August 14th, 2011
The Cumberland American team that waltzed its way to Bristol, Conn., had gone missing in action.
Sure, the pitching and defense were still present, but the merciless offensive attack that became the theme of Cumberlandâs state title run was nowhere to be found. The Rhode Island champions dropped two of their first three pool-play games in the New England regional tournament, standing perilously close to the end of a memorable summer.
But just when manager Dave Belisleâs club needed them most, Cumberlandâs bats awoke from their ill-timed slumber. The rest, as they say, is history.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. â For the first time in 19 starts this season, Matt Fox, the lone PawSox ambassador to the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game, made it through a full seven innings Sunday afternoon.
Every segment after that constituted a long-awaited combination of a package, wrapping paper and a radiant bow addressed to his relievers. Fox upped his pitch count from 79 to 90 as he tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, then returned to the mound for a nimble ninth that ended with Brandon Hicks stranded on first base and the Sox victorious over the Gwinnett Braves, 5-0, at Coolray Field.
Members of the Cumberland American Little League team representing Rhode Island celebrate their 13-7 victory Saturday over Massachusetts on Breen Field in Bristol, Conn. Having now won the New England Championships, the locals play later this week in Williamsport, Pa.
PAWTUCKET â On Friday just after 10 a.m., an employee of Artee Home said she was coming down the stairwell from the municipal parking garage when she came upon a disturbing sight. A man who appeared to be passed out was sprawled at the bottom of the first-floor landing, blocking her passage. The man had also apparently defecated and urinated in the spot. The woman, who asked that her name not be used, said she tried speaking to the man and was relieved to see that he was at least breathing. She called police and rescue personnel responded. The stairwell was cordoned off and later cleaned.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. â On paper, the PawSox four-game enterprise against the stingy Gwinnett Braves pitching staff ought to have gotten gradually easier after they got the better of Julio Teheran on Friday.
Manager Arnie Beyeler wanted no such notion inhabiting his clubhouse, as evidenced by his thoughts between Friday and Saturday nightâs bouts and the outcome of the latter game.
BRISTOL, Conn. â It was only fitting.
The shutdown pitching. The relentless hitting. The comeback.
They were all on display in Saturdayâs New England regional final. And that is why the Cumberland American players circled Breen Field in jubilation, their championship banner in tow, with Kool & the Gangâs âCelebrationâ blaring over the sound system.
Next stop: South Williamsport, Pa.
Down three runs before taking a swing, Cumberland erupted in an eight-run bottom of the first inning that set the tone for its 13-7 victory against Andover (Mass.) National.
PAWTUCKET â You don't have to hail from Portugal or the Azores to enjoy their music, foods and fun.
The annual Portuguese Social Club Feast will continue Saturday (from noon-11:30 p.m.) and Sunday (from noon-10 p.m.) at its site, located at 131 School St., said Club President Manuel Alves.
The public is invited to take in assorted dance groups from across the area, Portuguese foods including sardines and others, American favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, chips and desserts, rides for youngsters and wide array of entertainment.
LAWRENCEVILE, Ga. â The PawSox mustered just enough to deny the International Leagueâs winningest pitcher, Julio Teheran, another decision Friday night. The Gwinnett Braves ace, who entered with a 12-2 record and a sparkling 1.11 ERA, nearly preserved a 2-1 lead through seven innings, but instead left with a 2-2 deadlock at hand.
âI thought hockey was tough.â
BRISTOL, Ct. â Dave Belisle, who along with his dad Bill Belisle, was part of 26 state titles won by the Mount St. Charles Academy hockey team the last four decades, couldnât help but make that analogy on Thursday night. Those five words were the first to come out of his mouth after the Cumberland American manager watched his squad hold on for an 8-7 semifinal win over Fairfield American in the New England Championship of the Eastern Regional Tournament.
