April 7th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
PAWTUCKET â€“ All appeared to be fine in Alfredo Acevesâ€™ universe when he walked into the home clubhouse shortly after 4 oâ€™clock on Thursday afternoon. The righthander chatted briefly with a reporter before going through the necessary preparations for that nightâ€™s start against Rochester.
Those plans were officially scrapped 15 minutes prior to first pitch, as Scott Atchison took Acevesâ€™ spot. Itâ€™s believed that the Red Sox will place reliever Matt Albers on the disabled list on Friday and call up Aceves in time for Bostonâ€™s home opener against the New York Yankees.
The Red Sox have certainly provided plenty of grist for the mill. Thatâ€™s what happens when you begin the season with unprecedented expectations (World Series or bust) only to stumble out of the gate with six straight losses. Agony doesnâ€™t even begin to describe the early-season travails with your Boston baseball club.
Weâ€™re not about to declare that hope is lost, especially when you subtract six from 162 and end up with 156, which is how many games the Red Sox have left. Time is on their side.
WOONSOCKET â€” The other shoe dropped for embattled undertaker Todd W. Lauzon as the State Police arrested him for embezzling over $27,000 clients had given him for â€śpre-needâ€ť funeral contracts.
The charges come nearly five months after the director of the now-defunct T. Lauzon Funeral Home had his license suspended by the state Department of Health â€” allegedly for cremating a body and burying the ashes in a cemetery without obtaining the necessary permits.
LINCOLN â€” A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.
WOONSOCKET â€” Cumberland High coach Marty Crowley believes he has a strong enough team to contend for a state title come mid-June.
But in his eyes, and perhaps most in Division I, the squad that everyone in the league should be concerned about is last yearâ€™s state runner-up Mount St. Charles Academy.
â€śAbsolutely,â€ť he said. â€śThey went to the finals last year. They (basically) got everybody back. They should be the favorites to win the whole thing. Theyâ€™re good.â€ť
NARRAGANSETT- JARRET, JEANNETTE ADRIENNE, 89, of Narragansett and formerly of Woonsocket, died Tuesday. She was the wife of the late Aram P. Jarret.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. and Adrienne (Guerin) Fontaine.
UXBRIDGE- Virginia (Accica) McMichael, 88, of Blackstone, MA died Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Lydia Taft House, Uxbridge, MA. She was the wife of the late Harry X. McMichael who died in 2009.
She was born in Ashland, MA daughter of the late Galliano and Mercede (Muri) Accica.
LINCOLN â€“ At the core of Bill Leeâ€™s multi-faceted personality is a baseball pitcher who remains fascinated -- even at the age of 64 -- by the process of getting batters out.
Lee came here on Wednesday to serve as keynote speaker at the annual â€śWelcome Home, PawSoxâ€ť luncheon hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. He walked into Kirkbrae Country Clubâ€™s dining area a few minutes before noon, dressed like a cowboy, his still-athletic frame topped off by a wide-brimmed hat that identified the former Red Sox pitcher as a man of great presence.
WOONSOCKET- Vincent "Vin" T. Dwyer, 83, died April 5, 2011, at the Friendly Home in Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Florence Penny (Duval) Dwyer.
A lifelong resident of Woonsocket, Vincent was born on Feb. 20, 1928, to the late Vincent and Margaret (Kennedy) Dwyer, Sr. He served with the Occupational Forces in Japan during World War II.