August 19th, 2011
Norbert H. Hanks Sr.
WOONSOCKET- Norbert H. Hanks Sr., 87, of Waterview Apartments, died August 5, 2011, at a nursing home in Brookline, MA. He had previously lived in North Smithfield, RI for many years.
At his request, no service will be held.
Mr. Hanks was born July 26, 1924, in Providence, RI.
Mr. Hanks served in the United States Navy, during World War II as a Gunners Mate. He worked for several textile companies including Worcester Textile and Woonsocket Weaving. He was an avid bowler and served the community as a baseball coach for many years.
As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American camp discovered this week, thereâ€™s nothing little about the Little League World Series.
On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle â€“ how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? â€“ can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, â€śAll of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.â€ť
Edward A. Grenier
WOONSOCKET- Edward A. Grenier, 84, of Pond St., died Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Providence. He was the husband of the late Rita L. (Beauregard) Grenier.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late William O. Grenier and Florence (Messier) Grenier-Bryant.
WOONSOCKET- Eileen M. (Silvia) Champagne, 77, of Marie Anne Ct., passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, after a courageous battle. She was the wife of Robert G. Champagne whom she married July 10, 1954.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Adeline (Rochea) Silvia.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Cumberland woman was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle Wednesday night as she crossed Mendon Road in search of gasoline for her broken-down van, police said.
Krystal Lee Durkin, 25, was struck about 11:45 p.m. and later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital, said Lt. Todd Boisvert, the lead investigator.
Though Boisvert said the incident remains under investigation, no charges have been filed against the driver, identified as Kevin Poirier, 32, of Cranston. He said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor.
See Friday's CALL for complete story.
LINCOLN- Senator James "Jimmy" Costello was born in Providence on February 25, 1917, the son of Thomas C. Costello and Luiga (Ruggeiro) Costello.
James went to school in Providence and North Providence and later took courses in state government administration and business administration at Brown University to help prepare for twin careers in public life and business. On the business side, he also studied at The Chrysler Corporation Master Technician School and the Ford Institute in New York, where he earned the distinction of Master Technician.
PAWTUCKET â€“ For a team that has been almost flawless this season, the Columbus Clippers were anything but on Wednesday night.
The Clippers, the top team record-wise in the International League, committed three costly errors that resulted in four unearned runs. Such gift-wrapping tendencies proved to be difference as the Pawtucket Red Sox remain in first place in the I.L. North for another day after posting a 5-2 win before 7,010 at McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket stands a game up on second-place Lehigh Valley, which defeated Rochester, 3-1.
Mike Hazenâ€™s role with the Boston Red Sox may have expanded, but make no mistake: heâ€™s still very much in touch with whatâ€™s moving and shaking down on the farm.
Promoted to vice president of player development prior to the season, a position that involves overseeing the minor-league operation and amateur scouting, Hazen spoke Wednesday about some of the storylines that have crept up over the past 4 Â˝ months as they relate to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. â€“ Dave Belisle has long been a standout hockey coach at Mount St. Charles.
But for the next few days, heâ€™s just a kid again.
The 14 members of the Cumberland American Little League team have carried Belisle on the ride of his life this summer. This week the ride has reached its final destination, the ultimate destination for every Little Leaguer â€“ the Little League World Series. The Series does not only exist on television to these players and coaches anymore. They are here, they are experiencing it and they are enjoying every moment.
LINCOLN â€” A top Obama administration official came to Rhode Island Wednesday offering encouragement to the effort to make the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor part of the National Park System.