May 15th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” Baseball scouts usually sit in the best seats minor league stadiums have to offer, a few rows behind home plate. They come armed with the tools of their trade â€“ radar guns, stopwatches and â€ścheat sheetsâ€ť that record the data of players down on the field.
â€śThe radar gun is mainly used to measure the speed of pitches,â€ť Chicago White Sox scout Gary Pellant was saying on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. â€śIâ€™ve seen some scouts use them on infielders, to see how strong their arms are. Amateur scouts do that because they watch a lot of high school players who change positions.â€ť
EAST GREENWICH â€” The diagnoses were dire and the prescriptions painful for addressing Rhode Islandâ€™s economic woes at an Operation Clean Government forum on Saturday.
The event featured the brief return of the always colorful and often combative Steven Laffey to Rhode Islandâ€™s fiscal and political fray. Laffey, the former mayor of Cranston and 2006 U.S. Senate candidate who has since decamped to a ranch in Fort Collins, Colo., apparently hasnâ€™t learned to mince his words since moving out west.
LINCOLN â€” It's been a long time coming, but old friends Ed Fox and Joe Buss finally have a date for the presentation of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial monument. It's something in which the duo have dreamed for the town for at least four decades.
On Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., the two Lincolnites will unveil the granite memorial â€“ which now stands covered by a black nylon, Prisoner of War flag-like material knitted by Fox' wife, Patty â€“ during a ceremony outside The Center (for seniors) on Jenckes Hill Road.
PAWTUCKET â€” Neighborhood teens looking for something to do on a Sunday night can find Oreos and Mountain Dew, games of Nerf basketball and â€śApple-to-Apple,â€ť and general comradery â€” with a dollop of prayer and worship mixed in â€” at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Lonsdale Avenue.
They will also find the friendly face and understanding soul of Brad Lavoie, the church's new youth director. Lavoie, usually accompanied by his equally friendly and understanding wife, Amanda, leads the Catalyst youth group meetings, for those ages 13 through 18, every Sunday night at the church hall from 7 to 9 p.m.
WOONSOCKET (AP) â€” Patrick Kennedy retired from Congress in January, but on a recent evening in a veteran's hall here, he sounded like he was still running for office as he spoke about the plight of troops traumatized by war.
"A lot of these veterans come home now and they're prisoners of their war injuries," he told a small group of veterans who nodded in assent. "That's not the American way. We don't leave our people behind."
PAWTUCKET â€“ If the Red Sox were in need of a starting pitcher and turned to Pawtucket to fill the void, which PawSox hurler would get the call?
If your answer is Brandon Duckworth, congratulations. From the first day of the season Duckworth has been the most consistent and dependable arm at Pawtucketâ€™s disposal. The 35-year-old strengthened his resume Friday night, holding first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to one run in seven innings in what amounted to a 2-1 loss by the PawSox before 4,512 at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The rave reviews keep on pouring in for Jose Iglesias. The latest person to throw bouquets of adoration at the promising shortstopâ€™s feet is Frank Menechino, the former big league infielder and current coach for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Menechino first laid eyes upon Iglesias last year while serving as the hitting coach for Double-A Trenton. Iglesias was busy cutting his teeth in Portland, but Menechino could already tell the Cuban defector was a special talent.
CUMBERLAND â€” The twins are going off to college. And thatâ€™s big news around this town, where Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere lit up the wrestling scene at Cumberland High for the past four years.
Shai Lariviere, the two-time state champion and former New England champ, has decided to attend Missouri Valley, a NAIA school that finished sixth in the country last year. It is located in Marshall, Missouri, smack in the center of the state, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City.
John E. Stafford
SAINT CLOUD, FL - Mr. John E. Stafford, 62, of Saint Cloud, Florida passed away on Friday, May 6, 2011 at Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, FL. John was born in Providence, Rhode Island on April 15, 1949, the son of the late Henry J. and Marie L. (Stewart) Stafford.
John worked for Colonial Toyota in Pawtucket, R.I. for over 28 years. He also was a driving instructor for Noonan Driving School before moving to St. Cloud in 2000.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s no secret: Tolman High can hit. And on Thursday afternoon, the Tigers put on a hitting clinic at the expense of one of the Division IIâ€™s top teams.
