August 2nd, 2011
PAWTUCKET â It wasnât as if Kevin Millwood was deliberately ambiguous when asked if the veteran pitcher envisions finishing the season with the Pawtucket Red Sox. The simple answer is that Millwood doesnât have one.
âI donât know. Thatâs kind of tough to answer right now,â said a well-meaning Millwood after tossing a bullpen session Tuesday morning.
PAWTUCKET â Nate Spears did more than achieve hero status after belting a game-ending two-run home run in Pawtucketâs 4-3 win against Louisville Tuesday afternoon. Rewarded with his efforts with a shaving cream pie in the face â courtesy of Michael Bowden, Luis Exposito and Ryan Lavarnway â Spears reminded the masses that the PawSox feature contributors who may not appear on any prospect watch list, but they are just as instrumental to the cause.
CUMBERLAND â After a much-deserved 10-day break from competitive baseball, recent state champion Cumberland American begins its quest for a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series this weekend. The All-Star squad faces Massachusettsâs titlist Andover National Saturday afternoon at 2 in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.
Michael G. Gregory
CUMBERLAND - Michael G. Gregory, 41, passed August 1st with his loving family by his side.
Raised in Central Falls, a son of George G. and Gloria J. (Desaulniers) Gregory, Michael attended Holy Trinity School, and then St. Raphael's Academy in Pawtucket.
Mike was a five year Army Veteran serving during the first Persian Gulf War.
He then worked for Century Link for many years.
JOHNSTON - Marion (LaFountaine) Fahey, 86, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late J. Linus Fahey.
A. Michael Reilly
LINCOLN - A. Michael Reilly, 86, passed August 2nd. He was the husband of Sophie (Gouvalaris) Reilly.
Born in Seekonk, MA a son of the late Michael A. and Rose (Couture) Reilly.
He had been employed for 20 years by the Continental Bronze as a sheet metal fabricator.
He was a third degree Knights of Columbus, Lincoln Council and tended bar at the family business, Reilly's Cafe of Cumberland for many years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael A. Reilly also of Lincoln, He was twin brother of the late Eileen LaRose and also Mary Walker.
NARRAGANSETT - Dorothy Shmaruk, 91, formerly of Central Falls, died Monday. She was the wife of the late Michael Shmaruk.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late George and Marie Schroeck. Mrs. Shmaruk served in the US Navy during WWII, enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her friends at the senior center.
PAWTUCKET â The topic was Ryan Lavarnway and the most prolific home run hitters to ever to suit up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After all, when youâve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games â Lavarnwayâs mashing rate heading into Mondayâs action â you start flashing back to names like Jim Rice, Sam Horn, Phil Plantier and Izzy Alcantara and the baseballs they made vanish.
PAWTUCKET â The Connie Mack Baseball League has always taken a back seat to American Legion baseball during the summer months. And thatâs too bad because there are some good players performing in relative anonymity inside the 12-team Rhode Island organization.
Elmwood Sports, which features players from Pawtucket and Central Falls, showed off some of its talent during a 2-0 victory over West Warwick in a first-round playoff game on Monday evening at McConnon Field. Bryan Quinlan knocked in both runs to back Andrew Larsonâs shutout pitching.
CENTRAL FALLS â Calling it a move that will âallow Central Falls to re-invent itself as a viable community,â Receiver Robert Flanders announced Monday that the city has petitioned for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
Francis V. Quinn
LAKEWOOD, CA - Francis V. Quinn, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away July 7, 2011. He leaves 3 children, 1 sister, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 niece and 2 nephews.
John J. Gawlik
PAWTUCKET- John J. Gawlik 85, passed away Monday August 1, 2011 at Epoch on Blackstone Boulevard. He was the beloved husband of Stella B. (Dzierzyc) Gawlik.
Born in Blackstone, MA he was a son of the late John F. and Victoria M. (Maslon) Gawlik. He was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machinist for the former G.T. Schjeldahl Co.
Joseph B. Ferreira
CUMBERLAND - Joseph B. Ferreira, 87 of Meeting Street passed away Monday in Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the husband of Mary C. (Rodrigues) Ferreira.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Antonio and Francisca Ferreira. He resided in Cumberland for the past 61 years.
He was employed by General Motors formerly of Framingham for over 25 years until his retirement.
He was a WW II, US Navy Veteran.
Roxanne M. Metivier
CUMBERLAND - Roxanne M. Metivier, 36, passed on July 30th from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Paulette (Turgeon) Robertson and Harold Metivier.
Roxanne was a self-employed animal groomer and was known as a dedicated animal lover.
Joseph A. Keough, Sr.
TAMARAC, FL - Joseph Keough Sr, 72, formerly of Warwick, passed away Friday, July 29, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Born in Pawtucket, he was the beloved son of the late Mark and Nancy (Hughes) Keough.
PAWTUCKET -- Members of the Pawtucket Veterans Council are asked to assemble at Pawt. Veterans' Memorial Park, Roosevelt Ave. and Exchange St. on Monday, August 8, at 11 a.m. for Victory Day ceremonies.
Mayor Don Grebien, various city councilors, Brig. Gen Brian Goodwin and Daniel Evangelista, Chief, RI Office of Veterans' Affairs, are invited as well as the general public, especially veterans. Afterwards we have been invited to visit Gatchell VFW Post.
The Times is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office at 23 Exchange Street in Pawtucket.
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WEST WARWICK â As Jim Dawber watched a mentally and physically drained Ryan OâDell unleash pitch after pitch, a conclusion to Sundayâs marathon of baseball at McCarthy Stadium unfolded in his mind.
âOh wow,â the Cumberland Post 14 manager thought to himself. âWeâre going to win the championship, and heâs going to win the MVP.ââ
Speaking through visible emotion a short while later, Dawber came to grips with the crushing reality.
âIt didnât play out that way in real life,â he said.