Archive - 2013
WOONSOCKET â Seventy-five-year-old Beverly Alward holds her arms outstretched and spins her great-granddaughter beneath the flashing neon lights of the Stadium Theatre marquee.
Swaying to the hypnotic hip-hop blaring from the stage near the towering replica of Parisâ Arc de Triomphe, itâs not the kind of music she normally listens to, but sheâs having a great time, nevertheless.
WOONSOCKET â The asphalt throbbed to the pulse of amplified music, and the aroma of chicken teriyaki and roast beef wafted through the air as Jackie Archambault maneuvered her motorized scooter through the crowd, noshing on a bag of popcorn.
âIâm having a good time,â said Archambault. âThey shouldâve done more of this stuff when we were younger.â
PAWTUCKET â As far as Triple-A debuts go, Matt Barnes looked quite comfortable.
The slender right-hander was in total command on the McCoy Stadium mound Thursday night, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings that featured a little bit of everything. His Pawtucket teammates were able to make Barnes a victor as the locals silenced Syracuse, 2-0, before 5,021 fans.
PAWTUCKET â Teams that harbor deep playoff aspirations prefer to have all their bases covered.
In acquiring Quintin Berry, the Red Sox have sent out the following signal: They have a late-game, pinch-running weapon that figures to make manager John Farrellâs job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.
The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berryâs fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.
Earl Graham Ledoux
WOONSOCKET- Earl Graham Ledoux 86, of 97 Warwick St. passed away August 28, 2013, at Hospice St. Antoine Residence. Husband of Muriel (Page) Ledoux for 56 years.
Life-long resident of Woonsocket and son of the late Victor and Gertrude (Marrah) Ledoux.
He proudly protected the community for 36 years as a Woonsocket Firefighter.
BLACKSTONE, MA- Kokolski, M. Francoise, 86 of Blackstone, MA., died Thursday at Philip Hulitar Hospice, Providence with her loving family at her side. She was the wife of the late Stefan Kokolski.
Born in Woonsocket the daughter of the late Edmond F. and Aurore E. (Therrien) Lessard she was a textile lab color matcher dyer for many years.
PAWTUCKET â With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governorsâ Cup playoffs for a third straight season, it raises the question of what kind of squad manager Gary DiSarcina will have at his disposal when the second season arrives.
To that end, DiSarcina admitted Wednesday that heâs had brief conversations with Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett about how many players Pawtucket stands to lose on Sept. 1, which is the first day Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.
PAWTUCKET â The highly touted right-handed pitcher that breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues ended up learning an important lesson this season â thereâs not always going to be smooth sailing.
WOONSOCKET -- Valley Transportation is dispatching two shuttle buses, including one thatâs wheelchair-accessible, to accommodate party-goers at the 125th anniversary Main Street Block Party.
The buses will pick up passengers and drop them off at the following locations on the fringes of the festival, repeating the loop at 15-minute intervals through midnight:
*Woonsocket Middle School, two stops, one at the entrance to the Hamlet Avenue building, another at the Florence Drive terminus of the Kendrick Avenue Foot Bridge.
*St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center parking lot.
WOONSOCKET â Partygoers attending tonightâs 125th anniversary Main Street block party can get a glimpse of what life was like in Woonsocket in the 1800âs by taking a stroll over to Timeless Antiques & Collectibles on Main Street where antique dealer Tammy Irwin and the Woonsocket Historical Society have set up a sidewalk display window filled with Woonsocket memorabilia and other artifacts from the cityâs past.