April 22nd, 2012
In a span of seven days, Michael Bowden went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.
Allâ€™s well that ends well, it seems, as the ex-Red Sox relief pitcher now gets a chance to start anew with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps just as important, the 25-year-old now has a legit shot to find a niche on a big-league roster â€“ something that proved quite elusive during his seven-year tenure with Boston.
PAWTUCKET â€” RI Governor Lincoln Chafee and RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin helped welcome 430 guests at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center to honor local community leaders for The Pawtucket Foundation Ninth Annual Awards Celebration.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” The daughter of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. was found dead Friday morning of an apparent overdose, police said.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death of 38-year-old Nicole Cianci, police Cmdr. Thomas Oates III said.
Authorities responded to a residence in the city's Federal Hill neighborhood for a report of an overdose and found Nicole Cianci, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Oates said. He said she was with a male roommate, whom she had been living with for the last few weeks.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Two men were arrested by the Pawtucket Police Special Response Team following an almost five-hour standoff on Grotto Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at around 3:15 p.m., police were called to a second floor apartment at 24 Grotto Ave. for a reported disturbance. Additional information that was received indicated to police that one or more suspects may be armed with some type of gun. Initial reports suggested that the incident was a domestic violence situation, but this was later proven to be false, he said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Yes, most of the excitement and suspense of the presidential primary process has fizzled out now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee to challenge Democratic President Obama in November. But Rhode Island is going ahead with its primary on Tuesday.
President Obama is unopposed on the Democratic side, but there is a column for uncommitted delegates.
WOONSOCKET â€” As soon as senior Zack Viveiros grounded out to third to end the top of the sixth inning, Tolman High skipper Theo Murray huddled his troops in front of their first-base dugout early Friday afternoon and implored them to exhibit outstanding defense.
â€śThis is it,â€ť he told them, referring to the Tigersâ€™ 2-1 cushion. â€śTheyâ€™ve got 9-1-2 (the ninth, first and second batters) coming up! Weâ€™ve got to get out of this inning!â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” On paper, there appears a surefire remedy to put struggling reliever Mark Melancon â€“ viewed as one the key moves Ben Cherington made during his first offseason as Bostonâ€™s general manager â€“ back together.
Fans will undoubtedly cringe when they hold Melanconâ€™s cover-your-eyes 49.50 ERA up to the light, knowing full well the 27-year-oldâ€™s inability to get anyone out played a huge part in the big-league club demoting the struggling pitcher to Pawtucket. Yet what gets lost in shuffle is that Melancon was not pitching on a regular basis.
Flora St. George
CUMBERLAND- Flora St. George, 101, died Wednesday at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Pacific Alfred St. George.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late William and Clara (Precourt) Berthiaume.
Flora is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Hector, Corinne and Bernadette Berthiaume, Lucy Dufresne and Stella Flores.
William A. Elliott
HARRISVILLE- William A. Elliott, 85, passed away Friday April 6, 2012. He was the husband of Theresa D. (Paquette) Elliott and was the son of William and Margaret (Walker) Elliott.
He was a member of the Pawtucket Police Department for 20 years.
Lorraine Lois Frechette
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA- Lorraine Lois Frechette. Born on April 13, 1934, passed away on April 12, 2012 after a courageous 12 year battle with cancer. A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, resident of Citrus Heights, California since 1980. Lorraine was a wonderful Homemaker and loved collecting antiques and researching the family tree.
Survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Walter; Her sister, Sandie; sons, Bryan and Brad(Sheri); daughter, Brenda Blakesley (Robert); Granddaughters, Corinne and Brittany and Great Granddaughters, Ariana and Kaylee.
PAWTUCKET â€” Everyone agrees that on the night of Oct. 13, 2011, a Hummer driven by Pawtucket Police Sgt. Yuri Wozny rear-ended an Audi operated by Jarred Lynch near the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. But the series of events after that, which led to Lynch being arrested and charged with refusing to submit to a chemical test for alcohol, remain a matter of â€śhe said/he saidâ€ť which a judge will now have to decide.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Plastic bags of litter dangle neatly from the branches of trees. Scavenged bits of furniture are arranged into makeshift outdoor dining nooks, beside the tents. Nearby, a green-necked duck splashes down in the Blackstone River, looking for the expected handout.
â€śWe have our animal friends,â€ť says Ray Greeno. â€śWeâ€™re happy here.â€ť
A Vietnam veteran whoâ€™s been homeless for months, Greeno, 57, has been living in a tent on the banks of the Blackstone River since the beginning of the month, when the overnight shelter at Harvest Church closed for the season.
PAWTUCKET â€” This game went from a pitchersâ€™ duel to another lopsided Tolman victory in a hurry.
Deadlocked at 1-1 after 4Â˝ innings of a tough Division II crossover duel with Pilgrim, the Tigers scratched out three runs in the home half of the fifth inning before erupting for six more in the sixth and ending up with a 10-3 triumph at Slater Park that kept them unbeaten.
Wanda V. Villeneuve
PAWTUCKET- Wanda V. Villeneuve (Strybuc) of Kenyon Avenue, Pawtucket died April 18, 2012.
Mrs. Villeneuve was the loving wife of Alfred Villeneuve. They had been married 58 years.
Mrs. Villeneuve was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late John Bobola and Jennie Strybuc-Bobola. She was a chef at Texas Instrument in Attleboro MA. For many years.
William T. Nahas
NAHAS, William T., age 83, died peacefully on Friday, February 24th, at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Care Center. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy Page Nahas for 60 years.
He was the cherished father of Chrystine Nahas Caffrey & Billy Nahas and the dear grandfather of Elizabeth and Alexandra Caffrey, Hannah and Noah Nahas.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Toofik Nahas and Nora Gosen Nahas. He was the brother of George, Frederick, and Richard Nahas and the late Leo Nahas.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Department of Education awarded grants of nearly $700,000 to help improve the cityâ€™s two high schools yesterday.
Charles E. Shea Senior High School and William E. Tolman Senior High School will receive $349,297 each in federal School Improvement Grants, RIDE said.
PAWTUCKET â€” The damage consisted of a coin-sized hole in the bumper of an Audi, but the legal fallout from an accident between Jarred Lynch, the son of a prominent political family, and an off-duty Pawtucket Police sergeant returning from a nightclub detail, has turned into something much bigger.
WOONSOCKET â€” Late last week, St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine explained to his senior ace, Nick Cesino, that he would draw the start when the Saints took on host Mount St. Charles on Wednesday morning.
He also told the righthander that the Mounties' infield contained a rather tall mound, and suggested he get to know it better over the weekend.
Cesino followed his mentor's order and threw some pitches from the foreign rubber on Sunday, and it became rather obvious as the innings passed he had become rather familiar with it.
CUMBERLAND â€” Nick Zammarelli spent all game looking for his pitch â€“ the one he could drive.
Robin L. Lennon
PAWTUCKET- Robin L. Lennon, 49 passed away on April 8, 2012.
She was the beloved mother of Adam and Alec Lennon, daughter of Ann Lamoureux and Charles P. Lennon, sister of Donna Reynolds and Kristin Theroux.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the National MS Society of Rhode Island.
Services will be held on April 22nd at 2:00 PM at the Cremation Society of Rhode Island, 571 West Greenville Rd, North Scituate, RI.