May 16th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â This comeback ran out of steam.
After falling behind by a 4-0 score and getting blanked for 7 2/3 innings by Gwinnett Braves righthander Omar Poveda, the Pawtucket Red Sox found a way to battle back in the last two innings off him and reliever Wirfin Obispo and nearly pull off an amazing victory.
But it wasnât meant to be for the PawSox, who soon found themselves trying to battle back from a 6-1 deficit in their final swings and ended up with a 6-4 loss â their fourth defeat in their last five games â on Thursday night before a small gathering at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â Last month, school administrators expressed optimism about the proposed school budget for fiscal year 2014, citing an anticipated increase in state aid and expected funding from the city. However, due to the city administration's apparent decision to not provide $511,463 as part of âmaintenance of effortâ and other adjustments requested by the School Committee, the latest draft is looking decidedly less rosy.
The Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island assistance program for the stateâs elderly residents hit another milestone Wednesday â serving its 17 millionth meal to Clara Ramos, 80, of Providence.
The highlight meal, this year served by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, is one of a long list of such events marking the work put in by the organizationâs volunteers since the 1970s. That work has not only helped elderly residents maintain their nutritional health but also their independence and ability to remain at home.
Eunice M. Simmons
PAWTUCKET - Eunice M. (Oakland) Simmons, 96, of Salem, NY and formerly of Pawtucket died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Stanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Queensbury, NY. She was the wife of the late George F. Simmons.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Millichamp) Oakland, she had lived in Pawtucket all of her life before moving to New York 9 years ago.
Mrs. Simmons was a bookkeeper for the Pelletier Trucking Company, Pawtucket before retiring. She was a 1933 graduate of Pawtucket High School.
PAWTUCKET â When the manager mentions âsmall crack in his boneâ in the same sentence as the playerâs wrist, itâs easy to dwell on the worst-case scenario.
Gary DiSarcina, however, stated that the Pawtucket Red Sox are in no rush to place first baseman/outfielder Mark Hamilton on the disabled list. On the same day that saw Hamilton honored as International League Hitter of the Week, the 29-year-old jammed his wrist while attempting to make a play in left field.
PROVIDENCE â Depending on who you listened to at the House Finance Committee hearing Wednesday, payday lenders are either providers of quick and convenient cash loans for regular folks in temporary financial straits or they are âpredators,â âvampires,â âmonstersâ and âleechesâ conniving to trap poor people in an inescapable cycle of debt at âusuriousâ interest rates.
WOONSOCKET â Perhaps the only statistic Lincoln High skipper Andy Hallam didnât like on Wednesday afternoon came in the âLOBâ category.
The Lions may have stranded 11 base-runners, but everything else went the Lionsâ way in a 6-0 taming of Division I-North foe Woonsocket in the chilly drizzle and wind at Barry Field.
Senior southpaw Andrew Veiga whirled a stupendous, complete-game two-hitter with a mere walk and a whopping 13 strikeouts in keeping the Villa Novans at bay; actually, he surrendered only nine batted balls the entire contest.
You take what you can get.
With that mantra in mind, the NCAAâs decree to lengthen college basketballâs preseason is a welcome development in a sport where the run-up to the regular season barrels down on coaches and players like a fastbreak. Earlier this month, the governing body of collegiate athletics ruled that menâs programs can begin practicing six weeks prior to their first game.
The 2013-14 season is set to tip-off on Nov. 8, meaning teams can begin laying the groundwork in earnest on Sept. 27.
CUMBERLAND - Stanislaw Mach, 81, passed away Thursday May 9, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Stanislawa (Markocki) Mach.
Born in Grodzisko Dolne, Podkarpackie, Poland he was a son of the late Antoni and Maria (Przeszlo) Mach. He lived in Cumberland for the past 12 years and was formerly of Central Falls.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machine Operator for Ocean State Finishing Co. of Woonsocket.
Mary T. Plant
CUMBERLAND - Mary T. Plant, 86, passed May 15th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Milton W. Plant.
