September 7th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arnie Beyeler had everything figured out â€“ or so he believed prior to discussing his baseball career ambitions with Brad Mills a few years back during spring training.
At the time Beyeler was managing in Double-A Portland while Mills served as Terry Franconaâ€™s bench coach in Boston. One day the pair engaged in some casual chatter when the minor-league skipper revealed what he considered the pinnacle: coaching third base for a major league club.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. â€” A brief period of clearing skies provided some false hope that the PawSox may be able to play the opener of their Round One Governorsâ€™ Cup Series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Unfortunately, the clearing skies disappeared and another heavy downpour forced the postponement of the game.
The series will now be pushed back by one day, with the opener being played Thursday night at 7:05 at Lehigh Valley. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler will keep the same pitching rotation in effect, with Matt Fox (10-4, 3.96) going up against Dave Bush (1-2, 3.91) in the opener.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The man who allegedly fired a gun at two people in a car, causing the summer's most dramatic bit of mayhem in the process, surrendered Wednesday morning after a weeks-long game of cat-and-mouse with the police.
Justin Menard, 25, whose last known address was on Fifth Avenue, had been on the lam since the July 14 incident on Robinson Street.
One of multiple rounds Menard allegedly fired passed through the windshield of the other vehicle and struck the driver, who crashed through a nearby house in attempts to escape the fusillade.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The Tea Party Express rolled into Rhode Island Wednesday on two big buses as part of its nationwide â€śReclaiming Americaâ€ť tour.
TPX, as it fashions itself, is a traveling show of conservative politics, leavened with music and comedy, all wrapped up in patriotic Americana. It embarked from Napa, California and has made its way across the midsection of the country â€” â€śwhat the media calls flyover countryâ€ť as one speaker put it â€” to New England and is now southbound for Tampa, Fla., where it is partnering with CNN to sponsor a debate among Republican presidential candidates.
Ernest G. Cologne
WOONSOCKET - Ernest G. Cologne, 79, died at Landmark Hospital on August 24, 2011. He was the son of Ferdinand Cologne and Louise (Nadeau) Cologne). He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Carol Y. Dumond.
Born in Providence, RI, he resided in Cumberland. He was a carpenter. He leaves his two brothers, Richard Cologne of South Windsor, CT, and his wife, Sylvia, Ronald Cologne of Madison, CT and his wife Vicki. Also, his nieces, Christine and Denise, his nephews, Steven and Ronald Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Maria Pina, 92, resident of Cumberland, died peacefully September 6, 2011 at the Oakland Grove Health Center in Woonsocket.
She was born in Pawtucket RI, a daughter of the late Alfredo & Antonia (Joaquin) Pina. Maria lived in Woonsocket for fifty years where worked for the former Woonsocket Hospital as a housekeeper.
She is survived by a cousin Theresa Gil of Cumberland. She was the sister of the late Jeremy Pina and Maria Consesson and godchild of Aduzinda & Jose Gil.
Bertha B. Laquerre
WOONSOCKET - Bertha B. (Rivers) Laquerre 90, resident of Kennedy Manor, died September 1, 2011, died at home after an illness.
Beloved wife to the late Laurent Laquerre.
Born September 13, 1920 in Putnam CT, a daughter of the late William & Lena (Demars) Rivers.
Bertha worked in the yarn mills until retirement in 1985. A Woonsocket resident, previously she lived in Bellingham for fifty years. She loved family get togethers, playing bingo, going to Foxwoods, and going out to eat. She will be greatly missed.
A committal service will be held for William "Bill" Hadley on Friday, Sept. 9th at 9:30 am in St. John's Cemetery on Church St., Slatersville.
Relatives and friends invited.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When former Mayor Susan D. Menard announced her intention to run for her old job again recently, she pledged to waive the $80,000 a year salary that comes with the position and live on her state pension.
Given the city's dire financial straits, it sounds like the civic-minded thing to do, particularly since the ex-mayor's state pension is some 33 percent less than the salary that comes with the job.
WOONSOCKET â€” A city resident has been ordered held on federal charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a large-scale heroin-trafficking operation.
Andres Jiminez, 37, of 121 Linden Ave., made an initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Providence, after investigators seized more than seven kilos of heroin, a kilo of cocaine and $30,000 in cash from a commercial storage facility in Pawtucket over the weekend.