July 15th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” The four loud bangs heard just before 8 p.m. Thursday sounded like fireworks to Zuleyma Neco, 22, of 44 Florida St. But the noise actually turned out to be gunfire and Neco, in her apartment with her own small children and those of her mother, saw the aftermath of a crime when she looked out the window.
A car had backed into the side of her next-door neighborâ€™s home after its 27-year-old driver was shot twice by someone in another car.
â€śIt scared us,â€ť said Neco, who had been caring for her three children and her motherâ€™s two children.
PAWTUCKET â€” The fans came to see Carl Crawford and went home talking about Ryan Lavarnway.
Crawford, in his first of two rehab games with Pawtucket, reached base in all three of his at-bats during Pawtucketâ€™s 3-2 win over Durham on Friday night. He blooped a single over the second basemanâ€™s head in the first, walked in the third, and reached on a fielderâ€™s choice in the fifth, scoring one batter later when Lavarnway crushed a home run down the left field line that cleared everything, bouncing around in the parking lot as the crowd collectively murmured â€śWho is this guy?â€ť
RIVERSIDE â€“ Their pitchers might not have thrown as hard and their batters might not have had the same pop, but when it came to throwing strikes and make plays in the field, no one was better than Cumberland National.
Cumberland was spotless defensively and pitchers Sydney Provencal and Katerina Kent allowed only seven base runners the entire game as the offense took advantage of two errors in a 3-0 win over East Greenwich to claim the Rhode Island Major Division Softball Championship Friday night.
Shirley Ann Beattie
BURRILLVILLE- Shirley Ann Beattie (Ogni), 72, a lifelong resident of Burrillville, RI, passed away on July 14, 2011, at Saint Antoine Residence in North Smithfield, surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her partner Dorothy Sliney of Mapleville, daughters, Carol Beattie of New Bern, NC, Linda Mc Kinley of Pawtucket, and Kym Demers of Oakland, also survived by her 8 grand children and 15 great grandchildren.
Richard R. Smith
WOONSOCKET- Richard R. Smith, 81, died Wednesday, July 13th. Cherished husband of Ann (Grivers) Smith for over 52 years, Richard is survived by his 3 children, Mary Beth Sztabor, David Smith, both of Woonsocket and Jane Soucy of Cumberland. In addition to being a dedicated father, Richard lovingly grandfathered 4 children: Joshua Sztabor, Bethany, Nathaniel and Michael Soucy. Their father Jerry Soucy was honored to be Richard's son in law. He was the brother of the late Stanley, Robert and Shirley Smith and Jean Carpenter.
Richard R. Smith
WOONSOCKET- Richard R. Smith, 81, died Wednesday, July 13th. Cherished husband of Ann (Grivers) Smith for over 52 years, Richard is survived by his 3 children, Mary Beth Sztabor, David Smith, both of Woonsocket and Jane Soucy of Cumberland. In addition to being a dedicated father, Richard lovingly grandfathered 4 children: Joshua Sztabor, Bethany, Nathaniel and Michael Soucy. Their father Jerry Soucy was honored to be Richard's son in law.
EAST GREENWICH --- Jamison Randall has already proven in his young career that heâ€™s a golfer with unlimited potential.
On Thursday afternoon at the R.I. Amateur Championship, he also proved he has the heart that goes with it.
Randall wasnâ€™t able to advance to todayâ€™s quarterfinal matches, but the recent Cumberland High grad gave two-time champion Brad Valois all he could handle during match play of the Round of 16 at the Potowomut Country Club.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Blackstone man is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after being assisted by passing motorists and rescue personnel at the scene of a fiery single-car crash on Route 99 Thursday afternoon.
John Leclaire, 38, of 198 Farm St., Blackstone, was driving north on Route 99 past Sayles Hill Road just before 1 p.m. when his red Kia Sportage veered suddenly to the right, left the roadway and collided with an outcropping of ledge, according to State Police Lt. Douglas Newberg.
Alice Gagne, SGM
LEXINGTON, MA- Sr. Alice Gagne, SGM (92) died on July 12, 2011 at Maristhill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Waltham, MA. She had been a Sisters of Charity of Montreal, "Grey Nuns" for 70 years.
Alice was born in St. Patrice, Quebec, Canada November 2, 1918 and later moved to Woonsocket, RI with her family, becoming an American Citizen in 1941. Her parents were Francois Gagne and Adeline (Dumont) Gagne both of St. Patrice.
Carol A. Swenson
DOUGLAS- Carol A. (O'Brien) Swenson, 59, of Douglas passed away on Wed., July 13 from ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). Her husband of 27 yrs. David E. Swenson died Nov. 2, 2004.
She is survived by her daughter Kellie A. and her husband Joseph Cooke of Douglas, a granddaughter Audrey Cooke, her long time companion, George Loxley of Chepachet, RI and many close friends.
Born in Woonsocket on June 5, 1952 she was the daughter of John and Lillian (Lavoie) O'Brien and lived in Douglas many years.