July 29th, 2011
WEST WARWICK â€“ Like many American Legion coaches, Collette Vacations boss Ray Ventura was probably hoping that Jeff Diehl was going turn pro after getting drafted by the New York Mets in June.
You could see why Friday night as Diehl single-handily almost won the game for Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20, the catcher belting two home runs in a 6-4 win over Collette in the winnersâ€™ bracket final of the American Legion Senior Division playoffs.
WEST WARWICK â€“ Instead of dwelling on Thursdayâ€™s loss to Collette Vacations Post 79, the boys from Cumberland Post 14 answered the challenge of keeping its season alive.
Top-seeded Post 14 lives to fight another day thanks to eight standout innings from knuckleball artist Zach Perry and key hits from Tyler Santaniello and Nick Zammarelli. Almost forgotten in the aftermath of Fridayâ€™s 5-2 win against defending champion New England Frozen Lemonade/Shields Post 43 was the spectacular â€“ some may argue season-saving â€“ catch Matt Sorkin made in center field to end the top of the first inning.
Edmond A. Tetreault, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Edmond A. "Eddie" "Brother" Tetreault, Jr., 68 of Pawtucket died on Wednesday at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island in Providence. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Edmond A., Sr. and Yvonne B. (Berthiaume) Tetreault, he had resided in Pawtucket since 1978. He was a former communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
Survivors are three sisters: Rita Lanoue of Central Falls, Lucie (Robert) Holland of Pawtucket and Claire (Harold) Hague of Lincoln and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother-in-law of the late Normand Lanoue.
Betty C. Shaw
SEEKONK, MA - Betty C. Shaw, 84, of Seekonk, MA died peacefully at Blue Hills Alzheimer's Care Center in Stoughton, MA on Wednesday, July 27. She was the wife of the late Harry E. Shaw. Born in Pawtucket, she was educated in East Pawtucket Schools. She was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church in Seekonk and enjoyed gardening & dancing. Betty was a receiver for Ann & Hope in Seekonk before retiring at age 62.
Theresa M. Procter
PAWTUCKET - Theresa "Terri" Madeline (Hanson) Procter, 74, passed away Friday, July 29, 2011 at the New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital, after a prolonged illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Procter.
The fourth week in July means the following:
1). The bombardment of back-to-school commercials, serving as a cruel reality check and a reminder that summer reading will not be accomplished through osmosis or CliffsNotes.
2). Thereâ€™s roughly a month remaining in the minor league season. Where does the time go?
3). Another fast-moving July 31 trading deadline is just days away from building toward a crescendo.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s been quite some time since Collette Vacations Post 79 enjoyed a nine-game win streak or found itself two wins away from a state championship, but thatâ€™s the state of the Pawtucket ballclub heading into tonightâ€™s 8 p.m. winnersâ€™ bracket final at McCarthy Stadium.
Eric Geisman gave a splendid performance on the mound and Post 79 did just enough offensively to help produce a 4-1 victory over Cumberland Post 14 on Thursday night in their semifinal-round game at Pierce Field.
PROVIDENCE â€” Named for the indefatigable fighter for the poor and sick, the Henry Shelton Act, which will allow low-income Rhode Islanders to pay a percentage of their income for gas and electric utility bills instead of the full metered amount, and will restrict the ability of utilities to shut off service for non-payment was ceremonially signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee Thursday.
ATTLEBORO â€” While the closed County Street Bridge has been a source of frustration to local residents for over five years, the newly designed span that opened Thursday morning instilled nothing but pride in those that were there to witness its debut.
Patti Joanne Rebello
PAWTUCKET - Patti Joanne Rebello, 49, of Park Street, entered into eternal rest on Monday. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Janet (Blake) Frechette and the late Charles Frechette. She lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Patti was employed as a cashier at Mobile-Exxon in So. Attleboro. Besides her mother, she leaves 2 daughters, Amie Frechette and Stephanie Rebello, 2 sisters, Linda Sousa and Christine Frechette and 2 brothers, Charles and Michael Frechette. She was the Grandmother of Ashley Salvas and Angelina Pierini.
