment change allowing the facility to stay open later at night, thanks to a letter by 8-year-old D'Angela "Lala" Feliz, in part citing the busy schedules of tasks kids have these days, that Pawtucket Housing Authority Director Steve Vadnais found was right on target.
James E. Schoepfer
EAST PROVIDENCE - James E. Schoepfer, 83, of Rumford, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Audrey (Howard) Schoepfer for fifty-five years. Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Otto O. and Helen L. (Mitchell) Schoepfer, he resided in Pawtucket until moving to Rumford in 2008.
Carol A. Ellis
CUMBERLAND - Carol A. (Quilitzsch) Ellis, 70, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert A. Ellis, Jr. Born in Boston, she was a daughter of the late George and Anita (Mintel) Quilitzsch.
Carol worked as a credit and collections manager at Hasbro for many years and was the secretary of the Bear Hill Village Tenants Association. She was a longtime member of the Cumberland Beagle Club and enjoyed knitting; crocheting; crafts and needle point.
Elizabeth A. Sweetland
GRANBY, CT. - Elizabeth A. Sweetland, 93, of Granby, CT beloved wife for 44 years of the late Raymond J. Sweetland, passed away on Sunday, (June 29, 2014) in Simsbury, CT. Born in Seekonk, MA on September 30, 1920, daughter of the late David T. and Frances (Fitt) Valentine, she was raised in Pawtucket and had lived in Cheshire, CT for 41 years before moving to Granby, CT to be closer to her family eight years ago.
Mary Rosa Johnson
CENTRAL FALLS - Mary Rosa Johnson, 98, died Friday, June 27, 2014 peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Armand J. Johnson for 55 years prior to his death in 1990. She was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rosa (Senecal) LaVigne.
Mary worked in many local dressmaking shops as a meticulous hand-presser. She was a former member of the Central Falls Community Center, the Senior Club of Notre Dame Church and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union Local #429.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The white tents have gone up around the area and fireworks display companies are now ready to sell you anything you need to celebrate the Fourth of July, so long as it doesnâ€™t shoot up into the air or explode.
The tents were already operating along Mendon Road on Sunday and selling the products allowed under Rhode Islandâ€™s fireworks law, and also under the setup rules it also contains for electrical inspections, fire prevention equipment and exit and no-smoking signage.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mookie Betts made his Pawtucket Red Sox debut on June 3. Barely three weeks later, the highly-coveted prospect saw the Red Sox call an end to his Triple-A apprenticeship and throw another log into the â€śMookie Maniaâ€ť fire pit.
PAWTUCKET – Earlier this week, Kevin Boles and Ron Johnson met for lunch at the Old Canteen – a restaurant located on Providence’s historic Federal Hill that made for an interesting backdrop for the two baseball lifers.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The search for a 20-year-old East Providence man missing since Jan. 2 ended on a tragic note when police confirmed Friday that the body of a man who was found last week under a boathouse near India Point Park was identified as Daniel LaRue.
LaRueâ€™s body, which was dressed in winter clothing, was found discovered under a ramp at Brown Universityâ€™s Hunter S. Marston Boathouse on June 19, almost six months after he was first reported missing by his family.
Gary S. Butler
PAWTUCKET - Gary S. Butler, 59, of Division Street, Pawtucket, entered into eternal life early Thursday morning. He was the beloved husband of the late Shelly D. (Card) Butler. He was born in Providence a son of Joan D. (Sossville) Butler-Lawrence-Napolillo of Cumberland and the late Kenneth Butler.
Gary was the office manager at Warren Tire Co. of Pawtucket for more than 30 years. He also was a US Navy veteran serving on the USS Constellation and was a motorcycle enthusiast.
Joseph A. Kotlarski
PAWTUCKET - Joseph A. Kotlarski. 67, passed away Wednesday June 18, 2014 at the St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield were he resided for the past 18 months. He was the beloved son of the late Joseph S. and Mary A. (Avizynis) Kotlarski and the stepson of the late Germaine (Boudreau - Patenaude) Kotlarski. Prior to living in North Smithfield Joseph lived in Cumberland and Pawtucket.
Before retiring he was employed at New To You and the former Building 19 of Pawtucket. He was a member of the Blackstone Valley Chapter of RIARC.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Acting City Manager Paul Lemont has confirmed that Major Christopher Parella will take over as interim police chief when Police Chief Joseph Tavares officially leaves his post on Tuesday.
Lemont had said in previous press interviews that his plan was to name an interim chief. But until this week he would not say whether or not the acting chief would be from within or outside the Police Department.
PAWTUCKET â€” Even though several potential suitors were knocking on his door, Andres Torres was not going to sign with a major-league club until he felt fine physically.
â€śI wasnâ€™t ready because I had the surgery (to repair a strained left Achillesâ€™ tendon). It takes time. I just took my time and made sure that I was good to go,â€ť said Torres on Thursday, his first day with the Pawtucket Red Sox. â€śI [heard] from a few teams, but I was just waiting for the right moment. Once I feel good, I just signed with Boston.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ If you werenâ€™t settled into your seat at McCoy Stadium until the second inning Thursday night, you missed a lot.
A five-run first inning highlighted by Garin Cecchiniâ€™s grand slam propelled Pawtucket to a 7-3 victory over Norfolk before 5,297. Cecchini turned on a 2-1 offering from Jason Gurka and deposited it into the right-field bullpen for his third home run of the season.
The homer enabled Cecchini to take over the club lead in RBI with 30. The previous leader was Bryce Brentz with 28. Brentz hasnâ€™t appeared in a game for the PawSox since May 15.
Arthur J. Letourneau
CENTRAL FALLS - Arthur J. Letourneau, 89, of Sylvian St., passed away Thursday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the beloved husband of Chang (Hui) Letourneau.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Leo and Adouilda (Hebert) Letourneau.
Mr. Latourneau was a U. S. Air Force veteran having served in WW II, the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam. After his extensive military career he began his employment with the General Services Administration in Denver, CO retiring in 1970.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Do not confuse the red welt on Anthony Ranaudoâ€™s left thigh as a badge of honor. It stung, but not to the point that the Pawtucket Red Sox right-hander could not go back out for the sixth inning Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET – Like the sign of the first ice cream truck, the seasonal opening of the city’s public pool means that it is truly summertime.
Veterans Park Pool will officially open on Saturday, June 28. “We’ve been working to paint it and spruce it up,” said Pawtucket Parks and Recreation Director John Blais. The outdoor pool is open to the public and the entrance fee is $1.
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