May 22nd, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ Ron Coutu looked at his watch and realized he had gone under his intended goal of one hour.
That wasnâ€™t the only reason he managed to smile on Saturday morning.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Needing at least one win to feel good about its playoff chances, St. Raphael Academy went out and grabbed a pair of victories over the weekend. On Sunday SRA climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season courtesy of a 2-0 win against La Salle Academy. That coupled with Saturdayâ€™s 9-4 win against Cumberland High leaves the Saints at 9-8 in Division I-North heading into Mondayâ€™s regular season finale against Moses Brown.
LINCOLN â€“ Just ask anyone associated with the Lincoln High program and they will universally declare the following: Joe Yankee is the quintessential X-factor.
On a team loaded with players ranging from good to very good, Yankee might just be the one Lion whose impact cannot be understated. The junior continued to strengthen said argument Sunday afternoon against a strong Moses Brown offense, striking out seven Quakers in the Lionsâ€™ 14-4 mercy-rule thrashing at Chet Nichols Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pink and yellow were the colors of the day as the third annual Cherry Blossom Festival got underway on Saturday along Roosevelt Avenue.
Pink â€” the color of cherry blossoms â€” has always been the symbolic hue for an event originally designed as a fundraiser to maintain the more than 100 rancho cherry trees that were planted along Roosevelt Avenue in 2009.
This year, the pink theme was expanded to include a companion fundraiser sponsored by Storage America to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.
PAWTUCKET â€” With its playoff hopes squarely on the line, Shea High avoided elimination from the postseason on Friday with a 6-2 victory over Juanita Sanchez.
The Raiders (7-10) host Wheeler School (9-7) this afternoon at 2 p.m. in what amounts to a â€świn and youâ€™re inâ€ť game for the home team.
â€śI think weâ€™re in if we beat Wheeler,â€ť Shea coach Dino Campopiano said after Fridayâ€™s game had ended.
It wouldnâ€™t be a Boston baseball season without Theo Epstein and the Red Sox resuscitating some aging baseball player. Kevin Millwood becomes Epsteinâ€™s reclamation project, a former all-star starting pitcher who has posted an ERA of over five in three of his last four seasons.
PAWTUCKET â€” The 1st Annual Pawtucket Cherry Tree Carnival is being held this weekend (through Sunday) at the R.I. Cherry Blossom Festival, on Roosevelt Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â€” Stopping three people from committing suicide. Solving a three-year-old murder investigation. Catching numerous suspects in violent assaults and armed robberies. Taking high level drug dealers off the city's streets. It's all in a year's work at the Pawtucket Police Department, and on Thursday, a merit awards and memorial ceremony was held to highlight these achievements.
Alice B. Gagnon
FAIRFIELD, CT - Alice B. (Guimond) Gagnon, 98, of Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT and formerly of Carter Ave., Pawtucket, RI, died Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport, CT. She was the wife of the late Irenee G. Gagnon.
Born in Grosvenordale, CT., she was a daughter of the late Amable and Lydwin Dusomble Guimond. She lived in Pawtucket until 1994 when she relocated to Fairfield, CT.
Mrs. Gagnon was a weaver for over 30 years in the Blackstone Valley textile mills. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church, Pawtucket, and enjoyed playing golf and cards.
The recent string of rainy weather, resulting in a myriad of postponements, will not impede the high school baseball playoffs from starting on time.
The Interscholastic League sent out a reminder to coaches on Thursday â€“ the fourth consecutive day that wetness impacted the high school scene â€“ that Monday is still the last day of the regular season. The brackets in Division I and II will be distributed to the schools on Tuesday with Wednesday serving as the official opening of the postseason.
PAWTUCKET â€” There's strength in numbers. That's why the merger of two longstanding and successful credit unions is good news for local residents in this challenging economy.
Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union, of Pawtucket, and Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Woonsocket, are merging.
The announcement by credit union officials was made this week, with the legal merger set to take place on Sept. 30.
WOONSOCKET â€” James DeForest doesn't have to wonder how much cigarette business he's losing to neighboring Massachusetts. His customers tell him right to his face.
â€śAs it stands now customers verbally discuss how much cheaper tobacco is in Massachusetts,â€ť said the manager of JB Liquors on Social Street.
â€śThey will actually make another stop to avoid purchasing cigarettes in our store.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” The first offseason departure has arrived for Providence College as the school announced Thursday that sophomore guard Duke Mondy has been released from his commitment.
Mondy departs after a 2010-11 campaign that saw the Michigan native sit out the final four games of the season. At the time the only thing PC officials said about Mondyâ€™s situation was that it was a "coach's decision." Mondy did appear at Ed Cooleyâ€™s introductary press conference in March, telling Blackstone Valley Sports when asked to clarify his situation that, â€śIâ€™m good, just canâ€™t wait to play.â€ť
Gertrude R. Griffin, 65 died Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Impatient
Center in Providence.She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Griffin.Born in Pawtucket Gertrude was the daughter of the late Corrine (Ledoux) Swindelles.
She worked as a Behavioral Specialist at the James L. Maher Center in
Bristol until December 2010.
Gertrude is survived by a son; Joseph P. Griffin, Jr. of Foster; two
daughters, Marie Worthington of Pawtucket and Deborah Griffin of
Cranston; two brothers, Edward Swindelles and James Swindelles both of
Arthur J. Brassard
LINCOLN - Arthur J. Brassard, 93, of Lincoln, died Thursday at Summit Commons, Providence. He was the husband of Diana L. (Berard) Brassard. They had been married 71 yrs.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Remy and Eugenie (Blain) Brassard and the stepson of Ombeline (Croteau) Brassard. He was a self-employed owner of Spring Water Association and Rent All Inc. Mr. Brassard was an Army veteran of WW II. He was a Staff Sargeant with Company F 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and a Purple Heart receipient.
Lois B. Fortin
LINCOLN - Lois B. (Vivier) Fortin, 74, of School Street, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Gabriel Fortin. Mr. & Mrs. Fortin were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in July.
Born in Valley Falls, a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Slater) Vivier, she had lived in the Albion section of Lincoln for the past fifty years.
Mrs. Fortin was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
WOONSOCKET â€” This has been a nightmarish year for Mount St. Charles Academy, a team most folks predicted would again compete for the Division I-North title and embark on a long run in the state tournament.
There have been the injuries. Two of the Mountiesâ€™ top players -- ace pitcher Olivia Hendricks (foot injury) and third baseman Nicole Silva (illness) -- out indefinitely. The four losses they suffered in the last inning. The five straight games they stranded 10 or more runners on base.
LINCOLN â€” Despite giving a dire assessment of the current condition of the state pension fund, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that there is reason for optimism that the state will bring the $9 billion problem under control.
Raimondo said that Gov. Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed â€śare ready to line up and take on pension reform. They are talking about acting quickly, they are talking about a special session, they are talking about working with me to come out with concrete solutions.
PAWTUCKET â€” A new pavilion and garden project that is nearing completion on Roosevelt Avenue seems to represent the type of â€świn-winâ€ť situation that the Rhode Island School of Design's Architecture Department wants to have with local communities.
JOHNSTON - Brian Allard, 22, of Johnston and formerly of Lincoln, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of Brian Allard and Michelle (Earnheart) Allard. Brian had lived in Lincoln before moving to Johnston in February of this year. Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother, Brett Allard USMC, his sister, Brittany Allard, his paternal grandparents, Robert and Annabell Desautel, and his maternal grandmother, Anne Finnegan. He was the grandson of the late Frank Allard Jr.