June 8th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyelerâ€™s office along with Chad Epperson, the Red Sox minor-league catching coordinator. The seating arrangement resembled that of an atypical boardroom meeting, with Beyeler staring directly at Lavarnway from his behind-the-desk vantage point while Epperson occupied the plush leather couch to the right of 24-year-old.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mike Cather was Daniel Bardâ€™s pitching coach in Double-A Portland when Bard made the conversion from starting pitcher to reliever.
What does Cather, currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres, recall about watching Bard undergo said conversion in 2008? Letâ€™s just say that experience is something that the struggling Red Sox pitcher should think long and hard about drawing upon during his stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PROVIDENCE â€” Constant success can be bad for the psyche.
So claimed Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan after his Lions posted an unusual, come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Coventry in a state Division I Tournament quarterfinal at Rhode Island College late Friday afternoon.
In 12 of its initial 18 contests, Lincoln registered seven or more runs, and six of those were of the 10-run â€śmercy-ruleâ€ť variety.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ending an unsavory saga, Pawtucket Firefighter Cody Reed has pleaded no contest to one count of felony assault on a young teenage girl in exchange for a reduction in a previous count of third-degree sexual assault and dismissal of another charge.
Reed, 40, who lives on Second Street in Pawtucket, entered the nolo plea before Associate Justice Judith C. Savage in Superior Court in Providence on Thursday afternoon. The plea comes just over a week after his trial that ended in a hung jury.
PROVIDENCE â€“ It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panelâ€™s hearing on the budget.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Daniel Bard could have taken the easy way out.
He could have tucked himself away in the trainerâ€™s room, or if he wanted to be out of complete sight, he could have hid in the indoor batting tunnels or some other out-of-the-way location in McCoy Stadium.
Instead, the embattled starting pitcher faced the media in the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s weight room at 5 p.m. sharp Thursday, discussing his recent demotion from Boston and the mechanical issues that have plagued him.
LINCOLN â€“ When Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic chose to hire Lincoln's own Jad Prachniak to skipper his West Chester University baseball squad last July, he knew he was putting a lot of faith in an unknown product.
After all, up to that point, Prachniak had served just one year as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island in 2005, then served as Frank Leoni's pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at the College of William & Mary the following five years.
PAWTUCKET - Jeffrey Michael LeClair, 52, of Pawtucket, RI died suddenly on the morning of June 6, 2012 of acute Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Born in Providence, in January 1960, Jeff attended St. Rays Academy graduating from Tolman in 1978. He attended Johnson & Wales for hotel/restaurant management. He worked at Holiday Inn in Attleboro assisting the National Guard with the evacuation and housing of people during the blizzard of 78.
PAWTUCKET - Robert W. Healey, 68, of Coates Manor, passed away May 21, 2012 after a brief illness. He was the longtime friend of Carlos Gonzalez. Bob was born in Attleboro, a son of the late William and Beatrice (Gillette) Healey. He had been the manger of the former Carroll's Hamburgers of So. Attleboro, and also worked for Coffee An Service, Lacroix's Food Service and Bayside Food Service .
A Celebration of Bob's life will be held Sunday at 4 pm in the Community Room at Coates Manor, Lonsdale Ave. Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
PASCOAG - Carol A. Provencher, 60, of Wallum Lake Rd. entered into eternal life June 2, 2012 at RI Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Raymond Provencher.
Carol was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Herbert and Barbara (O'Donnell) Heath. Mrs. Provencher was a devoted Mother and Grandmother. She had lived Warwick and Bristol several years before moving to Pascoag.
LINCOLN - Matilda "Tillie" (Palagi) Clark, 91, of Boulevard Avenue, Lincoln passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Phillip Hulitar Center, Providence.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Peter and Sarah (Finnucci) Palagi and was the wife of the late William W. Clark III. Mrs. Clark was employed as a Processor of Student Loans with the RI Higher Education Assistance Authority for many years before retiring.
DELTONA, FL. - Maria Rosa Amaral, 78, passed away March 26, 2012 in Florida. She was the beloved wife of the late, Manuel "Manny" Amaral who predeceased her in 2008. The Amarals lived on Margaret Street in Pawtucket for many years before moving to Florida. She was the daughter of the late Jose DeRosa Silveira and Adlena Rosa Medeiros. She was predeceased by her brother Manuel Silveira in 2007. Maria is survived by her loving daughters, Joyce Weber of Orange City, Fl.
PAWTUCKET - Lucille Gertrude (Lavallee) Lachance, 84 of Capitol Ridge Assisted Living in Providence RI, and formerly of Darlingdale Ave, passed peacefully following a period of declining health, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center in Providence RI on June 6, 2012.
Lucille was born of Fabiola Marceaux Lavallee and Elie O. Lavallee on December 3, 1928 in Providence Rhode Island. She was the beloved widow of Normand Lachance.
PAWTUCKET â€” What could best be described as â€śjoyful noiseâ€ť emanated through the ornate auditorium of the William E. Tolman High School on Wednesday night as 215 graduating seniors received their diplomas.
From the loud clapping and cheers that almost drowned out â€śPomp and Circumstanceâ€ť during the processional to a heartfelt sing-along to the alternate rock song â€śWe are Young,â€ť the class of 2012 did not go out quietly at the schoolâ€™s 84th graduation, but more with a Tigerâ€™s roar.
The question cut right to the heart of the matter and can only be answered by Mark Prior himself.
Why keep revisiting what has been a torturous comeback trail in the same manner where in the past, injuries played a significant part in removing the luster of this onetime pitching star?
Why not come to terms that the last major-league start you made occurred August 10, 2006, take comfort in knowing you gave it your best shot and realize that at age 31, you still have an entire life ahead of you?
PAWTUCKET -- Last spring, Tolman High finished the season as it hoped it would â€” as Rhode Island Division II champions.
It nevertheless wasnâ€™t easy, as it had to manufacture come-from-behind victories over Pilgrim in a quarterfinal, Cranston West in a semifinal and finally Barrington, 3-1, in the championship match.
LINCOLN â€” Call what happened to Lincolnâ€™s Chris Pickering on Wednesday afternoon a pleasant and unexpected surprise â€“ that of getting selected by the San Francisco Giants on the third and final day of the MLB Draft.
CUMBERLAND â€” The town's Monastery property will be on display with all its history when the sixth Annual Cumberland Arts and Crafts Festival is held there this weekend. More than 50 artists and crafters will be setting up booths near the Cumberland Senior Center building at the Monastery on Saturday for what organizers are hoping will be a nice day outdoors for the festival's visitors.
Lee Drury, Senior Center Director, said the festival is something the event's sponsors have been trying to grow each year as a rival to other popular arts and crafts events later in the season.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” For years when he was working as a driving school instructor in France, Leo Heroux would request to have June 6 off to go to the beach.
But it was no ordinary vacation day.
Heroux's destination was always Omaha Beach â€” a place that, despite its natural beauty, brings back painful memories of the carnage he witnessed as a young soldier in the aftermath of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Paula A. Picard, R.N.
JOHNSTON- Paula A. (Todd) Picard, R.N., 53, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 31, 2012. She was the loving wife of Gary D. Picard for 33 years.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of William L. and the late Gloria J. (Smith) Todd and the beloved step-daughter of Cheryl Todd.
Paula was Director of Nursing at New England Sinai Hospital, Stoughton, MA. She enjoyed bowling and traveling, and especially going on cruises.