April 19th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox are on the type of roll that has not been seen in these parts in quite some time.
True, the PawSox won eight straight games last August, but the team was far removed from playoff contention at that point. The winning streak Pawtucket currently enjoys â€“ itâ€™s now five games after Tuesdayâ€™s well-executed 3-1 win against Syracuse â€“ lends credence to the idea that the 2011 season could be different from last couple of campaigns, which saw the locals spend most of the summer playing out the string.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Theo Murray wasnâ€™t completely sure what he was going to get out of Chris Messier, his starting pitcher for Tuesdayâ€™s game against Shea. The reason for concern on the part of the Tolman head coach seems justified, especially since Messier was forced to leave his last start with arm soreness.
For the second time in as many days, a signed PC recruit has been relieved of his commitment.
Tuesday saw new Providence College coach Ed Cooley grant Kyan Anderson, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Fort Worth, Texas, his release of his signed letter-of-intent. The release of Anderson and Markus Crider, the second member of ex-coach Keno Davisâ€™ incoming class for 2011, means the Friars as of this moment have zero incoming freshmen for next season.
PROVIDENCE â€” When he was running for governor, candidate Lincoln Chafee often pointed to his experience as mayor of Warwick in the 1990s as one of his credentials for heading an executive branch of government.
On the eve of his 100th day as the stateâ€™s first Independent governor since the colonial era, The Times asked Chafee how being governor compares with leading the stateâ€™s second largest city and how he has found the two jobs to be completely different.
PAWTUCKET - Kenneth "Sarge" Velzis, 64, of Rhode Island Ave, passed April 17th at the VA Hospital.
He was the son of Rose (Delphe) Ousley and the late Edward J. Velzis.
Kenneth was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by two daughters, Gina Velzis and Colleen Wallace, a son, Kenneth Velzis Jr, four brothers, Edward, Richard, and Ronald Velzis and James Ousley and a sister, Sandra Ousley.
Francis M. Jordan
CRANSTON - Francis M. Jordan, 93, of Cranston died April 19, 2011 in Providence. He was the husband of Tina (Chernick) Jordan. Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter Nancy Hecker of Newport News VA. Mr. Jordan was the husband of the late Josephine (Mecchi) Jordan and the father of the late Mark A. Jordan
Mr. Jordan was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Aiden and Jane Jordan.
PAWTUCKET - William Jankura, 84, of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011. He was the husband of the late Henrietta (Beauchemin) Jankura. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, he was the son of the late John and Florence (Conlon) Jankura.
PAWTUCKET â€” Rich Hill could have been sulking and pouting on Monday afternoon after learning the news that fellow southpaw Hideki Okajima -- not he -- was called up to the Boston Red Sox and added to the clubâ€™s bullpen.
After all, Hill had been lights out in his four appearances with the Pawtucket Red Sox, striking out 11 batters, recording a save, and yielding just five hits, two walks, and no earned runs in his 8 2/3 innings of work.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mount St. Charles is starting to look a bit like the baseball program that captured two straight Division II state titles before joining Division I this season.
The Mounties won their second Division I game in four days on Monday, breaking open a tight contest against St. Raphael Academy with a seven-run rally in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory.
Mount, now 2-3 in Division I, got a complete-game pitching performance from junior Taylor Sutherland, who scattered seven hits and settled in after allowing single runs in both the first and second innings.
Kyan Andersonâ€™s future regarding whether heâ€™ll play basketball at Providence College is still very much up in the air.
The same cannot be said for fellow recruit Markus Crider.
PAWTUCKET â€” When George McLaughlin was hired as Tolman High School's Guidance Department Chair back in September, he admitted he felt excitement about starting something new, and disconsolation at resigning from his previous position.
In his last job, McLaughlin â€” a 60-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native â€” served as a Central Falls High guidance counselor.
Dorothy M. Andrews
CUMBERLAND - Dorothy M. (Thompson) Andrews, 85, of Meadow Avenue passed away surrounded by her loving family Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Warren C. Andrews.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Malcolm E. and Elizabeth P. (Montgomery) Thompson, she had lived in Cumberland and was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church for the past 57 years. She was previously employed by Hasbro in the toy industry. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, and hosting her family at home.
Evo J. Donnini
WOONSOCKET - Evo J. "Curly" Donnini, 93, formerly of Cato St., Woonsocket, died Wednesday evening at The Villages at Waterman Lake in Greenville. He was the husband of the late Martha (Nytka) (Oliveira) Donnini.
Born and raised in Manville, he was a son of the late Gino "Ciro" and Josephine (Pialunga) Donnini. He was a resident of Woonsocket for most of his life.
Mr. Donnini served in the Army during WWII. He was an instructor in radio and landing operations for the Army Air Corps and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
Amy R. Letourneau
WARWICK - Amy Renee Letourneau, 37, of Warwick, RI, passed away suddenly April 12, 2011.Born in Providence, she was the daughter of Rene L. Letourneau and the late Nancy H.(Hoyt) Letourneau. Besides her father she leaves her step-mother Judy Letourneau, her brother Damon Letourneau and her friend William Dinges. Visitation Wednesday 10:30AM - 11:00AM with a memorial service to follow at 11:00AM in the Winfield & Sons Funeral Home, 571 West Greenville Rd., (Rt. 116), Scituate.
FOXBORO, Mass. â€” Pawtucketâ€™s Kelsey Fournier will return for her third and final year as a New England Patriots cheerleader, and her second as one of the squadâ€™s co-captains.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There was no hiccups, nor was there any red flags from Matt Albersâ€™ relief appearance with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.
A clean and effortless sixth inning was what Albers delivered as the Pawtucket Red Sox cooked up two wins at McCoy Stadium. Daniel Nava capped off the suspended portion of the proceedings with a game-winning single in the 10th inning, lifting the PawSox to a 2-1 win past Buffalo.
Albersâ€™ 1-2-3 frame came in the regularly scheduled contest as Pawtucketâ€™s offense came alive in a 10-6 victory.
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.