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August 23rd, 2011

Pawtucket celebrates 125 years

August 23, 2011

PAWTUCKET — 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.
“I reached the plate, that wasn't a problem, but it wasn't a strike,” laughed Grebien afterward. “The 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.”

Constance M. Collette

August 23, 2011

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.

August 23, 2011

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.

August 23, 2011

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.

August 23, 2011

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.

August 22nd

Pena helps PawSox pad lead in I.L. North

August 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler had only request of his starting pitcher Monday night – 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.

High school grid teams hard at work

August 22, 2011

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.

Exposito main man behind plate for PawSox

August 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Luis Exposito finally heard the words he’s longed to hear – 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 Lavarnway’s 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.

Happy birthday, Pawtucket!

August 22, 2011

PAWTUCKET — If there was ever a night to celebrate the hometown spirit, it’s 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.

Edwood Anderson

August 22, 2011

Edwood Anderson
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.

Geraldine Smith

August 22, 2011

Geraldine Smith
PAWTUCKET - Geraldine (McCaffrey) Smith, 84, of Mowry St. passed away Saturday at the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Newman J. Smith.
Born in Ashton, she was a daughter of the late William and Rose (Lavender) McCaffrey. She resided in Pawtucket for the past thirty-one years previously living in Cumberland.
She was employed by American Cord and Webbing as machine operator for many years until her retirement.

August 21st

Early six-run rally lifts Syracuse past PawSox

August 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Odds are good that the Pawtucket Red Sox will secure a berth in the International League playoffs before the regular season ends on Sept. 5. The PawSox and Lehigh Valley are locked in a virtual dead heat for first place in the I.L. North standings.
Pawtucket also owns a 3-game bulge on Gwinnett, which is the closest wild-card contender to the two North leaders.

McGair: Make way for Middlebrooks?

August 21, 2011

Making the tough call goes with the territory of being a baseball general manager, knowing full well that rosters aren’t built on favoritism. The never-ending quest to explore every imaginable avenue in search of talent is one that can’t be entered into lightly for fear of making a decision that comes back to haunt the ballclub.
With that as the backdrop, Theo Epstein’s evaluating glasses figure to get plenty of usage as the Boston G.M. spends the 2012 season drawing conclusions regarding the decisions to be made relating to the team’s long-term answer at third base.

Kirkbrae Country Club: A good fit for its members

August 21, 2011

LINCOLN – Just up the road from Lincoln High School is Kirkbrae Country Club, a private golf course measuring 6,549 yards from the back tees that plays to a par of 71 (and 74 for the women).
Kirkbrae has been home to many great players since its inception back in 1960. Several of its members have captured the R.I. Amateur championship, including Marc St. Martin (1976, 1984, 1988), Mark Zyons (1985) and Tom McCormick (2005).
Ed Kirby, a Cumberland High grad who turned professional in the mid-1980s, owns the course record of 63.

Keeping your dog in line

August 21, 2011

LINCOLN — You know Linda Oliveira is sincere and serious when she says she loves her massive, long-haired German shepherd Smokey, and has since she first gave him a home at seven weeks.
Still, about the time he turned 10 months old, Oliveira — the owner of Sunset Stables at Lincoln Woods State Park — became worried. Whenever she walked him on nearby trails, he would become overly belligerent with his own kind.

August 20th

Cumberland American falls to 0-2

August 20, 2011

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Following Friday’s opening Little League World Series loss, Cumberland American manager Dave Belisle promised his team would play better Saturday against home-town favorite Clinton County, Pa.
He was right. But it was not enough to save Cumberland’s historic season.
Christopher Wright pitched 4 2/3 brilliant innings of six-hit baseball and repeatedly threw well under pressure Saturday night at Lamade Stadium, but Pennsylvania pitcher Alex Garbrick and Tyler McCloskey stymied Cumberland, combining on a three-hit as Cumberland lost, 2-0.

Don't overlook Patriots' Andre Carter

August 20, 2011

When the wave of transactions swept through Gillette Stadium at the start of training camp, two names expectedly stood out among the rest.
Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco.
The former, no stranger to controversy on and off the field, has not practiced since Aug. 4 because of an undisclosed injury. The latter, his first-quarter touchdown in the Patriots’ 31-14 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Thursday notwithstanding, continues to build a rapport with Tom Brady.
I foresee another New England newcomer having a more immediate impact than both Haynesworth and Ochocinco.

GREETINGS FROM WILLIAMSPORT

August 20, 2011

Dan Glod, Chris Dugas and Brian Belisle (front, L-R), and Ryan Cannata, Mike Cannata, Dave Rosa and Conor Fleurant (back, L-R), all New England fans, whoop it up as they cheer on the Cumberland American team at the start of the World Series game Friday against Huntington Beach, California at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. The locals lost their first game 11-0 and play again Saturday night.

Accident victim's family seeks answers

August 20, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Krystal Durkin’s mother, Cheryl Durkin, went to the Police Station looking for answers Thursday evening.
She had spent the early morning hours of Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital watching as the medical staff tried to save her 25-year-old daughter’s life. Krystal, the mother of an infant daughter, Lillianne Fay, had been struck by a car while walking across Mendon Road just after 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. She suffered severe head injuries when struck and thrown a distance down the road.

Potential RIPTA cuts drawing stronger protests

August 20, 2011

PROVIDENCE — As decision day looms for RIPTA, the state’s public transit authority, to implement massive service cuts that would eliminate at least part of 39 of its 54 bus routes, protests are escalating in from riders and public officials alike.
Pawtucket is one of the hardest hit areas, with several routes reduced or eliminated altogether, and Burrillville and Glocester residents face losing an important transportation link to the central part of the state, many of whom use it to get back and forth from work or school.

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