Archive - 2014
Barbara M. Belford
PAWTUCKET - Barbara M. (Arnold) Belford, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Howard T. Belford. Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Myra (Green) Arnold.
LINCOLN â€” The Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health are advising people in the area of Lower Road in Lincoln that a neighborhood cat that attacked a resident and exposed two other persons on April 17 has tested positive for rabies. These individuals have started treatment with rabies vaccine.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Daniel Nava that reported to McCoy Stadium Friday afternoon appeared to be in good spirits.
For the former independent league ballplayer whose rags-to-riches tale has been well documented, the fact the Red Sox shipped him to the minors after 67 at-bats is not going to yield fits of rage. Sure, Nava is disappointed with his .147 start at the plate and the .240 on-base percentage he compiled in 17 games with the Red Sox, but this is someone who has already beaten much bigger odds.
PAWTUCKET â€” If there was rust, Matt Barnes didnâ€™t appear to show any in first start of the season.
Standing on a mound in a â€śjuices followingâ€ť setting for the first time since facing Boston College on Feb. 27 in Fort Myers, Barnes navigated his way through five innings in Pawtucketâ€™s 6-2 conquest of Rochester on Friday night before 7,680 fans. A native of Connecticut, Barnes had been in extended spring training until earlier this week after right shoulder tenderness grounded him for the majority of spring training.
Betty E. L. Taylor
PAWTUCKET - Betty E. L. (Harris) Taylor, 88, of Dennisport, MA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Ernest "Bill" W. Taylor. Betty met her husband in England during World War II, after the war she settled in Pawtucket and the couple married in 1946. Born in Birmingham, England, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Gertrude (Cooper) Harris.
Orlindo M. Silva
PAWTUCKET - SILVA, Orlindo M. , 92, of Pawtucket died April 25, 2014. He was the husband of the late Maria D. (Delgado) Silva. Mr. Silva was born in Baracal, Portugal. He was a son of the late Antonio and Maria doCarmo (Cabral) daSilva. He came to this country in 1956 settling in Pawtucket. Mr. Silva was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church, a member of the Portuguese Social Club and Uniao Portuguesa Beneficente.
Mary G. Wagner
PAWTUCKET - Mary G. Wagner, 88, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Pawtucket Health Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Matthew P. Wagner. She leaves two sons, Wayne K. Wagner and Phillip M. Wagner.
JoAnn M. George
RUMFORD - JoAnn M. George, 69 of Roger Williams Avenue, Rumford passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of Mark L. George and the late Alan R. DelMonico. Mrs. George was a receptionist for the Pawtucket Times before she retired.
PAWTUCKET â€” Other than Will Middlebrooks expressing confidence that he was able to put some nice swings on the ball and that his strained calf survived several demanding tests at third base, thereâ€™s not much to take away from Thursdayâ€™s matinee at McCoy Stadium.
Anthony Ranaudo struggled on the bump and Pawtucketâ€™s bats went cold as Rochester ran away with an 8-1 victory. Middle-brooks concluded his three-game rehab stint with another hitless day, going 0-for-4. In 10 minor league at-bats, the third baseman failed to collect a single base knock.
PAWTUCKET â€” At first blush, it would seem PawSox manager Kevin Boles has a dilemma on his hands.
His team already flush with options at first base and the corner outfield spots, Boles will have another warm body at his disposal when Daniel Nava finally reports to the Triple-A ranks on Friday. Since Nava isnâ€™t on a rehab assignment, his stay with Pawtucket figures to cut into someoneâ€™s playing time.
LINCOLN â€” Itâ€™s very safe to say Cumberland High skipper Paul Murphy had hoped Thursday afternoonâ€™s intense winds would affect rival Lincolnâ€™s pitchers and fielders more than his own.
Through the first four frames of a Division I tilt at Chet Nichols Memorial Field, he didnâ€™t get his wish.
