April 8th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
The Red Sox have certainly provided plenty of grist for the mill. Thatâ€™s what happens when you begin the season with unprecedented expectations (World Series or bust) only to stumble out of the gate with six straight losses. Agony doesnâ€™t even begin to describe the early-season travails with your Boston baseball club.
Weâ€™re not about to declare that hope is lost, especially when you subtract six from 162 and end up with 156, which is how many games the Red Sox have left. Time is on their side.
PAWTUCKET --- Lincoln High made good on its first splendid day of the spring to play baseball.
The Lions scored four times in their opening swings and tacked on three runs in the third inning before settling on a 10-5 victory over St. Raphael Academy on Thursday afternoon in the Division I-North opener for both teams at sun-drenched Vets Park.
University of Rhode Island-bound Ryan Oâ€™Dell went 3-for-4 to propel the Lionsâ€™ 11-hit assault, and Kyle Jacksonâ€™s two-run double in the first inning and Matt Sorkinâ€™s two-run single in the third were the key hits for the visitors.
PAWTUCKET â€” Concern about the future of the Pawtucket Armory building now that it is in receivership has prompted city officials to call for an emergency meeting with the Pawtucket Armory Association, the receiver, and other pertinent parties.
Councilor Albert Vitali had asked the city's legal department to look into whether or not the city could take back the historic property through some type of â€śreverter clauseâ€ť now that it is in receivership.
Richard L. Sifers
PAWTUCKET: Richard L. "Pop" Sifers, 62, passed April 6th at home with his loving family by his side. He was the longtime companion of the late Catie Greene.
He had been employed as a Steeplejack for over 30 years.
Pop was a past president of the former Brother's East Motorcycle Club.
He is survived by 4 daughters, 3 sons, 12 grandchildren a great granddaughter, a brother and a sister.
Sandra, R. Williams
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Sandra, R. (Verduchi) Williams, 50, passed unexpectedly on April 4th.
She was the daughter of the late Louis and Carol (Amitrano) Verduchi.
She was employed by Woodlawn Auto Service of Pawtucket.
She is survived by her daughter Melissa L. Williams of North Providence, a brother, Gary J. Verduchi and Julie Solan of Lincoln, a sister Corrine P. O'Donnell and her husband John of Chepachet, 3 nieces, Garra, Randi and Kristina, and a nephew, John John. She was the sister of the late Ralph, Louis and Randy Verduchi.
LINCOLN â€” A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.
The 2011 season for the PawSox is finally upon us, and with it brings the promise of intrigue and discovery. Who will produce enough to get summoned to Boston? Answers will start to reveal themselves beginning with tonightâ€™s opener against Rochester.
Here are five items one scribe plans to closely monitor in the early going until the picture becomes clearer:
1. Good gloves will always travel, but be patient with the hitting.
LINCOLN â€” As Bill Lee and Bob Montgomery swapped stories and shared laughs Wednesday afternoon at Kirkbrae Country Club, the former Red Sox pitcher-catcher battery took time to address some of baseballâ€™s hidden truths that todayâ€™s coaches and players like to put a different spin on.
WOONSOCKET â€” Cumberland High coach Marty Crowley believes he has a strong enough team to contend for a state title come mid-June.
But in his eyes, and perhaps most in Division I, the squad that everyone in the league should be concerned about is last yearâ€™s state runner-up Mount St. Charles Academy.
â€śAbsolutely,â€ť he said. â€śThey went to the finals last year. They (basically) got everybody back. They should be the favorites to win the whole thing. Theyâ€™re good.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS- Krystyna Bubis 62, formerly of High Street passed away Sunday April 3, 2011 at the Miriam Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Edward Bubis.
Born in Poland she was a daughter of the Late Czeslaw and Helena (Krawczyk) Minota.
Mrs. Bubis was employed as a Cook at Darlington Assisted Living in Pawtucket.
Linda L. Camire
LINCOLN - Linda L. Camire, 63, of Lincoln, died Friday. She was the companion of James D. Coyle, Jr. Born in Attleboro, MA, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Laura (Roy) Badorek. Linda was employed as a sales associate for Totes & Isotoner at Wrentham Village. She is also survived by her daughters Darlene M. Jutras of Pawtucket and Dale A. Camire of Attleboro, MA, her brother John Badorek of Coventry and her grandson Tyler Jutras.
LINCOLN â€“ At the core of Bill Leeâ€™s multi-faceted personality is a baseball pitcher who remains fascinated -- even at the age of 64 -- by the process of getting batters out.
Lee came here on Wednesday to serve as keynote speaker at the annual â€śWelcome Home, PawSoxâ€ť luncheon hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. He walked into Kirkbrae Country Clubâ€™s dining area a few minutes before noon, dressed like a cowboy, his still-athletic frame topped off by a wide-brimmed hat that identified the former Red Sox pitcher as a man of great presence.
PAWTUCKET â€” Relief pitchers inherently are the most fickle commodity in baseball. Thatâ€™s why teams are inclined to stockpile as many candidates as they can each season, crossing oneâ€™s fingers that one or two arms pan out and solidify the foundation already in place.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mike McKenry doesnâ€™t completely feel like a stranger in a strange land. The new PawSox catcher has St. Raphael alumnus Chris Iannetta to thank for that.
PROVIDENCE â€” This Thursday, and every Pawsox home opening day thereafter, will officially be Ben Mondor Day in Rhode Island.
Pawsox President Mike Tamburro and Vice President and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer were on the dais of the House of Representatives Tuesday for the reading of a resolution to that effect that also passed the Senate and went immediately to Gov. Lincoln Chafee for his signature.
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Hectorine "Memere" Lebeuf, 102, of South Attleboro passed away Tuesday, April 05, 2011. She was the wife of the late Hector Lebeuf.
Born in Canada she was the daughter of the late Jean-Baptiste and Ernestine (Lafond) Dextradeur.
Raymond O. Bourgette
CENTRAL FALLS - Raymond Oscar "Rim" Bourgette,96 died on Sunday at the R.I. Veterans Home in Bristol, RI. He was the son of the late Alfred and Aldea (Larivee) Bourgette. Born in Central Falls and a lifelong resident of the city, he was a self-employed butcher along with his father.
During WWII, he served in the US Army and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He was a CB Radio enthusiast, known as the "Beagle Man" and was a member of the Oak Hill and Little Rhody Beagle Clubs and an avid hunter.
Estelle T. Lincourt
CUMBERLAND - Estelle T. (Roberge) Lincourt, 83, of Cumberland and formerly of Lindesta Rd., Pawtucket, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, April 4, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Gerald L. Lincourt and the devoted mother of the late Barbara Raposa.
Ed Hunt knows that all three subdivisions in this yearâ€™s Division I circuit are going to be tough, but not as difficult as the battles awaiting his Lincoln team in the Division I-North ranks.
â€śThere are no weak sisters in our division,â€ť the veteran coach said before his Lionsâ€™ workout on Monday afternoon. â€śI think we have the toughest division from top to bottom, whereas most of the other divisions, theyâ€™re balanced this year, but they still probably have four good teams.â€ť