September 4th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â Only a few players remained in the Pawtucket Red Sox clubhouse following a short practice at McCoy Stadium at mid-morning Tuesday, and one happened to be catcher Mike Rivera, who sat alone at his locker playing a video game.
While most teammates already had exited to enjoy an afternoon off prior to the wild card-winning PawSoxâ best-of-five playoff series against the International Leagueâs North Division champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Rivera admitted heâs excited to pursue the Governorsâ Cup title.
Above, Verda Jones, Shea High Schoolâs Smartlab facilitator, left, and Peter Solomon, Tolman Smartlab facilitator, train with Kurt Williamson, vice president of Creative Learning Systems, in the brand new Shea Smartlab this week. The team was gearing up for the opening of the new school year, which started Tuesday.
Frieda H. Dengal
PAWTUCKET - Frieda H. Dengal, 91, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 3, 2012.
Born in Rehoboth, she was a daughter of the late John and Katherine (Morth) Dengal. She was a service advisor in the Business Service Department at Verizon for many years until retiring. Frieda was a devoted volunteer giving freely of herself to many local organizations including; AT&T Pioneers, American Red Cross and local womens shelters in Pawtucket and Providence, where she was known amongst children as The Ice Cream Lady.
Antonio J. Perrone
PAWTUCKET - Antonio J. Perrone formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of the late Wanda Carmen (Cosentini) Perrone. Mr. Perrone was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Joseph and Rosina Perrone.
He had a long and illustrious Military Career. Mr. Perrone served in the United States Navy, The United States Army and the United States Air Force during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
CENTRAL FALLS - Olivia Rodrigues, 85, of Central Falls, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the wife of the late Mauricio Rodrigues. Born in Madeira, Portugal she was a daughter of the late Joaquim and Maria Angela Rodrigues.
Mrs. Rodrigues was employed as a machine operator at Filipe Braiding Co. She retired in 1991. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church.
WOONSOCKET â Thereâs a drumbeat sounding on the local airwaves with a specific demographic in mind â the high school football enthusiast.
With two graduates from Woonsocket High Schoolâs Class of 1985 serving as the driving force, radio station WOON (1240 AM) is staking a claim to become the destination for all gridiron-related matters. Starting with this Fridayâs non-league game between Shea and Lincoln, WOON has lined up a 14-game slate â an increase from nine a season ago â featuring the voice talents of Lou Mandeville, now in his 15th season calling the action.
Marguerite "Joyce" Liston
5/30/29 - 8/20/12
PAWTUCKET - Marguerite "Joyce" Liston, loving wife, wonderful mom. She enjoyed gardening, baking, and spending time with her family. Also a fan of Nascar and a chocolate connoisseur.
Joyce is survived by her daughters Lorna Hall and Kelly O' Connor of Pascoag, R.I., sons Alan Liston of Pawtucket R.I. and Kevin Liston of Concord N.H. She is also survived by her sisters Ruth Fischer of Washington N.H. and Barbara Blake of Pawtucket R.I. and her brother John Smith of Middletown, N.Y. along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Irene M. Crawley
CUMBERLAND - Irene M. Crawley, 89, of Cumberland, died Saturday at Oakland Grove Health Center. She was the wife of the late Edward R. Crawley.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Eva (St. Onge) Fournier.
Mrs. Crawley was employed as an assembler for AT Cross of Lincoln for over 20 years until her retirement.
Her sons Edward J. Crawley of Lincoln, Robert H. Crawley of Cumberland, Richard A. Crawley of Lincoln and Michael R. Crawley of Cumberland; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
PAWTUCKET â There was a degree of unrest surrounding Zach Stewart upon rejoining the Pawtucket Red Sox late last week, the kind stemming from when he would be taking the mound again and for which ball club.
PAWTUCKET â Summarizing the 2012 Pawtucket Red Sox, just one word springs to mind.
