April 21st, 2011
By the time the PawSox return home a week from Saturday, April will all but be a memory. With that in mind, here are some early-season observations/thoughts about the local club.
Josh Reddick saw his miserable start at the plate last season cost him a chance to get up to Boston far sooner than as a September call-up. As his batting average plummeted to unimaginable depths â€“ it stood at .189 on May 30 â€“ Reddick watched as Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish were summoned to the big leagues.
PROVIDENCE â€” When youâ€™re on a roll like Lincoln High, things just seem to fall into place.
The Lions did their best work in the latter innings Thursday, scoring three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to best La Salle Academy, 8-5. At 7-0, Lincoln stands tall amongst the Division I-North hierarchy. In fact, the Lions are one of just two teams in the league to sport such a glittering mark, North Kingstown being the other.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that he will formally swear in Steven G. O'Donnell as the twelfth Superintendent in Rhode Island State Police history at a State House ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
The Governor announced O'Donnell as his choice to serve as State Police Superintendent and Public Safety Commissioner last month.
Lieutenant Colonel Raymond S. White has been serving as Acting
Superintendent and will continue in that position until O'Donnell takes
over in May.
PAWTUCKET â€” For most of his first five seasons in the Red Sox system, Felix Doubront was buoyed by a starting pitcherâ€™s mentality. The 23-year-old was accustomed to taking the ball once every five days, only to spend the down time between starts preparing for his next turn.
PAWTUCKET â€” Andrew Miller holds the potential of emerging into a key member of Bostonâ€™s pitching plans this season â€” emphasis on "potential."
PAWTUCKET - Margarida Alexandre, age 95, of Dora St., a winder at the former Crown Spring Mill, died Tuesday afternoon at the Evergreen House in East Providence.
Born Aug. 31, 1915 in Moimenta daSerra, Gouveia,Lisbon, she was the last surviving child of the late Luciano Alexandre and Felicidade daCosta (Martins) Alexandre. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.
LINCOLN - Fern (Andrews) Caldwell, 70, of Manville Avenue, Manville died Friday, April 15, 2011 at Landmark medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Harold G. and Ruth H. (McMinn) Andrews, she had lived in Cumberland for most of her life before moving to Manville 3 years ago.
Mrs. Caldwell was a shipping and receiving clerk for Hasbro, Inc., Pawtucket before retiring.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox are on the type of roll that has not been seen in these parts in quite some time.
True, the PawSox won eight straight games last August, but the team was far removed from playoff contention at that point. The winning streak Pawtucket currently enjoys â€“ itâ€™s now five games after Tuesdayâ€™s well-executed 3-1 win against Syracuse â€“ lends credence to the idea that the 2011 season could be different from last couple of campaigns, which saw the locals spend most of the summer playing out the string.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Theo Murray wasnâ€™t completely sure what he was going to get out of Chris Messier, his starting pitcher for Tuesdayâ€™s game against Shea. The reason for concern on the part of the Tolman head coach seems justified, especially since Messier was forced to leave his last start with arm soreness.
For the second time in as many days, a signed PC recruit has been relieved of his commitment.
Tuesday saw new Providence College coach Ed Cooley grant Kyan Anderson, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Fort Worth, Texas, his release of his signed letter-of-intent. The release of Anderson and Markus Crider, the second member of ex-coach Keno Davisâ€™ incoming class for 2011, means the Friars as of this moment have zero incoming freshmen for next season.
PROVIDENCE â€” When he was running for governor, candidate Lincoln Chafee often pointed to his experience as mayor of Warwick in the 1990s as one of his credentials for heading an executive branch of government.
On the eve of his 100th day as the stateâ€™s first Independent governor since the colonial era, The Times asked Chafee how being governor compares with leading the stateâ€™s second largest city and how he has found the two jobs to be completely different.
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth "Sarge" Velzis, 64, of Rhode Island Ave, passed April 17th at the VA Hospital.
He was the son of Rose (Delphe) Ousley and the late Edward J. Velzis.
Kenneth was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by two daughters, Gina Velzis and Colleen Wallace, a son, Kenneth Velzis Jr, four brothers, Edward, Richard, and Ronald Velzis and James Ousley and a sister, Sandra Ousley.
Francis M. Jordan
CRANSTON - Francis M. Jordan, 93, of Cranston died April 19, 2011 in Providence. He was the husband of Tina (Chernick) Jordan. Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter Nancy Hecker of Newport News VA. Mr. Jordan was the husband of the late Josephine (Mecchi) Jordan and the father of the late Mark A. Jordan
Mr. Jordan was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Aiden and Jane Jordan.
PAWTUCKET - William Jankura, 84, of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011. He was the husband of the late Henrietta (Beauchemin) Jankura. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, he was the son of the late John and Florence (Conlon) Jankura.
PAWTUCKET â€” Rich Hill could have been sulking and pouting on Monday afternoon after learning the news that fellow southpaw Hideki Okajima -- not he -- was called up to the Boston Red Sox and added to the clubâ€™s bullpen.
After all, Hill had been lights out in his four appearances with the Pawtucket Red Sox, striking out 11 batters, recording a save, and yielding just five hits, two walks, and no earned runs in his 8 2/3 innings of work.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mount St. Charles is starting to look a bit like the baseball program that captured two straight Division II state titles before joining Division I this season.
The Mounties won their second Division I game in four days on Monday, breaking open a tight contest against St. Raphael Academy with a seven-run rally in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory.
Mount, now 2-3 in Division I, got a complete-game pitching performance from junior Taylor Sutherland, who scattered seven hits and settled in after allowing single runs in both the first and second innings.
Kyan Andersonâ€™s future regarding whether heâ€™ll play basketball at Providence College is still very much up in the air.
The same cannot be said for fellow recruit Markus Crider.
PAWTUCKET â€” When George McLaughlin was hired as Tolman High School's Guidance Department Chair back in September, he admitted he felt excitement about starting something new, and disconsolation at resigning from his previous position.
In his last job, McLaughlin â€” a 60-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native â€” served as a Central Falls High guidance counselor.
Dorothy M. Andrews
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. (Thompson) Andrews, 85, of Meadow Avenue passed away surrounded by her loving family Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Warren C. Andrews.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Malcolm E. and Elizabeth P. (Montgomery) Thompson, she had lived in Cumberland and was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church for the past 57 years. She was previously employed by Hasbro in the toy industry. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, and hosting her family at home.
Evo J. Donnini
WOONSOCKET - Evo J. "Curly" Donnini, 93, formerly of Cato St., Woonsocket, died Wednesday evening at The Villages at Waterman Lake in Greenville. He was the husband of the late Martha (Nytka) (Oliveira) Donnini.
Born and raised in Manville, he was a son of the late Gino "Ciro" and Josephine (Pialunga) Donnini. He was a resident of Woonsocket for most of his life.
Mr. Donnini served in the Army during WWII. He was an instructor in radio and landing operations for the Army Air Corps and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.