Archive - 2013
MOOSIC, Penn. â€” Terry Doyle admits that the Pawtucket Red Sox were playing with house money.
With the PawSox having won the first three games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the main question heading into Sundayâ€™s series finale was whether the RailRiders could save face and avoid falling victim to a season-opening four-game sweep at PNC Field.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ It appears the Red Sox are electing to take a cautious approach with pitcher Rubby De La Rosa.
The fifth member of Pawtucketâ€™s starting rotation will make his first start of the season at Lehigh Valley on Monday night. Unlike the teamâ€™s other four starters, all of whom have thrown around 85 pitches, De La Rosa will be limited to about 50 pitches. Graham Godfrey, who tossed two innings in Thursdayâ€™s season opener, is expected to serve as backup.
â€śJust taking it easy on him,â€ť said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur about De La Rosa. â€śNo rush.â€ť
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ The book on Jackie Bradley Jr. is that he possesses a keen eye at the plate and is a very disciplined hitter. In his first week with the Boston Red Sox, the highly-touted outfielder did little to sway how heâ€™s perceived.
Entering Sundayâ€™s road-trip finale in Toronto, Bradley had seen 92 total pitches in five games. The 18.4 pitches-per-game average furthers the belief that despite beginning just his second full pro season, the 22-year-old already has a thorough understanding of what is a strike and what isnâ€™t.
CUMBERLAND â€” At 5:20 on March 31, just after finishing Easter Sunday dinner, 73-year-old Roland Bouvier and his wife of 49 years, 70-year-old Maria, walked quietly into the bedroom of their Cumberland condominium on Nate Whipple Highway.
While the couple's 40-year-old daughter and three grandchildren were in another room, Bouvier took a .32-caliber handgun, shot his wife twice in the torso and then turned the gun on himself.
It was Cumberlandâ€™s first murder and second murder-suicide in four years.
I begin this story with full disclosure: I like riding on RIPTA buses, or at least I have fond memories of doing so.
Before I stepped on RIPTA bus No. 0124 Friday at a spot some of the locals disparagingly refer to as Hobo Junction â€“ the corner of High and Main, below the P&W truss bridge â€“ I hadnâ€™t been aboard one for about 40 years. When I was around 15 years old, the bus was how my friends and I used to go to downtown Providence for lunch at the now-defunct Lukeâ€™s Chinese Restaurant, where we reveled in dumping the soy sauce into a bowl of sugar
when no one was looking.
PAWTUCKET â€” Change can be scary...especially if it affects oneâ€™s ability to get to work, school, or some other important destination.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has embarked on a plan to change many of its bus routes statewide, and officials say they are trying to do it without causing hardship to riders.
In an effort that began last summer, RIPTA has been doing a â€śComprehensive Operational Analysis,â€ť a study of where riders live and work, how each bus route is performing, and where changes could be made to improve service.
WOONSOCKET â€” Not very long ago, Woonsocket High Schoolâ€™s athletic department was a source of great pride, with a tradition of team success being carried over from one season to the next.
Accompanying that tradition were good vibes extending throughout the student body and the whole community. To that end, the schoolâ€™s athletic director and No. 1 supporter vividly remembers a January 2008 boysâ€™ basketball game involving the hometown entry and perennial state power Bishop Hendricken at Savaria Gymnasium.
MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ There are baseball lifers, and then thereâ€™s someone like Gary DiSarcina.
In short, the 45-year-old is a man whoâ€™s worn many hats since retiring 11 years go. Heâ€™s enjoyed successful stints in three totally different realms with all roads leading back to the game that saw him carve out a 12-year major-league career. Thanks to experiencing life as a manager, television analyst and trusted front-office contributor, DiSarcina can speak comfortably on a number of topics.
WOONSOCKET- Raymond G. Surprenant, 80, of Woonsocket, died Thursday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the loving husband of Patricia A. (Richard) Surprenant. They were married on June 14, 1952.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Arthur and Ella (Lavimoidiere) Surprenant. He was a lifelong resident of the city.
A heavy equipment mechanic by trade, Ray was employed at Aiello Construction Co. in Smithfield for many years and had also worked for several other firms in the area.
John L. Roy
BLACKSTONE- John L. Roy, 69, died Thursday April 4, 2013 in Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center with his family by his side. He was the husband of Frances Y. (Bernier) Roy. John and Fran would have celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary May 3 2013.
Born in Woonsocket, son of Annie (Glowacki) Roy, of Lincoln, and the late Leonard Roy.
He worked as an Assembler, tester, for Crosby Valve & Gage, for 22 years prior to retiring.
He was a member of St. Joseph Senior Citizens and St. Agatha's Senior, the Golden Hearts.