July 28th, 2011
The fourth week in July means the following:
1). The bombardment of back-to-school commercials, serving as a cruel reality check and a reminder that summer reading will not be accomplished through osmosis or CliffsNotes.
2). Thereâs roughly a month remaining in the minor league season. Where does the time go?
3). Another fast-moving July 31 trading deadline is just days away from building toward a crescendo.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Itâs been quite some time since Collette Vacations Post 79 enjoyed a nine-game win streak or found itself two wins away from a state championship, but thatâs the state of the Pawtucket ballclub heading into tonightâs 8 p.m. winnersâ bracket final at McCarthy Stadium.
Eric Geisman gave a splendid performance on the mound and Post 79 did just enough offensively to help produce a 4-1 victory over Cumberland Post 14 on Thursday night in their semifinal-round game at Pierce Field.
PROVIDENCE â Named for the indefatigable fighter for the poor and sick, the Henry Shelton Act, which will allow low-income Rhode Islanders to pay a percentage of their income for gas and electric utility bills instead of the full metered amount, and will restrict the ability of utilities to shut off service for non-payment was ceremonially signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee Thursday.
ATTLEBORO â While the closed County Street Bridge has been a source of frustration to local residents for over five years, the newly designed span that opened Thursday morning instilled nothing but pride in those that were there to witness its debut.
Patti Joanne Rebello
PAWTUCKET - Patti Joanne Rebello, 49, of Park Street, entered into eternal rest on Monday. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Janet (Blake) Frechette and the late Charles Frechette. She lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Patti was employed as a cashier at Mobile-Exxon in So. Attleboro. Besides her mother, she leaves 2 daughters, Amie Frechette and Stephanie Rebello, 2 sisters, Linda Sousa and Christine Frechette and 2 brothers, Charles and Michael Frechette. She was the Grandmother of Ashley Salvas and Angelina Pierini.
WEST WARWICK â No one could have seen this coming.
There was Collette Vacations Post 79 and Hurd Auto Mall of Johnston on Wednesday, locked in a 2-2 duel after nine innings. Then came the top of the 10th, which saw Hurd run into major problems on the mound. Goodbye tightly played affair. Hello 12-2 lop-sided victory for Post 79, coming in the opening round of the American Legion Senior Division âElite Eightâ double-elimination tournament. Collette, the fifth seed, now faces top overall seed Cumberland Post 14 Thursday night at 7, the venue Pierce Field.
WEST WARWICK â To say that Ryan OâDell and his Cumberland Post 14 teammates are looking forward to the American Legion Senior Division playoffs would be a gross understatement.
Just a few months earlier, many of the same players on manager Jim Dawberâs crew figured prominently on the Lincoln High baseball squad that exited quickly from the Division I playoffs. It was the type of ending that was viewed in some corners as a complete shock, especially since Lincoln had captured the I-North division title and rattled off seven consecutive wins to begin the season.
WARWICK â After capturing the state title for 11-year-olds last year with basically the same core of players, Cumberland American All-Star coach Dave Belisle kind of had a feeling his team had what it took to excel in the Major Division this summer.
Just a little more than a month after the season began, his young and talented players certainly proved it.
CENTRAL FALLS â Call it a textbook definition of volunteerism. Thanks to a group of people who are donating their time, Central Falls residents will once again have access to the city's public library, which was recently closed due to the severe budget crisis.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the Adams Memorial Library, at 205 Central Avenue, will be open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
While the hours are now limited, Adams Board member Tom Shannahan is hoping to expand the schedule if more volunteers are willing to come forward to help out.
Edward J. Howe
NORTON, MA - Edward J. Howe, 74, of Dean Street, Norton, died on Monday at his residence.
He was the husband of Carol M. (Perry) Howe.
Born in Pawtucket on March 29, 1937, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Mary (McGill) Howe. Mr. Howe resided in Norton for the past 37 years having moved there from Attleboro.
