August 24th, 2011
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams is finishing up an excellent first season in the New York Yankeesâ farm system.
Mason, son of ex-Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams, is batting a league-leading .353 for the Staten Island Yankees team that plays in the Class A New York/Penn League. A fourth-round draft pick in 2010, Williams just turned 20 years old on Sunday. He has been ranked the No. 6 prospect in New Yorkâs farm system by the River Avenue Blues website.
The Williams family lived in Pawtucket for around 10 years until moving to Florida in 2004.
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler got me thinking the other day when he was asked about the âhypeâ surrounding new third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who at the time had gone 0-for-11 in his first three games for Pawtucket after hitting .302 for Class AA Portland with 18 home runs.
Cumberland High coach Tom Kenwood consistently has had top-level squads over his nearly two-decade career heading the boysâ cross-country program.
With several key runners back this fall, including outstanding junior Trevor Crawley, this fallâs team may be among his best.
Kenwood lists Chariho Regional, Bishop Hendricken and La Salle Academy as the schools that will more than likely be battling it out for team supremacy, but he ranks his Clippers right there in the upper-echelon of finishers at the state championships in early November.
Stephen R. Girouard
LAWRENCE. MA - Stephen R. Girouard, 58, formerly of Pawtucket, died August 24, 2011 in Lawrence, MA. Born in Providence, he was a son of Robert Girouard of Ledyard, CT and the late Elizabeth (Creighton) Girouard. Stephen was an Electrical CAD Draftsman and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Besides his father, he leaves a brother, Michael Girouard of Franconia, NH, a sister, Kathleen Del Sesto of Smithfield, a niece, Heather Girouard and two nephews, Christopher and Jonathan Del Sesto.
Mary F. Cordoni
PAWTUCKET - Mary F. Cordoni, of Pawtucket died Wednesday, August 24, 2011. She was the wife of the late John Cordoni.
Mrs. Cordoni was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joseph and Vincenzina (Giordano) Deluciano. She was a jewelry worker for many years.
Mrs. Cordoni is survived by her daughter Maureen Cordoni and her fiancĂ© Robert Masse of Pawtucket and her son Charles Cordoni of Rumford. She was the brother of the late Frank Leone and Samuel DeLuciano.
LINCOLN - Reinette Turcotte, 69, passed August 23rd with her loving family by her side.
Born in Beauceville, Canada, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Yvonne (Thibodeau) Parent. She had dedicated her life to her children.
Alicia L. Oldfield
CUMBERLAND - Alicia L. Oldfield, 34, of Victory Street died unexpectedly Sunday, August 21, 2011 at home. She was the wife of Raymond A. Perry.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Sharon A. Oldfield and the late Scott S. Camirand.
Alicia had worked as a service manager at Steingold Volvo, Pawtucket for 7 years.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. â They might not have won the Little League World Series championship, but the Cumberland American Little League all-stars proved one last time on Tuesday afternoon why they are champions.
Connor Mastin, Max Hanuschak and Conor Lavallee delivered clutch sixth-inning hits and Colin Cannata scored the winning run on an error as Cumberland roared back from a four-run, sixth-inning deficit to edge Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8-7, in a consolation game at Lamade Stadium.
Chris Costantino made sure not leave any traces of doubt.
Thanks to a strong showing this with the Laconia (N.H.) Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, any and all speculation the St. Louis Cardinals had in the 19-year-old Lincoln native fell by the waste side. The fact-finding mission might have encompassed much of the summer, but the Cardinals realized that Costantinoâs talents exceeded those of a typical 43rd round selection, which is where he emerged during this past Juneâs Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
PAWTUCKET â Will Middlebrooks was sitting at his locker stall in the PawSox clubhouse Monday afternoon when Chili Davis dropped by. Naturally the discussion between the prized newcomer and the first-year hitting coach focused on the rough Triple-A start Middlebrooks had gotten off to, one that included six strikeouts and 11 hitless at-bats.