Yes, this seasonâs club will be remembered for earning a second straight postseason berth, a first for this proud franchise since 1996-97. Yet the route that manager Arnie Beyeler along with his coaches and merry band of interchangeable parts followed in order to play baseball beyond Labor Day is, putting it mildly, unique.
CUMBERLAND â Town residents Jocelyn Bodington, Daniel Collard, and Adam Vartanian each took home state titles in the 2012 Pitch, Hit & Run competition during a recent on-field pre-game awards ceremony at McCoy Stadium.
Bodington was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 11-12 year old division; Collard was the Pitching champion for the 11-12 year old division; and Vartanian was the Best All-Around State Champion for the 7-8 year old division.
Hosted by Dunkinâ Donuts, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and CW 28, Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.
PAWTUCKET â Augusto Rojas and the Pawtucket Red Sox got everything they could ask for and more from their inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk at McCoy Stadium.
A sunny morning. A strong turnout. Plenty of positive feedback.
And a fantastic finish for first place.
In a thrilling conclusion that had the fans scattered along the stadiumâs lower box seats cheering wildly, Geoff Nelson survived a frantic sprint with Nathan Petesch around the warning track by nipping him at the finish line near the PawSoxâs dugout by less than a second.
LINCOLN â John Gregory, CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, was recently invited to continue to serve as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
Do your children need practice reading? Pawtucket Public Library is offering a chance for children to read to Tinker Bell the reading therapy dog, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Children's Caidin Room. The program takes place on Tuesdays in September and October from 5:30 - 6:30p.m. Sign up for a 15-minute block of reading time, come hang out to see if Tinker Bell has any free time for you, or visit to see which fancy outfit she has on that day. This program is for children of all ages. Call 401-725-3714 ext. 209.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent, will get a speaking spot at next weekâs Democratic National Convention.
âI am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,â Chafee said in a written statement. âPresident Obama has been a friend to Rhode Island, his policies have brought valuable benefits to the people of our state during historically difficult times, and I am proud to explain to the convention audience why I â a former Republican â and lots of people like me are supporting the Presidentâs re-election.â
PAWTUCKET â The cityâs public school students can enjoy a few more days of the traditional summer vacation as the new school year starts after the Labor Day weekend, on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
PAWTUCKET â Believe it or not, pitchers do gain velocity as the season deepens. In the case of Josh Fields, the spike in the right-handerâs radar gun readings have proven most dramatic â not to mention raise eyebrows.
These days a fixture in Pawtucketâs bullpen, Fields generally sits at 93-95 miles per hour with his fastball occasionally touching 96 mph.
Maria G. Afonso
CENTRAL FALLS- Maria G. (Gomes) Afonso, 94, of Washington St. passed away Thursday in the Grandview Nursing Center, Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Abilio Afonso.
Born in Cov as, de Barroso, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Aflredo and Victoria ( Afonso ) Gomes. She had resided in Central Falls most of her life.
Mrs. Afonso was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Robert W. Briggs
LINCOLN - Robert W. Briggs, 92, of Sir Charles Drive died Friday, August 31, 2012 at Emerald Bay Manor, Cumberland. He was the husband of the late Lorraine E. (Block) Briggs.
Born in Rockland, MA, a son of the late George E. and Annie M. (Wright) Briggs, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 52 years.
Mr. Briggs worked in the stock room of Blackstone Valley Electric Company, Lincoln before retiring.
He was a World War II Army veteran and a life member of VFW Post #8018.
A 32nd Degree mason, he was a member of Paul Revere Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Brockton, MA.
Antonio Alberto Cabral
VIRGINIA BEACH - Antonio Alberto Cabral, 54, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on August 28, 2012.
Born on August 15, 1958, in Muxagata, Fornos de Algodres, Portugal. He was the son of the late Fernando and Albertina Cabral.
Tony was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle. He will be forever remembered for his charismatic and dynamic presence and for his loving nature.