May 29th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â Roger Brissette and his sister Vivian will never forget their little brother Ronald, who got drafted in 1965, went to Vietnam a year later, and died during The Battle of Loc Ninh Plantation on June 11, 1966.
âI think about Ronnie every day,â Roger, now 72, admitted last week after sending his brotherâs picture to this newspaper for publication on the Military Page.
A combat friend of Ronnie got in touch with Roger in 1996, setting off a discovery process for the remaining Brissette family members.
PAWTUCKET â It sure looks good on a resume. Shea High School is the only high school in the nation right now to hold a charter from the American Society of Public Administration for its Government and Public Administration Academy.
WARWICK â A lingering shoulder problem, one that bothered him during a still successful indoor campaign, has limited the number of meets for Freddy Gobewole this spring.
But it hasnât stopped him from winning.
The Shea High senior ran the fastest time in the state in the 100-meter dash on Saturday, winning the individual title at the annual Hendricken Invitational with a time of 10.5 seconds. Gobewoleâs performance, where he defeated junior Josh Gilkenson of Moses Brown by a tenth of a second, comes just a week before the state championships at Brown Stadium.
WAKEFIELD â Tolman starting pitcher Chris Messier issued just one walk in Saturdayâs Region 3 finale of the Division II double-elimination tournament vs. The Prout School. Unfortunately for the sixth-seeded Tigers, that free pass wound up being the deciding factor in a 4-3 loss to the No. 3 Crusaders, thus ending the season for Theo Murrayâs crew.
When this newspaper asked area veterans to gather at a local war memorial for the group photo that appears on the cover of this special Memorial Day section, I was a little apprehensive. We had unwittingly scheduled the photo shoot for Armed Forces Day. Some veterans were off flagging graves that day. Others had prior commitments.
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: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office at 23 Exchange Street in Pawtucket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
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PAWTUCKET â The Red Sox view Jose Iglesias as someone too valuable to languish on the bench as a backup, absorbing the big-league atmosphere. Serving as the everyday shortstop in Pawtucket is where the consensus top prospect in the farm system belongs at the moment.
PAWTUCKET â Without hesitation, Kyle Weiland knew that if an opposing hitterâs fly ball to center field could be caught, it would.
Che-Hsuan Lin is that reliable.
But when Weiland began the 2011 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, the right-hander was separated from his security blanket, the vacuum cleaner of an outfielder he had played with since 2009.
Much to Weilandâs delight, they were reunited May 21, when Lin was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland.
PAWTUCKET â Bobby Jenks proclaimed after working one scoreless inning in Pawtucketâs 6-3 loss Friday night that heâs sorted through the mechanical issues that dogged him earlier in the season.
PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High and Narragansett Highâs pitching staffs looked every bit like they were working in their third playoff game in as many days on Friday afternoon.
Not only did both sides combine to use eight pitchers, but they also issued a whopping 27 walks, and that helped make their Division II losersâ bracket game a marathon affair that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes.
LINCOLN â Davies Tech junior Jorge Bonilla has a code he lives by, and that's to learn everything he can not only about his major interests, but new and exciting information as well.
That's why the Central Falls resident was so busy running around at the eighth annual Davies Community Showcase/Cabaret, held at the school Thursday night.
One minute, he played photographer, and the next, he had hustled to the Debate Club's table. Moments later, he stood at the Robotics Club table with classmate and fellow member Nate Hindman explaining how the six-wheeled âZeusâ worked.
Diane E. Correia
REHOBOTH - Diane E. (Coe) Correia, 67, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 26, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Manuel Correia. Born in Taunton, a daughter of the late Herbert and Hattie (Britton) Coe, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life before moving to Rehoboth in1998. Diane was a quality control inspector at Hasbro until retiring. She loved NASCAR and was a member of the Rehoboth Senior Center.
CENTRAL FALLS â The city's Special Investigations Unit raided yet another brothel, this one at 34 Watson St., on Monday, and in the process arrested a city man and a New Jersey woman on respective charges of pandering and prostitution.
Police took into custody 27-year-old Steven Castillo, who hails from the city and is a Superior Court violator. Because of that violation from a previous delivery charge, he received a five-year sentence. He also is being held on $10,000 surety bail for the new count of pandering, and has a pre-arraignment conference slated for July 28.
CUMBERLAND â From the time Derrick Watson was a mere six-year-old boy, his mother always taught him âNothing beats a failure but a try.â
That's just one reason he's organized a community group called âThe Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls â Save Our Post Office.â
When he found out the Valley Falls Post Office indeed would shut its doors for business back on May 5, he immediately began working on an appeal.
PAWTUCKET â An eight-game homestand got off to a bland start as the Pawtucket Red Sox fell to Indianapolis, 4-3, Thursday at a fog-laden McCoy Stadium.
The contestâs pace matched the pea soup fog that engulfed the ballpark by the middle innings. Eventually the fog lifted to the point where the outfielders could be identified, but its disappearance did little to ignite a rally out of the PawSox, who were coming off a 5-3 road trip.
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academy followed up one of its best games of the season with arguably its worst on Thursday afternoon and paid for it.
The price the Saints paid? A demotion to the losersâ bracket of the Division I playoffs and a battle for their playoff lives today against East Greenwich High.
Fourteenth-seeded Cranston East High took advantage of six infield errors and a lack of timely hitting by the Saints and used that to bus out of Vets Park with a 6-1 triumph that puts the Thunderbolts one win away from sewing up the Region 3 portion of the tournament.
PAWTUCKET â Hideki Okajima kicked off his second tour of duty with the PawSox Thursday, admitting that McCoy Stadium was the last place he expected to set foot in. Such sentiment can be linked to the events of last Friday, when Boston designated the 35-year-old reliever for assignment.
Michael D. Harrison
Michael D. Harrison, 62, of Pawtucket passed at the Memorial Hospital on May 11, 2011.
Born in Pawtucket and a lifelong resident, he was the son of Edmund J. and Yvette T. (DeBlois) Harrison of Pawtucket.
Michael was a computer programmer at Amica Insurance prior to illness. He was also the former Director of Music at St. Mark's Church in North Attleboro, MA, an organist at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul, Providence, RI, and taught piano and organ privately.
WOONSOCKET - Angela (Buoncristiani) McAlice, 81, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon at The Friendly Home in Woonsocket after her family said goodbye. She was the widow of the late Charles I. McAlice.
Born on September 25, 1929 in Fall River, MA to Faustino and Theresa (Martini) Buoncristiani, Angela lived in Pawtucket most of her life before retiring first to Cumberland and then Woonsocket.
PROVIDENCE - Ruth Richardson, 82, of Providence, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Sullivan) Richardson. Ruth had lived in Cranston and Providence most of her life. She was the beloved sister of the late Mary A. Richardson and Henry Richardson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10am in Saint Joseph Church, Walcott Street, Pawtucket. Burial will be in Mount Saint Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket. Arrangements by Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home, Pawtucket. www.rifuneral.com