August 3rd, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€” Only 225 high school juniors and seniors from across the country, and only five from Rhode Island, were chosen to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program this year.
Thanks to their hard work and dedication to their communities, Ryan Gomes and Monitea Minea, were two of those students.
Gomes, a recent graduate of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School, and Minea, a senior at the William E. Tolman School, were both selected to participate in the program based on their extensive service work.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.
LINCOLN – The association of Ken Ryan’s name and this particular dateline can only signify that KR Baseball Academy is officially coming to town.
Everything became certified this past Friday when Ryan signed a lease to occupy space for his indoor baseball facility on 100 Higginson Ave. located in the Lonsdale section of town. A Pawtucket native who pitched for both the PawSox and Red Sox, Ryan hopes to open the doors either the first or second week in October.
BRISTOL, Conn. -- On the evening of Thursday, July 24, after the Cumberland American All-Stars had clinched the R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship with a thrilling 8-7 victory over gritty Cranston Western, manager Dave Belisle’s crew lined up for the usual post-game handshakes with its foe.
Gary Bucci’s players couldn’t have been all too happy with the loss, but both teams’ athletes were seen high-fiving each other. It was the consummate exhibition of sportsmanship at its best.
BRISTOL, Conn. – Cumberland American All-Stars mentor Dave Belisle received a phone call from pitching coach Matt Wright late Tuesday night, and it had everything to do with the Massachusetts Little League state championship game between Barnstable and Holden.
Wright had good reason to make the 75-plus-mile trek to Beverly; after all, he wanted to scout the contest, as the victor would face Belisle’s bunch in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at 2 p.m., Saturday at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Training Center.
PAWTUCKET — While teammates in Double-A Portland, Matt Spring had the opportunity to catch many of Henry Owens’ day-after-he-started side sessions.
Mechanics and pitch repertoire aside, those informal bullpen outings allowed Spring to acquire a deeper sense of what makes Owens tick. Even in low-pressurized situations, the lanky left-hander still displayed a competitive zest that really wasn’t all that different when Owens took the ball for the Sea Dogs once every five days.
The state beach concession stands cited for more than 70 food code violations last month were re-inspected Friday morning and found to be in compliance, the Department of Health said Friday.
â€śMisquamicut, Scarborough, and Roger Wheeler were inspected this (Friday) morning. They no longer have any critical violations, which means public health is not at-risk to patronize these sites,â€ť said Christina Batastini, the Rhode Island Department of Healthâ€™s chief officer of health promotion.
Reverend Fernand Cassista, M.S.
ATTLEBORO, MA - Reverend Fernand Cassista, M.S. of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette died Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. He was born in Nashua, NH on March 25, 1938, the son of the late Amedee Cassista and Marcelle (Charest) Cassista.
Rev. Cassista attended St. Francis
Mae A. Manney
PAWTUCKET - Mae A. (Rzepiela) Manney, 98, formerly of Harris Street passed away Thursday July 31, 2014.
She was the beloved wife of the late Everett L. Manney.
For full obituary please visit www.romenskifuneralhome.com
PROVIDENCE â€“ Even if he had not withdrawn his high bid, Cranston state Rep. Peter Palumbo would not have been able to be awarded the contract to run concession stands at state beaches.
A RI Ethics Commission regulation prohibits General Assembly members from taking any other employment with the state â€“ explicitly including being an independent contractor â€“ until one year after he or she leaves the legislature.
Fly strips hanging over food preparation areas; cans of clam chowder stored in restrooms; mold in ice machines; fish fillets thawing on the counter in stagnant water; and foul, noxious odors coming from grease traps are just some of the more than 70 health and food code violations the state Department of Health recently found at concession stands at Rhode Islandâ€™s three state beaches - Misquamicut, Scarborough and Roger Wheeler, The Call and The Times has learned.
The Rhode Island Thunder Gold 12U-Needle are the 2014 PONY National Champions after the team won the PONY Fast Pitch Softball Nationals in Sterling, Va., held the week of July 18-23.
The team, composed of players from both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, had a phenomenal run throughout the season, with had a phenomenal run this season, with an overall record of 71-4-1.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Town Councilman Manuel N. DaCosta left no doubt Thursday morning that town plans to place a new public safety complex on land at the town-owned monastery property off Diamond Hill Road is a highlight issue of the campaign for mayor.
Shirley M. Shiflett
PAWTUCKET - Shirley M. (Quick) Shiflett, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday evening, July 30, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Dennis E. Shiflett for fifty-eight years.
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, the daughter of the late James and Lizzie (Moyer) Quick, she resided in Pawtucket over forty years.
Besides her loving husband, she leaves two sons, Ricky E. Shiflett and his wife, Kelly of Pawtucket and Michael W.Shiflett of Woonsocket.
WEST WARWICK -- Just before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division Tournament championship tilt began late Wednesday afternoon, skipper Jim Mello huddled his troops outside the first-base dugout and issued a few simple thoughts.
“There is no tonight if we don’t take care of business right now,” he stated. “Think about this game and what you need to do. It’s do-or-die; now go out there and have some fun.”
WEST WARWICK – With Collette Vacations Post 79 facing their third-straight elimination game on Tuesday, Zach Mitsmenn dazzled the tournament’s top-seeded squad for nine innings, sending home the highly-touted Senerchia Post 74 and propelling Collette into the final day of play at the R.I. American Legion Senior Division Tournament.
PROVIDENCE â€“ With the Rhode Island State Police investigating his role in obtaining a concession contract at three state beaches, RI Democratic Chairman David Caprio has abruptly resigned his party post less than six weeks to go before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary elections.
Providence Rep. Grace Diaz, the partyâ€™s vice chairwoman will step into Caprioâ€™s shoes as acting chairwoman. Jonathan Boucher is the partyâ€™s executive director.
Elizabeth A. Hogan
CUMBERLAND - Elizabeth A. "Bettie" Hogan (Coleman), 79, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014 at Mt. St. Rita Health Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Hogan.
Born in Cumberland she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Elizabeth (Crozier) Coleman. She was a lifelong Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Hogan was employed by the Secretary of State's Office for 32 years retiring in 1998. She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Cumberland.
John A. Fleming, Sr
PAWTUCKET - Fleming, John A. Sr., "Johnny Ajax" (Olneyville John #1), 71, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 27th. He leaves his loving wife Linda (Bruce) Fleming, four children John A. Fleming, Jr. of Warwick, Deborah Potter of Pawtucket, Eric Fleming of Providence, Patrick Fleming of Warwick; his stepdaughter, Crystal Bruce of Providence and 10 grandchildren.
He was born in Providence the son of the late Edwin and Gertrude (Mann) Fleming; brother of the late Norman Mann and Bob Mann. John was a cousin to Davey Lopes of the L.A. Dodgers.
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Joan (Dutra) Soufy, 71, of South Attleboro, passed away peacefully July 28, 2014.
She was the beloved wife of Charles J. Soufy, Sr.
Joan was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Dutra.
Mrs. Soufy was a seamstress, by trade, and owned S & S Sewing for five years. She also worked at her son's auto body shop for the last 10 years.
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