August 5th, 2011
FOXBORO â€“ Tom Brady is especially glad heâ€™s not a rookie this year â€“ for a couple of reasons.
â€śNot only because their salaries got cut in half,â€ť said the New England Patriots quarterback, referencing the NFLâ€™s newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.
Rookies are also tasked with an accelerated acclimation to NFL life because of the leagueâ€™s 4 1/2-month lockout.
A week into his 12th training camp with the Patriots, Brady acknowledges that this one is unique.
BRISTOL, Ct. - Manager Dave Belisle considers every one of the 13 players on his Cumberland American All-Star roster a reason itâ€™s down in Bristol, Connecticut this weekend for the Eastern Regional Tournament, a reason it has an outside chance to earn a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series
â€śWhat you see with this team is theyâ€™re picking each other up,â€ť Belisle said. â€śThere have been some situations where we looked like we were going to fold, but someone has picked the individuals up. Itâ€™s a team game. It just seems that one through 13 somebody contributed.
As the associate head coach at Norwalk (Conn.) Community College, Patrick Vigilio enjoyed a front row seat to see Erik Bedard go from an unknown with tried-and-true Canadian roots to a bona fide staff ace.
â€śErik was a hockey player for the most part. Most kids in Canada are because they donâ€™t have high school baseball up there,â€ť recalled Vigilio in a telephone interview Friday. â€śHe was throwing in the mid 80s when he started out, but through hard work he was able to take his game to the next level, obviously.â€ť
Robert A. Blais
WOONSOCKET- Robert A. Blais, 73, of Monty Ave., died Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Cecile A. (Lapierre) Blais whom he married on July 04, 1958.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Albert W. Blais of No. Smithfield and the late Helena (Hebert) Blais.
He was a proud Graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy. His interest included woodworking, golf, and all New England sports teams. Above all he enjoyed the various ministries that he was fortunate to be involved in.
Claire L. Durand
WOONSOCKET- Claire L. (Fortin) Durand, 78, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at St. Antoine Residence with family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Edgar J. Durand.
Born in Woonsocket on December 10, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Arthur C. and Laurette J. (Tetreault) Fortin.
Eleanor M. Guerin
CUMBERLAND- Guerin, Eleanor M. (Crook), 84, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 3, 2011. She was the wife of the late E. Normand Guerin.
Born in Slatersville, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Mary Etta (Meade) Crook. Mrs. Guerin had lived in Cumberland since 1952.
LINCOLN --- Itâ€™s been nearly two months since Bruce Foster finished in a tie for second place with his brother, Jeff, at the 2011 Spartan Death Race, a 45-hour ultra-endurance test through a grueling 40-mile course in Pittsfield, Vt., but their accomplishment has still been the talk around Lincoln.
The brothersâ€™ success has also reached a point where workout enthusiasts of all ages, sizes, and abilities have asked them if they could train with them and follow the extra-tough training regimen they used to prepare for and succeed in the Death Race.
Having already founded and sold Bullhorn, a company that develops employment software, 45-year-old Newport native Barry Hinckley says he is ready to start up a new enterprise: Barry Hinckley for U.S. Senate.
For the past few months, Hinckley â€” his full name is Benjamin Barrett Hinckley III â€” has been quietly putting together a Republican campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the 2012 election.
Irene F. Loens
WOONSOCKET- Irene F. (Lagace) Loens, 89, formerly of Diamond Hill Rd. died Wednesday at Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late George Loens.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Carmella (Tremblay) Lagace.
Irene was a graduate of the RI School of Practical Nursing and worked as an LPN for the former Mercy Hospital for ten years, and the former Fogarty and Woonsocket Hospitals for seventeen years before retiring. She was a member of the Divine Mercy Devotion and the Sr. Citizens Christian Group.
Itâ€™s universally true. When that time comes to saying goodbye to a parent or even a loyal pet, tears flow and emotions unravel. Many aging baby boomers, whether childless or empty nesters, have had pets who became their pampered â€śchildrenâ€ť or a closest faithful companion.