May 31st, 2011
WOONSOCKET - It was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and an estimated two million Vietnamese deaths.
Forty-seven years after enlisting for Vietnam, Richard W. Schatz says he holds no regrets for his decision, especially at a time when so many of his friends were actively protesting the war.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was the first game of the season â€“ a loss to Johnston -- when Woonsocket High baseball coach John Marsella knew he had a team that could do some damage in Division II.
â€śWe lost to Johnston 2-1 in our opener,â€ť Marsella was saying on Monday. â€śEveryone had told me before the season that Johnston was the class of the division. After that game, we knew we could play with them. That gave confidence to everyone on the team.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ Steve Gordon has been coaching wrestling at Cumberland High for 42 years.
He has seen a lot of people come and go during his more than four-decade career. But every long, wintry season, he knows one face will always be there and volunteering countless hours to add to the success of his program. Itâ€™s a person that has missed fewer matches than the fingers on your hand, his wife Judy Gordon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thereâ€™s always excitement in the air whenever a big-name player ventures to the minor leagues for a rehab assignment. For Rich Sauveur, it will simply be another day at the office when John Lackey makes his first and only rehab appearance for the PawSox Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Felix Doubront the Red Sox thought they were getting this season has yet to surface. Thatâ€™s why Mondayâ€™s brief cameo should be viewed as a step in the right direction.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Roger Brissette and his sister Vivian will never forget their little brother Ronald, who got drafted in 1965, went to Vietnam a year later, and died during The Battle of Loc Ninh Plantation on June 11, 1966.
â€śI think about Ronnie every day,â€ť Roger, now 72, admitted last week after sending his brotherâ€™s picture to this newspaper for publication on the Military Page.
A combat friend of Ronnie got in touch with Roger in 1996, setting off a discovery process for the remaining Brissette family members.
PAWTUCKET â€” It sure looks good on a resume. Shea High School is the only high school in the nation right now to hold a charter from the American Society of Public Administration for its Government and Public Administration Academy.
WARWICK â€“ A lingering shoulder problem, one that bothered him during a still successful indoor campaign, has limited the number of meets for Freddy Gobewole this spring.
But it hasnâ€™t stopped him from winning.
The Shea High senior ran the fastest time in the state in the 100-meter dash on Saturday, winning the individual title at the annual Hendricken Invitational with a time of 10.5 seconds. Gobewoleâ€™s performance, where he defeated junior Josh Gilkenson of Moses Brown by a tenth of a second, comes just a week before the state championships at Brown Stadium.
WAKEFIELD â€“ Tolman starting pitcher Chris Messier issued just one walk in Saturdayâ€™s Region 3 finale of the Division II double-elimination tournament vs. The Prout School. Unfortunately for the sixth-seeded Tigers, that free pass wound up being the deciding factor in a 4-3 loss to the No. 3 Crusaders, thus ending the season for Theo Murrayâ€™s crew.
When this newspaper asked area veterans to gather at a local war memorial for the group photo that appears on the cover of this special Memorial Day section, I was a little apprehensive. We had unwittingly scheduled the photo shoot for Armed Forces Day. Some veterans were off flagging graves that day. Others had prior commitments.
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.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ The Red Sox view Jose Iglesias as someone too valuable to languish on the bench as a backup, absorbing the big-league atmosphere. Serving as the everyday shortstop in Pawtucket is where the consensus top prospect in the farm system belongs at the moment.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Without hesitation, Kyle Weiland knew that if an opposing hitterâ€™s fly ball to center field could be caught, it would.
Che-Hsuan Lin is that reliable.
But when Weiland began the 2011 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, the right-hander was separated from his security blanket, the vacuum cleaner of an outfielder he had played with since 2009.
Much to Weilandâ€™s delight, they were reunited May 21, when Lin was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Bobby Jenks proclaimed after working one scoreless inning in Pawtucketâ€™s 6-3 loss Friday night that heâ€™s sorted through the mechanical issues that dogged him earlier in the season.
PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High and Narragansett Highâ€™s pitching staffs looked every bit like they were working in their third playoff game in as many days on Friday afternoon.
Not only did both sides combine to use eight pitchers, but they also issued a whopping 27 walks, and that helped make their Division II losersâ€™ bracket game a marathon affair that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes.
LINCOLN â€” Davies Tech junior Jorge Bonilla has a code he lives by, and that's to learn everything he can not only about his major interests, but new and exciting information as well.
That's why the Central Falls resident was so busy running around at the eighth annual Davies Community Showcase/Cabaret, held at the school Thursday night.
One minute, he played photographer, and the next, he had hustled to the Debate Club's table. Moments later, he stood at the Robotics Club table with classmate and fellow member Nate Hindman explaining how the six-wheeled â€śZeusâ€ť worked.
Diane E. Correia
REHOBOTH - Diane E. (Coe) Correia, 67, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 26, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Manuel Correia. Born in Taunton, a daughter of the late Herbert and Hattie (Britton) Coe, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life before moving to Rehoboth in1998. Diane was a quality control inspector at Hasbro until retiring. She loved NASCAR and was a member of the Rehoboth Senior Center.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The city's Special Investigations Unit raided yet another brothel, this one at 34 Watson St., on Monday, and in the process arrested a city man and a New Jersey woman on respective charges of pandering and prostitution.
Police took into custody 27-year-old Steven Castillo, who hails from the city and is a Superior Court violator. Because of that violation from a previous delivery charge, he received a five-year sentence. He also is being held on $10,000 surety bail for the new count of pandering, and has a pre-arraignment conference slated for July 28.
CUMBERLAND â€“ From the time Derrick Watson was a mere six-year-old boy, his mother always taught him â€śNothing beats a failure but a try.â€ť
That's just one reason he's organized a community group called â€śThe Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls â€“ Save Our Post Office.â€ť
When he found out the Valley Falls Post Office indeed would shut its doors for business back on May 5, he immediately began working on an appeal.
PAWTUCKET â€“ An eight-game homestand got off to a bland start as the Pawtucket Red Sox fell to Indianapolis, 4-3, Thursday at a fog-laden McCoy Stadium.
The contestâ€™s pace matched the pea soup fog that engulfed the ballpark by the middle innings. Eventually the fog lifted to the point where the outfielders could be identified, but its disappearance did little to ignite a rally out of the PawSox, who were coming off a 5-3 road trip.