July 16th, 2011
BELLINGHAM - The St. Blaise Catholic Church has a lot to celebrate. Fifty years, to be exact.
Fifty years of baptisms and funerals, weddings and ordinations, first communions and confirmations. But most of all, 50 years of coming together week after week to celebrate a faith that has built and bound a community.
Now, parishioners of St. Blaise Church are busy getting ready and making final preparations to mark the occasion of the church's Golden Jubilee in 2012.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A quick response by city firefighters to an early morning fire Saturday may well have saved a Main Street landmark.
A passerby reported smoke coming from the former Rhode Island Hospital Trust building at 162 Main St. at around 3:16 a.m. and got a full response from city fire stations, Deputy Chief Thomas F. Williams reported Saturday.
The ornately-designed bank building located across the street from the cityâ€™s historic Harris Hall municipal offices was once the state Registry of Motor Vehicles headquarters in the city but has been vacant and up for sale for several years.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The second and final game of Carl Crawfordâ€™s rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox left much to be desired.
An 0-for-3 showing at the plate and no action in left field in the PawSoxâ€™s 11-8 loss to the Durham Bulls on Saturday at McCoy Stadium wasnâ€™t the evening Crawford envisioned before rejoining the Boston Red Sox. Nonetheless, the left fielder departed Pawtucket with at least one reason for optimism: a healthy left hamstring.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A second nighttime shooting in the city in two days has police beefing up patrols of local neighborhoods as a precautionary measure.
The latest incident occurred at around 11 p.m. Friday at a residential home on Sayles Street, Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said Saturday.
Officers arriving at 147 Sayles St. found a 24-year-old male sitting in the yard with a gunshot wound to the torso, Jalette said.
The man was conscious but critically hurt, Jalette said. He was taken by Woonsocket Rescue to Rhode Island Hospital where he remained in critical condition on Saturday.
WOONSOCKET â€” In a surprise move, Governor Lincoln Chafee has filed a legal brief in support of Jason Wayne Pleau's appeal to quash a court order for him to surrender on federal charges stemming from the murder of a gas station manager â€“ charges that could carry the death penalty.
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.