August 20th, 2012
SEEKONK â€” Andrew Randall was chosen from artists around the world to have two of his paintings included in the new book â€śThe Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptionsâ€ť By Debra Hosseini. The book is a compilation of work from 77 visual artists and poets who are on the Autism Spectrum.
PAWTUCKET â€” If the Washington Nationalsâ€™ decision to pose an innings limit on ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was debated and haggled over in a court of law, itâ€™s quite possible the rendering would be a hung jury.
Such a case involving a high-profile player and a playoff-starved franchise that has October baseball in its sights poses a provoking conundrum that can be argued and debated from both sides of the equation.
On one hand, Washington can be viewed as looking to protect the investment they have in Strasburg, a star at age 24 who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly two years ago.
PAWTUCKET â€” Daniel Bard admits thereâ€™s somewhat of a weight of his shoulders, knowing that regardless of how heâ€™s fared with the Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ 7.45 ERA in 28 appearances â€“ he remains very much on Bostonâ€™s radar.
Asked to respond to an item in Sundayâ€™s Boston Herald in which an anonymous Red Sox source clarified that he will pitch again for the big-league team in 2012, Bard took the occasion to explain how he can use the remaining few weeks in Pawtucketâ€™s season to his advantage.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Who better to clarify any myths regarding the perceived toxic environment that is the Red Sox clubhouse than a player who spent a hearty amount of time inside the ropes?
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Darnell McDonald, the former part-time Boston outfielder whose access to the team was short-circuited upon getting designated for assignment in late June. Fortunately for this particular exercise, McDonald is seen as the perfect go-to guy to set the record straight in a Red Sox season that has taken on the tenor of a soap opera in terms of firestorms and drama.
Taylor Soukas, Meagan St. Germain and Melina Panichas, from left, members of "Greek Pride," a dance troupe from Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, kick up their heels before a packed house Friday night at the 85th annual Greek Festival. The church is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The fun continues Saturday and Sunday with plenty of traditional Greek food, pastries, drink and more dancing.
PAWTUCKET â€” Brittany Leigh Gomes has had an affinity â€” and eye â€” for photography since she was just a young girl growing up in Pawtucket.
â€śI have loved photography for as long as I can remember,â€ť said the 26-year-old Gomes. â€śMy first camera was a Fisher-Price camera when I was a toddler and I have been upgrading ever since.
â€śIt wasn't until I attended a wedding in 2007 that I fell in love with wedding photography.â€ť
Gomes started a photography business in 2009 and has been slowly and steadily been building it ever since.
PAWTUCKET â€” For the past 15 years, Bill Greenwood has been tracking the nation's debt on his own version of the national debt clock that is posted on the front of his Sayles Avenue home. Now, with the figure about to hit the $16 trillion mark, Greenwood is once again calling for a change in the way government operates, and the local Republican candidate for City Council has joined his cause.
Patricia G. Dion
PAWTUCKET- Patricia G. (Trahan) Dion, 77 of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, August 17, 2012. She was the wife of the late Henry Dion.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Helen (Violette) Trahan.
She she is survived by one daughter, Helene Dion; four sons, Stephen, Russell, Keith, and James Dion; five grandchildren; one sister, Gloria Ledoux; one brother, Larry Trahan and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Paulette Valois and Conrad Trahan.
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 youâ€™re just joining us, Bardâ€™s 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 â€śsmall mechanical adjustmentâ€ť prior to taking the mound for the fifth inning Wednesday night, itâ€™s news to both PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur and catcher Dan Butler.
â€śWhatever tweak he made, he made on his own,â€ť 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.
â€śThis is how bizarre it was that first year,â€ť 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 â€śsummer schoolâ€ť 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 ballparkâ€™s 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: â€śNot a bad arm for a swimmer; thanks for keeping it close so I could catch it!â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Stop if youâ€™ve 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 â€śwhite elephantâ€ť 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.