Archive - Aug 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ Believe it or not, pitchers do gain velocity as the season deepens. In the case of Josh Fields, the spike in the right-handerâ€™s radar gun readings have proven most dramatic â€“ not to mention raise eyebrows.
These days a fixture in Pawtucketâ€™s bullpen, Fields generally sits at 93-95 miles per hour with his fastball occasionally touching 96 mph.
Maria G. Afonso
CENTRAL FALLS- Maria G. (Gomes) Afonso, 94, of Washington St. passed away Thursday in the Grandview Nursing Center, Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Abilio Afonso.
Born in Cov as, de Barroso, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Aflredo and Victoria ( Afonso ) Gomes. She had resided in Central Falls most of her life.
Mrs. Afonso was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Robert W. Briggs
LINCOLN - Robert W. Briggs, 92, of Sir Charles Drive died Friday, August 31, 2012 at Emerald Bay Manor, Cumberland. He was the husband of the late Lorraine E. (Block) Briggs.
Born in Rockland, MA, a son of the late George E. and Annie M. (Wright) Briggs, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 52 years.
Mr. Briggs worked in the stock room of Blackstone Valley Electric Company, Lincoln before retiring.
He was a World War II Army veteran and a life member of VFW Post #8018.
A 32nd Degree mason, he was a member of Paul Revere Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Brockton, MA.
Antonio Alberto Cabral
VIRGINIA BEACH - Antonio Alberto Cabral, 54, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on August 28, 2012.
Born on August 15, 1958, in Muxagata, Fornos de Algodres, Portugal. He was the son of the late Fernando and Albertina Cabral.
Tony was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle. He will be forever remembered for his charismatic and dynamic presence and for his loving nature.
Doris S. Craven
SEEKONK- Doris S. (Crowther) Craven, 88, formerly of Maynard Ave., passed away Thursday, August 30, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late George H. Craven.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Eric L. and Beatrice (Entwistle) Crowther, she resided in Seekonk most of her life.
Doris leaves two daughters, Lorel A. Paquette and her husband, Paul of Athol, MA and Mary-Jayne Foster of Foster, RI; three grandsons, Michael Paquette, Shayne Foster and Derrick Foster and a great-grandson, Matthew Paquette. She was the sister of the late Betty Priddy.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Incumbent state Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Cumberland) and her two challengers for the Dist. 16 Senate seat â€” Joseph P. Moran III and Nicholas S. Gelfuso â€” will debate the issues at a Meet the Candidates forum to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Sponsored by Leadership Rhode Island, Common Cause and Progreso Latino, the forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Central Falls High School auditorium, 24 Summer St. WPRI reporter Ted Nesi will be the moderator.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just days before Labor Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor visited the Blackstone Valley to meet students looking to enter the workforce in Pawtucket, tour a Central Falls manufacturing plan and help hand out about $1.4 million in new federal money for the state.
PAWTUCKET â€” The blizzard of O'Neill and Mercer campaign signs covering District 3 says it all. What was a contentious race two years ago promises to be so again as incumbent City Councilor Christopher O'Neill fights off a challenge from opponent Terrence â€śTerryâ€ť Mercer.
With both O'Neill and Mercer running as Democrats, the District 3 contest is one of two City Council races that will be all but decided by the Sept. 11 Democratic primary. The primary will also be key in the District 1 race between Democratic incumbent David Moran and his challenger, fellow Democrat Michael Cassidy.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ever since he was a young boy, Edward Kozatek has been sweet on Fox Grocery. â€śI used to steal my mother's soda bottles and cash them in for penny candy,â€ť he said, chuckling. Kozatek, who owns J.T. Leddy Auto Top, is one of many city residents who are mourning the closing of the neighborhood convenience store that has been a fixture at 209 Benefit Street for decades.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. â€“ Thereâ€™s a certain aura that surrounds those lauded as top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, and it only intensifies the higher they progress through the system.
PAWTUCKET - Jeannette Marchand, 87, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012. She was the wife of the late Oscar Marchand.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Annie (Bernard) Grenier. Jeannette was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket.
CUMBERLAND - Antonio Silva, 86, of Colonial Ave. passed away Tuesday in the Oakland Grove Nursing Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Placedia (Brito) Silva.
Born in Fall River he was the son of the late Jaime and Maria (Campos) Silva. He resided in Cumberland most of his life.
Mr. Silva was employed as the general manager of the former Howard Johnson Motor Lodge and Restaurant, Pawtucket for 30 years until his retirement.
CENTRAL FALLS(AP) â€” Police say a body pulled from the Blackstone River in Central Falls last week is that of a 31-year-old man reported missing from a treatment center.
Police said Tuesday the body found in the river was that of Marvin Reynolds.
Reynolds had been reported missing by Gateway Healthcare, Inc. on Aug. 18. Police issued a warrant for his arrest because he was required as a condition of his parole to remain in one of Gateway's facilities.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Police in Central Falls made an arrest Tuesday in a double shooting that occurred in the area of Illinois Street and Hedley Avenue at around noon time Monday.
The unidentified shooting victims, a male and a female, were taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where they were treated for minor gunshot wounds and released, according to Police Maj. James J. Mendonca.
Charles R. Mooney
PAWTUCKET - Charles Robert Mooney, 74, of Elder Street, passed away Sunday, August 26, 2012 in the Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Chretien) Mooney and they had been married for the past 48 years.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Alfred and Evelyn (Follows) Mooney. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 46 years.
Mr. Mooney was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War.
Charles was employed as tool setter for the Fulford Manufacturing Company of East Providence for many years until his retirement.
Linda May Goyette
CUMBERLAND - Linda May Goyette, 53, of North Attleboro, formerly of Canning Street, Cumberland, passed away MONDAY at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of Robert Curran and the late Edna (Roberts) Curran. She resided in North Attleboro for the past 3 years, previously residing in Cumberland.
She was employed as laser operator for the Needletech Inc. of North Attleboro for the past three years. She was previously employed for many years at Texas Instruments.
Marilynn E. Brown
LINCOLN - Marilynn E. Brown, 67, of Lincoln, died Monday at home. She was the wife of Robert C. Brown.
Born in Mahattan NY, she came to Lincoln in 1956 and has lived in the same house her grandparents bought in the late 1800s when they immigrated from Ireland. She was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Sullivan) Downing.
His tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox may have ended in a less-than-desirable fashion, yet make no mistake: Mark Prior remains as determined as ever to refute the industry bias surrounding him by pitching again in a major-league setting.
PAWTUCKET â€” After dropping one-goal verdicts in each of the past two Division I state title matches, could the third time be the charm for Shea High this fall?
Veteran head coach Pierre Ridore certainly thinks so, even though he graduated a half dozen key starters, and he let his feelings be known early Monday afternoon before his team boarded its bus for a preseason scrimmage against two-time defending Division II champion Smithfield.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 28-year-old Pullen Avenue man with a history of domestic assault charges is accused of hitting his former girlfriend and taking part in her abduction in an incident near her Amey Street home early Sunday morning, Pawtucket Police said.