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 youâ€™ve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games â€“ Lavarnwayâ€™s mashing rate heading into Mondayâ€™s 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 thatâ€™s 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 Larsonâ€™s shutout pitching.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Calling it a move that will â€śallow Central Falls to re-invent itself as a viable community,â€ť 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.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Location of tours:
WEST WARWICK â€“ As Jim Dawber watched a mentally and physically drained Ryan Oâ€™Dell unleash pitch after pitch, a conclusion to Sundayâ€™s marathon of baseball at McCarthy Stadium unfolded in his mind.
â€śOh wow,â€ť the Cumberland Post 14 manager thought to himself. â€śWeâ€™re going to win the championship, and heâ€™s going to win the MVP.â€™â€ť
Speaking through visible emotion a short while later, Dawber came to grips with the crushing reality.
â€śIt didnâ€™t play out that way in real life,â€ť he said.
PAWTUCKET - Wanda Moskwa 64, of Evergreen Street passed away Friday July 29, 2011 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital after a courageous 10 year battle with cancer. orn in Pawtucket she was a beloved daughter of Wanda (Jastrzebska) Moskwa of awtucket and the late Walter T. Moskwa. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Wanda was a Volunteer for 35 years at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital Gift Shop.
PAWTUCKET - Celina Caron formerly of Pawtucket died peacefully surrounded her loving family Friday, July 30, 2011. For complete obituary please visit www.man-ningheffern.com
PAWTUCKET. Dora Heredia, 73, formerly of Englewood Ave. passed away Friday at Pawtucket Health Center after an illness. Born in Ponce, PR a daughter of the late Teodoro Heredia and Trinidad Sambolin. She moved to RI 7 years ago and settled in Pawtucket. She leaves 4 daughters, Marilyn Diaz her care-giver, Ramona Muniz, Dora Hilda Heredia and Wanda Muniz; 2 sons, Marco and Luis Muniz. She also leaves 3 Brothers and 2 sister. She was the grandmother of more than 40 and a great grandmother of numerous children.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Lars Anderson made four trips to the plate Sunday, every one of them transpiring in a Pawtucket Red Sox uniform.
For someone who spent Saturday night bidding farewell to teammates and contemplating a future in Oakland, Anderson spent most of Sunday morning trying to make sense of the unstable trade winds that had rocked his universe. One minute the first baseman was standing in the batterâ€™s box in McCoy Stadium. Then came word that Anderson was involved in a trade that would have sent starting pitcher Rich Harden to Boston.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Not even the nifty baserunning maneuver that Ryan Lavarnway pulled off the eighth inning could yield a smile on the face of PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
Truth be told, Lavarnwayâ€™s ability to avoid the tag while sliding into second base represented the lone highlight in Pawtucketâ€™s 7-2 loss to Louisville Sunday afternoon. The power-hitting catcher had his eyes on second base after lining a bullet down the left field line. The throw from Bats leftfielder Felix Perez was there with plenty of time to spare, but Lavarnway was able to dance around the tag and get a hand on the bag.
PAWTUCKET -- Three consecutive two-out singles off Kevin Millwood in the sixth inning doomed the PawSox in their series-opening 3-2 loss to the Louisville Bats.
Millwood struck out Devin Meoraco and Danny Dorn to begin the sixth for his ninth and tenth strikeouts of the evening. Chris Valaika and Mike Costanzo followed with singles to put runners at first and third- still with two outs. Louisville's ninth batter, Kristopher Negron, followed Costanzo's base-hit with an RBI single to make it 3-2 Bats and that was the last run scored in the ballgame by either side.
According to ESPN.com,a trade that had been in the works to send right-hander Rich Harden from the Oakland Athletics to the Boston Red Sox has reportedly fallen through.
Harden said Saturday night he was told by general manager Billy Beane he was staying put and would start Tuesday. The clubs had been close to a swap that would have sent Harden to Beantown and brought Triple-A first baseman Lars Anderson to the A's.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ City retirees seem to be spurning Receiver Robert Flandersâ€™ proposal to reduce their pension and medical benefits, a course Flanders last week warned could result in the city filing for bankruptcy.
Flanders said he would make an announcement on Monday, but did not specify what it would be about.