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If you want to scare the daylights out of a Yankees fan, mention that A.J. Burnett might have a few problems dealing with Bostonâ€™s revised 2011 batting order. Now that the Red Sox have added lefty hitters Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup, sidearming right-handers like Burnett will be in big trouble against the Sox, who already have J.D. Drew and David Ortiz around as legitimate lefty power hitters.
Shirley M. Venturini (NO PHOTO)
PAWTUCKET - Shirley M. Venturini, passed away Tuesday at her home in Pawtucket surrounded by her family after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Victor J. Venturini, Sr. Born in Cumberland, RI, she was the only child of the late Eugene and Rita (Carr) Dugas.
She is survived by her children; Francine, Rita, Robert, Dale, Gary, Kevin and William; as well as her 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Shirley was the mother of the late Victor Venturnini, Jr. and Paul Venturini.
Eva M. Palardy
JOHNSTON - Eva M. Palardy, 86 of Johnston died on Wednesday at Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Joseph Palardy. Born in Central Falls, she had been a resident there until 1960, then of Providence for 27 years and later of Johnston. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston. Mrs. Palardy had been the owner of the former Eva's Lunch in Providence and also had been employed at the former Merit Glasses and Universal Opticals in RI.
Francis M. Donais
PAWTUCKET - Francis M. Donais, 78, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 3, 2010. Born in Fall River, a son of the late John and Rose (Roppe) Donais, he resided in Pawtucket since 1938. Francis was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by the former Corning Glass Works and GTE, now Osram-Sylvania of Central Falls for 30 years before retiring in 1994. He was the brother of John P. Donais with whom he resided and the late Marie Lorraine Warzeka. He also leaves two nephews, Thomas W. Warzeka of West Warwick and John F. Warzeka of Cranston.
John Lopes-Pina Jr
CENTRAL FALLS: John Lopes-Pina Jr, 78, of 466 Hunt St, passed peacefully with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of the late Dorothy T. (Messier) Pina.
Born in Cumberland, a son of the late John and Laura(Lizotte) Pina. He had been employed as a Truck Driver of over 30 years by Messier Trucking of Lincoln.
John was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War from 1951-1954 and was a member of the Gatchell VFW Post 306.
Marjorie E. Preston
FLORIDA - Marjorie E. Preston, 86, of University Oaks, Bronson, FL, died peacefully on December 2, 2010 at Parkland Rehabilitation & Nursing Home, Gainesville, FL.
Stanley C. Wolters
BRISTOL - Stanley C. Wolters, 79, of Bristol and formerly of Pawtucket died November 20, 2010. He was the husband of the late Ida C. Wolters.
Mr. Wolters was a supervisor in the receiving department of Texas Instruments for over 38 years. He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, a longtime Mason in the Union Lodge, and a lifelong member of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Pawtucket.
James R. Harrington, Jr.
PAWTUCKET James R. Harrington, Jr., 73, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2010. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia A. (Mulligan) Harrington. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late James R. Harrington, Sr. and M. Elizabeth (McDonough) Harrington.
Rita T. Grimley
PAWTUCKET - Rita T. Grimley, 89, of Pawtucket died Wednesday, December 8, 2010. She was the wife of the late Edward T. Grimley.
Mrs. Grimley was born in Central Falls the daughter of Catherine O'Gara.
She was a secretary at Saylesville Finishing before becoming a full time mother for her children. She later served as a loving caregiver for all her children's children.
Mrs. Grimley was a longtime communicant of St. Teresa's Church.
Central Falls Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu
LINCOLN: Central Falls Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu, 60, passed peacefully December 7th, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Denise (Godin) Coutu. They have been married for 33 years.
He was a 40 year member of the Central Falls Fire Department and Chief for the past 25 years. With grace and dedication Rene was also an Assistant Deputy State Fire Marshall, Chairman of the Fire Safety Board of Appeal and Review, past president of the RI Fire Chief's Association, and member of the International Fire Marshals Association.
NEWTON, Mass. â€“ For Providence College, it was a game that shouldnâ€™t have come down to a close, but no cigar half-court heave by Vincent Council as the final horn sounded.
Closing hard and fast on Boston College in the final five minutes does not make up for 35 minutes of play in which PC struggled to generate any sort of traction on either end of the floor. The Eagles, who led 52-36 early in the second half and by a 72-60 count with 7:30 to play, tried to give the Friars an early Christmas present but were able to escape with an 88-86 win at Conte Forum Wednesday night.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Until about the midway point of Wednesday nightâ€™s Division I opener against host Cumberland, nothing seemed to fall for Diandra DaRosa.
But once the St. Raphael Academy sophomore got her shooting touch, there was no stopping her.
The talented point guard, who starred for Tolman last year, tossed in a game-high 29 points, including 22 in the second half as the Saints earned their first league win in nearly two years with a 61-51 victory over the Clippers at the Wellness Center.
PROVIDENCE â€” As she mingled for the first time with her fellow freshman legislators, Pawtucket Senator-elect Donna Nesslebush had the sense that she was starting upon something significant.
Raymond W. Arnold
ATTLEBORO - Raymond W. Arnold, 79 formerly of South Main St., Attleboro died at the Caritas Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton on Dec. 3, 2010. A son of the late Joseph and Valeda (Carrier) Arnold, he had been employed as a worker in local jewelry and textile mills until his retirement in November, 1989. He had also been a LaSalette Brother from 1950 to 1966. Family Service Association was providing care to Mr. Arnold through its Guardianship Program.
Fernanda A. Correia
CUMBERLAND - Fernanda A. Correia, 82, of Curran Rd. died Tuesday in the Summit Commons Nursing Home. She was the beloved wife of Manuel Correia.
Born in Dareay, Mangualde, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Joaquim and Ana(DeSousa) Goncalves. She came to this country in 1969 settling in Cumberland.
She was employed by the former Health Tex Corp., in their Central Falls and Cumberland plants for 20 years until her retirement.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Marie A. Cheetham
PAWTUCKET - Marie A. (King) Cheetham, President of Cheetham Mortuary, Inc. and a Pawtucket business woman for over 60 years died Monday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Henry J. and Elizabeth A.(Farrell) King. For a time she resided at Capitol Ridge of Providence where she enjoyed the company of the staff and fellow residents.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The ushering in of a new boysâ€™ basketball season means the arrival of two high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.