August 17th, 2011
Gen White, of North Providence, grandmother of Cumberland American Little Leaguer Colin Cannata, waves her green pom-poms as she gathers with the team's family members at Garvin Field in Cumberland Wednesday morning before embarking on the trip to Williamsport, Pa. for the Little League World Series this weekend. The Cumberland team's new colors are green and white for the series, which begins Friday at 3:00 p.m. against California. Fifteen vehicles were given a police escort as they left early for Williamsport to make it in time for the Parade of Teams Wednesday night at 6.
PAWTUCKET â€” McCoy Stadium is always a pretty upbeat place. Itâ€™s a standing rule that Pawtucket Red Sox employees greet customers with smiles on their faces. Club President Mike Tamburroâ€™s optimism and good nature extend all the way down to the most part-time of team employees.
When the PawSox are in first place, a position they have maintained for the past week, then baseball really becomes fun around the local ball park.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Columbus Clippers showed Pawtucket last night why they are heavy favorites to successfully defend their Governorsâ€™ Cup championship trophy next month.
In a meeting of the International Leagueâ€™s two best teams, Columbus got a grand slam home run from Luis Valbuena in the second inning off PawSox starter Felix Doubront and seemed headed for an easy win until Pawtucket broke through for two runs in the bottom of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate. Reliever Josh Judy got Jose Iglesias to ground into a close force play at second base to preserve a 5-2 victory.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Busy working parents received an unwelcome letter recently from the YWCA Greater Rhode Island notifying them that the child care center at 43 Hawes Street is shutting down.
The fact that the YWCA Learning Center's last day is August 26 took many parents by surprise, and prompted several phone calls to The Times. While wishing to remain anonymous, the parents complained about the late notice and expressed frustration about the loss of yet another option for child care, and youngsters in general, in the cash-strapped city.
PROVIDENCE â€” Cranston Mayor Alan Fung said he was so â€śhighly impressedâ€ť with the student performance at Cumberland's Blackstone Valley Prep mayoral academy that it prompted him to propose a similar alternative public school for students in Cranston and Providence.
Rosemary A. Michalski
CENTRAL FALLS - Rosemary A. Michalski 72, passed away Friday August 12, 2011 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Lawrence H. and Rose A. (Gliniak) Michalski. She was a life long resident of Central Falls.
Before retiring she was employed as Buyer of Children's Accessories at the former Peerless Stores and Ann & Hope. Later she worked for the Blackstone Picture Frame Co.
Joao E. M. Claro
CUMBERLAND - Joao E. M. Claro, 48, of Dorr St. died Sunday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the beloved husband of Isabel (Laires) Claro.
Born in Penalva do Castelo, Portugal he was the son of Ernesto and Esperanca (Morreira) Claro of Penalva do Castelo, Portugal.
He was the Co-owner of the Cumberland Seafood, Inc. of Macondray St. for the past four years. He was previously employed by the Northeast Cable Co., South Attleboro for twenty years.
Thomas W. Lawson
PAWTUCKET - Thomas W. Lawson, 72, of Broadway passed away Wednesday August 10, 2011 at his home. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Frederick and Jean (Davies) Lawson.
Mr. Lawson was an Acid Etcher for Foxon Packaging for 21 years, retiring in 1995. He served in The United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of Lafayette Club in Pawtucket.
Lawrenceville, Ga.- If there has been any cause to put the Sharpie-strong stamp on the notion that the 2011 Pawtucket Red Sox are peaking at the right time, it was out in full prominence after Monday nightâ€™s 7-3 victory over the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field.
With the win, decided after the bat rack and bullpen both got the better of their Gwinnett counterparts in the eighth and ninth innings, the PawSox completed their best of seven eight-game road trips at 6-2. They are also 10-3 in August at the halfway mark of the month.
PAWTUCKET â€” David Clemente, a former City Councilor and longtime friend and campaign worker of Mayor Donald Grebien, has been hired as the city's new purchasing agent.
Clemente, who now lives in North Providence, began his duties at City Hall on Monday. He succeeds former purchasing agent Joseph Roque, who retired July 14 after more than 23 years with the city.
