June 14th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ To say that the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking forward to having Ryan Kalish back in the lineup would be a vast understatement. It appears, though, that the outfield prospect still needs more time.
On Tuesday PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler revealed that Kalish is fighting through â€śa neck issue, a minimal thing that keeps hindering him a bit.â€ť The first signal to Kalish that something didn't feel quite right occurred while rehabbing his right shoulder in Fort Myers, Fla. earlier this month.
PROVIDENCE --- They split their regular-season series by winning lopsided games on their home fields. They battled to a 1-0 duel in the winnersâ€™ bracket semifinals, and they shared some Division I championship history by playing a one-sided game that was decided by a dozen runs.
On Tuesday night, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles Academy battled each other in a winner-take-all showdown for the ages, a nine-inning duel that saw the Clippers emerge with their programâ€™s first state title.
Claire A. Dubuc
SEEKONK - Claire A. (Dulude) Dubuc, 81, passed away at home on Monday, June 13, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Maurice J. Dubuc.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Ernest J. and Martha (Hebert) Dulude, she resided in Seekonk for 52 years. Claire enjoyed volunteering at the Knights of Columbus Hall, South Attleboro.
PAWTUCKET â€” You could see it on the tired but happy faces of Peaches, Chloe, Kevin, Charlie, Tinkerbelle, Oso, Lucy and Willow Spitfire: the cityâ€™s new dog park is going to be a howling success.
On Saturday morning, the main proponents of the dog park, including City Councilors Albert Vitali, Mark Wildenhain and Christopher Oâ€™Neill, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss, Animal Control Director John Holmes, Sheryl Rennick and her daughter, Mackenzie, and others joined Mayor Donald Grebien for a ceremonial â€śleash cuttingâ€ť to officially open the venue.
PAWTUCKET â€” Yesterday marked the 164th day of the year, the date of the great Lewis and Clark expedition and the graduation of 195 students from Charles E. Shea High School.
At 6 p.m. the atmosphere in Pawtucket was one to be remembered. Although the weather was overcast and gloomy, not a face in the crowd of soon-to-be graduates showed it. Students were overjoyed at the expedition that they were about to embark on, the moment that would forever be a piece of their past: their high school graduation.
PROVIDENCE â€” It was a match made in heaven (or, more accurately, the Statehouse): Rhode Islanders love the Boston Red Sox and are famously crazy about their license plates. Now they can have the best of both worlds.
Accompanied by Bosox President Larry Lucchino and legislative leaders on Monday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee visited Hasbro Childrenâ€™s Hospital Monday to sign legislation creating special green license plates patterned after Fenway Parkâ€™s Green Monster and carrying the Red Sox logo next to the plate number.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Last yearâ€™s Northeast Amateur champion, Joseph Bramlett, is playing on the PGA Tour.
The top-ranked amateur in this yearâ€™s field â€“ Peter Uihlein â€“ won the U.S. Amateur championship last summer. His top-ranked status among world amateurs only makes him the hunted instead of the hunter in this yearâ€™s 50th Northeast Amateur Invitational scheduled for June 22-25 at Wannamoisett Country Club.
PROVIDENCE --- The Division I state title will come down to one game.
Cumberland High scored early and often and senior ace pitcher Bethany Paul continued her postseason brilliance on the mound in Mondayâ€™s championship round against Mount St. Charles Academy at Rhode Island College.
And the final result was a surprisingly-lopsided 15-3 conquest by the fourth-seeded Clippers that not only dealt the ninth-seeded Mounties their first loss of the double-elimination tournament, but set up tonightâ€™s 8 p.m. winner-take-all clash back at RIC.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox's latest acquisition, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, had a strong debut Monday night against the Charlotte Knights. The 23-year-old product out of Double-A Portland had a pair of doubles and also rifled out a base-stealer in the fifth inning.
Unfortunately on this night, his new team couldn't bring home the win.
The Knights converted four-double plays and had a fine effort out of righthander Joe Bisenius to earn a 4-1 victory over the PawSox (32-31) before 2,846 at McCoy Stadium.
