June 1st, 2014
CENTRAL FALLS â€” While actor Alec Baldwin didn't want his famous name to distract from an event that's about promoting literacy, Adams Memorial Library officials are banking on just that Hollywood star power to boost some much-needed financial donations.
Sports editor emeritus
PROVIDENCE â€“ Unbeaten Tolman High, which has won two of the last three Division II state volleyball championships, found itself in a heap of trouble on Sunday night in the 2014 tourney semifinals against West Warwick.
The Tigers were tied 2-2 after four games had been completed at the Providence Career and Technical Academyâ€™s sports facility off Westminster Street, right next to Central Highâ€™s campus.
â€śWe needed to win,â€ť Tolmanâ€™s Eric Silveira admitted after the Tigers pulled out a 15-9 victory in the decisive fifth game. â€śThere was a lot of pressure on us.â€ť
PAWTUCKET -- It was tough to guess who was more excited after the PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu Memorial 5K at Slater Park, the raceâ€™s winner, Anthony Gonsalves, or the race committee.
Gonsalves, a 2008 graduate of Tolman High and a middle distance standout for the Tigersâ€™ indoor and outdoor track teams, won for the third time in the four-year history of the event by topping a field of more than 300 runners in a time of 16:42.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The field of candidates to replace departing Mayor Daniel McKee grew to three on Friday as former Town Councilman Daniel Alves announced his bid for the seat.
Alves, a Democrat like the two other prospective candidates, Manuel DaCosta and William Murray, pointed to both his council experience and his operation of small business for nearly 40 years as making him well qualified for the townâ€™s executive post.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As a 34-year-old with 181 games of pitching experience at the major-league level under his belt, Rich Hill is well aware thereâ€™s a whole other realm to keep in mind while recording outs on the mound.
WARWICK -- The way Lincoln had been swinging the bats during its eight-game win streak, it was going to take a remarkable pitching performance to cool off the Lionsâ€™ assault.
Anthony Graziano provided such an outing on Friday afternoon.
The Bishop Hendricken senior tossed a superb one-hitter that included eight strikeouts and two walks to lead the two-time defending state champs to a 5-0 shutout of the Lions in a Region I winnersâ€™ bracket game of the Division I playoffs at Ray Pepin Field.
Paul S. Barry
LINCOLN - Paul S. Barry, 62, formerly of Lincoln, died May 26, 2014 in Western Australia. He was the husband of Alice Liang and the son of the late Ambrose G. Barry MD and Blanche I. Barry, RN. He was born on May 1, 1952 in Providence, and grew up with his family in Lincoln. He was the owner of Creative Office Systems before continuing his career as a Software Analyst in various areas in Australia and Africa. He also had the opportunity to teach at the University level in China. In addition, he was an active member of Mesa.
SMITHFIELD - Gwendolyn Barber of Putnam Pike, Smithfield passed away on May 22, 2014.
Miss Barber was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Peter and Francelina Aidu (Viera) Barber.
She is survived by several cousins.
Linda J. Hicks
CUMBERLAND - Linda J. (Williams) Hicks, 65, of Dexter Street died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Harry Hicks
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, she was a daughter of the late Larue and Cora L. (Shelton) Williams.
Mrs. Hicks was a textile worker and had worked for Sanford-White in Pawtucket and Health-Tex in Cumberland. She later worked as a bus monitor for the Cumberland School Department before retiring.
Ana F. DePina
CENTRAL FALLS - Ana F. DePina, 83, passed on May 29, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the daughter of the late Napoleao and Elzira DePina.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For much of Thursday, the Red Sox were tight-lipped as far as naming a starting pitcher for Saturdayâ€™s game against Tampa Bay.
To borrow from the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, a trail of breadcrumbs was left around McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon prior to Pawtucket wrapping up its four-game series with Gwinnett. The breadcrumbs may have not formed a path that led directly to the locker room of the intended PawSox pitcher who will take Clay Buchholzâ€™ spot, though their mere metaphorical presence did help to shed some light on the matter.
CUMBERLAND â€” Cumberland didnâ€™t need to seek the services of a witch doctor or a sorcerer to eradicate the single-elimination playoff round curse that had plagued the team in recent years.
Instead, the Clippers parlayed the strong three-hit pitching of Juliet Nelson with some errorless defense and clutch hitting into a 7-0 triumph over Westerly at Tucker Field that not only exorcised their demons, but also vaulted them into the double-elimination portion of the Division I state tournament.
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€” Hayley Microulis, the lone senior on St. Raphael Academyâ€™s roster, took charge on Thursday when the Saints opened the Division II playoffs against Burrillville in the single-elimination portion of the tournament.
â€śI wanted to make a statement about how much I love playing softball for St. Raphael Academy,â€ť Microulis said after knocking in three runs and scoring another in a 4-0 victory that sent the Saints into the double-elimination phase of the playoffs, probably on Saturday against the Moses Brown-Cranston East survivor.
PAWTUCKET -- A fire that broke out about 9:45 p.m. Thursday night at 24-26 Garden St., was brought under control in about 30 minutes, but left 12 people without a place to live. The cause of the fire was not immediately available. No injuries were reported.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Two Fall River men were detained on drug charges Thursday after the state police seized a sizable quantity of heroin during a motor vehicle stop on I-195 the day before.
State police said they seized more than 20 â€śbricksâ€ť of heroin â€“ 1,050 individually wrapped packets in all â€“ after they pulled the car over. A single brick has a street value of about $300.
NAPLES, FL - Carden, Colleen Diane, 53, beloved daughter of William S. and Elaine J. (Drolet) Carden, of Naples, Florida and formerly of Seekonk, Massachusetts passed away on May 19. Born in Pawtucket she was the granddaughter of the late William G. and Jeanne G. (Barre) Carden and Ulrick and Rolande (Lambert) Drolet.
WOONSOCKET - Gerard Frappier, 79, Retired Vice Principal of Bellingham Memorial Junior-Senior High School, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. He is survived by his brother, Omer Frappier, and his sister, Jeanne Pepin, both of Woonsocket, and was the brother of the late Joseph Frappier of Bellingham.
Funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 4th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM at All Saints Church, 323 Rathbun St., Woosocket, RI. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be private.
WOONSOCKET _ Scott A. Bootland, 58, of Grove Street, died May 28, 2014 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Stella (Czarny) Bootland of Woonsocket, and the late George Bootland. He was a lifelong city resident.
Mr. Bootland worked the past fifteen years as a registered nurse for Zambarano Hospital, Pascoag and was previously employed by Landmark Medical Center for over ten years. Scott enjoyed bowling, playing pitch and trips to the casino with his mother.
PAWTUCKET â€” Usually, it's the marginal students who sigh in relief upon learning they will graduate after all. This June, more so than in years past, the city's teachers and administrators will be feeling that sense of relief right along with them.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nearly seven months have passed since Stephen Drew last appeared in a major-league game.
Naturally, the goal is to see as many pitches as possible following such a lengthy layoff. Given that this is considered spring training for Drew, something he acknowledged prior to going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Pawtucketâ€™s 3-0 victory over Gwinnett at frigid McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night, thereâ€™s also a sense of urgency on the shortstopâ€™s part.