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April 9th, 2011

Gov't shutdown averted, but it was a waiting game Friday night in R.I.

April 9, 2011

(With reports from the AP)
PROVIDENCE – A last minute budget deal, forged amid bluster and tough bargaining, averted an embarrassing federal shutdown and cut billions in spending — the first major test of the divided government voters ushered in five months ago.

Lincoln softballers edge Mount, 1-0

April 9, 2011

LINCOLN -- This No. 9 batter delivered the No. 1 hit of her high school career on Friday afternoon.
Senior left fielder Marissa Walsh’s walkoff one-out single in the seventh inning delivered the run that gave Lincoln High a big 1-0 victory over Mount St. Charles Academy in their early showdown of Division I-North heavyweights at Saylesville Elementary School.
Walsh’s clutch hit settled a superb pitchers’ duel between the Lions’ Alyssa McCoart and the Mounties’ Olivia Hendricks and gave her team their second win of the young season.

Okajima focusing on his job in Pawtucket

April 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Nary a trace of resentment could be found in Hideki Okajima’s tone when asked if he felt he was bypassed by the Red Sox on Friday. Boston selected Felix Doubront – a pitcher who was shutdown during spring training with left forearm inflammation – to fill the club’s left-handed need in the bullpen after designating the ineffective Dennys Reyes for assignment.
“No,” was the straightforward answer Okajima came back with through interpreter Jeff Cutler after posed said question.

Rochester rips PawSox

April 9, 2011

PAWTUCKET – This wasn’t the Triple-A debut Kyle Weiland had in mind.
Hailed as one of the better starting pitching prospects in the farm system, Weiland was tagged for four runs on seven hits in three innings as Rochester won, 7-2, before 4,360 frigid souls at McCoy Stadium. The Red Wings made Weiland’s stay on the mound a short one after belting four extra base hits off the right-hander, one of them a solo home run by Trevor Plouffe in the third inning.

April 8th

Joseph I. Thurber Jr.

April 9, 2011

Joseph I. Thurber Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph I. Thurber Jr., 84, of Day Rd. died Friday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Mildred (Sword) Thurber. They were preparing to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary this month.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph I. and Jeanette (Bourassa) Thurber Sr. He resided in Cumberland for the past 61 years.
He was employed as the Service Manager by the former Mandeville Chevrolet, North Attleboro for over 30 years until his retirement.

Ararad Buzdigian

April 9, 2011

Ararad Buzdigian
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ararad "BUZZ" Buzdigian 86, passed Sunday April 3, 2011 At Hospice House Woodside in Florida. He was the beloved husband Laura E. (Majka) Buzdigian. They were married for 60 years.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Elias and Eva (Phelie) Buzdigian.
Before retiring he was employed for over 40 years at the Entwistle Company, where he worked his way up from Machinist to Sales Product Manager, retiring to Florida in 1988.
He was a WWII Army Veteran serving both in the European and Pacific Theaters.

Marcus Weatherly

April 9, 2011

Marcus Weatherly

Therese M. St. Pierre

April 9, 2011

Therese M. St. Pierre
ATTLEBORO - Therese M. St. Pierre, 82, a longtime resident of North Attleboro died early Friday morning, April 8, 2011 in Golden Living Center, Attleboro where she has resided since 2008. She was the wife of the late Maurice Gerard St. Pierre who passed away in 1976.
Born January 30, 1929 in Pawtucket, RI, she was a daughter of the late Josephat and Donalda (Benoit) Kirouac.
Therese grew up in Pawtucket and was a graduate of St. Cecelia's Elementary School in Pawtucket and later received a diploma from Bristol Community College.

Valentino Billeri

April 9, 2011

Valentino Billeri
PAWTUCKET - Valentino Billeri, 90 of Pawtucket died Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. He is survived by his wife Frances Billeri. Born in Norton, Massachusetts Valentino was the son of the late Frank and Rose (DiSanto) Billeri. He was a Pawtucket resident for most of his life.

