July 24th, 2011
WARWICK â Another day, another offensive explosion by Cumberland American.
Manager Dave Belisleâs club moved within one win of claiming the Major Division state championship Sunday, throttling Cranston Western 15-0 in a four-inning mercy-rule affair at Warwick West Side Little Leagueâs Abe Klitzner Field.
WARWICK â Collette Vacations Post 79 took care of business in the preliminary round of the R.I. American Legion Senior Division playoffs, sweeping Senerchia Post 74 in two games.
Post 79 got a near-flawless pitching performance from Andrew Veiga during Saturdayâs 2-0 victory in Game 2. Veiga only faced 30 batters over nine innings as Colletteâs defense once again played a key role in the teamâs victory.
SEEKONK â Firefly Golf Course certainly fits the definition of the word âunique.â
What other golf course in the area plays to a par of 60 and measures just 3,644 yards? Only Firefly, an executive golf course that was designed and built by womenâs golf legend Joanne Carner and her husband Don Hoenig back in 1962.
PAWTUCKET â How much more wear and tear can the century-old Division Street Bridge take from the I-95 truck detours before costly repairs have to be made? That is the million dollar question that City Councilors were asking this week following a state inspection report that listed the bridge as being in âfairâ condition.
PROVIDENCE â The statewide Grand Jury reported the indictments of two Pawtucket residents Friday.
Anthony Berard, 27, was charged with one count of first degree sexual assault and one count of possession of cocaine. It is alleged that on or about Jan. 30, 2011, Berard sexually assaulted a woman, with that assault being in the first degree. The alleged sexual assault took place in Warwick. It is further alleged that on or about March 11, 2011, Berard possessed cocaine, an incident alleged to have taken place in Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has ruled that the Central Falls City Council can convene to advise the state-appointed receiver overseeing the city's troubled finances but must pay expenses related to the monthslong legal battle.
NEW YORK (AP) â The urban Northeast baked like a potato wrapped in foil Friday as record-breaking, 100-degree temperatures and steambath humidity combined with the heat-trapping effects of asphalt and concrete to make millions of people miserable.
The mercury in Newark, N.J., reached 108, the highest temperature ever recorded in the city. Philadelphia hit 104. Boston and Teterboro, N.J., reached 102 and Providence, R.I., 100. New York City hit 104 degrees, just 2 short of its all-time high, and with the oppressive humidity, it felt like 113.
CUMBERLAND â Cumberland American Little League All-Star coach Dave Belisle has been this route before.
When his team, the recent District IV champions, takes to the field Saturday night for its opening-round game in the state tournament, it will be the second time that Belisle has made the trip.
Four years ago when his son Brian was on the squad, he was the coach when CALL also competed at the states after copping the district title with an exciting win over a very-talent Smithfield team in the finals.
Dorothy M. Tondreau
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy M. "Dot" Tondreau, 88, peacefully departed this world in her sleep Thursday, July 21, 2011.
A classically trained painter, Dorothy, known to family and friends as "Dot" or "Dottie," excelled in both watercolor and oil painting. In addition to her talent in painting, she was also a skilled and enthusiastic art teacher to family, several of her nieces and nephews having gone on to become successful artists themselves. With an amusing anecdote for nearly every situation, Dot leaves everyone she knew with an abundance of fond memories.
PAWTUCKET â PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler gave everyone a scare after lifting shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias after seven innings Thursday night. After all, this is the same Iglesias that was hit in the head with a fastball on July 3, resulting in a concussion that sidelined him for two-plus weeks.
After a narrow 5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley, Beyeler clarified that the plan was to ease Iglesias back into the fray. âHe felt good. We were thinking three at-bats or five innings, something in that range,â said the skipper. âHe had a nice night.â
WOONSOCKET â Former Gov. Bruce Sundlun died Thursday at the age of 91, leaving what is likely to be viewed as a significant but controversial impact on the state he headed for two terms in the Governorâs office.
