August 16th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â At this point, you have to feel for Daniel Bard.
The Red Sox can point to the fact that Bard was not touched for an earned run in his inning of work Thursday night, but make no mistake: it was another tough night at the office for the struggling reliever. In case youâre just joining us, Bardâs latest attempt to get back on track provided a nice, tucked-in capsule of what has plagued the reliever during his two-plus month stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PAWTUCKET â If Daisuke Matsuzaka made what he dubbed a âsmall mechanical adjustmentâ prior to taking the mound for the fifth inning Wednesday night, itâs news to both PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur and catcher Dan Butler.
âWhatever tweak he made, he made on his own,â stated Sauveur on Thursday, one day after Matsuzaka delivered what could be coined a mixed bag of an outing.
There was good Matsuzaka â four scoreless innings in which he retired 12 of 13 Scranton batters â following by bad Matsuzaka, the damage pertaining to the five runs (four earned) he yielded in the fifth.
WOONSOCKET â Barbara Dixon will never forget the first-ever Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge, held in late September of 2001.
In fact, she and other organizers questioned whether they'd be able to take care of the logistics in time.
âThis is how bizarre it was that first year,â noted Dixon, who works closely with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, located at the old train station near Main Street.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are investigating a report of a violent home invasion and robbery that occurred in an apartment on Ivy Street early Thursday morning.
PAWTUCKET â Just as unpopular vegetables can be disguised as tasty treats to make kids want to eat them, so, too, can âsummer schoolâ be made to look enjoyable. The Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket has managed to do just that with its Food FUNdamentals program.
PAWTUCKET - Priscilla "Pat" Sylvestre, 91 of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012. She was the wife of the late Leo G. Sylvestre.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Gabriela (Andre) Gomes. Priscilla was a life-long member of Saint Leo's where she was a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Spirited Seniors. She loved gardening and she was always with her Yorkie companions, Oliver and Charlie.
SEEKONK - Stanley J. Polonczak, Jr., 67, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Eileen H. (Ellsworth) Polonczak for forty-three years.
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) â Interstate 95 has been reopened in North Attleboro after a truck crash brought down power lines on the roadway, closing it for more than two hours and backing up traffic for miles.
Massachusetts State Police said the Thursday afternoon crash happened between Exits 4 and 5 near the Interstate 295 interchange and both northbound and southbound sides of the road were closed to traffic until the power lines could be removed.
PAWTUCKET â The Elizabeth Beisel Welcome Home Tour made a stop at McCoy Stadium Wednesday evening, as the North Kingstown native and Olympic medalist threw out the first pitch and signed autographs at the ballparkâs Cox Fan Center.
Standing on the field in her Team USA jacket and a PawSox cap, Beisel was presented a Pawtucket team jacket by General Manager Lou Schweichheimer and infielder Tony Thomas, who took the occasion to tweet the following after catching the ceremonial toss: âNot a bad arm for a swimmer; thanks for keeping it close so I could catch it!â
PAWTUCKET â Stop if youâve heard this before, but PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur feels that embattled reliever Daniel Bard is closer than the numbers suggest.
Sauveur provided words of reassurance on Wednesday afternoon, one day after Bard had a devil of a time locating the strike zone. You probably know the grizzly numbers by now, but here they are again: On his way to recording one out Tuesday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Bard walked four and allowed two runs. Just 10 of the 27 pitches he recorded were strikes.
ATTLEBORO â There are plenty of recent high school graduates out there who don't have a clue as to what their immediate future may hold.
Connor Harrington, who in mid-June received his diploma from St. Raphael Academy, definitely isn't one of them.
On Tuesday morning, the unassuming, modest 18-year-old loaded his belongings into his car and trekked by his lonesome to New Jersey. His wants: Not only to begin his odyssey at Bergen Community College (he plans on becoming a veterinary technician), but also follow his dream of playing junior hockey for the New Jersey Renegades.
PAWTUCKET â With its stately columns, arched doorways, high ceilings and centralized downtown location, the Pawtucket Post Office on Montgomery Street was built during the golden age of mail delivery.
Now, that same grand building that was so proudly constructed in 1900 has become something of a âwhite elephantâ as mail volume drops and operating costs increase. As such, the U.S. Postal service has put the downtown landmark up for sale.
Read more in our print edition.
LINCOLN â A Lincoln police officer who was found guilty in January of felony battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside a slot parlor in 2009, has resigned, Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond announced Wednesday.
âEffective Aug. 10, 2012, the Town of Lincoln has accepted an unconditional and irrevocable resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz,â Almond said. âThis action has allowed the town to avoid the inherent uncertainty of costly and time-consuming litigation and appeals which would inevitably ensue if this matter remained unresolved.â
PAWTUCKET - Marcelle A. Beauregard, 89, died peacefully at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Tuesday August 14, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert J. Beauregard, Sr. She was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Alfred and Blanche (Robinson) Tondreau; she was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley.
PAWTUCKET - Alice M. Selilo, 83, passed away Saturday August 11, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph B. Selilo.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late John A. and Christina E. (Rock) O'Brien. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Alice was employed as a Weaver for the Moore Fabric Co.
She was a past Vice President of the Fogarty Manor Tenants Association and was also a Eucharistic Minister for the former Sacred Heart Parish of Pawtucket and was also a Volunteer at the Parish Food Locker.
ROCHESTER, NY - Colleen Cleary Bavosa MD. Age 53.
Born in Rochester, NY, Colleen is predeceased by parents E. Garrett Cleary and Patricia Cleary.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Anthony Bavosa of Cumberland, Rhode Island. Colleen will be greatly missed by her siblings, Mark (Kathryn) Cleary of Rochester, NY, Mary Patricia (Pete) Bianco from St. Paul, MN, Peter Cleary, Amy (John) Mealey, James (Pam) Cleary, of Pittsford, N.Y., and Kathleen (Tom) Bannan, Jr. of Chicago, IL. She was the favorite aunt to all of her 17 nieces and nephews.
EAST PROVIDENCEâEast Providence Police have identified the victims in an apparent attempted murder case involving a husband and wife that occurred at a Rumford home.
Lucy Ponte, 54, was found by a family member severely beaten in her Larchwood Drive home at around 7 a.m. on Monday morning, police said.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â Over 80 tenants of Slater House at 10 Goff Ave. had to find temporary lodging after an early morning electrical fire on Monday forced the complete evacuation of the downtown high-rise.
According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who is also the city's fire marshal, the incident was reported at around 2:30 a.m. The electrical fire appeared to start in an adjoining, street-level office on Broad Street that used to house an architectural design firm.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Red Sox Team President Mike Tamburro will never forget the phone call he received from then-Red Sox General Manager Lou Gorman in June 1990.
âHow would you like Johnny Pesky to be your new manager?â was the message Gorman relayed to Tamburro. âI said, âWe would love to have Johnny (pilot the PawSox).ââ
ATTLEBORO, MA - Laurene Mary Wolters, 56, of Locust Street, Attleboro Ma, died from cancer at the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence on Friday, August 10, 2012.
Laurene was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Stanley and Ida Wolters. She was a 1973 graduate of Tolman High School in Pawtucket and an accomplished accordion player. Laurene was employed as a graphic artist for Paramount Lines before she became a pharmacy technician for Pharmerica, and then Rite Aid in South Attleboro, Ma.