April 24th, 2014
Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET â€” The wind came howling in off Newport Avenue on Thursday afternoon, blowing straight across Bailey Fieldâ€™s softball diamond in gusts approaching 30 miles per hour, as Bay View Academy and Tolman High squared off in a Division I matchup.
The Bengals proved oblivious to the conditions, excelling in the field and at the plate during a 12-3 victory over Tolman that evened their record at 2-2 on the season. Tolman, which lost its third game in a row, fell to 4-4.
PAWTUCKET â€” Whether its a gaggle of young dancers or gymnasts with money jars or a lone jobless person with a cardboard sign, the act of begging for cash from motorists at stoplights and busy intersections is one that has drawn the ire and concern of residents and city officials alike.
Putting public safety at the forefront of its decision, the City Council on Wednesday night voted to have Police Chief Paul King begin enforcing an existing city ordinance that prohibits people from soliciting money from drivers at intersections.
Gloria Ann Grzebien
PAWTUCKET - Gloria Ann Grzebien was born September 15, 1948 in Providence to the late Edward and Carolyn (Borek) Grzebien. She is survived by her cousins, Vivian Borek of Quincy, MA and Rosalie Borek of Worcester, MA.
WOONSOCKET - Mary Bois, 97, of Paradis Ave. Woonsocket died Wednesday at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Raymond L. Bois, Sr.
Born in Manville she was a daughter of the late Luigi and Anelda Nilda (Savelli) Sbarbati, both natives of Italy. She was raised in Manville and resided in Woonsocket for over 60 years,
PAWTUCKET â€” If Will Middlebrooks is indeed activated by Boston on Friday night, he will have the good fortune of facing a pitcher that has much less zip on his fastball than the one that stymied the PawSox on Wednesday night.
Touching 99 miles per hour on the radar gun, Rochester starting pitcher Alex Meyer slowed the Pawtucket bats to a virtual crawl. Meyer struck out 11 in 6.2 innings and got Middlebrooks to go down swinging in all three of his at-bats.
PAWTUCKET â€” Will Middlebrooks can relate to Daniel Nava.
A year ago, Middlebrooks scuffled so badly that the Red Sox were left with little choice but to send the starting third baseman to Triple A. Looking back at his minor-league penance, Middlebrooks says that he was able to weather a turbulent stretch thanks to his ability to quickly put the grief behind him.
PROVIDENCE â€” Shea High head coach Christina Daily explained she really wasnâ€™t in the mood for a mini-postgame press conference early Wednesday afternoon.
Really, who could blame her?
Her Raiders had looked pretty solid in a first-game victory over Division II crossover foe Central High, but â€“ slowly â€“ unforced errors, points with little or no communication and serves gone awry became more commonplace.
In the end, the Knights celebrated a 3-1 victory at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house â€“ and it came via scores of 15-25, 25-14, 31-29 and 32-30.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Touting the verities of education, job creation and capital-D Democratic values, three of the Democrats running for governor vied for the favor of their partyâ€™s city and town chairmen on Tuesday.
Democrats Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras and Clay Pell made brief presentations to the RI Association of State Democratic City and Town Chairmen (RI ASDCTC) at Le Foyer ahead of that groupâ€™s endorsement vote scheduled for next month.
CUMBERLAND - Stanislawa Mach, 81, passed away Wednesday April 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanislaw Mach.
Born in Grodzisko, Gorne, Podkarpackie, Poland she was a daughter of the late Antoni and Apolonia (Matuszek) Markocki. She lived in Cumberland for the past 13 years and was formerly of Central Falls.
Before retiring Mrs. Mach was employed as a Machine Operator for the former Elizabeth Webbing Co. Of Central Falls for 13 years.
Laura M. Roe
PAWTUCKET - Laura M. Roe, of Pawtucket passed away on April 22, 2014. She was the wife of the late Harry T. Roe.