Sundlun, who ran three times to win his first term as Governor in 1991, put the wheels in motion for construction of the stateâs modern T.F. Green Airport in Warwick by the time he left office.
But it was his decision to close the stateâs credit unions and banks shortly after being sworn-in in January 1991 that drew the strongest emotions about him among city residents on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â Plate discipline and strike zone recognition can be found on the first page of the hitterâs manual. Knowing the pitches one can drive goes hand-in-hand with refusing to chase the ones that dance outside the strike zone, tempting as they may be.
One day Yale head baseball coach John Stuper passed along this nugget to Ryan Lavarnway, words of wisdom mentioned to him by Gene Tenace, a former teammate of Stuperâs with the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 80s.
The R.I. American Legion Senior Division tournament will get under way this weekend at fields across the state, but the format of this summerâs tournament will be vastly different from the one used in past seasons.
Instead of 16 teams trying to claim back-to-back, best-of-three series to reach the âFinal Fourâ of the tournament, the goal this season will be to earn berths in the âFinal Eightâ double-elimination format that begins on Tuesday night at McCarthy Stadium in West Warwick and Pierce Field in East Providence.
CUMBERLAND --- The Cumberland Major Division all-star teamâs roads to the District IV and state championships were tough. The squadâs next venture only promises to be a whole lot tougher.
Cumberland joined nine other ballclubs from the northern part of the country this weekend to take part in the Eastern Regional Tournament at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
Dave Egan's rose-red face glistened with sweat as he sought out a sliver of cool shade beside his box truck in Woonsocket to escape the fast-rising morning temperatures.
Foreman of an outdoor labor crew for Providence & Worcester Railroad, Egan was working in air that made breathing seem more like inhaling a bowl of flavorless, hot soup.
Throw in the dust kicked up amid the screaming whine of an asphalt-cutting power saw, and creosote fumes that mix with perspiration to create a solution that literally burns the skin, and it added up to a scorching day at the office.
Josephine C. Tetreault
PAWTUCKET - Josephine C. Tetreault 95, of Ballston Avenue passed away Thursday July 21, 2011 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert J. Tetreault.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Martin and Agnes (Lesniak) Czech. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 35 years.
She was a Volunteer at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for over 30 years.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race.
Just donât mention it to PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
âI get excited about all of our wins,â Beyeler said Wednesday after his PawSox moved to within one game of International League North division leader Lehigh Valley with a 2-1 walkoff victory, their third win in as many games with the IronPigs this week.
Pawtucket can move into a tie for first place with a win over Lehigh Valley in tonightâs series finale.
PAWTUCKET â Kevin Millwood isnât much different than the average working man who is nearing the end of his professional career.
The 36-year-old veteran of 14 big league seasons is proud of his accomplishments (159 wins, third in the 1999 National League Cy Young voting) and determined to go out on his own terms, pitching baseballs on hot summer days in the minor leagues, waiting for one last call to the big leagues.
PAWTUCKET â Joanne Palazzo knew she'd see a lot of humorous incidents when the Pawtucket Dog Park opened back on June 11.
She stated she didn't plan on witnessing one so heartrending.
âLast Friday, we saw an older boxer playing around with some other dogs, but all of a sudden he went down; he evidently hurt his hip, I don't know how,â recalled Palazzo, Co-Chair of the Pawtucket Dog Park Committee under Chairwoman Sheryl Rennick. âYou could tell he was in some serious pain, and everyone ran over to help him.
PROVIDENCE â From humble beginnings nearly a century ago, through good times and bad, the Rhode Island Foundation has grown its endowment to a whopping $565 million.
But the state's leading philanthropic organization knows that no matter how much it grows the pot, it's never going to be big enough.
âThere are always more good ideas than we can fund,â says Owen Heleen, RIF's vice president for grant programs. âThat's why we're always challenged to support more and more of the good ideas that come our way.â