June 18th, 2011
REHOBOTH â€“ If you talk to golfers who play Rehoboth Country Club on a regular basis, one thing becomes clear.
â€śYou canâ€™t spray the ball on this course,â€ť East Providence native Luke Ring admitted. â€śI try to hit the ball in the middle of fairway and then get the ball on the green as quickly as possible. And that isnâ€™t easy. Rehoboth has distance and itâ€™s very narrow on most holes.â€ť
Pawtucketâ€™s Al Deroche, a retired firefighter, strikes a similar note.
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s much-ballyhooed and extensively reviled sales tax proposal was largely discarded by legislative leaders in their $7.7 billion state budget plan for next year, which passed the House Finance Committee on a voice vote Friday evening.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As a safeguard, veteran players signing minor-league contracts often include opt-out clauses. Call it a creative response by agents in making sure their clients have the best chance of making it to the parent club.
Andrew Miller received a crash course in this cut-and-dry process earlier in the week. For those unfamiliar, Miller had a clause in his contract that would have granted him free agency Wednesday. The rangy lefthander let the deadline pass after being told by the Red Sox that he would soon be promoted to the major-league roster.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A local woman died Friday morning after she and another woman were struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk along Mendon Road.
Kathleen Carpenter, 54, a married mother of two children, sustained fatal injuries in the accident and Judy Waterman, 53, also of Cumberland, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Cumberland Police Chief John R. Desmarais said the two women were out walking together at 6:30 a.m. as part of their regular morning routine when they were struck by a 1995 Buick sedan operated by Casey Rondeau, 26, of Woonsocket.
Alberta E. Bourassa
PAWTUCKET - Alberta E. Bourassa, 90 of Pawtucket died Tuesday at the Hopkins Manor Nursing Home in North Providence. Born in Pawtucket Alberta was the daughter of the late Herbert and Anna (Monty) Bourassa. She was a Pawtucket resident her entire life.
Prior to her retirement in 1969, Alberta worked at Adams Jewelry in Pawtucket.
She leaves one sister, Lillian Begin of North Providence; and a niece, Ann Marie Wallich of North Providence.
She was the sister of the late Armandine Bourassa, Lauretta Bourassa and Marion Flynn.
Just shy of his teenage years, Brendan Doyle remembers being at a few of the water stops along the course of the 1990 Ocean State Marathon.
His older brother Patrick was there, too.
Earlier in their lives they were two young to really witness the impact that their father had at the 26.2-mile race that traversed over the Newport streets. On this day, though, it was different.
First-hand, the oldest sons of the late Bobby Doyle, got to see their dad in action.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Andrew Miller is proof that itâ€™s never too late to turn things around. At the seasonâ€™s onset the lanky lefty was viewed as the ultimate redemption project, a pitcher who had spent the better portion of his career mixing promise with underwhelming results.
LINCOLN â€” As Max, an orphaned pit bull, used his teeth to rip bark from a tree just outside the Wellington Road shelter, Animal Control Officer Louann Noreau laughed, then uttered, â€śI think he was a logger in his past life.
â€śYou know, he just loves anything to do with trees,â€ť she stated early Tuesday afternoon. â€śHe'll climb them, swing from tree branches. If there's a tire swing around, he'll jump through the tire and swing his legs to gain momentum. He's just like a little boy.
Susanna J. Kelley-Magill
JOHNSTON - Susanna J. "Susan" Kelley-Magill, 93, of Johnston formerly of Pawtucket, died Monday at Briarcliffe Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Francis L. Kelley and Robert A. Magill. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Antonina N. (Spiec) Kuc.
She was employed as a secretary at Lincoln Junior-Senior High School for 12 years prior to her retirement in 1980. She had been a volunteer at Memorial Hospital and a member of St. Aidan's and St. Teresa's Senior Citizens.
Ronald J. McCormack
PAWTUCKET - Ronald J. McCormack died suddenly on Wednesday June 15, 2011 at home. He was 56 years old. He was the beloved son of Joan W. McCormack of Pawtucket, nephew of Patricia Whitaker of Franklin, MA and had several nieces and nephews. He was a life long resident of Pawtucket and a 37 year State of RI employee. He had attended Woodlawn Baptist Church. There are no calling hours and the funeral will be private.
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing â€śping!â€ť sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a â€ścrack!â€ť at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâ€™s golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
â€śEven though Brad lives in Florida,â€ť Dave said, â€śwe still talk to each other every day.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Perhaps 30 minutes before the festivities of Tolman High School's Commencement, Dr. Linda Gifford, a guidance counselor, stood inside the James W. Donaldson Gymnasium offering congratulations to members of the Class of 2011, boys clad in red caps and gowns, the girls in white.
Suddenly, Mckenzie Hosford tapped on her shoulder, and Gifford spun around. When the elder saw Hosford, she immediately gave her a massive hug.
â€śIt's been quite a journey,â€ť Hosford told her.
â€śWith a happy ending,â€ť Gifford smiled back.
PAWTUCKET â€” Hundreds of firefighters filled the sidewalk along Roosevelt Avenue from Exchange Street to Slater Mill Wednesday, protesting a proposal to privatize the city's rescue service.
Inside City Hall at the time were companies who submitted requests for proposals to do the rescue work. They were there to attend a â€śmandatory meetingâ€ť with city officials to discuss their bids.
Robert Neill, president of the city's firefighters union, IAFF Local XXXX, said the picketing was timed to â€śdiscourage those peopleâ€ť and make them aware that the might â€śrun into a possible labor dispute.â€ť
H. Jim Knight
PAWTUCKET â€“ H. Jim "Steve" Knight, 71, passed away February 18th. He was the son of the late G. Tom Gallagher and Mary (Jackson) Knight; step-son of the late Renaldo Knight; husband of Carolyn J. (Illuzzi) Knight; father of Lisa McEnery, Lori Cavallaro, Lynn Masse and Jeffrey Knight; grandfather of 9.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday at 10 a.m. in The Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1081 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence. Arrangements by PONTARELLI-MARINO.
PAWTUCKET â€” Valedictorian Noelle Cabana said she used to feel saddened by the fact that she never got to meet the late Jackie Walsh, and that the teacher passed away before the completion of the arts high school that was her dream. â€śBut then I realized that she has touched us in ways we canâ€™t even recognize,â€ť Cabana told her fellow classmates, as they sat together at Tuesday nightâ€™s commencement exercises for the school that bears Walshâ€™s name.
CUMBERLAND â€“ One of three suspects arrested in a violent home invasion and weapons theft on Feb. 23 has been indicted on a string of charges by a Providence County grand jury.
PAWTUCKET â€” Andrew Miller looked very much like a pitcher who doesnâ€™t belong pitching every fifth day in Triple-A Tuesday night.
With Wednesday signifying the first of two reported opt-out dates â€” the second occurring Aug. 5 â€” Millerâ€™s timing couldnâ€™t have worked out any better. The lanky lefthander delivered his finest outing in a PawSox uniform, allowing one run while striking out 10 Charlotte Knights in 5 1/3 innings. He received a no decision as Pawtucket fell in 11 innings, 4-2.