May 15th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mayor Donald R. Grebien will put on his bicycle helmet and get aboard a two-wheeler to take part with dozens of other bicycling enthusiasts when the first ever â€śPawtucket Bike to Work Dayâ€ť is held today.
Bicyclists taking part in the event, which is open to everyone, will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans Amphitheatre, at Roosevelt and Exchange streets in downtown Pawtucket, for a show of two-wheel strength and a bit of rest before completing the ride to their workplace. Light refreshments will be provided to participants.
CUMBERLAND â€” The last time Cumberland enjoyed a season as magical as the one the Clippers have put together so far this spring, its current members were learning the sport in middle school, and its head coach, Scott Carpenter, was savoring his retirement from coaching after a long, successful run as the Clippersâ€™ hockey coach.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was about lunchtime Tuesday when Tolman High senior Andrew Larson sat in his English class, discussing with teacher Kevin Kavanaugh the â€śins and outsâ€ť of preparing for portfolio reviews.
â€śWe were talking about the interview process, being interviewed by people who judge our portfolios, which we need to graduate, and he brought up the newspaper,â€ť Larson explained. â€śHe also brought up sports in general, and what we'd say to a reporter, like, after a win. He told me to remain calm, listen to every question carefully and try to respond â€¦ well, intelligently.â€ť
SMITHFIELD - Sophie V. Drezek (Szczoczarz), 94, of Douglas Pike and formerly of Pawtucket passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Drezek.
Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late George and Veronica (Matisewski) Szczoczarz. She was a resident of the Heritage Hills Nursing Center for the past 4 years previously having lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
Generally, Tim Wakefieldâ€™s 19-year MLB odyssey is broken down into two separate and distinctive parts. There was the Wakefield of Pittsburgh Pirates fame, the hotshot knuckleball specialist who helped guide the franchise to the brink of the 1992 World Series.
Weâ€™re just past the quarter mark of the PawSoxâ€™s season. Such a distinction comes with a few observations that have made an impression upon this particular observer â€¦
If the Red Sox knew a month ago what they know at the present time, perhaps they wouldnâ€™t have been so quick to move Alex Wilson from the rotation to the bullpen.
CUMBERLAND â€” If thereâ€™s any good news for Cumberland High, it will return to Division I-North action beginning Wednesday afternoon, when head coach Marty Crowleyâ€™s crew hosts La Salle Academy at 3:45.
The bad: The Clippers closed their D-I crossover slate Monday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to North Kingstown at Tucker Field, as Skippersâ€™ junior righty Taylor Butler yielded just five hits and two walks while whiffing eight in her complete-game outing.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Monday was a day for gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders to whoop and cheer.
They were cheering for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who signed an executive order requiring the state to officially recognize the same-sex unions of couples who were married elsewhere but live here.
At several points during his announcement, Chafee made it clear that he wants his action to be one step toward allowing full gay marriage rights in Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to a new computer program, people can report minor crimes, incidents and even anonymous tips to the Pawtucket Police from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
At a Monday morning press conference, the Pawtucket Police officially launched an online reporting system that is believed to be the first of its kind in the state. Called the Citizens Online Police Reporting System, police say it is an effective tool that offers convenience for the public as well as a faster way to report data that police can then act upon.
CRANSTON - Ann Mitson, 79, passed May 11th.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late George and Eliza (Burns) Mitson.
After graduating from St. Xavier's Academy, she had been employed by New England Telephone then Amica Insurance Company.
She is survived by several cousins including her caregivers, Helen M. Shields of Johnston and Martha LaBrosse of Lincoln.
CUMBERLAND - Catherine V. (Quinn) Vaughn, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late James M. Vaughn, Jr.
Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Francis James and Mary Ellen (Nolan) Quinn. Catherine was a communicant of the Church of St. Leo the Great.
PAWTUCKET - Lillian E. (Fuller) Storin, 88, a homemaker, of Hope and formerly of Seekonk, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, May 10, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late John W. Storin.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Alfred and Grace (Franklin) Fuller, she resided in Seekonk before moving to Hope in 2008. Lillian had been employed by Federal Products, and was a Cub Scout and Blue Bird Troop Leader.
PAWTUCKET -- Alex Hassan opened the season a dismal 0-for-17 at the plate before he broke out of the slump with a 3-for-4 outing at Rochester on April 13.
Slow but sure, his confidence increased, and that was more than obvious on Sunday afternoon.
Hassan finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer, sacrifice fly, two RBI and three runs scored to pace the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™ 5-4 come-from-behind triumph over the Clippers before 5,516 fans at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET -- The way Lars Anderson figures it, versatility is the key to getting back to the Boston Red Sox.
Thatâ€™s why the Pawtucket Red Sox first baseman called Mike Hazen, now Bostonâ€™s Vice President and Assistant General Manager, last November and asked that he be considered for an outfield position.
Given Adrian Gonzalezâ€™ contract with Boston, he figured, â€śWhy not?
â€śHe told me he thought it was a good idea, and that he would talk to the powers-that-be,â€ť Anderson, 24, said in the clubhouse prior to Pawtucketâ€™s tilt against the Columbus Clippers on Sunday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€” A red-tailed hawk that appeared to be sick or injured took up a lengthy perch on a shrub outside the Klibanoff Eye Associates office on Exchange Street on Monday. A passerby and a staffer at The Times called the Pawtucket Animal Control Department out of concern for the bird, and Animal Control, in turn, notified the state Department of Environmental Management. Animal Control Director John Holmes said that DEM workers captured the bird and examined it.
PAWTUCKET â€” When tossing around names of cities that are home to well-known breweries, Pawtucket, Rhode Island hardly springs to mind. Yet, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and craft beer enthusiast is embarking on a plan to change that with his High Jinx Brewing Company.
Six-year-old Kylee Bourgault of Pawtucket has a great vantage point from the hood of her motherâ€™s car as she watches her brother, Anthony Bisbano, play tennis for the Tolman Tigers at Slater Park on Friday.
LINCOLN â€“ Police are investigating the theft of a number of metal manhole covers from a new subdivision under construction off Angell Road.
The property's developer found six or seven of the heavy metal covers missing from an area of the development's incomplete roadway Tuesday morning, Patrolman Brian L. Molis reported.
The Lincoln Meadows development has several occupied homes located on the paved roadway, which becomes a dirt road in the area where numerous undeveloped lots are located, according to Molis.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The city got some great economic news last week when Planning Director Jeanne Boyle announced that igus Inc. has resurrected plans to build a 145,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse and office facility on property the Rumford-based company owns behind the old Handy and Harmon building on Ferris Avenue.
Boyle told City Councilors that the company's plans to build the warehouse and office facility have been in the works since 1991 with company officials receiving preliminary approval from the Planning Board in 2008.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite posting downright gaudy numbers in his shortlived Red Sox stint, Clayton Mortensen was farmed out to Pawtucket because of one simple yet often overlooked factoid.
He still has minor-league options remaining.
Guys like Mortensen, they perform a service akin to a security blanket. To the big-league teams, to have a player with options still on the table, creates the kind of roster flexibility that can prove most handy.