September 4th, 2012
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 seasonâ€™s 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 stadiumâ€™s 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 PawSoxâ€™s 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 weekâ€™s Democratic National Convention.
â€śI am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,â€ť Chafee said in a written statement. â€śPresident 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 Presidentâ€™s re-election.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The cityâ€™s 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-handerâ€™s radar gun readings have proven most dramatic â€“ not to mention raise eyebrows.
These days a fixture in Pawtucketâ€™s 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.
Doris S. Craven
SEEKONK- Doris S. (Crowther) Craven, 88, formerly of Maynard Ave., passed away Thursday, August 30, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late George H. Craven.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Eric L. and Beatrice (Entwistle) Crowther, she resided in Seekonk most of her life.
Doris leaves two daughters, Lorel A. Paquette and her husband, Paul of Athol, MA and Mary-Jayne Foster of Foster, RI; three grandsons, Michael Paquette, Shayne Foster and Derrick Foster and a great-grandson, Matthew Paquette. She was the sister of the late Betty Priddy.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Incumbent state Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Cumberland) and her two challengers for the Dist. 16 Senate seat â€” Joseph P. Moran III and Nicholas S. Gelfuso â€” will debate the issues at a Meet the Candidates forum to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Sponsored by Leadership Rhode Island, Common Cause and Progreso Latino, the forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Central Falls High School auditorium, 24 Summer St. WPRI reporter Ted Nesi will be the moderator.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just days before Labor Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor visited the Blackstone Valley to meet students looking to enter the workforce in Pawtucket, tour a Central Falls manufacturing plan and help hand out about $1.4 million in new federal money for the state.
PAWTUCKET â€” The blizzard of O'Neill and Mercer campaign signs covering District 3 says it all. What was a contentious race two years ago promises to be so again as incumbent City Councilor Christopher O'Neill fights off a challenge from opponent Terrence â€śTerryâ€ť Mercer.
With both O'Neill and Mercer running as Democrats, the District 3 contest is one of two City Council races that will be all but decided by the Sept. 11 Democratic primary. The primary will also be key in the District 1 race between Democratic incumbent David Moran and his challenger, fellow Democrat Michael Cassidy.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ever since he was a young boy, Edward Kozatek has been sweet on Fox Grocery. â€śI used to steal my mother's soda bottles and cash them in for penny candy,â€ť he said, chuckling. Kozatek, who owns J.T. Leddy Auto Top, is one of many city residents who are mourning the closing of the neighborhood convenience store that has been a fixture at 209 Benefit Street for decades.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. â€“ Thereâ€™s a certain aura that surrounds those lauded as top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, and it only intensifies the higher they progress through the system.