October 20th, 2011
Dan Wheeler wonâ€™t have long to wait regarding whether or not he fits into the Red Soxâ€™s plans for the 2012 season. The veteran relief pitcher and Warwick native has a club option worth $3 million that Boston must render a decision on â€świthin three to five daysâ€ť upon completion of the World Series.
â€śThey will have to notify me whether theyâ€™re picking it up or not,â€ť said Wheeler earlier this week from his Florida homestead.
When Bruce and Sheri Foster said â€śI doâ€ť eight years ago, they probably never thought they would one day decide to do something as wild and crazy as the competition they entered two weekends ago.
The Lincoln couple was one of 47 that participated in the Sunday River Ski Resortâ€™s 12th annual North American Wife Carrying Championships in Newry, Maine. They toured the challenging 283-yard obstacle course in a 1:27.37 time that placed them 27th and just eight seconds shy of a top-20 finish.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, thereâ€™s a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncosâ€™ game, which was made plenty clear as the Saints were grounded, 4-0, at the McKinnon-Alves Complex. The shutout is No. 11 for Burrillville, which hasnâ€™t allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.
PAWTUCKET â€” The participants make no bones about itâ€¦the dog park in Slater Park is the newest place to meet and mingle, for both canines and their owners.
The City Council on Wednesday voted 8 to 0 to approve a resolution ending the trial status of the dog park and making it an official attraction in Slater Park. The Recreation Committee made the resolution asking for the change, citing the success of the dog park since it opened last summer. Parks and Recreation Director John Blais also issued a letter of support for making the dog park permanent.
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin developed a case of laryngitis earlier this week during the hectic two days that preceded his induction into the New York Jetsâ€™ Ring of Honor on Monday night.
At the end of November, these could be potential semifinal-round playoff contests, but this weekend, they are merely two regular-season games that highlight the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s high school schedule.
In what may arguably be the game of the weekend in the entire state, East Providence heads to Warwick on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown of 3-1 squads with defending Division I champ Bishop Hendricken at the Hawksâ€™ Hayden Field. Both teams are in a three-way tie for second place with Cranston West (3-1) and right behind La Salle (4-0).
PAWTUCKET â€” As the unresponsive five-year-old male lay motionless on a table at the Memorial Hospital, a team of doctors attached an oxygen mask and performed CPR, their eyes anxiously watching the monitors. Not liking what they were seeing, they then decided to try a defibrillator. After a few moments, the boy's eyes fluttered open and he murmured â€śWhat happened?â€ť as the doctors looked at each other in relief.
Dr. Steven Sefla
LINCOLN - Dr. Steven Sefla, 91, of Lincoln, died Tuesday at home. He was the loving husband of Rita (Bequir) Sefla. They had been married 55 years.
Born in Korca Albania, he was a son of the late Abraham and Elka (Kocibelli) Sefla. He attended Convite de National Italy, University of Bologna Italy School of Medicine, University of Vienna Austria School of Medicine, as well as the New York Chiropractic Institute. Dr. Sefla practiced in private practice until his retirement in 1993.
Emilia J. Botelho
LINCOLN - Emilia J. (Prata) Botelho, 81, of Linda Street died Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Jack Botelho.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Manuel and Julia (Tavares) Prata, she had lived in Lincoln for the past 30 years.
Mrs. Botelho was a sales representative for Sears, Roebuck & Company in Providence. She had also worked at Korb's Bakery, Pawtucket and as a cashier in the cafeteria for the Lincoln School Department and St Raphael's Academy, Pawtucket.
Honorato Cruz Santos
CUMBERLAND - Honorato Cruz Santos, 84, of Titus Street, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011 in the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Lucinda (Matias) Santos.
Born in Poutena, Portugal, he was the son of the late David and Aurora (dosSantos) Cruz. He came to this country in 1961, settling in Cumberland.
Mr. Santos was employed as a construction worker for JH Lynch Company for 10 years, and previously Cruz Construction Company for 25 years, retiring in 1986.
LINCOLN - Norman Marceau, 82, passed suddenly on October 18th. He was the husband of the late Germaine (Fournier) Marceau for 55 years.
Born in Central Falls, the son of the late Alverez and Felixina (Lemoine) Marceau.
Norman had been employed by the Whittet-Higgins Company for many years. He was a member of the Cumberland- Lincoln Chorus and St. Jude Church Choir for 20 years and enjoyed attending Lincoln sporting events with family and friends.
PAWTUCKET - Regina Buteau, 89, of Dewey Ave, passed October 18th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Roger Buteau.
Born in Albion, a daughter of the late Charles and Sarah (Gagne) Emond.
She had dedicated her life to her family.
Paul C. Knowlton
FLORIDA - Paul C. Knowlton 64, of Boynton Beach FL, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away on Sunday, October 16. A son of Marshal and Marie Knowlton. Besides his mother, he leaves behind his wife Kathleen Manning, a daughter, Amanda, a son, Tyler, two sisters, Marsha Jackson and Marjorie Landry and several nieces and nephews. Services were private.
Earl F. Dearman Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Earl F. Dearman Jr., 86, passed away Monday morning, October 17th, 2011 at Durgin Pines in Kittery, Maine. Earl, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, R.I., moved to Maine in the spring of 2008.
PROVIDENCE â€” The die is cast.
A massive 200-page bill, months in the making, to radically change public employee retirement payments for everyone from the newly-hired worker to the longest-surviving pensioner was finally introduced in both the House and Senate on Tuesday, ending an extended period of public expectation and speculation.
LINCOLN â€“ The playoffs for Division I begin Oct. 29-31 and Cumberland and Lincoln are right on the cusp to be among the eight teams that earn a berth into a quarterfinal game.
The neighboring rivals battled together on Tuesday afternoon in a key Div. I-B matchup and it was the host Lions that kept up their last-season momentum en route to a 3-0 decision over the Clippers.
What direction does an athlete head in upon retiring? Whatâ€™s next once the cheers stop?
Figuring out the next chapter isnâ€™t always easy. Professional athletes often devote much of their adult life to on-field athletic development â€“ sometimes at the expense of developing proper off-field skills and healthy coping mechanisms that can help with retirement.
Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to remember the following: life does not cease just because the games do. The ability to contribute to society still exists, even if itâ€™s no longer through sports.
Theresa G. Faford
PAWTUCKET - Theresa G. (Dery) Faford, 87, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 17, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald J. Faford, Sr.
Born in Northampton, MA, a daughter of the late Hubert A. and Marie (Beaudoin) Dery, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life. Terry worked and volunteered for the Little Sisters of the Poor for many years. She was a member of the Jeanne Jugan Choir and a former member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Consolation Church. Terry was a forty-five year member of the Keno Girls.
Grace Mills Perkins
PROVIDENCE - Grace Mills Perkins, formerly of Pawtucket, RI died on October 15, 2011 at the Tockwotton Home in Providence, RI. Grace was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, on February 10, 1923, and was educated at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA. Her parents Grace L. (O'Keefe) and Leo Herlihy predeceased her. She is also predeceased by her husband, William T Perkins, a son, William A. Mills, and stepson William J. Perkins and 3 siblings.