WEST WARWICK â€” No one could have seen this coming.
There was Collette Vacations Post 79 and Hurd Auto Mall of Johnston on Wednesday, locked in a 2-2 duel after nine innings. Then came the top of the 10th, which saw Hurd run into major problems on the mound. Goodbye tightly played affair. Hello 12-2 lop-sided victory for Post 79, coming in the opening round of the American Legion Senior Division â€śElite Eightâ€ť double-elimination tournament. Collette, the fifth seed, now faces top overall seed Cumberland Post 14 Thursday night at 7, the venue Pierce Field.
WEST WARWICK â€” To say that Ryan Oâ€™Dell and his Cumberland Post 14 teammates are looking forward to the American Legion Senior Division playoffs would be a gross understatement.
Just a few months earlier, many of the same players on manager Jim Dawberâ€™s crew figured prominently on the Lincoln High baseball squad that exited quickly from the Division I playoffs. It was the type of ending that was viewed in some corners as a complete shock, especially since Lincoln had captured the I-North division title and rattled off seven consecutive wins to begin the season.
WARWICK â€” After capturing the state title for 11-year-olds last year with basically the same core of players, Cumberland American All-Star coach Dave Belisle kind of had a feeling his team had what it took to excel in the Major Division this summer.
Just a little more than a month after the season began, his young and talented players certainly proved it.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Call it a textbook definition of volunteerism. Thanks to a group of people who are donating their time, Central Falls residents will once again have access to the city's public library, which was recently closed due to the severe budget crisis.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the Adams Memorial Library, at 205 Central Avenue, will be open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
While the hours are now limited, Adams Board member Tom Shannahan is hoping to expand the schedule if more volunteers are willing to come forward to help out.
Edward J. Howe
NORTON, MA - Edward J. Howe, 74, of Dean Street, Norton, died on Monday at his residence.
He was the husband of Carol M. (Perry) Howe.
Born in Pawtucket on March 29, 1937, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Mary (McGill) Howe. Mr. Howe resided in Norton for the past 37 years having moved there from Attleboro.
He was employed as a meat cutter for the former Almacs Supermarket at various locations for several years until an injury ended his career in 1974.
While employed, Mr. Howe was a steward of the Teamster's Union.
Mildred C. Hartley
LINCOLN - Mildred C. (Gould) Hartley, 88, passed July 26th.
She lived her life right to the very end of it. Her resilient, positive spirit and her sense of humor stayed with her.
She was devoted, loving and generous to her family and they, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, returned that love and devotion in her final hours. She was the wife of the late David Hartley.
Mildred was the daughter of the late Clare A. and Gertrude (Wilding) Gould.
WEST WARWICK --- They will try this again today.
Tuesdayâ€™s start to the American Legion Senior Division â€śElite Eightâ€ť double-elimination tournament only reached a few innings before inclement weather rained on most of the state and suspended both opening-round doubleheaders at McCarthy Field in West Warwick and Pierce Field in East Providence.
Itâ€™s a special time for the players of the Cumberland American Little League All-Star team. The squad, which is mostly comprised of 12-year-old youths, stormed through the District IV Major Division Tournament and after two dominating victories at the state level stands just a win away from representing Rhode Island at the Eastern Regionals in Bristol, Conn., next week.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island has named Martin E. Tursky president and chief executive officer effective Oct. 1. Tursky succeeds current President and CEO Francis R. Dietz who will be retiring after serving at the helm of the hospital for 47 years.
Tursky was recruited, after a nationwide search in 2010, to serve as Memorialâ€™s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Over the past year he has been working closely with Dietz and the existing administration.
PAWTUCKET â€” A vacant commercial building that once housed a furniture store and was later known as a source for Halloween costumes, party supplies and quirky novelties, was destroyed Monday night by a fire of unknown origin.
While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, city records show that the building had been cited for several building code violations, and the latest owners were scheduled for a hearing on outstanding violations in Municipal Court next Friday.