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August 15th, 2011

Cumberland American players having fun

August 15, 2011

It didn’t take long for Dave Belisle and his Cumberland American Little Leaguers to become immersed in the “Christmas in August” fervor that typically surfaces in Williamsport, Pa. around this time each year.

Pawtucket/Providence market third in minor ratings

August 15, 2011

Street & Smith’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.
Here’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

August 15, 2011

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.

Musician comes back to his roots

August 15, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.
“They were astonished I was leaving for L.A.,” Baron smiled Friday afternoon. “I 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

August 15, 2011

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

August 15, 2011

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.

August 14th

Lots of history, tradition at Pawtucket Country Club

August 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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 city’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.

With backs against the wall, CALL delivered

August 14, 2011

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 Cumberland’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 Belisle’s club needed them most, Cumberland’s bats awoke from their ill-timed slumber. The rest, as they say, is history.

PawSox silence G-Braves behind Fox

August 14, 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — 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.


August 14, 2011

Members of the Cumberland American Little League team representing Rhode Island celebrate their 13-7 victory Saturday over Massachusetts on Breen Field in Bristol, Conn. Having now won the New England Championships, the locals play later this week in Williamsport, Pa.

August 13th

City parking garage situation irks businesses

August 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET — On Friday just after 10 a.m., an employee of Artee Home said she was coming down the stairwell from the municipal parking garage when she came upon a disturbing sight. A man who appeared to be passed out was sprawled at the bottom of the first-floor landing, blocking her passage. The man had also apparently defecated and urinated in the spot. The woman, who asked that her name not be used, said she tried speaking to the man and was relieved to see that he was at least breathing. She called police and rescue personnel responded. The stairwell was cordoned off and later cleaned.

PawSox fall to Gwinnett

August 13, 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — On paper, the PawSox four-game enterprise against the stingy Gwinnett Braves pitching staff ought to have gotten gradually easier after they got the better of Julio Teheran on Friday.
Manager Arnie Beyeler wanted no such notion inhabiting his clubhouse, as evidenced by his thoughts between Friday and Saturday night’s bouts and the outcome of the latter game.

Cumberland American earns trip to Little League World Series

August 13, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. — It was only fitting.
The shutdown pitching. The relentless hitting. The comeback.
They were all on display in Saturday’s New England regional final. And that is why the Cumberland American players circled Breen Field in jubilation, their championship banner in tow, with Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” blaring over the sound system.
Next stop: South Williamsport, Pa.
Down three runs before taking a swing, Cumberland erupted in an eight-run bottom of the first inning that set the tone for its 13-7 victory against Andover (Mass.) National.

Portuguese Social Club Feast continues all weekend

August 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET – You don't have to hail from Portugal or the Azores to enjoy their music, foods and fun.
The annual Portuguese Social Club Feast will continue Saturday (from noon-11:30 p.m.) and Sunday (from noon-10 p.m.) at its site, located at 131 School St., said Club President Manuel Alves.
The public is invited to take in assorted dance groups from across the area, Portuguese foods including sardines and others, American favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, chips and desserts, rides for youngsters and wide array of entertainment.

August 12th

First-place PawSox rally in ninth to top Gwinnett, 5-3

August 12, 2011

LAWRENCEVILE, Ga. – The PawSox mustered just enough to deny the International League’s winningest pitcher, Julio Teheran, another decision Friday night. The Gwinnett Braves ace, who entered with a 12-2 record and a sparkling 1.11 ERA, nearly preserved a 2-1 lead through seven innings, but instead left with a 2-2 deadlock at hand.

CALL goes for New England title Saturday

August 12, 2011

“I thought hockey was tough.”
BRISTOL, Ct. — Dave Belisle, who along with his dad Bill Belisle, was part of 26 state titles won by the Mount St. Charles Academy hockey team the last four decades, couldn’t help but make that analogy on Thursday night. Those five words were the first to come out of his mouth after the Cumberland American manager watched his squad hold on for an 8-7 semifinal win over Fairfield American in the New England Championship of the Eastern Regional Tournament.

Joshua Wildenhain

August 12, 2011

Joshua D. Wildenhain
RIVERSIDE - Joshua D. Wildenhain, of Earl Avenue, Riverside passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011. He was born in Pawtucket the son of Michael and Sheila J. (Marland) Wildenhain of Riverside.
Mr. Wildenhain was a student at Providence College. He had finished his junior year and was looking forward to his graduation in the spring of 2012.
Besides his parents Joshua leaves a brother Christopher Wildenhain of Riverside and his paternal grandparents David A. and Marceline Wildenhain. He was the grandson of the late Harold and Rita (Bradshaw) Marland.

Alcides Soares

August 12, 2011

Alcides Soares
PAWTUCKET - Alcides Soares, 46, passed August 11th.
He was the son of Jose P. and Jovita (Neves) Soares.
Alcides was employed by Donovan Plumbing for many years.
He is survived by his son, Quincy Soares, three brothers, Joe Soares, Tony Soares and John Soares, a sister, Rosa Osborne and several nieces and nephews.

Rita Lacourse

August 12, 2011

Rita M. Lacourse
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. Lacourse, 88, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011. She was the beloved and devoted wife of Maurice Lacourse. They were happily married for sixty four years. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (Girouard) Girouard. She had lived in Central Falls for twenty four years before moving to Pawtucket in 1950.

Annette Z. Valliere

August 12, 2011

Annette Z. Valliere
PAWTUCKET - Annette Z. Valliere, 88 died on Wednesday at Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket. Born in Pawtucket and a resident of the city for nearly sixty years, she was the wife of the late Donat Valliere and the daughter of the late Emile and Maria (St. Denis) Baril. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia Church, a devoted homemaker and enjoyed gardening.

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