May 29th, 2011
When this newspaper asked area veterans to gather at a local war memorial for the group photo that appears on the cover of this special Memorial Day section, I was a little apprehensive. We had unwittingly scheduled the photo shoot for Armed Forces Day. Some veterans were off flagging graves that day. Others had prior commitments.
The Times is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office at 23 Exchange Street in Pawtucket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
Location of tours:
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Red Sox view Jose Iglesias as someone too valuable to languish on the bench as a backup, absorbing the big-league atmosphere. Serving as the everyday shortstop in Pawtucket is where the consensus top prospect in the farm system belongs at the moment.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Without hesitation, Kyle Weiland knew that if an opposing hitterâ€™s fly ball to center field could be caught, it would.
Che-Hsuan Lin is that reliable.
But when Weiland began the 2011 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, the right-hander was separated from his security blanket, the vacuum cleaner of an outfielder he had played with since 2009.
Much to Weilandâ€™s delight, they were reunited May 21, when Lin was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Bobby Jenks proclaimed after working one scoreless inning in Pawtucketâ€™s 6-3 loss Friday night that heâ€™s sorted through the mechanical issues that dogged him earlier in the season.
PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High and Narragansett Highâ€™s pitching staffs looked every bit like they were working in their third playoff game in as many days on Friday afternoon.
Not only did both sides combine to use eight pitchers, but they also issued a whopping 27 walks, and that helped make their Division II losersâ€™ bracket game a marathon affair that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes.
LINCOLN â€” Davies Tech junior Jorge Bonilla has a code he lives by, and that's to learn everything he can not only about his major interests, but new and exciting information as well.
That's why the Central Falls resident was so busy running around at the eighth annual Davies Community Showcase/Cabaret, held at the school Thursday night.
One minute, he played photographer, and the next, he had hustled to the Debate Club's table. Moments later, he stood at the Robotics Club table with classmate and fellow member Nate Hindman explaining how the six-wheeled â€śZeusâ€ť worked.
Diane E. Correia
REHOBOTH - Diane E. (Coe) Correia, 67, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 26, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Manuel Correia. Born in Taunton, a daughter of the late Herbert and Hattie (Britton) Coe, she resided in Pawtucket most of her life before moving to Rehoboth in1998. Diane was a quality control inspector at Hasbro until retiring. She loved NASCAR and was a member of the Rehoboth Senior Center.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The city's Special Investigations Unit raided yet another brothel, this one at 34 Watson St., on Monday, and in the process arrested a city man and a New Jersey woman on respective charges of pandering and prostitution.
Police took into custody 27-year-old Steven Castillo, who hails from the city and is a Superior Court violator. Because of that violation from a previous delivery charge, he received a five-year sentence. He also is being held on $10,000 surety bail for the new count of pandering, and has a pre-arraignment conference slated for July 28.
CUMBERLAND â€“ From the time Derrick Watson was a mere six-year-old boy, his mother always taught him â€śNothing beats a failure but a try.â€ť
That's just one reason he's organized a community group called â€śThe Concerned Citizens of Valley Falls â€“ Save Our Post Office.â€ť
When he found out the Valley Falls Post Office indeed would shut its doors for business back on May 5, he immediately began working on an appeal.
PAWTUCKET â€“ An eight-game homestand got off to a bland start as the Pawtucket Red Sox fell to Indianapolis, 4-3, Thursday at a fog-laden McCoy Stadium.
The contestâ€™s pace matched the pea soup fog that engulfed the ballpark by the middle innings. Eventually the fog lifted to the point where the outfielders could be identified, but its disappearance did little to ignite a rally out of the PawSox, who were coming off a 5-3 road trip.
PAWTUCKET â€” St. Raphael Academy followed up one of its best games of the season with arguably its worst on Thursday afternoon and paid for it.
The price the Saints paid? A demotion to the losersâ€™ bracket of the Division I playoffs and a battle for their playoff lives today against East Greenwich High.
Fourteenth-seeded Cranston East High took advantage of six infield errors and a lack of timely hitting by the Saints and used that to bus out of Vets Park with a 6-1 triumph that puts the Thunderbolts one win away from sewing up the Region 3 portion of the tournament.
PAWTUCKET â€” Hideki Okajima kicked off his second tour of duty with the PawSox Thursday, admitting that McCoy Stadium was the last place he expected to set foot in. Such sentiment can be linked to the events of last Friday, when Boston designated the 35-year-old reliever for assignment.
Michael D. Harrison
Michael D. Harrison, 62, of Pawtucket passed at the Memorial Hospital on May 11, 2011.
Born in Pawtucket and a lifelong resident, he was the son of Edmund J. and Yvette T. (DeBlois) Harrison of Pawtucket.
Michael was a computer programmer at Amica Insurance prior to illness. He was also the former Director of Music at St. Mark's Church in North Attleboro, MA, an organist at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul, Providence, RI, and taught piano and organ privately.
WOONSOCKET - Angela (Buoncristiani) McAlice, 81, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon at The Friendly Home in Woonsocket after her family said goodbye. She was the widow of the late Charles I. McAlice.
Born on September 25, 1929 in Fall River, MA to Faustino and Theresa (Martini) Buoncristiani, Angela lived in Pawtucket most of her life before retiring first to Cumberland and then Woonsocket.
PROVIDENCE - Ruth Richardson, 82, of Providence, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Sullivan) Richardson. Ruth had lived in Cranston and Providence most of her life. She was the beloved sister of the late Mary A. Richardson and Henry Richardson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10am in Saint Joseph Church, Walcott Street, Pawtucket. Burial will be in Mount Saint Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket. Arrangements by Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home, Pawtucket. www.rifuneral.com
PAWTUCKET â€” The public had its say Wednesday night on Mayor Donald Grebienâ€™s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and it was a mixed bag of messages that was sent to the City Council.
Grebien himself addressed the City Council prior to the start of the public hearing to lobby support for his proposed spending plan and to reiterate the need to take decisive actions that will stave off bankruptcy. The mayorâ€™s $198 million budget contains no property tax increases but does depend on the city lowering its current motor vehicle tax exemption from $3,400 to $500 as one of its key pieces.
â€śCompassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. According to Webster's Dictionary, compassion means a feeling of sympathy for another's misfortune. My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading and showing mercy for others. I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.â€ť
â€” Rachel Joy Scott's words in a term paper she entitled, â€śMy Ethics, My Codes of Lifeâ€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Theo Murray was ready to talk suicide squeeze with Brandon Gagne. It didnâ€™t take long for Murray to recalibrate his expectations for the Tolman High junior after Gagne voiced he was in no mood to lay down a bunt.
Swing away then, insisted Murray. With the onus now on Gagne to deliver the goods on his confident promise, the leadoff hitter came through with arguably the biggest hit of the season for the Tigers.
LINCOLN â€“ Cranston East sure didnâ€™t play like a No. 14 seed, nor did Lincoln High look the part of a state title contender.
So while Wednesdayâ€™s result at Chet Nichols Field could certainly be described as unexpected, it wasnâ€™t exactly a shock.
Fresh off a 14-4 regular season that produced a Division I-North crown and the third overall seed in the 16-team, double-elimination state tournament, Lincoln endured a collective struggle in dropping a 4-2 decision to Cranston East, an 8-10 team out of Division I-Central.