June 8th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€” It took one of the top hitters in the National League to ruin what would have been one of the most memorable afternoons of Pawtucket Red Sox southpaw Chris Hernandezâ€™s career.
Hernandez carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of Sunday afternoonâ€™s contest against the Louisville Bats, only to watch rehabbing Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto break it up with a leadoff single.
PAWTUCKET â€” With a look of determination on his face, Mookie Betts tried to make sense of the scouting report devoted to the Louisville starting pitcher the PawSox faced on Sunday afternoon.
Mind you Pawtucket did not face your garden-variety Triple-A hurler, hence why the information provided to the clubâ€™s hitters was a bit more elaborate. In Chien-Ming Wang, weâ€™re talking about a 34-year-old right-hander who once posted back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees and has eight years of big-league service time on his rĂ©sumĂ©.
LINCOLN â€” Rich Gingras remembers all too well the first time he sported a New England championship belt around his waist.
It lasted all of two minutes.
Last summer, after a marquee matchup with Providenceâ€™s Vladine Biosse for Biosseâ€™s super middleweight title at Twin River went to the judgesâ€™ cards, it was announced that Gingras had won the championship, winning by a slim margin on two of the three cards.
PAWTUCKET â€” Standing on a traffic island on Taft Street, Jack Partridge used his hands to frame the scenic image made by the weathered stone of the Division Street bridge paralleled with the modern steel arches of the adjacent Pawtucket River Bridge. â€śLook at all those angles these two bridges make. And you donâ€™t see stonework like that anymore. People in New York City would love to see this,â€ť the attorney marveled.
PAWTUCKET â€“ St. Raphael Academy found its missing offensive attack on Friday during a 22-6 rout of The Prout School that sent the Saints into the Division II losersâ€™ bracket semifinals on Sunday afternoon.
SRA, which had scored just seven runs in its first three tournament games, netted 13 runs on 11 hits in the first inning alone on Friday.
George N. DeWolfe
EAST PROVIDENCE - George N. DeWolfe, 84, of Rumford, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Joan C. (Howe) DeWolfe for 62 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Robert and Harriet (Mason) DeWolfe.
Howard Campbell Newsome
MELBOURNE, FL - Howard Campbell Newsome, 84 years old, passed away on May 6, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida, where he had lived since 2007, after moving from Cumberland, Rhode Island. Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island to Frederick Newsome and Elizabeth Campbell.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Pressing against a self-imposed midnight deadline Thursday, the House Finance Committee worked to give its approval to an $8.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
About $3.4 billion of that will come from general revenues collected by the state and the rest from various federal sources. The $3.4 billion figure is about $10 million less than proposed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in January, while the $8.7 figure is higher than the governorâ€™s because of increases in federal funding, according to House Finance Chairman Raymond Gallison of Bristol.
Alberto S. Resendes
CUMBERLAND - Alberto S. Resendes, 62 of Broad Street passed away Wednesday at home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Lucia M. (Sousa) Resendes.
Born in Ponta Delgada, Feteiras do Sul S. Miguel Azores, he was the son of the late Manuel Costa and Luisa (Farias) Resendes. He has resided in Cumberland for the past 30 years, previously residing in Portugal.
Mr. Resendes was a machine operator for the Carol Cable, Lincoln for 20 years until his retirement.
Member of the Uniao Portuguesa Beneficente, Pawtucket.
Lillian D. Mantha
PAWTUCKET - Lillian D. (Ledoux) Mantha, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late George J. and Melina E. (Denoyelle) Ledoux. Lillian was an inspector at Royal Electric, Pawtucket and Woonsocket for many years until retiring.
She leaves her son, Richard W. Mantha with whom she resided; a brother, Edgar G. Ledoux of North Smithfield and a nephew, Brian Ledoux of Pawtucket. She was the sister of the late Arthur L. Ledoux.
CRYSTAL RIVER, FL - Marylouise Martin, 95, formerly of Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket, joined her husband, sisters, mother and father in heaven on January 3, 2014. She was a resident at the Crystal River Nursing Home. She was the wife of Frederick Martin Jr. to whom she was married on February 5, 1944. Born in Providence on Sept. 15, 1919, she was the daughter of Robert Cronin and Angela (Golden) Cronin.
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PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman Highâ€™s emerging volleyball dynasty showed off its teamwork on Wednesday night during a convincing 3-0 victory over East Greenwich in the Division II championship finals.
â€śWe got contributions from everyone,â€ť head coach Neil Nachbar said after the Tigers answered every challenge from the Avengers while prevailing by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19. â€śOur team is not carried by one or two players. We spread the ball out on offense and on defense everyone chips in.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Rich Gingras has a lot on his plate these days.
In addition to his everyday duties as the owner and head trainer of his Fight 2 Fitness gym on Blackstone Avenue, the Lincoln resident is hard at work packing on muscle for a fitness competition later this month in Medford, Mass., as well as handling a new project at his gym that offers workouts for people with Parkinsonâ€™s Disease.
Oh yeah, heâ€™s also fighting for the New England light heavyweight championship on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center.
PROVIDENCE â€” Even standout pitchers like St. Raphael junior Kaylee Sylvestre are entitled to a bad inning every now and again.
Thatâ€™s what head coach Ron LaBree chalked it up to after watching Sylvestre get called for back-to-back illegal pitches in the third inning of Wednesdayâ€™s Division II winnersâ€™ bracket contest against East Greenwich. The two mistakes enabled the Avengers to score runs in a game that saw them go on to win by a 3-0 count at Rhode Island College.
PROVIDENCE â€” Cumberlandâ€™s return to Rhode Island College for the first time since the Clippers won the 2011 state championship was spoiled by the team that handed them their worst defeat of the season.
Undefeated North Kingstown snapped a scoreless tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a three-run uprising in the fifth before winding up with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night in a Division I winnersâ€™ bracket semifinal.
PAWTUCKETâ€”With wet weather being forecast for Thursday, Pawtucket Proud Day will now be held on Friday, June 6, rain or shine. Organizers say that other details remain unchanged.
Frances M. Fruzenski
CUMBERLAND - Frances M. (Gallo) Fruzenski, 88, of Bear Hill Road died Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Karl Fruzenski.
Born in Worcester, MA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Butera) Gallo, she had lived in Central Falls before moving to Cumberland in 1971.
Mrs. Fruzenski was a jewelry worker at A.T. Cross Company, Lincoln before retiring.
PAWTUCKET - Beatrice Cruz, 94, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 one day before her 95th birthday at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of the late Cesar Cruz, Sr. She was born in Danielson, CT, the daughter of the late Amedie and Josephine (Chaput) Pelletier; she lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Beatrice was a housekeeper for St. Jude's Church for many years.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a major cleanup, the Dexter and Barton Street neighborhood still has a devil of a time changing its reputation. Yet, the Pawtucket Police Department's Special Squad is committed to remaining vigilant and, when necessary, springing into action to combat the prostitution activity the once-seedy neighborhood has long been known for.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It used to be that any mention of the first name â€śMookieâ€ť would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and youâ€™re bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesnâ€™t center on key words or phrases such as â€śgroundball,â€ť â€śthrough the legsâ€ť or â€śBuckner.â€ť