Whatever words of reassurance Davis bestowed upon Middlebrooks seemed to click as the young third baseman went out and collected his first two hits in a PawSox uniform.
What exactly did Davis say to Middlebrooks?
PAWTUCKET â Perhaps the best way to describe the fun and frivolity folks experienced at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night is this: Mayor Donald Grebien's description of his throwing out the first pitch before the PawSox' tilt against the Syracuse Chiefs.
âI reached the plate, that wasn't a problem, but it wasn't a strike,â laughed Grebien afterward. âThe good news is Mike (Tamburro, PawSox President) did call it one. Congressman (David) Cicilline had said beforehand that he'd give the city a million-dollar grant if it was, so I'll be calling him tomorrow for the check.â
Constance M. Collette
Constance M. Collette, 88 died on Monday at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was the wife of the late Henry D. Collette. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Leo and Stephanie (Laferriere) Collette, she was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley.
An alumna of River College, she received her R.N. degree from St. Joseph Hospital's School of Nursing. She was a caretaker of the Lawton Dental Clinic in Central Falls, and was an honorary member of the Special Forces. She was also a former parishioner of Notre Dame Church in Central Falls.
Lance R. Langborg, Sr.
FLORIDA - Lance R. Langborg, Sr. 72 formally of Pawtucket died on August 17th at his home in New Port Richey, FL. He was the husband of Barbara (Emond) Langborg. Son of the late Kurt and Grace Langborg.
Joseph Sadak Jr.
SWANVILLE, MAINE - Joseph Sadak Jr. 48 of Swanville, passed away August 22, 2011 at Belfast. He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on July 29, 1963 to Agnes (Hayek) and Joseph Sadak Sr. He moved to Maine 14 years ago. He enjoyed fishing, boating and hanging out with his friends.
Ronald E. Ferreira Jr.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Ronald E. Ferreira Jr, 58, passed August 23rd. He was the husband of Janice (Rogers)Ferreira.
Ronald was the son Evelyn (Pimental) Ferreira and the late Ronald E. Ferreira Sr.
He had been employed by Auto Parts International for many years.
Besides his wife and mother he is survived by a daughter, Heather Ferreira and a grandson, Avery. He was the brother of the late Judith Borek.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler had only request of his starting pitcher Monday night â pitch deep into the game.
Tony Pena Jr. heeded the wishes of his skipper, the right-hander tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday night as Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 win against Syracuse. The victory enables the PawSox to move into sole possession of first place in the I.L. North after Lehigh Valley was shut out by Indianapolis, 2-0.
For the 11 high school teams in the Blackstone Valley, as well as the others from across the state, the road to postseason glory in December started last week during workouts on hot mid-August mornings and afternoons that were better suited for spending on a beach.
And while the ultimate goal of every team is to reach the Super Bowl in their respective divisions, two teams from the area, Woonsocket and Tolman, are hoping to get back to the championship game.
PAWTUCKET â Luis Exposito finally heard the words heâs longed to hear â the catching responsibilities for the Pawtucket Red Sox are his and his alone.
No longer is Exposito subjected to a strict platoon partnership, one that can test even the most patient of souls. Thanks to Ryan Lavarnwayâs promotion to Boston and the Red Sox shipping off prospect Tim Federowicz at the July 31 trade deadline, the 24-year-old Exposito holds the title as the primary backstop.
Naturally, PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler wasted little time in delivering the message to Exposito.
PAWTUCKET â If there was ever a night to celebrate the hometown spirit, itâs tonight at McCoy Stadium. City officials, local business leaders and volunteers have pulled out all of the stops to mark the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Pawtucket as a city.
CUMBERLAND - Edwood Anderson, formerly of Blue Mist Drive, Manville passed away Sunday at home in Attleboro. He was the husband of the late Anna (Crociata) Anderson.
He resided in Attleboro for the past year, previously residing in Cumberland, and the Manville section of Lincoln.
He trained as a pilot in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Anderson was self-employed in the computer industry as a consultant.
Ed was an avid builder and craftsman, lover of science fiction, and movie buff.