August 20th, 2011
When the wave of transactions swept through Gillette Stadium at the start of training camp, two names expectedly stood out among the rest.
Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco.
The former, no stranger to controversy on and off the field, has not practiced since Aug. 4 because of an undisclosed injury. The latter, his first-quarter touchdown in the Patriotsâ 31-14 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Thursday notwithstanding, continues to build a rapport with Tom Brady.
I foresee another New England newcomer having a more immediate impact than both Haynesworth and Ochocinco.
PROVIDENCE â As decision day looms for RIPTA, the stateâs public transit authority, to implement massive service cuts that would eliminate at least part of 39 of its 54 bus routes, protests are escalating in from riders and public officials alike.
Pawtucket is one of the hardest hit areas, with several routes reduced or eliminated altogether, and Burrillville and Glocester residents face losing an important transportation link to the central part of the state, many of whom use it to get back and forth from work or school.
Dan Glod, Chris Dugas and Brian Belisle (front, L-R), and Ryan Cannata, Mike Cannata, Dave Rosa and Conor Fleurant (back, L-R), all New England fans, whoop it up as they cheer on the Cumberland American team at the start of the World Series game Friday against Huntington Beach, California at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. The locals lost Game 1 11-0 and play again Saturday night.
WOONSOCKET â Krystal Durkinâs mother, Cheryl Durkin, went to the Police Station looking for answers Thursday evening.
She had spent the early morning hours of Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital watching as the medical staff tried to save her 25-year-old daughterâs life. Krystal, the mother of an infant daughter, Lillianne Fay, had been struck by a car while walking across Mendon Road just after 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. She suffered severe head injuries when struck and thrown a distance down the road.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. â The Cumberland American Little League all-stars have made comebacks a summer-long staple.
Now they hope to stage their best comeback yet.
Braydon Salzman, Nick Pratto and Ryo Takada combined on a three-hit shutout and the offense produced up and down the lineup as California blanked Cumberland, 11-0 Friday at Lamade Stadium in Cumberlandâs Little League World Series debut. The West champions, unbeaten this summer, move into Sundayâs winner bracket to meet either Clinton County, Pa. or La Grange, Ken.
PAWTUCKET â The PawSox locker room has looked like a bus station this week, with players coming down I-95 from Portland or heading to Boston.
Fridayâs transit report led with the news of third baseman Will Middlebrooksâs promotion to Pawtucket from Portland. Middlebrooks effectively replaces Ryan Lavarnway, who joined Bostonâs lineup on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox keep finding ways to win games, even as their 24-man playing roster is adjusted seemingly every day according to the organizational needs.
On Friday night, Pawtucket gained a split of its four-game series with Columbus as new addition Greg Smith hurled one-run baseball over seven innings during a 7-1 victory. Smith had been released by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week after compiling a 3-3 mark in 13 games for the Yankees.
WOONSOCKET- Frederick C. "Fred" Coughlin, Jr., 68, of Woonsocket, died Thursday at Landmark Medical Center with his family at his side. He was the loving husband of Claudette L. (DuBois) Coughlin. They were married on January 19, 1963.
Born in Westerly, his father was the late Frederick C. Coughlin and his mother was the late Julia Hermes.
Mr. Coughlin came to Woonsocket at a young age and remained a lifelong resident of the city. He was brought up by his maternal grandparents whom he looked upon as his second parents.
L. Andre Chartier
NORTH SMITHFIELD- L. Andre Chartier, 81, of Colerick St., died Friday, August 19, 2011 in The Friendly Home, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Teresa (Kane) Chartier whom he married December 29, 1951.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Lucien S. and Antonia (Valcourt) Chartier.
William L. Hadley
WOONSOCKET- William L. "Bill" Hadley, 56, of Woonsocket, died Thursday.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of Rachel (Bois) Hadley of Woonsocket and the late Francis Hadley.
Bill lived in Arizona and Wyoming for many years and worked as a truck driver.
Bill was an avid motorcyclist, enjoyed computers and was a Patriots fan. He was also cast as an extra in several film productions.