July 11th, 2011
Some thoughts designed to close the books on the first half of the 2011 season for the Pawtucket Red Sox â€¦
For the past several seasons the PawSox have sworn by a platoon situation at catcher.
â€śWe run a 2-2 split,â€ť manager Arnie Beyeler explained. â€śThey get their work, so thatâ€™s whatâ€™s important.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Know those acceptance speeches an Oscar recipient gives upon being presented a solid gold statuette? The ones that begin with â€śIâ€™d like to thank â€¦â€ť
Some speeches turn out sappy bordering on cringeworthy. Those falling in the melodramatic category tend to feature the winner crying to point where you can barely make out whatâ€™s being said. Bottom line? Itâ€™s about extolling credit where credit is due.
If youâ€™re not a baseball fan, stop here. Itâ€™s time to talk baseball.
The All-Star break isnâ€™t just a respite for players. The short vacation gives baseball fans a few days off to think about the second half of the pennant race. Thatâ€™s what we fans do. Canâ€™t play so we sit around mulling schedules and statistics while the grass turns brown in our front yard.
In New England, when you mention pennant race, that can only mean one thing â€“ Red Sox vs. the Yankees, with a little dose of the Tampa Bay Rays thrown in.
PAWTUCKET â€” After less than two months in his new position, Robert Howe, the city's acting director of public works, has resigned.
Howe submitted his letter of resignation to the City Council last week. He told The Times that he is leaving to take a job in the private sector and will stay on as acting DPW director until July 20.
Howe said the new job opportunity came up and that the decision to take it was made by him and after consulting with his family.
Savannah Rose DaGraca
NORTH CAROLINA - Savannah Rose DaGraca, infant daughter of SPC Onassis (U.S. Army) and Kerri (Gendreau) DaGraca of Fort Bragg, North Carolina was born June 28, 2011, and went to join the angels on July 5, 2011. Savannah passed away at Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina.
Dolores L. Bourget
PAWTUCKET - Dolores L. Bourget, 82 of Pawtucket died Friday at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Providence she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Mary L. (Byron) Foster. She was a Pawtucket resident most of her life.
She is survived by two sons, Roger P. Bourget of Woonsocket, and Danny D. Bourget of North Providence; a daughter, Diane Brown of Pawtucket; a brother, James Foster of East Providence and Mimi's munchkins, Boomer, Michael, Danny, Shannon, Sean, Cherizar, Roger and Nicholas.
LINCOLN - Habib "Murphy" Nassaney, 90, of Carriage Drive died Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Hebert Nursing Home, Smithfield. He was the beloved husband of Alice (Sarkas) Nassaney.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Anthony and Mary (Sawaney) Nassaney, he was raised in Central Falls and had lived in Lincoln for the past 38 years.
He was the owner of H. (Murphy) Nassaney Carpet Installation, Lincoln for 20 years, retiring in 1986.
Edgar G. Robideau
CENTRAL FALLS - Edgar G. Robideau, 73, of Central Falls, died on Saturday at the Home & Hospice Care of RI in Providence. He was the husband of Therese (Martin) Robideau and had been a resident of Central Falls for over 40 years.
Born in Cumberland, a son of the late Henry and Yvonne (Lemay) Robideau, he was a communicant of Holy Spirit Catholic Community.
Prior to retirement nine years ago, he had been employed as a machinist at Owens-Corning Fiber Glass for 20 years and subsequently at Chadwick's Yarn.
Rose A. Lantagne
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Rose A. Lantagne, 80, of North Smithfield and formerly of Pawtucket died July 10, 2011 at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Norman J. Lantagne.
She was born in Pawtucket and had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life. She was employed by A.T. Cross Co. until her retirement.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A couple of family members, a cousin and even his coach graduated or are still attending Brown University.
Despite all those connections, David Kahn had never been to Providence until this weekend.
But the 27-year-old Long Island triathlete, a recent dental school graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, sure made his first visit to the capital city worthwhile on Sunday with a wire-to-wire victory at the fourth annual Amica Ironman 70.3 triathlon. Kahn finished the race â€“ a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run â€“ with a time of 4 hours, 52 seconds.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The type of season Ryan Lavarnway is enjoying tends to open the door to possibilities down the road, one being a September call-up.
Right now Lavarnway prefers to let his bat do the talking. The power-hitting catching prospect went 3-for-4 with two home runs Sunday as the Pawtucket Red Sox ended the unofficial first half of the season with a 4-3 win against Buffalo.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The PawSox players and staff couldnâ€™t vacate the McCoy Stadium grounds fast enough Sunday evening.
After holding on for a 4-3 win against Buffalo, the PawSox put the unofficial first half (91 of 143 games) behind them and will use the next three days to regroup mentally. Baseball, a staple for all involved parties since the start of spring training in mid-February, plans take a back seat to vacation getaways and family reunions.
PAWTUCKET â€” With R.I. Environmental Police Officer Mark Saunders giving careful watch on the fifth-floor roof of City Hall, wildlife intern Ashley Hopkins slowly opened the lid to the special cardboard box.
Perhaps four seconds later, one female falcon appeared, began flapping her wings and coasted west towards The Pawtucket Times building.
A split second later, her kid brother followed suit, but headed east, eventually landing on top of an Armory tower.
A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday night to announce the clinical affiliation between Memorial Hospital (Pawtucket) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston), whose alliance was initially formed 18 months ago. Pictured here during the ceremony, which included an open house at the Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Center, are (L-R): Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Chairman William Hunt; Memorial Hospital President and CEO Francis Dietz; Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory Director Dr.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Eric Tipple has pleaded guilty to charges in the July 20, 2010 carjacking of a 72-year-old woman in the CVS/pharmacy parking lot on Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket.
Tipple, 24, whose last known address is on Obed Avenue, North Providence, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery before Superior Court Magistrate William J. McAtee, who sentenced him to 30 years with 18 to serve, with the remainder suspended with probation.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police continue to investigate a suspicious car fire that occurred Thursday night near the corner of Dearborn and Ormond drives in Riverside.
A female car owner/victim indicated to Officer Charles Walkup that she didn't see or hear anyone in the area at the time of the blaze. A witness, however, indicated she observed a dark-colored, newer-model vehicle â€“ perhaps a Mazda â€“ with Rhode Island plates proceeding slowly past the heavily-damaged vehicle shortly after 9:30 p.m.
LINCOLN â€” The Lincoln All-Stars have dominated pool play the first three games of the season, outscoring their rivals by a 31-1 margin.
When his unbeaten squad finishes up its slate in Pool A on Saturday night, Lincoln coach Matt Netto isnâ€™t expecting similar results against equally-unbeaten Smithfield (3-0) at Randy Hien Memorial Field.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A week off did nothing to cool down Cumberland Americanâ€™s scorching bats. Nor did the steady rain that fell at Garvin Field throughout Fridayâ€™s pool play finale against North Smithfield.
Next up for manager Dave Belisleâ€™s team: the District IV tournament semifinals.
Conor Lavallee and Steve Dugas belted home runs for Pool B champion Cumberland American (4-0), which collected its third mercy-rule victory of the tourney, a 12-1 thumping of North Smithfield (1-3).
Mary F. Bergeron
PAWTUCKET - Mary F. Bergeron, 77 of Pawtucket died Thursday at the MemorialHospital of RI in Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of Arthur Bergeron. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Andrew and Antoinette (Morettini) Marchi, she had been a resident of Pawtucket for many years, and was a communicant of Our Lady of Consolation Church.