April 22nd, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€” On a Tuesday night when Brandon Snyder crushed two dingers and righthander Rubby De La Rosa assembled a mound masterpiece, the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s bullpen collapsed.
The result: An emotionally-draining â€“ not to mention truly sad â€“ 7-5 loss to the Rochester Red Wings before a bummed crowd of 3,070 at McCoy Stadium.
De La Rosa had been hurling a gem, yielding only three hits, an earned run and a walk while fanning seven.
The bib numbers in the 30,000s and high 20,000s look awfully strange.
And the newly created fourth wave wonâ€™t start until at least 85 minutes after the first wave has crossed the starting line in Hopkinton.
But to Lincolnâ€™s Poyee Oster, Pawtucketâ€™s Linda Bachand, and the nearly 5,700 runners that did not finish last yearâ€™s Boston Marathon because of the terrorist attack, that means very, very little.
Getting another chance to return for the 118th running of this legendary race, and this time, finishing what they started, is the only thing that matters.
LINCOLN -- Firefighters doused a blaze at 6 Winterberry Court Tuesday night after a freezer in the garage at the home started to smoke and then caught fire sending flames shooting through the roof of the structure. The fire broke out at about 7:30 p.m. No one was injured. For details and photos pick up Wednesdayâ€™s newspaper.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” While city officials say there hasn't been a multitude of applicants, they are trying to make sure that any massage parlors that come to town are operating above board.
On Wednesday, the City Council will hold a public hearing to consider second passage of an ordinance amending its â€śPersonal Services Licenseâ€ť to add a sub-section on â€śMassage Parlor Public Health Ordinance.â€ť
According to City Council President Bob Ferri, the amendment seeks to tighten the regulations under which massage parlors are licensed and allowed to operate.
Manuel J. C. Tavares
PAWTUCKET - Manuel J. C. Tavares, 73, of Riley St., passed away Monday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Astrid (Antunes) Tavares.
Born in Cabouco, St. Miguel, Azores he was the son of the late Eduardo and Maria C. (Carreiro) Tavares. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 46 years.
Raymond P. Lacourse
CUMBERLAND - Raymond P. Lacourse, 72, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was the husband of Kathleen (Drape) Lacourse. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph and Eva (Bouffard) Lacourse. Ray owned and operated J.D. Lacourse & Son of Pawtucket since 1960.
John J. Callahan, Jr.
CUMBERLAND - John J. Callahan, Jr., 86, of Cumberland, passed away Monday April 21, 2014. He was the husband of Dorothy (Holmes) Callahan. They were happily married for 64 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late John and Theresa (Scanlon) Callahan.
Mr. Callahan was a World War II Army veteran. John lived in Pawtucket before moving to Cumberland 20 years ago. He was a letter carrier from the Pawtucket Post Office for 35 years, retiring in 1986.
Carol W. Burnham
SANDWICH, MA - Carol W. (Pond) Burnham age 97, died peacefully, early Saturday morning, April 19, 2014 at Cape Heritage Nursing Home in Sandwich, MA, after a long, heroic battle with Alzheimer's disease. Despite the disease, Carol remained a kind and gentle woman who was loved by all her caregivers.
Louise J. Folan
CENTRAL FALLS - Louise J. Folan, 86, passed on April 20th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Vincent E. Folan Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Michael and Laura (Prew) Greenan.
She is survived by two sons, Vincent E. Folan Jr and his wife Ellen and David M. Folan and his wife Carol all of Pawtucket, a daughter, Susan L. Levasseur and her husband Gerard of Central Falls, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ruth Lizotte and Margaret Healy
PAWTUCKET â€“ Never once did the thought of becoming the Red Soxâ€™s everyday center fielder cross Shane Victorinoâ€™s mind. He was committed to playing right field, meaning someone else was going to have to fill the void created when Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees.
