August 5th, 2011
Bobby Miller, 12, Michelle Houle, 14, and Eric Dench, 13, all of Cumberland, enjoy a ride on the Cliffhanger on the opening night of Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday night. The fun continues all
weekend with gates opening at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Rhode Island's smallest and poorest city cannot stand on its own and should be merged with a neighboring city, Gov. Lincoln Chafee said.
Chafee, an independent, made the comments during an interview Thursday on MSNBC. He said the "best solution" for Central Falls would be to merge with Pawtucket.
"I think Central Falls just cannot survive as a 1-square-mile city," Chafee told MSNBC.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was a long and painful struggle for Suzanne Potter, but in the end it was a battle she could not win.
With her husband and two sons at her side, the 46-year-old Bernon Heights woman died in Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday, 34 days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver from Pawtucket who, police say, was drunk.
Detective Cmdr. Edward J. Lee Jr. says the police will now lodge more serious charges against the driver, Peter Major.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Brett Carroll wasted no time fitting in with the Pawtucket Red Sox
Carroll blooped a two-out, two-run single to give the PawSox their third walk-off win of the week, this one a 6-5 triumph against Buffalo Friday night. Staring at a 2-2 count against Bisons reliever Dale Thayer, Carroll fisted the ball just over the head of first baseman Valentino Pascucci, who blasted a two-run home run off of Kevin Millwood in the first inning.
As the associate head coach at Norwalk (Conn.) Community College, Patrick Vigilio enjoyed a front row seat to see Erik Bedard go from an unknown with tried-and-true Canadian roots to a bona fide staff ace.
â€śErik was a hockey player for the most part. Most kids in Canada are because they donâ€™t have high school baseball up there,â€ť recalled Vigilio in a telephone interview Friday. â€śHe was throwing in the mid 80s when he started out, but through hard work he was able to take his game to the next level, obviously.â€ť
BRISTOL, Ct. - Manager Dave Belisle considers every one of the 13 players on his Cumberland American All-Star roster a reason itâ€™s down in Bristol, Connecticut this weekend for the Eastern Regional Tournament, a reason it has an outside chance to earn a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series
â€śWhat you see with this team is theyâ€™re picking each other up,â€ť Belisle said. â€śThere have been some situations where we looked like we were going to fold, but someone has picked the individuals up. Itâ€™s a team game. It just seems that one through 13 somebody contributed.
FOXBORO â€“ Tom Brady is especially glad heâ€™s not a rookie this year â€“ for a couple of reasons.
â€śNot only because their salaries got cut in half,â€ť said the New England Patriots quarterback, referencing the NFLâ€™s newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.
Rookies are also tasked with an accelerated acclimation to NFL life because of the leagueâ€™s 4 1/2-month lockout.
A week into his 12th training camp with the Patriots, Brady acknowledges that this one is unique.
Darrell P. Norris
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Darrell P. Norris, 31, passed into eternal life on Wednesday. He was the devoted husband of Donna M. (Bishop) Norris whom he married last January 1st.
Darrell was born in Pawtucket a son of Julia A. (Tager) Norris. He was educated in Central Falls and upon moving to So. Attleboro completed his education at Attleboro High School. He was a avid New England sports fan, cheering on the Red Sox, the Patriots, the Bruins and the Celtics. Darrell also enjoyed cooking and playing his Play Station 3 and especially enjoyed his trips to Twin River.
William D. Slattery, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - William D. Slattery, Jr., 80, of Pawtucket and Narragansett, died peacefully at Rhode Island Hospital on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late William D. Slattery, Sr. and Katherine A. (Toomey) Slattery. He was the beloved husband of Barbara A. (Rudolph) Slattery.
LINCOLN --- Itâ€™s been nearly two months since Bruce Foster finished in a tie for second place with his brother, Jeff, at the 2011 Spartan Death Race, a 45-hour ultra-endurance test through a grueling 40-mile course in Pittsfield, Vt., but their accomplishment has still been the talk around Lincoln.
The brothersâ€™ success has also reached a point where workout enthusiasts of all ages, sizes, and abilities have asked them if they could train with them and follow the extra-tough training regimen they used to prepare for and succeed in the Death Race.
PAWTUCKET â€” It is August and baseballâ€™s various pennant races are beginning to take shape.
The Pawtucket Red Sox and their â€śparentâ€ť team in Boston are locked in battles for first place in their respective leagues. The PawSox are chasing Lehigh Valley for first place in the International League North while maintaining a slight edge on the Gwinnett Braves for the leagueâ€™s lone wild-card berth.
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Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams is leading the New York Penn League in batting average. The son of former Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams is hitting .358 in the short-season Class A League while toiling for the Staten Island Yankees. He leads the league in hits, is tied for fourth in total bases and OPS, and has 16 steals in 42 games.
Having already founded and sold Bullhorn, a company that develops employment software, 45-year-old Newport native Barry Hinckley says he is ready to start up a new enterprise: Barry Hinckley for U.S. Senate.
For the past few months, Hinckley â€” his full name is Benjamin Barrett Hinckley III â€” has been quietly putting together a Republican campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the 2012 election.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Jeannette (St. Amand) Dulude, 91, of Alexander Avenue died Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Arthur J. Dulude and the late Joseph Lafleur.
Born in Fall River, MA, a daughter of the late George and Philomena (Harrison) St. Amand, she had lived in Lincoln for 49 years before moving to East Providence 4 years ago.
Mrs. Dulude was a sewer at Peterson Puritan and American Tourister before retiring.
Paul R. Kabbaze
CENTRAL FALLS - Paul R. Kabbaze, 56 of Central Falls died Tuesday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Anthony and Helene (Ducharme) Kabbaze and was a lifelong resident of the City.
He was a Reconditioner working in the Auto Industry for many years.
Itâ€™s universally true. When that time comes to saying goodbye to a parent or even a loyal pet, tears flow and emotions unravel. Many aging baby boomers, whether childless or empty nesters, have had pets who became their pampered â€śchildrenâ€ť or a closest faithful companion.
PAWTUCKET â€” A man wanted as a suspect in Friday's robbery of the Pawtucket Credit Union, along with a female believed to be his accomplice, were arrested on Wednesday afternoon by police in New York City, Pawtucket Police said.
On July 29, the credit union, located at 571 Smithfield Ave., was robbed by a male suspect. A witness observed the suspect enter a vehicle that was waiting nearby and being operated by a female.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Cheyenne Lambert and a couple of friends from Riverside Middle School had decided late Tuesday afternoon to take a walk on the beach near Rosa Larisa Park, As they sat in the sand, they heard music blaring up the hill, and just had to investigate.
PAWTUCKET --- Edd Pedro has been a busy man these days. Very busy.
The namesake and driving force behind what will be the eighth edition of the Edd Pedro Wiffleball Tournament has been burning the midnight oil this week making final preparations for Sundayâ€™s mega-event at Slater Park.
â€śThis weekâ€™s been pretty crazy,â€ť Pedro said on Tuesday night during a break from his preparations. â€śIâ€™m up to midnight every night normally, and Iâ€™m just out in my garage working on something for the tournament.
CUMBERLAND - It's always the same. For most of his 30-plus years playing softball, nothingâ€™s changed for Kirby Murphy each time he faces an opposing pitcher.
Before he approaches the on-deck circle, he takes three warm-up swings with three different bats. He then walks near the batterâ€™s box with the bat that heâ€™s going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batterâ€™s box before heâ€™s ready to go.