August 5th, 2011
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.
âErik was a hockey player for the most part. Most kids in Canada are because they donât have high school baseball up there,â recalled Vigilio in a telephone interview Friday. âHe 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
BRISTOL, Ct. - Manager Dave Belisle considers every one of the 13 players on his Cumberland American All-Star roster a reason itâs 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
âWhat you see with this team is theyâre picking each other up,â Belisle said. âThere have been some situations where we looked like we were going to fold, but someone has picked the individuals up. Itâs a team game. It just seems that one through 13 somebody contributed.
FOXBORO â Tom Brady is especially glad heâs not a rookie this year â for a couple of reasons.
âNot only because their salaries got cut in half,â said the New England Patriots quarterback, referencing the NFLâs newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.
Rookies are also tasked with an accelerated acclimation to NFL life because of the leagueâs 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 --- Itâs 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 baseballâs various pennant races are beginning to take shape.
The Pawtucket Red Sox and their âparentâ 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 leagueâs 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.
Itâs 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 âchildrenâ 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 Sundayâs mega-event at Slater Park.
âThis weekâs been pretty crazy,â Pedro said on Tuesday night during a break from his preparations. âIâm up to midnight every night normally, and Iâm 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, nothingâs 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 batterâs box with the bat that heâs going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batterâs box before heâs ready to go.
Dolores Marie Neville
PAWTUCKET - Dolores Marie (Lindemann) Neville, 84, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully in the company of her family Aug. 1 at Scallop Shell Nursing Home in Wakefield, after an extended illness. She had been a professional educator and held teaching and administrative positions in the Providence and Pawtucket school systems, most notably at Meeting St. School, Governor Center School and Shea High School.
Genevieve T. Padykula
PAWTUCKET - Genevieve T. Padykula 92, of Hanover Avenue passed away Wednesday August 3, 2011 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Stanley J. Padykula.
Born in Cumberland she was a daughter of the late Felix and Agnes (Zombek) Banach. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed by the Rhode Island School Lunch Program. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church Holy Rosary Society.
PROVIDENCE â None of the members of Rhode Islandâs congressional delegation, all Demo-crats, liked the agreement to raise the nationâs debt limit very much, but all four of them voted for it, saying its passage was necessary to prevent a potentially catastrophic default.
PAWTUCKET â A 51-year-old Warwick man, on probation for two previous criminal convictions, including the 1982 murder of a young Pawtucket woman, has been accused in the November 2010 murder of 83-year-old Pauline Buco, also from Pawtucket.