May 26th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â The PawSox offense is abysmal this season, ranking as one of the most futile in the International League.
That is not exactly âstop the presses materialâ to anyone who has watched this team up close. Theyâve seen plenty of 3-2 victories and 4-1 defeats. The PawSox bused back to Rhode Island in the wee hours Monday morning possessors of a seven-game losing streak, a dubious mark that has seen them bat .212 over that span. The weekend in Syracuse saw the locals go 23 innings without scoring a single run.
PAWTUCKET â For Travis Shaw, the process of getting out of Double-A Portland began in earnest at last yearâs Arizona Fall League.
âLast year was a fluke, that wasnât me. I got so far away from my approach,â stated the 23-year-old Shaw prior to making his Triple-A debut with the PawSox Monday night.
The first baseman was referencing his 2013 numbers with the Sea Dogs, ones that consisted of a high strikeout total (117 whiffs in 444 at-bats), low batting average (.221 in 127 games) and a career low on-base percentage (.342).
CENTRAL FALLS â The city that is just one square mile in size is attracting some big thinkers.
This summer, 30 students from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, as well as the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, will be embarking on a joint project to transform an empty lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped plaza.
Two high-ranking members of the New York Yankeesâ minor-league branch believe that the offensive struggles that Mason Williams has endured for nearly two months are not cause for panic.
Williams, a 22-year-old who spent his formative years growing up in Pawtucket before moving to Winter Garden, Fla. following the completion of seventh grade at St. Teresa School, is in the midst of a deep slump. Thereâs no easy way to sugarcoat the .199 batting average and .295 on-base percentage he brought into Fridayâs game for Double-A Trenton (he stood at .191 prior to Thursdayâs two-hit performance).
PAWTUCKETâPolice say a disgruntled ex-boyfriend was arrested early Friday morning in a stabbing Thursday night that caused serious injuries to his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
John D. Sullivan Jr
PAWTUCKET - John D. Sullivan Jr, 61, passed on May 16, 2014.
He was the son of the late John D. Sullivan Sr. and Elmaira (Berard) Sullivan.
John was raised on Hendricks St, in Central Falls and joined the Navy during the Vietnam War, serving on a mine sweeper. After serving his country he worked for the Plainfield Dog Track. He has resided at the Bristol Veterans Home after suffering from a stroke 12 years ago.
Lugarde F. Baris
PAWTUCKET - Lugarde F. (Auclair) Baris, 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Rene G. Baris. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Alphonsine (Verville) Auclair. Lugarde was a lifelong communicant of St. Cecilia Church and a longtime volunteer at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro.
PAWTUCKETâSchool officials say George Grimes was a versatile English language arts teacher who had always received positive evaluations for his job performance. Therefore, the news of his arrest Thursday morning on child pornography charges rocked the Shea High School community as well as those on the administration side, said interim Schools Superintendent Patricia DiCenso.
âThis was not on our radar,â said DiCenso. âWe're sad and surprised. And the children are sad. But the children's safety comes first, and Mr. Grimes has been placed on leave while we investigate this,â she said.
Philip M. Bishop
WARWICK - Philip M. Bishop, 70, of Warwick passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon at Kent County Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Central Falls, RI. He was the husband of Shirley A. (DuFault) Bishop.
Mr. Bishop worked for Narragansett Wire for over ~20 years before moving into the Social Services field and later retiring. Phil enjoyed spending time with his family. Taking pictures of his family was one of his favorite hobbies. Some of his other passions were reading the Bible, sports, cars and computers.
PAWTUCKETâA proposed new LA Fitness Center to be built on a blighted stretch of North Main Street and Pawtucket Avenue was given conditional approval by the city's Planning Commission at a meeting Tuesday night.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, that is part of the Procaccanti Group, involves an expanse of property that runs roughly from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the former Sears department store at White Avenue in Providence.
Barbara Ann Courtemanche
GREENVILLE - Barbara Ann (Potrais) Courtemanche of Greenville, RI and formally of Pawtucket passed away Monday, May 19th, 2014.
