May 11th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Thereâs always been a soft spot in Tommy Harperâs heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. Thatâs why it pained Harper, a 15-year big league veteran, to see the Red Sox speedster get abused and mistreated â both from media members and teammates alike â the way he did in 2010.
âA lot of people turned on him,â noted Harper on a visit to McCoy Stadium Wednesday night. âSometimes in team meetings, you would give an opinion, but it stays right there. But if a media person says it, itâs all over because itâs out in the public.â
PROVIDENCE â If the state is going to talk about âshared sacrificeâ to help eliminate a $300 million budget deficit, then those at the very highest income levels should be asked to sacrifice as well, a freshman state representative said Tuesday.
LINCOLN â Good news abounds for female town residents, those who often have worried about how they'd respond during an attack.
The Lincoln Police Department, in partnership with neighbor Amica Mutual Insurance Co., will offer a four-day Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems training course at The Lincoln Center (for seniors) on Monday-Thursday, May 23-26.
The free seminar will take place each night between 6-9 o'clock at the new center, located on Jenckes Hill Road, and is open to the first 24 registrants who apply.
J. Thomas Coughlin
PAWTUCKET - J. Thomas Coughlin, 72, of Pawtucket, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011. He was the husband of Joan (Melia) Coughlin. They were happily married for fifty one years. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Gregory and Alice (Burek) Coughlin.
Ruth E. Sweetland
LINCOLN - Ruth E. (MacDonald) Sweetland 90, of Lincoln, died May 10, 2011. She was the wife of the late William E. Sweetland. She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late William E. and Esther M. (Werner) MacDonald. She was a member of Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church, Pawtucket A.A.R.P., Lincoln Manor Association, bowling league and she enjoyed traveling.
She is survived by 1 sister Dorothy Wheaton of Corning, NY and several nieces and nephews. Sister of the late William E. MacDonald Jr.
Donald R. Carlos
LINCOLN - Donald R. Carlos, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Ida (Matook) Carlos for 55 years.
Attention, area veterans:
The Times will be taking a group photo of area veterans on Saturday, May 21, at the Clam Shell Monument located at the Armistice Boulevard entrance to Slater Park. We will take the photo at 10 a.m. sharp so please show up 15 minutes early.
The photo will appear on the cover of our May 30 Memorial Day special section.
CUMBERLAND --- An undefeated team, one of the stateâs best pitchers, and some chilly weather were unable to cool off red-hot Cumberland High on Tuesday afternoon.
The Clippers used a four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning and a strong outing from ace pitcher Bethany Paul to knock Chariho High from the unbeaten ranks and grab a 7-2 triumph in their Division I crossover showdown at Tucker Field.
The Chargers came into the game with a 9-0 mark that saw them outscore their opponents by a 71-22 margin, but bused out of Cumberland with a one-sided loss.
PAWTUCKET â On a cold and damp night, the Pawtucket Red Sox found themselves undone by a pair of defensive shortcomings in a 5-1 loss to Gwinnett.
One was not ruled an error, as centerfielder Josh Reddick dove but could not come up with a sinking line drive off the bat of Gwinnettâs Wilkin Ramirez, who scooted into third base with a triple. The play loomed even larger as the next Braves hitter, Shawn Bowman, sent a chopper to shortstop that Jose Iglesias would have cleanly fielded for the third out in the seventh inning.
PAWTUCKET â A 20-year-old city man suspected of firing shots outside Tommy's Lounge early Friday morning was apprehended by police after being found with an allegedly stolen gun in his pants pocket about a half hour later.
According to Police Maj. Arthur Martins, police received a report that a man had fired shots near the bar on India Street at around 12:30 a.m. and then fled from the area. Police found several shell casings at the scene.
LINCOLN â Town Council member John Flynn, who represents Lonsdale, forecast a rather tame Financial Town Meeting as he sat in the Lincoln High School auditorium on Monday night.
Turned out, he was right.
Taxpayers unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2011-12 combined operating budget of approximately $70.1 million to allow for the continuation of programs and services already provided. As for the breakdown supplied by the Budget Board, about $17.4 million will be allotted to the municipal side, and $47.8 million to education.
Daniel F. Harrold
LINCOLN - Daniel F. Harrold, 78, of Lincoln, died Saturday at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Arlene M. (Cunningham) Harrold. They had been married 50 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Hugh B. and Anna (Mitchell) Harrold. He was a retired correctional officer (RIBCO) at maximum security. Mr. Harrold was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Edmond H. Belair Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Edmond H. Belair Jr., 90, of Cumberland, died Monday at home. He was the husband of Doris (Lacroix) Belair. They had been married 64 years. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Edmond H. and Hermine (Brodeur) Belair.
Sydney R. Bibby, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Sydney R. Bibby, Sr., 90 of Pawtucket died Sunday at home. Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Mark and Alice (Buckman) Bibby.
Sydney lived in Pawtucket most of his life and was a WWII Naval Veteran. He served on the NTS Newport, R.I, USS Bristol, USS Greene and the USS Shoshone. He received the WWII Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 2 bronze stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon Point System.
After his retirement, Sydney worked as a painter for his two sons up until 5 years ago.
Is it too early to start printing Governorsâ Cup tickets? Yes, it probably is, but winning sure does change a personâs outlook, doesnât it?
Forget for a moment that itâs the second week of May and thereâs plenty of baseball on the docket between now and Labor Day. Your PawSox kicked off an eight-game homestand Monday night sitting just one-half game behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the top team in the I.L. North. Itâs also the same Scranton/WB outfit that Pawtucket won three of four games against over Motherâs Day weekend.
PAWTUCKET â Citing a strategic decision rooted more in viewer feedback rather than budgetary constraints, Cox Communications has opted to dramatically scale back its television coverage of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PAWTUCKET â Since the proposed budget for the coming year was announced on Friday afternoon, municipal department heads and employees are digesting what it means in terms of impact and the news that it involves the elimination of 54 city jobs.
PAWTUCKET - Matilda Dunphy, 97, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011. She was the wife of the late Michael Dunphy. Born in County Leitram, Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Bridget (Deignan) Guckian. Mrs. Dunphy worked as a housekeeper in Pawtucket and Providence for many years before retiring.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Agostinho DeMello, 81 died Thursday at Orchard View Manor in East Providence. He was the husband of the late Maria (Fransica) DaSilva. Born in St. Michael, Azores, he was the son of Joseph and Cordalina (Machado) DeMello. Agostinho came to the United States 44 years ago and settled in Pawtucket.
After his retirement in1992 Agostinho worked in Maintenance at M&F Case in Pawtucket.
Jennifer M. Gabriel
PAWTUCKET - Jennifer M. Gabriel, 29, of Ballston Avenue died unexpectedly Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was the daughter of Karen (Cummings) Edington of Pawtucket and Eugene Gabriel of Manchester, NH and she was the stepdaughter of Howard Edington of Pawtucket and Bethe Gabriel of Manchester, NH.
She was a mental health specialist at Arbor Fuller Hospital, Attleboro, MA. She was a graduate of the Sawyer School, Pawtucket.