He was employed as a meat cutter for the former Almacs Supermarket at various locations for several years until an injury ended his career in 1974.
While employed, Mr. Howe was a steward of the Teamster's Union.
Mildred C. Hartley
LINCOLN - Mildred C. (Gould) Hartley, 88, passed July 26th.
She lived her life right to the very end of it. Her resilient, positive spirit and her sense of humor stayed with her.
She was devoted, loving and generous to her family and they, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, returned that love and devotion in her final hours. She was the wife of the late David Hartley.
Mildred was the daughter of the late Clare A. and Gertrude (Wilding) Gould.
WEST WARWICK --- They will try this again today.
Tuesdayâs start to the American Legion Senior Division âElite Eightâ double-elimination tournament only reached a few innings before inclement weather rained on most of the state and suspended both opening-round doubleheaders at McCarthy Field in West Warwick and Pierce Field in East Providence.
Itâs a special time for the players of the Cumberland American Little League All-Star team. The squad, which is mostly comprised of 12-year-old youths, stormed through the District IV Major Division Tournament and after two dominating victories at the state level stands just a win away from representing Rhode Island at the Eastern Regionals in Bristol, Conn., next week.
PAWTUCKET â The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island has named Martin E. Tursky president and chief executive officer effective Oct. 1. Tursky succeeds current President and CEO Francis R. Dietz who will be retiring after serving at the helm of the hospital for 47 years.
Tursky was recruited, after a nationwide search in 2010, to serve as Memorialâs executive vice president and chief operating officer. Over the past year he has been working closely with Dietz and the existing administration.
PAWTUCKET â A vacant commercial building that once housed a furniture store and was later known as a source for Halloween costumes, party supplies and quirky novelties, was destroyed Monday night by a fire of unknown origin.
While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, city records show that the building had been cited for several building code violations, and the latest owners were scheduled for a hearing on outstanding violations in Municipal Court next Friday.
Modesta Marin Gil
PAWTUCKET - Modesta Marin Gil 91, of Palm Bay FL, passed July 23rd. She was the wife of the late Sixto Marin. They were married 61 years.
Born in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama. She resided in the United States since 1982.
Everett R. Williams
LINCOLN - Everett R. Williams 93, of Lincoln, beloved husband of Dorothy Hoyt, passed peacefully Sunday, July 24th at Grandview Center, Cumberland.
He was the son of the late Albert and Anna (Kenworthy) Williams.
Mr. Williams was a toolmaker at Electric Boat in Quonset Point at the time of his retirement in 1985.
He was a passionate trout fisherman and enjoyed the peace and quiet he found in small streams in wooded areas. He was also an avid gardener.
He was a past master and a lifetime member of E.L. Freeman Lodge, now Jenks Lodge #24.
Ronald J. LaBree, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Ronald "Gov" J. LaBree, Sr., 62, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Joanne (Batista) LaBree for forty-four years. Born in Attleboro, a son of the late Francis W. and Dorothy (LeBrun) LaBree, he resided in South Attleboro before moving to Pawtucket in 1975. He was a member of the Laborers Union Local 271. A devoted grandfather, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.
Manager Arnie Beyeler may not want to admit it but his Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race. They open a four-game series with International League North leader Lehigh Valley tonight in Allentown, Pa. The PawSox trailed the IronPigs by one game heading into Monday nightâs action.
We hear all the time that Pawtucketâs main job is to have replacement players ready for Boston, and the PawSox have succeeded in that department, too. Their âalumniâ have played an integral role in Bostonâs rise to the top of the American League East this season.
Two-time regular-season champion Cumberland Post 14 and red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79 will be among the âElite Eightâ teams that will play for the state championship this week when the R.I. American Legion Senior Division tournament moves into the double-elimination format.
In seasons past, the double-elimination portion of the postseason wouldnât get under way until four ballclubs were left standing after winning a best-of-three quarterfinal and semifinal-round series.