She was the daughter of the late Louis R. Potrais and Anna B. (Swindells) Portrais. She was also married to Richard W. Courtemanche for 27 years.
She leaves behind her son, Richard W. Courtemanche Jr., and his wife Kimberly. Her daughter, Mary Ellen Courtemanche. Her four grandchildren, Kara, McKayla, Brandon , Nicole and her three great grandchildren.
Mary Czech ( Piegza )
PAWTUCKET - Mary Czech, 93, passed away Wednesday May 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Max A. Czech.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Sophie ( Hul ) Piegza. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Mary was a self employed Seamstress for 45 years.
Maria C. Delgado
PAWTUCKET - Maria C. Delgado, 94 of Pawtucket died Tuesday at Evergreen Nursing Home East Providence. She was the wife of the late Joaquim L. Delgado. Born in Santa Maria, Azores a daughter of the late Antonio and Maria (Almeida) Correia Mrs Delgado had been a Rhode Island Resident over 50 Years. She had been a communicant of St. Anthony Church Pawtucket.
She is survived by Three sons, Mario Delgado and Eduardo both of Pawtucket and Joseph Delgado of Warren, R.I, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
PAWTUCKET â Rich Sauveur firmly believes that all five current members of the PawSoxâ starting rotation possess the ability to hold down jobs at pro baseballâs highest level.
âWhether itâs with Boston or with somebody else, theyâre going to start in the big leagues. I really feel that,â said Pawtucketâs pitching coach with a straight face. âI couldnât tell you when or with who, but they will.â
PAWTUCKET â Springtime may have finally sprung in southern New England, but Pawtucketâs bats remain in a deep slumber.
The offensive doldrums that have plagued the locals for much of the season perhaps simmered to a boil during the eighth inning of Tuesdayâs disheartening 3-0 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, winners of three games in this four-game set. With two runners on base and the potential tying run at the plate, the PawSox turned to their Nos. 4 and 5 hitters in the hope seeing a ball disappear over the McCoy Stadium fence.
CUMBERLAND â Cumberland and Lincoln have hooked up in some interesting late-season matchups over the years, and on Tuesday afternoon, they continued this tradition with an extra-inning barnburner at Tucker Field.
After watching Lincoln score an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning, Cumberland came back to snag a dramatic 8-7 victory in its half of the frame on a clutch two-out, two-run single to right field by ace pitcher Juliet Nelson.
CENTRAL FALLS â A Central Falls business owner was sentenced to three months probation and ordered to pay restitution to three former employees for unpaid wages in the amount of $2,614.45.
Milad Shabo, 50, with a last known address of 1325 Broad St., pleaded nolo contendere on May 16 in Providence District Court before Justice Elaine T. Bucci to one count of violating a final order of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in violation of Rhode State law pertaining to payment on separation by employer.
John "Scottie" Allan
PAWTUCKET - John "Scottie" Allan, 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis C. (Dickens) Allan for fifty-six years. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, a son of the late James and Elizabeth (McGarril) Allan, he resided in Pawtucket since 1959.
John was employed by the Rich Paper Box Company, Providence for many years until retiring in 2001. He was an avid New England sports fan; enjoyed playing cards and was a member of the DIP Club for many years.
M. Louise Langlois
CUMBERLAND - M. Louise Langlois, 98 formerly of Cumberland, passed away Monday in the St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Sarah (McCaffrey) Langlois. She was a lifelong resident of Cumberland.
Miss Langlois was a school teacher in the Cumberland School District for 44 years.
She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Cumberland.
She was a member of the St. Patrick Seniors and a participant at the Hamilton House, Providence.
Leo T. Poirier
SMITHFIELD - Leo T. Poirier, 89, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 16, 2014 with family by his side. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Theodore and Yvonne (Forcier) Poirier. Leo was a United States Army veteran of both World War II and Korea. He worked as a cost estimator at the former Collyer Insulated Wire Co., Lincoln for many years until retiring in 1988. Leo was a member of the DIP Club; LeFoyer and the American Legion. He was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and dear friends.