August 20th, 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‚Äô 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.
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.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Krystal Durkin‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ As decision day looms for RIPTA, the state‚Äôs 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.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ‚ÄĒ The Cumberland American Little League all-stars have made comebacks a summer-long staple.
Now they hope to stage their best comeback yet.
Braydon Salzman, Nick Pratto and Ryo Takada combined on a three-hit shutout and the offense produced up and down the lineup as California blanked Cumberland, 11-0 Friday at Lamade Stadium in Cumberland‚Äôs Little League World Series debut. The West champions, unbeaten this summer, move into Sunday‚Äôs winner bracket to meet either Clinton County, Pa. or La Grange, Ken.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The PawSox locker room has looked like a bus station this week, with players coming down I-95 from Portland or heading to Boston.
Friday‚Äôs transit report led with the news of third baseman Will Middlebrooks‚Äôs promotion to Pawtucket from Portland. Middlebrooks effectively replaces Ryan Lavarnway, who joined Boston‚Äôs lineup on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The Pawtucket Red Sox keep finding ways to win games, even as their 24-man playing roster is adjusted seemingly every day according to organizational needs.
On Friday night, Pawtucket gained a split of its four-game series with Columbus as new addition Greg Smith hurled one-run baseball over seven innings during a 7-1 victory. Smith had been released by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week after compiling a 3-3 mark in 13 games for the Yankees.
Elizabeth A. Chute
PAWTUCKET - Elizabeth A. "Betty" Chute, 90, died Tuesday August 16, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Michael M. Chute and Anna M. (Walsh) Chute.
Christine C. Drake
PAWTUCKET - Christine C. "Chrissy" Drake, 53, of Pawtucket died August 17, 2011 at Miriam Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Bruce D. Drake. She was born in Holland a daughter of Henrietta Tersteege and the late Edward Tersteege. She came to this country 50 years ago settling in Attleboro, MA. She was employed by Fuller Packaging Co. for many years.
Dorothy M. Colomy
PAWTUCKET - Dorothy M. (Herring) Colomy, 84, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Jerome H. Colomy, Sr. Born in Providence, the daughter of the late Beatrice (Gardner) Herring, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life.
Dorothy leaves three sons, Jerome H. Colomy, Jr. of Pawtucket, Leslie G. Colomy and his wife Anita of Dexter, Maine and Gordon H. Colomy of Pawtucket; a daughter, Sharon D. Zarzycki and her husband Michael of Rehoboth and four grandchildren, Dan, Katrina, Mike and Nick.
As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American camp discovered this week, there‚Äôs nothing little about the Little League World Series.
On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle ‚Äď how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? ‚Äď can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, ‚ÄúAll of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.‚ÄĚ
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Alex Wilson is the latest starting pitching prospect to join the Pawtucket Red Sox. Time will tell if the parent club decides to curb his starting duties and relocate him to the bullpen.
For the past several seasons the Red Sox have openly explored the practice of turning starting pitchers into relievers, the switch in mound assignments more often than not taking place at the Triple-A level. In most instances, the reclassification of guys like Michael Bowden reflects the situation in Boston and whether the hole in the bullpen can be fixed by promoting from within.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď On a day in which Ryan Lavarnway was likely inundated with congratulatory messages, his college coach had no problem reaching his former pupil.
‚ÄúHe sounded very matter-of-fact,‚ÄĚ Yale head coach baseball John Stuper said via cell phone Thursday, the same day Lavarnway made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a pro now and I don‚Äôt think this was a surprise to him. If anybody‚Äôs earned it he certainly has ‚Äď not just through hard work but through actual production.‚ÄĚ
LINCOLN - Claire Morin, 88, passed August 18, 2011. She was the wife of the late John B. Morin.
Claire was the daughter of the late Ernest and Laura (Fournier) Audette.
She had been employed by the City of Central Falls for 33 years retiring as a Deputy City Clerk in 1985.
She is survived by 2 sisters, Anita Moreau and Laure Maynard and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ernest Audette Jr, Marcel Audette and Estelle Preneta.
PAWTUCKET - Roberto Sostre, 48 of Pawtucket, son of Raul & Luz Maria Sostre passed away on August 17. Rob was the 4th youngest of 12 siblings, Maria, Jorge, Israel, Ebet, Marilyn, Rodrigo, Emily, Raul, Guadalupe, Fernando (RIP) & his baby sister Lisa Dantzler. Besides his siblings Roberto leaves behind his wife Donna Sostre and 3 children Faith, Lil Rob & Shyan along with 2 grandchildren, Tavi & Makaai.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď A Cumberland woman was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle Wednesday night as she crossed Mendon Road in search of gasoline for her broken-down van, police said.
Krystal Lee Durkin, 25, was struck about 11:45 p.m. and later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital, said Lt. Todd Boisvert, the lead investigator.
Though Boisvert said the incident remains under investigation, no charges have been filed against the driver, identified as Kevin Poirier, 32, of Cranston. He said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor.
See Friday's TIMES for complete story.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď For a team that has been almost flawless this season, the Columbus Clippers were anything but on Wednesday night.
The Clippers, the top team record-wise in the International League, committed three costly errors that resulted in four unearned runs. Such gift-wrapping tendencies proved to be difference as the Pawtucket Red Sox remain in first place in the I.L. North for another day after posting a 5-2 win before 7,010 at McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket stands a game up on second-place Lehigh Valley, which defeated Rochester, 3-1.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ‚Äď Dave Belisle has long been a standout hockey coach at Mount St. Charles.
But for the next few days, he‚Äôs just a kid again.
The 14 members of the Cumberland American Little League team have carried Belisle on the ride of his life this summer. This week the ride has reached its final destination, the ultimate destination for every Little Leaguer ‚Äď the Little League World Series. The Series does not only exist on television to these players and coaches anymore. They are here, they are experiencing it and they are enjoying every moment.
Mike Hazen‚Äôs role with the Boston Red Sox may have expanded, but make no mistake: he‚Äôs still very much in touch with what‚Äôs moving and shaking down on the farm.
Promoted to vice president of player development prior to the season, a position that involves overseeing the minor-league operation and amateur scouting, Hazen spoke Wednesday about some of the storylines that have crept up over the past 4 ¬Ĺ months as they relate to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ A top Obama administration official came to Rhode Island Wednesday offering encouragement to the effort to make the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor part of the National Park System.