Leadoff batter Alex Lacoste went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in to spark a season-best 17-hit attack and help the Tigers claim their sixth straight contest, a 9-5 triumph over the Prout School in Division II crossover action at Slater Park.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nobody wants to play extra innings on a chilly afternoon at McCoy Stadium, not when the wind is blowing hard across the outfield and runs are hard to come by.
Thursday was getaway day for the Gwinnett Braves and they certainly wanted to get on a plane and fly back home to balmy Georgia, where the temperature is 30 degrees warmer. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off.
PAWTUCKET â€” According to the City Solicitorâ€™s review of the property disposition agreement for the Pawtucket Armory building, it appears that the city does not have a basis for taking back ownership of the historic building.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Supporters of same sex marriage called Rep. Peter Petrarcaâ€™s civil unions bill a separate but unequal half measure that renders gay couples as second-class citizens that is an unsatisfactory compromise to marriage equality.
Opponents of same-sex marriage painted it as a Trojan horse that will turn over decisions on the sanctity of wedlock to unelected judges and will compromise the very institution of marriage.
Irene P. Calhoun
PAWTUCKET - Irene P. Calhoun, 87 formerly of Pawtucket died Tuesday at the Steere House in Providence. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Laura (Bizier) Jubainville.
Prior to her retirement Irene worked as a Switch Board Operator at the American Heart Association.
Irene is survived by two sons; James Calhoun of California and Rory Calhoun of Pawtucket; a daughter, Tammy Calhoun of Pawtucket; a brother, Ernest Jubainville of Pawtucket and 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Mildred M. Aveno
PAWTUCKET - Mildred M. Aveno of Pawtucket died Wednesday, May 11, 2011. She was the wife of the late Frank E. Aveno.
Mrs. Aveno was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Valenty and Josephine(Michonsky) Gnys. She was a nurse's aid at the Memorial Hospital of RI in Pawtucket for many years.
Mrs. Aveno is survived by her children, Francis J. Aveno of Cumberland, Dr. Arlene Aveno of Charlottsville, Virginia and John M. Aveno of Pawtucket. She is also survived by her five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Rene A. Poirier
FLORIDA - Rene A. Poirier, M/SGT-USAF-Retired, 83, of Auburndale, FL died on May 10, 2011. Funeral services are 4:00 PM, Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Lakeland Memorial Gardens, 2125 South Bartow Highway, Lakeland, FL 33801. Friends will be received from 3:00 PM until service time. Visit www.veteransfuneralcare.com to read the life story and to sign the guestbook. Veterans Funeral Care 1-800-467-7850
Eduardo P. Pinhancos
CUMBERLAND - Eduardo P. Pinhancos, 92, of Prospect St. died Thursday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. He was the beloved husband of the late Maria C. (Marmelo) Pinhancos.
Born in Linhares da Beira, Portugal he was the son of the late Francisco and Maria (Pires) Pinhancos. He came to this country in 1966 settling in Cumberland.
He was employed by the R. A. Burgeson Construction Co., Woonsocket for many years until his retirement. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland and a member of the Clube Juventude Lusitana., Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET - Theresa Dawson, 86, formerly of Pawtucket died May 11, 2011. She was the wife of the late Harmon G. Dawson.
Mrs. Dawson was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Dominick and Assunta (Bonini) Garzoli. She was a weaver in the textile industry in Pawtucket for many years.
Mrs. Dawson enjoyed her time with the St. Teresa's Seniors and her Weight Watchers friends.
PAWTUCKET â€“ St. Raphael broke out the bats in a 17-7 mercy-rule triumph against Smithfield Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park. The Saints, now 8-8 in Division I-North, scored nine runs in the third inning, sending up 13 to the plate.
Andrew Veiga enjoyed a productive day for SRA, the sophomore finishing with three hits and five RBI. Veiga collected two of the five extra base hits the Saints recorded.
Ty Karalis and Julian Diaz each collected two his for the Saints, who return to Vets Park this afternoon against North Providence.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ Thereâ€™s always been a soft spot in Tommy Harperâ€™s heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. Thatâ€™s why it pained Harper, a 15-year big league veteran, to see the Red Sox speedster get abused and mistreated â€“ both from media members and teammates alike â€“ the way he did in 2010.
â€śA lot of people turned on him,â€ť noted Harper on a visit to McCoy Stadium Wednesday night. â€śSometimes in team meetings, you would give an opinion, but it stays right there. But if a media person says it, itâ€™s all over because itâ€™s out in the public.â€ť