END OF THE CAMP -- During the Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Tennis Campâ€™s pizza party and awards ceremony at Slater Park in Pawtucket last Friday, award recipients and staff members posted for a group photo.
It didnâ€™t take long for Dave Belisle and his Cumberland American Little Leaguers to become immersed in the â€śChristmas in Augustâ€ť fervor that typically surfaces in Williamsport, Pa. around this time each year.
Street & Smithâ€™s SportsBusiness Journal publication has issued its annual Top 10 ranking of minor league markets in the U.S.
The Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa. market in central Pennsylvania earned top honors for the second year in a row, according to SBJ Research Director David Broughton, who researched and wrote the article. San Bernadino, Calif. finished second with the Pawtucket/Providence area coming in a solid third.
Hereâ€™s the top 10 list:
1) Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa.
2) San Bernardino County, Calif.
3) Providence-Pawtucket, R.I.
4) Reading, Pa.
5) Portland, Maine
Diana L. Brassard
LINCOLN - Diana L. Brassard 95, of Lincoln, died Monday at Summit Commons, Providence. She was the wife of the late Arthur Brassard. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Isaie and Adeline (Paquette) Berard. She was an avid knitter and crocheter.
Mrs. Brassard is survived by her son Jean Brassard and his wife Rachel of Attleboro, her daughter Jeannine Fichter of Lafayette CO and 3 grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Armand, Leo, Romeo and Oscar Berard, Jeannette Kubacki, Rose Beauchemin and Anita Brassard.
PAWTUCKET â€” At the tender age of 18, Pat Baron chose to leave Tolman High School early and drive to southern California to pursue a career in music. Naturally, his parents, Albert and Diana, weren't pleased.
â€śThey were astonished I was leaving for L.A.,â€ť Baron smiled Friday afternoon. â€śI don't think they believed I'd do it. In fact, I had just got through packing up my old, beat-up van with my two buddies, and my dad was still trying to talk me out of it.
Albert D. Burgoyne
CENTRAL FALLS - Albert D. Burgoyne, "Al" 74, passed August 13th with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Constance R. (Tougas) Burgoyne.
Al was the son of the late James and Ivy (Beardsworth) Burgoyne.
He had been employed as a Postal Letter Carrier for 27 years before retiring in 1998.
Al served in the United States Air Force.
Anna M. Rene
PAWTUCKET - Anna M. Rene, 93 of Pawtucket died Saturday at Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Nelson H. Rene, Sr. Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Nawashardla) Solotki. She was a Pawtucket resident all of her life.
Prior to Anna's retirement in 1980 she worked as an inspector at the Hope Webbing Company in Pawtucket for 40 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” In this town, Pawtucket Country Club is to golf as Fenway Park (or Yankee Stadium) is to baseball.
Legends have long resided on this plush piece of greenery located on the cityâ€™s border with Seekonk. Caddy master Jim Tanner has been working the room since 1952. You can still find him downstairs almost any day of the week, taking care of clubs and caddies.
The Cumberland American team that waltzed its way to Bristol, Conn., had gone missing in action.
Sure, the pitching and defense were still present, but the merciless offensive attack that became the theme of Cumberlandâ€™s state title run was nowhere to be found. The Rhode Island champions dropped two of their first three pool-play games in the New England regional tournament, standing perilously close to the end of a memorable summer.
But just when manager Dave Belisleâ€™s club needed them most, Cumberlandâ€™s bats awoke from their ill-timed slumber. The rest, as they say, is history.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. â€” For the first time in 19 starts this season, Matt Fox, the lone PawSox ambassador to the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game, made it through a full seven innings Sunday afternoon.
Every segment after that constituted a long-awaited combination of a package, wrapping paper and a radiant bow addressed to his relievers. Fox upped his pitch count from 79 to 90 as he tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, then returned to the mound for a nimble ninth that ended with Brandon Hicks stranded on first base and the Sox victorious over the Gwinnett Braves, 5-0, at Coolray Field.