Initially, the plan coming out of spring training was to have Victorino flanked by newcomer Grady Sizemore with Jackie Bradley Jr. holding tight in the minors. Of course, those best-laid plans went awry when Boston placed Victorino on the disabled list prior to the first game of the 2014 season.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Calling it more of his â€śbuilding a bridge to progressâ€ť campaign theme, Mayor Donald Grebien has come up with a proposed $112.3 million city operating budget for fiscal year 2015 that provides additional revenue in some key areas while promising a zero tax increase.
The spending plan is about $1.6 million higher than the current fiscal year's budget of $110.7 million, reflecting an increase of 1.47 percent. The proposal involved no property tax increase for home or business owners and no increase in taxes for tangibles or motor vehicles.
Elaine H. Taupier
EAST PROVIDENCE - Taupier, Elaine H. (Worth), passed away peacefully on Sunday April 20, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at the Phillip Hulitar Home and Hospice Care Center. She would have been 94 today as she was born on April 22, 1920.
She was the wife of the late Vincent A. Taupier (retired Pawtucket Police Department) and the daughter of the late Irene (Sanderson) Worth and Ralph M.J. Worth. She was predeceased by her sister Avis Golightly.
PAWTUCKET â€” In news that was sweet as her recipe, Gianna Casto, a 9-year-old student at Fallon Memorial Elementary School, made it all the way to the regional finals in Sodexoâ€™s fourth annual Future Chefs National Challenge.
Casto, in Grade 4, first entered the Pawtucket Future Chefs competition held at her school last month. According to Solange Morrissette, general manager of Sodexo, the students were asked to create a â€śhealthy sandwichâ€ť recipe, and Casto impressed the panel of local judges with her â€śHawaiian Delight for Vegetarians.â€ť
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.
If youâ€™re looking to follow the Boston Marathon online today and keep track of the top residents from the Blackstone Valley, keep the numbers 319, 1991, and 5934 in mind.
They are the bib numbers that will be donned by Cumberlandâ€™s Jason Reilly, Pawtucketâ€™s Brendan Doyle, and Cumberlandâ€™s Dave Constantino, who will be among the runners scattered in the first wave and looking to complete the 118th running of this legendary race in under three hours.
PAWTUCKET â€” To PawSox manager Kevin Boles, Shane Victorino passed his first rehab test.
Playing six innings in the first game of Saturdayâ€™s doubleheader at McCoy Stadium, Victorino went hitless in three at-bats and did not record a play in right field. He was replaced in the top of the seventh inning by Alex Hassan.
â€śThe game-plan was five to six innings and three at-bats,â€ť noted Boles.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The learning curve is steep and slippery for Tolman Highâ€™s talented but inexperienced squad.
The Tigers, who started off this breakthrough Division I campaign with four wins in their first five league games, hit a wall over the past two days. First they dropped an 11-2 verdict to unbeaten North Kingstown on Thursday and then on Friday they fell to Toll Gate by an 8-5 score in eight innings.
Raymond A. Mercier
CENTRAL FALLS - Raymond A. Mercier of Rand Street, Central Falls, passed away on April 14, 2014.
Mr. Mercier was born in Central Falls, the son of the late Maurice V. Mercier and Rita C. (Fortier) Mercier Holleran. He was the step son of the late Timothy F. Holleran.
Mr. Mercier is survived by his brother Ronald Mercier of North Providence his sister Elaine Holleran of Pawtucket and his son Ray Waterman. He also had four nephews.
While most New Yearâ€™s Eve revelers were wearily trudging out of Boston on the morning of Jan. 1, Lindsay Amherst and a few friends were strolling into the stateâ€™s capitol.
The 30-year-old Pawtucket native, along with a few members of the Tuesday Night Turtles running club, ran the entire Boston Marathon route, beginning in Hopkinton at 6 a.m. and arriving in Boston less than four hours later.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Facing what would have been a third trial in the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend in 2008, a Pawtucket man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Juan L. Diaz, 30, entered the plea before Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel to second degree murder in the shooting death of Mayra Cruz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.