Barbara H. Hawkins
CUMBERLAND - Barbara H. Hawkins, 77 of Pollett Street, passed away Saturday at home. She was the wife of the late Donald Cormier.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Read and Ora (Blanchette) Soucy. She resided in Cumberland for the past 52 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
Marjorie M. Dugan
CUMBERLAND: Marjorie M. Dugan, 87, of Mendon Rd, passed June 12, 2011 at the Grandview Center. She was the wife of the late Henry Dugan.
Born in Framingham, MA, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and May (Masse) Hill.
She had worked for the former Peterson Puritan Aerosol of Cumberland for over 20 years retiring in 1986. She lived most of her life in Cumberland.
Raymond G. Paulhus Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Raymond G. Paulhus Sr., 70, passed away June 10th. He was the husband of Patricia J. (DeGrenier) Paulhus. Donations to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated. For obituary and service information, visit www.pontarellimarinofunerals.com. Arrangements by PONTARELLI-MARINO.
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śThere are at least 10 great things about golf,â€ť Frank Rampone was saying last Thursday while sitting in the shade next to the first tee at Pawtucket Country Club, â€śand your score is about 10th on the list. Playing and socializing with your friends is right there at the top. And then there is the beauty of the golf course, being able to take a walk outdoors on a beautiful day.â€ť
Rampone, who is 82 years young, recently shot a round of 73 at Pawtucket. A modest man like so many members of his generation, Rampone is a little short on details.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Concern over Lars Andersonâ€™s sparse home run production isnâ€™t solely limited to fans and beat writers. Thatâ€™s why PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler purposely went out of his way to defuse any qualms/concerns regarding his first baseman by offering up this statement a few weeks back: â€śYou talk to scouts and what they see in young players is as they get older and learn about their swing a little bit more, they are then able to start turning on balls. Usually thereâ€™s more power and production later on down the road.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Kevin Millwood has now made three starts with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Itâ€™s still uncertain what the veteran pitcher can provide, if anything, to the big-league team.
Take Sundayâ€™s outing against Charlotte, a mixed bag if there ever was one. Millwood was able to make the necessary adjustments to last five innings, retiring the final 12 batters he faced in Pawtucketâ€™s 2-1 win. Getting on a roll was made possible after Millwood started to unleash more and more off-speed pitches, which in turn made his early-game struggles a distant memory.
PROVIDENCE â€” The Class of 2011's Alyssa Alzate and Alex Collette offered different philosophies as they prepared for St. Raphael Academy's 84th Commencement in the basement hall of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on Sunday afternoon.
â€śI'm just thinking 'Don't fall!' That's one of my biggest fears,'â€ť laughed Central Falls resident Alzate, who will attend Wheelock College in Boston this fall to study social work. â€śLook, my palms are sweating, I'm so nervous! Everyone down here has been saying how weird this feels, that it doesn't seem real.
PAWTUCKET â€” Michael P. Davolio, the city's new Planning Director, has traded in the peaceful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound for a more industrialized urban landscape that surrounds the Blackstone River. Yet for the Shrewsbury, Mass., native, taking a job in Pawtucket provides a homecoming as well as a challenge that he says he's excited to be taking on.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the philanthropic efforts of the founder of The American Girls Collection, Pawtucket school children will be learning to read with â€śSuperkids.â€ť
The Pawtucket School Department has been awarded a grant worth more than $650,000 to purchase the nationally acclaimed Superkids reading program for students in kindergarten through grade 2. The grant was made possible through the Rowland Reading Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by American Girls Collection creator Pleasant Rowland that is dedicated to improving early reading.
LINCOLN â€“ You don't have to make a splash to make it big in life. Some of the most important people get hardly any attention at all.
And with that pithy message, Lincoln High School's Valedictorian Michael Reeves bade his classmates farewell last night.
Yes, said Reeves, the teachers, coaches and mentors of LHS have played key roles in their academic lives, but so did the bus drivers, the custodians and the â€ścafeteria ladies.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council, mostly through attacking overtime, a few vacant positions and some cultural â€śnicetiesâ€ť that are considered to be expendable in these lean financial times, passed an amended fiscal year 2012 operating budget Wednesday night that chops $876,193 from what Mayor Donald Grebien had originally proposed.