August 18th, 2011
As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American camp discovered this week, thereâ€™s nothing little about the Little League World Series.
On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle â€“ how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? â€“ can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, â€śAll of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Alex Wilson is the latest starting pitching prospect to join the Pawtucket Red Sox. Time will tell if the parent club decides to curb his starting duties and relocate him to the bullpen.
For the past several seasons the Red Sox have openly explored the practice of turning starting pitchers into relievers, the switch in mound assignments more often than not taking place at the Triple-A level. In most instances, the reclassification of guys like Michael Bowden reflects the situation in Boston and whether the hole in the bullpen can be fixed by promoting from within.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On a day in which Ryan Lavarnway was likely inundated with congratulatory messages, his college coach had no problem reaching his former pupil.
â€śHe sounded very matter-of-fact,â€ť Yale head coach baseball John Stuper said via cell phone Thursday, the same day Lavarnway made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox. â€śHeâ€™s a pro now and I donâ€™t think this was a surprise to him. If anybodyâ€™s earned it he certainly has â€“ not just through hard work but through actual production.â€ť
LINCOLN - Claire Morin, 88, passed August 18, 2011. She was the wife of the late John B. Morin.
Claire was the daughter of the late Ernest and Laura (Fournier) Audette.
She had been employed by the City of Central Falls for 33 years retiring as a Deputy City Clerk in 1985.
She is survived by 2 sisters, Anita Moreau and Laure Maynard and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ernest Audette Jr, Marcel Audette and Estelle Preneta.
PAWTUCKET - Roberto Sostre, 48 of Pawtucket, son of Raul & Luz Maria Sostre passed away on August 17. Rob was the 4th youngest of 12 siblings, Maria, Jorge, Israel, Ebet, Marilyn, Rodrigo, Emily, Raul, Guadalupe, Fernando (RIP) & his baby sister Lisa Dantzler. Besides his siblings Roberto leaves behind his wife Donna Sostre and 3 children Faith, Lil Rob & Shyan along with 2 grandchildren, Tavi & Makaai.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Cumberland woman was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle Wednesday night as she crossed Mendon Road in search of gasoline for her broken-down van, police said.
Krystal Lee Durkin, 25, was struck about 11:45 p.m. and later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital, said Lt. Todd Boisvert, the lead investigator.
Though Boisvert said the incident remains under investigation, no charges have been filed against the driver, identified as Kevin Poirier, 32, of Cranston. He said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor.
See Friday's TIMES for complete story.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For a team that has been almost flawless this season, the Columbus Clippers were anything but on Wednesday night.
The Clippers, the top team record-wise in the International League, committed three costly errors that resulted in four unearned runs. Such gift-wrapping tendencies proved to be difference as the Pawtucket Red Sox remain in first place in the I.L. North for another day after posting a 5-2 win before 7,010 at McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket stands a game up on second-place Lehigh Valley, which defeated Rochester, 3-1.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. â€“ Dave Belisle has long been a standout hockey coach at Mount St. Charles.
But for the next few days, heâ€™s just a kid again.
The 14 members of the Cumberland American Little League team have carried Belisle on the ride of his life this summer. This week the ride has reached its final destination, the ultimate destination for every Little Leaguer â€“ the Little League World Series. The Series does not only exist on television to these players and coaches anymore. They are here, they are experiencing it and they are enjoying every moment.
Mike Hazenâ€™s role with the Boston Red Sox may have expanded, but make no mistake: heâ€™s still very much in touch with whatâ€™s moving and shaking down on the farm.
Promoted to vice president of player development prior to the season, a position that involves overseeing the minor-league operation and amateur scouting, Hazen spoke Wednesday about some of the storylines that have crept up over the past 4 Â˝ months as they relate to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
LINCOLN â€” A top Obama administration official came to Rhode Island Wednesday offering encouragement to the effort to make the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor part of the National Park System.
Senator James Costello
LINCOLN - Senator James "Jimmy" Costello was born in Providence on February 25, 1917, the son of Thomas C. Costello and Luiga (Ruggeiro) Costello. James went to school in Providence and North Providence and later took courses in state government administration and business administration at Brown University to help prepare for twin careers in public life and business. On the business side, he also studied at The Chrysler Corporation Master Technician School and the Ford Institute in New York, where he earned the distinction of Master Technician.
M. Louise Carter
BARRINGTON - M. Louise Carter, of Winsor Drive, died peacefully on August 16, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Frank A. Carter Jr.
She is survived by a daughter; Marjorie Carter of Sheridan, WY, a son; Frank A. Carter III of Pawtucket and a sister; Catherine Picerelli of Riverside. She was the sister of the late Anthony D. Picerelli and Peter J. Picerelli Jr.
Clifford M. Wroe
CUMBERLAND - Clifford M. Wroe 85, of Mendon Road passed away Monday August 15, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Lillian F. (Warchol) Wroe. They would have been married 50 years in November.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late James W. and Frances (Lee) Wroe Sr. He lived in Cumberland for the past 18 years.
Before retiring he was employed as a Time Keeper in the Blackstone Valley area Textile Mills.
Mr. Wroe was a WWII Army Veteran.
Mildred E. Kelley
ATTLEBORO - Mildred E. "Millie" Kelley, 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 16, 2011, at the Life Care Center of Attleboro, following a brief illness.
Millie was born and resided at the family home on Robinson Avenue, the only daughter of the late Ellen G. (Greene) & James H. Kelley.
She was the sister of the late Francis P. and James J. Kelley.
She was educated in local schools, and she graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Pawtucket RI, and also Gibbs Business School.
Richard A. Kelley
PROVIDENCE - A memorial Mass will be held for Richard A. Kelley, 60, of Providence, at St. Ann Church, 1493 Cranston St. in Cranston, on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. He died on Aug. 8 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his daughters, Olympia Pavoncello-Kelley and Zoe Pavoncello-Kelley and his wife, Bianca Pavoncello. There are no calling hours and burial will be private.
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.