Rae G. Murdock

April 9, 2011

Rae G. Murdock
North Providence - Rae G. Murdock, 77, of Jane Street died Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Arthur Murdock.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Malcolm K. and Doris (Aitken) Barker, she had lived in North Providence for the past 23 years.
Mrs. Murdock was the parish secretary at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pawtucket for 35 years, retiring in 2008.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Lori Bedame of North Providence and Donna Kwiatkowski of Pascoag; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Aceves appears headed to Boston

April 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET – All appeared to be fine in Alfredo Aceves’ universe when he walked into the home clubhouse shortly after 4 o’clock on Thursday afternoon. The righthander chatted briefly with a reporter before going through the necessary preparations for that night’s start against Rochester.
Those plans were officially scrapped 15 minutes prior to first pitch, as Scott Atchison took Aceves’ spot. It’s believed that the Red Sox will place reliever Matt Albers on the disabled list on Friday and call up Aceves in time for Boston’s home opener against the New York Yankees.

Linares leads PawSox to opening win

April 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET – It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.

McGair: Boston may need some PawSox relief

April 8, 2011

The Red Sox have certainly provided plenty of grist for the mill. That’s what happens when you begin the season with unprecedented expectations (World Series or bust) only to stumble out of the gate with six straight losses. Agony doesn’t even begin to describe the early-season travails with your Boston baseball club.
We’re not about to declare that hope is lost, especially when you subtract six from 162 and end up with 156, which is how many games the Red Sox have left. Time is on their side.

Lincoln slugs Saints, 10-5

April 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Lincoln High made good on its first splendid day of the spring to play baseball.
The Lions scored four times in their opening swings and tacked on three runs in the third inning before settling on a 10-5 victory over St. Raphael Academy on Thursday afternoon in the Division I-North opener for both teams at sun-drenched Vets Park.
University of Rhode Island-bound Ryan O’Dell went 3-for-4 to propel the Lions’ 11-hit assault, and Kyle Jackson’s two-run double in the first inning and Matt Sorkin’s two-run single in the third were the key hits for the visitors.

City wants meeting on armory

April 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Concern about the future of the Pawtucket Armory building now that it is in receivership has prompted city officials to call for an emergency meeting with the Pawtucket Armory Association, the receiver, and other pertinent parties.
Councilor Albert Vitali had asked the city's legal department to look into whether or not the city could take back the historic property through some type of “reverter clause” now that it is in receivership.

April 7th

Richard L. Sifers

April 8, 2011

Richard L. Sifers
PAWTUCKET: Richard L. "Pop" Sifers, 62, passed April 6th at home with his loving family by his side. He was the longtime companion of the late Catie Greene.
He had been employed as a Steeplejack for over 30 years.
Pop was a past president of the former Brother's East Motorcycle Club.
He is survived by 4 daughters, 3 sons, 12 grandchildren a great granddaughter, a brother and a sister.

Sandra R. Williams

April 8, 2011

Sandra, R. Williams
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Sandra, R. (Verduchi) Williams, 50, passed unexpectedly on April 4th.
She was the daughter of the late Louis and Carol (Amitrano) Verduchi.
She was employed by Woodlawn Auto Service of Pawtucket.
She is survived by her daughter Melissa L. Williams of North Providence, a brother, Gary J. Verduchi and Julie Solan of Lincoln, a sister Corrine P. O'Donnell and her husband John of Chepachet, 3 nieces, Garra, Randi and Kristina, and a nephew, John John. She was the sister of the late Ralph, Louis and Randy Verduchi.

Ambulance slams into pole in 146

April 7, 2011

LINCOLN — A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.

Five things to monitor at start of PawSox's season

April 7, 2011

The 2011 season for the PawSox is finally upon us, and with it brings the promise of intrigue and discovery. Who will produce enough to get summoned to Boston? Answers will start to reveal themselves beginning with tonight’s opener against Rochester.
Here are five items one scribe plans to closely monitor in the early going until the picture becomes clearer:

1. Good gloves will always travel, but be patient with the hitting.

Montgomery talks about Saltalamacchia, Boston's pitching

April 7, 2011

LINCOLN — As Bill Lee and Bob Montgomery swapped stories and shared laughs Wednesday afternoon at Kirkbrae Country Club, the former Red Sox pitcher-catcher battery took time to address some of baseball’s hidden truths that today’s coaches and players like to put a different spin on.

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