Mrs. Roe was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joseph Terrien and Ida (Charpentier) Terrien. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her children; Linda Sequin of Pawtucket, Donna Hujara of Pawtucket, Susan Merow and her husband Joseph of Lincoln, Robert Roe of Pawtucket and Laurie Peloquin and her husband Robert of Woonsocket.
PAWTUCKET â€” On a Tuesday night when Brandon Snyder crushed two dingers and righthander Rubby De La Rosa assembled a mound masterpiece, the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s bullpen collapsed.
The result: An emotionally-draining â€“ not to mention truly sad â€“ 7-5 loss to the Rochester Red Wings before a bummed crowd of 3,070 at McCoy Stadium.
De La Rosa had been hurling a gem, yielding only three hits, an earned run and a walk while fanning seven.
The bib numbers in the 30,000s and high 20,000s look awfully strange.
And the newly created fourth wave wonâ€™t start until at least 85 minutes after the first wave has crossed the starting line in Hopkinton.
But to Lincolnâ€™s Poyee Oster, Pawtucketâ€™s Linda Bachand, and the nearly 5,700 runners that did not finish last yearâ€™s Boston Marathon because of the terrorist attack, that means very, very little.
Getting another chance to return for the 118th running of this legendary race, and this time, finishing what they started, is the only thing that matters.
LINCOLN -- Firefighters doused a blaze at 6 Winterberry Court Tuesday night after a freezer in the garage at the home started to smoke and then caught fire sending flames shooting through the roof of the structure. The fire broke out at about 7:30 p.m. No one was injured. For details and photos pick up Wednesdayâ€™s newspaper.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” While city officials say there hasn't been a multitude of applicants, they are trying to make sure that any massage parlors that come to town are operating above board.
On Wednesday, the City Council will hold a public hearing to consider second passage of an ordinance amending its â€śPersonal Services Licenseâ€ť to add a sub-section on â€śMassage Parlor Public Health Ordinance.â€ť
According to City Council President Bob Ferri, the amendment seeks to tighten the regulations under which massage parlors are licensed and allowed to operate.
Manuel J. C. Tavares
PAWTUCKET - Manuel J. C. Tavares, 73, of Riley St., passed away Monday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Astrid (Antunes) Tavares.
Born in Cabouco, St. Miguel, Azores he was the son of the late Eduardo and Maria C. (Carreiro) Tavares. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 46 years.
Raymond P. Lacourse
CUMBERLAND - Raymond P. Lacourse, 72, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was the husband of Kathleen (Drape) Lacourse. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph and Eva (Bouffard) Lacourse. Ray owned and operated J.D. Lacourse & Son of Pawtucket since 1960.
John J. Callahan, Jr.
CUMBERLAND - John J. Callahan, Jr., 86, of Cumberland, passed away Monday April 21, 2014. He was the husband of Dorothy (Holmes) Callahan. They were happily married for 64 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late John and Theresa (Scanlon) Callahan.
Mr. Callahan was a World War II Army veteran. John lived in Pawtucket before moving to Cumberland 20 years ago. He was a letter carrier from the Pawtucket Post Office for 35 years, retiring in 1986.
Carol W. Burnham
SANDWICH, MA - Carol W. (Pond) Burnham age 97, died peacefully, early Saturday morning, April 19, 2014 at Cape Heritage Nursing Home in Sandwich, MA, after a long, heroic battle with Alzheimer's disease. Despite the disease, Carol remained a kind and gentle woman who was loved by all her caregivers.
Louise J. Folan
CENTRAL FALLS - Louise J. Folan, 86, passed on April 20th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Vincent E. Folan Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Michael and Laura (Prew) Greenan.
She is survived by two sons, Vincent E. Folan Jr and his wife Ellen and David M. Folan and his wife Carol all of Pawtucket, a daughter, Susan L. Levasseur and her husband Gerard of Central Falls, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ruth Lizotte and Margaret Healy