July 14th, 2011
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former Pawtucket Little League baseball star Mason Williams is off to a fast start with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York Penn League.
Williams, son of ex-Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams, and a fourth-round draft pick of the New York Yankees last summer, is batting .363 for Staten Island after 102 ABs.
The 6-foot, 150-pound centerfielder boasts a .539 slugging percentage.
Williams, still only 19 years old, played for Darlington American Little League before his family moved to Florida seven years ago.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” There are times when Regan Jeffrey heads to work and asks himself, â€śIf thereâ€™s some type of emergency, how would I respond?â€ť
The lifeguard discovered that answer at about 2 p.m., Tuesday, when he saved an unconscious 11-year-old boy from drowning in the deep end of the Boys & Girls Club of East Providence pool.
PAWTUCKET â€” â€śThereâ€™s nothing prettier riding on Rhode Islandâ€™s roads today,â€ť exclaimed Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, as he stood in front of one of the new diesel-hybrid trolleys that Pawtucket has just received from the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority.
Francis Rogers Jr.
JOHNSTON - Francis (Buddy) Rogers Jr. passed away on July 7th. He is survived by brother John Rogers and sister Tina Rogers, His five children Lynne Rogers Labonte, Alec, Linda & Kimberly Rogers Gorman & Francis Rogers the 3rd. 10 grandchildren and 1 great grand daughter. May he rest in peace.
Claire J. Jeffrey
ATTLEBORO - Claire J. (Galarneau) Jeffrey, 75, former business owner, downtown business advocate and tireless volunteer, of Kendall Avenue, Attleboro, died on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the Epoch Senior Healthcare of Norton. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert D. Jeffrey to whom she was married on September 26, 1958 and who died on January 28, 2003.
While most kids his age were down at the beach soaking up some rays the past two days, Jamison Randall was at Potowomut Country Club playing with some of the top amateur golfers in Rhode Island.
And, after a shaky opening start, the recent Cumberland High grad and individual state champion has manufactured a pair of solid rounds at the 106th annual R.I. Amateur Championship.
PAWTUCKET â€” A business based on â€śjunkâ€ť can really be a beautiful thing. Just drive down Front Street and witness the colorful mural being created on the side of a Berger Recycling warehouse by artist Fisiha Likke.
WARWICK - Dolores (Cotnoir) Quinn 100 years young, passed away peacefully at her home on Melbourn Rd., Warwick on July 12 surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marie Ann (Paradis) Cotnoir. Del was the devoted wife of the late John F. Quinn, former Pawtucket mayor (1933-37).
PAWTUCKET â€” A 24-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record has pleaded guilty to a 2010 carjacking incident involving a 72-year-old woman that occurred in the CVS parking lot on Smithfield Avenue in Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â€” A pen and ink drawing called â€śMill Buildings, Pawtucket,â€ť by artist Alan Metnick, has been chosen to be reproduced on the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival poster.
Metnick is the owner and president of Ten Trees Design Group, a screenprinting and design firm located at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket. According to his website, for over 40 years, he has been creating images and objects through photography, serigraphy (silk-screens), stained glass, painting, drawing and textiles. He describes the catalyst for this work as being â€śhistorical, biblical and personal.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” On their way to posting undefeated records in pool play of the District IV Little League All Star Tournament, Cumberland American and Lincoln combined to outscore their opponents by an 87-12 margin.
After their respective semifinal games on Tuesday night at Hien Field, the two powerhouse teams kept their records unblemished.
But it wasn't quite that easy.
PAWTUCKET â€“ This is a game Collette Vacations Post 79 would like to file away as quickly as humanly possible.
Joao F. Pires
PROVIDENCE: Joao F. (John) Pires was born November 8, 1976 in the Republic of Cape Verde. At the age of 8, John and his family immigrated to the U.S where he resided in Brockton, MA for 11 years. At the age of 19 John joined the US Army where he served honorably for 4 years. Upon his return from service, John moved to Rhode Island where he met and married Andrea Fontes. Andrea and John had twin sons. John was a resident of Providence, RI.
Richard J. Martel
PAWTUCKET - Richard J. Martel, 56 of Pawtucket died at home on Friday (July 8). Born in Pawtucket, a son of Dorothy C. (Breault) Martel and of the late Joseph R. Martel, he had been a lifelong resident of the city. Prior to retirement about twelve years ago, he had been employed at the Metallon Company.
James M. Levasseur
NO. PROVIDENCE - James Michael Levasseur, 27, of May Street and also of Buttonwoods, Warwick, passed away tragically from injuries of an automobile accident in Warwick on Friday. He was the son of Daniel Levasseur of Pawtucket and Gail Delomba.
CRANSTON --- Two outs away from wrapping up a successful comeback in the losersâ€™ bracket and repeating as Big League state champs, Pineview saw a spirited comeback by Smithfield ruin its bid for championship glory.
Smithfield erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held off a late charge in the home half of the frame by Pineview to eke out a thrilling 7-6 victory that landed the visiting team its first Big League crown at Fay Field.
Some thoughts designed to close the books on the first half of the 2011 season for the Pawtucket Red Sox â€¦
For the past several seasons the PawSox have sworn by a platoon situation at catcher.
â€śWe run a 2-2 split,â€ť manager Arnie Beyeler explained. â€śThey get their work, so thatâ€™s whatâ€™s important.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Know those acceptance speeches an Oscar recipient gives upon being presented a solid gold statuette? The ones that begin with â€śIâ€™d like to thank â€¦â€ť
Some speeches turn out sappy bordering on cringeworthy. Those falling in the melodramatic category tend to feature the winner crying to point where you can barely make out whatâ€™s being said. Bottom line? Itâ€™s about extolling credit where credit is due.
If youâ€™re not a baseball fan, stop here. Itâ€™s time to talk baseball.
The All-Star break isnâ€™t just a respite for players. The short vacation gives baseball fans a few days off to think about the second half of the pennant race. Thatâ€™s what we fans do. Canâ€™t play so we sit around mulling schedules and statistics while the grass turns brown in our front yard.
In New England, when you mention pennant race, that can only mean one thing â€“ Red Sox vs. the Yankees, with a little dose of the Tampa Bay Rays thrown in.