May 25th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox received some much-needed outfield help Thursday. Despite putting up impressive numbers with Double-A Portland, J.C. Linares was not the player the Red Sox organization chose to promote.
Instead, Ronald Bermudez was the one summoned to Triple A. Selecting Bermudez over Linares may be viewed in some corners as a curious decision, especially when taking into account that the 27-year-old Linares is leading the Sea Dogs in hitting (.311), RBI (25), on-base percentage (.406) while ranking second among regulars in home runs (six) heading into Thursdayâ€™s action.
LINCOLN â€” The large gathering of Woonsocket fans who drove down Route 146 to watch one of their own, super middleweight Joe Gardner, take on Julio Garcia on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center received a low blow at what they witnessed in the four-round fight.
And speaking of low blows, that turned out to be the theme of the final three rounds. Garcia dealt them, Gardner received them, and the end result was an unpopular unanimous-decision victory by Garcia (by 40-34, 39-35, 39-35 scores) that left Gardner, his corner, and his many supporters seething.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Win and youâ€™re in the playoffs. Lose and feel the pain that goes with realizing that your season is kaput before Memorial Day.
With so much riding on Fridayâ€™s outcome, there was no time for either Lincoln or St. Raphael to get caught up with what potentially lies ahead. There would be no tomorrow for one team, nor would any partial credit be awarded as the Lions and Saints entered this pivotal final game of the regular season sporting identical 7-10 league records.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Darnell McDonald knows that the Red Sox need outfield help in the worst way possible. Thatâ€™s why the 33-year-old is holding out hope that his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox is of the short and sweet variety.
â€śHopefully it wonâ€™t be more than a few days; a lot of guys up there are out,â€ť noted McDonald Friday prior to going 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly while playing five innings in left field for the PawSox.
Rita C. Renaud
CUMBERLAND- Rita C. Renaud 91, formerly of Willis Dr. died Thursday at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was the wife of the late Edgar J. Renaud.
Born in Woonsocket she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Genevieve (Blais) Langevin.
Rita was a supervisor at Texas Instruments for fifteen years before retiring in 1983. She was a former member of the St Joseph Sr. Citizens and St. Louis Sr. Citizens.
Claire I. Ottaviano
DEBARY, FL- Ottaviano, Claire I., 80 of Debary, FL. passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Claire was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Ottaviano.
She is survived by her children; Sandra Rymanski, David Ottaviano and Donna (Mike) Pyburn, her caregiver for the past 6 years; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 2PM on Sunday May 27, 2012 at Baldauff Funeral Home 1233 Saxon Blvd. Orange City, FL. 32763.
PROVIDENCE â€” In a shocking, tearful reversal of a stand she took two days before, Woonsocket Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt torpedoed the bill that would have allowed Woonsocket to impose a 13 percent supplemental tax, legislation city leaders say was vital in order to avoid the need for a state budget commission.
WOONSOCKET â€” The monument at the center of a simmering feud between the city and a Wisconsin atheist group will get some special attention on Memorial Day.
There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Place Jolicoeur, the first holiday rite of its kind at the site of the monument in recent memory.
Led by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and members of the United Veterans Council, the ceremony will take place at noon, after the Memorial Day Parade.
WOONSOCKET â€” It took multiple meetings and a line-item-by-line-item spending review but on Wednesday the School Committee finally came to terms on how much money it needs to spend during the 2012-2013 school year.
Four members of the panel gave a unanimous first passage to a budget of $69.8 million after School Committeeman Christopher Roberts made a final round of adjustments based on his meetings with the School Administration and City Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III.
WOONSOCKET - Francis A. "Frank" Crisafulli, 86, of Woonsocket, died May 23, 2012 at The Friendly Nursing Home, Woonsocket. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy K. (Moon) Crisafulli.
Born in Woonsocket, where he lived all of his life, he was the son of the late Anthony and Josephine (Fauzza) Crisafulli.