Mary was the daughter of the late Aborn and Mary (Burns) Snow.
She retired from the Cumberland School Department and had also worked for Ann & Hope of Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â Fresh off a 6-2 swing through the International Leagueâs South Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated Gwinnett by a 5-3 count Tuesday night before 3,596 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Making his first appearance on the mound since getting roughed up by Minnesota last Wednesday at Fenway Park, Allen Webster tossed five innings of one-run ball en route to picking up his second victory with the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â Finally, a little clarification to âmanagerâs decision.â
For roughly seven minutes Tuesday, PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina stood in his office and shed some light as to why shortstop Jose Iglesias was absent from the lineup for three consecutive days after getting removed in the top of the fifth inning of the May 4 contest.
It was fairly obvious that DiSarcina caught wind as to what some folks were passing off as the explanation to why Iglesias spent time on the bench. Such suspicions were way off base because they didnât come straight from the horseâs mouth.
PAWTUCKET â Despite acknowledgments that itâs not an ideal situation, the Schools Superintendent intends to proceed with plans to move a majority of the incoming 6th graders to Goff or Slater junior high schools in September to deal with overcrowding.
PAWTUCKET â Elizabeth J. âBettyâ Johnson has been gone three years now but the 85-year-oldâs love of local history is still paying dividends for the city she devoted so much energy toward.
Her carefully organized notes, clippings, photographs and Pawtucket memorabilia â previously kept in her longtime home at 30 Fruit Street â have been moved into the archives of the Pawtucket Public Library where they can be accessed by researchers wishing to delve into local lore.
Ernest J. Feuti
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Ernest J. Feuti, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 12, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Janice M. (Banach) Feuti. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Alphonse and Antoinetta (Prete) Feuti. Ernest was a member of the Attleboro Lodge of Elks # 1014 and the Fraternal Order of Police Associates.
Ernest leaves his siblings, Eleanor M. Peloquin and her husband, Noel of Pawtucket and Robert G. Feuti and his wife, Roberta of Charlestown, RI and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Carolyn Duquette.
Jessica L. Alves
CUMBERLAND - Jessica L. Alves, 38, died Friday, May 10, 2013 at home. Born in Pawtucket. She was a daughter of John and Gayle (Vose) Alves.
Beside her parents, she leaves a daughter, Ociana Liberty Alves, a son, Kyle Alves, a brother, Christian Richard, a sister, Nicole M. Alves and her godfather, Daniel J. Alves.
Her funeral and burial will be private. For online guest book please visit
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The streak is still alive.
After playing five drama-free contests that were decided by nine or more runs, unbeaten Lincoln encountered its toughest test in nearly a month when the Lions trekked down to Ryan Park for a Monday night showdown with second-place North Kingstown.
And while the Lions were able to come away with a 3-2 win, it was far from easy, and it took eight innings and some daring baserunning from Casie Beauchemin to produce the game-winning run.
SCITUATE â Showdowns donât get any better than this â first place sitting on the line, ace pitchers dueling each other, and extra innings needed to decide the outcome.
For Tolman, victories donât get any better than the ones they nailed down on the road on Monday afternoon against Division II-North foe Scituate at Manning Field.
EAST PROVIDENCE â An empty lot on Newport Avenue, used mostly as overflow parking for Uncle Tony's Pizza and Pasta restaurant, is serving up some fascinating pieces of history as part of an archaeological dig.
It seems that the front portion of the lot, situated between New Road and Moore Street, was once the East Providence Cemetery. While the burial ground has long been closed and the coffins removed and interred elsewhere, the current owners of the commercially zoned property want to make sure that no remains were left behind.
CUMBERLAND - Mary Gertrude (Davis) Berard, 88, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul F. Berard. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Christopher and Catherine (Goodwin) Davis, she resided in Cumberland since 1955.
Mrs. Berard had been employed by Fram; the Cumberland School Lunch Program and Texas Instruments until retiring in 1988. She was a former volunteer at the Memorial Hospital of RI and was a longtime member of St. Patrick's Bowling League.