April 17th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” While this is not a book review of Dan Barryâ€™s â€śBottom of the 33rd,â€ť the goal here is to lend depth behind the 255-page opus currently available.
This is about reenacting the journey Barry took in taking one particular subject and spinning it into a finished product. Reliving the process Barry undertook â€“ from countless interviews to visiting the archives at The Pawtucket Times â€“ is almost as fascinating as the final product itself because of the different angles he explores.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Call Naffi Koulibaly and Emily Baptista a study in contrasts.
During a game called â€śWillow in the Wind,â€ť Baptista â€” a sixth-grader at Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket â€” jumped at the chance to participate. With her â€śteammatesâ€ť surrounding her in a tight circle, she was asked to stand up straight, to consider herself as rigid as a broomstick, cross her arms across her chest, close her eyes and lean forward.
CUMBERLAND - A total of seven firms have submitted proposals for the job of consulting the town on a fire department merger study.
The bid proposals were opened Wednesday and will be reviewed by Mayor Daniel J. McKee, who will recommend one of the seven to the Town Council sometime next month.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a move that grants some concessions for the remainder of the current contract and provides some structural savings going forward, the city's teachers have tentatively agreed to a new contract.
On Friday, School Committeeman Alan Tenreiro, who is the chief negotiator for the Pawtucket School Committee, and Pawtucket Teachers Alliance President Ron Beaupre announced in a joint press release that the two sides had reached a â€śtentative agreementâ€ť on a new pact.
CUMBERLAND -- Tracy Fay, owner of Lizzy's Enchanted Creamery, has had her share of ups and downs.
SMITHFIELD â€“ Cumberland High survived injuries to its starting pitcher and catcher on Friday to outlast Smithfield 6-5 in eight innings.
â€śThis was a great team effort,â€ť Cumberland coach Paul Murphy admitted. â€śOur starting pitcher, Hayden Namaka, hurt his hand and left in the third inning. Eric Murray, who had pitched only one inning this season, took over and gave us five good innings. And then our catcher, Matt Billington, got hurt and we replaced him with Matt Bare in the fourth inning.â€ť
Michele Ann Rathbun
PAWTUCKET - Michele Ann Rathbun, 58, of Pine Street, passed away Thursday at home after an illness.
Born in Providence a daughter of the late Earl and Ramona (Allen) Vangilder. She has lived in Pawtucket for the last 20 years and had been employed as a CNA.
She leaves 3 daughters, Anne, Nina and Ramona Dawn Whitaker all of Pawtucket. She also leaves a sister Lynn Rogers of CT. and 2 brothers, Earl Vangilder of CA. and F. Allen Vangilder of Pawtucket and seven Grandchildren. Condolences,
Pauline G. Chabot
CUMBERLAND. Pauline G. Chabot, 88, formerly of Central Falls, Passed into eternal rest on Thursday after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Gerald R. Chabot.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Annie Zide, 96, of East Providence passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011. She was the wife of the late George Zide. She is survived by a daughter Ann Ryan of Worcester. A service will be held Monday, April 18, 2011 at 12 PM in the COSTIGAN-O'NEILL Funeral Home, 220 Cottage Street, Pawtucket. Burial will be private. For online condolences www.rifuneral.com
SMITHFIELD â€“ Donâ€™t tell Lincoln head coach Ed Hunt that the stolen base isnâ€™t a handy tool.
The Lions qualify as a running bunch, witnessed by the five bags they swiped Thursday in a 9-1 win over Smithfield.
What makes the liberties Lincoln are taking on the base paths even more of a game-changing factor is that a run-producing hit came on the heels on every swiped base except the one Joe Yankee pulled off in the first inning.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Relief pitchers arenâ€™t generally called into the game in the top of the second inning.
But thatâ€™s what Tolman High coach Theo Murray had to do on Thursday afternoon when ace hurler Chris Messier was experiencing soreness in his arm against Division II-Central rival Classical. Murray had to summon junior right-hander Andrew Larson to the mound.
Larson took the ball and then hurled a gem as he held the Purple to three hits the final six innings, lifting the Tigers to a 4-2 victory at Slater Park.
CUMBERLAND --- Through the years, Lincoln vs. Cumberland in softball has featured nothing but tight pitchersâ€™ duels that you can count the total runs (and sometimes the hits) on one hand.
That wasnâ€™t the case on Thursday afternoon.
Allie Dzialoâ€™s bases-clearing double with two outs in the top of the seventh inning keyed a comeback by the Lions that saw them grab an 8-5 win over their Division I-North rivals in a game that saw both teams combine for 23 hits and a truly dramatic finish.
PAWTUCKET â€” SPC Dennis C. Poulin's being the type of guy who was always there to help others while asking for nothing in return was noted by everyone from his sister and longtime friends to the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard at Thursday's funeral services for the fallen soldier.
Maria C. Pinhancos
CUMBERLAND - Maria C. Pinhancos, 93, of Prospect St. passed away Wednesday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Eduardo Pinhancos.
Born in Freixo daSerra, Gouveia, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria A. (Saraiva) Marmelo. She came to this country in 1966 settling in Cumberland.
She had worked in the textile industry for many years at various area mills until her retirement.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Donna L. Smith
LINCOLN - Donna L. Gilkenson-Smith, 62 died Wednesday at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Ma. She is survived by her significant other Larry Goucher.
Born in Pawtucket a daughter of Ruth (Jefferson) Gilkenson of Lincoln and the late Raymond Gilkenson. She lived in Mansfield, Ma. for the past thirty-four years.
She was a registered nurse at the VA Hospital, West Roxbury, Ma. for the past thirty-eight years.
Florence M. Perron
LINCOLN - Florence M. Perron, 92, passed away April 14, 2011. She was the wife of the late Alfred L. Perron. Born in North Providence, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Laura Lefebvre. Mrs. Perron was a long time communicant of Holy Spirit Parish in Central Falls. She enjoyed playing bingo at The Holiday in Manville, where she resided.
The problem with Red Sox fans is they donâ€™t know how to deal with slow starts. During the Terry Francona Era, their favorite team has never been worse than 28-24 on June 1. That mediocre beginning, which looks downright red-hot compared to this seasonâ€™s 2-9 start, occurred in 2005. Yes, Boston rebounded to make the playoffs that year, bowing to eventual champion Chicago White Sox in the Division Series.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The Unified Basketball League, the second-year R.I. Interscholastic League program that matches Special Needs athletes with partners from their respective high schools, has not only grown in the amount of teams that participate, but in its competitiveness.
Division I Northern rivals Central Falls and Woonsocket demonstrated that aspect Wednesday afternoon at the Warriorsâ€™ Gymnasium with a thrilling, down-to-the-wire affair.
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s plan to radically overhaul the stateâ€™s sales tax structure is effectively dead.
After more than six hours of nearly unanimous testimony denouncing Chafeeâ€™s proposal to lower the state sales tax from 7 to 6 percent and broaden it to a vast array of goods and services that are now exempt, House Speaker Gordon Fox had heard enough.
HANOVER, PA - Annette Piette Bledsoe, 51, passed peacefully Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at her home. She was the wife of Ray Lee Bledsoe for 18 years.
Born March 15, 1960 in Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Leah (Desmarais) Piette.
Annette received her bachelor's Degree in Microbiology from Rhode Island College. She was self-employed as a Sign Language Interpreter for 7 years. Annette was a member of NIC Master Interpreter, RIDS and V.P. of Compudoc of Hanover. She also operated a website called FidosCorner.com.