Joshua D. Wildenhain
RIVERSIDE - Joshua D. Wildenhain, of Earl Avenue, Riverside passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011. He was born in Pawtucket the son of Michael and Sheila J. (Marland) Wildenhain of Riverside.
Mr. Wildenhain was a student at Providence College. He had finished his junior year and was looking forward to his graduation in the spring of 2012.
Besides his parents Joshua leaves a brother Christopher Wildenhain of Riverside and his paternal grandparents David A. and Marceline Wildenhain. He was the grandson of the late Harold and Rita (Bradshaw) Marland.
PAWTUCKET - Alcides Soares, 46, passed August 11th.
He was the son of Jose P. and Jovita (Neves) Soares.
Alcides was employed by Donovan Plumbing for many years.
He is survived by his son, Quincy Soares, three brothers, Joe Soares, Tony Soares and John Soares, a sister, Rosa Osborne and several nieces and nephews.
Rita M. Lacourse
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. Lacourse, 88, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011. She was the beloved and devoted wife of Maurice Lacourse. They were happily married for sixty four years. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (Girouard) Girouard. She had lived in Central Falls for twenty four years before moving to Pawtucket in 1950.
Annette Z. Valliere
PAWTUCKET - Annette Z. Valliere, 88 died on Wednesday at Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket. Born in Pawtucket and a resident of the city for nearly sixty years, she was the wife of the late Donat Valliere and the daughter of the late Emile and Maria (St. Denis) Baril. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia Church, a devoted homemaker and enjoyed gardening.
PAWTUCKET â A vacant Newport Avenue building that once housed a Chinese-style buffet will soon be taking on a new role as a sports pub.
On Wednesday, the City Council's Board of License Commissioners approved a Class A liquor license for MVP Sports Pub & Restaurant at 223 Newport Ave. Also on Wednesday, the City Council approved a victualling house license for the food side of the operation.
BRISTOL, Conn. â While his two-run homer in the fifth inning proved to be the eventual game-winner on Thursday, that wasnât the main reason that Dave Belisle was smiling.
It was what Chris Wright did as a reliever - particularly in the bottom of the sixth - that had the Cumberland American manager beaming with the most pride after his teamâs hard-earned 8-7 semifinal victory over Fairfield (Ct.) American in the New England portion of the Eastern Regional Tournament.
LINCOLN â Ron Truppa sat at a table in his parents' expansive, luxurious home late Tuesday morning and admitted, with a chuckle, that he one day aspired to be the governor of Rhode Island.
He never quite achieved that lofty position, though says he's having a blast as a Hollywood film writer, producer and director.
The 36-year-old former Lincolnite also owns TRUPPA Entertainment, a production company based in Sherman Oaks, Calif. that produces films, television pitches, scripts, public service announcements and commercials.
LINCOLN â The victim of an execution-style slaying whose body was found in the trunk of a car parked at the edge of Lincoln Woods State Park Wednesday has been identified as Ronny Almonte.
State police said Almonte was 25 years old and had addresses in both Pawtucket and Providence.
With hands tied behind his back with a strip of cloth and multiple gunshot wounds to the head, Almonte's body was found in the trunk of a Chevy Impala parked on the shoulder of Twin River Road after a park caretaker saw blood on the bumper of the abandoned vehicle.
FOXBORO â Gerard Warren had an explicit instruction for his agent this offseason.
âI told him, âCall me after you talk to New England,ââ Warren said. âI donât want to burn any bridges, but thatâs pretty much what it boiled down to. I told him I wanted to come back to New England because I knew what the purpose was here.â
Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced on Monday that the team had re-signed Warren, a veteran defensive lineman who started 10 regular-season games for New England last season, registering 3.5 sacks.
BRISTOL, Ct. â Must-win game? No problem for Cumberland American.
CALL shook off the sting from back-to-back shutout defeats in pool play and earned a spot in todayâs semifinals of the New England Regional Tournament by pounding winless Barre (Vt.) Community, 12-4, on Wednesday morning at sun-drenched Breen Field.