June 16th, 2011
Ronald J. McCormack
PAWTUCKET - Ronald J. McCormack died suddenly on Wednesday June 15, 2011 at home. He was 56 years old. He was the beloved son of Joan W. McCormack of Pawtucket, nephew of Patricia Whitaker of Franklin, MA and had several nieces and nephews. He was a life long resident of Pawtucket and a 37 year State of RI employee. He had attended Woodlawn Baptist Church. There are no calling hours and the funeral will be private.
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing â€śping!â€ť sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a â€ścrack!â€ť at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâ€™s golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
â€śEven though Brad lives in Florida,â€ť Dave said, â€śwe still talk to each other every day.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Perhaps 30 minutes before the festivities of Tolman High School's Commencement, Dr. Linda Gifford, a guidance counselor, stood inside the James W. Donaldson Gymnasium offering congratulations to members of the Class of 2011, boys clad in red caps and gowns, the girls in white.
Suddenly, Mckenzie Hosford tapped on her shoulder, and Gifford spun around. When the elder saw Hosford, she immediately gave her a massive hug.
â€śIt's been quite a journey,â€ť Hosford told her.
â€śWith a happy ending,â€ť Gifford smiled back.
PAWTUCKET â€” Hundreds of firefighters filled the sidewalk along Roosevelt Avenue from Exchange Street to Slater Mill Wednesday, protesting a proposal to privatize the city's rescue service.
Inside City Hall at the time were companies who submitted requests for proposals to do the rescue work. They were there to attend a â€śmandatory meetingâ€ť with city officials to discuss their bids.
Robert Neill, president of the city's firefighters union, IAFF Local XXXX, said the picketing was timed to â€śdiscourage those peopleâ€ť and make them aware that the might â€śrun into a possible labor dispute.â€ť
H. Jim Knight
PAWTUCKET â€“ H. Jim "Steve" Knight, 71, passed away February 18th. He was the son of the late G. Tom Gallagher and Mary (Jackson) Knight; step-son of the late Renaldo Knight; husband of Carolyn J. (Illuzzi) Knight; father of Lisa McEnery, Lori Cavallaro, Lynn Masse and Jeffrey Knight; grandfather of 9.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday at 10 a.m. in The Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1081 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence. Arrangements by PONTARELLI-MARINO.
PAWTUCKET â€” Valedictorian Noelle Cabana said she used to feel saddened by the fact that she never got to meet the late Jackie Walsh, and that the teacher passed away before the completion of the arts high school that was her dream. â€śBut then I realized that she has touched us in ways we canâ€™t even recognize,â€ť Cabana told her fellow classmates, as they sat together at Tuesday nightâ€™s commencement exercises for the school that bears Walshâ€™s name.
CUMBERLAND â€“ One of three suspects arrested in a violent home invasion and weapons theft on Feb. 23 has been indicted on a string of charges by a Providence County grand jury.
PAWTUCKET â€” Andrew Miller looked very much like a pitcher who doesnâ€™t belong pitching every fifth day in Triple-A Tuesday night.
With Wednesday signifying the first of two reported opt-out dates â€” the second occurring Aug. 5 â€” Millerâ€™s timing couldnâ€™t have worked out any better. The lanky lefthander delivered his finest outing in a PawSox uniform, allowing one run while striking out 10 Charlotte Knights in 5 1/3 innings. He received a no decision as Pawtucket fell in 11 innings, 4-2.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To say that the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking forward to having Ryan Kalish back in the lineup would be a vast understatement. It appears, though, that the outfield prospect still needs more time.
On Tuesday PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler revealed that Kalish is fighting through â€śa neck issue, a minimal thing that keeps hindering him a bit.â€ť The first signal to Kalish that something didn't feel quite right occurred while rehabbing his right shoulder in Fort Myers, Fla. earlier this month.
PROVIDENCE --- They split their regular-season series by winning lopsided games on their home fields. They battled to a 1-0 duel in the winnersâ€™ bracket semifinals, and they shared some Division I championship history by playing a one-sided game that was decided by a dozen runs.
On Tuesday night, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles Academy battled each other in a winner-take-all showdown for the ages, a nine-inning duel that saw the Clippers emerge with their programâ€™s first state title.
Claire A. Dubuc
SEEKONK - Claire A. (Dulude) Dubuc, 81, passed away at home on Monday, June 13, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Maurice J. Dubuc.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Ernest J. and Martha (Hebert) Dulude, she resided in Seekonk for 52 years. Claire enjoyed volunteering at the Knights of Columbus Hall, South Attleboro.
PAWTUCKET â€” You could see it on the tired but happy faces of Peaches, Chloe, Kevin, Charlie, Tinkerbelle, Oso, Lucy and Willow Spitfire: the cityâ€™s new dog park is going to be a howling success.
On Saturday morning, the main proponents of the dog park, including City Councilors Albert Vitali, Mark Wildenhain and Christopher Oâ€™Neill, Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herb Weiss, Animal Control Director John Holmes, Sheryl Rennick and her daughter, Mackenzie, and others joined Mayor Donald Grebien for a ceremonial â€śleash cuttingâ€ť to officially open the venue.
PAWTUCKET â€” Yesterday marked the 164th day of the year, the date of the great Lewis and Clark expedition and the graduation of 195 students from Charles E. Shea High School.
At 6 p.m. the atmosphere in Pawtucket was one to be remembered. Although the weather was overcast and gloomy, not a face in the crowd of soon-to-be graduates showed it. Students were overjoyed at the expedition that they were about to embark on, the moment that would forever be a piece of their past: their high school graduation.
PROVIDENCE â€” It was a match made in heaven (or, more accurately, the Statehouse): Rhode Islanders love the Boston Red Sox and are famously crazy about their license plates. Now they can have the best of both worlds.
Accompanied by Bosox President Larry Lucchino and legislative leaders on Monday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee visited Hasbro Childrenâ€™s Hospital Monday to sign legislation creating special green license plates patterned after Fenway Parkâ€™s Green Monster and carrying the Red Sox logo next to the plate number.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Last yearâ€™s Northeast Amateur champion, Joseph Bramlett, is playing on the PGA Tour.
The top-ranked amateur in this yearâ€™s field â€“ Peter Uihlein â€“ won the U.S. Amateur championship last summer. His top-ranked status among world amateurs only makes him the hunted instead of the hunter in this yearâ€™s 50th Northeast Amateur Invitational scheduled for June 22-25 at Wannamoisett Country Club.
PROVIDENCE --- The Division I state title will come down to one game.
Cumberland High scored early and often and senior ace pitcher Bethany Paul continued her postseason brilliance on the mound in Mondayâ€™s championship round against Mount St. Charles Academy at Rhode Island College.
And the final result was a surprisingly-lopsided 15-3 conquest by the fourth-seeded Clippers that not only dealt the ninth-seeded Mounties their first loss of the double-elimination tournament, but set up tonightâ€™s 8 p.m. winner-take-all clash back at RIC.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox's latest acquisition, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, had a strong debut Monday night against the Charlotte Knights. The 23-year-old product out of Double-A Portland had a pair of doubles and also rifled out a base-stealer in the fifth inning.
Unfortunately on this night, his new team couldn't bring home the win.
The Knights converted four-double plays and had a fine effort out of righthander Joe Bisenius to earn a 4-1 victory over the PawSox (32-31) before 2,846 at McCoy Stadium.
Barbara H. Hawkins
CUMBERLAND - Barbara H. Hawkins, 77 of Pollett Street, passed away Saturday at home. She was the wife of the late Donald Cormier.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Read and Ora (Blanchette) Soucy. She resided in Cumberland for the past 52 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.