August 28th, 2011
STORM SURGE-Waves from Hurricane Irene crash into the seawall at Narragansett Pier at 6:58 a.m. Sunday, flooding nearby Beach St. which runs in the foreground of the photo. High winds, heavy, pelting rains and high waves pounded the south coast of Rhode Island, resulting in numerous power outages and many trees being blown down as the storm made it's closest pass before being downgraded to a Tropical Storm later in the morning.
MIAMI (AP) â€” Weaker but still menacing, Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet.
PROVIDENCE â€“ State Rep. William San Bento and Matthew Gunnip, both of Pawtucket, are the two northern Rhode Island representatives on the 18-member commission that will redraw the stateâ€™s 75 representative districts and 38 Senate districts in advance of the 2012 election.
Sen. Michael McCaffrey, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Stephen Ucci will be co-chairman of the panel, officially called the Special Commission on Reapportionment.
FOXBORO, Mass. â€” Even Bill Belichick knows that training camp is a grind.
On Wednesday night, the Patriots coach treated his players to a viewing of â€śThe Fighter,â€ť the critically acclaimed 2010 film that tells the inspiring real-life story of boxer Micky Ward, a native of Lowell, Mass.
The Patriots were joined by Ward himself for the show, which was held at the theater inside Gillette Stadium typically utilized for film sessions.
PAWTUCKET --- The last memory Shea High soccer fans have of last yearâ€™s magnificent season was a cruel, unpleasant one.
It was on a cold November night at Rhode Island College, and Shea had just suffered a 2-1 loss to Barrington High in the Division I championship game. It was a duel that saw Shea allow a couple of easy goals in the opening half and come very close to tying the score on a few occasions during the second half.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Call this a tale that will tug at your heart strings. If not, your mouth, for sure, will water.
Chris Gomes has such love for his daughter, 24-year-old Crystal Gomes, he not only helped her buy the Original Tom's Deli & Catering, LLC, located at 1137 Charles St., but also found someone to help teach her about the business.
That expert just happens to be Tom Procaccini, the same man who turned his small variety store into this â€śHome of Italian Specialties.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Anyone looking to â€śeat, drink, and be merryâ€ť should head to the Slater Mill site in downtown Pawtucket on Friday, Sept. 9, when the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival officially gets underway with the opening night Gala. The event, held rain or shine, will run from 6 to 11 p.m.
The main event will be the annual â€śTaste of Pawtucket,â€ť where, for a $10 entry fee, participants can sample food specialties from over 50 local restaurants, markets and vendors. Beverages are also available for purchase a la carte and include various soft drinks, beer and wine.
Rachel J. Botelho
LINCOLN - Rachel J. Botelho, 92, of Sales Hill Road and formerly of One Mendon Road, Cumberland died Tuesday in The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the wife of the late Herman Botelho.
Born in Switzbeurg, Canada she was the daughter of the late Homer and Mariana (Bonneau) Menoche. She resided in Manville for the past 11 years previously living in Cumberland and Pawtucket.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams is finishing up an excellent first season in the New York Yankeesâ€™ farm system.
Mason, son of ex-Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams, is batting a league-leading .353 for the Staten Island Yankees team that plays in the Class A New York/Penn League. A fourth-round draft pick in 2010, Williams just turned 20 years old on Sunday. He has been ranked the No. 6 prospect in New Yorkâ€™s farm system by the River Avenue Blues website.
The Williams family lived in Pawtucket for around 10 years until moving to Florida in 2004.
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler got me thinking the other day when he was asked about the â€śhypeâ€ť surrounding new third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who at the time had gone 0-for-11 in his first three games for Pawtucket after hitting .302 for Class AA Portland with 18 home runs.
Cumberland High coach Tom Kenwood consistently has had top-level squads over his nearly two-decade career heading the boysâ€™ cross-country program.
With several key runners back this fall, including outstanding junior Trevor Crawley, this fallâ€™s team may be among his best.
Kenwood lists Chariho Regional, Bishop Hendricken and La Salle Academy as the schools that will more than likely be battling it out for team supremacy, but he ranks his Clippers right there in the upper-echelon of finishers at the state championships in early November.
Stephen R. Girouard
LAWRENCE. MA - Stephen R. Girouard, 58, formerly of Pawtucket, died August 24, 2011 in Lawrence, MA. Born in Providence, he was a son of Robert Girouard of Ledyard, CT and the late Elizabeth (Creighton) Girouard. Stephen was an Electrical CAD Draftsman and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Besides his father, he leaves a brother, Michael Girouard of Franconia, NH, a sister, Kathleen Del Sesto of Smithfield, a niece, Heather Girouard and two nephews, Christopher and Jonathan Del Sesto.
Mary F. Cordoni
PAWTUCKET - Mary F. Cordoni, of Pawtucket died Wednesday, August 24, 2011. She was the wife of the late John Cordoni.
Mrs. Cordoni was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joseph and Vincenzina (Giordano) Deluciano. She was a jewelry worker for many years.
Mrs. Cordoni is survived by her daughter Maureen Cordoni and her fiancĂ© Robert Masse of Pawtucket and her son Charles Cordoni of Rumford. She was the brother of the late Frank Leone and Samuel DeLuciano.
LINCOLN - Reinette Turcotte, 69, passed August 23rd with her loving family by her side.
Born in Beauceville, Canada, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Yvonne (Thibodeau) Parent. She had dedicated her life to her children.
Alicia L. Oldfield
CUMBERLAND - Alicia L. Oldfield, 34, of Victory Street died unexpectedly Sunday, August 21, 2011 at home. She was the wife of Raymond A. Perry.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Sharon A. Oldfield and the late Scott S. Camirand.
Alicia had worked as a service manager at Steingold Volvo, Pawtucket for 7 years.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. â€” They might not have won the Little League World Series championship, but the Cumberland American Little League all-stars proved one last time on Tuesday afternoon why they are champions.
Connor Mastin, Max Hanuschak and Conor Lavallee delivered clutch sixth-inning hits and Colin Cannata scored the winning run on an error as Cumberland roared back from a four-run, sixth-inning deficit to edge Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8-7, in a consolation game at Lamade Stadium.
Chris Costantino made sure not leave any traces of doubt.
Thanks to a strong showing this with the Laconia (N.H.) Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, any and all speculation the St. Louis Cardinals had in the 19-year-old Lincoln native fell by the waste side. The fact-finding mission might have encompassed much of the summer, but the Cardinals realized that Costantinoâ€™s talents exceeded those of a typical 43rd round selection, which is where he emerged during this past Juneâ€™s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
PAWTUCKET â€” Will Middlebrooks was sitting at his locker stall in the PawSox clubhouse Monday afternoon when Chili Davis dropped by. Naturally the discussion between the prized newcomer and the first-year hitting coach focused on the rough Triple-A start Middlebrooks had gotten off to, one that included six strikeouts and 11 hitless at-bats.
Whatever words of reassurance Davis bestowed upon Middlebrooks seemed to click as the young third baseman went out and collected his first two hits in a PawSox uniform.
What exactly did Davis say to Middlebrooks?
PAWTUCKET â€” Perhaps the best way to describe the fun and frivolity folks experienced at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night is this: Mayor Donald Grebien's description of his throwing out the first pitch before the PawSox' tilt against the Syracuse Chiefs.
â€śI reached the plate, that wasn't a problem, but it wasn't a strike,â€ť laughed Grebien afterward. â€śThe good news is Mike (Tamburro, PawSox President) did call it one. Congressman (David) Cicilline had said beforehand that he'd give the city a million-dollar grant if it was, so I'll be calling him tomorrow for the check.â€ť