Archive - Nov 20, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ There really is something to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Taking a page out of the playbook that treated predecessors Ron Johnson and Torey Lovullo quite well, Tuesday saw Arnie Beyeler parlay his successful two-year run as Pawtucketâ€™s skipper into a big-league coaching gig. More good news as Beyeler will jump from Pawtucket to Boston, where the 48-year-old will serve as the first-base coach on new manager John Farrellâ€™s staff.
CUMBERLAND â€” Labeling the Thanksgiving game between Division II playoff participants Woonsocket and Cumberland as meaningless is utter blasphemy â€“ at least in the eyes of the two head coaches.
Yes, there is the bigger picture to consider, stemming mainly from what awaits each squad upon the conclusion of Thursdayâ€™s contest at Tucker Field. Come the following Tuesday, the Villa Novans and Clippers will engage in a game of high importance â€“ a semifinal-round clash that will take place at the respective home fields and determine the field for the Division II Super Bowl.
Christopher J. Jakstis
BELLINGHAM, MA - Christopher J. Jakstis, 43, of Bellingham, MA passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012 unexpectedly after being stricken at home. He was the beloved husband for 18 years of Maureen (Brown) Jakstis and the loving father of Olivia E. Jakstis. Born in Worcester, MA on March 15, 1969, he was the son of the late Anthony Jakstis of Shrewsbury.
Bertrand M. Gelinas
WOONSOCKET - Bertrand M. Gelinas, 95, formerly of Front St., Woonsocket, died Sunday evening at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Donat and Georgina (Valois) Gelinas. Mr. Gelinas was a lifelong resident of Woonsocket. He moved to Worcester several years ago to live with his son and his family.
During his early working years Bert was employed in the local textile industry at several area mills including the French Worsted.
Sandra J. Gouin
SLATERSVILLE - Sandra J. Gouin 70, of Parkview Dr. died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of Hubert P. Gouin. Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Delia (Garceau) Lamontagne. Sandra was a title searcher for Eastern Title Co. for ten years before retiring twenty one years ago.
CHEPACHET - Merriam (Naylor) Fortune, 77, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in North Providence surrounded by her family. Born in North Providence she was the daughter of the late Harold Sr. and Mildred (Smith) Naylor. She lived in Burrillville for more than 30 years before moving to Chepachet.
Merriam worked as a Food Service Supervisor at Zambarano Hospital for over 25 years before retiring. She loved gardening, flowers and cooking but most of all she loved her family.
BURRILLVILLE - Lynn Blanchard, 52 of Glendale, passed away on November 17, 2012 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the loving daughter of the late Roger Blanchard and caretaker to her mother Mary "Jackie" Blanchard. She previously worked for Uvex and Rivergale Inn of Franconia Notch, NH.
WOONSOCKET â€” A city man was arrested twice in a matter of hours this weekend, once for assaulting his girlfriend and a second time for violating an order to stay away from her.
The copy of the no-contact order was still in the pocket of 55-year-old Michael J. Lafferty of 133 Providence St. following his second arrest Sunday morning, shortly after being released from the police lockup.
Police said the bizarre drama began about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when Lafferty pushed his girlfriend into a wall at home during what was described as an unprovoked outburst of violence.
WOONSOCKET â€” Harris Public Library usually uses its Facebook page to publicize positive news, like the arrival of a new computer to help the unemployed find work or a recent party for young followers of the Wimpy Kid diary series.
But Monday morning many friends of the 303 Clinton St. facility were shocked when they saw a photo of the main reading room showing numerous shattered windows, the floor littered with shards of glass. A potted plant that got caught in the line of fire drooped sadly under the weight of the debris.