The Lions rushed out to a quick 5-2 lead after the third, but Cumberlandâ€™s fortunes changed on a dime in the fifth. Behind only two hits but a pair of Lincoln errors, Murphyâ€™s crew manufactured five runs and raced to what had seemed an improbable but satisfying 7-5 victory.
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PAWTUCKET â€” The wind came howling in off Newport Avenue on Thursday afternoon, blowing straight across Bailey Fieldâ€™s softball diamond in gusts approaching 30 miles per hour, as Bay View Academy and Tolman High squared off in a Division I matchup.
The Bengals proved oblivious to the conditions, excelling in the field and at the plate during a 12-3 victory over Tolman that evened their record at 2-2 on the season. Tolman, which lost its third game in a row, fell to 4-4.
PAWTUCKET â€” Whether its a gaggle of young dancers or gymnasts with money jars or a lone jobless person with a cardboard sign, the act of begging for cash from motorists at stoplights and busy intersections is one that has drawn the ire and concern of residents and city officials alike.
Putting public safety at the forefront of its decision, the City Council on Wednesday night voted to have Police Chief Paul King begin enforcing an existing city ordinance that prohibits people from soliciting money from drivers at intersections.
Gloria Ann Grzebien
PAWTUCKET - Gloria Ann Grzebien was born September 15, 1948 in Providence to the late Edward and Carolyn (Borek) Grzebien. She is survived by her cousins, Vivian Borek of Quincy, MA and Rosalie Borek of Worcester, MA.
WOONSOCKET - Mary Bois, 97, of Paradis Ave. Woonsocket died Wednesday at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Raymond L. Bois, Sr.
Born in Manville she was a daughter of the late Luigi and Anelda Nilda (Savelli) Sbarbati, both natives of Italy. She was raised in Manville and resided in Woonsocket for over 60 years,
PAWTUCKET â€” If Will Middlebrooks is indeed activated by Boston on Friday night, he will have the good fortune of facing a pitcher that has much less zip on his fastball than the one that stymied the PawSox on Wednesday night.
Touching 99 miles per hour on the radar gun, Rochester starting pitcher Alex Meyer slowed the Pawtucket bats to a virtual crawl. Meyer struck out 11 in 6.2 innings and got Middlebrooks to go down swinging in all three of his at-bats.
PAWTUCKET â€” Will Middlebrooks can relate to Daniel Nava.
A year ago, Middlebrooks scuffled so badly that the Red Sox were left with little choice but to send the starting third baseman to Triple A. Looking back at his minor-league penance, Middlebrooks says that he was able to weather a turbulent stretch thanks to his ability to quickly put the grief behind him.
PROVIDENCE â€” Shea High head coach Christina Daily explained she really wasnâ€™t in the mood for a mini-postgame press conference early Wednesday afternoon.
Really, who could blame her?
Her Raiders had looked pretty solid in a first-game victory over Division II crossover foe Central High, but â€“ slowly â€“ unforced errors, points with little or no communication and serves gone awry became more commonplace.
In the end, the Knights celebrated a 3-1 victory at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house â€“ and it came via scores of 15-25, 25-14, 31-29 and 32-30.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Touting the verities of education, job creation and capital-D Democratic values, three of the Democrats running for governor vied for the favor of their partyâ€™s city and town chairmen on Tuesday.
Democrats Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras and Clay Pell made brief presentations to the RI Association of State Democratic City and Town Chairmen (RI ASDCTC) at Le Foyer ahead of that groupâ€™s endorsement vote scheduled for next month.
CUMBERLAND - Stanislawa Mach, 81, passed away Wednesday April 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanislaw Mach.
Born in Grodzisko, Gorne, Podkarpackie, Poland she was a daughter of the late Antoni and Apolonia (Matuszek) Markocki. She lived in Cumberland for the past 13 years and was formerly of Central Falls.
Before retiring Mrs. Mach was employed as a Machine Operator for the former Elizabeth Webbing Co. Of Central Falls for 13 years.