Archive - 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ One day after Jose Iglesias went deep for his first big-league home run of the 2013 season, PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina was asked to weigh in on the suddenly red-hot Red Sox infielder.
The blast at Yankee Stadium continues a stretch that has seen Iglesias shift from short-term fill-in to possibly serving as a full-time backup. The official answer wonâ€™t come until Boston activates third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the disabled list, yet if Iglesias continues to perform at a high level, itâ€™s hard to imagine that the 23-year-old will be back with Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET â€” For Tony Gallo, trying to help his elderly mother receive veteran's benefits she was entitled to was a complicated, frustrating and nearly 17-month process. He turned to Congressman David Cicilline for help, and now the legislator has submitted a package of bills aimed at reducing the backlog for Gallo and countless others.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to Saturday's gun buyback program, there are now 17 fewer firearms on the city's streets.
According to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, the program, held at the police substation on Armistice Boulevard, netted eight handguns, six rifles and three other firearms that were deemed inoperable. He said the bulk of the firearms were of the â€śsmall caliberâ€ť variety, such as 22s, but there was a 12-gauge shotgun and a 32-caliber revolver among the inventory.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Samaritans of Rhode Island is once again working to eliminate the stigma of seeking help, thanks to a new round of suicide prevention awareness training seminars for educators and healthcare professionals dealing with young people.
PROVIDENCE - Maynard-Dunbar, Jean, age 91, formerly of Pawtucket, died May 30, 2013. For obituary please visit www.rebellofuneralhome.com.
James T. Gallella
CUMBERLAND - James T. Gallella, 77, of Angell Road, passed away Sunday at The Friendly Home, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Frances (Malloy) Gallella.
Born in Stoneham, MA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anne (Hastings) Gallella. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life.
Mr. Gallella was a communicant of the Historic St. Joseph Church, Mendon Road, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET - Ricardo Rose, 63, passed on May 31, 2013. He was the husband of Renee (Benoit) Rose.
Born in Central Falls, he was a son of John Rose Sr. and Dorothy (Trudeau) Rose.
He had been employed by Handy and Harman for 27 years and then retired from EMS of Attleboro.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Christina Rose, three sons, Eric Rose, Colin Rose, and Marcus Rose, a brother, John Rose Jr. and a granddaughter, Justine Vota. He was the father of the late Veronica Rose.
LINCOLN - Ann Theresa "Terri" (Martin) Harris, 81, of Parker Street died Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Francis A. Martin, Jr., a former state representative from the City of Pawtucket, and the late Charles C. Harris.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Grennan) Cooney, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Lincoln in 1995.
Vincent P. McKinnon
RUMFORD - Vincent P. McKinnon, died peacefully at home in Rumford on Sunday, June 2, 2013. He was the beloved friend and companion of Dora Burch. He was the husband of the late Louise (Melucci) McKinnon. Mr. McKinnon was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Charles and Mary Elizabeth (Kiley) McKinnon.
REHOBOTH - Kanarian, Armenouhi (Pahigian), 90, a longtime resident of Rehoboth, MA, passed away peacefully January 14, 2013 at the Life Care Center, Attleboro, MA. Born in Lowell, MA to the late Verkin and Armenag Pahigian. She was raised in Boston, MA. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Norire Kanarian with whom she owned and operated the Avenue Superette in Pawtucket for many years.
PAWTUCKET â€” Potter Burns Elementary School, closed for repairs since a section of an unoccupied basement room gave way on May 22, will reopen for the start of the school day on Monday, June 3.
Nathanael Greene Elementary, closed last week for similar problems, will reopen Tuesday, June 4, according to an announcement by Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ When people try to describe Central Falls, many terms may come to mind, but there is one description no one ever thinks of even though its accuracy and its appeal cannot be denied.
Central Falls is a city along the Blackstone River, and Steve Larrick, the cityâ€™s newly named director of planning and economic development, wants to make sure you and everyone else realizes that fact.
LINCOLN â€“ After watching Bay Viewâ€™s Shannon McArthur bloop a shot that hugged the left-field foul line, Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan got up from his dugout perch and asked the home plate umpire to grant him time.
With the infielders and star pitcher Lindsay Mayer gathered around him on the mound, Ryan conveyed the following decree â€“ donâ€™t let the Bengals bring the potential tying run to the plate. If the hitter that was next in line to face Mayer was fortunate enough to blast one out of Sullivan Field, the Lions would remain ahead by one run.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Fresh off a 5-3 road trip that saw them take over first place in the North Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox kept the good times rolling Friday night.
It may have taken some time, yet Pawtucket was able to outlast Syracuse courtesy of a 9-8 contest that took 12 innings and lasted four hours, 20 minutes. The hero was Jonathan Diaz, who blooped a ball into shallow right-center to score Justin Henry with one down in the 12th.
Diazâ€™ third base hit of the game went in the books as a double. Ryan Rowland-Smith picked up his third victory after tossing a scoreless top-of-the 12th.
For a change of pace, the R.I. high school baseball playoffs are neither rushed nor condensed.
The 16-team field in Division I and II takes center stage Saturday, with the first game of the double-elimination regional qualifying round. In years past, a loss on Day 1 placed players and coaches squarely behind the eight ball. Teams were forced to start their battle for survival in the losersâ€™ bracket the very next day, a predicament that wreaked havoc with pitching plans and left no opportunity for coaches to address any other issues.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As his stay in the major leagues expanded from days to weeks to months, Alex Wilson resisted the temptation to feel comfortable.
PAWTUCKET â€“ At about this time last season, Team Providence Athletics â€“ then an Under-14 girls' basketball travel squad under the direction of Pawtucket hoop legend Walter â€śBunkyâ€ť Gonzalez â€“ bused into the Bay State to qualify for the AAU National Girls' Under-14 Division II Tournament, always held at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Unfortunately, it dropped a heartbreaking four-point loss to the North Central Blaze of Gardner, Mass. in the championship final.
LINCOLN â€“ Despite all the hubbub about â€śhigh stakesâ€ť standardized testing as a graduation requirement, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Friday, â€śno student in the state will be prevented from graduating if they are truly ready to graduate.
CUMBERLAND â€” Next year is supposed to be the season Mount St. Charles storms through the first round of the Division I playoffs and gets ready to make some noise in the double-elimination portion of the state tournament.
But somebody forgot to fax that memo to this yearâ€™s Mounties.
Armed by a 15-hit attack, solid defense, and a rare complete game from junior Kylie Finnerty, the 13th-seeded, senior-less Mounties sprung arguably the upset of the postseason on Thursday afternoon with a stunning 7-2 triumph over fourth-seeded Cumberland at Tucker Field.
LINCOLN â€“ The more things change for the Lincoln High softball team, the more they stay the same.
Gone are the days when head coach Dick Ryan can sit back and watch his squad pile up the runs and achieve mercy-rule status in the blink of an eye. This yearâ€™s Lincoln edition is conditioned to win low-scoring, fist-clenching affairs that largely hinge on the effectiveness of Lindsay Mayer and her powerful right arm.